Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Alabama tops SEC with ESPN 300 recruits
By ESPN.com staff
The ESPN recruiting folks have debuted their ESPN 300 today, which ranks the top 300 high school football prospects in the country. It's an expansion of the ESPN 150, which is also updated.
Not surprisingly, Alabama is second nationally in terms of the most ESPN 300 prospects committed for the 2013 class. The Crimson Tide have 13. Leading the way nationally is Michigan with 15.
Nick Saban has put together a top 3 class nationally each of the last five years, including the No. 1 class in the country this past year.
Alabama has six of its 13 ESPN 300 commitments ranked among the top 80 prospects in the country. The Crimson Tide's highest ranked prospect is linebacker Reuben Foster of Auburn, Ala. Foster is ranked No. 2 overall. The No. 1 overall prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Loganville, Ga., has several SEC schools high on his list, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss.
Florida and Georgia aren't too far behind Alabama, each with 11 ESPN 300 commitments.
The Gators' top prospect is running back Kelvin Taylor of Belle Glade, Fla. Taylor is ranked No. 21 overall.
The Bulldogs' top prospect is cornerback Shaq Wiggins of Tyrone, Ga. Wiggins is ranked No. 35 overall.
Rounding out the SEC teams, LSU has eight ESPN 300 prospects committed followed by Texas A&M with six, Auburn and Ole Miss each with four, South Carolina with three, Tennessee with two and Missouri and Vanderbilt each with one.
Of Auburn's four, two are among the top eight prospects in the country -- defensive end Carl Lawson (No. 5) of Alpharetta, Ga., and defensive tackle Dee Liner (No. 8 ) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi State currently don't have any commitments from ESPN 300 prospects.