This week's news and notes from the Southeastern Conference ...
Butch Jones is still adding to Tennessee's large 2014 class.
Butch Jones has a motto for his rebuilding project at Tennessee: Brick by Brick.
So far, the bricks are adding up in his first full recruiting cycle as Volunteers coach.
As of today, Tennessee is No. 2 in the team rankings, trailing only Alabama. The 28 commitments on board include one five-star and 14 four-star prospects.
No matter how you slice it, that's impressive.
In this class, big bricks -- or bodies -- were needed.
On the offensive line, Tennessee's strength on the field, the Vols will lose four and possibly five starters if tackle Antonio Richardson bolts early for the NFL.
On the defensive front, four starters will depart and six seniors.
Ideally, you'd like to recruit more than a year out to replace people. That said, the Vols are doing a really nice job in both of those key areas.
Georgia is still working to keep five-star Lorenzo Carter in the state.
Four offensive linemen are committed, with the most ready to contribute early possibly being four-star junior college tackle Dontavius Blair.
Meanwhile, the Vols have four defensive line commits and a few outside backers. From that group, we like four-star prospect DaVonte Lambert of Georgia Military College. Not only is he talented, but he can line up at several spots up front.
Look for the Vols to take around 30 (thanks to back-counting) by the time things are said and done, and have double-digit early enrollees.
Florida and Georgia reload
This weekend's World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will feature two teams in Florida and Georgia that have - 1. Been hit with a rash of injuries and 2. Have struggled on the field of late.
But if recent history has shown us anything, it is that these two programs don't stay down for long.
The reason for that: They always recruit well.
This year is no different.
Five-star Adoree' Jackson could be back on the Florida campus soon.
Georgia has the No. 5 class nationally; Florida checks in at No. 12 and leads the country with three five-stars committed.
With 17 commitments, the Bulldogs probably will only take four or five more. The top remaining targets are five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, outside linebacker Rashaan Evans and receiver Josh Malone. Of those three, Georgia feels the best about landing Malone, a standout from Tennessee.
Georgia's next big recruiting weekend will come after the season at the program's senior gala in December. Under Bulldogs coach Mark Richt, that has been a hugely successful event.
Meantime, the Gators have 14 verbals and could take up to 23 in the class. Carter is among Florida's top targets, and he already has officialed. The biggest upcoming official visitor might be five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand. Florida is a sleeper in the race, and is thought to trail Alabama and Michigan.
Also, word is five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson of California might be back on campus soon.
*Texas A&M's recruiting roll continued this week with the flip of former Arkansas commit Jermaine Eluemunor, a four-star junior college prospect. The Aggies are up to No. 4 in the team rankings, with two five-stars and 10 four-stars among their 17 commitments. Texas A&M's 92.04 average-rating-per commit ranks second to Alabama nationally. Quality + Quantity = 2014 Aggies class.
*Despite its ridiculous success on the field -- and on the recruiting trail -- some might assume prospects fall into the Crimson Tide's lap. But five-star 2015 defensive tackle Daron Payne of Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley tells us Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal, his primary Tide recruiter, is pursuing him harder than any other coach in the country. Right now, Payne favors the Tide, with Auburn a close second, he said.
*Because Auburn will return most of its offensive linemen next year, the Tigers are not in desperate need at that area. Right now, they have one player committed and may take a second. Tackle Jordan Prestwood of Arizona Western College, a four-star prospect originally from Florida, is a player Auburn likes a lot. Right now, Florida State appears to be the team to beat, but the Tigers have a good chance of landing an official visit. Prestwood told 247Sports Auburn's youth and talent up front is the one thing working against it. That said, he's still very interested, and the feeling is mutual.
*Four-star defensive end Andrew Williams of the metro-Atlanta area is one of the most heavily recruited uncommitted players in the Peach State, and right now several SEC schools are involved. At last check, Auburn, Clemson and Ole Miss stood out, but Williams also speaks highly of South Carolina and Tennessee. Auburn, Clemson and Ole Miss definitely will get officials, and South Carolina also appears to be in really good shape to score one. The Gamecocks and Vols are sleepers, but it seems like both are rising right now.
*It doesn't sound like Missouri's stunning loss to South Carolina last weekend did anything to hurt the team's recruiting efforts. The prospects we talked to that attended the game were impressed by the atmosphere, and the team itself. One prospect that left feeling good about the Tigers is Illinois outside linebacker Nile Sykes, whom Mizzou recently offered. Right now, it appears the Tigers have a legit shot of landing him.
Mizzou's big guest this weekend: Four-star linebacker Brandon Lee of Indianapolis. The Tigers are in his top four, and this is his last visit before deciding which school to attend.
*LSU has to be pleased that for the second home game in a row, five-star defensive lineman Gerald Willis of New Orleans was at Tiger Stadium. He was there last weekend to see the LSU-Furman game. Right now, Crystal Ball has Willis 92 percent to the Tigers, with 8 percent picking Texas A&M. He's the No. 22 overall prospect in the 247Composite, and has the versatility to play just about anywhere on the defensive line.
*Losing Eluemunor to the Aggies stung, but Arkansas continues to quietly put together a respectable class that ranks No. 30 nationally. The Razorbacks have 17 commitments and can sign 26 recruits with one counting back to last year. Arkansas plays host to Auburn this weekend, and will have four big prospects coming to town for officials, including five-star Gators running back commit Dalvin Cook. The player to watch -- especially in light of the Eluemunor flip -- is tackle Frank Ragnow of Minnesota. Ohio State recently offered, but the Razorbacks are very much in the picture.
*Mississippi State has 18 commitments, and can take up to 23 or 24. The greatest position of need hitting the homestretch: defensive line. The big target there is tackle Cory Thomas of Alabama. Thomas calls Tennessee his leader, with the Bulldogs close behind. Look for him to visit for the Mississippi State-Alabama game Nov. 16.