Not every program in the SEC is going to finish with a bang, and frankly … not every program in the SEC needs to finish with a bang. Several powers are already in very good shape going into national signing day.
Below is a look at the five SEC schools that can relax a bit on national signing day, and maybe start working a bit on 2015.
- 1. Alabama: We all know the Crimson Tide could pull something huge off (like flip a top recruit) at the last second, but when you consider who is scheduled to choose schools tomorrow, the Crimson Tide are likely to have one of their quieter signing days in recent memory. They’re in the mix for Rashaan Evans and Lorenzo Carter, but not considered leaders for either one. Like it matters, right? This class is already one of the best ones in recent years–and national signing day won’t change that unless there’s a strange mass exodus. Our guess is that Nick Saban and his staff will kick back and watch everybody else sweat on Wednesday … grinning the whole time.
- 2. Tennessee: The Vols wish they could sign 70 or 80 players, at least it seems that way. They’ve hoarded quite a bit of elite talent this year and their class size is in the mid 30s with more than a dozen already on campus. One gets the feeling Butch Jones would love to be scrapping for another recruit or two on signing day, and he may end up landing one like former Vandy commit Michael Sawyers–but overall, the Vols are done and looking toward 2015. With smiles on their faces.
- 3. Kentucky: Listen, it isn’t that Kentucky has no strong options for national signing day, it’s that the Wildcats are already so squared away for 2014–like no Kentucky class in recent memory. They have a group that may finish up in the top 20, and it is something to be proud of. Look for the Wildcats to pick up former Vandy and Penn State commit Lloyd Tubman (an in-state product), but that’s probably about it.
- 4. Texas A&M: The Aggies actually have a few top targets still on the table, but most of them are probably not realistic. Also, target Steven Parker went with Oklahoma on Tuesday, ending the Aggies’ chance of landing him. There’s nothing wrong with a quiet day in College Station. This class is loaded. And frankly, so is the 2015 class–it is rated No. 1 ahead of Alabama already.
- 5. Missouri: You know, Mizzou fans get ticked about the lack of respect their program gets. But they have nothing to be ashamed of this year. Yeah, they’ll finish near the bottom of the SEC recruiting rankings–but so would 90 percent of the rest of the country’s programs. It won’t matter if it’s a quiet day, this is a class to be proud of with 27 commitments. The staff’s work is done.