2018 SEC Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

2018 SEC Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

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2018 SEC Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings


How did the SEC teams stack up with their respective recruiting classes? Who had the strongest-looking haul of talent, and who struggled a bit?


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2018 SEC Recruiting Class Rankings

It was an interesting recruiting season thanks to all of the coaching changes.

With Florida, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Arkansas all undergoing regime changes, they had to do what they could to put together a decent class, while the big boys up top rocked and rolled.

So how do the 2018 SEC recruiting classes stack up? Here’s how the rankings are figured out.

1) Bulk. Who gets the most talent? Sometimes, getting lots of good prospects is better than getting a few great ones.

2) Superstars. Yeah, getting the elite guys matters. Who got the supposedly best players?

3) The needs and hole filling. How do the programs manage to do what’s needed to get their types of players, at least compared to the others in the conference?

When it comes to these rankings, it’s all about what range you’re in. Obviously, one or two breakthrough players here and there change up everything.

14. Arkansas Razorbacks

Chad Morris simply had no time to work. That didn’t stop him from going after just about everyone – and not landing the big fish – but this class will simply be a part of a bigger puzzle that gets put together over the next year. The defensive backs are good, and Connor Noland might get the honor of putting up a bajillion yards in the Morris offense, but there’s not enough bulk overall.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

13. Vanderbilt Commodores

As always, Vanderbilt doesn’t quite compete with most of the league when it comes to getting top prospects. However, it was able to bring in a few good players who can shine at an SEC level, including LB Alston Orji and WR Camron Johnson. It’s not a deep class, though, so head coach Derek Mason has to hit on the guys he landed.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

12. Missouri Tigers

There’s almost no star power, and outside of DE Daniel Parker and LB Chad Bailey, there aren’t any big-time prospects to get excited about, but Mizzou has numbers. It’s bringing in a big class of receivers, three quick Tiger-type backs, and a whole slew of linebackers who can move. Next year will have to bring the beef to the defensive interior, and finding more quarterback options will be a must. However, signing LSU transfer QB Lindsey Scott Jr. might turn into an under-the-radar get.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

11. Ole Miss Rebels

Did the sanctions and all the issues matter to the Rebel recruiting class? Not really. Ole Miss missed out on several good prospects who were on various lists, but it was able to sign QB Matt Corrall out of California, along with several receivers for him to work with in the near-future. On the defensive side, it’s all about the interior linemen, Matt Luke signed a few JUCO types to roll right away, some quick athletes to develop, and everything in between.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

10. Kentucky Wildcats

It’s okay, not great. Mark Stoops was able to bring in a starting guard in Marquan McCall, and signing safety Stanley Garner was nice, but there aren’t enough top-shelf prospects. The receivers are strong, two kickers were signed, and there are plenty of offensive linemen, but as always, Stoops and UK are going after speed and athletes, and then figure it all out from there.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

9. Tennessee Volunteers

Yeah, Jeremy Pruitt didn’t have any time to work, but it’s still a great class for what he was able to do. The defensive front gets the stars, especially on the ends starting with Greg Emerson and Jordan Allen. But a big point was made that the team needed to upgrade everything in a reboot of the program. With a year to work, the big-time players will start coming in. As is, though, this was a great first step with a lot to build on.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

8. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Credit Dan Mullen for setting the wheels in motion, and for Joe Moorhead for finishing it off. Now, the idea of being part of the new offense is really, really enticing, and it’s going to be better next year. For now, landing Devonta Jason and Malik Heath is a coup for a loaded haul of receivers, and Jalen Mayden might just be the quarterback of the near future – at least in 2019. There’s not much for the offensive line, but the defensive front got a boost for the interior.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

7. Florida Gators

There isn’t a whole lot of waste – just about every signing is strong. Dan Mullen was able to do enough to keep most prospects who were interested, and land a few key players late like WR Jacob Copeland – apparently, against his mom’s wishes – and flipped QB Emory Jones from Ohio State. There isn’t a lot of bulk, but there’s a little something for every spot. More than anything else, though, Mullen showed that with a year to work, look out for the next class.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

6. Texas A&M Aggies

Jimbo Fisher wasn’t able to land the elite of the elite recruits, but he rallied to get a whole lot of really good ones on National Signing Day, highlighted by RB Jashaun Corbin, S Leon O’Neal and DE Jeremiah Martin. There’s help for the receiving corps and the O line, but the bulk for the defensive interior and the defensive backs need to come in next year.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

Shhhhhhh, but it’s really, really good. Everyone will be gushing over Georgia’s class, and Alabama’s is great – as always – but Will Muschamp came up with a tremendous haul to make the Gamecocks even more competitive in the East. Getting DT Rick Sandidge on National Signing Day brings in the likely anchor for the near future, and the infrastructure is being built with a few excellent offensive linemen. As is it’s a great class, but throw in QB Dakereon Joyner and WR Josh Vann, and it’s really, really strong.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

4. LSU Tigers

There wasn’t a lot of fanfare, mostly because all the work was done in December. It wasn’t necessarily a calculated goal – there were a few big misses on National Signing Day – but Ed Orgeron and his staff got the job done early. Landing Ja’Marr Chase late, to add to the receiving corps highlighted by Terrace Marshall, was the icing on the cake. Along with the receivers, throw in the great defensive tackles and next-level offensive linemen, and there’s a lot to like.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

3. Auburn Tigers

There might be a lot to like at several positions, but the shiny skill guys will get the most attention. Running backs Asa Martin and Shaun Shivers each bring something a little different, the receivers are good, and Joey Gatewood might just be the 2019 starting quarterback. More than anything, Gus Malzahn brought on a lot of versatility, a lot of athletes, and speed, speed, speed.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

Oh boo hoo. So Alabama didn’t get the No. 1 class. It brought in so much talent last year there wasn’t a whole lot of room for more young stars – whatever.

It’s Alabama. There an unfair group of defensive ends coming in, and the defensive backs might be even better. CB Patrick Surtain Jr. is a future NFL starter, Jaylen Waddle is a future NFL receiver, Eyabi Anoma is a future NFL pass rusher, Saivion Smith is a future NFL safety, and there’s more future NFL talent sure to come from any one of a number of other elite signings.

So no, it’s not the Georgia class, and it’s not last year’s Crimson Tide haul, but  everything is okay. Really.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

1. Georgia Bulldogs

As least in terms of projections and predictions, it’s one of the greatest recruiting classes in Georgia history. Kirby Smart started the fun by landing RB Zamir White, kept it rolling with the commitment from Justin Fields, and it just didn’t stop.

Even after owning the Early Signing Period with offensive linemen Cade Mays and Jamaree Sayler, the machine kept on rolling with CB Tyson Campbell coming in and flipping LB Otis Reese from Michigan on National Signing Day.

The scary part? The Bulldogs signed on next-level offensive players, superstar linebackers, and future starters for the offensive line, and the strength of the loaded class might just be the defensive ends or defensive backs.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

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