SEC commits and targets dominate national JUCO rankings


SDS introduces the junior college prospect series, where we take a look at some of the top JUCO talent in the nation, while also looking back to see which SEC schools have utilized junior college players the most over the years. This year, the national rankings are filled with JUCO prospects that either are committed to SEC schools or will be SEC schools soon. There is a chance that the entire national top 10 may end up going to the SEC. In fact, the entire top 15 has a chance to end up in the SEC.

It’s worth noting … take a look at how many of the top 10 are seriously considering South Carolina.

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Here’s the national top 5.

No. 1 – Jovon Robinson, RB, 5-11/225

JUCO: Georgia Military College.
SEC SITUATION?: Committed to Auburn.
THE SKINNY: Robinson originally committed to and signed with Auburn out of high school, but then had to go the junior college route for academic reasons. All that is behind him now and he’ll bring his record-breaking JUCO numbers to the SEC in 2015.

No. 2 – Marquavius Lewis, DE, 6-4/270

JUCO: Hutchinson Community College (Kan.).
SEC SITUATION?: South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama.
THE SKINNY: Lewis is originally from South Carolina, so the Gamecocks have to be considered a leader to end up with this talented strongside defensive end. He is weighing his options, checking out Arizona State and Miami on official visits this month, but it’ll be hard to get him from the SEC .

No. 3 – Alvin Kamara, RB, 5-11/215

JUCO: Hutchinson Community College (Kan.).
SEC SITUATION?: Committed to Tennessee.
THE SKINNY: Kamara signed with Alabama out of high school, as many know, but went the JUCO route to try to better his stock. He just committed to the Volunteers in the last week, and will be an outstanding addition to go along with 2014 signee Jalen Hurd.

No. 4 – D.J. Jones, DT, 6-2/310

JUCO: East Mississippi Community College.
SEC SITUATION?: South Carolina, Tennessee.
THE SKINNY: Jones told Saturday Down South last week that two SEC schools really impress him. The Gamecocks are close to his upstate home in South Carolina, so that’s a huge plus for them, but Tennessee also hung with Jones when his academic situation needed to improve–and that loyalty factor gives the Vols a chance because Jones truly appreciated it.

No. 5 – Dante Sawyer, DE, 6-3/265

JUCO: East Mississippi Community College.
SEC SITUATION?: South Carolina leads
THE SKINNY: Sawyer was a 2014 South Carolina commitment, but went the JUCO route for academic reasons and could very well end up right back with the Gamecocks at the end of this process. As one can see, the Gamecocks are cleaning house when it comes to the JUCOs.

Here’s the rest … Nos. 6-10.

No. 6 – Dante Shipman, DB, 6-1/180

JUCO: Glendale Community College (Calif.).
SEC SITUATION?: Georgia is hot on his trail.

No. 7 – Tony Bridges, DB, 6-2/185

JUCO: Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C..
SEC SITUATION?: Committed to Auburn.

No. 8 – Donald Gray, WR, 5-9/185

JUCO: Copiah-Lincoln C.C. (Miss.).
SEC SITUATION?: Committed to Mississippi State.

No. 9 – Davon Durant, LB, 6-2/240

JUCO: Butler Community College (Kan.).
SEC SITUATION?: Durant is originally from Greenwood (S.C.), so there’s a decent chance he could end up back home at South Carolina..

No. 10 – Lorenzo Phillips, LB, 6-2/220

JUCO: East Mississippi C.C..
SEC SITUATION?: The former LSU signee has Georgia and Texas A&M paying close attention to him.

Editor’s note: For this particular series, Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to industry composite ranking.

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