Already on board: SEC’s top 31 commitments- No. 31 Arden Key, South Carolina

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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 industry composite ranking.


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  • Brian – Are these subjective rankings of the top 31 committed players, or are you using a national ranking service rating (247 composite) to determine the top 31 in order?

    • We always use the composite, I consider it the most accurate determination. See our editor’s note at the bottom of the story!

      • Yes, I understand, but are you counting down the highest rated 31 committed players to a SEC school per the 247 composite, or is there some subjectivity from your end included as part of what player is rated where?

        • Oh, nah Gamecock — the composite ranks 4 different services in creating that ranking. That’s about 120 sets of eyeballs doing evaluations. I trust that. I’ll let them do the ranking, cater it to our SEC audience, and then throw my two cents worth in based on interviews with the kids and what I like about him when I watch his film, in person and when I talk to him. That’s how it works!