5 SEC West Recruits You Need To Know

Posted Feb 7, 2013

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

Recruiting 2013 

5 SEC West Recruits To Care About

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- Alabama | Signing Class

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1. LB Reuben Foster
No. 1 middle linebacker, five stars

There are not many weaknesses in Foster's game. He is an elite linebacker that attacks the football and he plays with speed from sideline to sideline. He is an instinctive linebacker that can move side to side with great quickness. He doesn't have a lot of experience in pass coverage, so he'll have to improve in that area, but overall, there are not many better. He made an early impact in high school and I expect the same in college.

2. DT A'Shawn Robinson
No. 1 defensive tackle, five stars

Could realistically play on either side of the ball in college, which just speaks to his overall athletic ability. He already has great size and long arms. He is quick off of the snap and powerful. As a defensive tackle he redirects the lineman and makes things happen in the backfield. He commands a double or sometimes even a triple team. On offense, he is a road grader. He uses his long arms and powerful base to drive guys off of the ball.

3. TE O.J. Howard
No. 1 tight end, five stars

Howard is a very athletic tight end. He can run, he really makes adjustments on the ball well, and he has a lot of room to get better. He does not face true competition in high school, so making the move to the SEC will be something to watch. He needs to add muscles mass, improve his blocking technique, and just continue to play physical. He will be a real threat down the field and could create mis-matches on the next level.

4. RB Derrick Henry
No. 4 running back, five stars

Henry is an elite athlete that is bigger than most running backs in today's game. He is very productive, he pulls away from defenders, and he runs with good vision. He is a back that runs upright and he needs to run with more power behind his pads, but he does run through a lot of arm tackles, and is very good about keeping his legs moving until the end of the play. He is explosive and he has very good speed for a back his size.

5. DE Jonathan Allen
No. 3 defensive end, five stars

He wears a lot of different hats as an OLB, DT and DT. Not to mention he is one of the best special teams players in the country. He is a freakish athlete. He is quick off the snap and has a good repertoire of pass rush moves, if they don't work he will out muscle, out run or jump over you. He is as tenacious as they come. Some guys make tackles, he finishes tackles. Very good awareness, can drop in coverage, stuff the run or get after the QB.

- Arkansas | Signing Class

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1. RB Alex Collins
No. 3 running back, five stars

Collins burst onto the scene in his first year of organized football as a junior. He has a rare combination of size, speed, and acceleration. Collins is a capable of taking it to the house every time he touches it. Great vision for a 'young' ball carrier and he has outstanding balance. Plays other sports including lacrosse. Needs to work on the finer points of the position including his blocking ability.

2. QB Austin Allen
No. 30 quarterback, four stars

Allen has a very good feel for the game at quarterback. He is a coach's son and it shows. He has very good pocket awareness, he does a nice job of scanning the field, and he can make plays with his arm and his legs. He is a pure passer with above average size and an above average arm. His release is a little low, but he gets rid of the ball quickly. He has shown the ability to throw short, intermediate, and deep passes.

3. OG Denver Kirkland
No. 5 guard, four stars

Kirkland is a versatile offensive lineman. He plays tackle in high school and he could stay there, but he could easily slide inside to guard on the next level. He has very good feet, he chops them well, and he is a strong run blocker. He may be best in space because of his ability to move and get down the field. He can improve on his pad level, coming off the ball a little lower, and controlling his opponent with more consistency.

4. TE Hunter Henry
No. 4 tight end, four stars

Henry is used more as a weapon down the field in high school. He can flex out and create a real mismatch, so he will need to work on playing off the tackle, becoming a stronger blocker, and just becoming more of a force in the trenches. Down the field and off the ball, he has everything that you look for. He can run, he has very good hands, he has great body control, and he is very athletic.

5. OT Dan Skipper
No. 32 tackle, three stars

- Auburn | Signing Class

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1. DT Montravius Adams
No. 3 defensive tackle, five stars

Adams has a very good first step off the ball and he shows explosion consistently when you see him in action. He is still raw when it comes to technique. He can work on his pad level and his hand placement, but overall, he is about as impressive as they come on the defensive line. He has the size, athleticism, and motor that you would want to coach at a top program.

