2014 SEC Recruiting Classes

2014 SEC Recruiting Classes
February 6, 2014, 10:15 am
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Craig Sager II, Score Atlanta

Score Atlanta’s Craig Sager II looks at SEC classes, listed in order by 247sports. 

Alabama

National class rank: 1st

Alabama was already set to turn in the highest-ranked recruiting class for the fourth consecutive season before Rashaan Evans, the top outside linebacker in the country, added to this stacked class by signing with Alabama over Auburn on Wednesday. The Crimson Tide own six of the 17 composite five-stars joining the SEC this year. Offensive tackle Cameron Robinson was one of eight early enrollees this year and sits as the No. 3 ranked prospect in the country at 6-foot-7, 335-pounds. 15 different states are represented in this class of 25 athletes and Nick Saban once again pulled the best-of-the-best from across the country.  

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Marlon Humphrey and Tony Brown are two of top ranked cornerbacks in the country and outside linebacker Rashaan Evans has all-conference talent. Defensive end Da’Shawn Hand posted 53 sacks in his last three varsity seasons and is 247sports No. 1 ranked strong side defensive end. 

Tony Brown                CB       Ozen (Texas)                          6-0/188

Joshua Casher            OC      St. Paul’s Episcopal (Ala.)        6-1/297

Ronnie Clark              OLB      Calera (Ala.)                            6-2.5/215

David Cornwell           QB      Norman North (Okla.)              6-5/241

Johnny Dwight            DT       Wilcox County                        6-2.5/303

Ty Flournoy-Smith      TE       Georgia Military College        6-3/230

Josh Frazier                 DT       Har-Ber (Ark.)                        6-3/335

Shaun Hamilton          ILB       Carver-Montgomery (Ala.)     6-0/240

Da’Shawn Hand         DE       Woodbridge (Va.)                   6-4/265

J.C. Hassenauer           OC      East Ridge (Minn.)                 6-2.5/292

Keith Holcombe          ATH    Hillcrest (Ala.)                        6-4/210

Marlon Humphrey       CB       Hoover (Ala.)                          6-1/175

Dominick Jackson       OT       College of San Mateo (Calif.) 6-7/304

Laurence Jones            S          Neville (La.)                            6-2/220

Derek Kief                  WR      LaSalle (Ohio)                         6-5/197

Montel McBride         OG      Plant City (Fla.)                      6-4/329

Christian Miller           OLB    Spring Valley (SC)                  6-4/222

D.J. Pettway               DE       East Mississippi (Miss.) C.C. 6-3/250

Ross Pierschbacher     OT       Cedar Falls (Iowa)                  6-4/290

Jarran Reed                 DT       East Mississippi (Miss.) C.C. 6-4/310

Cameron Robinson     OT       West Monroe (La.)                  6-7/335

Bo Scarbrough            ATH    IMG Academy (Fla.)              6-2/225

J.K. Scott                    K         J.K. Mullen (Colo.)                 6-4/185

Cameron Sims             WR      Ouachita Parish (La.)              6-4/199

O.J. Smith                   DT       Airline (La.)                            6-2/320 

LSU

National class rank: 2nd

The Tigers added four uncommitted players on National Signing Day and house a strong class of 23.  12 of the 19 signees are from Louisiana, including five-star running back Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 ranked ball carrier in the country according to 247sports. The composite recruiting rankings label Fournette as the No. 1 2014 prospect in the country. This class gives the Tigers a lot of depth at the safety position with early enrollee Edward Paris and fellow safeties Jamal Adams, Devin Voorhies and John Battle. The No. 2 ranking for the Class of 2014 gives the Tigers its highest rated class since 2009. 

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Fournette claimed 247 National Player of the Year honors after this season and finished his high school career with 7,630 career rushing yards, 90 rushing touchdowns, 1,058 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns.  Fournette’s rare combination of speed and power will be seen instantly in Baton Rouge. 

Jamal Adams               S          Hebron (Texas)                       6-0/199

Donnie Alexander       OLB    Edna Karr (La.)                       6-1/205

John Battle                  S          Hallandale (Fla.)                     6-2/180

Garrett Brumfield       OG      University Lab (La.)               6-3.5/272

D.J. Chark                   WR      Alexandria (La.)                      6-0.5/176

Will Clapp                   OG      Brother Martin (La.)               6-4.5/275

Deondre Clark                        SDE    Douglass (Okla.)                     6-2.5/238

Malachi Dupre            WR      John Curtis (La.)                     6-1/226

Russell Gage               ATH    Redemptorist (La.)                  6-0/175

Cameron Gamble        K         Flower Mound (Texas)           5-11/185

Clifton Garrett                        OLB    Plainfield South (Ill.)              6-2/228

