Meet the top 10 wide receivers committed to SEC programs
On the eve of Early Signing Day, 2 things are indisputably true—there’s a host of talented new playmakers heading into college football … and the SEC is nabbing its fair share. Here’s a run-down on the top 10 wide receivers committed to SEC schools. All rankings featured herein come from 247sports.com.
1. Rakim Jarrett (LSU)
National WR Ranking: No. 2 (No. 20 player overall)
What you need to know: Jarrett, who hails from the Washington, D.C., area, is perhaps the most complete receiver prospect in the class. Not the tallest (6-foot even), not the most physical, but big enough, strong enough and fast enough to be a game-changer, particularly in the revamped Tigers offense, either in the slot or outside.
2. Demond Demas (Texas A&M)
National WR Ranking: No. 3 (No. 22 overall)
What you need to know: Demas, who is the SEC’s other 5-star receiver (and one of only 4 such receivers in the nation) was an early commit to A&M in 2018. He’s nearly 6-3, and has been clocked at a 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash. He has to work on the fine points of the position, but he’ll be a red-zone impact guy from Day 1 for the Aggies.
3. Kayshon Boutte (LSU)
National WR Ranking: No. 6 (No. 40] overall)
What you need to know: Remember when LSU was a running-and-defense team and wasn’t nabbing 2 of the top 6 receivers in the nation? Well, times have changed, and the homestate guy will be an instant impact player in the slot or in the kick return game. He’s only 5-10, but it won’t matter much.
4. Marcus Rosemy (Georgia)
National WR Ranking: No. 7 (No. 41 overall)
What you need to know: Rosemy is tall (6-2) and athletic, and should be at home in Georgia’s offense as a possession guy to complement all the various Bulldogs with blinding speed on the perimeter. Signing him out of Ft. Lauderdale power St. Thomas Aquinas was a big recruiting strike for Kirby Smart.
5. Jermaine Burton (LSU)
National WR Ranking: No. 8 (No. 52 overall)
What you need to know: Stop us if you’ve heard this before. Burton, who was from Atlanta but finished his high school years in California (after nearly transferring to IMG Academy in Florida), is an explosive athlete who represents yet another talented target for the Tigers. Burton was the fastest player at The Opening’s Atlanta camp, and LSU appears to have held off a late charge from Georgia to keep Burton.
6. Kobe Hudson (Auburn)
National WR Ranking: No. 18 (No. 93 overall)
What you need to know: A Georgia product who was an early commit to Auburn, Hudson is kind of hard to figure. He’s a tough, physical player, but he spent as much time at quarterback as receiver in high school. He’s savvy, but not necessarily the most physically gifted player, and while his upside is undeniable, it might take some time for him to make an impact at Auburn (and it could be at another position).
7. Thaiu Jones-Bell (Alabama)
National WR Ranking: No. 20 (No. 101 overall)
What you need to know: Jones-Bell is a versatile target, one Alabama could use in the slot or outside. One of the more complete receivers in the class, he could be a gem for the Tide, and yet another impressive Tide grab out of Miami.
8. Ze’Vian Capers (Auburn)
National WR Ranking: No. 24 (No. 129 overall)
What you need to know: Yet another Georgia product (it feels like most of these players are from, played at, or are going to Georgia), Capers was once an Arkansas commit. Three weeks after decommitting, he went with Auburn, where his 6-4 frame will make him a big-play threat on the outside for Bo Nix.
9. Javon Baker (Alabama)
National WR Ranking: No. 26 (No. 137 overall)
What you need to know: Baker, who played high school ball in (you guessed it) Georgia, was an early commit to Bama, and has a great combination of size (6-1, 190), quickness and leaping ability (35-inch vertical). He showed out at The Opening in Atlanta, where he was the best receiver there. Could be a mildly under-the-radar star if Alabama does, indeed, need to revamp its receiving corps.
10. J.J. Evans (Auburn)
National WR Ranking: No. 27 (No. 149 overall)
What you need to know: Evans is an in-state recruit for the Tigers and not unlike Hudson (above), he’s got a world of potential. At 6-2, 185, he’s a big, physical presence who could stand out in the red zone. He might need some time to adjust to college and to the finer aspects of receiver play, but look out once he’s coached up a bit by the Tigers.