Ranking Each SEC Recruiting Class As Signing Day Nears

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All 14 member schools of the SEC will soon finalize their 2020 SEC football recruiting classes. 14Powers.com ranks each school’s class and provides an in depth overview of all 14 school’s signees/commits.

By DT Yates

1 – Alabama Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide come in at the top of the conference in both recruiting networks in addition to our rankings. The crown jewel of Bama’s 2020 class is dual-threat quarterback Bryce Young who ranks first in the position and second nationally. Hampton, Georgia recruit and weakside defensive end William Anderson is another unanimous number one ranked player at his position who looks close to primed. The last 5-star player agreed upon is Chris Braswell who is ranked the second overall defensive end. Young, Anderson and Braswell are 14Power’s A+ players and the favorites to contribute earliest.

Following closely behind are our A-graded players who all hold five stars in one network and four in another. First and the highest ranked of the pair is 6-5 linebacker Drew Sanders who flipped from Oklahoma and played quarterback in high school. Theodore, Alabama inside linebacker Demouy Kennedy was on the cusp of five stars in both networks. Kennedy like Sanders once weight is added looks geared to contribute often and early.

Our A-rated players were four stars in both services and begin with 6-4 defensive tackle Timothy Smith who is not far from demanding attention from opposing D1 offenses. The Tide also get a pair of punishing running backs in Aledo, Texas’ Jase McClellan who ranks sixth at the position in both networks and Roydell Williams from Hueytown, Alabama who grew up loving Alabama.

Georgia safety Brian Branch and Alabama outside linebacker are also highly ranked at their positions nationally and likely to hear their names called in the draft one day. Make no mistake, the Tides 2020 commit list is still loaded with over a dozen other four-star players that haven’t been listed here that many teams are green with envy over. Those unnamed players are the ones who push Alabama to the number one recruiting class in the conference.

2 – Georgia Bulldogs

With a larger class Georgia well could have moved up from second to the top spot in the SEC in both scouting networks. Led by five-star players beginning with Arizona cornerback Kelee Ringo who is shown as high as number one at his position and fourth nationally. 6-6 offensive tackle from Lithonia, Georgia, Broderick Jones is virtually tied with Ringo in ranking and appears close to ready to contribute. Rounding out the Bulldog’s A+ ranked 2020 players is 6-7 athlete Darnell Washington who’s ranked second overall in both networks and was highly sought after.

Basketball player turned high school all American offensive lineman Tate Ratledge ranks as high as second at the position and leads our A team off. 301 pound and ranked fourth overall defensive tackle Jalen Carter should be higher from his film and measurements and is listed 18th nationally and fourth at the position. Five-star and top three running back Kendall Milton will enjoy Georgia’s top ranked tackles blocking for him in coming years.

To start our A- team of high ceiling players ranked four stars in both networks are Florida receivers Marcus Rosemy and Arian Smith. Rosemy gets the slight nod in rankings due to his size but Smith can extend the field with his state champion sprinter speed. Mekhail Sherman out of Washington D.C. will finish up 14Powers A- team ranking second overall in the country at outside linebacker. Bulldog fans do not be dismayed at the current placement as Georgia is one of the only teams except for Clemson on either network with five 5-star listed players in the class. They are right on the Bama’s heels and already looking good for the class of 2021.

3 – LSU Tigers

The national champion LSU Tigers are ranked third in both Rivals and 247 and sit behind Clemson and our top two teams nationally. Our top A+ player begins with Arik Gilbert who received the number one ranking at his position in both networks and had an extensive offer list. A close second is IMG Academy’s Elias Ricks who is the top-rated cornerback in Rivals and listed second in 247. Louisiana native Kayshon Boutte finishes off the bracket being ranked as high as the second overall wide receiver.

Our A team starts with Baton Rouge defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy. The native has been ranked as high as 6th at his position and 40th overall nationally. Georgia outside linebacker Phillip Webb has a huge ceiling with a large frame and plenty of room to add weight and has been listed as high as 37th nationally. Baltimore safety Jordan Toles closes our A team favorites out and is one of the top five at his position.

Defensive tackle Jacobian Guillory was not far from being bumped up to the next bracket due to his size and insane ability to penetrate. Another who, thankfully for the Tigers, wanted to a Tiger was Josh White. White flipped from Oklahoma State and is ranked as high as the seventh overall inside linebacker. BJ Ojulari is last on our list having previously been committed to the Vols and coming something of a surprise to most analysts. Ojulari flipped in October and had offers from Clemson and Oklahoma along with most SEC schools. LSU is sure to ride the momentum of its banner year with solid classes in the next few seasons to come.

