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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — LSU

LSU UPDATELSU’s list of signees continues to grow.  Add them to the two early enrollees already on campus and the Tigers are up to 14 names on their big board…

 

Brandon Harris, QB

Ed Paris, CB

John Battle, S

Donnie Alexander, LB

Jacory Washington, TE

William Clapp, OL

Garrett Brumfield, OL

Tony Upchurch, WR

DJ Clark, WR

Clifton Garrett, LB

Trey Quinn, WR

Jamal Adams, S

Cameron Gamble, K

Sione Teuhema, DE

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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Kentucky

KENTUCKY UPDATEMark Stoops put together a surprisingly strong commitment class.  Now, he and the Wildcat staff are busy converting those commitments into signees.  So far so good.  Take a look at the list of kids already in the UK bank…

Dorian Baker, WR

Drew Barker, QB

Blake Bone, WR

Mike Edwards, DB

Matt Elam, DT

Nico Firios, LB

Ryan Flannigan, LB

Dorian Hendrix, LB

Mikel Horton, RB

Cory “CJ” Johnson, DT

Garrett Johnson, WR

Josh Krok, OL

Jarrett LaRubbio, OL

Darryl Long, TE

Adrian Middleton, DT

Kendall Randolph, DB

Nick Richardson, OL

Thaddeus Snodgras, WR

Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings, OL

AJ Stamps, CB

Jared Tucker, DB

Kobie Walker, LB

Denzel Ware, DE

Darius West, DB

Stanley “Boom” Williams, RB

TV Williams, WR

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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Mississippi State

MISS STATE UPDATEDan Mullen’s list of early enrollees and signees continues to grow down in Starkville…

 

Brandon Bryant, S

Deion Calhoun, OL

Logan Cooke, K/P

Deshon Cooper, LB

Nick Fitzgerald, QB

Jamoral Graham, WR

JT Gray, S

Gerri Green, LB

Grant Harris, DT

Braxton Hoyett, DT

Darrion Hutcherson, TE

Jesse Jackson, WR

Elgton Jenkins, OL

Jocquelle Johnson, OL

Dontavian Lee, RB

Chris Rayford, CB

Elijah Staley, QB

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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 — 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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Congrats To Meilinger, Wuerffel On College Football Hall Of Fame Honors

college-football-hall-oF-fameThe 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class was announced today and two more ex-SEC’ers are headed for enshrinement.

Steve Meilinger, a defensive end at Kentucky from 1951 through 1953, and Danny Wuerffel, Florida’s quarterback from 1993 to 1996, will both be inducted into the Hall of Fame in New York City in December.  While the ceremonies are in the Big Apple, a brand new College Football Hall of Fame will open in Atlanta — probably on one of the city’s 462 Peachtree Streets — in 2014.

Meilinger was a member of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s final three squads in Lexington.  Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy and led Steve Spurrier’s Gators to the national championship in 1996.

Also voted in this year:

 

Ted Brown, RB, North Carolina State

Tedy Bruschi, DE, Arizona

Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin

Tommie Frazier, QB, Nebraska

Jerry Gray, DB, Texas

Orlando Pace, OT, Ohio State

Rod Shoate, LB, Oklahoma

Percy Snow, LB, Michigan State

Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami (FL)

Don Trull, QB, Baylor

Wayne Hardin, Coach, Navy and Temple

Bill McCartney, Coach, Colorado

 

Congratulations to all of those being honored.

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What Kind Of Recruits Were The SEC’s Draft Picks?

gfx - by the numbersBy now you know that the SEC owned last week’s NFL draft.  You’ve seen those numbers.  A record 63 players picked.  No other conference could match the number of prospects produced by the SEC East or SEC West divisions, much less the whole conference.

Of all 250+ players selected, right at 25% came from the Southeastern Conference.  Crazy.

But what did those 63 drafted players look like as recruits coming out of the high school and junior college ranks?  We’ve done the research for you and below you’ll find a couple of different tables.

