Hidden recruiting gems: SEC West
The cupboard will be stocked at every program in the SEC West heading into next season and here’s a few players who are diamonds in the rough in this recruiting cycle:
Hidden gems: SEC West
ALABAMA: Christian Bell, DE, Hoover, Ala. (Three-star) — This lanky weakside defensive end was a star player for one of the top high school programs in the state of Alabama and committed to the Crimson Tide’s Mario Cristobal on April 23. Bell’s still growing at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and Alabama’s coaching staff saw plenty of upside in this kid off the edge.
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ARKANSAS: Rawleigh Williams III, RB, Dallas, Texas (Three-star) — Watching the Razorbacks run the football over the last two seasons under Bret Bielema, you get the feeling any player inserted behind that monstrous offensive line is going to have success in that downhill, hard-nosed scheme. We’ll soon see Williams work his magic in Fayetteville with a skill-set defined by elusiveness and speed.
AUBURN: Tyler Carr, OL, Gadsden, Ala. (Four-star) — Projected as a guard on the Plains, Carr already looks like a veteran offensive lineman and he’s only 18 years old. Wanted by several SEC programs including Alabama and Florida, his size — 6-foot-5, 315 pounds — is impressive. Carr played defensive tackle this season and dominated for Southside in Gadsden.
LSU: Isaiah Washington, DE, New Orleans (Three-star) — The only defensive end thus far in this year’s class, Washington will benefit from a redshirt season along a defensive front four with extreme depth for the Tigers. Defensive coordinator John Chavis and his staff hand-picked this weakside pass rusher and he’ll develop quickly under their tutelage.
MISSISSIPPI: Willie Hibbler, ATH, Sardis, Miss. (Three-star) — The Rebels can put this guy at any position on the field and his impact will be noticed. At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, his size and strength best translates to a spot on the outside edge defensively or at tight end.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: Darryl Williams, OL, Bessemer, Ala. (Three-star) — Mississippi State swiped Williams out of Alabama as the next essential piece up front for Dan Mullen’s run-based attack. Williams has the upside to become an excellent lead blocker. Auburn remains in hot pursuit of Williams.
TEXAS A&M: Larry Pryor, S, Sulphur Springs, Texas (Four-star) — Labeling this multi-position playmaker ‘under-the-radar’ is a stretch, but Pryor’s a kid who will make an instant impact defensively if he quickly learns the yet to-be-named new coordinator’s scheme. He played four sports at the prep level and moonlights as a star receiver.