4 – Texas A&M Aggies

Ranked 4th in both networks are the Texas A&M Aggies whose class is led by cornerback Jaylon Jones and wide receiver Demond Demas. Each are unanimous five-star players ranked as high as first and second at their positions and they both earn our A+ 14Power player ranking.

In our next A player listing are Illinois safety Antonio Johnson as well as Miami defensive end Donell Harris. Both Johnson and Harris rank as high as second overall at their positions and top 50 nationally. Chris Morris is a large offensive guard with great length and who is ranked as high as 1st overall at his position by Rivals. Johnson, Harris and Morris conclude our impact A players.

Our A- team starts with Missouri outside linebacker Antonio Doyle who had offers from Oklahoma, Michigan and Florida State while ranking up to 6th nationally. Texas offensive guard Akinola Ogunbiyi also looks close to primed to play while ranked as high as second in his position in the country. Haynes King from Longview, Texas is the fifth ranked dual threat quarterback in 247 who could make some early noise. Fadil Diggs had an impressive offer list that included Notre Dame, Michigan, Baylor, LSU and finished eighth overall in the country. Devon Achane has a great list of extended scholarships and concludes our list. This looks like it could be the beginning of excellent 2023 and 2024 seasons for the Aggies who’ve finished with the fourth ranked recruiting class in the conference for the second straight year.

5 – Florida Gators

Florida who is led by instate defensive tackle Gervon Dexter from Lake Wales, comes in at fifth in our rankings while listed as fifth in Rivals and sixth behind Auburn in 247. Dexter is the number three tackle in both services and goes as high as the 12th player nationally. St. Thomas Aquinas outside linebacker Derek Wingo is a Penn State flip and our second A+ player. Wingo holds five stars and is ranked up to fourth best at his position. The Gators also picked up Nittany Lion transfer Justin Shorter who was the number one ranked wide receiver in 2018. Miami transfer Lorenzo Lingard who was a second ranked running back in the nation looks for a fresh start and better contributing opportunities with the Gators as well.

Xzavier Henderson leads off our A ranked players due to his large frame while ranking as high as 11th overall at wide receiver. Texas All-American cornerback Jahari Rogers was also on the brink of being an A+ listed player and like Wingo, is at the top of the list of players likely to see playing time early. The 2020 class is packed with receiving threats with Jaquavion Fraziars seeming to embody everything you want in a team player who may quickly turn into a fan favorite. The in-state recruit measures in at 6-4 and received four stars from both networks on top of All-America honors. Miami Norland player Issiah Walker Jr. who’d been previously committed to the Gamecocks and received unanimous four-star ratings completes our A list group.

Consensus four-star cornerback Ethan Pouncey had a serious offer list including Bama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida State. Pouncey will get to play with his older brother, wide receiver Jordan Pouncey who transferred from Texas. Four-star Florida natives Anthony Richardson and Joshua Braun cap off our A- squad. Richardson is already turning heads as an early enrollee. Braun could have played anywhere and was a big steal from Georgia, also quite literally big as a 6-6, 330-pound offensive tackle. This was a difficult crew to select as the Gators are loaded with players in the ‘19-20 class who are deserving of being here as well. Things have turned around quickly for the better under Dan Mullen and the results have quickly paid off in recruiting.

6 – Auburn Tigers

Auburn is fifth in 247 and sixth just barely behind Florida in Rivals with one of the deepest classes in the conference packed with four-star talent. All though they don’t possess a five-star ranked player in either service, the sheer number of four-star players in the class are more than enough to push the Tigers up to leading the middle of the pack. On the top of our A+ impact players are Cartavious ‘Tank’ Bigsby who is listed as high as the fourth running back nationally. Defensive end Deandre Butler led nearly every applicable defensive category in community college in Kansas and was one of the top ranked JUCO players in the country. Bigsby, Butler and strong side defensive end Zykeivous Walker are our top three A+ players selected as most likely to contribute early. 2020 AUBURN FOOTBALL COMMIT/SIGNEE LIST

Our A listed players begin with Wesley Steiner who is ranked as high as seventh nationally at inside linebacker. LaGrange receiver Kobe Hudson had a giant offer list including Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Michigan because of physical and explosive potential. Chattanooga defensive tackle Jay Hardy was a unanimous top 100 national player ranked as high as 77th by Rivals. Steiner, Hudson and Hardy fulfill our A listed players likely to contribute in their first two years.

