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SEC’s Biggest Catches For 2012

This fall will bring another year with an abundance of talent entering the SEC.

Just look at the national rankings and you’ll see the SEC easily outpaced the rest of the nation. That means we should expect to see immediate results from this year’s group of signees.

Here’s a look at the top get for each team’s class in 2012.

DB Landon Collins – Dutchtown, La.
It helps the Crimson Tide stole him away from rival LSU. Alabama is once again reloading on defense with so many players headed to the NFL. Alabama’s list is the toughest to pick just one player, but Collins is a good start. He has star potential.

OL Avery Young – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Auburn picked up Young on Signing Day after beating out the likes of Florida, Georgia and Miami. Young projects to be an elite offensive tackle in the SEC and new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is happy to have him.

LB Otha Peters – Covington, La.
The Razorbacks stole Peters away from Tennessee the day before Signing Day. Arkansas needed a strong finish and got that by landing Peters, who should be able to play for the Razorbacks this fall.

OL D.J. Humphries – Charlotte, N.C.
The Gators have a terrific class and it starts with Humphries, who some consider to be the top offensive tackle in the nation. Florida’s staff did a great job recruiting the state of North Carolina. Humphries is at the top of the list.

LB Josh Harvey-Clemons – Valdosta, Ga.
His recruitment brought plenty of drama toward the end, but Harvey-Clemons is a big-time get and should fit in well with Todd Grantham’s defense. Harvey-Clemons could also help Georgia’s future recruiting efforts in Valdosta.

QB Patrick Towles – Ft. Thomas, Ky.
Towles helps fill Kentucky’s most important position of need. He has plenty of size (6-5, 230) and the Wildcats would love to see him help early. He’ll have competition from fellow quarterback signee Jalen Whitlow.

WR Avery Johnson – Pompano Beach, Fla.
LSU hopes he can be the next in line of what has been a great group of receivers in Baton Rouge. Johnson won’t have to carry the group immediately thanks to Odell Beckham Jr. and Russell Shepard, but look for big things in Johnson’s career.

Ole Miss
DE Channing Ward – Aberdeen, Miss.
Ward helped lead a strong finish for first-year Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. Ward is one of the top in-state prospects and gives credence to the job many people expect Freeze to do in Oxford. Landing Oxford, Ala., safety Trae Elston helped add to Freeze’s defensive efforts.

Mississippi State
DE Denico Autry – Scooba, Miss.
Mississippi State is expecting an immediate impact from this junior college player. Autry is an early enrollee and will have a chance to start right away. He’s a big defensive end with an ability to rush the passer.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham – Springfield, Mo.
This one is without debate. Green-Beckham could be the top prospect in the nation regardless of position and Missouri hopes he can be a game-changer as soon as he arrives on campus. Quarterback James Franklin will be thrilled to have Green-Beckham on his side as the Tigers enter the SEC.

South Carolina
WR Shaq Roland – Lexington, S.C.
Roland has the potential to be the next standout wide receiver in Steve Spurrier’s offense. The Gamecocks need immediate help now that Alshon Jeffery is off to the NFL. Roland and running back signee Mike Davis should keep South Carolina’s offense on track.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Hutchinson, Kan.
Landing the nation’s top junior college prospect on Signing Day was a great way to finish for Tennessee. The Vols should have an explosive offense with Patterson and returning wide receivers Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers. The happiest man in Knoxville? Quarterback Tyler Bray.

Texas A&M
RB Trey Williams – Spring, Texas
Williams could be the next big-time running back to make an immediate impact in the SEC. There’s a reason every SEC team wanted Williams even before A&M had decided to enter the league. Let’s see how first-year coach Kevin Sumlin uses Williams in the Aggies’ new offense.

RB Brian Kimbrow – Memphis, Tenn.
Kimbrow helped bring early attention to Vanderbilt’s class when he committed to the Commodores in July. Kimbrow is a U.S. Army All-American and could have chosen Tennessee, Ohio State or just about any other school in the SEC. Head coach James Franklin will try immediately to get the ball to Kimbrow.



@LFJeremy Good luck in your first season getting off the schneid against SEC teams lately, it will be interesting to see if HCKS will need a year to transition or if he can take your returners and make them competitive under fire.

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