Davon Godchaux        SDE    Plaquemine (La.)                     6-4/265

Leonard Fournette      RB       St. Augustine (La.)                 6-1/226

Brandon Harris           QB      Parkway (La.)                         6-2.5/193

Trey Lealaimatafo       DT       Warren (Texas)                        6-0/301

Edward Paris              S          Mansfield Timberview (Texas)6-1/190

Trey Quinn                  WR      Barbe (La.)                              6-1/200

Sione Teuhema            WDE   Keller (Texas)                          6-3.5/217

Tony Upchurch           WR      Dawson (Texas)                      6-2/228

Travonte Valentine     DT       Champagnat Catholic (Fla.)    6-3/338

Devin Voorhies           S          Wilkinson County (Miss.)       6-2/185

Jacory Washington      TE       Westlake (La.)                         6-5/220

Darrel Williams           ATH    John Ehret (La.)                      6-0/227

Texas A&M

National class rank: 5th

Massive lineman and some of the nation’s top wide receivers are present in this year’s class. In 2013, Texas A&M’s 31-man class did not have a single five-star in it, but this year there are three in the 21-man group. Louisiana-native Speedy Noil is the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the country and enrolled early with fellow five-star and quarterback Kyle Allen, one of the highest rated passers in the 2014 class. Myles Garrett is the No. 1 weakside defensive end in the country (according to 247sports) both sides of the football get a boost with this top 5 class. 

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Texas A&M’s defense ranked 96th in the country last season at 32.2 points per game and Garrett will provide an instant boost. The athletic 6-foot-4 pass rusher backed up his five-star status last season with 20.5 sacks and 39 tackles for loss.  

Otaro Alaka                            OLB    Cypress Falls (Texas)  6-3/205

Kyle Allen                               QB      Desert Mountain (Ariz.)          6-2.5/185

Cedric Collins                         CB       Skyline (Texas)                       5-10/175

Qualen Cunningham               WDE   Hamilton (Ariz.)                      6-4/220

Kealvin Davis                         OT       Lakeview Centennial (Texas) 6-4.5/247

Jermain Eluemunor                 OT       Lackawanna (Pa.) C.C.           6-5/300

Myles Garrett                          WDE   James Martin (Texas)              6-4/240

Avery Gennesy                       OT       East Mississippi (Miss.) C.C.  6-5/307

Nick Harvey                            CB       Travis (Texas)                          5-9/175

Zaycoven Henderson              DT       Longview (Texas)                   6-1/280

Frank Iheanacho                     WR      Westside-Houston (Texas)      6-6/220

Jamal Jeffery                           WR      Lufkin (Texas)                                    5-9/168

Jarrett Johnson                        WDE   Seven Lakes (Texas)               6-3/226

Zach Ledwik                           OT       La Grange (Texas)                  6-4.5/271

Koda Martin                           OT       Manvel (Texas)                       6-6.5/245

Speedy Noil                            WR      Edna Karr (La.)                       5-10.5/176

Joshua Reynolds                     WR      Tyler (Texas) J.C.                    6-2.5/185

Josh Walker                             OLB    Gilmer (Texas)                        6-1/220

DeShawn Washington                        DT       Nederland (Texas)                  6-3/277

Armani Watts                          S          North Forney (Texas)  5-10.5/179

Donovan Wilson                     S          Woodlawn (La.)                      6-0.5/180 

Auburn

National class rank: 6th

Auburn’s taste for Georgia talent is once again present in this year’s class of 23 players. The Tigers hold 10 of the top players from the Peach State in this class compared to just seven players from instate Alabama. Head coach Gus Malzahn brought in a class filled with lockdown corners and versatile offensive weapons for his patented playbook. Wideout D’haquille Williams is the No. 1 junior college prospect in the country (according to 247sports) while athletes Stanton Truitt, Myron Burton and Markell Boston (all Georgia-products) provide multiple looks running or catching the football. 

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Wideout D’haquille Williams and his 6-foot-3 frame and breakaway speed will get involved in the offense this season. Composite five-star running back Roc Thomas rushed for 2211 yards and 32 touchdowns last season at Oxford High School (Ala.). 

