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Post-signing day SEC Power Rankings

Now that national signing day has come and gone, SEC rosters are starting to take shape. Spring practice is just around the corner, so we are trying our hand at another batch of power rankings before the 2016 season.

1. Alabama: It’s not fair that Nick Saban keeps winning. First he won the national championship, then he won the draft deadline and signing day. He somehow convinced Jonathan Allen to come back to school one week, then turned around and secured the No. 2 class in the country, getting potential difference-makers in No. 1-ranked inside linebacker Ben Davis and offensive tackle and top overall junior college prospect Charles Baldwin. -- Alex Scarborough

2. LSU: There are a lot of new pieces to like -- new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and new blue-chip cornerbacks Kristian Fulton and Saivion Smith, for example. But what’s already in place is why LSU has a chance to win the SEC next season, namely the return of running back Leonard Fournette, along with Tre'Davious White, Kendell Beckwith and Ethan Pocic, who all told the NFL to wait another year. -- Scarborough

3. Ole Miss: Forget the 2013 signing class. The big names from that class are gone. Now it’s the 2016 class' turn. No. 1 offensive tackle Gregory Little replaces former No. 1 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, and the return of quarterback Chad Kelly provides coach Hugh Freeze with the foundation for a championship-caliber roster. -- Scarborough

4. Tennessee: After Butch Jones landed back-to-back No. 5 classes, his 2016 haul fell into the double digits. Golly gee! He's fallen off! Yeah, right, this was still a solid class for a team already bringing back a heck of a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. Jones signed the No. 1 athlete, Tyler Byrd, who will likely play cornerback, and No. 4 dual-threat quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who could be groomed as Joshua Dobbs' replacement. Add No. 1 junior college defensive end Jonathan Kongbo, and Jones has some potential stars in this class. -- Edward Aschoff

5. Georgia: Kirby Smart did a heck of a job keeping an already solid recruiting class mostly together. The biggest job he had was keeping No. 1 pocket-passer Jacob Eason, who is the gem of the class and could/should start this fall. Smart missed on a couple of big-time, in-state prospects at position of need, and didn't get the kind of offensive line class he needed, but the defensive line and receiving prospects coming in are solid, with most ready to help. -- Aschoff

6. Arkansas: The defense led the way in 2014, the offense took the lead in 2015, and the back and forth could continue next season. With Alex Collins, Hunter Henry and Brandon Allen gone, and almost everyone back on defense, plus an impressive crop of new defensive linemen entering the fold, it looks like it's defensive coordinator Robb Smith’s turn in the spotlight. -- Scarborough

7. Florida: People are really torn on this class. The closing job by this staff wasn't that great, but the Gators signed 12 early enrollees to positions of need, including ESPN 300 quarterback Feleipe Franks, who will immediately compete for the starting job, and three wide receivers -- two ESPN 300 members and a top junior college prospect. Jim McElwain's staff also flipped No. 4 receiver Tyrie Cleveland from Arkansas on national signing day. Still, missing at cornerback and having a top defensive tackle and ESPN 300 cornerback flip away from Florida on Wednesday hurt. -- Aschoff

8. Auburn: Boy did Gus Malzahn and that staff need a good showing on signing day, and that’s exactly what they got, addressing serious needs on the defensive line and at wide receiver. With junior college quarterback John Franklin III and top-five receivers Nate Craig-Myers and Kyle Davis, the Tigers' offense could be in for a complete overhaul in 2016. -- Scarborough

9. Texas A&M: Anyone else sense that glass ceiling above College Station? That’s how it feels with the Aggies right now, no longer a program on the rise but not a program anyone wants to give up on either. The addition of Trevor Knight creates competition at quarterback now that Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray are gone, but it’s going to take more than a solid passing game to get the Aggies over the hump. -- Scarborough

10. Mississippi State: There is no escaping the loss of quarterback Dak Prescott. But maybe the offense won’t have to carry the team while in the midst of transition. Because when you look at last season and this year’s signing classes, you will find that the top two highest-rated players in each class were on the defensive side of the ball, including the surprise signing of Jeffery Simmons, a top-15 defensive end thought to be down to Alabama and Ole Miss before signing day. -- Scarborough

11. Kentucky: This wasn't a star-studded class (only two ESPN 300 members), but it was one that will continue to build depth at positions of need. Mark Stoops signed two quarterbacks -- four-star Gunnar Hoak and No. 3 junior college pocket-passer Stephen Johnson II. He also brought in six defensive linemen and three pure cornerbacks. ESPN 300 offensive tackle Landon Young could contribute early. However, getting low numbers at the offensive skill positions hurt. -- Aschoff

12. South Carolina: Not a bad first class for Will Muschamp. He got a quarterback for the future in ESPN 300 dual-threat Brandon McIlwain, and should get immediate playing time from No. 1 junior college cornerback JaMarcus King. Still, Muschamp and his coaches will have to rely heavily on quality development with this class, and you wonder which offensive skill players can come in and immediately contribute. -- Aschoff

13. Missouri: When you're replacing a legend, it's always going to be tough to secure a top recruiting class in Year 1. Barry Odom just discovered that with a class that he tried to keep together after Gary Pinkel resigned amid on-campus turmoil that swept through Missouri's campus last fall. Missouri was the only SEC school not to sign an ESPN 300 member, but No. 2 junior college running back Natereace Strong has a chance to play in 2016, as should Alabama transfer receiver Chris Black. -- Aschoff

14. Vanderbilt: The star of the class is ESPN 300 defensive back Joejuan Williams, who was originally committed to Mississippi State and could play right away this fall. Coach Derek Mason was also able to get three receiver prospects. Only signing one running back is a little worrisome, and the Commodores needed more than four offensive linemen to help with depth. Outside of Williams, it's unclear who can really help out right away in Nashville. -- Aschoff