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SEC's top recruiters

LSU's Porter No. 1; Gators, Vols well represented

Posted: Monday February 19, 2007 2:30PM; Updated: Tuesday February 20, 2007 10:04AM
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Georgia's Mike Bobo has quickly become one of the nation's best young recruiters.
Georgia's Mike Bobo has quickly become one of the nation's best young recruiters.

By J.C. Shurburtt, Special to SI.com, Rivals.com

Florida, Tennessee and LSU each finished in the top four nationally in Rivals.com's team recruiting rankings this year, and coaches from the three schools account for more than half of Rivals.com's list of the top 10 recruiters in the SEC (in alphabetical order).

National and SEC Recruiter of the Year Larry Porter is joined by fellow LSU staff member Josh Henson. Tennessee wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor represents the Vols, while Florida placed three coaches on the list.

SEC Recruiter of the Year, Larry Porter, LSU: Porter, Rivals.com's National Recruiter of the Year, signed five-star wide receiver Terrence Toliver out of Hempstead (Texas) and five-star athlete/safety Chad Jones out of Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab. Altogether, he snagged four Rivals100 members -- Toliver, Jones, defensive tackle Drake Nevis and safety Stefoin Francois -- more than any other assistant in the country.

Mike Bobo, Georgia: The Bulldogs offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach signed seven prospects in a class that ranked inside the top 10 nationally. The Georgia alum boasts Rivals100 running back Caleb King among his recruiting prizes. Bobo also went into Missouri to land Rivals100 tight end Aron White and four-star quarterback Logan Gray out of Columbia Rock Bridge.

Stan Drayton, Florida: Drayton, who cleaned up in the Tampa Bay area in the Class of 2006, signed the top prospect from that area this year in Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive tackle Torrey Davis. Davis was the state of Florida's top overall prospect. Drayton also was instrumental in landing an unprecedented seven prospects from Class 5A champion Lakeland. Drayton was a major factor in the Gators landing the top overall class in the country.

Josh Henson, LSU: Henson coordinated one of the best recruiting efforts in school history. He was also responsible for signing several key prospects himself. Henson reached into the talent-laded I-20 corridor in Northern Louisiana to snag in-state standouts Will Blackwell of West Monroe and DeAngelo Benton. Henson also plucked Rivals100 defensive end Sidell Corley and four-star athlete Phelon Jones out of Mobile, Ala.


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