Recruiting 2013 - SEC East Rankings
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Ranking and analyzing the 2013 SEC East Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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3. Florida | Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The forward pass has to be rediscovered. Step One is giving Jeff Driskel more time to throw the ball a year after the line had so many problems in pass protection, but it would help if Driskel was able to get the ball out of his hands faster. Considering the overall talent on the defensive front seven, even with a few losses, the pass rush has to be steadier and more of a factor. Overall, the penalties have to stop after sinning a whopping 105 times compared to just 77 from the opponents.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive back. Even with a top class full of skill players last season, the Gators were still able to get running backs Kelvin Taylor and Adam Lane to add more flash, and Ahmad Fulwood and Demarcus Robinson to help the receiving corps and JUCO transfer Trenton Brown to join Trevon Young for the O line. However, the secondary is going to shine with this haul grabbing top corner Vernon Hargreaves III and safeties Marcell Harris, Kanu Neal and Nick Washington good enough to start right away almost anywhere else.

The defensive front is getting some help, too, with linebackers Alex Anzalone, Matt Rolio and Daniel McMillin along with JUCO transfer Darius Cummings for the defensive line all excellent prospects. The stars came on Signing Day with Jaynard Bostwick at tackle and JUCO transfer Jarran Reed two big-time gets. Don't overlook the late signing of punter Johnny Townsend, arguably the best in the nation.

4. Georgia | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Bulldogs have a ton of work to do on the defensive front that loses Jarvis Jones, John Jenkins, Alec Ogletree and Cornelius Washington. The offense might get just about everyone back, but the line has to be stronger in pass protection while the defense has to tighten up against the better running games. Penalties were a problem committing 96 for 749 yards - compared to the opponents getting flagged 70 times for 557 yards - and the placekicking has to be stronger after Collin Barber hit just 8-of-14 chances.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Linebacker. It might have been a rough Signing Day with several key in-state losses, but everything is fine, helped by getting defensive end Davin Bellamy and offensive tackle Devondre Seymour. As always, Georgia isn't having much of a problem bringing in several top-shelf stars, and the bulk this year is at defense. Corners Shaquille Wiggins, Brendan Langley and Reggie Wilkerson are among the best in the country, while JUCO transfers Kennar Johnson and Shaquille Fluker should help out right away. Getting star prospect Tray Matthews isn't going to hurt, either. However, the best prospects are at linebacker with Tim Kimbrough, Ryan Rankin, Reggie Carter and Johnny O'Neal all big, fast options for inside or out in a few years, but Leonard Floyd could see time right away. 

7. South Carolina | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The offensive line could stand some improvement in pass protection. It's been a constant problem under Steve Spurrier, and it was a big issue last year with the O line giving up almost three sacks per game. Considering the inconsistencies up front, the quarterback situation has to be settled early, or it'll be year of rotating passers Spurrier-style. As good as the defense was, and athletic as it'll be coming back, only four starters return losing almost all the linebackers. The punting game was the worst in the SEC netting a mere 36 yards per kick with Tyler Hull averaging 39.4 yards per boot. 

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. There isn't a Jadeveon Clowney coming in, but tackle Kelsey Griffin is a big-time option for the interior while Devante Covington, Devin Washington and David Johnson are good pass rushing options on the outside. JUCO transfer Alfy Hill might see time right away in the end rotation. Linebacker Larenz Bryant, running back David Williams and offensive tackle D.J. Peek are nice gets, but they aren't among the superstar prospects other top SEC teams are bringing in.

8. Vanderbilt | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: As good as the team was last year and as bright as the future might be, it would be nice to get more out of the passing game that was efficient, but only averaged 213 yards per game. The offense has to be better on third downs after converting a mere 33.5% of its chances and it would be nice to be more effective in the red zone after scoring a mere 76% of the time. While the quarterbacks kept the interceptions to a minimum, the O gave away a few too many fumbles losing 13.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Talent?! Vanderbilt isn't going to threaten Georgia or Alabama for top stars, but head coach James Franklin is bringing in a tremendous class with real, live, SEC talents led by linebacker Zach Cunningham, receiver Jordan Cunningham, offensive tackle Delando Crooks, corner Ryan White and defensive tackle Jay Woods - they all have other major choices. Tight ends Nathan Marcus, Mitch Parsons and JUCO transfer Brandon Vandenburg were all excellent gets, while safety Jalen Banks was an interesting pickup out of Illinois. Quarterbacks Johnathon McCrary and Chad Kanoff are big passers to develop for three years from now.

12. Tennessee | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: It's going to take Butch Jones a few years to get everything going, but there are plenty of decent talents to develop. For this year, Goal One is to improve the SEC's worst defense after allowing a whopping 471 yards and 36 points per game. The biggest problem was a secondary that gave up way too many deep plays, but the pass rush didn't help the cause. With quarterback Tyler Bray and receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter leaving early for the NFL, the nation's 15th-ranked passing game needs plenty of attention.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. It's always asking for too much for true freshman to produce right away, but there are plenty of openings with tough losses at receiver. The opportunities will be there for at least one of the newcomers to see time right away. Marquez North is the best of the bunch with 6-3 size and 4.5 speed, but Paul Harris and Ryan Jenkins are nice options. Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and end Jason Carr are SEC talents, but with the coaching change and little time for Butch Jones to work, overall this isn't going to be the type of gamechanging class the program needs.

13. Kentucky | Entire 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Offense, offense, offense. New head coach Mark Stoops' first job is to jumpstart an attack that averaged under 18 points per game and sputtered and coughed in SEC play scoring 17 points or fewer in every league game except the 29-24 loss to Georgia. The passing game was painfully inefficient with an unsettled quarterback situation, and the defense couldn't pick up the slack getting bombed on time and again. Generating more stops behind the line is a must for the defensive front.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. It's an easy pitch for Mark Stoops - come to Kentucky and get a shot at the defensive line right away. Ends Alvonte Bell and Reggie Meant, along with JUCO transfer Za'Darius Smith, might all be as good as anything the Wildcats have coming back, while Jacob Hyde brings a much-needed 310-pound body to eventually stick on the inside. Safety Marcus McWilson and JUCO transfer Nate Willis need to be answers for the secondary.

14. Missouri | The Entire 2013 Recruiting Class 

Team Concerns For 2013: Will James Franklin be healthy and can the quarterback play be back up to Mizzou snuff? Dorial Green-Beckham and the receiving corps is in place, but either Franklin or Corbin Berkstresser has to get them all the ball after a disastrous season throwing the ball. The running game has to be better - hoping for Henry Josey to be back and healthy - and the line has to be more physical needing to start playing big boy football. The defense has to be better at getting to the quarterback and has to keep the big pass plays to a minimum.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. The Tiger defensive line has to be tougher and more physical, and that starts with with tackle Josh Augusta and Antar Thompson to try to get the front four to an elite SEC level. Running back Chase Abbington is a talent who'll get a long look early on, and offensive tackle Clay Rhodes should be a starter once he adds about 30 pounds of muscle. The Tigers, though, were built by Gary Pinkel to get the offense going, and that means Trent Hosick out of Kansas City and Eddie Printz out of Georgia need to recapture the magic of recent great passers and playmakers. Neither one is a Blaine Gabbert-like first round draft pick, but getting another Chase Daniel wouldn't be bad.