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Top Five Quarterback Signees For 2014

RECAPJohnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray are all gone.

And that’s just the start of it. The SEC will look very different at the quarterback position next season thanks to the departure of so much talent.

The good news for the league is there will be plenty of talented quarterbacks arriving this fall.

Here are the top five quarterback signees in the SEC in the 2014 class.

1. Kyle Allen – Texas A&M

Allen enrolled early at Texas A&M with the hope of competing for the Aggies’ starting job. He won’t be the same kind of quarterback as Johnny Manziel, but that’s OK. Allen (6-3, 200) has all the tools to be a big-time college quarterback. Allen was ranked the nation’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. He earns our No. 1 spot as well.

2. Sean White – Auburn

White turned heads last summer when he was named the Elite 11 MVP. Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said White “paints a picture” when he throws the ball. White (6-1, 200) will likely have to wait his turn behind returning starter Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson, who showed plenty of ability as a freshman last season. But White will be in good hands as he learns from coach Gus Malzahn.

3. Will Grier - Florida

Grier was Florida’s most important prospect in the 2014 class. The early enrollee could see the field early depending on how Jeff Driskel plays when he returns from his leg injury this fall. Grier (6-2, 190) is exactly what Florida needs – a talented passer with the ability to run. He rushed for close to 3,000 yards during his high school career. Grier will have quarterback competition in his own class after Florida stole Treon Harris away from Florida State on signing day.

4. Brandon Harris – LSU

Harris will bring versatility to LSU’s offense. Coach Les Miles raved on signing day about Harris’ ability to throw the ball down field and make plays with his feet. Harris (6-3, 180) was ranked the nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals. Harris enrolled at LSU for one reason: “to compete and start as a freshman,” he said last summer. He’ll have a chance to do that this fall.

5. David Cornwell – Alabama

Like most quarterbacks on this list, Cornwell enrolled early to get a head start on his college career. Cornwell made it clear earlier this month he plans to compete for the starting quarterback position this fall. Incoming transfer Jacob Coker might have the upperhand in the competition, but Cornwell will have an opportunity. Cornwell (6-5, 240) is a big prospect with a tremendous arm. His skill set should fit in perfectly with coach Nick Saban’s offense.

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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Texas A&M’s Continues To Grow

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxIt didn’t seem like a big deal when Texas A&M signed one the nation’s top-ranked classes on Feb. 5.

But it should be considering where the Aggies’ recruiting was earlier this decade.

Texas A&M, which signed 21 prospects in the 2014 class, landed seven of the top 25 players in the state of Texas, according to Rivals.com. Texas, which typically signs the best in-state haul, ended up with six of the top 25 in-state players.

How quickly have things changed? Just three years ago, Texas A&M didn’t sign one of the top 25 in-state players in the 2011 class. That was former head coach Mike Sherman’s final class with the Aggies.

It’s clear coach Kevin Sumlin has made a tremendous impact on Texas A&M’s recruiting. And that’s around the country, not just inside the state of Texas.

Texas A&M went to Scottsdale, Ariz., to land quarterback Kyle Allen, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class by Rivals. Sumlin was able to convince New Orleans wide receiver Speedy Noil to turn down an offer from LSU in favor of Texas A&M.

Sumlin has quickly changed Texas A&M’s perception from a program that’s underachieving to a program that’s on the rise.

“I think we’ve been able to get over the hump … with more guys than we probably used to,” Sumlin said on signing day. “As I’ve said to the guys we’re recruiting, ‘There’s a reason why guys are coming here.’ It’s not one thing, it’s a lot of things, which has given us some momentum … Certainly in the state of Texas, we’ve really, really made some strides.”

Those strides have extended to the 2015 class.

Texas A&M has already landed seven commitments for next year’s class. All seven of those prospects reside in the state of Texas.

“It feels like home when I go down there,” 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack told Rivals when he committed to Texas A&M in October. “It’s just feels like the right decision in so many ways. In my heart I know it will be.”

The rest of the SEC knows it will have to battle Texas A&M for the nation’s top prospects as long as Sumlin is leading the way.

