Early Signing Period: SEC Report Card

Elite high school prospects want to play against the best of the best at the college level to showcase their skills for NFL scouts. As shown over the past 15 years with 11 national leagues, the SEC is where the best action is.

Once again, all of the top recruits are making their way to the SEC, as shown in the Rivals team recruiting rankings. Here is a breakdown of the championship.

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Texas A&M (first overall)

Walter Nolen (Nick Lucero / Rivals.com)

Jimbo Fisherman He may be a polarizing figure among college football fans, but high school kids are responding to his ways. Regardless of your opinion, there’s no denying it’s stocking the talent shelves. Fisher’s 2020 and 2021 classes finished in sixth place overall. After the Early Signing Period, the Aggies are the temporary kings of recruiting.

The staff recruited 27 players made up of 20 four-star talents. The class was completed by three to five stars, defensive tackle Walter Nolen, receiver Evan Stewart and defensive back Denver Harris.

Degree: A +

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Alabama (according to SEC, second nationally)

Crimson Tides are always in discussion about signing an upper class and are back in the mix resting at No. 2 nationwide. By tying A&M with the top 20 national four-star stars, Alabama has signed a five-star defender in the state Jeremiah Alexander. Because Alabama recruits so well, only a five-star may seem like a disappointment after signing five-star a year ago on the way to the top-rated class.

Of the 24 players linked to the Alabama class, a three-star, late Walter Bob, did not sign. There may be room for Bama to add more talent on National Signing Day.

Degree: A

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Georgia (third SEC, third nationwide)

Keithian Alexander

Keithian Alexander (SoonerScoop.com/Josh McCuistion)

Since the 2021 class ended in February, it appears Georgia has been in control of the race to recruit. But as the Early Signing period approached, the Bulldogs’ recruiting loot was reshuffled losing some four-star talent in the process. Once the dust settled on a wild early acquisition period, the UGA amassed the best with five five-star players and 14 four-star prospects.

After showing strength throughout the 2021 season in defense, four of the signed five stars head that side of the ball once on campus, finish Mykel Williams, face Keithian Alexander, Jaheim Singletary and finish Marvin Jones Jr.

Degree: A

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Kentucky (4th SEC, 10th nationwide)

Barion Brown

Barion Brown (Chad Simmons / Rivals.com)

The Wildcats complete the top ten. Head coach brand name bends down and the staff morphed into one of the best recruiting classes in the school’s history by signing 20 players, including 11 four-star players. Most of the four-star talent headed for Lexington is on the catcher and on the defensive side of the ball. The turnaround a year ago was dramatic after signing 18 that included three four-star talent.

Degree: A-

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Tennessee (5th SEC, 11th nationwide)

Justin Williams

Justin Williams (Nick Lucero / Rivals.com)

If there was a ranking for how strongly a team closed for the early signup period, the volunteers would be in the top five. Burning the midnight oil, Tennessee staff spent November and part of December bringing the best targets to campus for official visits and hit the streets by stopping at schools during home visits.

The maximum effort paid off for the signing of 20 including seven four-star and 13 three-star players. Like Kentucky, Tennessee may have room to add more players on the first Wednesday in February.

Degree: B +

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Auburn (6th SEC, 13th nationwide)

The Tigers were another team playing the waiting game along the recruiting trail that closed hard on NSD. As various four-star talents were considering options and taking visits, much of the Auburn class was put together on the closing days of the open period. Eventually, Auburn signed 12 four stars, the fourth best of the conference, with seven three stars. Following the Rivals star rating, the Tigers had a top-10 class with an average of 3.63 stars.

Degree: B +

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Arkansas (7th SEC, 15th nationwide)

It's Marion Harris (center)

It’s Marion Harris (center) (photo 5H)

The Razorbacks were another team that made a big push along the recruiting journey from 2021 to ’22. A year ago, Arkansas signed 22 with just two four-star players. This class contains six four-star with seven three-star (5.7s) that just miss the leap in the rankings. A tip of hat to the offensive coordinator Kendal Briles; is responsible for four of the four stars who have signed.

