Now that National Signing Day is in the books, let’s take a look at who did what and who’s going where.
(All ratings come via 247Sports Composite)
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
- Ishmael Sopsher (4* DT)
- Kamaar Bell (3* OL)
- Mark-Antony Richards (4* ATH)
- Charles Moore (4* DE)
- Octavius Brothers Jr. (3* OLB)
- Khris Bogle (4* DE)
- Kaiir Elam (4* DB)
- George Pickens (5* WR)
- Brett Seither (3* TE)
- Marlin Devonshire (3* DB) 497th
- Devonta Lee (4* ATH)
- Ray Parker (4* OT)
- Desmond Little (3* WDE)
- Jay Ward (3* DB)
MISSISSIPPI ST. BULLDOGS
- Dylan Lawrence (3* ATH) n/a
- Collin Duncan (3* CB) 535
- Z’Core Brooks (3* WDE) n/a
- Sci Martin (3* WDE) 52nd (JUCO)
OLE MISS REBELS
- Lakia Henry (4* ILB)
- Jerrion Ealy (5* RB)
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
- Jammie Robinson (3* DB)
- Jaquaze Sorrells (4* DT)
- Henry To’ot’o (4* LB)
- Darnell Wright (5* OT)
TEXAS A&M AGGIES
- Christopher Russell (3* ILB) 897th
So, by count, 24 players were signed on National Signing Day by 12 teams in the Southeastern Conference. The teams that signed the most players were Auburn and LSU, who picked up four commitments on the day.
There were three five-star players signed on NSD by three different SEC teams. Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee racked up commitments from George Pickens, Jerrion Ealy and Darnell Wright. Wright was the biggest get of all, as he went into the day as the highest-ranked unsigned recruit in the nation (10th).
So, Tennessee scored quite the coup in the process of getting him to sign with them. Georgia pulled one over on Auburn by getting Pickens to flip from the Tigers to the Dawgs, adding to what’s going to be a very talented receiving group in Athens. And Ole Miss was able to reel Ealy into Oxford again after he decommitted a few weeks back.
Speaking of Tennessee, they also picked up a quality commitment from linebacker Henry To’ot’o. Ole Miss did too in the form of fellow linebacker Lakia Henry, while Georgia reeled in three-star tight end Brett Seither.
Florida had a very solid day by signing two four-star players on defense. Khris Bogle and Kaiir Elam are two big gets for head coach Dan Mullen, as he hopes to continue to go on an upward trajectory in Gainesville. Defense has typically been the name of the game at UF these last few years, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to be stopping anytime soon with these commitments.
Aforementioned LSU pulled in two four-stars and two three-stars. They were able to get a commitment from Amite’s Devonta Lee, a huge in-state win for them. They weren’t able to get Ishmael Sopsher, Lee’s teammate at Amite, as he’s going to Alabama. But Ed Orgeron put the finishing touches on a high-quality 2019 class with his four signings.
It was a solid enough day for Auburn even with losing Pickens to Georgia. The Tigers got two four-stars in Mark-Antony Richards and Charles Moore. They also picked up commitments from three-stars Kamaar Bell and Octavius Brothers Jr. Their class just finished outside the Top 10, but there’s definitely plenty of talent to go around on the plains.
South Carolina was the only other team, beyond the ones we’ve mentioned, that picked up a four-star commitment on NSD. That was Jaquaze Sorrells, a defensive tackle who will hopefully make an impact under Will Muschamp. Muschamp has done himself a solid job in Columbia and he put the finishing touches on a Top 20 class with Sorrells and Jammie Robinson’s commitments on Wednesday.
Kentucky, Mississippi State, Mizzou and Texas A&M all picked up three-star commits on Wednesday. The best of the bunch went to UK, in the form of Marlin Devonshire. Collin Duncan (Mizzou) and Christopher Russell (Texas A&M) were also solid signings themselves. Mizzou also picked up a JUCO commit in the form of Sci Martin, who was formerly at LSU, but transferred in 2017.
All in all, this was another day at the office for the SEC. They comprise 80 percent of the Top 5 and 50 percent of the Top 10. Seven teams are among teams 1-12, eight through the TOp 20, and 11 of the Top 25. Business as usual.