An early look at the 2013 SEC recruiting classPublished 11:11am Monday, May 20, 2013
For the seventh consecutive year, a SEC school won the BCS national championship. The conference had a huge presence throughout the national rankings in 2013.
After winning three of the last four national titles, Alabama again led the SEC in the recruiting rankings.
Very little is talked about this time of the year. But make no mistakes about it, the SEC has positioned itself as the dominant force, with no end in sight.
As strong as Alabama has been, this latest signing class may be one of the most balanced classes Nick Saban and staff have brought in since he has been in Tuscaloosa.
I really like defensive linemen A’Shawn Robinson and Dee Liner.
On offense, running back Alvin Kamara will only make the returning backs that much better.
Kamara will push for immediate playing time, but I project him to redshirt if the other backs come in healthy.
Georgia and Alabama became the best recruiting battle of the 2013 year with both teams pushing hard for Kamara.
The biggest recruiting coup came from none other than Mississippi.
The Rebels landed the top recruit in the country in defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and also brought in offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and safety Antonio Conner.
All four players are rated as five-star recruits, with Nkemdiche and Tunsil being projected as true NFL prospects.
The signing day surprise went to LSU by signing defensive end Tashawn Bower.
He was a longtime Auburn commitment, but in the end the Bengal Tigers added Bower to an already strong and elite defensive line.
Everyone in the SEC loves to hate anything “Kiffin.”
Well don’t look now, but a Kiffin has been named the national recruiter of the year.
Chris, brother of Lane and son of Monte, is the recruiter who was the closer for Mississippi.
Make no mistake about it, the entire Kiffin family knows how to recruit
After watching and covering recruiting 24/7, 365 days a year, even yours truly needed a break from the action.
Now that I have my second-wind I am ready to get into the mix again, and hopefully there will be some good news surrounding college football this summer.
If you read and listen to the sports news, for the past five years or so, the summer brought out the worst in some of these talented athletes.
As a college football purist, I cover the entire nation, not just the Southeastern Conference.
I will continue to be reporting on the national scene as it unfolds, but my emphasis will always be the SEC.
Here is my top five coups for both Alabama and Auburn.
Auburn’s “Fab Five” so to speak are Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson, Jeremy Johnson, Elijah Daniel and Ben Bradley
Alabama’s top recruits are A’Shawn Robinson, Derrick Henry, O.J. Howard, Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster.
Note on Foster: He was a Auburn Tiger commit for his entire senior high school season. He jumped ship and signed with Alabama, but that was not the end of it.
Foster decided to add insult to injury and under his senior picture in the Auburn High School year book, he has added “Roll Tide.”
Until next time …
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.