With 7 months to go before national signing day, SDS will spend the month of July counting down the best current commitments in the SEC.
Here’s a day-by-day ‘month of July’ look at the top 31 players who are already committed to SEC schools, counting them down from No. 31 down to No. 1 on July 31st.
No. 31 – Arden Key, DE, 6-5/200
COMMITTED TO: South Carolina.
HOMETOWN/SCHOOL: Lithonia, GA (Hapeville Charter).
NAT. RANKING: No. 124 overall prospect in America.
NAT. POS. RANKING: No. 10 weakside linebacker in America.
THE SKINNY: South Carolina is happy to have Key back on board. The Atlanta native made an early commitment to the Gamecocks back in 2013, only to pull back after taking an unofficial visit to see the in-state Georgia Bulldogs during the fall. In the end though, he told Saturday Down South that he always had it in his heart that he wanted to play on the defensive line for the Gamecocks, and pledged once again in early June.
KEY TELLS SDS: “I’m a speed rusher; I’m tall and I can get after the quarterback. I’m a good player, and they can make me into a better player in college if they keep putting good weight on me. Most schools say I will get the opportunity to come in and start as a freshman. Basically all the schools say they like the same things about me.”
Editor’s note: For this particular series, Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to 247Sports.com industry composite ranking.