In this week's SEC Roundup, we look at the quarterback position, where the conference is having a strong recruiting year. Below, we list all the quarterbacks currently committed to SEC program, and you will notice some schools do not have a commit at this position. We've put them in order of their player rating in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
Texas A&M commit and Army All-American Kyle Allen is the nation's No. 1 ranked pro-style quarterback.
SEC QB COMMITS BY 247COMPOSITE
99.08: Kyle Allen, Texas A&M
98.34: Will Grier, Florida
96.70: David Cornwell, Alabama
96.30: Jacob Park, Georga
96.02: Brandon Harris, LSU
94.38: Drew Barker, Kentucky
91.29: K.J. Carta-Samuels, Vanderbilt
89.05: Sean White, Auburn
88.57: Rafe Peavey, Arkansas
85.70: Trace McSorley, Vanderbilt
86.00: Kendrick Doss, Ole Miss
83.85: Elijah Staley, Mississippi State
81.69: Marvin Zanders, Missouri
81.33: Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
80.95: Michael Scarnecchia, South Carolina
-Allen and Grier are 5-star prospects.
-In the pro-style QB category, four of the top five nationally are SEC commits -- Allen, Grier, Cornwell and Park.
-Harris is the highest SEC commit in the dual-threat QB category, checking in at No. 3.
-The first five players on this list are top-100 national recruits.
-White was MVP of the Elite 11 national QB competition last summer. Allen, Barker, Carta-Samuels, Cornwell, Grier and Park also were Elite 11 participants.
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-The flip Wednesday -- the first day junior college mid-year transfers could sign National Letters of Intent -- by 4-star defensive tackle DaVonte Lambert of Georgia Military College from Tennessee to Auburn probably didn't sit well in Knoxville, but the fact remains the Vols are still doing quite well.
As of Thursday morning, Tennessee is No. 3 in the team rankings with 33 commitments. But here's the most interesting stat: The Vols have an amazing 16 4-star commits -- that leads country.
-Speaking of Auburn, the Tigers have now flipped three 4-star prospects from SEC foes this cycle. Besides Lambert, they got defensive backs Stephen Roberts and Kalvaraz Bessent. Not that long ago, a top-10 finish for Auburn seemed unlikely. But the way things are headed, the top-five seems possible -- and maybe even probable. Auburn, with 20 verbals, will sign 24 or 25, and very much in the running with some big fish.
-On Friday, longtime Ole Miss commit C.J. Hampton, a 4-star safety from Meridian (Miss.), will make the final call. He's down to Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State and Ole Miss. Most, however, think it's a two-horse race between the Tide and Rebels. The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently has Hampton 100 percent to Alabama. His announcement should come at 5:30 p.m. CT.
-Four-star defensive tackle Dontavius Russell of Carrollton (Ga.) de-committed from Georgia one day after attending the Iron Bowl, and things now look good for Auburn. But don't expect the Dawgs to give up just yet. They're hopeful Russell will officially visit in January. For now, it's Russell or bust at defensive tackle for Georgia. But if it doesn't feel good about Russell in mid-January, Georgia probably will start looking around.
Long-time Tennessee commit DaVonte Lambert flipped to Auburn on Wednesday.
-The aforementioned Barker, one of Kentucky's top commits, will not be eased into things in Lexington. In fact, CatsPause.com reports Kentucky coach Mark Stoops expects Barker to compete for the starting job. Barker will be a January enrollee, and will head to Lexington after competing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He's a big-armed quarterback that can be a load to tackle.
-In recent years, Clemson has done a great job identifying young talent before others and getting in early with an offer. Now, we're seeing Vanderbilt do the same thing. Earlier this week, the Commodores became the first to offer 2015 Opelika (Ala.) defensive and Quandeski Whitlow. He's a player that had a strong camp at Auburn last summer. The Commodores, by the way, are quietly putting together another good class. They're currently ranked No. 29 -- that's only one spot behind traditional power Oklahoma.
-South Carolina once again is doing well in neighboring Georgia. Of the Gamecocks' 16 commits, three are from the Peach State, including 4-star defensive end Dante Sawyer, who committed Tuesday. In 2013, South Carolina landed seven from Georgia. An Army All-American, Sawyer can give the Gamecocks a strong edge rusher, but he also is capable of dropping into coverage.
-Things definitely have picked up for Arkansas, which has risen seven spots this week to No. 31 in the rankings. The most recent pickup was a pleasant surprise. Wednesday evening, junior college offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola chose the Razorbacks instead over Oklahoma. Here's a name to watch: Tyler Hayes. Arkansas currently is evaluating the former Alabama player, now at Butler (Kan.) C.C.
-Texas A&M, currently No. 4 in the team rankings, is involved in some intriguing one-on-one battles. With 4-star receiver Frank Iheanacho, the Aggies are battling Oregon, with 5-star receiver Speedy Noil it's TAMU or LSU, and with 4-star safety/outside linebacker Edwin Freeman, Texas A&M is fighting Texas. Crystal Ball favors the Aggies with Iheanacho and LSU with Noil. With Freeman, it gives Texas a slight edge.
-At last check, UCLA had a "slight lead" for top-50 prospect Rashaan Evans of Auburn (Ala.) High. But Crystal Ball favors Auburn. Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss also remain in the hunt, with the Rebels perhaps being the darkhorse candidate. Evans could officially visit Oxford, Miss., in January. Rebs assistant Chris Kiffin is handling his recruitment and has made a strong impression on the family. It was Kiffin who shocked the recruiting world by landing No. 4 overall prospect Laremy Tunsil, a 5-star offensive tackle from Florida, last February.