SEC Stock Report: Who has momentum on recruiting trails?
The SEC has concluded its conference championship game and placed two teams in the College Football Playoff. This week, we take a look at how the recruiting stock of each SEC program has evolved since the start of the season.
Georgia is No. 1 in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings and the Bulldogs have added six commitments since the season began. Half of those are five-stars — defensive end Adam Anderson, running back James Cook and quarterback Justin Fields. Georgia is the SEC Champion and headed to play Oklahoma in the CFB Playoff, so their improvement on the field helped on the recruiting trail. - Simmons
At the beginning of the season, many key targets for the Tigers were in “wait-and-see” mode with LSU, especially considering the change in offensively philosophy. After a rough start to the year, things have changed quite a bit and now LSU seems to have gotten its mojo back on the recruiting trail. All signs are pointing to several big additions, including five-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall, between now and the end of the cycle. – Wommack
Auburn has had a very good close to the fall season in recruiting. In the past two weeks, it has added four commitments, all from four-star prospects; in October, it kept one of the best in-state talents at home to in four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller. The Tigers have added big, key pieces to its 2018 class during the season. - Simmons
Coming into the year, it was almost a certainty that the Aggies were going to make a coaching change and that cloud was hanging over the school’s recruiting efforts. With Jimbo Fisher now installed as the new head man and with the best job security in the country, he can sell recruits on his long-term vision. The new Aggies staff has a lot of work to do in a short window, but expect the school to close strong. – Wommack
Mississippi State has had a coaching change, but the recruits seem to be happy with Joe Moorhead. Before Dan Mullen exited for Florida, the Bulldogs had added five new commitments during the season. The biggest commitment this fall arguably came from junior college wide receiver Stephen Guidry. Moorhead visited him Sunday and he was the first player Mullen offered after taking over at Florida. All seems to be going well with the transition in Starkville and a top 10 recruiting class is not out of the realm of possibility. - Simmons
The Gamecocks had a better than expected year on the field and continue to make progress under second-year coach Will Muschamp. Had the Gamecocks been able to pull off an upset of Clemson late in the season they may have ended up in the “improved” category, but regardless they are still recruiting at a competitive level in the SEC East. Their class currently sits at No. 7 in the SEC rankings and could inch a little higher depending on how they can close with some major targets like Rivals250 linebacker Channing Tindall. – Wommack
Alabama is not used to being on the bottom half of the SEC and outside of the top 10 nationally when talking recruiting classes. But that is where it is right now. The Crimson Tide will likely close strong, but they have only added two commitments since the first of September. Emil Ekiyor is a top 10 offensive guard, so he is a big piece of the puzzle, but they will really need to pick it up if their 2018 recruiting class resembles one that the Crimson Tide fans are used to seeing under Nick Saban. - Simmons
The Gators' stock on the recruiting trail has been all over the place this year, starting pretty high at the beginning of the year, then plummeting to rock bottom, only rebound again under new head coach Dan Mullen. Right now optimism is high in Gainesville and while the new staff has lost some commitments, they will be replaced with the players Mullen and his staff hold in a higher regard. Florida currently has the conference’s fifth best class but has a chance to finish in the top three before it’s all said and done. – Wommack
There has not been a lot of noise in terms of recruiting out of Fayetteville this fall. The Razorbacks are now searching for a new coach and they only have room to sign 16-17 players this cycle, so there is still likely not to be too much movement in the final two months. Arkansas added offensive tackle Noah Banks to its class early in November and the final fireworks will not go off until the new head coach and staff are in place. - Simmons
The Wildcats had another good season on the field and are back in a bowl game for the second consecutive year. But despite their success, they lost a commitment from quarterback Jarren Williams during the fall and are still looking to replace him with another quarterback in the class. The ‘Cats coaches have proven to be good talent evaluators, sometimes to their detriment when it comes to other schools coming to their commitment list looking for players. However, the school’s work in Ohio, combined with some instability at schools like Tennessee, could help the Wildcats close with some surprise additions – Wommack
The biggest news out of Oxford recently has been the NCAA sanctions that were handed down last week. Despite the sanctions looming this fall and Matt Luke coaching under the “interim” tag, the Rebels have held their class together for the most part and added a handful of commitments. The best recruiting news they received since the 2017 season kicked off was when linebacker Jacquez Jones chose them over in-state rival, Mississippi State. They will not be able to sign a full class of 25, not even 20 this cycle, but Luke and his staff are still in the running for number Rivals250 prospects. - Simmons
After a promising start to the year, the Commodores struggled on the field and despite closing with a nice victory over Tennessee, there hasn’t been much in the way of momentum on the recruiting trail. Vanderbilt currently sits at No. 11 in the SEC team recruiting rankings and would need a strong close to finish in the top 10. – Wommack
Missouri closed strong after a dreadful start and a lot of chatter about head coach Barry Odom possibly being out in Columbia. The Tigers fall under this category because they have lost some key commitments over the last few months. The biggest one being quarterback James Foster. His teammate, linebacker La’Dedric Jackson, was another big blow. The Tigers have added four commitments over the past month and they seem to be headed back in the right direction. - Simmons
There’s not much need for an explanation on this one. The Vols came into the season with hopes of playing in the SEC Championship Game and instead they went winless in conference play and are currently without a head coach. Several key players are no longer on their commitment list, including five-star offensive tackle Cade Mays. All of that could change with the right coaching hire, but the clock is ticking with the first signing period right around the corner. - Wommack