Auburn boasts the SEC’s top inside linebacker in Tre Williams, but Tennessee has two of the top five in Gavin Bryant and Kevin Mouhon–once again showing the Vols have depth and talent coming in with this signing class.
Here’s a look at the best five inside linebackers in this year’s SEC recruiting class (high school recruits only), and keep in mind, Kevin Young of Louisiana hasn’t even picked his school yet–so he’ll make the list as long as he goes SEC (as expected).
EDITOR’S NOTE: All references to ratings come from the 247Sports.com composite ranking
1. Tre Williams–Auburn commit
- St. Paul’s (Mobile, Ala.), 6-2/230
- The skinny: Williams is an intelligent prospect who might be as strong in the intangibles department as he is in the athleticism department–a great combination for the inside linebacker position, where split-second decision making can make all the difference in the world.
2. Shaun Hamilton–Alabama commit
- Carver (Montgomery, Ala.), 6-0/240
- The skinny: OK, so Hamilton isn’t 6-foot-4, so what? He comes from a national powerhouse prep program and has been coached well at that level. He’s compact, strong and explosive. Watch out–it’s another great defensive recruit heading to Alabama.
3. Gavin Bryant–Tennessee commit
- Jackson (Ala.), 6-2/230
- The skinny: An Alabama native, Bryant is just your consummate tackling machine. He has Miami trying to sway him away from being a Vols commitment, that’s one thing to keep an eye on, but if he sticks with Tennessee, he’ll be one of the Vols’ finest.
4. Kevin Mouhon–Tennessee commit
- Norcross (Ga.), 6-1/225
- The skinny: Mouhon, one of the state of Georgia’s better recruits, is a hitter. A bone-jarring hitter. He combines compact size with good speed and explosion toward the ball. He and Bryant form one of the nation’s best ILB tandems heading to the same program.
5. Detric Dukes–Georgia commit
- Tucker (Ga.), 6-0/220
- The skinny: A bit underrated by some entities, Dukes may be the darkhorse of the group. Not surprisingly for the ILB position, he seems to have been born with the ability to play this position–it hasn’t all been taught to him.
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