One recruiting cycle is in the books. Another one is well under way.
The Razorbacks would love to land Reilly Gibbons.
Today, we take a look at the Southeastern Conference, and identify what each of its teams' top needs are for the 2014 class.
Biggest Need -- Offensive left tackle. When Alabama missed out on five-star 2013 tackle Laremy Tunsil it made this spot a must-get for 2014. That's because standout Tide tackle Cyrus Kouandjio will be a junior this season and he has the potential to go very high in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Top Target -- Cameron Robinson, OT, West Monroe (La.)
Biggest Need -- Offensive tackle. The Razorbacks have signed only one true tackle in the last two classes, and that was earlier this month. They'd like to land three or more in the upcoming class. One starting tackle this season will be a senior; overall there are five on the roster.
Top Target -- Reilly Gibbons, OT, St. Petersburg Catholic (Fla.)
Biggest Need -- Cornerback. The Tigers thought they had a good shot at five-star 2013 corner Mackensie Alexander but he landed at Clemson. Now, the team has three key players at that position that will be seniors this fall. That makes finding corners a major priority.
Top Target -- Stephen Roberts, CB, Opelika (Ala.)
Biggest Need -- Offensive line. The Gators did fairly well here in the last cycle and have two key transfers that can play in 2013, but some of their key contributors will be upperclassmen and depth remains an issue. There is a need to add four or five offensive linemen.
Top Target -- Kc McDermott, OT, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Central
Biggest Need -- Running back. Yes, running back. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will only be true sophomores in 2013, but that means they'll be juniors by the time a 2014 signee is ready to play. In the SEC, depth at this position is critical. And ... there's a chance Gurley and/or Marshall could leave early for the NFL.
Top Target -- Sony Michel, RB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage.
Biggest Need -- Linebacker. The Wildcats wanted to bring one in for 2013 but weren't able to pull that off. In this cycle, Kentucky hopes to take at least two, and the chance for early playing time is there. Starter Avery Williamson, an All-conference talent, will be a senior.
Top Target -- Greg Miclisse, ILB, Palm Bay (Fla.) Bayside
Biggest Need -- Running back. Since the 2011 class, LSU has signed only one tailback. That means the Tigers will have only three tailbacks on the roster in 2013 and one or more could end up leaving early for the NFL. This year, they need at least one but could try to sign two.
Top Target -- Leonard Fournette, RB, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine
Receiver Shaq Davidson is considered to be a South Carolina lean.
Biggest Need -- Linebacker. There are two reasons for choosing this position group. 1. Ole Miss is going to get hit hard by graduation after the 2013 season. 2. It's not a spot where the Rebels are all that strong to begin with. Ole Miss might try to make room for up to four linebacker for this cycle.
Top Target -- Nyles Morgan, ILB, Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee.
Biggest Need -- Linebacker. Mississippi State has some good young players at linebacker, but only signed one last year. Now, the Bulldogs could take three of them in 2014. Dan Mullen's team needs inside backers and outside backers, but the greater need arguably is on the outside.
Top Target -- E.J. Moss, ATH/OLB, Ashville (Ala.)
Biggest Need -- Defensive back. For Missouri, there is a high priority on landing defensive backs -- particularly quality corners -- for 2014. The Tigers need more defensive playmakers, but they also need more depth in the secondary. So far, they've offered more than a dozen defensive backs.
Top Target -- Chris Murphy, CB, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
Biggest Need -- Wide receiver. This spot wasn't a huge priority for 2013, but the Gamecocks didn't sign a single receiver so now it is. Look for them to go after two to three for the 2014 class, which should be a smaller group overall because of numbers.
Top Target -- Shaq Davidson, WR, Gaffney (S.C.)
Biggest Need -- Defensive line. The Vols have major needs on both lines, but there might be a greater urgency on the defensive front. Not only is this an area at which the Vols struggled in 2012, but it's an aging group that could lose three to four starters off next season's team. Tennessee will go heavy here, and hope to sign up to six players.
Top Target -- Lorenzo Carter, WDE, Norcross (Ga.)
Biggest Need -- Defensive back. The Aggies are looking hard at both cornerbacks and safeties, and it's important they do well in this current cycle. The reason -- they'll be losing several guys off the depth chart after this upcoming season. Texas A&M had success in the secondary with its 2013 class, and another strong year there would help.
Top Target -- Nick Harvey, CB, Richmond (Texas) Travis
Biggest Need -- Running back. The Commodores hoped to sign two tailbacks in 2013, but a late de-commitment by Johnathan Ford (who signed with Auburn) threw a wrench into those plans. Most importantly, Vanderbilt needs depth at this spot. But it also would like a homerun signing here to help the program continue on its recent upward path.
Top Target -- Jalen Hurd, RB, Hendersonville (Tenn.) Beech Senior.
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