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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


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

Some thoughts:
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)