Published December 5, 2013 - 4:00pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
Here’s a current look at the top five rated wide receivers who are committed to SEC schools. There are some familiar names. While the SEC isn’t always a place where receivers go wild, statistically (like the Big 12), it is the home of several of the nation’s all-time best. Receivers here will go against the best DBs in the game, both in practice and on game-day, prepping them for the next level. That’s what every kid wants, a chance to shine early—and this is one of those positions where the gems will shine early if they’re good enough.
So who will be the true freshman a year from today that … after two or three games … we’re talking about as a possible freshman of the year? Like A.J. Green and Julio Jones were in 2008?
Editor’s note: All rankings used by Saturday Down South, individual and team-wise, refer to the 247Sports.com composite ranking. Also, keep in mind, some players who usually play wide receiver are categorized as “overall athletes”, which we’ll spotlight later.
1. Speedy Noil—Texas A&M commit
- Edna Karr (New Orleans, La.), 5-11/175
- The skinny: There’s a reason his nickname is Speedy, folks. With the way Kevin Sumlin likes to toss the ball around, one can envision what Noil is about to become in an Aggies’ uniform.
2. Josh Malone–Tennessee commit
- Station Camp (Gallatin, Tenn.), 6-3/190
- The skinny: Malone opted to stay in-state instead of going to Georgia or Clemson or many other locations. He’s smart, he’s athletic, and his future looks very bright at Rocky Top. He plans to be on campus early, and signed an early scholarship agreement with the school.
3. Frank Iheanacho–Texas A&M commit
- Westside (Houston, Texas), 6-6/220
- The skinny: Nobody shot up the recruiting charts this year quite like Iheanacho did. Once he decided to focus solely on football, and not just hoops, he became a monster target. He and Noil form an incredible tandem for the Aggies.
4. Trey Quinn—LSU commit
- Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 6-1/200
- The skinny: Quinn is the nation’s all-time leading receiver in career receiving yardage, beating out current Mizzou WR Dorial Green-Beckham’s old record. He has been timed as low as 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash. So speed won’t be an issue here, even in the SEC.
5. Shaq Davidson—South Carolina commit
- Gaffney (S.C.), 6-0/170
- The skinny: The gem of the South Carolina recruiting class. There’s just something about the name Shaq with receivers heading to South Carolina. Shaq Roland was an in-state stud signee for the Gamecocks two years ago, and now they’re getting another one who is arguably even better than Roland.
Here are the SEC’s top ranked commits by position prior to National Signing Day:
- Dual-Threat Quarterbacks
- Pro-Style Quarterbacks
- Running Backs
- All-Purpose Running Backs
- Wide Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles
- Offensive Guards
- Offensive Centers
- Weak-Side Defensive Ends
- Strong-Side Defensive Ends
- Defensive Tackles
- Inside Linebackers
- Outside Linebackers