Thursday, February 6, 2014
Top 2015 targets: SEC
By Derek Tyson
Now that the 2014 recruiting period has come to a close it's time to turn our attention to next year’s class. A few top targets such as LSU commit Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), Texas A&M commit Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) and Georgia commit Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway) have already made their commitments, but other key targets remain. Here's an early look at the top five SEC targets for next season.
1. ATH George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake)
The one-time Michigan commit is now back on the open market and virtually every SEC school is pursuing the No. 2-ranked prospect in the country. Campbell visited Florida for its junior day this past weekend and the Gators might have a slight early advantage. Campbell, however, is planning to take all of his official visits before making a decision.
2. DT Trenton Thompson (Albany, Ga./Westover)
The fifth-ranked player in 2015 has Georgia as his early leader. Thompson has also shown interest in Florida and recently took a visit to Florida State. It appears as if his recruitment will play out for some time, but there is no question the Bulldogs would have to be considered the team to beat at this point.
3. OL Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla./Apopka)
The 6-foot-5, 271-pound offensive tackle plays in a running offense so his pass blocking will need some refinement, but this ultra-talented prospect has all the tools to become the best offensive lineman in the country. Ivey grew up a Florida fan, but as Laremy Tunsil proved last year, that doesn’t necessarily mean much in recruiting. Ivey will take his time before starting to narrow things down, and he will certainly be one of the most heavily recruited players in the country.
4. LB Jeffery Holland (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian)
The nation’s top-ranked outside linebacker has offers from just about every school in the SEC. Holland’s uncle played basketball at Auburn with Charles Barkley, and Holland has mentioned Auburn and Florida as favorites early on in the process. As of now, Holland has a top six of Ohio State, Florida, Auburn, UCLA, Bama and FSU. This Under Armour All-American has no time frame for making a decision.
5. DE Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall)
This talented athlete will have his choice of schools to pick from and there will likely be a few SEC programs in the mix for his services. The No. 1-ranked player in the country and Under Armour All-American will let the process play out, but he will most certainly be one to watch as the recruiting process progresses.