Top SEC “athletes” list topped by Bama, Tennessee commits


So what exactly does the “athlete” description mean when it comes to recruiting? Easy: It means “Stick this guy just about everywhere on the field, and he’d be a game-changer for you”. And if that’s the case, the SEC is loaded with some of the finest talent that fits that description.

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Here’s a look at some of the most dynamic talent that is coming into the SEC this upcoming season–from high schools only. The “do everything” types.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings.

1. Bo Scarbrough–Alabama commit

  • IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 6-2/225
  • The skinny: Originally from Tuscaloosa, Scarbrough is at the IMG Academy–where athletes go to fine tune themselves for the next level (yes, it’s a high school). He can play running back, he can play linebacker, you name it. He’s quick and he’s huge and has good east-west mobility.

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2. Jalen Hurd–Tennessee commit

  • Beech (Hendersonville, Tenn.), 6-3/230
  • The skinny: Hurd is the top prospect in the state of Tennessee and the gem of the Volunteers’ excellent class. He missed this year due to injury, but he should be ready to go next year. AS a junior, he rushed for 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns. He has great speed and very few weaknesses, and though he has the size and speed (4.37 seconds in the 40) to play many positions (linebacker, even receiver), he’ll be running the ball at Tennessee. Versatile is the key word here.

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3. Jamoral Graham–Mississippi State commit

  • Newton County (Decatur, Miss.), 5-11/180
  • The skinny: Just pick how you want this guy to beat you? He can play wide receiver, he can play safety, he can return kicks–whatever you want. This fall, he did a little bit of everything and did it very well. He accounted for 13 touchdowns in what seemed like half a dozen different ways (is that possible?). He’ll be the playmaker this program needs.

4. Darrel Williams–LSU commit

  • John Ehret (Marrero, La.), 6-0/220
  • The skinny: Williams, a former Arizona State commitment, really caught steam–recruiting wise–over the course of the season. Tennessee, LSU and Florida all offered within a few weeks of each other in November after Williams’ impressed with his ability to run the ball. Look for this to be a darkhorse “top recruit” for the Tigers.

5. Gerri Green–Mississippi State

  • Greenville Watson (Greenville, Miss.), 6-5/230
  • The skinny: Green will likely end up at linebacker, but boy oh boy–he could play just about everywhere with this size. He could contribute at tight end too, as his two TD receptions in limited duty proved this fall. He’s big, and he’s athletic. Watch out. Mississippi State has two good ones coming this year in Graham and Green.

Here are the SEC’s top ranked commits by position prior to National Signing Day:



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  • Jalen Hurd is a beast. I watched him play last year when Beech played North Side in the playoffs (4th round I think). My buddy coached at North Side, and their 5A defense was allowing less than 6 ppg… Hurd was literally able to score every time he touched the ball. It was like the defense wasn’t even out there.. I could almost see him being another Cordarrelle Patterson-Type at TN if Butch Jones will utilize him like he needs to.

  • Nice write up Brian, thanks.