Degree: A

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State of Mississippi (8th SEC, 16th nationwide)

Trevion Williams

Trevion Williams

The Bulldogs were another SEC team that saw a spike in cycle-to-cycle talent recruitment. The 2021 grouping was ranked 23rd overall with five stars to four and 17 to three stars. This time seven four stars were signed.

The state of Mississippi has 14 three-star players, though three have yet to sign their national letter of intent. Talented additions to this class can continue. By the way head coach Mike lye goes about things, the recruiting rankings may not define this effort.

Degree: B

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Missouri (9th SEC, 19 nationwide)

Once National Signing Day is over, this Missouri class could jump higher on the scoreboard. The Tigers are at number 18 thanks largely to the signature of five-star receiver Luther Burden. Five four stars have signed, with Nebraska offensive lineman Deshawn Woods busy. Should Missouri decide to sign a full class of 25 players, nine more prospects could be headed to Columbia in 2022.

Degree: B-

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South Carolina (10th SEC, 21st nationwide)

There are several ways to look at a recruiting class, and the correct way to view it doesn’t occur until three or four years after everyone has signed up. South Carolina fans may not like having 10th Class 2022 in the SEC, but if the 21 signed recruits are properly explored, this loot could be a great foundation for the head coach. Shane projector Going forward. Great emphasis was placed on the defensive side of the ball with 13 signed. If all the kids fit the pattern, this class might be better than the advertised one.

Degree: C +

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LSU (11th SEC, 27th nationwide)

Walker Howard

Walker Howard (Sam Spiegelman)

It had been since 2018 that LSU fans hadn’t seen their beloved Tigers ranked outside the top 10 of recruiting. In 2018 then head coach And Orgeron he was still making the move to the head of Tiger just a year away from a 15-0 season that ended in a national championship.

LSU is in transition again now led by former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. Holding at number 27 overall with 13 signatories, Kelly and Co. have a lot of ground to recover before February to keep up in the SEC.

On the plus side, there is a great base here with six four-star and five-star quarterback Walker Howard.

Degree: C-

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Ole Miss (12th SEC, 32nd nationwide)

Taylor Groves

Taylor Groves (Nick Lucero / Rivals.com)

Seeing the rebels with the 33rd class is a headache. Mississippi ended the 2021 regular season at No. 8 of the country with a 10-2 record behind a prolific offense that can enlighten any team in the country.

The 2021 recruiting class was solidly positioned at number 17 after signing 25 four stars. The drop is currently large with four four-star and 13 three-star recruits. The great oddity, three of the four stars are defensive players.

Degree: D

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Vanderbilt (13th SEC, 34th nationwide)

AJ Swann

AJ Swann (Nick Lucero / Rivals.com)

From one recruiting class to the next, Commodore fans aren’t sure what to expect. Solid classes can be signed, as seen a year ago in Clark Leathe first attempt in Nashville, slipping to number 38. At the end of the Early Signing period, Vanderbilt ranks 35th with 24 players (two unsigned three stars). Expect this ranking to drop with high profile teams behind Vandy ready to charge in the late run.

Degree: C-

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Florida (14th SEC, 46th nationwide)

Shemar James

Shemar James (Chad Simmons / Rivals.com)

Gator fans find themselves in an unfamiliar place with the # 1 recruiting class. 46 of the nation. The sideline upheaval in Gainesville before parting with the defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and then head coach And Mullen left this class in chaos when Billy Napier took over.

On the bright side for Florida, with only 10 players in this loot, there is room to add more. The current group includes five-star linebacker Shemar James along with four-star defensive backs Kamari Wilson and Devin Moore, defensive tackle Chris McClellan and offensive lineman Tony Livingston.

Degree: D

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