 

Bridges chooses Auburn

Auburn received a commitment this week from cornerback Tony Bridges from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss.

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Auburn To Add Another Signee (Which Changes Our Signing Class Rankings)13

blue-chipAuburn is on the verge of adding a 24th member to its 2014 signing class.  Joseph Turner — a 3-star juco cornerback from California — has committed to Gus Malzahn’s squad is expected to sign with AU soon.

Unfortunately that requires yet another tweak to our official MrSEC.com 2014 Signing Class Rankings.

Here’s the latest full breakdown including the three components we use to arrive at our final rankings — Quantity, Quality and High-End Prospects:

 

Quantity

  School   Signees   5-stars   4-stars   3-stars   2-stars   1- & 0-stars   Total Points
  Tennessee   32   2   16   14   0   0   116
  Alabama   27   6   13   7   1   0   105
  Kentucky   28   0   10   17   1   0   93
  Auburn   24   3   11   8   2   0   87
  Florida   24   1   12   11   0   0   86
  LSU   23   2   14   6   1   0   86
  Ole Miss   25   0   7   17   1   0   81
  Texas A&M   22   3   10   8   1   0   81
  Missouri   28   0   2   18   8   0   78
  Georgia   21   1   12   7   1   0   76
  S. Carolina   21   0   10   11   0   0   73
  Arkansas   24   0   3   17   4   0   71
  Miss. State   23   0   2   14   7   0   64
  Vanderbilt   22   0   3   11   8   0   61

 

Quality

  School   Signees   Avg. Pts/Commit
  Alabama   27   3.88
  LSU   23   3.73
  Texas A&M   22   3.68
  Auburn   24   3.62
  Tennessee   32   3.62
  Georgia   21   3.61
  Florida   24   3.58
  S. Carolina   21   3.47
  Kentucky   28   3.32
  Ole Miss   25   3.24
  Arkansas   24   2.95
  Miss. State   23   2.78
  Missouri   28   2.78
  Vanderbilt   22   2.77

 

High-End Prospects

  School   Signees   4- & 5-stars
  Alabama   27   19
  Tennessee   32   18
  LSU   23   16
  Auburn   24   14
  Florida   24   13
  Georgia   21   13
  Texas A&M   22   13
  Kentucky   28   10
  S. Carolina   21   10
  Ole Miss   25   7
  Arkansas   24   3
  Vanderbilt   22   3
  Miss. State   23   2
  Missouri   28   2

 

And that means our current 2014 Signing Class Rankings look like this (for now)…

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Add One More 4-Star To LSU’s Haul; So Here Are Our Final MrSEC.com Class Rankings

deondre-clarkjpg-cf0265adb5975c28Finally.

Oklahoma City defensive end Deondre Clark has finally signed his letter of intent and, yes, he really did sign with LSU.  After a pair of weather delays — and what was assumed to be a late push by Bob Stoops and Oklahoma — Clark finally put pen to paper last night.

We had already counted Clark as being in LSU’s signing day fold when calculating our official MrSEC.com Class Rankings last week.  So nothing on our Big Board has changed.

Still, as a reminder, here’s our final breakdown of the 2014 SEC signing classes:

 

  MrSEC Rank   School   Quantity   Quality   High-End Prospects   Total Points
  1   Alabama   2   1   1   4
  2   Tennessee   1   5   2   8
  3   LSU   5   2   3   10
  4   Auburn   7   4   4   15
  5t   Florida   4   7   5   16
  5t   Texas A&M   8   3   5   16
  7   Kentucky   3   9   8   20
  8   Georgia   10   6   5   21
  9   Ole Miss   5   10   10   25
  10   S. Carolina   11   8   8   27
  11t   Arkansas   12   11   11   34
  11t   Missouri   9   12   13   34
  13   Miss. State   13   12   13   38
  14   Vanderbilt   14   14   11   39

 

And if you’re wondering how we arrived at those scores, check here.

