- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
The season is only seven days away and official and unofficial visits will start to take place and recruiting will really start to heat up. Several teams are doing well in recruiting while others still have a ways to go. Here’s a position-by-position look at which SEC team, currently, has the best commits for each position group (offensive and defensive line are not broken down in to position.)
Offensive line: Alabama
The Crimson Tide continue to recruit at a very high level on the offensive line. Over the last three years Alabama has signed 11 offensive linemen that were ranked in the ESPN 300 or the ESPN Junior College 50. The list of impressive linemen Alabama has brought in includes former five-star offensive tackle Cam Robinson who started every game at left tackle as a true freshman.
This year the Crimson Tide are, once again, off to a great start. To date, Alabama has secured commitments from three ESPN 300 offensive linemen including Jonah Williams (No. 3-ranked tackle), Deonte Brown (No. 3-ranked guard) and Chris Owens (No. 4-ranked guard). In addition to the three highly rated linemen, the Crimson Tide also have a commitment from 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior college prospect Charles Baldwin.
Another five-star prospect Greg Little, backed off of his pledge to Texas A&M earlier this summer after a visit to Tuscaloosa. The Aggies are still in contention, but Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal has done a phenomenal job of landing top offensive line targets despite the depth Alabama has accumulated along the offensive front.
Honorable mention: If Alabama is No. 1, Kentucky isn’t far behind this year. The Wildcats’ two top commits, Landon Young and Drake Jackson, are both in the ESPN 300. Jackson, a 6-2, 302-pound center prospect, was very impressive at The Opening over the summer when he competed against some of the top defensive linemen in the country. In addition to Jackson and Young, Kentucky also has a commitment from three-star guard Luke Fortner from Sylvania, Ohio