2. DE Carl Lawson
No. 7 defensive end, four stars

Lawson is a very energetic player on the football field. He plays with a high motor and he makes those around him better. One of his biggest strengths is his quickness off the ball. He comes off the ball low, he fires off the ball quickly, and he gets to the quarterback in a hurry. He also has very good strength and he plays at a good pad level. He is better as a push rusher at this time, but solid against the run.

3. DE Elijah Daniel
No. 9 defensive end, four stars

Athletic enough that he plays outside linebacker for Avon, Daniel has the size to play a strong side end in college. He is remarkably light on his feet and shows a good change of direction in space. He is strong enough to take on most offensive lineman, even with his experience being mostly at linebacker. Daniel has quick hands and will be a fast study on the defensive line. His size/athleticism is outstanding.

4. DT Ben Bradley
JUCO transfer, four stars

Played nose tackle as a freshman this past season for the Blue Dragons, posting 39 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack. Bradley is on pace to graduate in May of 2013 and will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

5. QB Nick Marshall
JUCO transfer, four stars

Marshall is an outstanding athlete who could be a standout at wide receiver or safety because of his size, speed, and change of direction. He's a home run threat running the ball from the quarterback position. He has a very strong arm to keep the defense honest, but his release and mechanics keep him from being a consistent passer. He's a good enough passer to keep defenses from stacking the line, opening up running lanes.

- LSU | Signing Class

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1. DT Greg Gilmore
No. 5 defensive tackle, five stars

Gilmore is a versatile defensive lineman that can spin off offensive tackles or bull-rush interior linemen to get to the quarterback. He is could play inside or outside on the next level, but he will likely grow into an athletic defensive tackle. He needs to continue to get stronger, specially in the upper-body, and he needs to play with better consistent pad level. He moves well laterally, he has quick feet, and good potential.

2. OT Ethan Pocic
No. 4 offensive tackle, four stars

3. DE Frank Herron
No. 5 defensive end, five stars

Herron is a big defensive end who could play strongside in a 4-3 or even defensive tackle. He could also play end in a 3-4 as he'll likely push 300 pounds in college. He has a lighting fast first step and good pursuit speed to chase down plays from the backside. He's quick enough to split a double team and strong enough to overpower a single offensive tackle. Will refine his technique with experience.

4. CB Tre'Davious White
No. 6 cornerback, four stars

White is an explosive athlete who will play some special teams on the next level as a return man, but he will be best at cornerback. He has good length, he has great short-space quickness, and he has that burst out of his breaks that you look for in elite cover guys. He can still improve his mass and strength as well as his one-on-one tackling, but he has great ability and a high ceiling.

5. QB Hayden Rettig
No. 19 quarterback, four stars

After missing most of his junior year with a knee injury, Rettig learned to watch the game closer and pick up on the mental side of it more. He's got a good strong arm and good size, but his decision making was lacking at times. That said, this spring, you saw better decision making in 7on7. His knee seems to be 100%.

- Ole Miss | Signing Class

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1. DE Robert Nkemdiche
No.1 defensive end, five stars

Running Back skill set in a 6-4, 260-pound frame, Nkemdiche has uncommon strength and power to go along with feet quick enough that he could be a viable RB prospect. He's strong enough to manhandle an offensive tackle and quick enough to run by him and chase down a ball carrier from behind. He has good flexibility allowing him to get low and change direction like he was on rails. Physically impressive with dominating production.

2. OT Laremy Tunsil
No. 1 offensive tackle, five stars

Tunsil is the prototypical offensive tackle when you visualize an elite prospect at that position. He has the height, he has very long arms, he has great flexibility, and he plays very light on his feet. He is one that can pull from his tackle position, he is a strong strong blocker, and he moves well in pass protection. He needs to improve his initial punch and extending his arms as well as building his up strength.

