LSU, Texas A&M and Ole Miss … take a bow. You all have something Alabama, Auburn and even national champion Florida State don’t have.
Your three schools already have five-star commitments for the class of 2016–the elite prospects who will be juniors this fall. The top ranking in the business–the one 247Sports.com puts out in composite style, averaging all services–has five-star commitments heading to these three SEC schools. They are the only schools in the country with five-star commitments so far. The rankings were released late Wednesday.
LSU defensive tackle commitment Edwin Alexander is rated the No. 8 prospect in the nation, while Texas A&M O-lineman Patrick Hudson is No. 9. The No. 25 player in the country is Ole Miss commit DeKaylin Metcalf. All three players are considered five-star caliber.
Metcalf, an Oxford (Miss.) native, told Saturday Down South he was humbled by the ranking, and wanted to thank those who considered him.
“I just want to thank God first of all, because only he can give me the ability to do what I do, and it really is a dream come true,” Metcalf told SDS. “It’s great knowing that hard work pays off. It really is a dream come true … I first thought about stuff like this when my Dad told me all about his accolades in high school, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. It just feels great, but it shows me that I have to keep doing what I’m doing on the field, in the weight room and in the class room. I need to stay humble and do all the right things.”
For the record, Metcalf’s father is former Ole Miss and Chicago Bears offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf.
Along with having the three five-star commitments, states with SEC schools within their boundaries featured 25 of the initial 42 five-star prospects. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that SEC schools will probably land a bunch of those 25, too.
They weren’t the only players recognized as high-end recruits. LSU’s Stephen Sullivan premiered as a four-star prospect and No. 60 overall nationally. Ole Miss’s Justin Conner (No. 96) and Tennessee’s Emmit Gooden (No. 100) also made the national top 100 and are known as four-star prospects now.
Kentucky’s Landon Young (No. 121) and Tennessee’s Darel Middleton (No. 238) also made the national cut.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.