National Signing Day is four days away, and all 14 SEC schools are still scrambling to gather as many prospects as they can fit before Feb. 1.
So, how will your favorite team stack up with the rest of the SEC? Here’s a projection at how each team will fare in 2017’s SEC recruiting rankings when the game of musical chairs finally stops on Wednesday:
Projected SEC rank: 1
Last week’s projection: 1
Overview: Alabama has what used to be considered a full class with 25 recruits, 12 of which are already on campus.
The Crimson Tide could still snag 5-star defensive end LaBryan Ray and 4-star receivers DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs in the final run up to National Signing Day as well.
The race for the top spot in the SEC recruiting rankings has been over for a while, honestly.
Projected SEC rank: 2
Last week’s projection: 2
Overview: The Bulldogs added a kicker, perferred walk-on Brooks Buce, to their list of 2017 recruits earlier this week.
Georgia is still hoping to land 4-star corner Jamyest Williams and 4-star receiver Nico Collins, among others. It’s been a strong cycle for Kirby Smart and his staff, mainly because of their efforts close to home.
Projected SEC rank: 3
Last week’s projection: 3
Overview: LSU added a pair of newcomers to the fold last week in 4-star linebacker Jacob Phillips and 3-star receiver Racey McMath.
The Tigers would like to sign another defensive back in this cycle, and 3-star corner Amik Robertson will be in Baton Rouge for a visit this weekend.
LSU was in a heated battle with Auburn and Texas A&M for the third spot in the league rankings, but getting Phillips away from Oklahoma has likely secured a top-three finish for Ed Orgeron and his staff.
Projected SEC rank: 4
Last week’s projection: 5
Overview: Not much has changed for the Aggies in the past week, but sometimes the recruiting game is more about hanging on to your pledges than trying to secure new ones.
Kevin Sumlin and his staff have put together a solid group, and nine of the newcomers — including the five best recruits — are already in College Station.
Projected SEC rank: 5
Last week’s projection: 4
Overview: Whatever the reason, the loss of 4-star junior college running back Octavius Matthews hurts the Tigers’ score in the recruiting rankings.
There’s still a chance to jump back in front of Texas A&M, however. Four-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant will be on campus for a visit this weekend, and Auburn is still in the mix for another prospect or two for its defense.
Projected SEC rank: 6
Last week’s projection: 6
Overview: The Volunteers added 3-star receiver Josh Palmer to its haul this week, and the Florida product could be the last newcomer in the Class of 2017.
Of course, if Ray decides to come to Tennessee, the staff will find a spot for him.
Projected SEC rank: 7
Last week’s projection: 8
Overview: South Carolina has quietly put together a nice recruiting class. There are 23 players either committed or already enrolled, and with the last weekend for official visits underway, there’s still room for more.
Projected SEC rank: 8
Last week’s projection: 9
Overview: Kentucky has done well in Ohio during this recruiting cycle, but it has spent the last few days trying to nab the top-ranked recruit in its home state.
Jedrick Wills, a 4-star defensive tackle from Lexington, is committed to Alabama. But that hasn’t stopped Mark Stoops and his staff from trying to flip him.
Projected SEC rank: 9
Last week’s projection: 7
Overview: With only 14 pledges, the Gators have as much room to improve their class as any SEC school between now and signing day.
But time is running out. And the loss this week of 4-star corner Elijah Blades is just the sort of defection the Gators could ill afford with an already small class.
Still, with plenty of room for newcomers, a late surge isn’t out of the question.
Projected SEC rank: 10
Last week’s projection: 10
Overview: The Razorbacks have loaded up on defensive players in this year’s class, and most of that help has come from outside its home state.
Three more defenders are strongly considering Arkansas, and are expected to announce their decisions on Signing Day.
Projected SEC rank: 11
Last week’s projection: 11
Overview: Recruiting is a ruthless business, and anytime a school can try to get a leg up on its rival, it’s fair game.
That’s what the Bulldogs had in mind when they sent their most of their staff to see Ole Miss pledge D.D. Bowie, a 4-star receiver, this week.
Projected SEC rank: 12
Last week’s projection: 13
Overview: With only 14 commitments, there’s plenty of room at Ole Miss for new recruits.
That availability, and the fact that he would be the only running back in the class, both help the Rebels in their quest to land 4-star running back Cordarrian Richardson, and they are still in the hunt for a few other prospects as well.
Projected SEC rank: 13
Last week’s projection: 12
Overview: Barry Odom and his staff got a pledge from 3-star quarterback Taylor Powell and another from 2-star safety Tyree Gillespie this week.
There has been a lot of fluidity around the program lately, with recruits de-committing and other players transferring out of the program. A quiet finish to this recruiting cycle would be a win for the Tigers.
Projected SEC rank: 14
Last week’s projection: 14
Overview: The Commodores added the excellently named Stone Edwards, a 3-star defensive end, to their class earlier this week.
He’s now the second-best player in this year’s haul, behind only quarterback Jacob Free.
All rankings come from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.