Top defensive 2017 prospects in every SEC state
Who are the No. 1 overall prospects on defense in each state within the Southeastern Conference’s geographic recruiting footprint for the 2017 cycle?
Here they are below according to the recruiting industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings.
Alabama: Markail Benton, LB, Phenix City Central
Benton has speed, lateral ability and will strike you. He’s one of the top linebacker prospects in the southeast for 2017 and word on the street is that Auburn is the early team to beat.
Arkansas: Akial Byers, DT, Fayetteville
The 6-foot-4, 279-pound Byers has a host of offers from throughout the SEC. He’s got excellent size and athleticism, which translates to great upside. Arkansas obviously has an advantage on hometown prospects.
Florida: Dylan Moses, OLB, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Moses, who is a native of Louisiana- is one of the best linebackers in terms of lateral ability in the last 2-3 cycles. Will he return home and play for LSU or head somewhere else, like Alabama? Time will tell.
Georgia: DeAngelo Gibbs, CB, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Gibbs has rare size/hips at the cornerback position and is as quick as they come. The entire country has offered- will he stay in-state and head to UGA or head off to Ohio State or elsewhere?
Kentucky: Sean Cleasant, DT, Louisville DuPont Manuel
The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder comes from a good talent-producing school in Louisville and has an early Vanderbilt offer.
Louisiana: Tyler Shelvin, DT, Lafayette Northside
Yet another talented defensive tackle from the Pelican State and yet another big in-state commitment for the LSU Tigers. Shelving is 329 pounds and can flat-out move.
Mississippi: Willie Gay, OLB, Starkville
Gay is the latest high-level prospect to come out of Starkville High. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has an extensive offer list. Can Mississippi State keep him at home?
Missouri: Chester Graves, DE, Kansas City Park Hill
Graves is one of those raw, but talented with upside, types of defensive linemen we see from the Kansas City area. In-state Mizzou is the early team to beat and he fits what they do perfectly.
South Carolina: Tank Robinson, S, Lake Marion
Robinson isn’t the biggest safety prospect out there, but he’s fast, has good instincts and very good ball skills. He’s likely to stay in-state and go to Clemson or South Carolina.
Tennessee: JaCoby Stevens, S, Murfreesboro Oakland
On film, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Stevens is one special football player. He has some of the best instincts of any prospect in the entire 2017 class. LSU was the early favorite. Tennessee will try to keep him in-state. The entire country wants him.
Texas: Marvin Wilson, DT, Bellaire Episcopal
Wilson is one of the top overall defensive tackle prospects nationally and rightfully so as the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder is dominant. LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and others are battling it out here early.