Who is the top committed player for Georgia as of today?
Brice Ramsey is a major pickup for Georgia.
The biggest sleeper for Florida?
The biggest remaining target for South Carolina?
In this Southeastern Conference recruiting overview, 247Sports takes a look at some of the best prospects the teams in the East division have on board, and who else they'd like to add before National Signing Day in February.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 21, No. 3.
BIG FISH: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Tampa (Fla.) Wharton. A 247Composite five-star prospect, he ranks No. 6 overall in the class and No. 1 at cornerback. Even though Florida has a strong secondary, the ultra-competitive Hargreaves
should be able to contribute early.
SLEEPER: Chris Thompson, WR, Gainesville (Fla.). A three-star prospect, Thompson's offer list doesn't blow you away. But he impressed Florida in camp, and privately the Gators think they've found a gem right in their own backyard. Given Florida's mediocre play at receiver in 2012, it's not crazy to think Thompson could see action next season.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Alex Collins, APB, South Plantation (Fla.). Collins recently moved into the No. 1 spot nationally at his position, and Florida believes it has a legitimate shot to get his signature, though it won't be easy to do. Not only do the Gators need depth at running back, but the starting spot there is open entering 2013.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 30, No. 9.
BIG FISH: Brice Ramsey, QB, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County. A top-100 prospect, Ramsey is the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the 247Composite rankings. He's a strong-armed kid with good mobility that has a high upside. Ramsey is still learning to go through his progressions, but once that comes he figures to be a good one. One thing the current Georgia staff has done is sign good quarterbacks. He's certainly that.
SLEEPER: Reginald Carter, ILB, Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett. Coming off major knee surgery, Carter switched positions. He handled both issues extremely well. At times in 2012, Carter was simply dominant on the field. He has a great motor and better-than-average explosiveness. He looks really good in pads, and pysically he appears to be SEC ready.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Montravius Adams, DT, Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County. The Bulldogs would love to add the country's No. 1 defensive tackle, and have made great headway in the past few months. It appears as though Clemson may be Georgia's biggest threat, but others can't be counted out. An explosive and perfectly-sized athletic tackle, Adams has the ability to contribute early and ultimately become a difference-maker.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 21, No. 16.
BIG FISH: Larenz Bryant, OLB, Charlotte (N.C.) Vance. The country's No. 92 overall prospect in the 247Composite, he checks in at No. 10 at his position. Bryant is a big-time prospect that has a great deal of athleticism. His quickness is one thing that stands out. Bryant was a two-way star in high school, but will concentrate on defense in Columbia, S.C. Look for him to play early. The Gamecocks lose a lot of talent both outside and inside. There's also a chance Bryant could get a look at the team's Spur position, a linebacker/safety hybrid that plays close to the line but has more coverage duties.
SLEEPER: Alan Knott, OG, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek. The 6-feet-4, 275-pounder is an excellent prospect that has a solid frame, nice strength, better-than-average feet and good toughness. One thing South Carolina will have in 2013 is depth on the offensive line. That should give Knott ample amount of time to add weight and get some seasoning before he's put into the lineup. For a lineman, that's usually a good thing.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: David Williams, APB, Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Institute Charter. A 247Composite four-star player, Williams has been the Gamecocks' top running back target for awhile. Because of injury and graduation, there is a need at that position, and Williams has a skill set different from the backs already on the roster. Not only does he possess good size, but he also has excellent speed. South Carolina would like to finish off this recruitment soon.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 20, No. 25.
BIG FISH: Johnathan Ford, RB, New Hope School (Ala.). Vanderbilt definitely has a need at running back, and in fact would like to sign two backs in this class. Ford is someone that has tested very well, and he performed at an extremely high level last summer while camping at Vanderbilt. The Commodores were really the first team to jump on Ford, and now others have followed. Ford put together a solid junior season, and was even better in 2012. With Zac Stacy finished at Vandy, Ford could make an impact next season.
