How All-SEC team ranked as recruits

January, 31, 2011
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Look, we all to some degree pay attention to where players are ranked during the recruiting process.

In some cases, it’s an indicator, and it’s also something to keep us busy until the next season rolls around.

But player rankings are hardly foolproof.

One of the exercises I like to partake in every year is to go back and see where the first-team, All-SEC players were ranked coming out of high school.

Of the 11 players on the first-team defense this season, only two were ESPNU 150 selections coming out of high school, meaning they weren’t ranked among the top 150 prospects nationally.

Offensively, six of the players were ESPNU 150 selections.

Using ESPN’s recruiting rankings and the 2010 Associated Press All-SEC team, here’s a look back:

OFFENSE
  • QB: Cam Newton, Auburn – ESPNU 150 selection. No. 9 quarterback and No. 58 player overall in the 2007 class.
  • RB: Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina – ESPNU 150 selection. No. 2 running back and No. 19 player overall in the 2010 class.
  • RB: Knile Davis, Arkansas – No. 20 running back and unranked nationally in the 2009 class.
  • AP: Randall Cobb, Kentucky – No. 86 athlete and unranked nationally in the 2008 class.
  • WR: Julio Jones, Alabama – ESPNU 150 selection. No. 1 receiver and No. 2 player overall in the 2008 class.
  • WR: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – ESPNU 150 selection. No. 12 receiver and No. 102 player overall in the 2009 class.
  • TE: D.J. Williams, Arkansas – No. 10 tight end and unranked nationally in 2007 class.
  • OL: DeMarcus Love, Arkansas – No. 78 offensive guard and unranked nationally in the 2006 class.
  • OL: Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State – No. 26 offensive tackle and unranked nationally in the 2007 class.
  • OL: Barrett Jones, Alabama – No. 28 offensive tackle and unranked nationally in the 2008 class.
  • OL: Lee Ziemba, Auburn – ESPNU 150 selection. No. 4 offensive tackle and No. 62 player overall in the 2007 class.
  • C: Ryan Pugh, Auburn – ESPNU 150 selection. No. 1 center and No. 87 player overall in the 2007 class.
DEFENSE
  • DE: Devin Taylor, South Carolina – No. 72 defensive end and unranked nationally in the 2008 class.
  • DT: Drake Nevis, LSU – No. 46 defensive tackle and unranked nationally in the 2007 class.
  • DT: Nick Fairley, Auburn – No. 32 offensive tackle and unranked nationally in the 2007 class.
  • OLB: Justin Houston, Georgia – No. 28 defensive end and unranked nationally in the 2007 class.
  • LB: Kelvin Sheppard, LSU – No. 21 inside linebacker and unranked nationally in the 2006 class.
  • LB: Chris White, Mississippi State – Unranked at his position and unranked nationally in the 2006 class.
  • LB: Danny Trevathan, Kentucky – Unranked at his position and unranked nationally in the 2008 class.
  • CB: Patrick Peterson, LSU – ESPNU 150 selection. No. 1 cornerback and No. 9 player overall in the 2008 class.
  • CB: Janoris Jenkins, Florida – ESPNU 150 selection. No. 4 cornerback and No. 31 player overall in the 2008 class.
  • S: Ahmad Black, Florida – No. 49 safety and unranked nationally in the 2007 class.
  • S: Mark Barron, Alabama – No. 19 athlete and unranked nationally in the 2008 class.
SPECIAL TEAMS
  • PK: Josh Jasper, LSU – No. 6 kicker in the 2007 class.
  • P: Chas Henry, Florida – No. 10 kicker in the 2007 class.

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