A pair of big consensus four-star receivers in Ze’Vian Capers and J.J. Evans give Auburn much to work with over the next few years. Capers is an explosive consensus four-star receiver that was a top target of many schools the Tigers also managed to flip from Arkansas. Finishing off our A- listed players is Florida athlete Ladarius Tennison whose value skyrocketed after receiving his first offer from Ole Miss. This may be one of the best classes in Malzahn’s career at Auburn and there is still a half dozen players likely deserving of making our list.

7 – Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols line up seventh in Rivals and 247 led by Ensworth Academy’s Keshawn Lawrence who ranks as high as fifth overall at safety. Lawrence was offered by nearly every SEC school and Clemson and was listed as the top player in the state of Tennessee by 247. In fact, the Vols do well in the state by securing three out of the top five ranked players in Tennessee in both networks. One of which is Briarwood Christian defensive tackle Omari Thomas who fielded offers from everywhere and looks close to if not already game ready. Georgia quarterback Harrison Bailey rounds out our group as the lone player with a five-star ranking via Rivals. Bailey is also listed the number two pro style quarterback in the country. Lawrence, Thomas and Bailey are our top three, A+ most likely to contribute players in the class.

Last of the three top five from the state is one of the best defensive ends in the country out of Knoxville Catholic, Tyler Baron. Baron towers at 6-5 and had his final schools narrowed down to Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas. Jalin Hyatt is another unanimous four-star player ranked as high as the 33rd best receiver in the country. Filling out 14Powers A team is receiver Jimmy Calloway who played everything including quarterback, safety and returned kicks for Morrow High School in Georgia.

Memphis inside linebacker Martavius French is another top player from the state ranked as high as sixth, who was previously committed to Arkansas. Defensive tackle and early enrollee Dominic Bailey will have another advantage on top of his size with the extra time spent on campus. Morven Joseph is a unanimous four-star weakside defensive end who was once committed to Florida State. French, Bailey and Joseph round out our A- squad who may also see action soon. Overall with the signing of Lawrence and a pair of capable receivers the Vols filled some of their biggest needs and set themselves in position for a successful future.

8 – Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky comes in at eighth in rivals and ninth in 247 spearheaded by top defensive tackle commit Justin Rogers. 14Powers begins their A+ selections with Rogers, a 314-pound Michigan native ranked as high as five stars and second at his position by rivals. The nation’s top JUCO offensive tackle is 6-6 Jeremy Flax from Independence C.C. in Independence, Kansas who also makes our top group. Only playing football for a few years means Nigerian Samuel Anaele has an even higher ceiling and freak like ability. Anaele was a Miami flip and is ranked as high as 10th overall at weakside defensive end, completing our A+ recruits.

Horn Lake, Mississippi defensive tackle Josaih Hayes is a consensus four-star player who was on the cusp of climbing to the next group because of his already impressive size. Hayes is a hard hitter and one time Ole Miss commit with offers from Georgia and Bama. Another 300-plus pound defensive tackle the Wildcats nabbed was Octavious Oxendine out of Radcliff, Kentucky who also makes our A ranked player listing. Baton Rouge cornerback Joel Williams, who was previously a Gator commit finishes off our A players wielding an incredible 48 offers or more.

Louisville offensive tackle John Young likely should have been higher on our list but starts off the A- players while listed the third best player in the state. The Wildcats were also able to lock in Tre’vonn Rybka from Dickson County, Tennessee who many teams including the Vols, Sooners, Tide and Ducks were trying to flip. We finish off our top picks with pro style quarterback Beau Allen from Lexington Catholic who was also heavily pursued by WSU, Michigan WVU and Georgia. The momentum has shifted at Kentucky with coach Mark Stoops who has built the Wildcats most successful recruiting class in over two decades and there’s a lot to be excited about.

9 – South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina comes in at eighth led by Jordan Burch who is also ranked eighth overall nationally and second at strongside defensive tackle. Burch is the crowned jewel in South Carolina’s 2020 class and is still being heavily pursued by many including Georgia and LSU due to his potential to contribute instantly. MarShawn Lloyd is another who demands A+ status in our list as he’s ranked a top five running back in the country by both services. Luke Doty, a dual threat quarterback from Myrtle Beach goes up to second nationally in rivals rankings. Burch, Lloyd and Doty top our list as A+ impact players.

