Looking ahead at National Signing Day in the SEC

February 1, 2009 

Georgia

Blue chipper — QB Aaron Murray: The quarterback of the future is already enrolled at UGA. He might be the quarterback of the near-future after Matthew Stafford declared for the NFL Draft.

Waiting for — DB Greg Reid: The Bulldogs are also waiting on highly touted wide receiver Marlon Brown, but Reid is as good a playmaker as there is in the country.

Emphasis — The Bulldogs made up for a lack of quantity with quality and could close great with Brown, Reid, tight end Orson Charles and linebacker Jarvis Jones all considering coming to Athens.

Alabama

Blue chipper — OL D.J. Fluker: Rivals.com ranks Fluker as the top offensive lineman in the country and the third-best prospect in the country overall.

Waiting for — WR Rueben Randle: Alabama already landed the nation’s third-best prospect in Fluker, but now it waits on No. 2 – WR Rueben Randle.

Emphasis — Head coach Nick Saban did what he wanted to in Alabama for the second straight year and put together one of the best classes in the nation by branching outwards from there.

Arkansas

Blue chipper — DB Darius Winston: Head coach Bobby Petrino landed the top prospect in Arkansas and one of the top cornerbacks in the country.

Waiting for — WR Jesse Grandy: Grandy has already visited Arkansas and will choose between the Razorbacks, Mississippi and Louisiana Tech.

Emphasis — Petrino put together a borderline top-10 class nationally by landed 14 solid three-star Scout.com prospects mixed with five four-star players and a five-star prospect.

Auburn

Blue chipper — QB Tyrik Rollison: Rollison is ranked the second-best dual threat quarterback in the country.

Waiting for — WR Rueben Randle: The Tigers got a late visit from the nation’s top receiver and are considered an underdog to land him.

Emphasis — The Tigers’ biggest point of emphasis was to retain their commitments following the resignation of head coach Tommy Tuberville. New head coach Gene Chizik already had some in-roads in the state to help make up any lost ground.

Florida

Blue chipper — WR Andre Debose: The Gators need a top-level playmaker at receiver to make up for the loss of Percy Harvin. Landing the second-best receiver in the country will help.

Waiting for — A lot: The Gators could close with an absolute flurry. Another of the top receivers in the country, Marlon Brown, is still on the board, as is one of the top linebackers in Jelani Jenkins and one of top cornerbacks in Dre Kirkpatrick.

Emphasis — The Gators have a small class, but all but four are considered four-star recruits or better by Rivals.com.

Kentucky

Blue chipper — QB Morgan Newton: The Indiana native is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country.

Waiting for — DB Darren Myles: The Wildcats got a surprise when the Atlanta prospect decided to make a visit. Kentucky is a big underdog against LSU, Alabama and Tennessee.

Emphasis — Head coach Rich Brooks and assistant Joker Phillips went after two of the top quarterbacks in the country and got both in Newton and Ryan Mossakowski of Texas.

LSU

Blue chipper — Too many to name: The Tigers landed Scout.com’s top safety, the second-best quarterback and a running back, defensive tackle and linebacker among the top 10 at their respective positions nationally.

Waiting for — WR Rueben Randle: The nation’s top wide receiver is considered a LSU lean but the Tigers must fight off Auburn, Alabama and Oklahoma.

Emphasis — Head coach Les Miles will hope to close strong with Randle, Kirkpatrick, linebacker Jarvis Jones, linebacker Barkevious Mingo and offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo and land the nation’s top class.

Mississippi

Blue chipper — DE Craig Drummond: The Rebels went into unusual territory — Chicago — to land the 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman.

Waiting for — ATH Jamar Hornsby: The former Florida signee and current junior college player committed to Ole Miss but visited Tennessee in January.

Emphasis — Mississippi did a good job of recruiting a large area, landing prospects from nine different states.

Mississippi State

Blue chipper — DE Pernell McPhee: McPhee is one of the top junior college players in the nation, and the Bulldogs have always recruited JUCOs well.

Waiting for — WR Pat Patterson: New head coach Dan Mullen could put a nice cap on his class by landing Pat Patterson, one of the top receivers in the country.

Emphasis — Like usual, Mississippi State hit the junior colleges well and picked up six signees.

South Carolina

Blue chipper — RB Jarvis Giles: Steve Spurrier went into his old stomping grounds of Tampa to land this four-star prospect.

Waiting for — WR Alshon Jeffrey: The Southern Cal commitment is giving his home-state school one final chance with an official visit this weekend.

Emphasis — Spurrier landed two of the best running backs in Florida and three of the top athletes in the south.

Tennessee

Blue chipper — RB David Oku: The new coaching staff did a good job of hanging on to Oku, who Rivals.com ranks as the nation’s best all-purpose back.

Waiting for — WR Marlon Brown: The Memphis, Tenn., product would headline the class, and the Volunteers got the final official visit.

Emphasis — New head coach Lane Kiffin went on the defensive to keep some of his commitments like Alpharetta running back Toney Williams and went after others like Ohio prospect Mike Edwards and Nyshier Oliver of New Jersey.

Vanderbilt

Blue chipper — OL Wesley Johnson: It’s still tough to go head-to-head with Tennessee in-state, but Vanderbilt did grab one of the better players in the Volunteer state.

Waiting for — DB Justin Trapp: The Commodores honed in on Trapp late after he had offers from Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian.

Emphasis — The Commodores’ recent success has helped them walk into more living rooms than in recent years and replace one- and two-star prospects with three-star recruits.

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