5 SEC West Recruits You Need To Know

Posted Feb 1, 2012

Every SEC West team's five new recruits you need to know.

Recruiting 2012 

5 SEC West Recruits To Care About

Recruiting 2012

CFN Top Prospects for 2012
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties  

- 2012 Recruiting - SEC East 5 Recruits You Need To Know

Top 5 Alabama Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. LB Reggie Ragland
6-2, 245, Scout.com 1st ranked, five-star middle linebacker. Ragland is big athlete and reminds many people of former Alabama Butkus Award winner Rolando McClain. He has excellent size, speed and very physical. He is recruited to play middle linebacker. He does a great job filling the hole and reading plays. He needs to improve his lateral quickness and staying consistent. - Andrew Bone, Southeast Recruiting Analyst

2. S Landon Collins
6-0, 180, Scout.com 2nd ranked, five-star safety. A big, physical safety, Collins looks like a linebacker on the field, but he is good in coverage. While's he's capable of covering the deep third and breaking up passes, it's his closing on the ball carrier in run support and big hits that make him stand out the most on the field. A big hitter, he doesn't sacrifice position or the sure play trying to make the big play. An early impact player.

3. WR Cyrus Jones
5-10, 185, Scout.com 6th ranked, five-star receiver. Jones has superior ability in making cuts and reading blocks, excellent acceleration and elusiveness and flat-out speed when running the ball consistently on a jet sweep. At cornerback, he has closing speed and is willing to deliver a big hit. The biggest question is whether Jones has the size to play running back, if he best as a receiver, or even a cornerback.

4. S Eddie Williams
6-4, 205, Scout.com 3rd ranked, four-star safety.

5. RB T.J. Yeldon
6-1, 215, Scout.com 8th ranked, four-star running back. In 2011, 232 rushes for 2,193 yards and 31 touchdowns; 19 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown. The senior completed five of eight passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Top 5 Arkansas Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. RB Jonathan Williams
5-11, 205, Scout.com 20th ranked, four-star running back. Williams has solid size and has good speed. He does a great job of hitting the hole hard, is even better at cutting back and finding the holes in the defense. Shows some surprisingly good shake in the open field for a bigger back and is more than willing to finish off his runs, planting defenders on their backs.

2. DE Deatrich Wise
6-5, 220, Scout.com 31st ranked, four-star defensive end. He is a grimy, hard-working defensive end with the reach and tenacity of a top-tier baller. He fires off the ball quickly and is excellent putting pressure on the quarterback or tracking down ball carriers. Big long, strong kid, with hands like vise grips. Will need to add at least 20 pounds but the tools are all there. He will pursue plays until the whistle blows.

3. DE Taiwan Johnson
6-3, 230, Scout.com 34th ranked, four-star defensive end. Looking for a pass rush? Well, Johnson is your guy and the Arkansas coaches have landed one of the best in the Lone Star State. Big factor here is that Johnson is not a loose cannon in pursuit of quarterbacks. He plays under control and uses great technique. He works well with his hands to get off the blocks. Johnson runs fast for a player his size and once he makes contact, he will lay the wood.

4. WR Keon Hatcher
6-1, 195, Scout.com 46th ranked, four-star receiver. Hatcher is a talented physical specimen. He is big and can really run. It takes him little time to hit full stride and he gets out of his breaks low and with authority. He can make plays down the field, but is best working defenders over with nasty route running abilities. He can beat you to the outside or he can work you over in the middle of the field.

5. WR Courtney Gardner
6-3, 215, Scout.com four-star JUCO transfer.

Top 5 Auburn Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. CB Josh Holsey
5-10, 173, Scout.com 12th ranked, four-star cornerback. Holsey has good feet, nice change of direction, very good speed, and hands like a top wide receiver. He really closes on the ball well and always aware of what is going on in the secondary. He plays safety in high school, but he is a straight corner on the next level. He needs to get stronger, work on his press coverage skills, and continue to develop as a true corner. He has great speed, hands, and play-making skills.

