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Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; General view during the first half of the game between the Ohio Bobcats and Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
UT's star signee makes an effort to strengthen their upcoming class in 2018.
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This should only serve to heat up the recruiting of the 2019 signal caller.
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The prospect out of Franklin, Ga., reflects on his visit with the Tide on Saturday.
Nov 14, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Derek Mason leaves the field after his team defeated the Kentucky Wildcats during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium. Vanderbilt won 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Vanderbilt won out for a South Florida athlete over three SEC schools including Georgia.
Jan 2, 2017; Tampa , FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain claps prior to the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Florida went into Miami for its latest wide receiver commit.
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This big, physical guard already has SEC size, and the Tigers' future is already looking bright for 2018.
Nov 12, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron walks onto the field to watch his players warmup before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
It's early, but recruiting for 2018 is underway in the SEC. Here's a team-by-team look at where the teams rank nationally and within the conference.
Nov 26, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough (9) is hit by Auburn Tigers defensive back Tray Matthews (28)at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
The recruitment of Bo Nix will be one to watch the next two seasons.
Nov 19, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Arkansas and Bret Bielema landed a big commitment Wednesday.
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The Illinois prospect, who called Arkansas 'Tight End U' looks very happy to be a Razorback
Nov 28, 2015; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks fans cheer against the Clemson Tigers in the first half of the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Gamecocks getting a special visitor for the spring game.
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Does it make sense for fans to call out coaches' evaluations of recruits?
Dec 31, 2016; Orlando , FL, USA;  LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron works with his team before the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
LSU is a wide receiver commit richer after Monday night.
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A football recruit whose never taken a high school snap got an invite to a prestigious all-star game.
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The 6-foot-6 pass catcher may see the field as a red zone target in the future.
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The clock never stops on SEC recruiting, and Will Muschamp added a major space-filler along the defensive line on Sunday.
Oct 1, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers interim head coach Ed Orgeron with defensive line coach Pete Jenkins walk down Victory Hill with the team before a game against the Missouri Tigers at the Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Smith is a good-looking center prospect.
Sep 3, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; The SEC logo on the chains during a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the UCLA Bruins at Kyle Field. Texas A&M won in overtime 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Samuel Jr. is an elite DB prospect.
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The talented prospect's loss leaves the Bulldogs with only 2 players committed for 2018.
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The tight end commit is the highest-rated commitment in the class.
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Could Dalvin Cook's brother end up signing with the Gators?
Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart reacts against the Florida Gators during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Georgia lands huge 2019 prospect.
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A clerical mistake may have cost Urban Meyer a blue chip recruit
Nov 5, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin reacts after a penalty during the first quarter of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
Texas A&M won't be happy with this recent recruiting survey.
Nov 1, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn reacts after the win over the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Auburn won 35-31. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
The Tigers picked up a Peach State lineman over seven SEC teams.
Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban greet each other after the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Ohio State defeated Alabama 42-35. Mandatory Credit:  Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Ohio State pledge Emory Jones now has an Alabama offer.
Sep 17, 2016; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers fans in body paint react after the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan Hare Stadium. Texas A&M defeated Aubrn 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
A talented Georgia offensive lineman may be on the cusp of committing.
Sep 13, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fans crown around the Paul Bear Bryant statue prior the the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Bear Bryant's legacy at Alabama could continue to grow in the coming seasons.
Sep 17, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA;  LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) before a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
LSU has a long and proud history of producing NFL talent. That starts in recruiting top players. Here are the 10 greatest Tigers recruits since 2000.
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IMG Academy OT Daniel Faalele currently has five SEC offers. That number might go up if he continues to do this in camps.
Nov 19, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA; A South Carolina Gamecocks cheerleader celebrates a touchdown against the Western Carolina Catamounts in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Gamecocks land first commit of the 2018 recruiting cycle.
Dec 31, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough (9), head coach Nick Saban, and linebacker Ryan Anderson (22) hold up their trophies after the game against the Washington Huskies in the 2016 CFP Semifinal at the Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Washington 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Who is Alabama targeting within the 2018 class?
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) holds up an SEC logo after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Foster has the interest of many schools throughout the Southeast.
Nov 8, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; A general view outside Tiger Stadium before a game between the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Recruiting coverage may start to focus on just committed a prospect is to a school if others start to answer like an LSU commit did Sunday.
