Tuesday, December 3, 2013
SEC top juco targets
By Derek Tyson
Looking over the newly released ESPN JC 50, there are several recruits on that list already committed to SEC schools. There are also many that still remain undecided. With signing day quickly approaching, here’s a closer look at five prospects, who’s destination is still unknown.
Juco WR transfer D'haquille Williams has made a big first impression as an early enrollee at Auburn.
1. WR D'haquille Williams (Laplace, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC): The No. 1-ranked prospect in the ESPN JC 50 is already committed to Auburn and visited this past weekend for Auburn’s miracle win over Alabama. This talented wide receiver, however, is still considering LSU and it appears to be a neck-and-neck battle. Williams’ MGCCC teammate Derrick Moncrief is also committed to Auburn which could certainly play in the favor of the Tigers -- Auburn that is.
2. CB Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Holmes CC): The No. 8-ranked junior college prospect has offers from several schools from all over the country but it appears as this will be an Ole Miss-Mississippi State battle for the talented defensive back. He’s originally from Goodman, Miss., and it’s likely he will come back to his home-state. He has unofficially visited both schools this year and his recruitment might come down to the wire.
3. WR Eric Lauderdale (Fayetville, Ga./Saddlebrook): The No. 24-ranked junior college prospect was originally committed to Tennessee before backing off his pledge earlier in the season. Florida, Arizona State, Washington and Tennessee are still in consideration. Lauderdale visited Florida this past weekend and his ties to the Southeast could give the Gators the advantage at the moment. Arizona State, with their wide-open offense, isn’t far behind.
4. DT Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi CC): Reed, who signed with Florida last year before failing to qualify, has already visited Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Kentucky, and was just in Tuscaloosa recently to watch Alabama play. The Crimson Tide were in Reed’s top two last year before he signed with the Gators, so Alabama might have the advantage at this point.
5. DT Calvin Heurtelou (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale CC): Heurtelou, the No. 41-ranked player in the junior college rankings, has already visited Tennessee and Missouri and is scheduled to visit Rutgers on Dec. 13. Missouri, with its on-field success, appears to be the team to beat at this stage and a win in the SEC championship game on Saturday would certainly strengthen the Tigers’ chances of landing this athletic defensive tackle.