Kalvaraz Bessent        CB       Camden County                                  6-0/170

Markell Boston           ATH    East Coweta                                        6-1.5/200

Myron Burton             ATH    Peachtree Ridge                                  6-2.5/203

Xavier Dampeer          OC      Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) C.C.               6-4/300

De’Shaun Davis          ILB     Vigor (Ala.)                                         6-0/225

Raashed Kennion        WDE   First Coast (Fla.)                                 6-6/228

DaVonte Lambert       SDE    Georgia Military College                    6-3/278

Devaroe Lawrence      DT       Georgia Military College                    6-3/278

Chris Laye                   TE       Lambert                                               6-5/240

Jakell Mitchell             TE       Opelika (Ala.)                                     6-3/214

Derrick Moncrief        S          Mississippi Gulf Coast (Miss.) C.C.   6-3/226

Kamryn Pettway         RB       Prattville                                              5-11.5/221

Stephen Roberts          CB       Opelika (Ala.)                                     6-0/177

Nick Ruffin                 CB       St. Pius X                                            6-1/185

Dontavius Russell       DT       Carrollton                                            6-3/300

Braden Smith              OG      Olathe South (Kan.)                            6-6/290

Roc Thomas                RB       Oxford (Ala.)                                      5-11/196

Justin Thorton             WDE   Vigor (Ala.)                                         6-5/222

Stanton Truitt              ATH    Monroe Area                                       5-10/185

Sean White                  QB      University-Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.)         6-2/204

Andrew Williams        WDE   Eagle’s Landing Christian                  6-5/247

D’haquille Williams    WR      Mississippi Gulf Coast (Miss.) C.C.   6-3/213

Tre’ Williams               ILB     St. Paul’s Episcopal (Ala.)                  6-4/237 

Tennessee

National class rank: 7th

Tennessee is bringing in a huge 33 player class. 14 of the players were early enrollees and this group could be the start of Tennessee’s journey back into contention in the SEC after a mere four conference wins in the last three seasons. Head coach Butch Jones did a great job grabbing the Volunteer state’s top prospects and wideout Josh Malone and running back Jalen Hurd enrolled early. There are 16 four-star athletes present in this class and a dozen offensive and defensive linemen. Athletes Vic Wharton and Evan Berry are game changers on offense, something the team has been lacking.

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Hurd is a rare breed at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds that can carry the ball for four quarters and also show up in the passing game with tight end-like size. Offensive tackle Dontavius Blair is 6-foot-8, 303 pounds and was the No. 13 ranked junior college prospect by 247sports.  

Derek Barnett             SDE    Brentwood Academy (Tenn.)             6-3.5/265

Dillon Bates                OLB    Ponte Vedra (Fla.)                              6-3/220

Elliott Berry                OLB    Creekside                                            5-11/191

Evan Berry                  ATH    Creekside                                            5-11/195

Dontavius Blair           OT       Garden City (Kan.) C.C..                   6-8/303

Gavin Bryant              ILB     Jackson (Ala.)                                     6-1.5/230

Neiko Creamer            ATH    Eastern Christian (Md.)                      6-3/218

Jerome Dews               ATH    Potomac (Md.)                                    6-4/200

RaShaan Gaulden          S        Independence (Tenn.)                         6-1/178

Daniel Helm                TE       Glenwood (Ill.)                                   6-4/225

Joe Henderson            WDE   Shaker Heights (Ohio)                       6-3/230

Dewayne Hendrix       SDE    O Fallon (Ill.)                                      6-5/254

Jalen Hurd                   ATH    Beech (Tenn.)                                      6-3/230

Jakob Johnson             ILB     Jean Ribault (Fla.)                               6-3.5/236

Todd Kelly                  S          Webb-Knoxville (Tenn.)                     6-0/188

Josh Malone                WR      Station Camp (Tenn.)                          6-2.5/191

Cortez McDowell       S          Locust Grove                                      6-1/200

Aaron Medley             K         Marshall County (Tenn.)                     6-2/170

Dimarya Mixon           DT       West Mesquite (Texas)                       6-3.5/265

Emmanuel Moseley     CB       Dudley (N.C.)                                     6-0/160

Charles Mosley           DT       Brighton (Tenn.)                                 6-5/350

Treyvon Paulk             RB       Milton                                                 5-9/195

D’Andre Payne           CB       Woodson H.D. (D.C.)                                    5-9.5/175

Von Pearson                WR      Feather River College (Calif.)             6-1/180

Ray Raulerson OT       Plant (Fla.)                                                      6-4/278

Jashon Robertson        OG      Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.)   6-3/295

Derrell Scott                APB    Havelock (N.C.)                                  5-11/180

Coleman Thomas        OC      Fort Chiswell (Va.)                             6-6/297

Cory Thomas               SDE    McAdory (Ala.)                                  6-5.5/281

Chris Weatherd           OLB    Trinity Valley (Texas) C.C.                 6-3.5/220

Vic Wharton               ATH    Independence (Tenn.)                         6-0/188

Owen Williams           DT       Butler (Kan.) C.C.                              6-1/280

Ethan Wolf                 TE       Minster (Ohio)                                    6-5.5/247 

Georgia

National class rank: 8th

The Bulldogs star-studded class of 21 signees is highlighted by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter. The Norcross standout will join seven other defensive signees in this class that will help new Bulldogs new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt build a great defense in Athens. This year’s class added an elite pair of running backs (Sony Michel and Nick Chubb) to Georgia’s already talented backfield with Todd Gurley and company. U.S. Army All-American quarterback Jacob Park was the only early enrollee in this class. Last year’s class of 33 signees had zero five-stars and this year will send three to Athens. 