 

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Closing Down The Borders: The SEC Programs That Owned Their State On Signing Day

CLOSING DOWN THE BORDERSNever has a college football coach taken a job without uttering these words at his introductory press conference: “We’re gonna put a fence up around this state and close of the borders.”

Everyone says, few do it.  That’s because it’s a heckuva lot easier said in a press conference than done in real life.

Below we look at where the top 10 prospects (according to Rivals.com) in each of the SEC’s 11 states decided to play football.  In addition to the totals, we indicate which school made off with the #1 prospect in each state with an asterisk.  Here goes…

 

  State   School 1   School 2   School 3   School 4   School 5   School 6   School 7   School 8
  AL   Alabama 6*   Auburn 4
  AR   Arkansas 5   Alabama 1*   Ark St 1   Memphis 1   Tulsa 1   Div II 1
  FL   Fla St 3*   Miami 2   Clemson 1   Florida 1   Georgia 1   LSU 1   Tennessee 1
  GA   Georgia 3   Clemson 3   S. Carolina 2   Kentucky 1   Ohio St 1*
  KY   Kentucky 4*   W. Ky 4   Louisville 1   Ohio St 1
  LA   LSU 5*   Alabama 2   Florida 1   Texas A&M 1   UCLA 1
  MS   Ole Miss 5*   Miss St 4   LSU 1
  MO   Arkansas 2*   Kansas St 2   Missouri 2   Nebraska 2   Fla St 1   Iowa 1
  SC   S. Carolina 4   Alabama 1*   Clemson 1   Florida 1   Georgia 1   Kentucky 1   Okla St 1
  TN   Tennessee 7*   N. Carolina 1   Notre Dame 1   Vanderbilt 1
  TX   LSU 2   Texas A&M 2*   Alabama 1   Baylor 1   Boise St 1   Ohio St 1   Stanford 1   Texas 1

 

Observations

*  Alabama grabbed the #1 prospect in the state of Alabama, the state of Arkansas and the state of South Carolina.  In fact, they plucked the top prospect in the Palmetto State right out of Columbia.

*  Alabama and Auburn were nearly neck-and-neck for the state of Alabama’s top 10 prospects, but Bama edged out the race six signees to four.

*  It’s easy to discern the state of Arkansas high school football just by looking at the destinations of the state’s top 10 prospects.  Six went to SEC schools.  The rest of the state’s best signed with Arkansas State, Memphis, Tulsa and Division II Pittsburg State.  Considering the shallow pool of talent he had to work with, Bret Bielema did fine in landing five of the Natural State’s top 10 players.

*  Will Muschamp wound up with a very good class but it could have been better had the Gators grabbed more of the top talent in their home state.  Florida’s highest-ranked signee from the Sunshine State came in at 10, barely even making our cut-off point.

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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Time For 2015

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxThe end of signing day doesn’t mean the end of recruiting.

National signing day came and went on Wednesday, which means one class is finished and the next one is just beginning. Except the 2015 recruiting period was already well underway.

All 14 SEC schools have at least one commitment for the 2015 class. Half of the league has five or more commitments for 2015.

It’s the latest trend as recruiting continues to speed up. Coaches continue to push for early commitments, which allows schools to recruit into the future. After all, schools are already evaluating younger players while recruiting the upcoming class.

There’s also more pressure for coaches to evaluate and send out offers. A school often stands a better chance of landing a prospect if it’s one of the first schools to offer him.

Defensive back Terry Godwin from Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga., committed to Georgia’s 2015 class in January. The Bulldogs’ early offer gave them an advantage in their pursuit of Godwin.

“Ever since they offered me, they’ve been there since day one,” he told UGASports.com. “They’ve helped me focus on school work and the recruiting process. They’ve let me know what to look for in schools.”

Of course, prospects who commit early still have plenty of time to change their minds. Godwin admitted he still plans to visit other schools. Many other committed 2015 prospects will do the same before they sign with a school next February.

The SEC is off to a hot start with the top 2015 prospects in the country. Twenty-two of the Rivals100 prospects for next year’s class are already committed. The SEC has landed 13 of those prospects.