SLEEPER: Jonathan Wynn, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson. Vanderbilt has three defensive ends committed and Wynn is the lowest-rated of the group, but the truth is he has a really nice upside. He's 6-feet-4, but only in the 220-pound range, so adding bulk will be crucial. That said, the tools certainly are there. Wynn's greatest asset is his lightning-quick first step. He also has a long reach, which makes it difficult for offensive linemen to get a body into him. It may take a year or two, but Wynn can become an SEC-caliber player.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Leon McQuay III, Safety, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood. Vanderbilt is one of five teams in the running for the four-star standout, whose grandfather played in the NFL, and the Commodores feel like they have a legitimate shot. Not only is there a need at safety, but McQuay would bring a level of athleticism to Nashville the program currently does not have. He has visited Vanderbilt as much, if not more, than any other school. Should he pick the Commodores, he could be a Day-1 starter.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 18, No. 28.
BIG FISH: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, ATH, Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast. A four-star prospect, Reeves-Maybin is an exceptional athlete capable of playing any number of positions in Knoxville. The old Vols staff liked him as a corner/safety hybrid, but didn't rule out the idea of him playing some on offense. If also is possible Reeves-Maybin might see action at linebacker based on what kind of defense the news new employs. The bottom line: He can flat-out play, and should be able to contribute early somewhere.
SLEEPER: Riley Ferguson, QB, Matthews (N.C.) Butler. Ferguson is a three-star recruit, and he has the ability to make an impact in college. He isn't the kind of player that will wow you at a camp. And moving forward, he must work on his mechanics and decision-making. But in games, Ferguson makes things happen. He shows very good poise and can turn a garbage play into a first down because of his terrific improvisational skills.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Vonn Bell, S, Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland. Bell has been a major priority for the Vols for a long time and a coaching change isn't likely to affect that. Bell, rated as a five-star player, could play either corner or safer (the old regime preferred him at the latter). The Vols could use help at either position. Bell is a gamer that should thrive in college.
Chase Abbington is the top commit for Missouri. But which position will he play?
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 16, No. 41.
BIG FISH: Chase Abbington, S, St. Peters (Mo.) Ft. Zumwalt South. Abbington is a jumbo athlete that projects to linebacker and even eventually a situational pass rushing defensive end down the line. At 6-foot-3 and change and around 210 pounds with long arms, he has the frame to carry 240 pounds or more in time. While he doesn't necessarily have an athletic quality that sets him apart, he is a nice blend of quick feet, good speed and overall agility and balance. He will need time to adjust to the speed of the game in the SEC, and as a defensive player after playing mostly running back in high school.
SLEEPER: Antar Thompson, St. Louis (Mo.) Maplewood-Richmond Heights. Thompson was a bit under the radar early on and the Tigers got on him before anyone else could. He blew up a bit during the spring, but by May had committed to Missouri. Thompson has good size and ability. He's a big kid that moves well, and is really quick on film. IF Sheldon Richardson leaves early for the NFL, Thompson should have a chance to hit the field quickly.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Toby Johnson, DT, Hutchinson C.C. (Kan.). Johnson is a massive tackle with a great upside, and he can play either the one-technique or three-technique spots in college. He is rated as the No. 1 junior college tackle in the 247Composite. Johnson sustained a major knee injury this fall, but will have three years to play two at his next stop. That's a good thing in case he needs more time to get healthy. Johnson will be a mid-term enrollee, which will allow him to rehab with his team. Moving forward in the SEC, Missouri can't have enough good defensive linemen.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 14, No. 64.
BIG FISH: Alvonte Bell, DE, Hollywood (Fla.). Kentucky needs playmakers at end, and Bell has the skills to become one. He possesses a big-time frame that can easily add weight, a great reach that he uses effectively and a quick first step. Had Bell not been slowed by injuries in 2012, this is someone you might be hearing a lot more about right now. Kentucky recorded only 25 sacks this season, so the opportunity is certainly there for someone to step in and contribute right away.
SLEEPER: Deangelo Yancey, WR, Atlanta (Ga.) Mays. Kentucky didn't have a ton of great weapons at the receiver position in 2012, meaning incoming freshmen will likely get a close look. In Yancey, Kentucky is landing someone with very good size, decent speed and a good bit a strength. Not only is he tough to jam at the line of scrimmage, but he can probably be an asset in the running game with his perimeter blocking.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Ryan Timmons, ATH, Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin County. As a four-star in-state prospect, this is the type of player Kentucky absolutely does not want to let get away. The new staff in Lexington (like the old one) has made Timmons a huge priority, and many feel the odds of Kentucky landing him went up this week. In college, Timmons is likely to be on offense, and he is extremely talented with the ball in his hands.