825 3-star players signed with SEC teams in past 4 years. Here are the 10 biggest overachievers
Three-star prospects often are overlooked by fans, when in fact, most teams have a plethora of those players to help build depth on an SEC roster.
In the past four recruiting classes (2013-2016), 825 3-star prospects signed with SEC teams, according to the 247sports Football Recruiting Composite Team Rankings.
Of those, here are 10 who made the biggest mark on the league.
10. Anthony Sherrils, DB, Missouri: It’s obvious the Tigers didn’t have a great first season under first-year coach Barry Odom. One bright spot was junior defensive back Anthony Sherrils in the secondary, and even on special teams some. Sherrils appeared in all 12 games, recording seven tackles in three of those games, also tallying one interception.
9. T.J. Holloman, LB, South Carolina: With Will Muschamp at the helm of the Gamecock program, this team has started to inherit Muschamp’s persona by playing with a certain nastiness and physicality on defense, and it all starts with senior linebacker T.J. Holloman. Holloman had 64 tackles and showed off his coverage skills by adding three interceptions.
8. Richie Brown, LB, Mississippi State: Richie Brown was arguably the best player on the 2016 Bulldogs defense. Brown had a season high 14 tackles and one forced fumble against Auburn, added 10 tackles against South Carolina and 13 against Samford. He finished with 102 tackles — fifth in the SEC. He was fifth in 2015 too, with 109 tackles.
7. Brooks Ellis, LB, Arkansas: The senior linebacker was a bright spot for a very physical Razorback defense in 2016, recording 83 tackles. Ellis had his best game of the season on the road against the TCU Horned Frogs, recording 13 total tackles in the game, with five assisted tackles, and a 47-yard interception return to get on the score board.
6. Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida: In his sophomore campaign, Antonio Callaway has made major impact for a maligned Gators offense. You can’t forget the 4th-and-14 reception and touchdown to pull the comeback on the Tennessee Volunteers in 2015, and statistically, the wide receiver caught 54 receptions for 721 yards and three touchdowns. Callaway has a chance to be one of the nations best receivers in 2017.
5. Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn: The Montgomery, Ala., native toted the rock for 1,224 rushing yards on 209 carries for 7 touchdowns this past season. He showed he could be a reliable and physical force for the Tigers’ offense. Luckily for Gus Malzahn, he still has a season with Pettway in the backfield, which isn’t good news for opposing defenses.
4. JK Scott, P, Alabama: Punters are people, too. Scott was fourth in the country by averaging 47.2 yards per punt, with a long of 66 yards for the 2016 season. Not only did Scott average over 50 yards per punt in six straight games for the Crimson Tide, he managed to punt at least one ball over 60 yards in five of those games.
3. Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss: Engram put up video game-like numbers during the 2016 season, catching 65 receptions for 926 yards and eight touchdowns. With Engram departing the program for the NFL Draft, Ole Miss will have some big shoes to fill at the tight end position. Having a tall frame with a NFL ready body bodes well for Engram, whose rise from No. 888 player in the 2013 class to draft prospect is one of the best in the past four recruiting classes.
2. Quincy Wilson, DB, Florida: Though Jalen “Teez” Tabor received most of the spotlight in the Gators’ secondary, Quincy Wilson proved that he is an elite cornerback and first-round prospect for the upcoming NFL Draft. Wilson finished the 2016 season with 33 tackles, 3.5 tackle for loss, and three interceptions ad six pass break-ups. He was the No. 371 player in the 2014 recruiting class.
1. Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt: Webb was a workhorse for the Commodores, rushing 250 times for 1,283 yards and 13 touchdowns, leading the Commodores to their first bowl appearance under coach Derek Mason.
Webb’s 1,283 rushing yards nearly matched his recruiting ranking: He was the No. 1,226 player in the 2013 class, just the No. 77 running back.
Webb set the all-time rushing record for Vanderbilt this past season, and also announced to the media following the Commodores 41-17 loss to N.C. State in the Camping World Independence Bowl that he would be returning for his senior season. Webb could have another break out year and really boost his NFL Draft stock next season.