Here’s a look at the number of 2015 commitments for each SEC school.

Alabama – 7
Arkansas – 5
Auburn – 2
Florida – 1
Georgia – 3
Kentucky – 2
LSU – 6
Ole Miss – 4
Mississippi State – 5
Missouri – 1
South Carolina – 5
Tennessee – 7
Texas A&M – 7
Vanderbilt – 1

There’s a long way to go until the next national signing day on Feb. 4, 2015. But most of the SEC is well on its way to putting a class together.

 

Bielema: It’s the path, not the stars

Arkansas’ 2014 class finished near the bottom of the SEC rankings.

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Where The Talent Came From: SEC Signing Day 2014 (Part 2)

where the talent came fromEarlier today we showed you a full breakdown in table form of where each school went to land its talent this year.  Below, we’ll break things down a bit more simply, school by school and state by state.

Let’s start with the states producing the most SEC talent in 2014.  The league added — as of this moment — 344 new athletes.  Sixty-five of those were from outside the SEC footprint.  That means 279 of the league’s 345 newcomers are from the SEC region.  That’s 81.1% of all the new talent entering the conference.  Wonder why the SEC is so strong every year?  Because its 14 schools averaged fewer than five outsiders a piece this season.  Homegrown talent, folks.

So which states in the SEC zone produced the most newcomers?  Here the list…

 

  SEC State   SEC Newcomers   Thoughts
  Georgia   52   A lack of FBS schools allows SEC rivals to mine the state for talent
  Florida   50   More talent overall, but FSU, Miami, USF, UCF, etc to compete with
  Mississippi   38   Totals boosted by the number of junior colleges in the state
  Texas   36   16 to A&M so other 13 SEC schools just pulled 20 from the state
  Alabama   27   The state’s best are typically gobbled up by Alabama, Auburn
  Louisiana   25   LSU, for the most part, keeps the cream of the crop at home
  Tennessee   17   The state’s numbers have been on the rise as HS football improves
  S. Carolina   13   Clemson grabs a good number of players from this state
  Missouri   11   One would think the St. Louis metro area would produce more talent
  Arkansas   6   Traditionally a talent-poor state
  Kentucky   4   The SEC’s poorest state for talent each year

 

Alright, so what about the schools?  Where did the programs go to bring in the biggest chunk of their new 2014 talent?  Here’s the answer…

 

  School   Leading Talent State   % of Total Class   In-State Talent   % of Total Class
  Alabama   AL (7 of 27)   25.9%   7 of 27   25.9%
  Arkansas   AR & FL (5 each of 24)   20.8%   5 of 24   20.8%
  Auburn   GA (10 of 23)   43.4%   7 of 23   30.4%
  Florida   FL (14 of 24)   58.3%   14 of 24   58.3%
  Georgia   GA (11 of 21)   52.3%   11 of 21   52.3%
  Kentucky   OH (11 of 28)   39.2%   4 of 28   14.2%
  LSU   LA (12 of 23)   52.1%   12 of 23   52.1%
  Miss. State   MS (15 of 23)   65.2%   15 of 23   65.2%
  Missouri   MO (8 of 28)   28.5%   8 of 28   28.5%
  Ole Miss   MS (14 of 26)   53.8%   14 of 26   53.8%
  S. Carolina   SC (9 of 21)   42.8%   9 of 21   42.8%
  Tennessee   TN (10 of 32)   31.2%   10 of 32   31.2%
  Texas A&M   TX (16 of 22)   72.7%   16 of 22   72.7%
  Vanderbilt   GA (5 of 22)   22.7%   3 of 22   13.6%

 

Not a lot of surprises on that there list, huh?  Texas A&M (72.7%), Mississippi State (65.2%), Florida (58.3%), Georgia (52.3%), LSU (52.1%) and Ole Miss (53.8%) all brought in the majority of their new additions from inside their own home states.  Massive advantage if you’ve got it.

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Where The Talent Came From: SEC Signing Day 2014 (Part 1)

where the talent came fromWhich schools went out of state most often to find new players?  Which states produced the most SEC signees?  Which programs ventured outside the SEC footprint most often?

