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 an early look at how each team will fare in 2017’s SEC recruiting rankings, subject to the whims of 17- and 18-year-olds.
Projected SEC rank: 1
Last week’s projection: 1
Overview: Alabama lost a pledge from its class this week, but with less than two weeks to go until signing day, it still holds the top spot nationally and in the SEC. The freed-up scholarship could wind up being a blessing.
Newly minted 5-star defensive end LaBryan Ray, and 4-star receivers DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs are three of the players on campus for a visit this weekend, and the Tide would love to get all of them committed while they’re in town.
Projected SEC rank: 2
Last week’s projection: 2
Overview: The Bulldogs have been a solid second in the SEC for a while now, and could sneak back ahead of Ohio State for the No. 2 spot nationally with a strong finish to this class.
Georgia is still hoping to land 4-star corner Jamyest Williams, 4-star DE/OLB Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant and 4-star receiver Nico Collins. All either have, or will, visit Athens before National Signing Day.
Projected SEC rank: 3
Last week’s projection: 3
Overview: LSU already has a strong class, and with the players left on its wish list, it could get even better.
It’s a big recruiting weekend in Baton Rouge with 4-star linebacker Willie Gay, Bryant and 4-star linebacker Jacob Phillips among the players slated to visit.
Projected SEC rank: 4
Last week’s projection: 4
Overview: It’s a theme across the SEC in this recruiting cycle — getting some help for the defensive front seven. Auburn is in that boat, too.
A few targets coming to campus this weekend could change that, assuming the staff can get players like 4-star defensive end Ryan Johnson and 4-star linebacker Tyler Taylor to come on board.
Projected SEC rank: 5
Last week’s projection: 5
Overview: The Aggies are nearly done with this year’s class, but are still hoping to land another player or two before Feb. 1.
Near the top of the priority list is 4-star linebacker Levi Jones, but keeping him away from Florida might prove to be challenging.
Projected SEC rank: 6
Last week’s projection: 7
Overview: There’s little room left for the Volunteers to add much to the Class of 2017, especially with the addition of 3-star defensive end Ryan Thaxton earlier this week.
The Volunteers would make room for the right guy, however. Someone like LaBryan Ray and Elijah Conliffe, for example.
Projected SEC rank: 7
Last week’s projection: 6
Overview: With only 15 pledges, the Gators have as much room to improve their class as any SEC school between now and signing day.
Still, the low numbers have some fans worried. The Gators have something that many fellow SEC schools can’t offer at this point in the recruiting cycle — space in this year’s class. There are too many highly touted prospects visiting Gainesville in the next two weeks to write off Florida just yet.
Projected SEC rank: 8
Last week’s projection: 8
Overview: The Gamecocks picked up a much-needed recruit for their offensive line in the person of 3-star tackle Jordan Rhodes last weekend.
This weekend, junior college cornerback Mike Hughes will be in town for a visit. He was formerly at the University of North Carolina, but was kicked off the team in 2015 for a violation of team rules.
Projected SEC rank: 9
Last week’s projection: 9
Overview: Kentucky added 4-star athlete Lynn Bowden to the ranks last Saturday and would like to flip 4-star cornerback Russ Yeast, a Louisville commit, before signing day.
Yeast is the son of former Kentucky wide receiver Craig Yeast.
Projected SEC rank: 10
Last week’s projection: 11
Overview: Adding 3-star safety Kamren Curl was a good pickup for Bret Bielema and his staff this week. An important recruiting weekend is underway in Fayetteville, and the Razorbacks will be hoping to add 4-star corner Chevin Calloway and perhaps another player or two that will be on campus.
Projected SEC rank: 11
Last week’s projection: 10
Overview: Things have been a little more fluid than usual around Starkville of late, with two pledges leaving and two more being added to the Class of 2017.
The new arrivals were 3-star tackle Taekion Reed and 2-star punter Tucker Day, while 3-star linebacker Kaleb Oliver and 3-star defensive end Aaron Odom backed away from their commitments. Reed and Day fill obvious needs, but Oliver and Odom were among the higher rated prospects in the class.
Projected SEC rank: 12
Last week’s projection: 13
Overview: Barry Odom and his staff no longer have a quarterback in this year’s class with Reyondous Estes’ flip to Minnesota.
The Tigers still have a bit of room left in this year’s group, and they’ll likely use it to add some depth on the defensive line. It’s shaping up to be a group lacking in star power, pun intended, but it still could be one that meets the program’s most pressing needs.
Projected SEC rank: 13
Last week’s projection: 12
Overview: With only 14 commitments, Ole Miss has a ton of work to do to complete its class. The cycle isn’t over yet, but the Rebels don’t seem to have much momentum at the moment.
The Rebels are still in the hunt for Willie Gay, Chevin Calloway and LaBryan Ray, but are trailing for all of them.
Projected SEC rank: 14
Last week’s projection: 14
Overview: The last time the Commodores avoided last place in the SEC recruiting rankings was 2013, and it seems another year will pass before that string is broken.
It doesn’t seem likely that Derek Mason and his staff will reel in a 4-star recruit, but adding 3-star linebacker Michael Owusu or 3-star defensive end Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa would be a nice boost.
All rankings come from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.