It was a slow day for South Carolina on the recruiting trail given that most of the Gamecocks work was done in the early signing period, but there was plenty of movement at other spots in the SEC so let’s take a look at the winners and losers in the rest of the conference.
There’s not much left to say about this recruiting class. The Bulldogs locked up the No. 1 ranking for the 2018 season and one of the best recruiting classes in the history of the rankings on Wednesday by getting pledges from five-star cornerback Tyson Campbell, four-star wide receiver Tommy Bush and four-star linebackers Otis Reese and Quay Walker.
The Aggies and new head coach Jimbo Fisher got commitments from five four-star players Wednesday, including one (DT Bobby Brown) who had been committed to Alabama and one (OL Tank Jenkins) who looked to be headed to Auburn.
The Gators got off to a slow start Wednesday but closed with four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland and four-star defensive end Malik Langham to end up with the fourth-ranked class in the SEC in Dan Mullen’s first class as head coach.
Admittedly, we’re grading Alabama on a tough curve here but after winning the mythical recruiting title seven straight years, finishing No. 7 in the nation is a drop off. The Crimson Tide lost four-star wide receiver Justyn Ross to Clemson, Walker to Georgia and Brown to the Aggies. They did get five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr.
Through much of the recruiting cycle, it looked like the Tigers were going to get Surtain Jr. Instead, he went to their most-hated rival. Ed Orgeron’s chief selling point has been that he’s an elite recruiter. If he’s not that anymore, what exactly is he?
It’s probably not fair to lump the Volunteers in this group considering new head coach Jeremy Pruitt had less time than anyone to put together his class and more fires to put out because of Tennessee’s terrible coaching search, but the visual of Walker putting on a UT hat and then flinging it down before picking Georgia was not great for the Vols’ image.
SEC Recruiting Rankings
By 247Sports.com’s composite system:
1. Georgia (No. 1 nationally)
2. Alabama (No. 7)
3. Auburn (No. 12)
4. Florida (No. 14)
5. LSU (No. 15)
6. Texas A&M (No. 17)
7. South Carolina (No. 19)
8. Tennessee (No. 20)
9. Mississippi State (No. 27)
10. Ole Miss (No. 30)
11. Kentucky (No. 37)
12. Vanderbilt (No. 41)
13. Missouri (No. 42)
14. Arkansas (No. 54)