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Brooks County’s Malkom Parrish is one of the toughest lockdown corners in this year’s class. Lorenzo Carter could be the best overall athlete in this year’s class and his speed off the line makes him lethal on third downs. 

Kendall Baker                         OT       Marist                                                  6-6/275

Jake Blazevich                        TE       Charlotte Christian (NC..)                  6-4.5/230

Keyon Brown                           WDE   Hardee (Fla.)                                       6-3/230

Nick Chubb                             RB       Cedartown                                          5-11/216

Detric Dukes                           ILB     Tucker                                                 6-0/220

Jake Edwards                          OG      Heard County                                     6-4/286

Shattle Fenteng                       CB       Hutchinson (Kan.) C.C.                      6-2/220

Lamont Gaillard                      DT       Pine Forest (N.C.)                               6-3/310

Gilbert Johnson                       WR      Homestead (Fla.)                                6-2/190

Rico Johnson                           WR      Georgia Prep Sports Academy           5-10/170

Shaquille Jones                        CB       Merritt Island (Fla.)                            6-2/175

Isaiah McKenzie                     WR      American Her-Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.)   5-8/175

Sony Michel                            RB       American Her-Plantation (Fla.)           5-11/205

Jacob Park                               QB      Stratford (S.C.)                                   6-3/202

Malkom Parrish                       CB       Brooks County                                    5-9/186

Dominick Sanders                   S          Tucker                                                 5-11/187

Dyshon Sims                           OT       Lowndes                                             6-4/278

Shakenneth Williams              WR      Rutland                                               6-1.5/195

Isaiah Wynn                            OG      Lakewood (Fla.)                                 6-2/272 

Florida

National class rank: 9th

The Gators finished 2013 with seven consecutive losses and faced the challenge of recruiting against National Champion Florida State and the rest of the state. However, Treon Harris’ flip from the Seminoles on National Signing Day adds to a solid class with more size up front and its usual bevy of speed and lockdown cornerbacks. The Gators’ struggling offense that scored just 18.8 points per game last season got some stability for the future with North Carolina-native and quarterback Will Grier. The 6-foot-3 passer enrolled early and lit up the scoreboards for 146 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions, while adding 21 rushing scores his last two seasons.  

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Jalen Tabor is one of the best corners in the nation at 6-foot-1 and intercepted eight passes during his senior season. Gerald Willis headlines an impressive trio of defensive tackles and surpassed 100 tackles each of his final two seasons at Karr (La.). 

Taven Bryan                OT       Natrona County (Wyo.)                                  6-5/250

Khairi Clark                DT       Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Fla.)                    6-2/325

Duke Dawson             CB       Dixie County (Fla.)                                         5-11/197

Tavaris Dorsey            OG      Raines (Fla.)                                                    6-2/315

DeAndre Goolsby       TE       Derby (Kan.)                                                   6-4/225

Will Grier                    QB      Davidson Day (N.C.)                                      6-3/187

Treon Harris                ATH    Booker T. Washington (Fla.)                          5-11/180

Kavaris Harkless         OT       Trinity Christian (Fla.)                                    6-5/273

Thomas Holley            DT       Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.)                                 6-4/285

J.C. Jackson                WR      Immokalee (Fla.)                                             5-10/180

Nolan Kelleher            OG      Wando (S.C.)                                                  6-6/305

C’yontai Lewis           TE       Kingwood Christian (Ala.)                             6-5/215

Andrew Mike              OT       Sabino (Ariz.)                                                  6-7/270

Deiondre Porter          ATH    Jefferson (Fla.)                                                6-1/166

Brandon Powell          ATH    Deerfield Beach (Fla.)                                                5-9/175

Justus Reed                 SDE    Clearwater Central Catholic (Fla.)                  6-3/216

Drew Sarvary              OT       Tyler (Texas) J.C.                                            6-6/310

David Sharpe              OT       Duncan U. Fletcher (Fla.)                               6-6/318

Ryan Sousa                 WR      Lake Nona (Fla.)                                             6-0/177

Moral Stephens           TE       Taylor County (Fla.)                                       6-4/200

Jalen Tabor                  CB       Friendship Academy (D.C.)                           6-1/182

Gerald Willis               DT       Edna Karr (La.)                                               6-3/275

Quincy Wilson            S          University-Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.)                     6-1/196

C.J. Worton                 WR      South Dade (Fla.)                                           6-1/175 

Ole Miss

National class rank: 15th

 The Rebels and head coach Hugh Freeze could not match the 7th nationally-ranked class he brought in 2013, but the Rebels managed to put together a strong 26-player class this year. The Rebels dominated in-state recruiting this season with 14 signees, including four players from Callaway High School. Roderick Taylor is the No. 1 prospect out of Mississippi and is considered the best guards in the country by multiple recruiting experts. Freeze found success in Georgia again with this class and grabbed three defensive players from metro Atlanta (Kendarius Webster, Demarquis Gates and Chris Williams. 