The first is simply an alphabetical listing of all the SEC players selected last week.  Beside their names, positions, and schools we’ve listed the rounds in which they were chosen.  To the right of that you’ll find their high school class — or a “Juco” designation in some cases — and the number of star ratings they were given by Rivals.com as prospects:

 

  Player   Pos.   School   Rd.   Class   Rivals’ Stars
  J. Banks   CB   MSU   2nd   09   3
  J. Bostic   LB   UF   2nd   09   4
  J. Boyd   DE   MSU   5th   09   4
  S. Commings   CB   UGA   5th   08   3
  J. Cunningham   TE   USC   7th   09   2
  K. Davis   RB   ARK   3rd   09   4
  Q. Dial   DE   ALA   5th   09   4
  L. Edwards   DE   LSU   5th   08   3
  M. Elam   FS   UF   1st   10   5
  J. Evans   FS   UF   6th   09   4
  S. Floyd   DT   UF   1st   10   5
  DJ Fluker   OT   ALA   1st   09   5
  M. Gillislee   RB   UF   5th   09   4
  Z. Gooden   LB   MU   3rd   08   3
  C. Gragg   TE   ARK   7th   08   2
  C. Hamilton   WR   ARK   6th   09   3
  D. Holloman   LB   USC   6th   09   4
  J. Hunter   WR   UT   2nd   10   4
  J. Jenkins   LB   UF   4th   09   5
  J. Jenkins   DT   UGA   3rd   Juco   4
  L. Joeckel   OT   A&M   1st   10   4
  N. Johnson   LB   ALA   4th   09   5
  TJ Johnson   C   USC   7th   08   3
  B. Jones   OG   ALA   4th   08   4
  J. Jones   LB   UGA   1st   09   4
  T. King   WR   UGA   5th   08   4
  E. Lacy   RB   ALA   2nd   09   4
  M. Lattimore   RB   USC   4th   10   5
  C. Lemonier   DE   AUB   3rd   10   4
  B. Logan   DT   LSU   3rd   09   3
  T. Mathieu   CB   LSU   3rd   10   4
  C. Michael   RB   A&M   2nd   09   5
  D. Milliner   CB   ALA   1st   10   5
  B. Mingo   DE   LSU   1st   09   4
  K. Minter   LB   LSU   2nd   09   4
  S. Montgomery   DE   LSU   3rd   09   4
  D. Moore   DE   A&M   3rd   10   3
  A. Ogletree   LB   UGA   1st   10   4
  C. Patterson   WR   UT   1st   Juco   4
  S. Porter   LB   A&M   4th   09   3
  B. Rambo   SS   UGA   6th   08   3
  J. Reed   TE   UF   3rd   09   4
  E. Reid   FS   LSU   1st   10   4
  S. Richardson   DT   MU   1st   09   5
  M. Rivera   TE   UT   6th   08   3
  A. Sanders   WR   USC   4th   10   4
  R. Seymour   OG   VU   7th   08   2
  T. Simon   CB   LSU   5th   10   4
  D. Slay   CB   MSU   2nd   09   2
  Z. Stacy   RB   VU   5th   09   3
  C. Sturgis   K   UF   5th   08   2
  DJ Swearinger   SS   USC   2nd   09   3
  R. Swope   WR   A&M   6th   09   3
  D. Taylor   DE   USC   4th   08   3
  D. Thomas   OT   UT   3rd   08   3
  S. Ware   RB   LSU   6th   10   5
  L. Warford   OG   UK   3rd   09   3
  C. Warmack   OG   ALA   1st   09   3
  C. Washington   LB   UGA   6th   08   4
  J. Williams   DT   ALA   5th   Juco   4
  M. Williams   TE   ALA   7th   08   4
  S. Williams   SS   UGA   3rd   09   3
  T. Wilson   QB   ARK   4th   08   4

 

So what does that tell us?  It tells us that 4- and 5-star recruits do indeed have a better chance of being drafted into the NFL than 2- or 3-star recruits.  Seems obvious, but many still dismiss recruiting rankings entirely.  At MrSEC.com, we believe they should be viewed as a compass, but not as a GPS.  Those rankings can give you an idea of in what direction a prospect is going, but they can’t provide a completely accurate picture of how his college trip will turn out.

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SEC Recruiting Battles For The Biggest Names Rage On

ancient-greek-warfare-3With less than 48 hours to go until National Signing Day, SEC programs are dominating the national recruiting scene.  As usual.

Rivals.com has five SEC schools ranked among its top 10 recruiting class countdown and nine SEC schools in its top 20.

Still a number of battles for America’s biggest name prospects appear as though they’ll rage on right down to the wire.  Below are 12 top stars to keep an eye on as you prep for college football’s mid-winter holiday:

 

* Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Loganville GA, #1 player according to Rivals

The #1 player in the nation (according to Rivals) was once expected to be a lock for Hugh Freeze’s on-the-move Ole Miss program.  But after a weekend visit to LSU, Nkemdiche  tweeted: “LSU pushing man!!!! Getting hard now!”  The Rebels have the lead, but the Tigers are closing fast.

