Brace yourselves, SEC fans–tomorrow’s going to be pretty crazy for a handful of conference teams.
Here is Saturday Down South’s opinion of which five schools will be the busiest–and probably the happiest–when Wednesday night rolls around.
- 1. Florida: The Gators need this day. Can you say it more plainly than that? They need to win some major recruiting battles and the coaching staff will be holding its collective breath on Wednesday. There’s a decent chance the Gators could be the nation’s hottest finisher, or there’s a chance they may be labeled the biggest disappointment of the day–and this program doesn’t need that karma going into the rest of 2014. Adoree Jackson, Damian Prince, C.J. Worton, Derrick Kelly and Treon Harris are just a few players to watch tomorrow. All five could end up with the Gators, and there’s a chance none of the five could. A haul of 3 or 4 of them–with Jackson, the nation’s top remaining recruit being one of them–would be an outstanding finish. Also, the Gators need to hold on to soft verbal commitment J.C. Jackson, who has been looking at other in-state schools. Wednesday is more critical for the Gators than anybody in the SEC and arguably the country.
- 2. LSU: The big difference between Florida and LSU is that the Tigers’ program isn’t in peril. If they lose a few recruiting battles Wednesday, they’ll live to see another day. The biggies for LSU will be five-star WR Malachi Dupre, four-star DT Travonte Valentine and four-star LB Kenny Young. Also, recent Texas decommitment Sione Teuhema is a monster potential pickup for LSU because his brother, 2015 five-star prospect Maea Teuhema, will likely follow. They are from Keller (Texas) and will be a big story line. The Tigers will probably be very happy with Wednesday. They are technically in the running for Adoree Jackson too, though that seems like a long shot.
- 3. Georgia: It’s not a numbers thing with Georgia on Wednesday, it’s a quality thing. In-state DE Lorenzo Carter has created a load of recruiting work for several SEC schools, but it’s looking like he’ll be staying close to home with the Bulldogs. That is an enormous pickup should he make it official tomorrow. WR Isaiah McKenzie is a huge Florida target, but may be heading the Bulldogs’ way in the end, and Elisha Shaw would be another nice in-state pickup.
- 4. South Carolina: After the first three schools, things drop off a little bit–as far as intensity. The Gamecocks will be a bit busier than most, and they’re the favorites to land two very good DBs in Wesley Green and Chris Lammons, and they’re in pretty good shape to land in-state DT Dexter Wideman, who is currently committed to Florida State. If they land this trio, it’s all gravy from there and their ranking will shoot up. They don’t have a dozen kids to keep an eye on, but they have their fair share.
- 5. Auburn: The national runner up has a chance to close three-for-three with some very good prospects–five star LB Rashaan Evans (who lives in Auburn, so do the math), four-star OL Braden Smith and DE Andrew Williams. Smith’s sister goes to TCU, so that gives the Horned Frogs a chance for this Kansas native. And Williams has Clemson after him, too. Regardless, the allure of playing for a program that was just in the national title is huge.