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 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: With six weeks to go until signing day, the Crimson Tide still have the nation’s top recruiting class. Ohio State is pressing them for the nation’s top spot, but barring a disaster, they should be able to secure the league’s top class.
Alabama will be hoping to get a commitment from 4-star safety DeAngelo Gibbs at the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 1, and it is still in the running for a couple of other standouts as well.
Projected SEC rank: 2
Last week’s projection: 2
Overview: The Bulldogs added 5-star tackle Isaiah Wilson to a already impressive class last week, and there’s room for seven or eight more players in the Class of 2017.
Kirby Smart and his staff are still in the running for Gibbs’ services, and are looking to close strong with 5-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon and 4-star linebacker Nate McBride — among others.
Projected SEC rank: 3
Last week’s projection: 3
Overview: The Tigers brought in 4-star quarterback Lowell Narcisse earlier this week (again), giving them two quarterbacks in this class (Myles Brennan).
Depending on the early departures for the NFL, there’s room for about six or seven more players. Ed Orgeron and his staff are still trying to land some big names, but have a Plan B in place as well.
Projected SEC rank: 4
Last week’s projection: 4
Overview: With a whopping 26 players already committed, the Aggies had a quiet week on the recruiting trail. Thanks to some attrition, there’s still room for a couple of more prospects.
Should Texas A&M manage to land 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, this class could get back into the top three in the SEC.
Projected SEC rank: 5
Last week’s projection: 5
Overview: There’s nothing new to report on the Plains this week, as Auburn tries to fill approximately seven more spots in this year’s recruiting cycle.
The Tigers would like to add 4-star offensive lineman Adrian Ealy, 3-star fullback Chase Lasater and a few other names to this group before National Signing Day.
Projected SEC rank: 6
Last week’s projection: 6
Overview: Tennessee welcomed 3-star defensive tackle Matthew Butler into the fold earlier this week, which brings the Volunteers closer to their magic number of 27 for this class.
For the final spot, the Volunteers are after 4-star guard T.J. Moore or 3-star corner Yusef Corker.
Projected SEC rank: 7
Last week’s projection: 7
Overview: Will Muschamp didn’t send out any “#SpursUp” tweets this week, so that means there’s no movement in this class to report.
The staff signed a large class last year, but still has room for a few more players. With the dead period, and bowl prep, the Gamecocks have other priorities at the moment.
Projected SEC rank: 8
Last week’s projection: 8
Overview: With a nine-man junior college class and four other players enrolling early, more than half of Dan Mullen’s class will be on hand for spring practice.
Mississippi State is still in the hunt for 4-star defensive end LaBryan Ray, and getting his signature would be a nice way to close out this class.
Projected SEC rank: 9
Last week’s projection: 9
Overview: Sometimes, in a recruiting cycle, a bunch of players commit early and the mission is to try to keep those players from wavering. Other times, teams target players who like to make their decisions during all-star games or even on National Signing Day.
For the Gators, the Class of 2017 is certainly the latter. Florida is in the running for a number of highly-touted recruits, and landing a few of them would go a long way toward improving this projection.
Projected SEC rank: 10
Last week’s projection: 10
Overview: The Razorbacks picked up a pledge from 3-star linebacker Kyrei Fisher this week, bringing their total to 21 players for this cycle.
That leaves room for about four more players, and the coaching staff would love to add some depth on the defensive line.
Projected SEC rank: 11
Last week’s projection: 11
Overview: The Wildcats picked up a commitment from 3-star defensive end Jordan Wright on Wednesday. He’s the fourth defensive end recruit in this class, so it’s safe to say that Mark Stoops and Co. saw that as a priority.
There’s not much room left in this class, but the Wildcats still can add another player or two.
Projected SEC rank: 12
Last week’s projection: 12
Overview: With the addition of new offensive (Phil Longo) and defensive coordinators (Wesley McGriff), the Rebels can try to salvage what has been a disappointing cycle so far.
Figuring out a way to get a commitment from 5-star running back Cam Akers would be a nice start. Don’t be surprised if Hugh Freeze and his staff make a late push and seriously boost this class.
Projected SEC rank: 13
Last week’s projection: 13
Overview: The Tigers, like many of its SEC brethren, didn’t add to their class this week. This 19-man group may not have much of a local flavor, but it does have some talented players who can help the program right away.
Projected SEC rank: 14
Last week’s projection: 14
Overview: 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.