Big recruiting prizes still out there

January, 26, 2011
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My colleague at ESPN, Bruce Feldman, has taken his stab at where some of the country's top uncommitted prospects Insider will wind up, and if he's right, it's good news for several SEC teams.

The nation's No. 1 prospect, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of Rock Hill, S.C., will stay in-state and sign with South Carolina, Feldman predicts. I'd have to say he's right on the money with that one. In fact, I think it's been done to South Carolina for a while now.

He's the kind of player, just like Marcus Lattimore on offense this season, who can come in and make an immediate difference on the Gamecocks' defensive line. They already return several talented players up front defensively and led the SEC this season with 41 sacks. If you toss the 6-6, 240-pound Clowney into that mix, the Gamecocks will really be every quarterback's worst nightmare next season.

Some of Feldman's other predictions include:
  • Offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio of Hyattsville, Md., choosing Alabama. The 6-7, 325-pound Kouandjio is ESPN's No. 1 offensive tackle prospect and No. 3 overall on the ESPNU 150 list.
  • Running back Isaiah Crowell of Columbus, Ga., choosing Georgia. The 5-11, 210-pound Crowell is ESPN's No. 1 running back prospect and No. 4 overall on the ESPNU 150 list.
  • Defensive end Ray Drew of Thomasville, Ga., choosing Georgia. The 6-5, 253-pound Drew is ESPN's No. 2 defensive end prospect and No. 13 overall on the ESPNU 150 list.
  • Defensive tackle Gabe Wright of Columbus, Ga., choosing Tennessee. The 6-3, 285-pound Wright is ESPN's No. 3 defensive tackle prospect and No. 26 overall on the ESPNU 150 list.

There are still 23 players on the ESPNU 150 list that are undecided, and most of those players have SEC schools among their finalists. So it should be an intriguing next week leading up to National Signing Day.

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