The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provided us with our second look this week at high-profile recruits. As always, the live commitments added more suspense to the game. We will take a look at some players whose decisions affected SEC schools.
Anthony Alford (QB) – Southern Miss pulled off a huge upset by beating out two in-state SEC teams to get Alford. While it is a huge gain for USM, it’s an even bigger loss for both the Rebels and the Bulldogs. Both teams could use a top quarterback in this recruiting class and both teams missed on a great one here.
Jonathan Bullard (DE) – Bullard’s commitment to the Gators makes him probably the top prospect in their 2012 recruiting class so far. Bullard is the second defensive end to commit to Florida in this class and he could easily contribute on the field next year.
Deon Bush (S) – If Bush would have committed to Miami a month ago that would have been a bit of a surprise, because Auburn and Alabama were both recruiting Bush hard. I think Bama fans are happy to miss on Bush and get Collins, but I do feel that Auburn needs to sign a few more DB’s. Unfortunately for the Tigers Bush chose to stay at home.
Jordan Diggs (S) – South Carolina continues to put together a very good recruiting class, and the addition of Jordan Diggs just continues to make it even better. The Gamecocks now have two huge Safeties with Jordan Diggs and Chaz Elder. With these two guys in the backfield, it will be very difficult to throw the ball down the middle on South Carolina for some time.
Tyriq McCord (DE) – Coach Golden pulled an upset when McCord chose Miami over South Carolina, which had been high on his list previously. However, the Gamecocks’ recruiting class is already looking good and they should be fine even without McCord.
Brian Nance (LB) – Nance committed to Baylor during the game, but just like what I wrote about last night, I don’t think this one is over. Nance is still planning to take his official visits after he made his verbal commitments. He visits Arkansas last, and I think Nance’s recruitment will still be wide open until signing day.
Barry Sanders, Jr. (RB) – Not following in his father’s footsteps, Sanders, Jr. chose to carve his own path at Stanford. While it would have been neat for Bama fans to have the son of an NFL legend playing on the team, Alabama fans should be super excited to have RB TJ Yeldon committed to their team because he definitely looked like the best RB out there today.