The past several days have been extremely eventful in terms of recruits announcing their verbal commitments and the SEC has been one of the busiest conferences in regards to this. This afternoon we will take a look at each school that has gained commitments, and preview the upcoming week’s posts, where the highly anticipated 2017 class primers will finally begin after a delay.
Alabama has been known as the “king” of recruiting the past several years, and this year it is clear nothing has changed. With five commits already this month, the Crimson Tide are well on their way to another top class. Something to keep an eye on going forward is the two QB commits. Tua Tagovailoa has been extremely impressive on the camp circuit thus far this year, and he was recently offered by Oregon. While Oregon has nothing on Bama other then the proximity to home, it is definitely an interesting offer for Tua, being that he attends the same HS that produced Marcus Mariota.
Flipping Mac Jones from Kentucky was something Kiffin and company had been working on for quite some time, and in that same 24 hours they also were able to land Elliot Baker, a five-star JUCO OL from San Francisco. Other recent commits include electrifying four-star wideout Tyrell Shavers out of Texas, as well as in-state stud linebacker Markail Benton. We will go on depth further on this class currently ranked number one, according to Rivals. We will go more in depth on this class, as well as remaining targets on the board in the primer coming soon.
For Bert and his staff, it has been another solid start on the recruiting trail. Recently committed running back prospect Maleek Williams out of Charlotte HS in Punta Gorda, FL is an extremely intriguing find for this staff, and their tenth commit for the class of 2017 thus far.
Longtime UGA lean D’antne Demery announced his commitment earlier this week. Demery is just the latest of an impressive in-state coup for Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs in his first full cycle with the team. Keep all of the top talent in the state is something that Richt struggled with mightily in his tenure, but Smart appears to be placing a priority on bringing the GA raised to Athens. They currently rank 4th nationally, according to Rivals.
Missouri was able to go into Kansas, and pluck out one of the, if not the best recruits in the entire state when they landed three-star wide receiver Jafar Armstrong earlier this week. Armstrong had other offers from Kansas and Illinois among others, and is the fifth commit thus far for Barry Odom and his staff this cycle.
Ole Miss is another school that has added some impressive talent over the past couple weeks, with commits coming from Josh Clarke, Lavante Epson, and Devin Rockette. The coming sanctions from the NCAA are clearly not going to effect the Rebels on the recruiting trail, at least not yet.
South Carolina has been arguably the hottest team on the recruiting trail in recent weeks for schools not named Alabama, as Will Muschamp and the rest of his staff have been GRINDING. Picking up five commits in a little over a week is impressive, as Muschamp now has a top-twenty class, according to Rivals. Landing Shi Smith, DeVonte Wyatt, Eldridge Thompson, Tavyn Jackson, and Davonne Bowen, the Gamecocks are setting themselves up nicely for the future, both on the field and off.
Tennessee was able to land long-time target and in-state stud S Maleik Gray. Gray was coveted by schools such as Alabama, Georgia, and Auburn among several other SEC programs. Gray is the number nine safety nationally, according to Rivals, and instantly becomes the Vols top commit. Tennessee is expected to contend for the SEC East title this season, and after several impressive recruiting classes, it’s not hard to see why. Butch Jones seems to be on track to continue that model in 2017, with several top targets reportedly close to announcing for the Vols with “Orange Carpet” day coming up.
As you can see, it has been a busy several days in the SEC. Next week we will start on our long-awaited recruiting primers, starting with Vanderbilt on Monday and I will lay out the schedule for them going forward later that day! You can always find the latest on our recruiting coverage by looking at the hashtag #TSKCrootin.