EDITOR’S NOTE: Introducing O-line week at Saturday Down South. This week we’ll talk to some of the biggest offensive line recruits and commitments in the SEC, get their take on things … and we’ll rank ‘em.
They’re big, they’re mobile … they protect the golden boy QB. Centers have to know the call and know what’s around them … and they have to be able to react. Here are the SEC’s top three realistic center targets coming out of high school who we think will be (or already are) on board with SEC teams.
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- SEC schools: Committed to Florida
- The skinny: Jordan is currently ranked the No. 3 center prospect in America and the No. 1 center who will likely end up in the SEC. Of course, players can shift around later and some guards may end up at center. Jordan is big, strong and intelligent and other schools are not backing off trying to wrestle him away from the Gators. Michigan recently offered.
2. Luke Hiers, Lake Wales (Fla.), 6-3/295
- SEC schools: Committed to Kentucky
- The skinny: It was hard to see Hiers going anywhere other than Kentucky. All of his actions seemed to lean that way for many months. He committed to the Wildcats earlier this month after attending junior day and taking an unofficial visit there in early April. Schools like LSU and Miami were certainly after him too, so this was a big recruiting victory for Kentucky.
3. Drew Kyser, Opelika (Ala.), 6-4/285
- SEC schools: Auburn, Mississippi State
- The skinny: This is a tricky situation. See, by all actions, Kyser and Auburn are mutually interested in each other. Kyser has been on campus a ton, including for the spring game in April. However, no offer has been extended … yet. This sometimes happens with in-state prospects who a school feels are a virtual lock. So, this could be a wait-and-see situation. Also, Mississippi State had him on campus for junior day. This should be an interesting recruiting process to watch.