More so than any other football conference, the SEC is loaded with 5-star recruits.
Of the SEC 14 teams, only Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt do not have one of their roster. Dating back to the 2013 recruiting class, 54 5-star players played in the SEC this season, the most of any conference.
Related: Tracking 2017 5-star recruits
Some of these former 5-star recruits became household names, such as Leonard Fournette and Reuben Foster. But some got lost in the shuffle. So we compiled a list of every 5-star recruit to play in the SEC this season and how those players performed.
2013 5-star recruits
|Name||School||Position||2013 Composite ranking|
|Reuben Foster||Alabama||LB||No. 7|
|Montravius Adams||Auburn||DT||No. 10|
|Jonathan Allen||Alabama||DL||No. 16|
|O.J. Howard||Alabama||TE||No. 19|
|Carl Lawson||Auburn||DE||No. 21|
|Robert Foster||Alabama||WR||No. 23|
|Keith Ford||Texas A&M||RB||No. 25|
|Ricky Seals-Jones||Texas A&M||WR||No. 26|
|Tony Conner||Ole Miss||S||No. 32|
- Reuben Foster, Alabama linebacker: 2016 Butkus Award winner, given to the country’s top linebacker. 2016 SEC Championship game MVP. 94 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks. First team All-American.
- Montravius Adams, Auburn defensive tackle: 39 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks. Second team All-SEC.
- Jonathan Allen, Alabama defensive lineman: Nagurski Award winner, given to the nation’s top defensive lineman. Bednarik Award winner, given to the nation’s top defensive player. 56 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two defensive touchdowns. First team All-American.
- O.J. Howard, Alabama tight end: 37 catches, 445 yards, two touchdowns. Second team All-SEC.
- Carl Lawson, Auburn defensive end: 28 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks. First team All-SEC.
- Robert Foster, Alabama wide receiver: Five catches for 55 yards.
- Keith Ford, Texas A&M running back: Transferred from Oklahoma before the start of the season. Rushed for 583 yards and five touchdowns.
- Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M wide receiver: 20 catches, 299 receiving yards.
- Tony Conner, Ole Miss safety: Started all 12 games, 41 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss.
2014 5-star recruits
|Name||School||Position||2014 Composite ranking|
|Leonard Fournette||LSU||RB||No. 1|
|Myles Garrett||Texas A&M||DE||No. 2|
|Cam Robinson||Alabama||LT||No. 4|
|Da’Shawn Hand||Alabama||DE||No. 5|
|Speedy Noil||Texas A&M||WR||No. 8|
|Tony Brown||Alabama||DB||No. 9|
|Marlon Humphrey||Alabama||DB||No. 12|
|Jalen Tabor||Florida||DB||No. 14|
|Rashaan Evans||Alabama||LB||No. 15|
|Bo Scarbrough||Alabama||RB||No. 16|
|Malachi Dupre||LSU||WR||No. 17|
|Lorenzo Carter||Georgia||OLB||No. 18|
|Sony Michel||Georgia||RB||No. 19|
|Tre Williams||Auburn||LB||No. 29|
|Jamal Adams||LSU||S||No. 31|
|Nick Chubb||Georgia||RB||No. 33|
- Leonard Fournette, LSU running back: Missed four games because of injury, will not play in bowl game. Rushed for 843 yards and eight touchdowns. Second team All-SEC.
- Myles Garrett, Texas A&M defensive end: 32 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks. Unanimous first-team All-American.
- Cam Robinson, Alabama offensive tackle: Started every game at left tackle. Unanimous first-team All-American.
- Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama defensive lineman: Appeared in every game. Finished with 19 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
- Speedy Noil, Texas A&M wide receiver: Suspended one game, season opener against UCLA. Finished with 21 catches, 325 yards and two touchdowns.
- Tony Brown, Alabama defensive back: Suspended the first four games of the season. Finished with 20 tackles.
- Marlon Humphrey, Alabama defensive back: Started every game for Alabama, 33 tackles and two interceptions.
- Jalen Tabor, Florida defensive back: Started 11 games, was suspended one game for punching a teammate. Led the Gators with four interceptions. First team All-SEC.
- Rashaan Evans, Alabama linebacker: Played in every game. Racked up 35 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
- Bo Scarbrough, Alabama running back: Ran for 539 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.
- Malachi Dupre, LSU wide receiver: Led LSU in receiving with 454 yards and three touchdowns
- Lorenzo Carter, Georgia linebacker: Led Georgia with 4.0 sacks. Will return to school next year.
- Sony Michel, Georgia running back: Appeared in 11 games. Rushed for 753 yards and three touchdowns. Will return to school next year.
- Tre Williams, Auburn linebacker: 63 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack.
- Jamal Adams, LSU safety: Started all 11 games. Finished with 70 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks and an interception. First-team All-SEC selection.
- Nick Chubb, Georgia running back: Led team in rushing with 988 yards and seven touchdowns. Will return to school next year.
