School-by-school top remaining targets in the SEC East

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Sure, everybody in the SEC would love to land an elite player like Adoree Jackson or Lorenzo Carter–two of the nation’s top remaining prospects. But let’s be honest–who are the realistic targets left? We’re concentrating on the elite kids who have taken a recent visit to your school, or are scheduled to take one.

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Here’s a list of realistic top targets that SEC East schools are coveting–an in all the cases, there is a chance they could land this guy:

NOTE: All references to ratings are to the 247Sports.com composite rankings

Florida Gators

  • TOP REALISTIC TARGET: Adoree Jackson, DB
  • TARGET’S RANKING: No. 7 in nation
  • THE SKINNY: Jackson is the top remaining prospect in America, and he’s been on Florida’s radar for a long time and has narrowed down the list for his final official visit to Florida, USC and UCLA. He is a California native, so don’t be surprised if he goes that route, ultimately, but if the Gators score that last visit … well, this could get very interesting for the Gators.
  • ANY OTHER ELITE POSSIBILITIES?: Lorenzo Carter, DE; Damian Prince, OL; Eric Lauderdale, WR; Treon Harris, QB; Isaiah McKenzie, WR.

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Georgia Bulldogs

  • TOP REALISTIC TARGET: Lorenzo Carter, DE
  • TARGET’S RANKING: No. 18 in nation
  • THE SKINNY: Unlike Florida, who is locked in a battle with California schools for a California product like Adoree Jackson, Georgia has the advantage of being the home-state school for Carter. He once seemed like a kid who would escape the state boundaries, but his father was quoted this week saying it looks like Georgia is at least a slight leader. This would be a huge addition for the Bulldogs.
  • ANY OTHER ELITE POSSIBILITIES?: Wesley Green, DB;

Kentucky Wildcats

  • TOP REALISTIC TARGET: Matt Elam, DT
  • TARGET’S RANKING: No. 164 in nation
  • THE SKINNY: This week, Kentucky beat out Oklahoma for a top recruit. By national signing day, there’s a chance the Wildcats will have beaten out Alabama for another good one in Elam. The advantage for Kentucky is, Elam is from Kentucky and the Wildcats have their best recruit class in decades. Don’t be surprised if Kentucky wins this one.
  • ANY OTHER ELITE POSSIBILITIES?: None.

Missouri Tigers

  • TOP REALISTIC TARGET: Dwayne Hendrix, DE
  • TARGET’S RANKING: No. 171 in nation
  • THE SKINNY: The Tigers will have their change this weekend to try to sway Hendrix away from his commitment to Tennessee. With the Vols’ class packed to the gills, one has to think there’s at least a slight chance a few of their prospects might peek elsewhere to see what else is out there. Mizzou’s defense has to be intriguing to certain prospects, especially defensive linemen like Hendrix.
  • ANY OTHER ELITE POSSIBILITIES?: D.J. Williams, DT.

South Carolina Gamecocks

  • TOP REALISTIC TARGET: Derrell Scott, RB (Chose Tennessee)
  • TARGET’S RANKING: No. 127 in nation
  • THE SKINNY: During the fall, South Carolina was clearly the team to beat for Scott’s services. But things have tightened up some since. He visited Florida last weekend, but that doesn’t seem to be his destination. However, Tennessee has entered the picture and might ultimately be the team to beat. We will see what happens soon. The Gamecocks’ coaches have visited Scott many times.
  • ANY OTHER ELITE POSSIBILITIES?: Wesley Green, DB; Chris Lammons, DB; Poona Ford, DT.

Tennessee Volunteers

  • TOP REALISTIC TARGET: Derrell Scott, RB (Chose Tennessee)
  • TARGET’S RANKING: No. 127 in nation
  • THE SKINNY: Tennessee is on the rise when it comes to Scott, as mentioned above. They could very well end up with this four-star running back, and it would be a huge upset swing away from South Carolina–his former leader. He took his official visit to Knoxville in October. Also, keep in mind the Vols don’t have a ton of room to work with, so this would be a key addition.
  • ANY OTHER ELITE POSSIBILITIES?: Craig Evans, DT.

Vanderbilt Commodores

  • TOP REALISTIC TARGET: Koa Farmer, DB
  • TARGET’S RANKING: No. 389 in nation
  • THE SKINNY: Honestly, it’s really hard to tell who Vandy has a legitimate chance at, as the coaching change has affected everything. We put Farmer here because of his past dealings with Derek Mason when the new Vandy coach was at Stanford. Farmer is a soft verbal to Cal, but has said repeatedly he’s looking for a strong academic program. Vandy would qualify … but do the Commodores have time to sway him? Tough question.
  • ANY OTHER ELITE POSSIBILITIES?: None yet.

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  • DT Nifae Lealao just decommitted from Stanford. Looking at Vandy, Cal, Oregon St., and Utah.

  • Mizzou really wants LB Vincent Jackson who is visiting on the 31st. Also, you list DJ Williams as another prospect, he committed to kansas (and was likely told to cancel his official). We are very high on DT Daniel Cage and also bringing in DT Poona Ford both of whom are preferred over Williams. Hendrix would be a great flip from TN, but not a likely one imo. He is visiting, so who knows. We are also supposed to get an official from the Foreman twins who are currently committed to Texas.

    • Yep, DJ picked Kansas about 24 hours after this published. Oh well, that’s recruiting! I think Hendrix is a huge target and Tenn. has a bunch to give (one left in the last 24 hours and probably will go with Cincy). I’m expected some current Tenn. commits to jump ship.

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  • DT Nifae Lealao just decommitted from Stanford. Looking at Vandy, Cal, Oregon St., and Utah.

  • Mizzou really wants LB Vincent Jackson who is visiting on the 31st. Also, you list DJ Williams as another prospect, he committed to kansas (and was likely told to cancel his official). We are very high on DT Daniel Cage and also bringing in DT Poona Ford both of whom are preferred over Williams. Hendrix would be a great flip from TN, but not a likely one imo. He is visiting, so who knows. We are also supposed to get an official from the Foreman twins who are currently committed to Texas.

    • Yep, DJ picked Kansas about 24 hours after this published. Oh well, that’s recruiting! I think Hendrix is a huge target and Tenn. has a bunch to give (one left in the last 24 hours and probably will go with Cincy). I’m expected some current Tenn. commits to jump ship.