National Signing Day is one week away, and there have been a few recent shakeups in SEC recruiting.
Two weeks ago, SEC Country took a look at the biggest de-commitments for each team in the conference during this recruiting cycle. Some longtime committed prospects have backed off their commitments, so we’re updating the list.
Here are the biggest de-commits for each SEC program so far:
5-star RB Cam Akers (March 3, 2016)
Cam Akers closed the recruiting cycle as the nation’s No. 1 running back, making his de-commitment sting a little more for Alabama. Beating Michigan for the nation’s No. 2 back, Najee Harris, certainly made it easier. But the Crimson Tide would have loved to land both to create a deadly duo in the backfield. Akers has enrolled early at Florida State.
3-star DE Ryder Anderson (Nov. 28, 2016)
It previously seemed that 3-star OT Dwayne Fisher would be Arkansas’ biggest de-commitment for 2017. But the buzz around him died down significantly, and he committed to Louisiana-Monroe earlier this week. Meanwhile, 3-star DE Ryder Anderson, the Razorbacks’ only other de-commitment, will play against them every year for SEC West rival Ole Miss.
4-star CB Tray Bishop (Dec. 12, 2016)
Auburn lost 4-star CB Tray Bishop in December before watching him commit to stay in his home state and go to Georgia. At a position where the Tigers need depth, his de-commitment still hurts the most.
4-star DT Fred Hansard (Nov. 27, 2016)
Fred Hansard flipped to Penn State in November, and the Gators have yet to find a real replacement for him in this class. The Gators have 3-star DT Kyree Campbell already enrolled, but he probably won’t make the same sort of immediate impact that Hansard could have.
4-star WR DeVonta Smith (Jan. 14, 2016)
Georgia lost out on one of the nation’s top receivers in DeVonta Smith during the transfer of power from Mark Richt to Kirby Smart. He’s taken official visits to LSU, Alabama and Florida State. He’s also set to visit Richt’s program at Miami this weekend.
4-star QB Mac Jones (June 7, 2016)
Grabbing Mac Jones, a 4-star quarterback from Florida, would have been a big help to Mark Stoops’ offense. However, he elected to go with Alabama instead.
5-star LB Dylan Moses (Aug. 3, 2015)
LSU nearly had one of the nation’s top outside linebackers in 5-star Dylan Moses. But the No. 2 player at the position decided to go play for Nick Saban at Alabama. The Tigers, with no outside linebackers committed for 2017, still are trying to find a replacement. They’ve been in pursuit of 4-star Oklahoma inside linebacker commit Jacob Phillips, but he’s still on the fence.
4-star LB Willie Gay (Oct. 24, 2016)
LSU’s replacement for Moses probably will come in former Ole Miss commit Willie Gay. However, the commitment and early enrollment of another 4-star linebacker, Breon Dixon, makes it moot for the Rebels.
3-star OLB Kaleb Oliver (Jan. 16, 2017)
The loss of 4-star LB Anthony Hines may be their most significant de-commitment in recent years, but the Bulldogs had plenty of time to recover from that. The loss of Kaleb Oliver, however, came less than a month before National Signing Day, leaving Mississippi State scrambling to find another outside linebacker with little time to spare.
3-star ATH Reyondous Estes (Jan. 18, 2017)
The Missouri Tigers are the latest victims of new Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck. The former Western Michigan coach has gone on a tear since taking over for the Golden Gophers. He has gotten 16 commitments for 2017 since he took the job Jan. 6, including one from 3-star speedster and former Missouri commit Reyondous Estes.
4-star S Hamsah Nasirildeen (Jan. 22, 2017)
South Carolina’s class took a major hit this week with the de-commitment of Hamsah Nasirildeen. The nation’s No. 111 prospect overall flipped to Florida State on Sunday. He was the Gamecocks’ second-highest-ranked recruit behind Jamyest Williams. And they’re reportedly at risk of losing him, too.
5-star WR Tee Higgins (Feb. 4, 2016)
Part of great recruiting is keeping great in-state talent at home. Tennessee wasn’t able to do that with the state’s No. 3 overall prospect: 5-star WR Tee Higgins. But the Vols were able to grab Tennessee’s No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 recruits overall in OT Trey Smith, RB Ty Chandler and S Maleik Gray.
5-star QB Tate Martell (May 4, 2016)
Texas A&M wasn’t able to hold onto one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks (Bishop Gorman’s Tate Martell) but found another it liked. Kellen Mond, a 4-star QB from national high school football powerhouse IMG, already has enrolled in College Station.
3-star CB Adam Sparks (Dec. 12, 2016)
Adam Sparks is still Vanderbilt’s lone de-commitment in the 2017 cycle. He committed to Missouri shortly after a visit to Columbia in December.
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