Below you’ll find a complete breakdown of the 2014 SEC signing classes by state.  Reading the chart left to right you can where each program went to grab signees.  Reading the talent from top to bottom you can see which SEC states produced the most talent.

We’ll also have a couple of caveats and explainers underneath the table just to clear up any questions.

So where did the SEC’s talent come from on National Signing Day 2014?  See for yourself…

 

  School   AL   AR   FL   GA   KY   LA   MS   MO   SC   TN   TX   OTHER   Total Signees
  Alabama   7   1   2   2   0   4   2   0   1   0   1   7   27
  Arkansas   0   5   5   2   0   4   0   3   0   0   2   3   24
  Auburn   7   0   2   10   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   1   23
  Florida   1   0   14   0   0   1   0   0   1   0   1   6   24
  Georgia   0   0   6   11   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   3   21
  Kentucky   1   0   4   2   4   0   1   0   1   0   2   13   28
  LSU   0   0   2   0   0   12   1   0   0   0   6   2   23
  Miss. State   3   0   0   4   0   0   15   0   0   0   1   0   23
  Missouri   1   0   7   3   0   0   1   8   0   3   2   3   28
  Ole Miss   2   0   0   4   0   1   14   0   0   1   1   3   26
  S. Carolina   1   0   4   5   0   0   0   0   9   0   1   1   21
  Tennessee   1   0   3   4   0   0   0   0   0   10   1   13   32
  Texas A&M   0   0   0   0   0   2   1   0   0   0   16   3   22
  Vanderbilt   3   0   1   5   0   1   0   0   0   3   2   7   22
  State Totals   27   6   50   52   4   25   38   11   13   17   36   65   344

 

Caveats And Observations

*  Alabama is credited with a Florida addition thanks to Jake Coker who is transferring in from Florida State.

*  LSU is credited with an Oklahoma (Other) addition because of Deondre Clark’s expected signature.

*  Ole Miss gets credit (for the time being) for a Florida pick-up in DJ Law (who also signed with Utah) and for a California (Other) point due to the addition of Christian Morris who signed with UCLA last year. (UPDATE — Ole Miss’ decision to release DJ Law from his LOI is reflected above.  The Rebels have lost one recruit, as has the state of Florida from our tally.)

*  Tennessee is not credited with a point for Bryson Durden as he is a preferred walk-on.  The Vols do however get credit for a Nebraska (Other) point with the addition of Dimarya Mixon who signed with the Cornhuskers last year.

*  Texas A&M gets an additional bump in Texas thanks to JJ Gustafson who will join the program this year, though he was a class of 2013 prospect.

*  Cherry-picking the best of the best of the best (“Ha, Zed.”), Alabama landed as many players from outside the SEC region (seven) as it did from inside its own state borders.

*  Arkansas is a school that has traditionally needed to recruit Texas to succeed.  But Bret Bielema has once again focused on South Florida instead.  The Razorbacks inked five players from the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area while only bringing in two prospects from the Lone Star State.

*  Alabama fans like to insult Auburn fans by claiming the Tigers are more West Georgia than they are East Alabama.  In this signing class, that appears true.  Gus Malzahn signed 10 Georgia players against just seven Alabama recruits.

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SEC Recruiting: The Stars And Sleepers

RECAPWednesday brought another star-studded signing day in the SEC.

Schools in the SEC are held to a higher standard in recruiting because of how much talent arrives in the league each year. The SEC landed seven of the top nine classes, according to the Rivals.com Team Rankings.

Here’s a look at the top star and sleeper from each school’s class…

 

Alabama

Top Star – OT Cameron Robinson - This is the toughest list to choose from because of Alabama’s loaded class. Robinson has a chance to be a dominant left tackle for the Crimson Tide. That’s good news for Alabama’s future line of standout running backs.

Top Sleeper – WR Derek Kief - Alabama stole Kief from the Midwest early in the recruiting process. Kief’s size (6-5, 197) will be a nice addition to Alabama’s offense.

