Who is the top committed player for Alabama as of today?
O.J. Howard is Alabama's highest-ranked player in the 247Composite..
The biggest sleeper for LSU?
The biggest remaining target for Texas A&M?
In this Southeastern Conference recruiting overview, 247Sports takes a look at some of the best prospects the teams in the West division have on board, and who else they'd like to add before National Signing Day in February.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 19, No. 2
BIG FISH: O.J. Howard, TE, Prattville (Ala.) Autauga Academy. The nation's No. 1 tight end is a physical specimen, 6-feet-5, 221 pounds of muscle. He also is tremendously gifted athletically, and will give the Tide offense a big-time middle-of-the-field threat in the passing game. Because of his height and leaping ability he also figures to thrive in the red zone. On the flip side, Howard likely will need seasoning as a blocker.
SLEEPER: Bradley Bozeman, OG, Roanoke (Ala.) Handley. Bozeman may only be a three-star recruit, but has has the perfect size and toughness to play guard in the rugged SEC. He currently is recovering from an ACL injury.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia. The battle for the country's top offensive tackle prospect is between Alabama and Georgia. Tunsil is friends with Tide commit Derrick Henry, and that could help Alabama's chances.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 23, No. 7
BIG FISH: Ethan Pocic, OT, Lemont (Ill.). Pocic, at 6-feet-7, 280 pounds, has one of the biggest frames of any lineman in this class. He's a prototypical tackle, both with his size and the way he plays. He's a hard-nosed, nasty prospect from the Chicago area that LSU beat several heavyweights to land. LSU should have a fairly good amount of depth in 2013 on the line, and that will give Pocic time to develop.
SLEEPER: Lewis Neal, DE, Wilson (N.C.) Hunt. Neal is among the more intriguing players from North Carolina in this cycle. He's not that big, but is extremely quick, plays with an exceptionally high motor and has an array of moves that he utilizes off the edge. He also plays with a chip on his shoulder because he feels somewhat slighted by those that have ranked him as a three-star prospect. LSU likely won't have much back at weak-side defensive end in 2013, so there may be a chance for him to make an impact early.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Kendell Beckwith, DE/LB, Jackson (La.) East Feliciana. The state's No. 1 prospect in the 247Composite, Beckwith would be a huge pickup for the Tigers. Right now, this is an Alabama-LSU battle, but the Tigers feel good about their chances and have had some positive visits with him in recent days. If Beckwith plays defensive end at LSU, he could see significant action early. At outside linebacker, there is considerable depth. Either way, he's likely to hit the field in 2013.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 32, No. 8
BIG FISH: Derrick Griffin, WR, Rosenberg (Texas) B. F. Terry. Griffin is seen as being a little bit of a grade risk, but if he makes it he has a chance to be a star in both football and basketball. A bid-bodied receiver/tight end, he's real raw, but has an unreal frame. With the Aggies, he would be a big receiver target on the outside, or even be a flex tight end type. His ability and size is similar to Aggies freshman receiver Mike Evans, who had a big season.
SLEEPER: Joas Aguilar, OG, North Richland Hills (Texas) Birdville. Rated as a three-star guard, Aguilar is a versatile kid that could play guard or tackle with the Aggies. With Texas A&M possibly losing a few talents early to the draft, he could be counted on to provide immediate depth. The Aggies have been known for their strong offensive line play of late, and he fits the mold of what they like.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Ricky Seals-Jones, ATH, Sealy (Texas). The No. 1 athlete in the country, the 6-feet-5 Seals-Jones is an incredibly versatile talent that likely would start his career in College Station at receiver. Right now, this is a two-team battle between Texas A&M and LSU, but the Aggies are somewhat confident they can land him.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 17, No. 11
BIG FISH: Reuben Foster, ILB, Auburn (Ala). The Tigers have three five-stars committed in Foster, defensive end Carl Lawson and defensive tackle Dee Liner, but we'll go with Foster. He is the highest-ranked member of the class at No. 8 overall in the 247Composite, and is No. 1 at his position. Foster is an explosive athlete that also displays great power. The biggest question mark might be his weight. Other colleges continue to pursue him, though he did say all the right things when reached immediately after Gus Malzahn was named Tigers coach Tuesday.
