Ranking the SEC signing classes

February 5, 2014 

(National class rankings are based on 247Sports Composite Ratings, which include data from 247Sports, Rivals, Scout, ESPN and others).

1. ALABAMA

(#1, 26 commitments, 6 5-star, 15 4-star, 5 3-star)

Class includes Parade All-American Christian Miller from Spring Valley, as well as 5-stars Da’Shawn Hand (DE), Marlon Humphrey (CB) and Rashaan Evans (OLB).

2. LSU

(#2, 23 commitments, 4 5-star, 12 4-star, 7 3-star)

Coach Les Miles keeps bringing in top classes. RB Leonard Fournette, a 5-star from New Orleans, is the consensus top recruit in the country.

3. TEXAS A&M

(#5, 21 commitments, 3 5-star, 11 4-star, 7 3-star)

Quarterback Kyle Allen, a 5-star pro-style recruit from Scottsdale, Ariz., might be the next Johnny Manziel. He could start the season-opener against the Gamecocks.

4. AUBURN

(#6, 23 commitments, 2 5-star, 11 4-star, 10 3-star)

Wednesday’s haul was led by three five-star prospects: junior college receiver D’haquille Williams, linebacker Tre’ Williams and running back Roc Thomas.

5. TENNESSEE

(#7, 33 commitments, 0 5-star, 16 4-star, 17 3-star)

Tennessee’s class of newcomers is headlined by running back Jalen Hurd and receiver Josh Malone, both labeled five-star prospects by at least one service.

6. GEORGIA

(#8, 21 commitments, 3 5-star, 10 4-star, 8 3-star)

Defensive end Lorenzo Carter is ranked as one of the top pass-rushers in the nation. He was named to USA Today’s and Parade’s All-America teams.

7. FLORIDA

(#9, 24 commitments, 1 5-star, 8 4-star, 15 3-star)

Cornerback Jalen Tabor from Washington, D.C., and quarterback Will Grier from Davidson, N.C., are the most decorated of nine early enrollees.

8. SOUTH CAROLINA

(#15, 21 commitments, 0 5-star, 10 4-star, 11 3-star)

Late additions of defensive linemen Dexter Wideman, who flipped from FSU, and Blake McClain, who flipped from Nebraska, gave USC big signing day boost.

9. OLE MISS

(#16, 26 commitments, 0 5-star, 6 4-star, 20 3-star)

Coach Hugh Freeze hopes some of biggest names such as OL Rod Taylor, DL Breeland Speaks and WR Markell Pack can contribute immediately.

10. KENTUCKY

(#22, 29 commitments, 0 5-star, 6 4-star, 23 3-star)

Eleven four-star prospects mean UK’s best-ever rankings. Leading the instate contingent are quarterback Drew Barker and defensive tackle Matt Elam.

11. ARKANSAS

(#30, 24 commitments, 0 5-star, 4 4-star, 18 3-star)

The class was highlighted by offensive linemen and playmakers at wide receiver, and it was the first full class for coach Bret Bielema and his staff.

12. MISSISSIPPI STATE

(#38, 23 commitments, 0 5-star, 3 4-star, 19 3-star)

Four-star athletes Jamoral Graham and Gerri Green, as well as RB Aeris Williams, are the stars of the class.

13. MISSOURI

(#39, 28 commitments, 0 5-star, 3 4-star, 24 3-star)

Fifteen players are from SEC territory, including Nate Brown, a WR from Suwanee, Ga. Seven are from Florida and three each from Georgia and Tennessee.

14. VANDERBILT

(#46, 22 commitments, 0 5-star, 2 4-star, 16 3-star)

The highlight came Wednesday when defensive lineman Nifae Lealao of Sacramento, Calif., flipped after being verbally committed to Stanford.

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