National Signing Day is right around the corner, and all 14 SEC schools are trying to collect 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 an early look at how each team will fare in 2017’s SEC recruiting rankings, subject to the whims of 17- and 18-year-olds.
Projected SEC rank: 1
Last week’s projection: 1
Overview: With four weeks to go until signing day, the Crimson Tide have a firm grip on the nation’s top recruiting class. Ohio State and Georgia are pressing for the top spot, but barring a rough end to the cycle, the Tide should be able to secure the top overall class.
Alabama added 4-star safety Xavier McKinney (Roswell, Ga.) to its commitment list on New Year’s Day, so now grabbing 4-star receiver Henry Ruggs is the priority.
Projected SEC rank: 2
Last week’s projection: 2
Overview: The Bulldogs had a great week on the recruiting trail, adding three pledges to their ranks. Four-star safety DeAngelo Gibbs, 4-star athlete Tray Bishop and 3-star inside linebacker Monty Rice all joined the fold, boosting the stock of an already outstanding class even higher.
There’s not much room left in the inn for Kirby Smart in terms of scholarships, as recent headlines might suggest, but the new additions have Georgia on the verge of overtaking Ohio State for the No. 2 spot nationally.
Projected SEC rank: 3
Last week’s projection: 3
Overview: The Tigers had a de-commitment this week, as Monty Rice flipped from LSU to Georgia. But it’s not exactly doom and gloom in Baton Rouge. There’s plenty of room for more talent in this class, and Ed Orgeron and Co. are still in touch with a bevy of potential impact players.
Projected SEC rank: 4
Last week’s projection: 5
Overview: The Tigers picked up a pledge from 3-star athlete Malik Willis last week as National Signing Day draws closer. The Auburn coaching staff would like to add six more players to this group, but they’re using a patient approach.
Projected SEC rank: 5
Last week’s projection: 4
Overview: With some attrition from the roster following some early departures for the NFL (Myles Garrett, Speedy Noil, Ricky Seals-Jones among them), there may be another spot or two to fill in this class.
Projected SEC rank: 6
Last week’s projection: 6
Overview: The change at offensive coordinator with Mike DeBord leaving for Indiana throws a late wrench into the staff’s efforts in this class.
“I don’t see this being a problem one bit because we’re not going to change what we do offensively. We’re just going to enhance it,” coach Butch Jones said. “I’ve already spoken to a number of young men tonight and they’re all fine and they’re excited to move forward.”
Projected SEC rank: 7
Last week’s projection: 7
Overview: The Gamecocks are holding steady at 22 commitments for this class, but some players moving on may open more spots in the Class of 2017.
Projected SEC rank: 8
Last week’s projection: 8
Overview: The Gators are still trying to fill a few needs in this class, and that starts with 4-star receiver James Robinson. There are other targets as well, and if things go right, this group could improve in a hurry.
Projected SEC rank: 9
Last week’s projection: 10
Overview: The Wildcats remain at 22 players in this year’s recruiting class, and thanks to a small senior class, they may stay there through the rest of the cycle.
It’s still a good class, however, and one that could rate in the top 25 nationally.
Projected SEC rank: 10
Last week’s projection: 9
Overview: With the announcement from 3-star lineman Paul Gainer that he’s reopening his recruitment, the Bulldogs are down to 21 pledges in this class. They’re still hoping to land 4-star linebacker and Starkville native Willie Gay, though that seems to be far from a sure thing.
Projected SEC rank: 11
Last week’s projection: 11
Overview: There’s not much movement in this class since last week, and it looks like the primary concern for Bret Bielema and his staff is to hang on to the recruits already committed.
Projected SEC rank: 12
Last week’s projection: 13
Overview: Ole Miss picked up a pair of commitments this week when 4-star linebacker Breon Dixon and defensive end Larrell Murchison came on board.
There’s still work to do, but that’s a good start.
Projected SEC rank: 13
Last week’s projection: 12
Overview: The Tigers are still after 4-star receiver Jeff Thomas (East Saint Louis, Ill.), but he called Illinois his leader after the Under Armour game.
Projected SEC rank: 14
Last week’s projection: 14
Overview: The Commodores haven’t made much news on the trail this week, but they are still in the running for 3-star defensive end Ryan Thaxton, and 3-star linebackers Michael Owusu and Feleti Afemui.