Dec 30, 2016; Nashville , TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones is dumped with Gatorade after a win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Who are the Vols trying to sign in 2018?
Apr 16, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart coaches during the second half of the spring game at Sanford Stadium. The Black team defeated the Red team 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The Bulldogs are going all out trying to flip a Peach State prospect from his Ohio State commitment.
Sep 3, 2016; Lexington, KY, USA; The Kentucky Wildcats mascot runs on the field before the game against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Commonwealth Stadium. Southern Mississippi defeated 44-35. Kentucky Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
The Wildcats went into Big Ten territory to get their latest commit.
Oct 15, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones looks on during the second half against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
A highly rated Tennessee prospect is looking at his options after a change on the Vols' staff. Will another SEC program pick up the top-20 athlete?
Nov 24, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron watches from the sideline during the second quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Top commit leaving LSU's 2018 recruiting class.
Jan 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) reacts to a play during the first half in the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Steelers won 18-16. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Tennessee added 5-star OL Trey Smith in the 2017 class. Where does Smith rank among the Vols' greatest recruits this century? Here's a look at the top 10.
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Another crop of dynamic linebackers hits the SEC in the fall. Here are some who could be fun to watch very soon, if not right away.
Oct 10, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster (10) prepares to hit Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen (10) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Whether it's an up or down year for the SEC at the linebacker position, Alabama is always part of the conversation when it comes to blue-chip prospects. We look at the 2017 class and how it might compare to the previous five classes.
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Three SEC quarterbacks have won the Heisman Trophy since 2000, but only one was regarded as a can't-miss recruit in high school. Here's a look at the 20 highest-rated quarterback prospects to sign with an SEC program out of high school this century.
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Auburn went undefeated in 2004, won a national title title in 2010 and reached the title game in 2013. Obviously the Tigers can recruit. Here's a closer look at Auburn's 10 greatest recruits since 2000, as ranked by 247Sports.com. Not surprisingly, three running backs made the list.
Oct 29, 2016; Columbia, MO, USA; A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats helmet during the first half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky wasn't satisfied with only one commit Tuesday.
Oct 22, 2016; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops interacts with fans before the SEC Nation show before the game with the Kentucky Wildcats and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky making the defensive line an early priority in 2018.
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The 2018 recruiting class has plenty of offensive linemen, and several made commitments long before they've grown into an SEC frame.
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Will he end up playing in the SEC?
Nov 19, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
After helping Clemson win a national championship, a graduate transfer is considering playing in the SEC.
Apr 11, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) during the first half at the Orange and Blue Debut at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Gators fans may be surprised who does and doesn't make the list for the highest rated recruits of the 21st century. The blue-chip prospects aren't always the best college players.
Oct 15, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Derek Mason pumps his fist reacting to a defensive stop against the Georgia Bulldogs at the end of the fourth quarter at Sanford Stadium. Vanderbilt defeated Georgia 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Young will be a part of the 2017 class.
Nov 19, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA; A South Carolina Gamecocks cheerleader celebrates a touchdown against the Western Carolina Catamounts in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas will be an instant-impact player for whichever school he signs with.
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Many of the prospects are considering SEC schools.
Sep 3, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; The SEC logo on the chains during a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the UCLA Bruins at Kyle Field. Texas A&M won in overtime 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
LSU in particular is off to a fast start.
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Three-star TE Zech Byrd committed to Florida in August, but did not sign with the Gators.
Sep 19, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Jalen Tabor (31) defensive back Keanu Neal (42) and defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) celebrate against Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Blake Bone (6) after an incomplete pass at Commonwealth Stadium. Florida defeated Kentucky 14-9.  Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
The SEC has a reputation for star defensive backs, so much so that two schools like to claim the title of DBU. An impressive number of blue-chip cornerbacks and safeties are coming into the conference this fall. How does this group compare to the previous five classes?
Nov 26, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart reacts to the play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated Georgia 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
It's never too early to get a head start on the 2019 class.
Dec 31, 2016; Orlando , FL, USA;  LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron works with his team before the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
There will be a party in the Orgeron household tonight.
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama Crimson Tide won 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Even with SEC football hitting a slow point on the calendar, the drama never seems to stop in the world of college football recruiting.
NCAA Football: Southern Mississippi at Alabama
The elite quarterback prospect will now be attending a local Alabama high school.