While they don’t always generate the excitement of a high school recruit, landing a commit from the junior college ranks can be just as valuable. And Wednesday is essentially JUCO signing day, as it is the first day junior college prospects can sign with their school.
A number of SEC stars come from the JUCO ranks, such as Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara, South Carolina defensive end Dante Sawyer and, most famously, former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. And if you don’t think that every team is after junior college guys, 11 SEC teams currently have at least one JUCO commitment and nine have at least two.
Several of the top junior college players have already announced where they will be attending. Auburn secured the services of Jarrett Stidham, a Baylor transfer who ranks as the No. 1 JUCO player in the country. Alabama has commitments from the No. 2 and No. 4 JUCO commits in defensive end Isaiah Buggs and offensive tackle Elliot Baker.
And while Wednesday is the first day players can sign, there still are a number of talented players out there. We’ve listed the top remaining JUCO targets, as well the JUCO commitments from each school:
Kendall Sheffield, No. 1 JUCO CB: Per 247Sports composite rankings, Sheffield is the top junior college uncommitted prospect. He committed to Alabama out of high school but transferred to Blinn College in his native Texas. He is expected to pick between Texas A&M and Ohio State.
Stephen Guidry, No. 1 JUCO WR: Guidry is the No. 6 JUCO prospect in the country and a 4-star recruit per the 247Sports composite ranking. Per the 247 crystal ball, Mississippi State is the favorite to land him. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in JUCO commits with six.
Brandon Martin, No. 2 JUCO WR: Martin checks in as the No. 9 JUCO prospect for the 2017 class. Martin has offers from Arkansas, Auburn and LSU. He is set to announce his decision on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Johnathan Abram, No. 1 JUCO S: Abram originally committed to Georgia out of high school but transferred from the program after Jeremy Pruitt was not retained as defensive coordinator. Abram has an Alabama offer, as well as offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Abram grew up in the state of Mississippi.
- Elliot Baker, OT, No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle
- Isaiah Buggs, DE, No. 1 JUCO defensive end
- Jhavonte Dean CB, No. 2 JUCO cornerback
- Jeremy Patton, TE, No. 1 JUCO tight end
- Jonathan Nance, WR
- Jarrett Stidham, QB, No. 1 JUCO player in the country
- Octavius Matthews, ATH
- Kyree Campbell, DT (Prep school)
- D’Marcus Hayes, OT, No. 2 JUCO offensive tackle
- Phil Hoskins, DT, No. 5 JUCO defensive tackle
- Lonnie Johnson, S, No. 5 JUCO safety
LSU: No JUCO commits
- Deion Pope, DT, No. 2 JUCO defensive tackle
- Lee Autry, DT, No. 3 JUCO defensive tackle
- Tommy Champion, OT, No. 5 JUCO offensive tackle
- Montez Sweat, DE, No. 6 JUCO defensive end
- Brian Cole, S, No. 3 JUCO safety
- Tyre Phillips, OG, No. 1 JUCO offensive guard
- Rashad Brandon, DT
- Yasir Durant, OT
- Nate Anderson, DE
- Brendan Williams, ILB, No. 5 JUCO inside linebacker
- Javien Hamilton, CB
- Jordan Ta’amu, QB, No. 1 JUCO dual-threat quarterback
- Dennis Daley, OT, No. 8 JUCO offensive tackle
- Eldridge Thompson, OLB, No. 5 JUCO outside linebacker
- Kaleb Chambers, CB, Former Clemson cornerback
- Keisean Nixon, CB, No. 5 JUCO cornerback
Tennessee: No JUCO commits
- Micheal Clemons, DE, No. 2 JUCO defensive end