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Roderick Taylor is a force on the offensive line and will be able to come in and play guard for the Rebels this season with his all-conference size, strength and technique. Kendarius Webster from Stockbridge will likely join the corner rotation next fall.  

D.K. Buford                           APB    Lafayette (Miss.)                                 5-11/215

Fahn Cooper                           OT       College of DuPage (Ill.)                      6-5/314

Kendrick Doss                        QB      Florence (Ala.)                                    6-2/218

Sammie Epps                          TE       Greenwood (Miss.)                             6-3/210

Victor Evans                           WDE   Skyline (Texas)                                   6-2.5/226

Demarquis Gates                     OLB    Lovejoy                                               6-2/212

C.J. Hampton                          S          Meridian (Miss.)                                  6-1/195

Dayall Harris                           WR      Callaway (Miss.)                                 6-4/185

Marquis Haynes                      WDE   Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) 6-3/225

Akeem Judd                            RB       Georgia Military College                    5-11/219

Dacorius Law                          RB       Haines City Senior (Fla.)                    5-11/186

Jeremy Liggins                        ATH    Northwest Mississippi (Miss.) C.C.    6-4/270

Garrald McDowell                  SDE    Covington (La.)                                  6-1/252

Alvin Moore                            ILB     Bassfield (Miss.)                                 6-0/190

Calvin Moore                          ATH    Bassfield (Miss.)                                 6-0/182

Markell Pack                           WR      Purvis (Miss.)                                      6-2/180

Tyler Putman                           OT       Desoto Central (Miss.)                        6-5/280

Sean Rawlings                         OT       Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Miss.) 6-5/285

Christian Russell                     ILB     East Mississippi (Miss.) C.C.              6-0/240

Tee Shepard                            CB       Holmes (Miss.) C.C.                           6-1/197

Jordan Sims                             OG      Homewood (Ala.)                               6-4/345

Breeland Speaks                     DT       Callaway (Miss.)                                 6-3/270

Roderick Taylor                      OG      Callaway (Miss.)                                 6-3.5/305

Kendarius Webster                 CB       Stockbridge                                         5-10.5/177

Chris Williams                       DT       Sandy Creek (Ga.)                              6-1/287

Gary Wunderlich                    K         Memphis University School (Tenn.)   6-0/180 

South Carolina

National recruiting rank: 18th

The Gamecocks were on the outside of the top 20 recruiting classes for the first time since 2010 early Wednesday morning, but late signees DT Dexter Wideman, CB Chris Lammons and DE Blake McClaine moved the Gamecocks into the top 18. On the offensive side of the football, Shaq Davidson, Terry Googer and Tyshun Samuel are sure handed receivers that will bring a consistent group of targets to the Steve Spurrier playbook. On the defensive side of the football, North Gwinnett defensive end Dante Sawyer and Cedar Grove linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams were Georgia standouts plucked from the Bulldogs’ grasp during what were some of the year’s most competitive recruiting battles. 

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Bryson Allen-Williams is the complete package at linebacker and is a consensus top 10 outside linebacker prospect in the nation. Defensive end Dante Sawyer is a gifted pass rusher and run stopper that will fit in with the Gamecocks tradition of athletic lineman. 

Bryson Allen-Williams            OLB    Cedar Grove                                       6-1/222

Joe Blue                                  ILB     Dillon (S.C.)                                        5-11/235

Kevin Crosby                          TE       Bamberg Ehrhardt (S.C.)                    6-0/236

Shaq Davidson                        WR      Gaffney (S.C.)                                                6-0/170

Terry Googer                           WR      Woodward Academy                         6-4/209

Al Harrris                                CB       St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)                  5-11/160

Abu Lamin                              DT       Fort Scott (Kan.) C.C.                                    6-3/300

Chris Lammons                       CB       Plantation (Fla.)                                  5-10/170

Blake McLain                         SDE    Sandalwood (Fla.)                              6-4/280

Kalan Ritchie                          TE       Goose Creek (S.C.)                             6-5/210

Tyshun Samuel                        WR      Chapman (S.C.)                                  5-11/180

Dante Sawyer                         WDE   North Gwinnett                                  6-2.5/262

Michael Scarnecchia               QB      Fleming Island (Fla.)                           6-3/185

