National Signing Day is more than eight months away, but all 14 SEC schools are collecting as many prospects as they can for the 2018 recruiting class.
So, how will your favorite team stack up with the rest of the SEC? Here’s a way-too-early look at how each team will fare in the 2018 SEC recruiting rankings, subject to the whims of 17- and 18-year-olds.
Projected SEC rank: 1
Projection last month: 1
Overview: For the last seven years, the Crimson Tide landed the nation’s top recruiting class. We’ll have to get much closer to National Signing Day before we can project anything but another first-place finish for Nick Saban and staff.
It’s tempting to be alarmed at Alabama only having two recruits committed at this point. But, as SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner points out, plenty of high-profile recruits are interested in coming to Tuscaloosa.
History suggests Alabama will be near the top when we start counting recruits in February.
Projected SEC rank: 2
Projection last month: 2
Overview: Only Miami, with 17 commitments, has more players pledged for 2018 than LSU. It’s been a fast start for Ed Orgeron and staff, and it shows no sign of slowing.
The Tigers added an in-state prospect, 4-star wide receiver Kenan Jones, on May 13. And, according to SEC Country LSU recruiting reporter Sam Spiegelman, LSU is the leading school for the services of 5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr.
Projected SEC rank: 3
Projection last month: 5
Overview: The Volunteers added a pair of 4-star recruits to their ledger in the last few weeks, and that has them rising in the latest rankings.
Projected SEC rank: 4
Projection last month: 3
Overview: The Gators had a busy April, adding three players. May has been quieter, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t work going on to improve Florida’s haul.
Projected SEC rank: 5
Projection last month: 4
The Tigers are hoping to change all of that on “Big Cat Weekend,” which is in early June.
Projected SEC rank: 6
Projection last month: 6
Overview: The Aggies welcomed 3-star kicker Seth Small to the fold on April 29, giving them seven recruits. It’s a good beginning for Texas A&M while it waits for bigger names on its wish list to pick schools.
Projected SEC rank: 7
Projection last month: 7
Overview: If we have faith in Alabama to have a strong finish, then we have a little for the Bulldogs, too.
The addition of 3-star CB Chris Smith earlier in May helps, but it’s time to start reeling in bigger fish in Athens.
Projected SEC rank: 8
Projection last month: 8
Overview: It’s been quality over quantity for the Razorbacks. All four of their recruits are 4-star prospects in the 247Sports composite rankings.
That should form a nice nucleus around which Bret Bielema can build, and he’ll try to do just that during the next few months.
Projected SEC rank: 9
Projection last month: 9
Overview: Kentucky added three players to its pledge list in May, including 4-star guard Marquan McCall.
Eight of the nine verbals in this cycle are 3-star prospects, which explains why Kentucky isn’t projected higher now.
Projected SEC rank: 10
Projection last month: 10
Murphy could play safety, but he ran for 1,756 yards and 25 touchdowns last fall for West Point (Miss.) High.
Projected SEC rank: 11
Projection last month: 11
The Gamecocks are hoping to add 4-star CB Jayce Horn to that list soon.
Projected SEC rank: 12
Projection last month: 12
Projected SEC rank: 13
Projection last month: 13
Overview: It’s been a while since Vanderbilt finished anywhere other than 14th in the SEC recruiting rankings — 2013 to be exact — but the Commodores are off to a nice start with 3-star quarterback Allan Walters.
Walters previously was a 4-star prospect, but he is the 14th-best pro-style quarterback in this class.
Projected SEC rank: 14
Projection last month: 14