December 20th, 2013 09:00 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Auburn, SEC, South Carolina
The Crimson Tide signed defensive linemen D.J. Pettway and Jarran Reed on junior college signing day, meaning both players will be on campus in January to take classes and compete in spring practice.
Pettway, who was booted from the Alabama football team in February, has already proven he can help Alabama. He recorded four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a freshman in 2012.
Reed is another former SEC signee. He signed with Florida in February but failed to qualify academically. Now, he’s headed to Tuscaloosa to play for Alabama.
“I felt like Alabama was the best place for me,” Reed told TideSports.com earlier this month. “I can become a better person and player. Everything stands out to me about their program, the football aspect and the academics, the graduation rate. It’s an elite program. I want to be the best I can be. I want to play with the best.”
DaVonte Lambert believes he’s going to play with the best. That’s why the defensive lineman signed with Auburn on Wednesday after having been committed to Tennessee since August.
Lambert, who was one of four Auburn signees, was impressed by the recruiting pitch of head coach Gus Malzahn and defensive line coach Rodney Garner. The Tigers’ run to an SEC championship and BCS title game appearance certainly helped Auburn’s effort as well.
Lambert is part of an impressive junior college signing class for Auburn, which includes offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer, defensive back Derrick Moncrief and wide receiver D’haquille Williams.
Williams, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect by Rivals, should make an immediate impact in Malzahn’s offense next season.
“We’re going to throw it more next season,” Malzahn said during his Wednesday press conference. “You just get him (Williams) the ball and he makes things happen.”
Overall, the SEC has found plenty of success recruiting the junior college ranks for the 2014 class. Seven of the top 10 committed or signed JUCO players according to Rivals have chosen SEC schools.
Tennessee signed three prospects on Wednesday, including two of the top seven players ranked by Rivals. Offensive tackle Dontavius Blair was especially important for Tennessee to sign because the Vols will have to replace all five offensive line starters next season.
“He’s going to give us immediate relief and competition at the offensive tackle position,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said of Blair. “We’re very excited about him.”
Hampton ready to announce
Cornerback C.J. Hampton from Meridian (Miss.) High School is scheduled to announce his final college decision Friday evening at 6:30 eastern time. Read the rest of this entry »
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