Where are Southeastern Conference teams looking for players to stock their respective rosters?
Five-star DE Lorenzo Carter is one of 80 players from Georgia in the 2014 class claiming SEC offers.
In this week's SEC recruiting roundup, we take a look at which states have the most prospects with offers from SEC programs for the class of 2014. There are three things to consider …. 1. These are known offers. 2. Since colleges cannot publicly comment on prospects, these are the offers being claimed by the prospects. 3. The below list includes high school players only -- not those in junior college.
As most probably would expect, Florida tops the list with 125 prospects claiming SEC offers. It's also not a shock to find that Georgia is second with 80.
There are, however, a few surprises.
For example, right now South Carolina has more players with SEC offers than North Carolina.
With this list, we also see that Texas is up there in third.
TOP STATES WITH 2014 SEC OFFERS
1. Florida 125
2. Georgia 80
3. Texas 57
4. Ohio 32
5. Louisiana 29
T6. Alabama 24
T.6 California 24
T8. Illinois 20
T8. Tennessee 20
10. South Carolina 19
11. North Carolina 18
12. Mississippi 17
13. Virginia 16
14. Missouri 15
15. Maryland 14
OTHERS OF NOTE
New Jersey 13
Kevin Sumlin's Aggies have more than two dozen offers out in the Lone Star State.
Some tidbits …
*Of the 57 Texans with SEC offers, Texas A&M has offered 30 of them.
*Arkansas has 133 known offers out, but only four of them have gone to players in Arkansas. This illustrates the challenge in recruiting for the Razorbacks, who must spend the bulk of their recruiting time recruiting out of state.
By comparison, Arkansas has 23 offers out in Florida, 21 in Georgia and 13 in Texas.
*LSU always goes heavy in-state and that's true again in this cycle. Right now, the Tigers have 13 offers out in Louisiana. Elsewhere, LSU has 21 known offers out in Texas, 21 in Florida and 10 in Georgia.
*The Crimson Tide has 14 known offers out in-state, compared to 17 in neighboring Georgia, a place it has had great success in recent years.
*The Gators have 138 known offers out, with 40 coming from Floridians and another 21 out in Georgia.
*Eleven of the 20 prospects in Tennessee with SEC offers have Volunteer offers. Three of them already have committed to Coach Butch Jones and Co.
*A combined 50 of Auburn's 113 known offers are out in Florida and Georgia. Meantime, only 16 have gone to in-state players.
*South Carolina has only 12 in-state offers out, but 31 in Georgia.
*Mississippi State has 160 known offers out -- 15 in-state. Meantime, 212 players in the 2014 class claim Ole Miss offers, including 18 from the Magnolia State.
*Four-star quarterback Drew Barker of Hebron (Ky.) Conner, the No. 87 overall prospect in the 247Composite, will announce May 10 at his school, with Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee being the primary contenders. It appears as though the Wildcats and Gamecocks are the two with the best shot.
*On Wednesday, four-star linebacker Tre’ Williams of Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul’s will announce, and this looks like an Auburn-Alabama battle. An Under Armour All-American, Williams is the No. 39 overall player, No. 3 inside backer and No. 4 recruit in Alabama in the 247Composite.
*Four-star 247Sports tight end Milan Richard of Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day School has four finalists -- Clemson, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The nephew of Georgia Bulldog great Herschel Walker, he will announce June 4. Richard also had been considering Georgia, but the Bulldogs, who recently got a commitment from tight end Jeb Blazevich, told Richard they will only take one tight end in this cycle. Clemson is considered the favorite. Vanderbilt, at least partly because of its academics, is a dark horse.