GN recruiting editor Ryan Green does the mean teacher thing and hands out grades for each SEC team’s recruiting efforts.
OK, so it’s not the usual top-ranked class; it still is a top-10 group. Getting five-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr. away from LSU was one of the biggest stories on National Signing Day; he heads a high-caliber group of cornerbacks. The Crimson Tide added some terrific pieces to their defensive line lead by five-star DE Eyabi Anoma. On offense, the class is led by four-star WR Jaylen Waddle, who also picked the Tide on NSD. He and fellow four-star WR Xavier Williams are an impressive duo.
The grade: A-minus
New coach Chad Morris was able to land a few important pieces, led by four-star QB Conner Noland. Defensively, the class is led by sublimely named four-star LB Bumper Pool, who already is enrolled, and three-star safeties Myles Mason and Joseph Foucha. There is just one junior college transfer, which is a positive sign in a “transition class.” Arkansas signed just four prospects from Texas, but only one (Pool) was considered one of the top-75 prospects in the Lone Star State. This class is not going to help Arkansas made any headway in the SEC West, and we’ll get a much clearer picture of Morris as a recruiter next year.
The grade: C-minus
The haul was a good one for Auburn but it wasn’t great, and the Tigers are going to finish outside the top 10 in the recruiting rankings for the first time since 2012. The class includes four-star QB Joey Gatewood and four-star RBs Asa Martin, who was “Mr. Football” in Alabama, and Harold Joiner. There also is a nice group of receivers headed by four-star prospect Matthew Hill. The defensive class is one of the best in the SEC. Four-star LB Zakoby McClain, four-star DT Coynis Miller and four-star ATH Quindarious Monday, who will play safety, are the headliners. Auburn signed four of the top six prospects in Alabama; the Tide signed one. (But neither signed the top guy, WR Justyn Ross, who signed with Clemson.)
The grade: A-minus
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