 

* Laquon Treadwell, WR, Crete IL, #5 player according to Rivals

The top receiver in the country is committed to Ole Miss.  His tweet last week — showing several hundred-dollar bills in his possession right after a visit to Oxford — raised a number of eyebrows and left Hugh Freeze defending his program.  Though committed to the Rebels, Treadwell is still getting some pub today because Oklahoma State star running back Thurman Thomas tweeted a pro-Cowboy message to him last month… an incident the school was unaware of until recently.  We only include him on this list because he tends to stay in the headlines.

 

* Jalen Ramsey, CB, Nashville TN, #10 player according to Rivals

A Southern California commit for quite a while, Ramsey is still being connected to both Florida and Florida State as they work to change his mind.

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SEC Early Entrants 2013

nfl-draft-podium-tightThe NFL early entry deadline had come and gone and SEC teams took quite a hit.  Not surprising considering the SEC leads the nation in recruiting rankings every February and in NFL draft picks every April.  With that much talent in SEC programs, there will always be a number of stars leaving prior to their senior seasons.

In all, 33 players from the league submitted their paperwork to the NFL for early entry into the draft.  More could have changed their mind at the last minute, but for now we know of 33.  That number includes former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu who did not play with the Tigers in 2012 due to a suspension.

 

ALABAMA — 3

DJ Fluker, OT

Eddie Lacy, RB

Dee Milliner, CB

 

ARKANSAS — 2

Alvin Bailey, OG

Knile Davis, RB

 

AUBURN — 1

Corey Lemonier, DE

 

FLORIDA –4

Matt Elam, S

Sharrif Floyd, DT

Jelani Jenkins, LB

Jordan Reed, TE

 

GEORGIA — 3

Kwame Geathers, DT

Jarvis Jones, LB

Alec Ogletree, LB

 

KENTUCKY — 0

 

LSU — 11

Chris Faulk, OT

Michael Ford, RB

Bennie Logan, DT

Tyrann Mathieu, CB (already off team)

Barkevious Mingo, DE

Kevin Minter, LB

Sam Montgomery, DE

Eric Reid, S

Tharold Simon, CB

Spencer Ware, RB

Brad Wing, P

 

MISS. STATE — 0

 

MISSOURI — 1

Sheldon Richardson, DT

 

OLE MISS — 0

 

S. CAROLINA — 2

Marcus Lattimore, RB

Ace Sanders, WR

 

TENNESSEE — 4

Tyler Bray, QB

Justin Hunter, WR

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Darrington Sentimore, DT

 

TEXAS A&M — 2

Luke Joeckel, OT

Damontre Moore, DE

 

VANDERBILT — 0

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22 SEC Players Receive All-America Recognition From The Associated Press

The Associate Press has handed out its All-America honors for 2012 and the SEC landed 22 players on the three-tiered squad.  Nine SEC players were named 1st Team All-Americans.

Alabama led the way with six All-Americans total, four of whom received 1st Team notice.  Florida and Texas A&M each featured four All-Americans, with the Aggies putting two on the 1st Team and the Gators one.

 

ALABAMA — 6 players, 4 1st Team

Chance Warmack, OG, Sr, 1st Team

Barrett Jones, C, Sr, 1st Team

CJ Mosley, LB, Jr, 1st Team

Dee Milliner, CB, Jr, 1st Team

DJ Fluker, OT, Jr, 2nd Team

AJ McCarron, QB, Jr, 3rd Team

 

ARKANSAS — 1 player, 0 1st Team

Cobi Hamilton, WR, Sr, 3rd Team

 

FLORIDA — 4 players, 1 1st Team

Matt Elam, S, Jr, 1st Team

Caleb Sturgis, K, Sr, 3rd Team

Shariff Floyd, DT, Jr, 3rd Team

Kyle Christy, P, So, 3rd Team

 

GEORGIA — 1 player, 1 1st Team

Jarvis Jones, LB, Jr, 1st Team

 

KENTUCKY — 1 player, 0 1st Team

Larry Warford, OG, Sr, 3rd Team

 

LSU — 3 players, 0 1st Team

Kevin Minter, LB, Jr, 2nd Team

Eric Reid, S, Jr, 2nd Team

Sam Montgomery, DE, Jr, 3rd Team

 

MISS. STATE — 1 player, 0 1st Team

Johnthan Banks, CB, Sr, 2nd Team

 

S. CAROLINA — 1 player, 1 1st Team

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, So, 1st Team (2012 Season Highlights)

 

TEXAS A&M — 4 players, 2 1st Team

Johnny Manziel, QB, Fr, 1st Team (2012 Season Highlights)

Luke Joeckel, OT, Jr, 1st Team

Damontre Moore, DE, Jr, 2nd Team

Jake Matthews, OT, Jr, 3rd Team

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