Darin Smalls                            S          Summerville (S.C.)                              5-11/200

D.J. Smith                               CB       Walton                                                6-0/191

Taylor Stallworth                    DT       Taylor Stallworth                                6-2/285

Donell Stanley                                    OG      Latta (S.C.)                                         6-4/330

Jhaustin Thomas                      SDE    Trinity Valley (Texas) C.C.                 6-6/255

Dexter Wideman                     DT       Saluda (SC)                                         6-4/255

Malik Young                           OG      Woodmont (S.C.)                               6-3/277 

Kentucky

National class rank: 22th

The Wildcats have taken significant strides in recruiting the past two seasons and continue to improve in the national rankings. In 2012, the Wildcats were the No. 63 ranked class and posted a great turnaround in 2013, ranking in the top 29. This year’s class of 29 gives Kentucky the No. 22 class in the country and it is highlighted by seven early enrollees, including four-star quarterback Drew Barker. 11 of the 29 signees in this class came from the state of Ohio and 10 total states are represented, including Georgia, which sent Stanley Williams and Jared Tucker. 

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Defensive tackle Matt Elam is one of the biggest prospects in the nation at 6-foot-5, 372 pounds. Elam is a difference maker in stopping the run and posted 85 tackles last season. Safety Darius West is a ball hawk and should see action in the secondary and special teams as a freshman. 

Dorian Baker                           WR      Cleveland Heights (Ohio)                   6-3/205

Drew Barker                           QB      Conner (Ky.)                                       6-4/210

Blake Bone                             WR      Woodruff (S.C.)                                  6-4/175

Tymere Dubose                     DT       Youngstown Christian (Ohio)            6-6/260

Mike Edwards                         S          Winton Woods (Ohio)                       5-11/180

Matt Elam                               DT       John Hardin (Ky.)                               6-5/372

Nico Firios                              OLB    Lyman (Fla.)                                       6-1.5/220

Ryan Flannigan                       OLB    Blinn College (Texas)                         6-2/230

Dorian Hendrix                       ILB     Wayne (Ohio)                                     6-0/230

Mikel Horton                          RB       Lakota West (Ohio)                            6-1/225

Cory Johnson                          DT       ASA College (N.Y.)                           6-4/300

Garret Johnson                        WR      West Orange (Fla.)                              5-9/160

Josh Krok                                OH      McKinley (Ohio)                                 6-8/300

Jarrett LaRubbio                     OG      Lakota East (Ohio)                             6-5/260

Darryl Long                            TE       Westerville South (Ohio)                    6-4/225

Michael Mathis                       ATH    Kilgore (Texas) J.C.                            6-2/210

Adrian Middleton                   DT       South Warren (Ky.)                            6-3/265

Kendall Randolph                   CB       Lincoln (Fla.)                                      5-11/170

Nick Richardson                     OT       Westerville Central (Ohio)                  6-5/285

Thaddeus Snodgrass               WR      Springfield (Ohio)                               6-1/170

A.J. Stamps                             S          East Mississippi (Miss.) C.C.              6-0/190

Jervontius Stallings                 OC      Spain Park (Ala.)                                 6-3/305

Lloyd Tubman                                    WDE   Seneca Academy (Ky.)                       6-5/235

Jared Tucker                            S          Stephenson                                          5-11/175

Kobie Walker                          S          Good Counsel (Md.)                           6-3/200

Denzel Ware                           WDE   Crestview (Fla.)                                  6-3/220

Darius West                            S          Lima Central Catholic (Ohio)             6-0/195

Stanley Williams                     APB    George Walton Academy                   5-8/189

T.V. Williams                          WR      McKinney (Texas)                              5-8/148

Arkansas 

National class rank: 30th

The Razorbacks knew what they wanted to improve with this year’s class and head coach Bret Bielema and the staff went out and did it. Arkansas inked four of the top offensive tackles in the country and a staggering seven defensive backs (five safeties) in hopes of securing the future at these positions. The instate talent was secured in Arkansas and five of the top nine ranked in-state prospects (according to 247sports) will take their talents to Little Rock next fall. Four players enrolled early, including Lassiter cornerback Chris Murphy. Bijhon Jackson is a composite top 10 defensive tackle in the nation. 

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Offensive tackle Brian Wallace is the No. 1 prospect out of the state of Missouri and will be ready to come in and contribute at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds. Wide receiver and early enrollee Cody Hollister is a reliable target on third down situations and stands 6-foot-4. 

