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Top five SEC targets in the class of 2015

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So who are the new big names? Who are the players coaches already covet more than the rest? Below are the top five uncommitted SEC targets for 2015.

RELATED: Early SEC team rankings for the class of 2015

All five of these clear SEC targets (and probable commitments, I might add) who are within the national top 10 in rankings. The only top player I don’t include here is QB Josh Rosen of California (and three are already committed). Rosen appears to be a Pac 12 bound kid, despite Lane Kiffin being at Alabama now.

Also, Florida is in serious contention for two of these five–Martez Ivey and George Campbell.

RELATED:The class of 2015 is already being ranked, and SEC teams comprise 9 of the national top 20 already

EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from 247Sports.com.

  • 1. Trent Thompson, DT, Albany (Ga.)

  • POTENTIAL COLLEGES: Georgia, FSU, Michigan State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, Tennessee
  • NATIONAL RANK: No. 2 overall prospect
  • THE SKINNY: It would be hard to see Thompson leave the state of Georgia, but stranger things have happened. He has the frame to be a dominant tackle at the next level–and quickly.
  • 2. Martez Ivey, OL, Apopka (Fla.)

  • POTENTIAL COLLEGES: Florida, Alabama, South Carolina
  • NATIONAL RANK: No. 6
  • THE SKINNY: Ivey is a tremendous offensive tackle at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, with room to add good weight. Florida’s the team to watch here, but if they struggle this fall, Alabama may be one to keep an eye on.
  • 3. George Campbell, ATH, Tarpon Springs (Fla.)

  • POTENTIAL COLLEGES: Florida, FSU, Clemson, Michigan, Alabama, Kentucky, Mizzou
  • NATIONAL RANK: No. 7
  • THE SKINNY: Whether you put Campbell at wide receiver or defensive back, this 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete can make an impact. The Gators are a team to watch here, but if they struggle this year, it could open up.
  • 4. Daron Payne, DT, Birmingham (Ala.)

  • POTENTIAL COLLEGES: Alabama, Auburn.
  • NATIONAL RANK: No. 8
  • THE SKINNY: Payne is going to be one of those classic Alabama-Auburn recruiting battles, with the Crimson Tide looking like the program with the upper hand at this point. He’s 6-foot-2, 315 pounds.
  • 5. Kendall Sheffield, DB, Missouri City (Texas)

  • POTENTIAL COLLEGES: Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama, Florida, LSU
  • NATIONAL RANK: No. 9
  • THE SKINNY: It’s hard to see Sheffield leaving the state of Texas, and with the early playing time looking available at Texas A&M, one has to think that’s where he’ll end up. Time will tell.

 





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