Recruiting 2013 - SEC West Rankings

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Posted Feb 7, 2013


Ranking and analyzing the 2013 SEC West Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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Recruiting 2013 
 
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NUMBERS NEXT TO TEAMS ARE OVERALL CONFERENCE RANKINGS
 
1. Alabama | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Tide are loaded and ready for a run at a third straight national championship, but it's not going to be a walk in the park. Losses on the offensive line - center Barrett Jones, guard Chance Warmack and tackle D.J. Fluker - are going to be bigger than it might appear, and while T.J. Yeldon leads a strong young group of running backs, not having Eddie Lacy will hurt. The defensive line could miss unsung rock Jesse Williams on the nose, and even though there are always great players waiting in the wings, not having Dee Milliner or Robert Lester in the secondary could be a problem. It's nitpicking for the nation's No. 1 defense, but getting more plays behind the line would be nice.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Running back. When you crank out NFL quality backs like Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, it's easy to pique the interest of the star running back recruits. Derrick Henry is a massive back who could project into a whale of a linebacker, while Tyren Jones is a dangerous speed option. Not fearing a little competition, Alvin Kamara spurned Georgia on Signing Day to join the pack. Robert Foster is an NFL-caliber receiver, while tight end O.J. Howard is a mortal lock to play at the next level.

Defensive end Jonathan Allen is a superior pass rushing prospect, while JUCO transfer Leon Brown could step in somewhere on the offensive line right away. Dee Liner made a great class phenomenal, but it was the signing of No. 1 defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson out of Texas and top middle linebacker Rueben Foster away from Auburn that took the Tide haul to a whole other level. 

2. Texas A&M | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: There isn't much to complain about after a breakthrough season under Kevin Sumlin, but the special teams could stand to be stronger. Taylor Bertolet only hit 13-of-22 field goals, while the kickoff return game was the second-worst in the SEC. However, the punting game was terrific and the punt return game was great - but Dustin Harris is done after averaging 12.71 yards per pop. As good as the defense was at times, the secondary wasn't sharp giving up 251 yards per try. With two starting defensive backs needing to be replaced and pass rushers Damontre Moore and Sean Porter gone, there might be a wee bit of work to be done to keep Johnny Manziel from having to do even more for the offense.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. Who doesn't want to play in the Kevin Sumlin offense? Kenny Hill and Kohl Stewart are each going to have to try filling in the shoes of Johnny Football, and whoever gets the gig should have a phenomenal receiving corps to work with. Ricky Seals-Jones is the nation's top wide receiver prospect, while Laquvionte Gonzalez and Sebastian LaRue are going to be factors.

The defensive side isn't being ignored with a loaded class of defensive linemen getting end Daeshon Hall along with Isaiah Golden, Hardreck Walker and Justin Manning for the interior and safety Kameron Miles and corner Noel Ellis both excellent gets. Linebackers Reggie Chevis, Darian Claiborne and Jordan Mastrogiovanni are all potential pass rushers in the attacking system.

5. Ole Miss | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Rebels are young and getting more and more talented, especially with the big recruiting class coming in, but there's still plenty of work for Hugh Freeze to do. The offensive line has to be far better in pass protection, especially against the stronger SEC West defensive fronts. The special teams need plenty of work. Bryson Rose is gone after making 18-of-28 field goals, the punting game was awful, the punt return game was the worst in the SEC, and the kickoff returners had a rough year. Overall, the team just needs more playmakers, but they're emerging.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Hugh Freeze brought in a terrific class of SEC talents. Ole Miss has had some nice recruiting classes in recent years, but this one should turn out to be special with quarterbacks Devante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan each good enough to have had their pick of most schools, while running backs Kailo Moore and Mark Dodson are speedsters who are perfect fits for the offense. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is one of the best recruits in the class, but JUCO defensive tackle Lavon Hooks and tight end Christian Morgan might not be far behind.

Of course, getting No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche to star on the defensive front makes the class. The offensive line should be set with No. 1 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil the big get and Austin Golson not far behind. If that wasn't enough, snagging star safety prospect Antonio Conner was from Florida State was the icing on the cake.

