National Signing Day wasn’t that long ago, but recruiting is a 24/7/365 business.
That means it’s never too early to look at how the various recruiting sites are ranking SEC schools’ 2018 signing classes. ESPN released its top 25 last month, and five schools made the cut.
LSU ranks second on that list, followed by Tennessee (10), Texas A&M (18), Auburn (23) and Florida (25).
The biggest mover in the composite rankings this month is Kentucky. The Wildcats jumped four spots to land in the fourth spot.
The recent addition of 4-star G Marquan McCall was the seventh pledge collected, and he helped the Wildcats vault into the top 5.
Tennessee and Mississippi State each moved up three spots in the rankings.
The Volunteers have been busy, adding eight recruits in the last four-plus weeks, including 4-star DT Brant Lawless and 4-star QB Adrian Martinez. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are getting it done with quantity, having signed one 4-star prospect among their eight committed prospects.
Georgia and Alabama remain in the back half of the SEC rankings. Recent misses on 4-star LB Adam Anderson, who flipped his commitment from Georgia to LSU, and 4-star DE Brenton Cox have hurt the Bulldogs, who have only three players verbally committed.
The Crimson Tide haven’t added anyone to their class, which stands at three, since January. As 247Sports points out, Alabama still is projected to wind up with a top-notch class come February 2018.
LSU, with its 15-player pledge list, remains entrenched in the top spot, with Tennessee (10), Texas A&M (seven), Kentucky (seven) and Auburn (six) rounding out the top 5. Mississippi State (eight) and Florida (six) are tied for sixth, while Arkansas (four) is alone in eighth place. South Carolina (six) and Alabama (three) are tied for ninth.
Vanderbilt (three), Georgia (three), Ole Miss (two) and Missouri (one) complete the league’s composite rankings.
2018 SEC composite class rankings
As of May 12
Notes: ESPN has ranked only the top 25 2018 recruiting classes, so all SEC teams not listed receive the same ranking in this table. All player star ratings are courtesy of 247Sports.
|3. Texas A&M||3.5||3||5||3||3|
|T6. Mississippi State||6||6||4||8||6|
|T9. South Carolina||8.5||8||8||12||6|
|13. Ole Miss||11.5||13||14||13||6|