2015 5-star recruits
|Name||School||Position||2015 Composite ranking|
|Trent Thompson||Georgia||DT||No. 1|
|Martez Ivey||Florida||OL||No. 2|
|Byron Cowart||Auburn||DE||No. 3|
|Kahlil McKenzie||Tennessee||DT||No. 6|
|CeCe Jefferson||Florida||DE||No. 7|
|Kevin Toliver||LSU||CB||No. 8|
|Calvin Ridley||Alabama||WR||No. 11|
|Terry Beckner Jr.||Missouri||DT||No. 13|
|Daylon Mack||Texas A&M||DT||No. 14|
|Blake Barnett||Alabama||QB||No. 21|
|Christian Kirk||Texas A&M||WR||No. 25|
|Terry Godwin||Georgia||WR||No. 28|
|Da’Ron Payne||Alabama||DT||No. 29|
|Minkah Fitzpatrick||Alabama||DB||No. 30|
|Damien Harris||Alabama||RB||No. 31|
- Trent Thompson, Georgia defensive tackle: Appeared in all 12 games. Finished with 48 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
- Martez Ivey, Florida offensive tackle: Appeared in all 12 games, started 11. Second team All-SEC selection at guard.
- Byron Cowart, Auburn defensive end: Appeared in 10 games. Had five tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss.
- Kahlil McKenzie, Tennessee defensive lineman: Missed the final five games because of injury. Finished with 12 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.
- CeCe Jefferson, Florida defensive end: Started five games, appeared in 11. Finished with 27 tackles, 5.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks.
- Kevin Toliver, LSU defensive back: Appeared in seven games, started five. Finished with 21 tackles.
- Calvin Ridley, Alabama wide receiver: 66 catches, 727 yards and seven touchdowns. Second-team All-SEC.
- Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri defensive lineman: Missed the final five games because of a knee injury. Finished with 24 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.
- Daylon Mack, Texas A&M defensive tackle: 22 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks.
- Blake Barnett, Alabama quarterback: Started the season opener before transferring. Will play at Arizona State next season.
- Christian Kirk, Texas A&M wide receiver: 77 catches, 842 receiving yards, 9 touchdowns, 3 punt returns for touchdown. First team All-SEC at wide receiver and punt returner.
- Terry Godwin, Georgia wide receiver: 37 catches, 394 receiving yards.
- Da’Ron Payne, Alabama defensive tackle: Played in every game, had 27 tackles and recovered a fumble for a touchdown
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama defensive back: First team All-American, led Alabama with five interceptions. Finished with 52 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack
- Damien Harris, Alabama running back: Ran for 983 yards and two touchdowns. Led the Crimson Tide in rushing.
2016 5-star recruits
|Name||School||Position||2016 Composite ranking|
|Greg Little||Ole Miss||OT||No. 3|
|Shea Patterson||Ole Miss||QB||No. 4|
|Jacob Eason||Georgia||QB||No. 5|
|Derrick Brown||Auburn||DT||No. 9|
|Ben Davis||Alabama||LB||No. 10|
|Isaac Nauta||Georgia||TE||No. 12|
|Mecole Hardman||Georgia||CB||No. 13|
|Mack Wilson||Alabama||LB||No. 15|
|Jonah Williams||Alabama||OT||No. 17|
|McTelvin Agim||Arkansas||DE||No. 18|
|Jeffrey Simmons||Mississippi State||DE||No. 19|
|Kristian Fulton||LSU||CB||No. 21|
|Rashard Lawrence||LSU||DT||No. 23|
|Benito Jones||Ole Miss||DT||No. 24|
- Greg Little, Ole Miss offensive tackle: Appeared in all 12 games, started the final five. All-SEC Freshman team selection.
- Shea Patterson, Ole Miss quarterback: Started the final three games. Threw for six touchdowns and three interceptions. Threw for 880 yards, while rushing for 225.
- Jacob Eason, Georgia quarterback: Started 11 games. Threw for 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
- Derrick Brown, Auburn defensive tackle: Appeared in 12 games, finished with 11 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
- Ben Davis, Alabama linebacker: Did not see any game action.
- Isaac Nauta, Georgia tight end: 27 catches, 353 yards and three touchdowns. All-SEC Freshman selection.
- Mecole Hardman, Georgia cornerback: Saw action mostly on special teams. Finished with six tackles.
- Mack Wilson, Alabama linebacker: Appeared in 13 games, played mostly special teams. Finished with seven tackles and a touchdown catch.
- Jonah Williams, Alabama offensive tackle: Started every game at right tackle. Named a freshman All-American.
- McTelvin Agim, Arkansas defensive end: Appeared in all 12 games. Finished with 25 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. All-SEC Freshman team selection.
- Jeffrey Simmons, Mississippi State defensive end: Was suspended the season’s first game because of a domestic violence arrest. Finished with 37 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. All-SEC Freshman team selection.
- Kristian Fulton, LSU defensive back: Appeared in two games, had two tackles.
- Rashard Lawrence, LSU defensive tackle: Did not see any game action.
- Benito Jones, Ole Miss defensive tackle: Appeared in all 12 games, started in four. Finished with 39 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss.
All recruiting rankings come from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.