It’s the holiday season, which means the recruiting cycle is heating up.
Some recruits are starting to make their commitments, while others are rethinking their pledges. A few more are waiting to play the hat game during an all-star game, and a handful will wait and make their decisions on National Signing Day.
Until players sign a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 1, anything can happen.
The biggest name left on the board of uncommitted players is hulking defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. LSU coach Ed Orgeron has been recruiting the Texas native hard, and 247Sports is reporting that hard work is paying off.
A handful of SEC schools are all over Clinton, Miss., running back Cam Akers — a 5-star running back who could be an immediate contributor next fall.
He’d fit in well at LSU or just about anywhere else, but with the diminished numbers in Knoxville, he’d have a shot at playing early at Tennessee.
Jeffrey Okudah doesn’t have an SEC school in his top three, but any 5-star corner would be crazy not to strongly consider Alabama.
5-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh decommitted from Maryland and is said to be leaning hard toward Florida State. He’d look good in a Georgia uniform, and the Bulldogs could use a rush end.
Leesburg, Ga., native Aubrey Solomon is high on Nick Saban’s wish list, and there are worse places for a 5-star defensive tackle to ply his trade than Tuscaloosa.
Here are the top 20 uncommitted recruits in the 2017 class and what we see as their best SEC fit. Please note that some of these recruits have eliminated SEC schools, but we’re projecting what we feel like their best SEC fit would be.
|Player||Hometown||Position||Rating||Best SEC fit|
|Marvin Wilson||Bellaire, Texas||DT||5-star||LSU|
|Cam Akers||Clinton, Miss.||RB||5-star||Tennessee|
|Jeffrey Okudah||Grand Prairie, Texas||CB||5-star||Alabama|
|Joshua Kaindoh||Bradenton, Fla.||DE||5-star||Georgia|
|Aubrey Solomon||Leesburg, Ga.||DT||5-star||Georgia|
|DeAngelo Gibbs||Loganville, Ga.||S||4-star||Georgia|
|LaBryan Ray||Madison, Ala.||DE||4-star||Alabama|
|Devon Hunter||Chesapeake, Va.||S||4-star||Auburn|
|Jeff Thomas||East St. Louis, Ill.||WR||4-star||Missouri|
|Jarez Parks||Sebastian, Fla.||DE||4-star||Florida|
|Devonta Smith||Amite, La.||WR||4-star||Alabama|
|Tedarrell Slaton||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||G||4-star||Kentucky|
|Drew Singleton||Paramus, N.J.||OLB||4-star||Auburn|
|Xavier McKinney||Roswell, Ga.||S||4-star||Arkansas|
|James Robinson||Lakeland, Fla.||WR||4-star||Florida|
|Todd Harris||Plaquemine, La.||S||4-star||LSU|
|Anthony McFarland Jr.||Hyattsville, Md.||RB||4-star||Tennessee|
|Nate McBride||Vidalia, Ga.||ILB||4-star||Georgia|
|Chuck Filiaga||Aledo, Texas||T||4-star||Alabama|