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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
SEC class rankings analysis

By Gerry Hamilton

For the third straight week, there is very little change in the RecruitingNation class rankings. Thirteen of the 14 SEC teams are ranked in the top 40, including nine of the top 16, with top-ranked Alabama holding a big lead over any and all pursuers.

Trending up: While Texas A&M technically moved down a spot from No. 9 to 10 with Ohio State adding a commitment, the Aggies are poised to trend up this weekend. With five-star prospects Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin High) and Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) on campus officially this weekend, along with safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron High), defensive end Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr), Dontavius Blair (Anniston, Ala./Garden City Community College) and a number of others, expect the Aggies to continue to build momentum in front of what will be an electric atmosphere in College Station.

Trending down: SEC programs recruiting five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County High). Over the weekend, the 6-foot-2, 249-pound McMillan sent out a tweet that said the SEC isn’t the only conference that can play football. That tweet, coupled with a terrific unofficial visit to Clemson two weeks ago and Ohio State continuing to be considered the favorite behind the scenes, gives the look of a recruitment trending away from the SEC. With that said, the Under Armour All-American will make official visits to Georgia (Sept. 27), Alabama (Nov. 8) and Florida (Nov. 29), along with trips to Clemson (Oct. 18) and Ohio State (Oct. 25). The Gators are sure to continue to sell that The Swamp is only 180 miles from McMillan’s house, and the Bulldogs can also sell close to home and in state very hard.

One to watch: ESPN 300 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) will be on campus at Arkansas this weekend for an official visit following a trip to NC State last weekend. Although the Razorbacks are under consideration, Dixon’s official visit to Alabama on Nov. 8 is one to watch. While other higher-ranked prospects have received the lion's share of attention when talking Alabama’s 2014 class, Dixon is not only a top target for the Crimson Tide but a serious threat to pick Alabama. Dixon will also officially visit Ohio State (Sept. 27) and will make at least one unofficial visit to Miami (Sept. 21) before committing.

Bold prediction: The SEC will sign 30 of the top 50 prospects in the ESPN 300. The most signed in the last five classes was 24, in 2009.