By Tyler Fenwick @Ty_Fenwick on July 4, 2014
You want some shocking news? The SEC is going to be getting some delicious talent in its 2015 classes. I sincerely hope that didn't actually come as a shock to you. But you know what? It's still pretty early, so I guess you can't safely bet on much yet. Here are the top 10 players in the 2015 class being targeted by an SEC school(s).
All rankings courtesy of 247sports.com.
Top SEC Targeting: Alabama, Auburn
First of all, I hope you're ready for the Alabama/Auburn duo that's about to bombard you. Daron Payne has a whole season of high school football and then another offseason to grow into his frame properly. I think we're talking about a monster of a defensive tackle as is, but if he can grow into himself, then you should really watch out.
Top SEC Targeting: Auburn, Tennessee
Torrance Gibson's decision, as a dual-threat quarterback, is going to be an incredibly difficult one, but not a very limited one by any stretch of the imagination. Gibson is leaning towards Auburn at the moment but could also easily wind up playing for Tennessee next season. Either way, someone is getting a ridiculous talent.
Top SEC Targeting: Florida, Alabama, Auburn
The intangibles are definitely there for the nation's fourth-ranked strong-side defensive end; so long as he works on his frame/size and athleticism, the next couple years of Cowart's career are going to be great. It looks like he'll be spending those couple years with the Florida Gators.
Top SEC Targeting: Texas A&M, Alabama
Malik Jefferson has some improvement to make at the outside linebacker position, but his ceiling seemingly has no end in sight. That's what has these top programs excited.
Top SEC Targeting: Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU
The nation's No. 3 cornerback has a tough decision ahead of him, but it looks like he'll be choosing to play with Texas A&M when this journey comes to a close. The Aggies, should they indeed win it here, would be getting a load of speed to couple with incredible ball skills.
Top SEC Targeting: LSU
Iman Marshall is probably the least likely of any of these guys to actually end up at an SEC school, as he will probably end up at USC. If he does pick an SEC school, though, it will be LSU. Marshall brings a wide variety of talent at cornerback and could probably be used all over the field.
Top SEC Targeting: Florida, Auburn, Alabama
Martez Ivey is by far the nation's best offensive tackle and arguably the best offensive lineman. And it's no wonder why once you see the kid play. Fortunately for the Gators, it looks like they'll be the ones to land him.
Top SEC Targeting: Florida, Alabama, Auburn
It looks like the Florida Gators will be cashing in on CeCe Jefferson, too. Jefferson, the country's third-ranked strong-side defensive end, is probably going to one of those guys who makes it look so easy and effortless out there.
Top SEC Targeting: Georgia, Tennessee
The nation's No. 1 weak-side defensive end really isn't swaying in any direction quite yet. It doesn't seem incredibly likely that he'll end up with an SEC program, but if he does, Tennessee and Georgia are right there in the mix. Sweat's speed and athleticism would serve him very well on an SEC field.
Top SEC Targeting: Georgia, Auburn, Alabama
Trent Thompson is widely considered to be the nation's top recruit at any position in the 2015 class, and he's Georgia's to lose right now. Thompson will hit you hard and fluently right away when he bounces off the line. He's going to make a home in opponents' backfields next season.
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