Wednesday, June 8, 2011
SEC members of 2012 ESPNU 150
By Edward Aschoff
Let the recruiting craze ... continue.
The 2012 ESPNU 150 has debuted and we now have an early look at the superstars of tomorrow. While these prospects have yet to sign and are in the nonbinding phase of recruiting, the SEC currently has a solid contingent on the list.
There are currently 17 SEC commitments in the ESPNU 150 and teams in the conference are in the running for a handful of uncommitted prospects. And I'm sure there are committed recruits still getting attention from SEC schools as well.
Alabama has the most ESPNU 150 members in the SEC with six pledges on the list. Florida is second with four. Every year it seems like these two schools are battling to see who can get the most ESPNU 150 members and this year appears to be no different.
The defending champs have some ground to make up. Auburn has just two of its seven commitments in the ESPNU 150.
Alabama has the highest-rated commitment in Panama City, Fla., Arnold safety Eddie Williams, who is ranked as the fifth-best prospect on the list. Williams was the first prospect to commit to Alabama in the 2012 class. Williams has played all over the field, but will likely stay as a defensive back in college.
As a sophomore, he completed 26 of 65 passes for 371 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also carried the ball 59 times for 425 yards five scores. Williams even caught seven passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, he registered 31 tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup.
Five of Alabama's six ESPNU 150 members are defensive players. Remember, defense wins championships.
Here's a list of the current SEC commitments in the ESPNU 150:
No. 5 Eddie Williams, of Panama City, Fla., S
No. 25 Brandon Green, of Ellenwood, Ga., OT
No. 72 Dillon Lee, Buford, Ga., LB
No. 112 Reggie Ragland, of Madison, Ala., LB
No. 126 Tyler Hayes, of Thomasville, Ala., LB
No. 133 Dakota Ball, Lindale, Ga., DT
No. 14 Jessamen Dunker, of Boynton Beach, Fla., OT
No. 83 Colin Thompson, of Warminster, Pa., TE
No. 106 Latroy Pittman, of Citra, Fla., WR
No. 113 Omari Phillips, of Venice, Fla., OT
No. 42 Avery Johnson, of Pompano Beach, Fla., WR
No. 71 Torshiro Davis, of Shreveport, La., DE
No. 131 Ronnie Feist, Edgard, La., LB
No. 32 Ricardo Louis, of Miami Beach, Fla., ATH
No. 77 Joshua Holsey, of Fairburn, Ga., CB
Ole Miss (1)
No. 36 Isaac Gross, of Batesville, Miss., DT
South Carolina (1)
No. 59 Brock Stadnik, of Greensboro, N.C., OT