2. QB Zeke Pike
6-6, 225, Scout.com 16th ranked, four-star quarterback. Pike has excellent size, but he is not a statue. He can move and throw on the run very well. He has the arm to make all the throws and easily gets the ball down field. Having only started one season, he just needs to gain experience and improve on some of the little things like going through progressions and making quick reads. From a physical standpoint, he has it all and he's a hard worker who has put the time in towards getting better.

3. TE Ricky Parks
6-4, 231, Scout.com 5th ranked, four-star tight end. What an athlete Parks is. He spent his junior season at QB because of his athleticism, but he will move back to tight end on the next level. He will be a threat to get down the field and he is also a guy that could flex out. He has the size and speed to create mismatches. He will need to work on his blocking, getting off jams, and route running when he settles back in at tight end. He has a very high ceiling.

4. LB Cassanova McKinzy
6-3, 233, Scout.com 10th ranked, four-star middle linebacker.

5. DT Tyler Nero
6-2, 285, Scout.com 11th ranked, four-star defensive tackle.

Top 5 LSU Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. CB Derrick Raymond
6-0, 166, Scout.com 13th ranked, four-star cornerback. Raymond is corner with a nice blend of size, speed, and flexibility. He has long arms, so that is a plus right away. He also has speed, pure speed and that shows out of his breaks and when he is in recovery mode. He is a little light and he needs to play with more physicality, but his body will continue to develop and that will come. He is a cover guy first who can make plays.

2. LB Kwon Alexander
6-2, 210, Scout.com 3rd ranked, four-star outside linebacker. Alexander tore his ACL early in his senior season, so he will be coming off injury when he gets to college, but before that, he was one of the best at his position. He can play sideline to sideline and he is very good in space. When he tackles, he tackles with force, and he tackles through the opponent. He still needs to gain weight, get bigger, and fill out physically. Speed, agility, and play-making skills are there.

3. TE John Thomas
6-5, 245, Scout.com 3rd ranked, four-star tight end.

4. OG Vadal Alexander
6-6, 310, Scout.com 11th ranked, four-star guard. Alexander is a strong offensive lineman who could play guard or tackle on the next level. He may be best on the inside, but he is versatile. He is a good drive blocker, he does a good job with hand placement, and he keeps his feet under him nicely. He can improve his flexibility, his feet in pass protection, and his pad level off the ball. Guard is where Scout sees his most upside.

5. DE Danielle Hunter
6-4, 220, Scout.com 14th ranked, four-star defensive end. As a junior, Hunter showed that he had the raw upside to be one of the most highly recruited defensive linemen in the state, and he built on that his senior season, becoming much more of a complete defensive lineman. He is extremely quick off the ball and is relentless, whether he is making a play in the backfield or chasing plays 20 yards down field. It is scary to think what he will turn in to down the road when he gets to college.

Top 5 Mississippi State Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. DE Denico Autry
6-5, 250, Scout.com five-star JUCO transfer. At this stage of his career Autry is a pass rushing specialist. He has a quick first step and a strong spin move that gets him into the backfield quickly. With his long lean frame, he's not as strong against the run as he is rushing the passer, but he has the frame to keep getting stronger and heavier without costing himself his quickness. He may actually get quicker as he gets stronger to improve his core strength

2. DT Quay Evans
6-5, 250, Scout.com 3rd ranked, five-star defensive tackle. Evans is lightning fast off the ball. He's too quick to pull a guard away from him, because he'll break up the play in the backfield. Outstanding body lean and change of direction. He is constantly in the backfield and ball carriers have a hard time sidestepping him because of his abiltiy to drop his shoulders and turn. He plays with outstanding strength and leverage. Does a good job of keeping blockers off of his legs.

3. DT Nick James
6-5, 335, Scout.com 12th ranked, four-star defensive tackle. A big DT for his Long Beach team, James gets a tremendous burst off the ball. He has good flexibility though he tends to pop up out of his stance too often. Will need to learn to keep his pads down and blockers off of his chest and legs. He has a good motor and will chase plays to the sideline. His quick first step makes it hard for one blocker to handle him. More lower body strength should improve his change of direction.

