- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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National signing day is here, so let’s take a look at where each team in the SEC stands heading into today’s festivities.
The following information comes from ESPN.com’s recruiting page:
Commitments: 21. Four-star and above players: 13. ESPNU 150 players: 8.
The buzz: Alabama has three ESPNU 150 receivers committed, hoping to fill the void left by the early departure of Julio Jones to the NFL. Kouandjio would go nicely with junior college signee Aaron Douglas on the offensive line, and the Crimson Tide are trying to get Brassell away from Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Calloway will also be one to watch, to see if he switches back to the Tide.
Commitments: 31. Four-star and above players: 8. ESPNU 150 players: 3.
The buzz: The Hogs needed some reinforcements in the offensive line and landed two highly rated in-state prospects – tackle Brey Cook and guard Mitch Smothers. Barnett, after earlier committing to Arkansas, is now looking hard at Michigan. Four-star receivers Keante Minor and Quinta Funderburk are both impressive looking prospects.
Commitments: 22. Four-star and above players: 14. ESPNU 150 players: 7.
The buzz: Kiehl Frazier of Springdale, Ark., is rated as the No. 2 quarterback in the country. The Tigers’ defensive back class is deep and talented and could get even better with Florence, the No. 4 safety in the country. Whitehead has also taken a liking to the Tigers. Stealing offensive tackle Christian Westerman away from Texas was a real coup, although holding onto Brent Calloway could get dicey.
Commitments: 17. Four-star and above players: 10. ESPNU 150 players: 6.
The buzz: The country’s No. 1 quarterback prospect, Jeff Driskel, is already in school and ready to battle for the starting job in the spring. It’s been eerily quiet for the Gators on the recruiting front ever since Will Muschamp was named as Urban Meyer’s replacement. It’s still a strong class, but the finish isn’t shaping up as one to remember. Getting Grant will be a key.
Commitments: 23. Four-star and above players: 15. ESPNU 150 players: 5.
The buzz: With A.J. Green on his way to the NFL, the Bulldogs are bringing in three four-star receivers. Their highest-rated commitment to this point, defensive end Ray Drew of Thomasville, Ga., is an ordained minister. Closing with Crowell and Jenkins could potentially make this a top 5 class nationally and one of Mark Richt's most talented ever.
Commitments: 21. Four-star and above players: 2. ESPNU 150 players: 1.
The buzz: The Wildcats are fighting to hold onto their only ESPNU 150 player, tight end Jon Davis. Louisville and Illinois have entered the picture, and Davis will announce his decision Wednesday afternoon. Keeping Dawson from leaving the state would also be a huge boost to this class. The Wildcats have seven players from the state of Georgia committed.
Commitments: 22. Four-star and above players: 6. ESPNU 150 players: 5.
The buzz: The Tigers’ defensive line class will be scary good if they land both Jernigan and Rasco, especially with Anthony Johnson already enrolled in school. The 6-3, 300-pound Johnson is rated by ESPN as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the country. LSU didn’t have to travel far this recruiting period, as 16 of its commitments are from the state of Louisiana.
Commitments: 24. Four-star and above players: 1. ESPNU 150 players: 0.
The buzz: The Bulldogs have seen one player after another de-commit, including top linebacker prospect C.J. Johnson, who now plans to sign with Ole Miss after being committed to Mississippi State for more than a year. Whitehead and Brassell were also one-time Mississippi State commitments, but the Bulldogs are in danger of losing both on Wednesday.
Commitments: 27. Four-star and above players: 3. ESPNU 150 players: 1.
The buzz: The Rebels are on the threshold of putting together a top 25 class nationally. If they can land Whitehead and Brassell on Wednesday, that would give them six of the top seven players in the state. Prying Johnson away from Mississippi State provided some key momentum down the stretch.
Commitments: 32. Four-star and above players: 6. ESPNU 150 players: 0.
The buzz: The Gamecocks may have to wait a while longer on Clowney, but the wait figures to be worth it. He’s probably not going to make his decision until Valentine’s Day, which just happens to be his birthday. As the No. 1 overall prospect in the country, Clowney could take this from a very good class to a great class.
Commitments: 26. Four-star and above players: 8. ESPNU 150 players: 5.
The buzz: The Vols are closing with a flurry, reeling in tight end Cameron Clear and linebacker Curt Maggitt on Tuesday and coveted junior college cornerback Byron Moore on Monday. Quarterback Justin Worley is already enrolled in school, and there’s a chance to add three more four-star prospects when Richardson, Wright and Jernigan announce their decisions on Wednesday.
Commitments: 16. Four-star and above players: 0. ESPNU 150 players: 0.
The buzz: First-year Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and his staff have been plenty busy. Defensive lineman Barron Dixon of Alpharetta, Ga., backed out of his commitment with Mississippi State and now plans to sign with Vanderbilt. Grady says Vanderbilt has promised him a chance to play quarterback, and the Commodores are also trying to turn Tennessee commitment and defensive tackle prospect Allan Carson at the last minute.