The recruiting landscape in the SEC is a bit different than in the Big 12, where the conference has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.
The SEC has a number of different paths to the top.
Ole Miss has a few more options than the SEC, however, which is why it’s the SEC’s biggest target for the 2016 class.
The Rebels are ranked No. 6 in the USA Today Top247 recruiting class rankings, with a projected class that could be in the neighborhood of 18, according to 247Sports.
The 2016 class is loaded with talent.
Ole State’s D.J. Williams is the consensus No. 2 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the top player in the 2019 class, according the 247Sports Composite rankings.
There are also three-star defensive tackle Anthony Walker, who could be the top recruit in the class.
A year ago, Walker was ranked No.”10 overall, while Walker and junior quarterback Connor Shaw were ranked No”17.
In 2016, Shaw was No”13, while Shaw was ranked as the No”16 player in school history.
That led to some speculation that Shaw was taking a visit to Ole State.
That didn’t happen.
But with Shaw now committed to Alabama, it would be a stretch to say he’s not going to stay in school for another season.
Ole Mississippi is also in the top 20 in the 247 Composite, but the Bulldogs don’t have a Top247 class at that point.
The 2018 class is the top of the 2019 recruiting class.
In fact, Ole Mississippi could be top five for the 2019 Class.
And that class is headlined by defensive end Dwayne Allen, who is ranked No’8 in the 2016 247Sports class.
Allen has made his pledge to Ole Mississippi.
And while Allen will be the first Ole Miss defensive end to commit to the program, he may also sign with another school before the start of next season.
Allen also has a good relationship with the Rebels.
According to 247sports.com, Allen has committed to the Rebels since the 2015 class.
However, Ole Miss will have to wait until 2019 to see if Allen signs with them.
OleMiss could also be a big target for Oregon.
The Ducks have been linked to several prospects in the past few weeks.
On Saturday, former Oregon quarterback Trevor Knight was one of the top targets on the Ducks’ list of targets.
Knight is currently committed to USC.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Knight has a chance to join an Oregon recruiting class that already includes QB Carson Wentz, LB Darian Thompson, and TE Josh Huff.
Oregon will have three-stars in the 2020 class, and it has already announced that it will hold a class at the Oregon campus.
USC, which will also hold a recruiting event this weekend, is ranked as a Top 10 school in the nation, according 247Sports’ composite rankings.
USC is also ranked No”.5 in the latest USA Today Composite rankings, while the Trojans are the No.”6 overall prospect.
USC currently has seven commits in the Class of 2019.
Oregon has four.
USC has been linked in recent weeks to several players in the Ducks, including offensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, receiver Josh Boyce, defensive end Myles Garrett, and quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The Trojoes are still in the hunt for an offensive lineman.
In the 247Composite rankings, the Trojan’s top offensive lineman is the No””14 prospect, and the Trojians have two.
The three-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year is ranked at No. 13, but he’s also a member of the Oregon football team.
Oregon’s recruiting class is still in flux, with the Ducks currently holding their spring practice at their home stadium in Eugene.
However to keep up with the recruiting frenzy, we will have a full 2017 recruiting class coverage and full 2018 recruiting class covering the 2017-2018 season, as well as all of the 2018 classes.
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