4. CB Will Redmond
6-0, 176, Scout.com 19th ranked, four-star cornerback. Redmond is an athlete that could play corner or possibly receiver on the next level. His most upside is at corner because of his long arms, his ball skills, and the way he anticipates back in the secondary. He still needs to improve his play closer to the line of scrimmage, add weight to his frame, and react a little quicker when the ball is in the air. He has the skill-set to be a very good corner in college.

5. OT Charles Siddoway
6-6, 300, Scout.com three-star JUCO transfer. Signed with Cal out of Sheldon (Or.) High School. Will have two years to play two following the 2011 football season.

Top 5 Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. DE Channing Ward
6-4, 265, Scout.com 8th ranked five-star defensive end. Undersized at defensive end but with a good frame to grow, Ward makes up for his lack of bulk and strength with his athleticism and excellent technique coming off the ball. He rarely lets a blocker get into his chest and uses his hands well to set up a rip or swim move to effortlessly get around a blocker. He needs to work on getting stronger and more flexible, but he has a knack for beating the man in front of him that's uncanny.

2. QB Bo Wallace
6-5, 210, Scout.com three-star JUCO transfer. A big quarterback with a quick release underneath, Wallace excels in his 4-Wide spread formation with quick throws on slants, screens, and swing passes. His accuracy suffers a bit as the throws get longer, but he has the arm strength to hit all areas of the field. While not a runner, he shows good mobility within the pocket and scrambling to keep a play alive. Rarely rattled under pressure and keeps his eyes downfield -

3. DT Isaac Gross
6-2, 250, Scout.com 25th ranked three-star defensive tackle. Gross has a knack for getting out of his stance and getting into gaps quickly. Issac is a leader in both word and deed and plays the game with a lot of passion. He takes getting beat personally and works hard to get even the very next snap. With his size and body style, he will play the three technique on the next level. He could possibly play on the nose if necessary. He has the toughness to handle the rigors of inside play

4. OT Pierce Burton
6-7, 290, Scout.com three-star JUCO transfer.

5. RB I'tavius Mathers
6-0, 195, Scout.com 35th ranked, three-star running back. Rushed for 2,614 yards and 31 touchdowns during the 2010 season. He was named the state of Tennessee's Gatorade Player of the Year and Old Spice Player of the Year. He also won the District and County MVP award.

Top 5 Texas A&M Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. RB Trey Williams
5-8, 180, Scout.com 3rd ranked, five-star running back. Williams is a home-run threat with the ball in his hands. He has excellent change of direction, acceleration, and top end speed. He's a small back, but he's tough. He isn't afraid to run into the middle of a pile between the tackles or stick his head into a blitzing defender in pass protection. He doesn't run with power, but he does run with toughness. He's outstanding in the open field and adept at finding the holes in defense.

2. QB Matt Davis
6-1, 211, Scout.com 6th ranked, four-star quarterback. After missing his junior season Davis continued to progress on the field as a senior. He is a dual-threat quarterback. He throws well on the run and has big play potential. Offensively, Matt has poise and a sense of confidence that is rare in a high school player. He is a winner and he makes everyone around him better. His accuracy suffers when he does not get his feet set, but that will improve with more protection and confidence.

3. OG Germain Ifedi
6-6, 315, Scout.com 15th ranked, four-star guard. Ifedi is a mammoth high school guard. He has long arms, and initiates contact first on many occasions. If he is able to lock on to a defender, then you can forget about it, he is going to end the play with a pancake. He is extremely good at drive blocking but still needs to work on his footwork when he is pass protection. Eventhough he does play guard in high school he could end up being a college tackle.

4. CB De'Vante Harris
5-11, 160, Scout.com 16th ranked four-star cornerback. Harris is not a big-bodied corner, but he is not afraid to come up and get physical and play a receiver step for step. He can turn and run if he is not successful on the jam and is hard to gain separation on. He is athletic and has good hands. His size makes it tougher for him to get off of blocks and make plays against the run.

5. S Kenneth Marshall
6-0, 190, Scout.com 20th ranked, four-star safety. A bit inconsistent but when he is on, he takes over a game. High energy player who plays with a lot of enthusiasm, often times getting up and pumping his fist in the air after a tackle. Does a great job of finding the ball and avoiding blocks to get there. High upside.

- 2012 Recruiting - SEC East 5 Recruits You Need To Know