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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
SEC schools still waiting on top recruits

By staff

There are 26 players in the ESPNU 150 who are still undecided. ESPN recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg takes an extensive look at who's going where.

Of the 26 players still trying to make a decision, 20 have SEC schools among their finalists. So it's going to be an interesting final two weeks for SEC recruiting junkies.

One of the most closely watched battles will be for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of Rock Hill, S.C. He's the No. 1 player in the country and his choice is seemingly between Alabama and South Carolina. Clowney is saying now that he may wait until after signing day on Feb. 2 to make his decision and could even take another visit after signing day.

Running back Isaiah Crowell of Columbus, Ga., is going to break somebody's heart. Georgia is the team to beat for the country's No. 1-rated running back prospect, but Alabama is pushing hard and so is Auburn.

Alabama could really close strong if the Crimson Tide get Cyrus Kouandjio of Hyattsville, Md. The 6-7, 325-pound Kouandjio is the No. 1-rated offensive tackle prospect in the country and has already visited Alabama.

Jay Rome, the country's No. 1 tight end prospect, is scheduled to announce whether he'll be attending Alabama or Georgia on Thursday night on ESPNU. Rome is from Valdosta, Ga.

Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee are all chasing Columbus, Ga., defensive tackle Gabe Wright, who's rated as the country's No. 3 defensive tackle prospect.

Tennessee is hoping to keep offensive tackle Antonio Richardson of Nashville, Tenn., in state. He's also being recruited by Miami, LSU, Auburn and Arkansas.