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UT Adds Another: LB Bynum From Florida

Linebacker Kenneth Bynum from Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla., signed with Tennessee on Wednesday.

Bynum, who is the 22nd member of Tennessee’s 2012 class, had originally committed to Cincinnati but decided to reevaluate his options when he received an offer from Tennessee the day before National Signing Day.

It was an unexpected offer.

“People said I wasn’t fast enough to land an SEC offer,” Bynum said. “I was basically doubting myself that I would land an SEC offer. But it ended up happening and I think it happened for a reason.”

Tennessee had a reason to offer Bynum. The Vols saw two linebacker commits – Otha Peters (Arkansas) and Dalton Santos (Texas) – decide to sign elsewhere less than a week before signing day.

Bynum is the third linebacker to sign with Tennessee’s 2012 class, joining Justin King from Dunwoody, Ga., and LaTroy Lewis from Akron, Ohio.

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It’s All Over But The Shouting (Almost)

Here at MrSEC.com, we’re just beginning to put together our final reviews and breakdowns of National Signing Day 2012.  You can find those posts on the site later tonight and tomorrow morning.

For now, we wanted to give you a quick look at the numbers for each SEC program:

 

School   Signees   Commits as of Yesterday   Other  
Alabama  26  27
Arkansas  22  22
Auburn  20  15
Florida  23  21
Georgia  18  17 1 commit left to sign
Kentucky  26  23
LSU  22  22 1 commit not yet eligible
Miss. State  28  26
Missouri  19  18
Ole Miss  17  17
S. Carolina  25  25
Tennessee  21  20 1 recruit still deciding
Texas A&M  19  20
Vanderbilt  22  22
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SEC Commitment Comparison – 1/26/12

Thursday.  Friday.  Saturday.  Sunday.  Monday.  Tuesday.  National Signing Day.

Seven days from now we at MrSEC.com will be bringing you up-to-minute recruiting news and information from first thing in the morning til the fax machines stop humming that evening.  When you want to see what’s happening all across the conference — including with Missouri and Texas A&M — this site should be your first stop.

As we start the countdown until signing day, we wanted to take another look at our current SEC big board.  There’s been some shifting since our last check a week ago.  As usual, we’re using rankings from Rivals.com.

First we measure the quantity of each schools commitment class to date:


School
Commits
5-stars
4-stars
3-stars
2-stars
1- & 0-stars
Total Points
1 Alabama
27
3
12
12
0
0
99
2 S. Carolina
24
0
8
14
2
0
78
3 Miss. State
25
0
3
20
2
0
76
4 Florida
20
2
11
6
1
0
74
5 Tennessee
21
0
10
9
2
0
71
6 LSU
20
0
9
10
1
0
68
6 Arkansas
22
0
2
20
0
0
68
6 Texas A&M
20
1
6
13
0
0
68
9 Kentucky
23
0
1
19
3
0
67
9 Vanderbilt
21
0
4
17
0
0
67
11 Auburn
15
0
9
6
0
0
54
11 Georgia
16
1
5
9
1
0
54
13 Missouri
17
0
1
16
0
0
52
14 Ole Miss
14
0
2
12
0
0
44



And now we look at our quality measure (which reveals the caliber of commitment each school has gotten to date):


School
Commits
Avg. Pts. Per Commit
1 Florida
20
3.70
2 Alabama
27
3.66
3 Auburn
15
3.60
4 LSU
20
3.40
4 Texas A&M
20
3.40
6 Tennessee
21
3.38
7 Georgia
16
3.37
8 S. Carolina
24
3.25
9 Vanderbilt
21
3.19
10 Ole Miss
14
3.14
11 Arkansas
22
3.09
12 Missouri
17
3.05
13 Miss. State
25
3.04
14 Kentucky
23
2.91



Now, here’s a look at just the high-end prospects… commitments from four- and five-star athletes only.  Just as buying more lottery tickets improves your odds of winning, the more blue chip recruits you sign, the better your odds of finding some actual blue chip players.


