published Sunday, January 26th, 2014

SEC football recruiting rankings

ALABAMA — Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said this past week at the Senior Bowl that this year's class would contain just one or two more prospects. The top remaining target is cornerback Marlon Humphrey (6-0, 180) of Hoover, Ala., who is rated by as the nation's No. 9 overall prospect and is the son of former Alabama tailback Bobby Humphrey. Humphrey was scheduled to visit this weekend along with South Carolina linebacker commitment Bryson Allen-Williams.

TENNESSEE -- The Volunteers have assembled a very strong class and are not going away quietly. They were scheduled to have two four-star prospects visiting this weekend who have committed to other league schools -- running back Darrel Williams (LSU) of Marrero, La., and cornerback D.J. Smith (South Carolina) of Marietta, Ga. Williams is scheduled to visit Texas A&M next weekend.

TEXAS A&M -- There isn't much room left in Texas A&M's class, either. Scheduled to visit the Aggies this weekend were guard Braden Smith (6-6, 275) of Olathe, Kan., and safety Donovan Wilson (6-1, 185) of Shreveport, La. Smith, who is Rivals' No. 50 overall prospect, visited Notre Dame last week and is scheduled to visit TCU next week. Wilson visited Utah last week and is scheduled to visit LSU next week.

LSU -- The Tigers are hoping to snag in-state receiver Malachi Dupre (6-4, 175) and are battling Miami for defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (6-3, 286) of Hialeah, Fla. LSU was scheduled to host Valentine, a former Miami commitment, this week, and he's scheduled to visit the Hurricanes next week. Valentine is the nation's No. 59 overall prospect according to Rivals.

AUBURN -- This is the weekend outside linebacker Rashaan Evans (6-3, 218) stays in town to take his official visit. Evans is the nation's No. 14 overall prospect and could join a class that already has Rivals' No. 12 (running back Racean Thomas) and No. 23 (linebacker Tre Williams) prep prospects. Auburn also has a commitment from one of the nation's hottest prospects, quarterback Sean White, who was the offensive MVP of the Under Armour Game.

FLORIDA -- Florida isn't petitioning for a move to the Big Ten, but the Gators were scheduled to host their share of Big Ten players this weekend. Tailback Jeff Jones (6-0, 198) of Minneapolis is Rivals' No. 44 overall prospect and has been a Minnesota commitment since last February. Also scheduled in this weekend were a pair of Wisconsin commitments from Jesup, Ga.: receiver Krenwick Sanders and defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson.

GEORGIA -- Defensive end Lorenzo Carter (6-5, 235) of Norcross, Ga., the nation's No. 36 prospect, remains Georgia's top target and will take his official visit to Athens next weekend. Also scheduled for next weekend is Derrick Kelly (6-5, 290), a three-star offensive tackle from Havana Fla. Kelly was scheduled to be at LSU this weekend.

KENTUCKY -- Kentucky's latest commitment is cornerback Kendall Randolph (5-11, 175) of Tallahassee, Fla. Randolph is the 10th four-star commitment in the first full class for Wildcats coach Mark Stoops. Scheduled to visit Lexington this weekend was Kano Dillon (6-5, 225), a two-star tight end from Ocala, Fla., who currently is committed to South Florida.

OLE MISS -- The Rebels are thought to be be team to beat for Michael Sawyers (6-2, 307), the four-star defensive tackle from Nashville's Ensworth High who previously committed to Vanderbilt. Scheduled in Oxford this weekend was Isaiah McKenzie (5-8, 165), a four-star receiver from Plantation, Fla. McKenzie visited Florida last weekend and is scheduled to visit Notre Dame next weekend.

SOUTH CAROLINA -- Holding on to Allen-Williams is a top priority. The linebacker took to social media Thursday after receiving an in-home visit from new Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, and he was scheduled to visit Alabama this weekend because of the relationship he has with Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. Allen-Williams has told the multiple recruiting services that he is not flipping.

ARKANSAS -- Defensive end Solomon Thomas (6-3, 263) of Coppell, Texas, was scheduled to visit this weekend and would be a huge catch for the Razorbacks. Thomas is rated by Rivals as the nation's No. 37 overall prospect and will be deciding among Arkansas, Stanford and UCLA, with Stanford thought to be the favorite. Also scheduled in this weekend was Randy Ramsey (6-3, 201), a three-star athlete prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

MISSOURI -- The Tigers were looking this weekend to bring in Tennessee commitment Dewayne Hendrix, the 6-4, 264-pound defensive end from O'Fallon, Ill., which is just outside St. Louis. Hendrix, who is the nation's No. 5 strongside defensive end according to Rivals, has been committed to the Volunteers since October. He is the nation's No. 78 prospect overall.

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Bulldogs are going head-to-head with fellow SEC members for defensive end Anthony Brown (6-4, 230) of Miami and center Jervontius Stallings (6-4, 296) of Hoover, Ala. Mississippi State is battling Arkansas for Brown and is battling Kentucky for Stallings.

VANDERBILT --Derek Mason landed his first commitment as Commodores coach this past week, getting Rashad Canty (6-4, 210), a two-star receiver out of Riverdale, Ga. The Commodores were scheduled this weekend to bring in Travon Lee (5-11, 167), a three-star receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Lee is scheduled to visit Duke next weekend before picking Vanderbilt or the Blue Devils.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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