The SEC isn’t overrated.
At least that’s according to one of college football’s greatest coaches.
Said Switzer: “It’s not the right thing to say. There are good teams in both leagues and poor teams in both leagues. The SEC has been a predominantly strong conference. They have a lot of great athletes. All you have to do is look at the draft and see the first three or four rounds and all of the players that come out of the SEC compared to the rest of the country.”
He certainly has a point. On Monday, the AJC noted that as of opening kickoff, the SEC had 309 players on active NFL rosters.
There is a reason why recruits want to play in the SEC.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Highly rated Tennessee DE reveals top five
Emmit Gooden, a 4-star defensive end from Haywood High School (Tenn.), confirmed to the AJC on Tuesday a final five that includes Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Alabama, in no particular order.
Gooden, who is ranked as the No. 4 player in the state, says he’ll likely take an official visit to each school, but will likely commit sometime in February.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder tells the AJC that he may unofficially visit either LSU or Mississippi State this weekend.
2. Florida commit sets dates for Alabama, UGA visits
There is always something going on with Florida commit Chauncey Gardner.
After shuffling his official visits last week, it appears the 4-star cornerback from Cocoa, Fla., has set the appropriate dates for his fall visits.
They are as follows: UGA on Sept. 17, Notre Dame on Oct. 17, Alabama on Nov. 7, Ohio State on Nov. 21 and Florida on Nov. 28.
The biggest piece of news here isn’t that he’s finally set up them up, officially, but that Gardner has decided to visit Ohio State over Florida State.
In the end, though, it’s hard to imagine any of these visits influencing Gardner’s commitment with Florida. He’s regularly visited the campus in recent weeks and appears sold on the program.
3. LSU out in front for 3-star DE
Travez Moore, a 3-star defensive end from Bastrop, La., told the AJC on Tuesday that if he had to rank his top schools, LSU would be his No. 1.
Moore, who has reported eight offers, says the Tigers are followed by TCU and South Carolina. On Monday, the AJC caught up with Moore’s teammate, 4-star receiver Isaiah Graham, who said he believed Moore was headed to LSU.
But the 6-foot-3, 235-pound end says it’s very close between the Tigers and Horned Frogs.
Though South Carolina came into the fold a bit later, he’s still very much interested in what they have to offer, too. He’ll likely take an official visit to South Carolina in October with Graham, but he is unsure of the exact date.
4. One of nation’s top tight ends to visit UGA
Two tight end commitments won’t stop 4-star Jacob Mathis from considering the Bulldogs, according to his recent interview with the AJC.
Mathis, who plans to take an official visit to UGA this fall, told the AJC on Tuesday that the program is very high on his board.
As it stands, the Bulldogs have secured commitments from 4-star Charlie Woerner of Rabun County High School and 3-star Garrett Walston of North Carolina. And that doesn’t include the possibility of landing the nation’s No. 1 tight end: Isaac Nauta.
How much will those commitments impact Mathis’ decision remains to be seen, but he did indicate that he’s confident in his ability.
The AJC’s Jeff Sentell has more on Mathis and where else he plans to visit this fall.
5. Vanderbilt QB commit provides glimpse of what to expect
Let’s face it: There isn’t much to be excited about at Vanderbilt. But 3-star quarterback Deuce Wallace, who committed to Vanderbilt in April, could be the spark the Commodores have been looking for.
Last week, the in-state product threw for 518 yards and four touchdowns in Sevier County High School’s win over Dobyns-Bennett.
Say what you will, but production is production. That’s a promising showing from Williams, who could push for the starting job as a freshman given Vanderbilt’s poor play under center so far this season.
6. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC
A freshman quarterback could start for Mississippi State this weekend … Tennessee’s offensive coordinator remains confident in quarterback Josh Dobbs … Texas A&M returns two linebackers against Nevada … Alabama receiver Cam Sims skips practice for the birth of child … Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly renews rivalry with Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland … Auburn’s Rudy Ford isn’t intimidated by LSU’s Leonard Fournette