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SEC Recruiting Roundup

Who's hot on the recruiting trail in the Southeastern Conference?

OT Andy Bauer is the newest Ole Miss commit.

Could someone other than Alabama finish with the top overall class?

Who are some of the bigger-name players taking visits this week?

Here's a look at the goings on in SEC country.


*Ole Miss hasn't taken the proverbial foot off the gas since its somewhat stunning 2013 signing class wrapped up. On Tuesday morning, the Rebels checked in at No. 5 in the 2014 recruiting team rankings. The latest pickup, which came Monday, was a huge get for Hugh Freeze's program. To climb the ladder in the SEC, the Rebels must continue upgrading on the interior, and the commitment of offensive tackle Andy Bauer of Saint Louis (Mo.) DeSmet should help. Remember, only a month ago Ole Miss signed five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and Top 100 lineman Austin Golson. Bauer is the No. 77 recruit in the 247Composite. All told, the Rebels have seven commits -- four with four-star ratings. Translation: Freeze is hot.

*Speaking of fast starts, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Texas A&M is No. 1 in the team rankings. The Aggies already have 10 commitments, including three Top 100 prospects. The month of March has been very good to Kevin Sumlin's program as Texas A&M has picked up three pledges, including safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite, a one-time Clemson verbal. The Aggies have done some serious work in the secondary, with two four-star corners and a four-star safety on board.

*Yes, it's early but it looks like LSU could be positioning itself to make a run at the No. 1 spot in this recruiting cycle. Right now, the Tigers sit in the No. 3 spot with seven commitments. But when scanning the list of top players in a strong 2014 Louisiana class you find several players LSU has a very good shot at landing -- most notably Leonard Fournette, the country's No. 1 running back.

*Tennessee had a huge recruiting weekend, both in terms of numbers and quality. Given the way things have gone lately for Butch Jones' program, it was a little surprising the Vols didn't score any new commits. That said, the feedback from those that made their way to Knoxville was positive. The list of prospects on hand included players such as receivers Demarre Kitt and Josh Malone, and defensive end Andrew Williams. Malone is a four-star in-state recruit; Kitt and Williams are from the Atlanta area -- a place the Vols have to do well. Last Thursday, Tennessee grabbed five-star running back Jalen Hurd. A day later, three-star back Treyvon Paulk popped. Are the Vols done at running back? Maybe not. If they find the right guy, a third back in the class is possible.

The Vols landed two running backs last week, including five-star recruit Jalen Hurd.


*Drew Barker, the player believed to be Steve Spurrier's top target at quarterback for 2014, will visit the Gamecocks beginning Friday. According to Barker, the No. 6 pro-style QB in the class and a standout at Hebron (Ky.) Conner, the teams to watch besides South Carolina are Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Ohio State figured to be a prime contender if it offered, but that hasn't happened yet. And at least for now, Barker is moving on and focusing on other teams.

*Inside linebacker Deshaun Davis of Mobile (Ala.) Vigor, whom LSU offered last week, will check out the Tigers this weekend.

*Could Georgia land another strong one-two punch at running back, like it did in 2012 when the Bulldogs grabbed Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall? It seems possible. Five-star back Sony Michel of American Heritage (Fla.) is expected to announce in April, and some believe Georgia is the program to beat. Also, four-star back Nick Chubb of Cedartown (Ga.) will visit the Bulldogs this weekend. Chubb also is high on Georgia. Landing either would be significant. Landing both would be huge.

*Alabama's next big visit days will be April 6, when the Tide will scrimmage, and April 20, the day of the spring game. Look for 2015 defensive end Mekhi Brown of Columbus (Ga.) Carver to be in April 6.

*Mississippi State will have two big visitors on campus Thursday -- offensive tackle Dontavius Blair of Garden City (Kan.) Community College and defensive tackle Elisha Shaw of Tucker (Ga.). Shaw is the No. 40 overall prospect in the 247Composite.

*The next Auburn junior day is March 30.

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