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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Arkansas

ARKANSAS UPDATEHere are the young men who’ve already enrolled or signed with the Razorbacks…

 

Jared Cornelius, WR

Cornelius Floyd, CB

Khalia Hackett, LB

Cody Hollister, WR

Chris Murphy, CB

Rafe Peavey, QB

Frank Ragnow, OT

Armon Watts, DT

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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Tennessee

TENNESSEE UPDATEButch Jones’ 2014 class was expected to be big.  Houston Nutt big.  Thirty-plus new players and a heckuva lot of talk about oversigning.  Well, it’s already shaping up big thanks to 14 early enrollees.  Here are the folks who’ve enrolled early and/or signed today with the Volunteers…

 

Aaron Medley, K

Derrell Scott, RB

Rashaan Gaulden, DB

Vic Wharton, WR

Dillon Bates, LB

Todd Kelly, DB

Dontavius Blair, OL

Neiko Creamer, Ath

Daniel Helm, TE,

Jalen Hurd, RB

Jakob Johnson, LB

Josh Malone, WR

Dimarya Mixon, DE

Emmanuel Moseley, DB

D’Andre Payne, DB

Von Pearson, WR

Ray Raulerson, OL

Coleman Thomas, OL

Owen Williams, DL

Ethan Wolf, TE

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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Texas A&M

TEXAS AM UPDATETexas A&M already has a number of signees and enrollees on campus…

 

Otaro Alaka, LB

Kyle Allen, QB

Kealvin “Tank” Davis, OL

Jermaine Eluemunor, OL

Avery Gennesy, OL

JJ Gustafson, OL

Zaycoven Henderson, DT

Jamal Jeffery, WR

Zach Ledwik, OL

Devante “Speedy” Noil, WR

Josh Reynolds, WR

Josh Walker, LB

 

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Vanderbilt’s Signee Tracker… Still A Big Ol’ Blank

VANDERBILT UPDATEThanks to the departure of James Franklin and a number of the quality commitments, National Signing Day figures to be a quiet one.  As of now, it’s a very, very quiet day.  As in no faxes in to date.  According to the Commodores’ official athletic site, new coach Derek Mason is still waiting for his first signee of the day.  (As of 8:22am ET.)

UPDATE — Dallas Rivers, RB is on the board for Vandy

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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Auburn

AUBURN UPDATEFour guys have already faxed in their paperwork to the Auburn Tigers this morning…

 

Kalvarez Bessent, CB

Raashed Kennion, DE

Davonte Lambert, DL

Sean White, QB

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Arkansas Misses Out On Thomas

PLAYER UPDATETop 100 defensive end Solomon Thomas has elected to play his college football at Stanford rather than Arkansas or UCLA, who were believed to be his runners-up.  Thomas would have been a nice Texas grab for Bret Bielema, but no go on this one.

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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Alabama

ALABAMA UPDATEHere are the young men already on the board at Tuscaloosa…

 

Tony Brown, CB

David Cornwell, QB

Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB

Laurence “Hootie” Jones, S

DJ Pettway, DE

Jarran Reed, DE

Cameron Robinson, OL

Cameron Sims, WR

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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Elam Chooses In-State Kentucky

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxKentucky received the news it had been waiting for on Thursday when defensive tackle Matt Elam from John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Ky., announced his commitment to the Wildcats.

Elam chose Kentucky over Alabama.

“The whole time I was just struggling to pick a school,” he said, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. “It’s hard to turn down Alabama, and it’s crazy that I did. But I feel my heart is at the University of Kentucky — that was the main thing.”

Elam became a main target for Kentucky’s coaching staff early in the recruiting process. The Wildcats knew keeping him from leaving the state would be difficult.

“Coach Stoops is doing something right,” John Hardin coach Chad Lewis told the Herald Leader. “He can’t build this program in one year. The way the program was … it was on a downhill slide.

“It’s going to take some time to rebuild it. The way to rebuild a program is to recruit the best players, and you have to go after the best players. When you land these type of kids, your program’s going to change.”

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has certainly helped improve the Wildcats’ recruiting. Kentucky has 27 commitments for the 2014 class, which is ranked No. 13 in the nation by Rivals.com.

Elam’s commitment means Kentucky has landed three of the state’s top five prospects for 2014. He believes that will be a key in Stoops’ attempt to turn the program around.

“I feel like that’s one of the main reasons why I stayed is just to help out my home-state program, because to have a good program you need great players,” Elam said. “And it has to start with those in-state kids just to be the cornerstone of that. So I feel like me and Drew, we stayed home, and I feel like we’re definitely gonna help out Coach Stoops and the UK program.”

 

Humphrey chooses Alabama

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey from Hoover (Ala.) High School announced his commitment to Alabama this week.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is: SEC Schools Staying At Home For 81% Of Prospects

LinkMap_MockupSEC fans know it.  NFL scouts know it.  Even Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany knows it.

The best football players in America are located south of the Mason-Dixon line.  While facilities, millionaire coaches and passion for the game all play a role in making the Southeastern Conference top dog in college football year-in and year-out, the deep pool of talent in Dixie is the “keyest” of key components.

Currently, there are 300 prospects committed to sign with SEC schools next Wednesday.  A whopping 245 of those athletes played their high school or juco ball in the 11-state SEC footprint.  That’s 81.6% of all the current commits across the league.

Below we chart for you state-by-state and school-by-school where the SEC’s programs have gone for talent.  Only two schools — Kentucky and Tennessee — have grabbed double-digit prospects from outside the league’s boundaries.  And only two states — Arkansas and Kentucky — have produced fewer than double-digit SEC commitments.