Anthony Brown                      WDE   Killian (Fla.)                                        6-4/235

Jared  Cornelius                      WR      Evangel Christian Academy (La.)      6-0/175

Juan Day                                 RB       North Little Rock (Ark.)                     6-1/210

Kendrick Edwards                  WR      Norland (Fla.)                                     6-6/205

Dwayne Eugene                      S          Archbishop Rummel (La.)                  6-1/222

Cornelius Floyd                      WR      Gulliver Prep (Fla.)                             6-1/190

Khalia Hackett                        S          South Paulding                                   6-3/205

Jake Hall                                 SDE    Har-Ber (Ark.)                                     6-5/235

Cole Hedlund                         K         Argyle (Texas)                                    5-10/170

Cody Hollister                        WR      Arizona Western College (Ariz.)          6-4/205

Bijhon Jackson                        DT       El Dorado (Ark.)                                 6-2/334

Jack Kraus                               TE       Bentonville (Ark.)                               6-5/240

Joshual Liddell                        S          Dollarway (Ark.)                                 6-0/193

Chris Murphy                          CB       Lassiter                                                5-10/178

Rafe Peavy                              QB      Bolivar (Mo.)                                      6-2/212

Jovan Pruitt                             OT       Bishop Dunne Catholic (Texas)          6-6/290

Frank Ragnow                         OT       Chanhassen (Minn.)                            6-6/291

Santos Ramirez                       S          Evangel Christian Academy (La.)      6-2/180

Randy Ramsey                        S          Dillard (Fla.)                                       6-3.5/210

Henre’ Tolliver                        CB       Archbishop Rummel (La.)                  6-1/165

Sebastian Tretola                     OT       Iowa Western (Iowa) C.C.                 6-5/315

Brian Wallace                          OT       Christian Brothers College (Mo.)        6-6/305

Armon Watts                          DT       Christian Brothers College (Mo.)        6-4/260 

Mississippi State

National class rank: 38th

The Bulldogs are big at almost every position in this year’s class. Gerri Green is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound outside linebacker and Darrion Hutcherson is a 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end. Fifteen of the 23 signees are from Mississippi and Georgia has the second most in the class at four. Georgia-products Nick Fitzgerald out of Richmond Hill and Elijah Staley out of Wheeler are both dual threat passers in this year’s class. Aeries Williams is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back that rushed for 2,209 yards and 30 touchdowns this past season. 6-foot-5.5 defensive end Cory Thomas took visits to Tennessee, Mississippi State and Clemson last month, but chose the Bulldogs. 

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Jamoral Graham could fill in at safety or wide receiver and spent last season stuffing the stat sheet on both sides of the football for Decatur (Miss.). Gerri Green is one of the most athletic members of this class and will is dynamic in his coverage and blitzes. 

Brandon Bryant                      S          Rosa Fort (Miss.)                                6-0/195

Deion Calhoun                        OG      Restoration Academy (Ala.)               6-3/310

Will Coleman                          WDE   Tyler (Texas) J.C.                                6-5/248

Deshon Cooper                       OLB    Columbia                                             6-4/215

Logan Cooke                          P          Columbia Academy (Miss.)                6-5/200

Lashard Durr                           CB       Harrison Central (Miss.)                      5-11/180

Nick Fitzgerald                       QB      Richmond Hill                                                6-5/220

Jamoral Graham                      ATH    Newton County (Miss.)                      5-11/180

J.T. Gray                                 ATH    Clarksdale (Miss.)                               6-0/190

Gerri Green                             ATH    Greenville Weston (Miss.)                  6-5/230

Jordan Harris                           OG      Stephenson                                          6-5/292

Braxton Hoyett                       DT       Pelham (Ala.)                                      6-3/285

Darrion Hutcherson                TE       Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) J.C.                6-7/260

Jesse Jackson                           WR      Petal (Miss.)                                        6-2/195

Elgton Jenkins                         OT       Clarksdale (Miss.)                               6-4/283

Jocquell Johnson                     OT       Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) C.C.               6-6/307

Dontavian Lee                                    RB       Forrest County Agricultural    (Miss.) 6-1/210

Chirs Rayford                         CB       Byhalia (Miss.)                                    6-1/200

Tee Shepard                            CB       Holmes (Miss.) C.C.                           6-1/197

Elijah Staley                            QB      Wheeler                                               6-6/231

Aeris Williams                         RB       West Point (Miss.)                              6-1/205 

Missouri

National class rank: 39

Being out of the top half of the SEC’s recruiting ranks has not hurt the 2013 SEC East champion Tigers ability to compete in the conference and this year’s 39th ranked class should not either. Head coach Gary Pinkle and his staff grabbed recruits from 10 different states, including three from Georgia and six from Florida. The Tigers have five receivers in this class, including North Gwinnett wideout Nate Brown. Andy Bauer leads a group of four offensive tackles and is one of the top prospects in the state of Missouri. This year’s class did not have any early enrollments. 