6. LSU | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Tigers have to be more consistent throwing the ball. There hasn't been a more talented team in college football over the last few seasons, but Alabama has turned into a tremendously efficient passing team, while LSU has sputtered and coughed. Zach Mettenberger has to be better, but the offense will turn out to be fine with a strong offensive line and a good bevy of backs; now the receiving corps has to do more. Part of the problem was an O line that allowed too many sacks, but the passing game simply has to be crisper.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... The passing game. Enough is enough - LSU is going to have a passing game again soon. While there might not be a slew of superstar receiver recruits coming in, Rickey Jefferson and JUCO transfer Quantavius Leslie are eventual starters. Hayden Rettig is a strong-armed quarterback prospect out of California who got away from the Pac-12, and Anthony Jennings is an Elite 11 bomber who had his pick of SEC schools, West Virginia, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Of course, LSU always gets its share of star defensive prospects, this year led by defensive tackle Greg Gilmore out of North Carolina, corner Tre'Davious White and end Christian Lacouture out of Lincoln, Nebraska. End Tashawn Bower was the team's lone Signing Day pickup, but he's a good one.
 
9. Auburn | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Can Gus Malzahn get the offense working again? The Tigers finished last in the SEC in total offense with a ground game that couldn't get moving and a painfully inefficient passing attack. The offensive line was the biggest culprit with problems in pass protection and no consistency. The defense has to improve the pass rush and come up with far more big plays. Essentially, Malzahn has to improve just about everything, but he has a few great Gene Chizik recruiting classes to make it happen.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. Gene Chizik brought in a few outstanding classes after winning the national title, so it's not like Gus Malzahn needs to come up with too many stars, but he's getting the receivers with Tony Stevens and Jason Smith the best of the lot. Defensive tackle Mantravius Adams was a Signing Day star to bump up the class, while end Elijah Daniel wasn't far off. Signing running back Johnathan Ford gave the offense even more of a boost. The quarterback situation has to be better - everyone wants to work with Malzahn - and Jeremy Johnson and JUCO transfer Nick Marshall are going to get their chances to show what they can do. Don't overlook the kicking game getting the No. 1 punter Jimmy Hutchinson and No. 4 kicker Daniel Carlson.

10. Mississippi State | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Bulldogs have to be better against the stronger teams going 8-0 against teams that didn't go bowling and 0-5 against the ones that got an extra game. The offense fizzled when it came to the big games getting beaten by double digits in all the losses. The pass rush was miserable, finishing last in the SEC in sacks and second-to-last in tackles for loss. The running game needs to be stronger - again, against the better teams - while the passing attack could stand to be more efficient. Personnel-wise, the secondary takes the biggest hit losing three starters.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. The Bulldogs need more pop and explosion, and getting quarterback Cord Sandberg is a nice start. Running back Ashton Shumpert is more of a pounder, but receivers Fred Ross, Donald Gray, De'Runnya Wilson and R.J. Hammond are big and can move. Defensive end Chris Jones is the best prospect in the class, and Jake Thomas is an eventual starting offensive tackle. JUCO transfer Justin Cox will start right away in a secondary that loses three good starters. Safety Kivon Coman and linebacker Dezmond Harris are the type of under-the-radar players that Dan Mullen always seems to turn into players.

11. Arkansas | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Running the ball? Arkansas? With Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson, the Hogs still had the SEC's worst ground game. Davis is gone, but Johnson should be able to handle the load with Bret Bielema now the head man. Replacing quarterback Tyler Wilson and top receiver Cobi Hamilton will be a priority this offseason for an offense that put up yards, but wasn't effecting. The team needs to be far better at turnover margin and has to be night-and-day tighter in the secondary after getting bombed on for an SEC-worst 286 yards per game. The return game has to be far better after averaging a pedestrian 18.26 yards per kickoff and 5.9 yards per punt return.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO players for the defensive back seven. It's not like Bret Bielema went heavy on JUCO types at Wisconsin, but he's trying to beef up the depth right away, at least on defense, getting linebackers Martrell Spaight and Myke Tavarres along with corners Carrol Washington and Tiquention Coleman. It's Bielema, so is there going to be beef for the offensive line? A little bit with JUCO transfer John McLure a 320-pound masher and 6-10 tackle prospect Dan Skipper out of Colorado. Tight end Hunter Henry might be the best prospect, but getting superstar running back prospect Alex Collins - bizarre story and all - was the huge coup for the program.