Here’s the breakdown…

 

  AL   AR   FL   GA   KY   LA   MS   MO   SC   TN   TX   Other   Total Commits
  Alabama   6   1   1   2   0   4   2   0   1   0   1   7   25
  Arkansas   0   5   4   2   0   4   0   3   0   0   2   2   22
  Auburn   7   0   2   8   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   20
  Florida   1   0   12   0   0   1   0   0   1   0   1   5   21
  Georgia   0   0   5   9   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   3   18
  Kentucky     1   0   4   2   2   0   0   0   1   0   3   13   26
  LSU   0   0   1   0   0   11   1   0   0   0   4   2   19
  Miss. State   2   0   0   4   0   0   11   0   0   0   1   0   18
  Missouri   0   0   5   3   0   0   1   8   0   3   3   3   26
  Ole Miss   2   0   0   4   0   1   13   0   0   1   1   2   24
  S. Carolina   1   0   2   4   0   0   1   0   8   0   1   1   18
  Tennessee   2   0   3   5   0   0   0   0   0   9   1   13   33
  Texas A&M   0   0   0   0   0   1   1   0   0   0   16   3   21
  Vanderbilt   2   0   0   3   0   1   0   0   0   2   0   1   9
  State Totals   24   6   39   46   2   23   33   11   12   15   34   55   300

 

Observations:

*  The states of Georgia and Florida are once again 1-2 in terms of producing SEC commitments.  Typically the Peach State provides more SEC signees than the Sunshine State because there are only three FBS schools in the talent-rich state of Georgia.

*  Mark Stoops’ recruiting looks even better — and it’s looked pretty darned good to start with — when you consider the fact that the man has only two commitments from inside the Bluegrass State.  Two.  One, two.  That’s it.

*  Bret Bielema is facing the same kind of dilemma in a state that’s produced just six SEC commitments to date.  More worrisome: For a school that needs to recruit heavily into Texas, the Razorbacks have only convinced two Lone Star Staters to don the cardinal and white so far.

*  Nineteen of Missouri’s 26 commitments come from SEC East states.  While the Tigers aren’t killing it in terms of grabbing 4- and 5-star guys, they are clearly shifting their recruiting efforts from Texas (just three commitments) to Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

*  The biggest backyard advantage in the SEC?  That’s easy — Texas A&M.  Sixteen of the Aggies 21 recruits are from the state of Texas.

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SEC Commitment Comparator – 1/29/14 (“One Week To Go” Edition)

blue_poker_chipsThe clock is ticking.  It’s one week to National Signing Day.  Do you know how your favorite SEC school is doing on the recruiting trail?

Below is our up-to-date — as of Rivals.com’s commitment lists this morning — comparison of each Southeastern Conference class of commitments.  As usual, we’ve used Rivals’ star rankings as our basis.  We assign one point for every star that they pin to a prospect’s name.  We then tally those points in three different areas which we then use to create our own official MrSEC.com Recruiting Rankings.

First we look at pure quantity.  That’s simply the number of “talent points” each program is bringing in to it’s program.  Not all blue-chippers will thrive and some afterthoughts will surprise.  But the more points a school brings in, the better its chances for success over the long haul.

Second, we look at quality.  That’s the average number of points per commitment for each program.  On average, just how talented is a class?

Third, we break things down by high-end prospects only.  Since four- and five-star players are more likely to pan out, how many of those players has a program collected?

Let’s get started with quantity…

 

  School   Commits   5-stars   4-stars   3-stars   2-stars   1- & 0-stars   Total Points
  Tennessee   33   2   15   16   0   0   118
  Alabama   24   4   13   7   0   0   93
  Kentucky   25   0   10   14   1   0   84
  Texas A&M   21   3   11   6   1   0   79
  Ole Miss   24   0   6   17   1   0   77
  Florida   21   1   11   9   0   0   76
  Auburn   20   3   9   7   1   0   74
  Missouri   26   0   2   17   7   0   73
  LSU   18   1   13   3   1   0   68
  Georgia   18   1   10   7   0   0   66
  Arkansas   22   0   3   15   4   0   65
  S. Carolina   18   0   7   11   0   0   61
  Miss. State   18   0   2   11   5   0   51
  Vanderbilt   10   0   2   7   1   0   31

 

Now we turn our eyes to the quality ranking…

 

  School   Commits   Avg. Pts/Commit
  Alabama   24   3.87
  LSU   18   3.77
  Texas A&M   21   3.76
  Auburn   20   3.70
  Georgia   18   3.67
  Florida   21   3.61
  Tennessee   33   3.57
  S. Carolina   18   3.38
  Kentucky   25   3.36
  Ole Miss   24   3.20
  Vanderbilt   10   3.10
  Arkansas   22   2.95
  Miss. State   18   2.83
  Missouri   26   2.80

 

And now, the high-end prospects…

 

  School   Commits   4- & 5-stars
  Alabama   24   17
  Tennessee   33   17
  LSU   18   14
  Texas A&M   21   14
  Auburn   20   12
  Florida   21   12
  Georgia   18   11
  Kentucky   25   10
  S. Carolina   18   7
  Ole Miss   24   6
  Arkansas   22   3
  Miss. State   18   2
  Missouri   26   2
  Vanderbilt   10   2

 

Finally, we look at where each program finished in the charts above.  A point is assigned based on standing in a given category (one for first place, two for second, etc).  We then tally the points to determine where each program falls in our overall MrSEC.com Recruiting Rankings.  And remember, the lower the total number the better…

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