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Wide receiver Nate Brown brings physicality to the position and can create a mismatch with his combination of size of speed. During Brown’s senior season he notched two four-touchdown games in Georgia’s top classification.  

Paul Adams                             OT       C.P.A. (Tenn.)                                     6-6/270

Sam Bailey                              OT       Lamar (Mo.)                                        6-5/245

Andy Bauer                            OT       DeSmet (Mo.)                                     6-6/304

Kendall Blanton                      TE       Blue Springs South (Mo.)                   6-6/227

Walter Brady                          WDE   Florence (Ala.)                                    6-4/242

Nate Brown                            WR      North Gwinnett                                  6-3/210

Logan Cheadle                        CB       Lee’s Summit West (Mo.)                   5-11/165

Kenya Dennis                         CB       Hinds (Miss.) C.C.                              6-0/190

Keyon Dilosa                          WR      Round Rock (Texas)                           6-3/194

Darnell Green-Beckham         WR      Hillcrest (Mo.)                                     6-4/185

Michael Fairchild                    OT       Blue Valley West (Kan.)                     6-6/270

Stepfawn Hughes                   ATH    Dunbar (Texas)                                   5-9/165

Grant Jones                             OLB    Hickman (Mo.)                                    6-3/210

Brandon Lee                           OLB    Lawrence Central (Ind.)                     6-3/215

Lawrence Lee                         WR      West Florida Tech (Fla.)                     5-11/167

Rocel McWilliams                   SDE    West Florida Tech (Fla.)                     6-3/240

Kevin Pendleton                     OT       Lee’s Summit West (Mo.)                   6-5/310

Thomas Richard                      WR      C.P.A. (Tenn.)                                     6-1/185

Tavon Ross                             S          Bleckley County                                 6-1/198

Finis Stribling IV                    CB       Independence (Tenn.)                         5-10.5/170

Greg Taylor                             S          East St. Louis (Ill.)                              5-11/180

Trevon Walters                        RB       Manatee (Fla.)                                     5-10/192

Thomas Wilson                       ATH    Buford                                                            5-11/175

Raymond Wingo                     CB       St. Louis University (Mo.)                  5-10/174

Roderick Winters                    OLB    Bowie (Texas)                                     6-0/200

Ish Witter                                RB       Alonso (Fla.)                                       5-8/190

Marvin Zanders                       ATH    Raines (Fla.)                                        6-3/180 

Vanderbilt

National class rank: 46th

Former head coach James Franklin’s departure to Penn State hurt this year’s class, but new head coach Derek Mason will have plenty of talent around to continue the Commodores recent success in the conference. With only one four-star signee and 15 three-stars comprising this 22-player class, Vandy once again looked for under-the-radar playmakers to ink this year. Tennessee’s massive class hurt the Commodores in-state recruiting and they grabbed just three instate prospects. Five players are Georgia-products and four come from California, including four-star defensive end Nifae Lealao.

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Wide receiver Caleb Scott shared the load for North Gwinnett’s passing attack this season and caught 10 touchdowns. Stephenson’s Dallas Rivers is an explosive playmaker with a very high football IQ and instincts.   

Khari Blasingame                    S          Buckhorn (Ala.)                                  6-1/204

Rashad Canty                         WR      Riverdale                                             6-4/205

Sekou Clark                            WDE   Ryan (Texas)                                       6-3/235

Wade Freebeck                       QB      St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)                  6-3/180

Bailey Granier                         OT       South Lafourche (La.)                                    6-6/315

Cole Hardin                            OT       Florence (Ala.)                                    6-5/286

Tre Herndon                            CB       East Hamilton (Tenn.)                         6-0/175

Nifae Lealao                           SDE    Capital Christian (Calif.)                     6-5/282

Bryce Lewis                            CB       Parkview                                             6-1/170

Hawkins Mann                        DE       Burroghs (Calif.)                                 6-4/220

Ronald Monroe                       ATH    Bush (Texas)                                       6-2/175

Bruno Reagan                         OG      Clarksville (Tenn.)                               6-3/301

Dallas Rivers                           ATH    Stephenson                                          6-0/200

Caleb Scott                             WR      North Gwinnett                                  6-3/185

Trent Sherfield                        S          Danville (Ill.)                                       6-2/185

Shawn Stankavage                  QB      Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)                     6-2/185

Emmanuel Smith                     S          Oakland (Tenn.)                                  6-2/200

Tre Tarpley                              S          Central Catholic (Pa.)                         6-1/190

Riley Tindol                            OT       Autauga Academy (Ala.)                    6-6/270

Ladarius Wiley                        WR      Cathedral (Calif.)                                6-1/185

Davis Winkie                          LS       South Forsyth                                     6-6/250

Charles Wright                        WDE   Irvine (Calif.)                                      6-3/220

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