National Signing Day 2017 wasn’t all that long ago, but recruiting is a 24/7/365 business. As such, SEC teams are already hard at work on their 2018 recruiting classes.
LSU continues to snatch up verbal commitments early in this cycle, adding 2 more in the last month to run its total to 13. That’s tied with Northwestern for second nationally behind Miami (16).
The latest additions for the Tigers are defensive end Jarell Cherry and guard Chasen Hines. Both are listed as 4-star prospects, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Florida is the biggest mover in the composite rankings from last month, jumping 7 places into the third spot. The Gators have added 4 players to their pledge list in recent weeks, highlighted by 4-star safety C.J. Smith and 4-star athlete Iverson Clement.
Texas A&M has been tucked in behind LSU in the SEC rankings for months now, while Auburn sits in the fourth spot.
Arkansas and Tennessee are tied for fifth. The Razorbacks edged up a bit after adding 4-star recruits Luke Ford and Byron Hanspard II in the last month while Tennessee has added 2 more verbals to its tally in the last week.
Three-star guard Ollie Lang and 3-star corner Shatar McClay are the latest members of the Volunteers’ class, which now stands at 4.
Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi State are next in the standings, while Vanderbilt and South Carolina are tied for 10th.
The Gamecocks’ class suffered a setback when 5-star defensive end Xavier Thomas verbally committed to Clemson last week.
Georgia follows those 2 schools, and 247Sports doesn’t list any recruits for Missouri or Ole Miss yet in this cycle.
2018 SEC composite class rankings
As of April 16, 2017
Note: ESPN has not yet ranked the 2018 recruiting classes.
|2. Texas A&M||2.3||3||2||2|
|9. Mississippi State||9||9||7||11|
|T-10. South Carolina||10.7||10||10||12|
|14. Ole Miss||13||13||13||13|