I find it interesting that when reporting and
evaluating the year's class signings the only sport addressed is football. That is how it should be.It's the SEC! Is their really any other sport?
National Signing Day came and went two weeks ago, but several prospects weren’t ready to decide on that day. Here at MrSEC.com, we didn’t want to put up our rankings until the classes were actually finalized.
Some of those prospects mentioned above have now chosen SEC schools. The most notable being defensive end Jadeveon Clowney who chose South Carolina in front of the nation on Monday.
With the results now in, here are the MrSEC final rankings for the class of 2011:
Top Signee: OL Cyrus Kouandjio
Top Sleeper: LB Vinnie Sunseri
Met Needs: Alabama addressed every position and found immediate help in the junior college ranks.
Why They’re Ranked Here: Kouandjio put the Crimson Tide over the top. They’re loaded with talent across the board.
Top Signee: RB Isaiah Crowell
Top Sleeper: OL Xzavier Ward
Met Needs: The Bulldogs filled them all. The biggest need was running back, which happens to be Crowell’s position.
Why They’re Ranked Here: Georgia landed its “Dream Team” and then some. Mark Richt has to be pleased.
Top Signee: OL Christian Westerman
Top Sleeper: LB Justin Garrett
Met Needs: The Tigers seemed to hit everything. But did they get enough help at wide receiver?
Why They’re Ranked Here: Auburn had a tremendous final month. Kouandjio could have put the Tigers on top of this list.
Top Signee: DT Anthony Johnson
Top Sleeper: QB Stephen Rivers
Met Needs: Quarterback has been a huge concern, and the Tigers found two. Everything else looks good.
Why They’re Ranked Here: Les Miles got the Tigers off to a great start in 2011. Their star power is impressive.
5. South Carolina
Top Signee: DE Jadeveon Clowney
Top Sleeper: TE Rory Anderson
Met Needs: It’s tough to miss needs with 32 signees. The defensive line class looks great.
Why They’re Ranked Here: Clowney helped move the Gamecocks into the top five. How much of an impact will he make this fall? It could be big.
Top Signee: OL Antonio Richardson
Top Sleeper: DB Brian Randolph
Met Needs: UT filled out its needs nicely. The Vols could have used more help at defensive tackle and linebacker.
Why They’re Ranked Here: The Vols closed nicely in the final weeks. It wasn’t best case, but it was close.
Top Signee: QB Jeff Driskel
Top Sleeper: DB Chris Johnson
Met Needs: Driskel was key and the defensive backfield looks nice. Did they find enough offensive playmakers?
Why They’re Ranked Here: It’s a smaller class (19 signees) for Florida. They’ll be higher next year for sure.
Top Signee: OL Brey Cook
Top Sleeper: DT Demarcus Hodge
Met Needs: Arkansas found plenty of linemen on both sides of the ball. The receivers look good, too. How about the defensive backfield?
Why They’re Ranked Here: The Razorbacks have a big class with plenty of substance. They’ll look even better with the right coaching.
9. Ole Miss
Top Signee: LB CJ Johnson
Top Sleeper: DE Kameron Wood
Met Needs: Ole Miss found several prospects who should help early. The Rebels missed out on the running back they wanted.
Why They’re Ranked Here: You could make a case that Ole Miss should be one spot higher. Johnson was a big get ahead of Mississippi State.
10. Mississippi State
Top Signee: DT PJ Jones
Top Sleeper: RB Derrick Milton
Met Needs: The Bulldogs hit most spots. Did they get enough defensive linemen and offensive playmakers?
Why They’re Ranked Here: Losing Johnson to Ole Miss kept Mississippi State behind its rival.
Top Signee: DB Glenn Faulkner
Top Sleeper: LB Demarius Rancifer
Met Needs: The Wildcats addressed most needs. They probably could have used another offensive lineman.
Why They’re Ranked Here: There isn’t a lot of big-name signees. Losing linebacker Lamar Dawson to Southern Cal hurt.
Top Signee: Athlete Joshua Grady
Top Sleeper: RB Jerron Seymour
Met Needs: Vandy found plenty of athletes to help right away. They were thin on the defensive line, which could hurt in SEC play.
Why They’re Ranked Here: It’s a small class and lacks a lot of fire power. Still, James Franklin finished well without a lot of time.