SLEEPER: Jarrad Davis, OLB, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County. Davis is a player Auburn landed early that several other colleges are now trying to make a run at (including Florida). He's a big, physical and quick player that moves well in space and is a nice sideline-to-sideline guy. He also comes from a winning program, which is another plus. Davis' verbal seems a bit shaky right now. The new Tigers staff likely will need to get on him quickly to secure this commit.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Montravius Adams, DT, Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County. Auburn has fallen somewhat off of Adams' radar of late, with Georgia and Clemson seemingly now the teams to beat. But if the Tigers can keep Foster, Liner and Lawson -- three prospects Adams speaks with on occasion and knows fairly well -- perhaps they can stay alive with him. Landing the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle would give the new staff an incredible boost. It won't be easy, but Adams previously has visited Auburn and likes it there. That's a start.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 20, No. 20
BIG FISH: Chris Jones, DE, Houston (Miss.). The No. 10 strong side defensive end in the 247Composite rankings, Jones is every bit of his listed 6-feet-5, 250 pounds. The Bulldogs have a need up front, so he could find his way into the rotation early. Jones is still raw, but his physical gifts are undeniable, particularly his quickness off the ball. He's somewhat comparable athletically and size wise at this stage to former Bulldogs star Fletcher Cox, who is now in the NFL.
SLEEPER: Shelby Christy, WR, Geismar (La.) Dutchtown. The Bulldogs lose five senior wideouts, so it is imperative they do well at that position in this cycle. Of the high school receivers committed, Christy is probably the best developed at this time. He brings good speed and size to the position. Mississippi State went after bigger receivers for 2013 to create matchup problems, and Christy is 6-feet-3, 190 pounds.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Ashton Shumpert, RB, Tupelo (Miss.). The recruitment of Shumpert looks to be a battle between the Bulldogs and Vanderbilt with Ole Miss on the fringe. He's that big-bodied back that once again is all the rage in the SEC. Shumpert not only has the size, but the quickness and power needed at the major college level. With Ole Miss trying to swipe away running back Kailo Moore, a current Bulldogs commit, getting Shumpert may have added importance.
Can the Rebels land No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 21, No. 21
BIG FISH: Nickolas Brassell, ATH, East Mississippi C.C. Brassell signed with the Rebels in 2011, spent a season in Oxford then was forced to enroll in a junior college because of grades. In his second go-round with Ole Miss, he is expected to play cornerback, and likely start, but still could see some action on offense because of his speed and playmaking ability.
SLEEPER: Peyton Barber, RB, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton. Barber may be the biggest sleeper in the entire conference. After missing most of his junior season with an injury, he was fantastic in 2012, displaying excellent footwork, solid body control, good speed and the ability to run through contact. He is both patient and powerful, too.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson. Nkemdiche is the No. 1 overall prospect in the country, and a heavy Ole Miss lean after recently de-committing from Clemson. His brother, Denzel, is a linebacker for the Rebels. Should he select Ole Miss, he will see immediate playing time. But it very well could be at tackle, not end, because he weighs in the 285-pound range. Look for a decision from him soon.
TOTAL COMMITS, RANK: 18, No. 29
BIG FISH: Carroll Washington, Hartnell College (Calif.). Washington, the country's No. 2 junior college corner in the 247Composite, has a chance to make an impact from Day 1 in Fayetteville. Arkansas has a great need at corner and in Washington they've landed a capable player to step in eary. He's fast, he's excellent in coverage and perhaps most important, he's ready to play whereas a high school prospect might need more time and seasoning.
SLEEPER: Alex Brignoni, S, Fayetteville (Ark.). A three-star prospect from right in the Razorbacks' backyard, Brignoni has just about everything you'd like from a safety -- good size (he's 6-feet-1, 190 pounds), good speed, big-hitting ability and nice ball skills. The latter is probably Brignoni's greatest strength; he plays the ball in the air exceptionally well. The Razorbacks have a need at safety and that gives Brignoni an opening. They might, however, want to add a junior college player at that position.
BIGGEST REMAINING TARGET: Altee Tenpenny, RB, North Little Rock (Ark.) West. Tenpenny, a top-50 national prospect, has been committed to Alabama for nearly a year, but the Razorbacks never stopped recruiting him. All along, Arkansas has been able to sell him on the idea of early playing time, but now they have something else for the pitch -- new head coach Bret Bielema, who at Wisconsin was known for his utilization of his backs in the power running game.
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