National Signing Day is right around the corner, and all 14 SEC schools are trying to collect as many prospects as they can before Feb. 1.
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 this year’s SEC recruiting rankings, subject to the whims of 17- and 18-year-olds:
Projected SEC rank: 1
Last week’s projection: 1
Overview: The Crimson Tide still have the nation’s top recruiting class. The race nationally is tight enough to be fluid, but their SEC lead feels insurmountable.
Nick Saban and his staff always close strong on signing day, and our own Chris Kirschner gives them a good chance to land a few more players before the end of this cycle.
This week, 4-star safety Daniel Wright verbally committed and junior college players Isaiah Buggs and Elliot Baker signed, bumping their total for this class to 25.
Projected SEC rank: 2
Last week’s projection: 2
Overview: Our friends at DawgNation expect Georgia to add nine or 10 more players to the 18 already pledged for this class.
The Bulldogs crept closer to that total with JUCO tackle D’Marcus Hayes signing this week, and they’re still in the hunt for Nate McBride, DeAngelo Gibbs and several other key players in this cycle.
Projected SEC rank: 3
Last week’s projection: 3
Overview: Baton Rouge is still a potential landing spot for 5-star running back Cam Akers, who has LSU as one of its finalists. Depending on early departures for the NFL, the Tigers have somewhere between seven and nine spots to fill in this cycle.
There were no additions to LSU’s class this week, but it is still in the running for 4-star receiver DeVonta Smith and a few other players. With so many spots left to fill, it still looks like Ed Orgeron’s staff should close strong enough to crack the top three.
Projected SEC rank: 4
Last week’s projection: 5
Overview: The Aggies added two more pledges to their 2017 class this week with a couple of 3-star prospects, defensive end Micheal Clemons and guard Dan Moore.
This is already a strong group that ranks in the top 10 nationally, and according to our own Connor Riley, it could get even better.
Projected SEC rank: 5
Last week’s projection: 4
Overview: The Tigers added a pair of junior college players to the ranks this week in quarterback Jarrett Stidham and tight end Salvatore Cannella.
This brings the total to 18, leaving room for about seven more players in this class. Auburn lost out on a couple of players this week, but the staff is hoping that landing Stidham will help it lure a few more recruits to the Plains next fall.
Projected SEC rank: 6
Last week’s projection: 6
Overview: The additions of 3-star quarterback Will McBride and defensive end Deandre Johnson offset a couple of dropouts from this year’s class for Tennessee.
Despite the 25-man class, the Volunteers are still after 4-star guard T.J. Moore and 3-star corner Yusef Corker to add to the group.
Projected SEC rank: 7
Last week’s projection: 8
Overview: South Carolina added a pair of JUCO corners to the ranks this week when it landed Keisean Nixon and Kaleb Chambers. Both are 3-star prospects, but Nixon was one of the better JUCO corners available.
That bit of need-based recruiting moves the Gamecocks up a notch in this week’s rankings, and they’re still in the market for help along both the offensive and defensive fronts.
Projected SEC rank: 8
Last week’s projection: 9
Overview: The Bulldogs added a whopping nine junior college recruits to their 2017 class this week, headlined by 4-star defensive end (and former Georgia player) Chauncey Rivers. Seven of the signees are on the defensive side of the ball, which based on that unit’s performance this season isn’t all that surprising.
This is shaping up to be a nice class for Dan Mullen and his staff, and if things go right between now and Feb. 1, it could get even better.
Projected SEC rank: 9
Last week’s projection: 7
Overview: Florida added 3-star defensive tackle Kyree Campbell to its ranks this week, boosting its total to 14 players.
There’s obviously some work to do here for the Gators, and one wonders how Geoff Collins’ departure will affect the rest of this recruiting cycle?
Jim McElwain and his staff are still in line to land a couple of 4-star recruits, running back Adarius Lemons and receiver James Robinson, and a few others as well. They’ll need to, if they want to avoid slipping lower in the rankings.
Projected SEC rank: 10
Last week’s projection: 10
Overview: The Razorbacks picked up signatures from seven junior college players this week, highlighted by a pair of 4-star recruits — tight end Jeremy Patton and receiver Brandon Martin.
Of the 20 current players in the class, eight of them plan to enroll in January and be available for spring practice. There’s also room for about five more players in this class, which is coming together nicely.
Projected SEC rank: 11
Last week’s projection: 11
Overview: The Wildcats picked up commitments from 4-star defensive end Joshua Paschal, 3-star safety Lonnie Johnson and 3-star guard Sebastien Dolcine this week to raise their class size to 19.
There’s room for this class to grow, too. The bowl berth and the late-season upset of Louisville have built up some nice momentum for the Wildcats, and they’re cashing in on that during this recruiting cycle.
Projected SEC rank: 12
Last week’s projection: 13
Overview: Three JUCO signees this week pushed the Rebels’ class up to 13 players. All three of those players, end Markel Winters, linebacker Brenden Williams and corner Javien Hamilton, are 3-star recruits on the defensive side of the ball.
Coaching staff changes and the specter of NCAA sanctions are hurting this class a bit, but there’s still enough talent out there for Hugh Freeze and company to turn this class around.
Projected SEC rank: 13
Last week’s projection: 12
Overview: It’s been a busy week for the Tigers. Barry Odom and his staff added 3-star JUCO tackle Yasir Durant and running backs Larry Roundtree III and Isaiah Miller to the fold.
That’s 19 players committed for Missouri, and despite an apparent lack of available scholarships, the plan is to add seven or eight more players to this class.
Projected SEC rank: 14
Last week’s projection: 14
Overview: There’s nothing new to report on commitments for the Commodores, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t work being done.
This class could really use a few more bodies, and there are still a few folks in play for Derek Mason and his staff. The added exposure from the bowl game can only help him round out this cycle.