Alabama Crimson Tide – Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Minkah Fitzpatrick (6’0, 195lbs) – Jersey City, NJ – 3rd Rated CB Prospect in 2015
- Calvin Ridley (6’1, 185lbs) – Coconut Creek, FL – 2nd Rated WR prospect in 2015
- Richie Petitbon (6’4, 305lbs) – Washington D.C. – 2nd Rated OG prospect in 2015
- Lester Cotton (6’4, 320lbs) – Tuscaloosa, AL – Top Rated OG prospect in 2015
- Deionte Thompson (6’2, 175lbs) – Orange, TX – 3rd Rated FS prospect in 2015
Analysis: Yet again, Alabama is picking and choosing any prospect they covet throughout the nation. Specifically, the Crimson Tide look to be replenishing their secondary (both cornerback and safety) and interior offensive line. Still, the gem of the 2015 class is Sunshine State wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Ridley is a complete game changer that will be a household name early in his career with Amari Cooper likely leaving for the NFL early.
Auburn Tigers - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Jovon Robinson (6’0, 225lbs) – Memphis, TN – Top rated JUCO prospect in 2015
- Tony Bridges (6’2, 185lbs) – Perkinston, MS – 3rd rated JUCO prospect in 2015
- Darrrell Williams (6’3, 225lbs) – Hoover, AL – 6th rated OLB prospect in 2015
- Ben Edwards (6’0, 195lbs) – Jacksonville, FL – 8th rated SS prospect in 2015
- Jordan Colbert (6’2, 205lbs) – Griffin, GA – 13th rated FS prospect in 2015
Analysis: After witnessing Tre Mason redefine the spread offense, into a run-first, read option spread, it is no question Auburn has become a top destination for elite level running back prospects. Currently holding commitments from Jovon Robinson (the top JUCO running back) and Kerryon Johnson (the 5th rated high school running back prospect), the Tigers are setting themselves up nicely for future success in Malzahn’s run first spread. Add Auburn traditional recruiting success with top defensive prospects across the South and the Tigers are positioning their program for another Top Ten recruiting Class in 2015.
Arkansas - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Ty Storey (6’3, 210lbs) – Charleston, AR – 5th rated QB prospect in 2015
- Jamario Bell (6’6, 235lbs) – Junction City, AR – 8th rated DE prospect in 2015
- Hjalte Froholdt (6’6, 295lbs) – Bradenton, FL – 16th rated DT prospect in 2015
- Zach Rogers (6’2, 305lbs) – Lewisville, TX – 2nd rated OC prospect in 2015
- Daytrieon Dean (6’3, 269lbs) – Fort Smith, AR – 23rd rated DE prospect in 2015
Analysis: The Arkansas coaching staff has successful built a fence around their home territory, in regards to the 2015 Class. Furthermore, the Hogs are two commitments away, K.J. Hill (32nd Wide Receiver prospect in 2015) and Will Gragg (9th rated Tight End in 2015), from signing all the SEC level talent within their home region. Pick and choose a few Texas and Florida prospects, two regions the Razorback coaches have pipelines, and this will be the best recruiting class that the Bret Bielema staff has signed while at Arkansas.
Florida - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Jerome Baker (6’1, 205lbs) – Cleveland, OH – 3rd rated ATH prospect in 2015
- George Brown (6’6, 265lbs) – Cincinnati, OH – 13th rated OT prospect in 2015
- Marcus Lewis (6’0, 195lbs) – Washington, D.C. – 8th rated CB prospect in 2015
- Sheriron Jones (6’2, 185lbs) – Moreno Valley, CA – 10th rated DQB prospect in 2015
- Derrick Dillon (5’11, 175lbs) – Franklin, LA – 45th rated WR prospect in 2015
Analysis: You are not reading this incorrectly, the top five Gators commitments hail from areas outside the Sunshine State. A concerning trend for Florida fans. Reading into this further, one has to wonder if this concludes that prospects from the Sunshine State do not believe the Muschamp Era will last through their eligibility or the rebirth of Florida State recruiting dominance in the region (along with the continued recruiting success of LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama and Auburn). Most of the remaining top-tier uncommitted talent in Florida have the Gators in the mix for their services. The Gators coaching staff will need to land a majority of these prospect to keep Florida fans pleased.