School
5-star Commits
4-star Commits
Total
1 Alabama
3
12
15
2 Florida
2
11
13
3 Tennessee
0
10
10
4 Auburn
0
9
9
4 LSU
0
9
9
6 S. Carolina
0
8
8
7 Texas A&M
1
6
7
8 Georgia
1
5
6
9 Vanderbilt
0
4
4
10 Miss. State
0
3
3
11 Arkansas
0
2
2
11 Ole Miss
0
2
2
13 Kentucky
0
1
1
13 Missouri
0
1
1



And now we combined each school’s position in the three sets of rankings above and arrive at our own updated MrSEC.com Recruiting Rankings:


School
Quantity Rank
Quality Rank
High-End Rank
Total Points
Last Week’s Rank
1 Alabama
1
2
1
4
1
2 Florida
4
1
2
7
2
3 LSU
6
4
4
14
4
3 Tennessee
5
6
3
14
7
5 S. Carolina
2
8
6
16
6
6 Texas A&M
6
4
7
17
3
7 Auburn
11
3
4
18
5
8 Georgia
11
7
8
26
8
8 Miss. State
3
13
10
26
9
10 Vanderbilt
9
9
9
27
10
11 Arkansas
6
11
11
28
11
12 Ole Miss
14
10
11
35
13
13 Kentucky
9
14
13
36
12
14 Missouri
13
12
13
38
14



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Todd Gurley Prepares For Announcement

Running back Todd Gurley from Tarboro (N.C.) High School will announce his decision Friday afternoon at 2 eastern time.

Gurley is considering Georgia, Clemson and North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Gurley, who’s considered the nation’s 11th-best running back for the class of 2012 by ESPN.com, has been writing a blog diary for ESPN during the recruiting process. He shares thoughts on his top four schools in his latest entry.

Some have wondered if the decision of Raleigh, N.C., running back Keith Marshall to attend Georgia would keep the Bulldogs out of the race for Gurley. Marshall, who enrolled at Georgia earlier this month, has actually helped Georgia recruit Gurley.

“My bro Keith Marshall goes there now and that would be good to have two NC boys in the backfield representing for our state,” Gurley wrote on Thursday. “Plus, the relationship I developed over time with (running backs) coach Bryan McClendon and coach (Mark) Richt has been great. Two great coaches running a great program.”

And like Marshall, Gurley’s decision could come down to Georgia and Clemson, according to Dave Hooker of ESPN.com.

Expect whichever team that doesn’t land Gurley to make a strong push for Stone Mountain, Ga., running back Mike Davis, who’s considering Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson and Florida State.

Davis, who originally committed to Florida, told MrSEC last month he’s already decided which school he will attend but plans to wait until National Signing Day to announce his decision.

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SEC Commitment Comparison – 1/6/12

We know, we know.  With the Under Armour All-American game wrapped up and coaching staffs undergoing changes all across the SEC… you want to know how your team is stacking up just 26 days before National Signing Day.  Well, we’ve got you covered.

Below is our first SEC commitment comparison of the new year.  As usual, we use Rivals’ star rankings and Rivals’ commitment lists.  As of this morning, Rivals.com lists each school with the commitment totals you’ll see below.  That includes the players who committed last night during the aforementioned Under Armour game.

Our first table measures quantity.  Who is committed to a program in total.  For each star assigned by Rivals, we hand out a point.  We also give 0-star prospects a one-point value.  Then we tally up the numbers to see how much total talent a school has committed to it at the moment.

