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SEC Headlines 2/6/2014

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1. “There’s no way for Auburn to spin this one… Losing Rashaan Evans to Alabama hurts.” Video of Auburn coaches reacting to the news.

2. Defensive tackle prospect Elisa Shaw suffered what’s believed to be a career-ending injury.  He’ll get a medical hardship scholarship from Alabama.

3. First time ever? “Less than one-third of the 2014 Alabama and Auburn football signing classes come from the state of Alabama.”

4. Stewart Mandel on Alabama: “For Saban, it’s certainly easier to entice kids to leave home when flashing four BCS championship rings.”

5. A focus at Auburn this year was on the defensive line.

6. Butch Jones on the Tennessee class: “I want to guard against all of the expectations that are going to come with this recruiting class.”

7. New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason talks recruiting class and a little Tennessee smack.

8. One view of the LSU class: “The nation’s best prospect and perhaps the best high school player in Louisiana’s storied history will spend his college years in Baton Rouge. ”

9. Strong finish for the class at Georgia.

10. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on recruiting rankings: “I bet we’ve been averaging being ranked somewhere in the 30s, but in the last seven years we’re eighth in the nation in winning.”

11. Key for Kentucky - winning in-state recruiting battles.

12. Big key to recruiting success at Texas A&M?  Defensive line coach Terry Price.

13. South Carolina recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier, Jr. ”Players know if they come to South Carolina, they can play at the highest level.”

14. ESPN’s Tom Luginbill: “Where I think South Carolina’s really done a nice job is readdressing defensive secondary areas as well as the defensive front seven.” Good enough for the SEC?

15. Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman on the Razorbacks class: “You know I can’t do a cartwheel. But in my mind I was doing them. And a back flip.”

16. View from Ole Miss: “There was no way this year could top the excitement of last year.”

17. Mississippi State went 1-for-2 in flipped commitments Wednesday.

18. Athlon Sports names 10 freshmen likely to make impact in 2014.  Six of the 10 are in the SEC.

19. Just how competitive is the recruiting process?  When Garrett Brumfield committed to LSU, his parents got a call from a Florida assistant coach within seven minutes.  

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20. Georgia’s overhaul of its defensive coaching staff looks to be complete.  Mike Ekeler is coming over from Southern Cal to coach inside linebackers.

21. Randy Shannon is now the senior associate head coach at Arkansas.  Search continues for a defensive coordinator.

22. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel expected to be ready for spring practice. Running back Matt Jones had another surgery this week.

Coaches Talk Recruiting Classes

23. Will Muschamp on the Florida class.

24. Kevin Sumlin on the Texas A&M class.

25. Derek Mason on the Vanderbilt class.

26. Gus Malzahn on the Auburn class.

27. Butch Jones on the Tennessee class

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28. Chris Walker’s long road to Florida.  Abandoned by his biological parents, raised by his grandmother until she died when he was 12.

29. LSU point guard Anthony Hickey’s role has changed with this year’s team.

Extra

30. Welcome to Russia.  Surveillance video in the shower?

31. USA Today mock draft.  Johnny Manziel goes No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans.

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