Wednesday, August 14, 2013
SEC class rankings analysis
By Derek Tyson
This was another big recruiting week in the Southeastern Conference. One school, Florida, moved up in to the top 10 while another, LSU, barely dropped out. Alabama is back a familiar spot in the rankings and the SEC 13-out-of-14 teams ranked in the top 40 of the rankings. Here's a closer look at the updated rankings.
Trending up: The big mover in the updated class rankings was Florida. The Gators jumped from No. 13 up to No. 8 after a huge week. Florida landed four-star offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando) on Saturday and followed that up by landing three ESPN 300 members, Chris Lammons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation), Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homeastead) and Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School), on Monday.
Alabama, after finishing with the No. 1-ranked class over the last two years, is back up to No. 1 in the class rankings. The Tide made the jump up from No. 2 after Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls), the No. 1-ranked guard in the country, switched his pledge from Iowa to Alabama on Sunday. Pierschbacher becomes the fourth offensive line commit for the Tide, three of which are ranked four-star prospects. Alabama has 18 commitments, including 12 that are ranked in the ESPN 300.
Trending down: There wasn't a whole lot of downward movement with SEC teams this week, but South Carolina dropped two spots from No. 27 down to No. 29. This was due more to teams ahead of them adding players. South Carolina, however, did, at one point, appear to be the team to beat for the No. 85-ranked player in the country, Lammons, before he decided to commit to Florida on Monday.
Texas A&M, LSU and Vanderbilt all moved down one spot in the rankings, while Missouri continues to be the only team in the SEC ranked outside of the top 40. The Tigers did, however, pick up a commitment from three-star athlete Stepfawn Hughes (Fort Worth, Texas/Dunbar) on Tuesday.
One to watch: Five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) has Alabama, Georgia and Florida in his top three and LSU is also listed in his top seven. All four of these SEC schools are in the top 11 of the team rankings and whichever school he does eventually choose should receive a huge boost in the class rankings.
Bold prediction: Sitting at No. 11 right now, LSU will finish in the top three of the recruiting rankings. With five-star prospects Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine), Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and Speedy Noill (New Orleans/Edna Karr) all having high interest in the Tigers, LSU could end up with a monster class. Another five-star prospect, Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Juniper Serra), said on Twitter this week he will likely take an official visit to LSU in the fall. The Tigers are also in serious contention for linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South), wide receivers Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) and Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./River Ridge). Unless something goes drastically wrong, the Tigers should finish with another strong recruiting class.