It truly is very, very early in the class of 2015 recruiting cycle–but the early returns are in: Nine of the SEC’s schools are in the early national top 20, and surprisingly, Florida and Auburn aren’t among them. The Gators and Tigers have barely begun their classes.
Oh, and Texas A&M fans? You’re going to like the rankings listed below … I guarantee it.
Here’s a look at the 14 SEC schools and how they stack up against each other and the rest of the country for the class of 2015:
EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from 247Sports.com.
SEC: No. 1
Nationally: No. 1
Top committed prospect: DT Daylon Mack (No. 11 ranked overall individual prospect in the nation)
Headlined by: RB Rodney Anderson (No. 62); DB Larry Pryor (No. 86).
The skinny: It’s hard to imagine a class being this loaded this early, but the Aggies have earned the No. 1 spot in the nation. All seven of their early commitments are rated top 200 prospects in the nation.
SEC: No. 2
Nationally: No. 2
Top committed prospect: DE Mekhi Brown (No. 23 in nation)
Headlined by: RB Desherrius Flowers (No. 47); DB Deionte Thompson (No. 61).
The skinny: The machine continues. The question is, how many more four-star pickups does Alabama need to unseat Texas A&M at No. 1?
SEC: No. 3
Nationally: No. 4
Top committed prospect: WR Preston Williams (No. 83 in nation)
Headlined by: LB Cecil Cherry (No. 222); DE Andrew Butcher (No. 339).
The skinny: The Vols don’t plan on ending their momentum anytime soon. This class is already packed, and the great news is–four of them are in-state kids.
SEC: No. 4
Nationally: No. 5
Top committed prospect: DB Kevin Toliver (No. 1 in nation).
Headlined by: OL Maea Teuhema (No. 21); RB Nick Brossette (No. 48).
The skinny: The Tigers already have two five-star prospects on board, including the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect–Toliver, who is from Jacksonville (Fla.).
SEC: No. 5
Nationally: No. 8
Top committed prospect: DT Hjalte Froholdt (No. 71 in nation).
Headlined by: QB Ty Storey (No. 111); OL Zach Rogers (No. 244).
The skinny: Storey is current the No. 1 quarterback commitment in the SEC, and he’s an in-stater. This Arkansas class is off to a very, very good start.
SEC: No. 6
Nationally: No. 11
Top committed prospect: DE Shameik Blackshear (No. 20 in nation).
Headlined by: LB Sherrod Pittman (No. 182); DE Chauncey Rivers (No. 196).
The skinny: Five-star Blackshear is the No. 1 prospect in America at weakside defensive end, and he’s the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina.
SEC: No. 7
Nationally: No. 14
Top committed prospect: ATH Terry Godwin (No. 18 in nation).
Headlined by: DB Rico McGraw (No. 98); WR Christian Owens (No. 141).
The skinny: Godwin is rated the No. 3 prospect in the state of Georgia, so he’s a nice one to have on board already.
SEC: No. 8
Nationally: No. 15
Top committed prospect: DE Timothy Washington (No. 247 in nation).
Headlined by: ATH Jay Johnson (No. 293); ATH Cameron Myers (No. 296).
The skinny: It never hurts to have three consensus four-star prospects already on board, and a fourth who is rated four stars by at least one service.
SEC: No. 9
Nationally: No. 20
Top committed prospect: ATH Willie Hibbler (No. 215 in nation).
Headlined by: RB Rawleigh Williams (No. 315); LB Fred Walls (n/a).
The skinny: Williams is heck of a back, but also one heck of a good kid. Look for him to be a leader in this class.
SEC: No. 10
Nationally: No. 28
Top committed prospect: DB Montrell Custis (No. 289 in nation).
Headlined by: DB Marcus Walker (No. 375).
The skinny: Mark Stoops has proven he can go into Ohio and get elite talent, and with Custis and Walker, he’s proven he can go to Georgia and Florida, too.
SEC: No. 11
Nationally: No. 37
Top committed prospect: QB Tyler Queen (No. 248 in nation).
Headlined by: ATH Jason Smith (JUCO n/r).
The skinny: Queen is listed as one of the nation’s top 10 pro-style quarterbacks.
SEC: No. 12
Nationally: No. 46
Top committed prospect: DB Deontai Williams (n/a).
The skinny: The Gators are only just getting started on this class, but some of their top in-state targets are impressive–and will probably join this class soon.
Top committed prospect: None yet
The skinny: Look for QB Drew Lock to be one prospect the Tigers go after very hard this spring. The in-stater is a top five drop-back quarterback, nationally.
Top committed prospect: None yet
The skinny: The Commodores are still sorting themselves after the coaching change, and lost 2015 commit Donovan Sheffield during the transition.