Another unanimous four-star Gamecock commit is defensive tackle Alex Huntley. Huntley leads our A team as one of the top tackles in the country. JUCO transfer Jazston Turnetine also looks to be in good position to contribute early measuring in as large as 6-7 and 340 pounds. Savannah, Georgia receiver Rico Powers Jr. earned four-star status and top 50 position ranking in both services and helps us finish off our second tiering.
Inside linebacker Mohamed Kaba starts the A- team with such high upside it includes his name potentially being called in an early round. Kaba is large with a long reach and lots of room to add lean mass. Eric Shaw is an enormous, 6-4 pass catch tight end with serious jumping skills. Shaw had a long offer list that included most SEC, ACC teams along with Notre Dame. Finalizing our A- team is South Carolina is native Tonka Hemingway who Gamecock fans are glad decided to stay home for college. The 2020 class is one of the highest ranked in about six years for South Carolina.

10 – Mississippi State Bulldogs

Next on our list are the tenth ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs who share that rank with both scouting networks. They’re led by a pair of Copiah-Lincoln community college JUCO transfers from Wesson, Mississippi. Jordan Davis leads the duo at weakside defensive end measuring in at 6-5 and ranking as high as fourth overall at his position. 6-3, 210-pound wide receiver Malik Heath is the other who appears game ready ranking top 10 nationally among JUCO receivers. Cornerback Emmanuel Forbes and running back Jo’Quavious Marks are consensus four-star players who complete 14powers A+ top ranked 2020 signees.

Inside linebacker Rodney Groce Jr. starts our A team off ranked as high as top 30th at his position after putting up insane stat numbers his senior season and helping lead Pleasant Grove to the Alabama 5A state championship game where they fell by one yard. Batesville, Mississippi safety Janari Dean joins him with a solid offer list including Bama, Georgia and Auburn. Will Rogers solidifies the A squad as a top 25 ranked pro style quarterback. Rogers went to the school in Brandon, Mississippi and is mentored by NFL Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback Gardner Minshew.

Philadelphia, Mississippi receiver Lideatrick Griffin scared some when he cooled off during an in-state battle over the top eighth ranked athlete last year. The All-American ultimately picked the Bulldogs signing his letter of intent this month. Another instate signee is 6-0, 192-pound Dillon Johnson who had an offer list that included Oregon, Washington State and Notre Dame. Griffin and Johnson finish up our A- class as players likely to contribute soon or in a big way. In the in-state battle with rival Ole Miss, the Bulldogs came out on top and are keeping close with recruiting rankings in recent years.

11 – Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss is ranked 11th in both recruiting networks. Two unanimous four-star players in Henry Parrish and Demon Clowney lead the pack and our A+ rankings. Parrish had a very big offer list that included teams all over the country and decommitted from Pittsburgh earlier this year. Clowney, the cousin of Jadeveon is also ranked as high as the ninth overall weakside defensive end had offers from Penn State, Georgia, Clemson and LSU.
Safety Otis Reese leads our A ranked players off as the 12th ranked linebacker in the country in 2018 and will be transferring from Georgia to the Rebels. Reese has the skillset to start and may have contributed for the Bulldogs more if not for un unlucky break that laid him out for a large portion of the spring. Outside linebacker Jakivuan Brown and Horn Lake, Mississippi star moved up as high as the third ranked player in the state at one point. Wide receiver DaMarcus Thomas from Saraland, Alabama is on our A list as one of the more likely to contribute soon in the class. Thomas and instate offensive tackle Eli Acker who looks extra weight away from starting will complete our A list.

Running back Kentrel Bullock starts our A- team off out of Columbia, Mississippi and is ranked as high as 24th at the position and sixth overall in the state. 6-7 offensive tackle Tobias Braun came over from Germany before his last two seasons but is already the right size to begin contributing. Sandalwood, Florida cornerback Derek Bermudez was once a Florida State commit before opening his recruiting and signing with the Rebels. Bullock, Braun and Bermudez complete our A- team for an Ole Miss squad that filled some key pieces heading into the ’20-21 season.

12 – Vanderbilt Commodores

The Commodores gained some ground on SEC opponents going as high as 12th overall in rivals in this cycle. With a class led by speedy outside linebacker De’Rickey Wright who will be giving offenses headaches with good game knowledge and his ability to cover lateral ground. The ‘Dores also picked up a pair of quarterbacks in Ken Seals and Michael Wright. Seals a pro style quarterback out of Texas and Wright a dual threat signal caller from Atlanta both rank around 20th overall at their positions and will be vying for a starting job that looks like it could be anyone’s game. Kevo Wesley finishes off our A+ team hailing from Chicago while ranking as high as the top 11 centers in the class.

