Ranking the SEC signing classes

February 4, 2010 

National rankings are based on average by Rivals.com and Scout.com.

1. FLORIDA

NATIONAL RANK: 1

STAR OF CLASS: DE Ronald Powell, Moreno Valley, Calif.

THE BUZZ: Urban Meyer's uncertain status? Gators still landed nation's consensus top class, and, according to ESPNU, four of nation's top 10 recruits, and 11 of top 50.

2. AUBURN

NATIONAL RANK: 3.5

STAR OF CLASS: RB Michael Dyer, Little Rock, Ark.

THE BUZZ: The Tigers clearly out-punted their coverage, considering what they signed after an 8-5 season.

3. ALABAMA

NATIONAL RANK: 3.5

STAR OF CLASS: DB DeMarcus Milliner, Millbrook, Ala.

THE BUZZ: Milliner could start right away, while QB Phillip Sims could eventually start, and the rest of the class certainly includes future pros.

4. LSU

NATIONAL RANK: 7

STAR OF CLASS: ATH Spencer Ware, Cincinnati, Ohio

THE BUZZ: Tigers went out of state for Ware and other studs, but overall signed a typically deep and athletic class.

5. TENNESSEE

NATIONAL RANK: 12

STAR OF CLASS: WR Da'Rick Rogers, Calhoun, Ga.

THE BUZZ: Derek Dooley held on to most of former coach Lane Kiffin's recruits, and stole a few from other programs, including Rogers from Georgia.

6. MISSISSIPPI

NATIONAL RANK: 15.5

STAR OF CLASS: WR Vincent Sanders, Macon, Miss.

THE BUZZ: The Rebels had a good finish, ending up with a number of good athletes, including 6-foot-8 defensive end Wayne Dorsey.

7. GEORGIA

NATIONAL RANK: 18.5

STAR OF CLASS: S Alec Ogletree, Newnan, Ga.

THE BUZZ: The Bulldogs tumbled after being on the bad end of some late switches, and uncharacteristically lost a bunch of in-state kids.

8. SOUTH CAROLINA

NATIONAL RANK: 29.5

STAR OF CLASS: RB Marcus Lattimore, Duncan

THE BUZZ: It's not the most highly rated Steve Spurrier class, but it has a stud running back and six offensive linemen, filling the program's top needs.

9. MISSISSIPPI STATE

NATIONAL RANK: 38

STAR OF CLASS: OL Damien Robinson, Olive Branch, Miss.

THE BUZZ: The Bulldogs signed 19 in-state players, five from bordering states and the remaining two from Texas.

10. ARKANSAS

NATIONAL RANK: 42

STAR OF CLASS: DL Byran Jones, Junction City, Ark.

THE BUZZ: Razorbacks signed a bunch of linemen, including Jones, who on signing day was the state's top uncommitted player left.

11. KENTUCKY

NATIONAL RANK: 47.5

STAR OF CLASS: TE Alex Smith, Cincinnati

THE BUZZ: New coach Joker Phillips only signed three in-state players, compared to five from South Carolina and seven from Georgia.

12. VANDERBILT

NATIONAL RANK: 57.5

STAR OF CLASS: RB Rajaan Bennett, Powder Springs, Ga.

THE BUZZ: Still bottom of the league, but experts believe this is coach Bobby Johnson's best in nine years at Vanderbilt.

- Compiled by Seth Emerson

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