Final Thoughts – Alabama did what it usually does – dominate on the recruiting trail. The class is filled with star potential across the board. The depth on the offensive line and talent at cornerback stands out.

 

Arkansas

Top Star – OT Brian Wallace - Arkansas went and landed the top prospect in the state of Missouri, according to Rivals. Wallace (6-6, 304) looks like he could be able to help Arkansas right away. Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema has already hinted at that idea.

Top Sleeper – WR Jared Cornelius - He’s a terrific athlete. Cornelius enrolled at Arkansas last month and will have a chance to play immediately.

Final Thoughts – There are nice pieces in Arkansas’ class. Quarterback Rafe Peavey will be a key. If he develops into a solid starter, this class will become more valuable.

 

Auburn

Top Star – RB Roc Thomas - He looks like a perfect fit in Gus Malzahn’s offense. Malzahn called Thomas the “top running back” on Auburn’s board, which makes sense. Rivals ranks him the nation’s No. 2 running back and the second-best player in Alabama.

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MrSEC.com 2014 Signing Class Rankings

blue_poker_chipsNational Signing Day has come and gone though the final tallies aren’t quite final yet.  Yesterday was just the beginning of the signing period, and while most faxed in their letter of intent, a few stragglers are still out there waiting to be corralled.

Across the SEC, the official signing lists differed a bit from the Rivals.com listings, whose rankings we use as the basis for our own examination of the league’s signing classes.  Below are nine differences in those lists and what they mean for our scoring.

 

Alabama — Quarterback Jake Coker has transferred in from Florida State and Alabama counts him while Rivals (as of 11pm ET) did not.  We do.  He was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school and that’s how we’ve scored him in the rankings below.

Georgia — Offensive lineman Dyshon Sims isn’t on Rivals’ list but he is on UGA’s.  We count him and that’s another 4-star signee for the Dawgs.

Kentucky — Juco defensive back Michael Mathis committed to Kentucky in September.  Rivals lists him as an yet-to-sign commitment.  But late additions by the Wildcats have likely cost the young man a spot on Mark Stoops’ roster.  Welcome to the crappy side of college football recruiting.  UK doesn’t count the 2-star Mathis as a Cat, so we won’t either.

LSU — Linebacker Deondre Clark is expected by most to sign with with the Tigers on Thursday.  If he signs with Oklahoma instead, you can mentally remove his 4-star ranking from LSU’s score below.

Ole Miss — Athlete DJ Law out of Florida apparently signed with three different schools yesterday.  The Rebels announced his letter of intent first so it’s assumed he’ll wind up in Oxford.  If he does not, remove a 3-star player from the Rebs.  (UPDATE — Ole Miss has since decided to release DJ Law from his LOI and that is reflected in our rankings below.)

Ole Miss — Rivals doesn’t count former UCLA signee Christian Morris among the Mississippi signees, but the school does.  So the 4-star player makes our listing.

Tennessee — Defensive back Bryson Durden is the SEC’s only 0-star signee.  Rivals doesn’t list him as a Tennessee signee, but the school does.  As usual, we give 0-star guys one point in our scoring system.  Signing a 0-star prospect, however, hurts the Vols’ “quality” ranking in the chart below which in turn prevents them from holding the #2 overall ranking in our standings all by their lonesome.  (UPDATE — OK, Vol fans, we’ll change it.  As we stated last night, our plan was to use the official list of newcomers put out by each school as our guide.  Tennessee included Durden so even though he was a preferred walk-on, we included him as a UT add.  And we’ve since been slammed with emails screaming, “But he’s a preferred walk-on!”  So, we’ll bend our rule on this one occasion because technically Durden was not a signee.  And even though he’s on UT’s list of new players, we won’t count him.)

Tennessee — Rivals doesn’t count Dimarya Mixon as a Vol signee.  He signed with Nebraska last year, but is now in Knoxville.  Since UT counts him, we count the 3-star defensive end as well.

Texas A&M — Rivals does not count JJ Gustafson among the Aggie recruits though A&M lists him on their website.  We count him.  He’s a 3-star signee.

