Rivals has a new No. 1 player, loads of SEC talent


We at Saturday Down South tend to go with the 247Sports.com composite rating when putting the prospects in order, but one individual recruiting service that has been around a long time and is highly respected is Rivals’ version. The service has posted an online rating since 2002.

Well, Rivals shook things up this week and released its updated Rivals100–with a new star atop the rankings: Big-time SEC target Byron Cowart out Armwood H.S. in Seffner (Fla.). The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end is being hotly pursued by the in-state Gators, who are one of the big-time leaders for his services. LSU and Oregon are also up there, with Alabama and Auburn also in hot pursuit. Cowart replaces DL Trent Thompson, a big-name Georgia target, as the nation’s top recruit. Thompson did not attend many of the big spring evaluation camps, which may have led to his drop to No. 3 overall in the Rivals100.

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New five-star players are Georgia ATH commitment Terry Godwin, LSU wide receiver target Tyron Johnson, Alabama RB target Jacques Patrick and Texas A&M LB target Malik Jefferson. Losing their five-star ratings were former Alabama QB commit Ricky Town, South Carolina commitment Shameik Blackshear and Florida WR target George Campbell.

In all, here’s a list of the SEC’s commitments who cracked the new Rivals100. Alabama leads the way nationally with 10 of the Rivals100 already, and the SEC already has 24 of the Rivals100–even with more than eight months to go before national signing day. Only 42 members of the Rivals100 have even picked schools yet, making that number (24 SEC commits) even more impressive.

Alabama– Minkah Fitzpatrick (No. 9), Calvin Ridley (No. 17), Jonathan Ledbetter (No. 24), Lester Cotton (No. 34), Mekhi Brown (No. 46), Richie Petitbon (No. 57), Deionte Thompson (No. 59), Leo Lewis (No. 71), Shawn Burgess-Beckner (No. 81), Desherrius Flowers (No. 97)

Auburn– Kerryon Johnson (No. 52), Darrell Williams (No. 100)

Florida– Marcus Lewis (No. 84)

Georgia– Terry Godwin (No. 7), Natrez Patrick (No. 70), Chauncey Rivers (No. 86)

LSU– Kevin Toliver (No. 8), Maea Teuhema (No. 23)

Ole Miss– Eric Swinney (No. 74)

South Carolina– Shameik Blackshear (No. 27), Sherrod Pittman (No. 72)

Tennessee– Preston Williams (No. 63), Jack Jones (No. 96)

Texas A&M– Daylon Mack (No. 37)

Here’s a breakdown by school of the top 250 players in the country:

  • Alabama 13
  • South Carolina 6
  • Texas A&M 5
  • Arkansas 4
  • Auburn 4
  • Georgia 3
  • Kentucky 3
  • LSU 3
  • Tennessee 3
  • Ole Miss 2
  • Florida 1
  • Missouri 1
  • Vanderbilt 1


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  • Great start to this class for the gamecocks! 6 of the top 250 is awesome, looking forward to a few more targets announcing during the summer months. This could end up as one of the best USC classes ever, the past three 11 win seasons are starting to pay off.

  • Wow look at Mississippi State.. Just killin’ it! Way to get weird on this recruiting year so far MooU!!