Georgia - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Terry Godwin (5’11, 165lbs) – Hogansville, GA – Top rated ATH prospect in 2015
- Natrez Patrick (6’2, 255lbs) – Atlanta, GA – 5th rated DE prospect in 2015
- Chauncey Rivers (6’2, 260lbs) – Stone Mountain, GA – 8th rated prospect in 2015
- Rico McGraw (6’0, 175lbs) – Nashville, TN – 15th rated FS prospect in 2015
- Michael Chigbu (6’2, 215lbs) – New Orleans, LA – 27th rated WR prospect in 2015
Analysis: The same recruiting question is asked annually by fans of Georgia, “How does the Peach State, land grant university keep top talent from going to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee and Ole Miss?” Although Mark Richt and company have an amazing track record for in-state recruiting battles, key prospects are still leaving for other SEC destinations, causing a zero sum gain effect in the conference. Early in the 2015 recruiting cycle the Bulldogs locked up the top Athlete prospect in the nation, Terry Godwin. If the Bulldog coaching staff can convince top defensive tackle and safety prospects, Trenton Thompson and Rashad Roundtree, to stay in-state, Mark Richt and company will have a class equivalent to their elite peers, which would be a Top 5 class.
Kentucky - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Eli Brown (6’2, 205lbs) – Bowling Green, KY – 10th rated OLB prospect in 2015
- C.J. Conrad (6’6, 235lbs) – LaGrange, OH – 7th rated TE prospect in 2015
- Darius Fullwood (6’4, 235lbs) – Olney, MD – 18th rated DE prospect in 2015
- Luke Hiers (6’3, 295lbs) – Lake Wales, FL – 3rd rated OC prospect in 2015
- Jordan Jones (6’2, 205lbs) – Youngstown, OH – 32nd rated OLB prospect in 2015
Analysis: The Mark Stoops coaching staff at Kentucky continues to inch into new territories to attract top talent into the northern most SEC institution. Beyond their traditional pipelines, Southern Ohio and Northern Florida, the Wildcat coaching staff has reached into the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. region to find new talent. Top running back in the 2015 Class, Damian Harris, is found within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If the Wildcat coaching staff can land the elite running back, along with a couple Florida prospects, a Top 15 Class could be found in Lexington.
LSU - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Kevin Toliver II (6’2, 185lbs) – Jacksonville, FL – 2nd rated CB prospect in 2015
- Maea Teuhema (6-5, 335lbs) – Keller, TX – 3rd rated OT prospect in 2015
- Nicholas Brossette (6’0, 215lbs) – Baton Rouge, LA – 12th rated RB prospect in 2015
- Nicholas Brossette (5’11, 215lbs) – Baton Rouge, LA – 9th rated RB prospect in 2015
- Xavier Lewis (5’10, 175lbs) – Reserve, LA – 25th rated CB prospect in 2015
Analysis: The Bayou Bengals are low of commitments but have their hands on most, if not all of the elite level talent still available in the 2015 Class. Still having the top offensive tackle (Maea Teuhema) and top cornerback (Kevin Toliver II) prospects already on-board, along with two hometown, high-level running back recruits, Derrius Guice and Nicholas Brossette, puts LSU in good situation. If LSU can land Louisiana wide receivers Tyron Johnson and Stanley Morgan, along with a few recruits from the Florida and the Lone Star State, the Bayou Bengals will have yet another Top 5 class in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Mississippi State - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Chris Stamps (6-0, 175lbs) – Vicksburg, MS – 50th rated CB prospect in 2015
- Malik Dear (5-7, 215lbs) – Jackson, MS – 8th rated ATH prospect in 2015
- Jamal Peters (6’3, 205lbs) – Bassfield, MS – 4th rated SS prospect in 2015
- Nick Gibson (5’11, 195lbs) – Pinson, AL – 11th rated RB prospect in 2015
- Chason Virgil (6’1, 185lbs) – Mesquite, TX – 17th rated DQB prospect in 2015
Analysis: Consider yourself warned, Mississippi State is recruiting at levels not witnessed during the internet rankings era. Not only are the Bulldogs getting verbals from high level prospect across the South, the Bulldogs are going head-to-head with the hometown Rebels and winning several recruiting battles. Mississippi State’s most impressive win win to date, the verbal commitment of elite safety prospect Jamal Peters, who picked the Bulldogs over Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and LSU. With 27 current commitments the Bulldogs are low on available 2015 scholarships. Remaining battles with Ole Miss for Mississippi prospects Leo Lewis (MLB), Javon Patterson (OL), Gabriel Campbell (DE) and Fletcher Adams (DT) will decide whether the Bulldogs stay in the Top 15 2015 recruiting rankings or fall below.
