Way Too Early Top 5 SEC 2015 Recruiting Classes
Top 5 2015 SEC Recruiting Classes
The Class of 2015 has gotten off to a fast start for several SEC teams. In the midst of a generation of players that enjoy the drama of Signing Day surprises, some highly-rated prospects have locked it down early.
Whether it was a "dream school" offer, the desire to concentrate on their senior season or to curb the year-long haranguing that accompanies college football recruiting, this decision must certainly please their future coaches and fans. It answers early questions, and it allows the coaching staff to concentrate on other positions of need. The player, in turn, can also use camp visits and social media to recruit other players to join him.
An early commitment is not binding and, of course, some of these players could have a change of heart. Getting caught up in the moment does happen and players pull the trigger too early. Realizing that the distance from home is too much or the commitment of another top-rated prospect at the same position can cause a decommitment at any point up to Signing Day. After all, these are teenagers, and the pressure on them is immense.
Despite the non-binding nature of the verbal commitment, SEC fans cannot help but get excited when a big-name prospect joins the fold. That excitement breaks the doldrums of the offseason waiting game and adds further fuel to the "next year is our year" fire.
Here are the the top five 2015 recruiting classes in the SEC so far.
5. Georgia Bulldogs
The Georgia Bulldogs have four 2015 commitments to date, the most recent of which is Chauncey Rivers. Rivers is a defensive end from Atlanta with the capability to provide a Jarvis Jones-type presence on the field. The headliner is highly-rated athlete Terry Godwin of Hogansville, GA. Godwin is a versatile player who could line up on either side of the ball and on special teams.
Christian Owens (Griffin, GA) is a tall receiver who could get early playing time and Rico McGraw (Nashville, TN) surprised many by committing to the Bulldogs early. McGraw is a speedy defensive back who defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt had already contacted from his days in Tallahassee, and when Pruitt joined the Bulldog staff, McGraw was in the fold soon thereafter.
4. Tennessee Volunteers
Butch Jones has proven himself to be a phenomenal recruiter, and 2015 seems to be no exception. The Tennessee Volunteers also have seven commitments, including highly-ranked wide receiver Preston Williams (Hampton, GA) and defensive end Andrew Butcher (Alpharetta, GA). In-state prospects Jack Jones and Zach Stewart pledged to Tennessee last spring, and will provide much needed depth on the offensive line once they get to campus.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Alabama Crimson Tide is rolling into 2015 quite nicely. With the commitment of defensive end Anfernee Jennings this week, that brings Alabama's total to eight so far. Nick Saban is reloading his defense with Jennings and three other defensive commitments, including Mekhi Brown of Columbus, GA; Brown is the top defensive end in the nation, according to Rivals.com.
Offensive linemen Lester Cotton (Tuscaloosa, AL) and Dallas Warmack (Atlanta, GA) will look to continue the Alabama's dominance of the line of scrimmage. Warmack has big shoes to fill, as his older brother, Chance Warmack, was an All-American guard and won three BCS titles from 2009-12.
2. Texas A&M Aggies
The Texas A&M Aggies have nabbed nine commitments, including four this winter. Headlining this impressive haul is defensive tackle Daylon Mack of Gladewater, TX. Mack is 6-foot-2, 307 pounds and is reported to run a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash. That speed and size will have pads cracking in College Station, where the defense has been suspect at times.
Kevin Sumlin also received welcome news prior to the 2013 season when sought-after running back Rodney Anderson (Katy, TX) pledged to the Aggies. Also joining Anderson before the 2013 season was tight end Jordan Davis and running back Jay Bradford, two highly-rated Texans who look to keep the Aggies in the SEC title hunt for years to come.
1. LSU Tigers
The LSU Tigers always have a strong recruiting class, especially with the talent in Louisiana. However, the top two commitments of their nine for 2015 have come from elsewhere. Offensive lineman Maea Teuhema (Keller, TX) and cornerback Kevin Tolliver II (Jacksonville, FL) are the top rated players in their state, according to Rivals.com.
Teuhema is a 6-foot-5, 335 pound giant who fits the mold of LSU's power running game. Tolliver looks to carry on the tradition of strong secondary play in Baton Rouge, where first-round NFL draft picks seem to grow on trees. Running back Nicholas Brossette (Baton Rouge, LA) and defensive end Isaiah Washington (New Orleans, LA) have decided to stay at home and could push for playing time in their freshman seasons.