Safety Donovan Kaufman (currently unsigned) was very close from jumping from our A to A+ squad. He has an impressive offer list and has been taking visits to other schools as recently as this week. Ranked as high as the 11th best safety in the country out of Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, Louisiana. Miami tight end Diego LaMonica also makes our A team as he possesses receiver speed with tight end size. Rocko Griffin is our last who makes the cut due to his breakaway speed, explosiveness running and high potential to work returns on special teams.

Tomball, Texas receiver Logan Kyle is a physical receiver who adjusts well to the ball and received over 20 offers. Neptune Beach, Florida offensive tackle Bradley Ashmore is another Commodore faithful are excited about. The 6-6, 280-pound top 100 ranked player at his position seems to have all the skills necessary for a successful career. He might need a little additional weight but isn’t too far off already and finishes up our A- squad while moving up in the conference one position. Vanderbilt staff have done well continuing to pump out viable classes in the Derek Mason era.

13 – Arkansas Razorbacks

Right on the heels of the ‘Dores are the Arkansas Razorbacks whose class is ranked as high 12th and 46th nationally. The biggest get of the season on a team without an established starter at quarterback is transfer Feleipe Franks from Florida. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma safety Myles Slusher is an exciting prospect who had offers all over the Big 12, Pac-12, and was committed to Oregon before enrolling with the Razorbacks. Memphis receiver Darin Turner also had major offers and received up to four stars while ranking as high as the top 14 athletes in the country. Franks, Slusher and Turner are 14powers A+ commits we’re most excited about their potential to play soon.

Outside linebacker Kelin Burrle is first on our A team for the Razorbacks. The Harvey, Louisiana product is ranked as high as 36th at the position and 24th in the state. Next on the A team is running back Ebony Jackson who had offers from Bama and was committed to Tennessee and Maryland. Jackson is a Georgia product with state championship track speed that can punish defenders by torching them or running them over. Another A team favorite is athlete Blayne Toll who seems like he could play anywhere while towering over opponents at 6-5.

The first of our A- team are instate outside linebacker commits Jashaud Stewart and Catrell Wallace. Each is listed as higher ranked than the other depending where you go, though Wallace may have the larger ceiling with his 6-5 stature. Signing either would be cause for celebration enough, having both settles questions on the outside for a few years. The Hogs also managed to flip three-star New Orleans safety Nick Turner from Georgia Tech. Turner is a consensus top-50 safety and concludes our Razorback A- team along with fellow defenders Wallace and Stewart. Expectations are high for the future and especially on the recruiting front with the hiring of Sam Pittman from Georgia. When he has time to build his first class there should be remarkable improvement that will only increase as on field results get better.

14 – Missouri Tigers

The Missouri Tigers come up last in our rankings partially due to the departure of Barry Odom to Arkansas and the short time Eliah Drinkwitz had to put the class together. A few that chose to go with Odom led to Missouri slightly being nudged by the Razorbacks in rivals and Vanderbilt in 247. Managing to retain 6-4 Tulsa receiver Javian ‘J.J.’ Hester who is ranked third in the state of Oklahoma was a huge boost to the class. Hester leads off our A+ group along with 6-3, Mississippi defensive tackle Montra Edwards II. Keeping Knoxville running back Elijah Young in the heart of Vol country from Tennessee also did a lot to ease concerns. The all-purpose back had an offer list including most SEC teams, Virginia Tech and is ranked as high as 10th nationally at his position.

Another thing the Tigers did well was keeping several excellent local players home like Kirkwood High Jay Maclin who ranks as high as 10th in the state and is a top 100 receiver. Like Maclin as another St. Louis product is 6-8 offensive tackle Mitchell Walters who is also unanimously ranked top 50 in the country. Rounding out our A team is offensive guard Drake Heismeyer, another consensus top 20 player from Missouri who had a solid offer sheet including Michigan State and Tennessee

Pro style quarterback Brady Cook earned rankings as high as 19th at his position and 10th in the state for good reason. The 6-3 signal caller has a cannon and is another Saint Louis product the staff did well to keep home at Missouri. JUCO defensive tackle Benjamin Kelly had one of the best offer lists in the class and likely should have been listed higher than our A- ranking as he’s primed to start contributing soon. To close out our list of favorites is Missouri linebacker Will Norris, who put up insane numbers like 93 tackles as a junior and grew up a fan of the Tigers. Norris, Cook and Kelly complete our A- list in Missouri’s 2020 list of recruits picked to contribute early or majorly in some way. There’s not cause for concern as the Tigers have already jumped four to five teams in the conference in next years standings.

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