Uncommitted countdown: Best 30 SEC targets available- No. 9 Daron Payne, DT

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SDS will count down the 30 biggest SEC targets still available around the country–these are the players SDS thinks realistically will end up signing with SEC schools. Obviously there are players with SEC offers out west and up north, but if it looks like they aren’t seriously considering the SEC, we didn’t include them in this series.

Here’s a day-by-day ‘month of June’ look at the top 30 realistic SEC targets left in the country, ranking them from No. 30 down to No. 1 on June 30th.

No. 9 – Daron Payne, DT, Birmingham (Ala.), 6-2/330

SEC OFFERS: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina.
NAT. RANKING: No. 17 overall prospect in America.
NAT. POS. RANKING: No. 4 defensive tackle in America.
THE SKINNY: Payne is just a flat out tank. He could earn a sack with a truck strapped to his back. So good luck, SEC, when you go against this bowling ball of a defensive tackle. It won’t be fun. He has a low center of gravity … this isn’t some 6-foot-6 defensive end that you’re going to knock off balance. This is technically an Alabama-Auburn battle, I guess, but ‘Bama seems like the runaway favorite.
SDS PREDICTION: Alabama by a mile.

Editor’s note: For this particular series, Saturday Down South’s order for ‘likely SEC recruits’ is determined using the 247Sports.com industry composite ranking (as of June 1st ranking).

The Countdown:


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