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.
All ratings courtesy of 247Sports
Projected SEC rank: 1
Last week’s projection: 1
Overview: With about three weeks to go until signing day, Alabama still holds the top spot nationally and in the SEC. An already star-studded class has the room to get even better.
Our Jesse Simonton points out that the Tide could still land 5-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, 4-star defensive ends Jarez Parks and LaBryan Ray, and 4-star receivers DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs.
Projected SEC rank: 2
Last week’s projection: 2
Overview: The Bulldogs have been a solid second for a while now but could pick up a new face or two between now and Feb. 1.
One of those could be 4-star defensive end Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant. Kirby Smart and staff are still hoping to nab Solomon, too.
Projected SEC rank: 3
Last week’s projection: 3
Overview: Our Sam Spiegelman reports that the Tigers have as many as seven more scholarships available for this class, and with that sort of upside, it’s hard to imagine them not finishing in the top three.
Finding a way to get 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, 4-star defensive end Phidarian Mathis and 4-star safety Todd Harris to Baton Rouge would be a fine way to wrap up this cycle.
Projected SEC rank: 4
Last week’s projection: 4
Overview: It’s never ideal for an offensive coordinator to leave town this late in the recruiting cycle, but that’s what Auburn is facing with Rhett Lashlee’s departure for UConn.
Three-star linebacker/fullback Thomas Johnston is in town for an official visit this weekend, and the staff will be keeping an eye on a few other recruits in the coming days as well.
Projected SEC rank: 5
Last week’s projection: 5
Overview: With attrition from the roster following early departures for the NFL (Myles Garrett, Speedy Noil, Ricky Seals-Jones among them), there might be another spot or two to fill in this class.
The Aggies are chasing 4-star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson, 4-star running back Travis Etienne and 3-star defensive tackle Joshua Rogers.
Projected SEC rank: 6
Last week’s projection: 8
Overview: With only 15 pledges, the Gators have as much room to improve their class as any SEC school between now and National Signing Day.
There are 20 recruits scheduled to visit the school in the coming weeks, including 4-star receiver James Robinson, 4-star tackle Kai-Leon Herbert, 4-star defensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton, 4-star linebacker Levi Jones and 4-star corners C.J. Henderson and Brad Stewart.
Florida seems likely to pick up a few of these big names, and when it does, it will shoot up the league’s recruiting rankings.
Projected SEC rank: 7
Last week’s projection: 6
Overview: There’s not a ton of room left for the Volunteers to add much to the Class of 2017, but the coaching staff still has its eyes on a few potential impact players.
Ray, Etienne and 4-star defensive end Elijah Conliffe will be in Knoxville this weekend.
Projected SEC rank: 8
Last week’s projection: 7
Overview: The Gamecocks are holding steady at 22 commitments for this class but will welcome a few uncommitted prospects for a visit this weekend.
South Carolina hopes to add a few bodies for the offensive line and is in touch with Jordon Carty, Jordan Tucker, Tony Gray and Jordan Rhodes. The latter two will be in Columbia this weekend.
Projected SEC rank: 9
Last week’s projection: 9
Overview: The Wildcats are quietly building a good football class to go along with their annual basketball success on the recruiting trail.
Mark Stoops and staff are seeking help at wide receiver, with 4-star Danny Davis and 3-star Kevaughn Dingle as the top uncommitted targets.
Projected SEC rank: 10
Last week’s projection: 9
Overview: Attrition whittled away a couple of names from the Bulldogs’ pledge list in recent weeks. They’re still hoping to land 4-star linebacker and Starkville native Willie Gay, and are still in on 3-star safety Naytron Culpepper and 3-star tackle Toryque Bateman.
Projected SEC rank: 11
Last week’s projection: 11
Overview: Our Trent Shadid is projecting the Razorbacks to sign 23-25 recruits for this class, so it’s nearly finished. Still, getting signatures from 4-star corner Chevin Calloway and 3-star safety Kamren Curl would be a nice cherry on top of the Class of 2017.
Projected SEC rank: 12
Last week’s projection: 12
Overview: Like Florida, Ole Miss has a ton of work to do to complete its class. Unlike the Gators, the Rebels aren’t near the top of the lists of a bunch of high school All-Americans.
Still, the Rebels could still get Gay, Calloway and 4-star defensive end Chester Graves, who’s also Missouri’s top recruit.
Projected SEC rank: 13
Last week’s projection: 13
Overview: Barry Odom and his staff had to stretch a bit to fill out this year’s group, with the in-state talent not being at its usual level.
There are still a few names left on the board, including 3-star defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman, 3-star JUCO defensive tackle Walter Palmore and 3-star corner Emmanuel Dabney.
Projected SEC rank: 14
Last week’s projection: 14
Overview: The Commodores are looking to add a few names to a class full of 3-star recruits.
A few players are set to visit the school in the coming weeks, including 3-star receiver Beau Corrales, 3-star corner Demetrius Douglas and 2-star corner Willie Langham.