Ole Miss - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Ugo Amadi (5’9, 175lbs) -Nashville, TN – 14th rated CB prospect in 2015
- Eric Swinney (5’10, 180lbs) – Tyrone, GA – 7th rated RB prospect in 2015
- Willie Hibbler (6’6, 235lbs) – Sardis, MS – 25th rated ATH prospect in 2015
- La’Michael Pettway (6’3, 195lbs) – Nashville, AR – 40th rated ATH prospect in 2015
- Jay Johnson (6’3, 205lbs) – Bruce, MS – 37th rated ATH prospect in 2015
Analysis: The Rebels are short on scholarships this recruiting cycle but are still hoping on attracting some of the top prospects in the South. Beyond having their fingers in some of the best talent remaining in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, the Rebels have several top tier prospects in the Magnolia State to attract. As mentioned in the Mississippi State break down, Mississippi prospects Leo Lewis (MLB), Javon Patterson (OL), Gabriel Campbell (DE) and Fletcher Adams (DT) are still up for grabs. Land these four in-state studs, along with possibly swaying safety Jamal Peters away from the Bulldogs, and the Rebels will have a 2015 class full of quality, even though scholarships are scarce this recruiting cycle.
South Carolina - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Shameik Blackshear (6’4, 255lbs) – Bluffton, SC – 4th rated DE prospect in 2015
- Austin Clark (6’5, 295lbs) – Lexington, VA – 9th rated OT prospect in 2015
- Mark Field (5’10, 175lbs) – Charlotte, NC – 11th rated CB prospect in 2015
- Lorenzo Nunez (6’2, 195lbs) – Kennesaw, GA – 6th rated DQB prospect in 2015
- Arden Key (6’6, 225lbs) – Atanta, GA – 12th rated DE prospect in 2015
Analysis: The Gamecocks have to be the surprise of the 2015 recruiting cycle. Currently sitting with the 3rd best recruiting class in the nation, South Carolina has transitioned itself from lovable overachiever to recruiting powerhouse. Having opened pipelines in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland, the Gamecocks are picking and choosing their desired prospects across the country. With two remaining elite prospects within the Palmetto State uncommitted, defensive end Albert Huggins (5th rated defensive end prospect) and offensive guard Zack Bailey (5th rated offensive guard prospect), the Gamecocks are positioning for a Top 10 Class in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Texas A&M - Top Five Commitments of the 2015 Class
- Justin Dunning (6’3, 195lbs) -Whitehouse, TX – 9th rated SS prospect in 2015
- Kyler Murray (5’11, 170lbs) -Allen, TX – 2nd rated DT-QB prospect in 2015
- Daylon Mack (6’0, 310lbs) – Gladewater, TX – 6th rated DT prospect in 2015
- Larry Pryor (5-11, 195lbs) – Sulphur Springs, TX – 6th rated SS prospect in 2015
- Jay Bradford (5’11, 195lbs) – Splendora, Texas - 25th ranked RB prospect in 2015
Analysis: For a team that has been known for offense during the Sumlin Era, the Aggies coaching staff continue to accumulate key defensive recruits from the Lone Star State. Current commitments, defensive tackles Justin Manning and Daylon Mack, are upper level SEC trench warriors, that are traditionally found suiting up for Alabama, Auburn and LSU. Add uncommitted outside linebacker prospect and Texas A&M lean Malik Jefferson and the Aggies are going to once again assembling a Top 5 recruiting class in the 2015 cycle.