SEC Signing Day Blitz (cont.)
Posted: Thursday February 8, 2007 5:08PM; Updated: Thursday February 8, 2007 5:21PM
Headliner: Rolando McClain, an ILB from Decatur, Ala., is the state of Alabama's top overall prospect. He should see the field early in his Tide career.
Sleeper: ATH Marquis Maze is not very big, but the former Michigan commit is quick and can make big plays.
Overview: The first effort for new Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban ended with several solid pick-ups down the stretch and finished No. 10 nationally. McClain and defensive tackleKerry Murphy are the state's top two overall prospects. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson gives Alabama three of the state's top five. Four-star junior college safety Michael Ricks was a late addition.
8. Ole Miss
Headliner: Defensive end prospect Chris Strong was the third straight top-ranked Mississippi prospect the Rebels have signed.
Sleeper: Safety Fonterrian Ingram isn't terribly big, but he can run, hit and is athletic.
Overview: Another solid class for the Rebels that contains several impact players at wide receiver. Junior college wide receiver A.J. Jackson gives the Ole Miss offense a big target to throw to. Roderick Davis also will help the passing game when he gets to campus because of his elite speed. Lionel Breaux can fly and has good hands.
Headliner: Tight end David Williams of Central Arkansas Christian has the best hands in the Natural State and should contribute early in his career.
Sleeper: Dunnellon, Fla., running back Juwan Franklin flew under the radar for most of the process, but he's an explosive big-play threat that the Razorbacks coaches loved.
Overview: It's never a successful recruiting cycle when you are Arkansas and you lose the top three prospects from your state, which happened this year despite a run to the SEC West title behind the nation's best player, Darren McFadden. Still, the Razorbacks have several nice prospects heading to Fayetteville and Houston Nutt and company are some of the best in the country at talent identification and development.
10. Mississippi State
Headliner: Running back Robert Elliott is the top running back prospect from the state of Mississippi.
Sleeper: Florida lineman Dakoda Merrit is a prospect that was gaining a lot of steam in recruiting circles before pulling the trigger on a commitment to the Dogs.
Overview: This the best class Sylvester Croom has signed. It was telling of progress in the in-state recruiting wars when Mississippi State took Elliott and Bastrop, La., defensive tackle LaMarcus Williams from the Rebels on National Signing Day.
Headliner: There is no question that defensive lineman D.J. Stafford is one of the more talented prospects at his position in the Southeast.
Sleeper: Quarterback Matt Lentz doesn't always throw the prettiest ball, but he put up gaudy statistics for his high school and makes plays.
Overview: The Wildcats will continue to build depth with this class. Signing seven offensive lineman, including in-state standouts Stuart Hines and Billy Joe Murphy, will help Kentucky in the future. Wide receiver Kyrus Lanxter from Alcoa, Tenn., was committed to West Virginia and was a nice Signing Day grab.
Headliner: Defensive end/linebacker John Stokes picked the Commodores over Alabama, Michigan and a number of other high-profile programs.
Sleeper: Many are high on incoming linebackerChris Marve.
Overview: This class isn't very large, but players like Stokes, Nashville, Tenn., athlete Jamie Graham and Alabama quarterback Larry Smith will be contributors during their time at Vandy. Stokes can play a number of defensive positions, while Graham also was an outstanding high school basketball player. Smith led his team to a state championship.