 

Clear as mud, right?  Now we can get to our rankings.  As always, we assign one point for every star that Rivals’ gurus award a prospect.  We also give 0-star prospects — there’s only one — a point because we’re swell guys.  From there we grade the league’s classes in three different categories: Quality (the total number of points brought in by each program), Quantity (the average points-per-player for each school’s class), and High-End Prospects (4- and 5-star commitments only).

After ranking each program in all three categories, we assign a point for each school’s position in each area.  The higher the standings (1st, for example), the fewer the points (1).  So the lower the score the better in our overall rankings.

Let’s start with the Quantity ranking and for kicks we’ll show you at the far right how many points each program picked up in the final week leading up to National Signing Day…

 

Quantity

  School   Signees   5-stars   4-stars   3-stars   2-stars   1- & 0-stars   Total Points   +/- Since 1/29
  Tennessee   32   2   16   14   0   0   116   0
  Alabama   27   6   13   7   1   0   105   +12
  Kentucky   28   0   10   17   1   0   93   +11
  Florida   24   1   12   11   0   0   86   +10
  Ole Miss   26   0   8   17   1   0   85   +8
  LSU   23   2   14   6   1   0   86   +18
  Auburn   23   3   11   7   2   0   84   +10
  Texas A&M   22   3   10   8   1   0   81   +2
  Missouri   28   0   2   18   8   0   78   +5
  Georgia   21   1   12   7   1   0   76   +10
  S. Carolina   21   0   10   11   0   0   73   +12
  Arkansas   24   0   3   17   4   0   71   +6
  Miss. State   23   0   2   14   7   0   64   +13
  Vanderbilt   22   0   3   11   8   0   61   +30

 

As you can see, there were five oversigners in the SEC this year: Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Missouri.  None of those schools are breaking any league rules.  They’re just stockpiling talent via back-counting and forward-counting.  But it’s still oversigning.

Now onto our Quality component…

 

Quality

  School   Signees   Avg. Pts/Commit   Avg. On 1/29
  Alabama   27   3.88   3.87
  LSU   23   3.73   3.77
  Texas A&M   22   3.68   3.76
  Auburn   23   3.65   3.70
  Tennessee   32   3.62   3.57
  Georgia   21   3.61   3.67
  Florida   24   3.58   3.61
  S. Carolina   21   3.47   3.38
  Kentucky   28   3.32   3.36
  Ole Miss   26   3.26   3.20
  Arkansas   24   2.95   2.95
  Miss. State   23   2.78   2.83
  Missouri   28   2.78   2.80
  Vanderbilt   22   2.77   2.95

 

The biggest point of interest here is that Tennessee would have jumped past Florida with an average points-per-signee of 3.62 had they not inked 0-star prospect Bryson Durden.  Jumping Florida would have given the Vols the #2 spots in our overall rankings all to themselves.  (UPDATE — Dropping Durden from the list vaults Tennessee past Florida and Georgia and that will lead to big changes in our overall rankings.)

And now to the high-end talent…

 

High-End Prospects

  School   Signees   4- & 5-stars   4- & 5-stars On 1/29
  Alabama   27   19   17
  Tennessee   33   18   17
  LSU   23   16   14
  Auburn   23   14   12
  Florida   24   13   12
  Georgia   21   13   11
  Texas A&M   22   13   14
  Kentucky   28   10   10
  S. Carolina   21   10   7
  Ole Miss   27   8   6
  Arkansas   24   3   3
  Vanderbilt   22   3   2
  Miss. State   23   2   2
  Missouri   28   2   2

 

Credit Alabama and Tennessee.  They already had 17 blue-chippers each before adding two more and one more respectively.  Impressive.  Just as impressive was South Carolina’s haul of three 4- and 5-star players over the last week.

And now, finally, we give you our official MrSEC.com 2014 Signing Class Rankings (barring any changes in the status of those players listed above).  Remember, each program gets a point for its finish in each of the three tables above.  The lower the score, the better the final ranking…

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