3. S Antonio Conner
No. 3 safety, five stars

Conner has played both sides of the ball much of his career and although he could play offense on the next level, his home will be on defense at safety. He is a true safety that can tackle in the open field, pick passes off, and support the run. He is a physical player that will see the field early in college. He will need to work on his coverage awareness and understand that part of the game, but he has all the tools you look for.

4. WR Laquon Treadwell
No. 5 receiver, five stars

A big receiver who uses his body well to shield defenders, Treadwell elevates well in traffic and does a good job getting into and out of his routes to get open. A long strider, Treadwell is faster than he is quick, but he's strong enough to break the first tackle, and once he gets unwound, he's hard to catch in the open field. Strong hands and not afraid to go over the middle.

5. OT Austin Golson
No. 10 offensive tackle, four stars

Golson is a prototypical offensive tackle on the high school level and he looks like he has a bright future ahead of him. He has a nice slide kick in pass coverage, he fires off the ball well in run situations, he has good agility, and he has very good bend. He needs to continue to develop physically, continue to get stronger, and drive guys off the ball more consistently. He has the frame to carry 320 pounds well.

- Mississippi State | Signing Class

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1. DE Chris Jones
No. 2 defensive end, five stars

Jones has one of the highest ceilings of anyone in the 2013 class. He is a very athletic defensive lineman with great size and length, he really comes off the ball with quickness, and he knows how to get after the quarterback. He is so raw and he still has some much room to develop, yet he still dominates on a regular basis. As he gets stronger at the point of attack and improves his technique, he is only going to get better.

2. QB Cord Sandberg
23rd ranked quarterback, four stars

Sandberg helped Manatee in a big way in 2011 when they won the state title. He was at his best in the biggest games and that is the type of player he is. He finds a way to get it done. He is a dual-threat quarterback who can run, who can buy time in the pocket, and who can extend a play. He throws the ball well on the move and he he is very cool in the pocket. He is a quarterback can make plays.

3. RB Ashton Shumpert
20th ranked running back, four stars

4. WR Fred Ross
23rd ranked receiver, four stars

5. S Justin Cox
JUCO transfer, four stars

- Texas A&M | Signing Class

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1. WR Ricky Seals-Jones
1st ranked receiver, five stars

Jones plays both ways in high school and rarely leaves the field. He has the frame to go up over the top of defenders and make plays vertically down the field. He is also an effective possession weapon and can bust off shorter routes and use his frame to haul in the ball and keep moving the chains. He has some leaping ability and and is built to use on fade routes in the red-zone.

2. DE Daeshon Hall
6th ranked defensive end, four stars

Hall is one of the more interesting prospects in the class with the way his long and lean body type could really grow in to something special as he adds more weight and power. Right now, he can be physical at the line of scrimmage and using leverage to stand the man up or he can be quick enough to simply get around the offensive lineman. He has good use of his hands, though sometimes he has a hard time shedding. A high motor player.

3. DT Justin Manning
6th ranked defensive tackle, four stars

A muscular and well-built defensive lineman. He looks more like a NFL middle linebacker than an interior lineman. He is extremely quick off the ball and that allows him to make an abundance of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He is not the 300 pound mammoth, but is plenty strong and athletic. He will flat out get after the quarterback and has the agility and foot speed that allows him to close on ball carriers. Hard to contain.

4. S Kameron Miles
10th ranked safety, four stars

Just by looking at Miles' size and frame you would naturally figure in the fact that he is a more of a down hill linebacker, but Miles backs up in person exactly what he shows on film – the ability to run and cover. He moves well and has some natural instincts. He can turn and run with WRs and makes plays on the ball. He could play safety or grow in to a linebacker in college, but he will be able to use his skills at either spot.

5. DT Isaiah Golden
9th ranked defensive tackle, four stars

Golden is a warrior on the defensive line. Dominates offensive linemen on the high school level. He is not only much stronger than those who line up across from him, he is also much quicker. A lethal combination. He also plays the game with a whole lot of nasty. He needs to work on getting better at finishing off the play and wrapping up, but he is a big-time hitter and when he makes contact with anyone they definitely feel it.

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