For today, we’ve added a the column “Change.”  That will show you how many points a school has gained or lost — through commitments, decommitments, or updated star rankings — since our last check back on December 22:


School
Commits
5-stars
4-stars
3-stars
2-stars
1- & 0-stars
Total Points
Change
Alabama
26
3
11
12
0
0
95
+12
Texas A&M
23
1
7
15
0
0
78
+3
LSU
21
1
11
8
1
0
75
+1
Miss. State
25
0
3
19
3
0
75
+1
S. Carolina
22
0
6
14
1
1
69
+5
Florida
18
1
12
4
1
0
67
None
Arkansas
21
0
2
19
0
0
65
-4
Kentucky
23
0
1
18
3
1
65
+2
Vanderbilt
20
0
4
16
0
0
64
None
Tennessee
19
0
8
9
2
0
63
-6
Auburn
16
0
10
6
0
0
58
None
Missouri
17
0
1
16
0
0
52
+9
Georgia
15
1
4
9
1
0
50
None
Ole Miss
14
0
3
11
0
0
45
+5



Our next table takes quality into account.  It’s simply the average point level for each school’s commitments:


School
Commits
Avg. Pts Per Commit
Florida
18
3.72
Alabama
26
3.65
Auburn
16
3.62
LSU
21
3.57
Texas A&M
23
3.39
Georgia
15
3.33
Tennessee
19
3.31
Ole Miss
14
3.21
Vanderbilt
20
3.20
S. Carolina
22
3.13
Arkansas
21
3.09
Missouri
17
3.05
Miss. State
25 3.00
Kentucky
23
2.82



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Mike Davis Knows Where He Will Go To School

Running back Mike Davis from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., has decided which school he will attend.

But the former Florida commit doesn’t plan to announce his choice until National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

“It’s the school I feel most comfortable at,” Davis told MrSEC.

It should be pretty easy to keep his decision from leaking. Davis said he hasn’t told anyone which school he has chosen.

Davis has already taken official visits to Tennessee and Florida State and plans to visit Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson next month.

Davis is ranked the No. 6 running back in the country by Rivals.com.

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Lineman Avery Young Names A Leader

Offensive lineman Avery Young from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High School has named a new leader, according to Bryan Matthews of 247Sports.com.

“He said Auburn is his No. 1 school following his official visit this weekend,” Matthews wrote of Young.

Young, who’s considered the nation’s 25th-best offensive tackle by 247Sports, is also considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma.

He told 247Sports he plans to wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 1 to announce his final decision.

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LSU Picks Up Two For 2012

LSU has added two more commitments to its class of 2012.

Linebacker Ronnie Feist from Edgard, La., and tight end Dillon Gordon from River Ridge, La., both gave their pledges to LSU during the weekend.

LSU, which has five commitments for 2012, has received three commitments since National Signing Day. Defensive end Torshiro Davis from Shreveport, La., committed to the Tigers on Thursday.

Four of LSU’s five commitments are from inside the state of Louisiana.

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Marlin Lane Confirms Commitment To Tennessee

Marlin Lane has confirmed his commitment to Tennessee.

The running back from Daytona Beach, Fla., said he gave his pledge to UT’s staff on Saturday night.

Lane said he planned to keep his commitment a secret until National Signing Day on Feb. 2. That plan changed when his trainer leaked the information to Jamie Newberg of ESPN.com, according to Lane.

That explains the differing reports regarding his status earlier today.

Lane is UT’s 24th commitment for the class of 2011.

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Harris Doesn’t Visit Vanderbilt; Commodores Still in Contention

Cornerback Ronnie Harris from Atlanta Westlake High School had considered taking an official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend but didn’t make the trip.

Harris told MrSEC.com he’s still considering Vanderbilt along with Stanford and Wake Forest. Harris took an official visit to Stanford in September and could still visit Vanderbilt and Wake Forest before National Signing Day on Feb. 2.

Harris, who’s considered the nation’s 52nd best cornerback by Rivals.com, said he’s still trying to get a feel for Vanderbilt now that James Franklin has taken over as head coach.

“They’re still up at the top of my list because Vanderbilt right now is my No. 1 SEC school,” Harris said last week. “I’m still trying to get as feel for them because of the coaching change.”

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