Tuesday, April 17, 2012
ESPN150 for the 2013 class released
By Edward Aschoff
National signing day is officially a distant memory.
The 2012 class is all signed up, and while recruiting diehards no doubt turned their attention to 2013 even before signing day was over, it's time to take a deeper look at the next high school stars that high-profile schools will try to woo.
Tuesday, the initial ESPN150 for the 2013 class was released, and there are plenty of SEC verbal commitments. Twenty-eight of the 150 prospects are committed to SEC schools. Five SEC schools have commitments from 150 athletes.
Florida leads the SEC, and is tied for second nationally, with seven 150 members. Michigan leads the country with 11. Florida's top commits are Crescent City (Fla.) defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (No. 18 overall/No. 4 defensive tackle), and Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor (No. 22 overall/No. 1 running back).
Alabama and Georgia are second in the conference with six 15o commitments.
Alabama has the top committed player in country in inside linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala.), who is the No. 2 prospect overall in the ESPN150, and the No. 1 inside linebacker. For more on Foster and a whacky few months for him, read ESPN recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg's story on him. (There are also some other pretty good recruiting tidbits from around the country in there as well.)
Here's a look at the ESPN150 members committed to SEC schools:
2. Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala), ILB
43. O.J. Howard (Prattville, Ala./Autauga Academy), TE-H
54. Altee Tenpenny (North Little Rock, Ark.), RB
76. Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton Senior), RB
143. Andy Dodd (Lindale, Ga./Pepperell), OG
146. ArDarius Stewart (Birmingham, Ala./Fultondale), ATH
5. Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton), DE
8. Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals, Ala.), DT
122. Earnest Robinson (Pinson, Ala.), WR
134. Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett), ILB
18. Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla.), DT
22. Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day), RB
38. Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), OLB
44. Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), WR
58. Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), S
64. Keanu Neal (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter), S
109. Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland), OLB
45. Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla.), ATH
47. Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C.), ATH
86. Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), CB
110. Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County), QB
116. Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga.), S
148. Johnny O'Neal (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens), ILB
TEXAS A&M (5)
28. Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry), TE-H
50. LaQuvionte Gonzalez (Cedar Hill, Texas), ATH
51. Kohl Stewart (Houston, Texas/St. Pius X), QB
101. Joas Aguilar (N. Richland Hills, Texas/Birdville), OG
103. Jamar Gibson (Baytown, Texas/Goose Creek), WR
- The first that that comes to mind when I look at this list is that LSU isn't on it. The school that recruits with the best of them currently doesn't have any ESPN150 members. Sure, it's really, really early, but I was very surprised that none of LSU's nine commitments aren't a part of this list. I'm sure that will change for the Tigers, and I'm sure that staff will continue to haul in some of the best talent around. Still, I'm a little surprised.
- Another interesting thing you'll see is that SEC coaches still know how to pick 'em. Four of the five schools with 150 members have one player who is No. 1 at his respective position:
No. 1 RB: Kelvin Taylor (Florida)
No. 1 TE Derrick Griffin (Texas A&M)
No. 1 DT: Dee Liner (Auburn)
No. 1 ILB: Reuben Foster (Alabama)
- Also, notice that Texas A&M quarterback commit Kohl Stewart is labeled as a pocket passer. The Aggies had more athletic quarterbacks before Kevin Sumlin arrived, but as he tries to install his more pass-heavy offense, the Aggies appear to be changing styles under center.
- Speaking of the Aggies, four of their five 150 members are labeled as offensive players, while one -- Gonzalez -- is listed as an athlete. You win with defense in this league, but Sumlin is making sure he gets the parts he needs on offense first. That's going to be his strength, and Sumlin is making sure he stocks up correctly.
- Auburn is tied with Texas for having the most top-10 members. Two Auburn commitments -- Lawson and Liner -- reside in the top 10.