SEC Football: 2015 Recruiting Needs for Each Team
Recruiting coordinators in the SEC have to identify their program's recruiting needs immediately after they sign their prior year's recruiting class.
Some schools miss out on multiple targets at certain positions, which makes it imperative that they bring in multiple players at that spot the following year.
Each team in the SEC has needs, even Alabama. While it's early, looking at the needs of each team in the conference will help you get an idea of how each SEC program will attack the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Vanderbilt signed a class of more than 20 players in 2014, but the Commodores still have needs to fill in 2015.
Its main priority will be the defensive line, as Vandy needs to add more depth in the defensive trenches. New head coach Derek Mason will implement more 3-4 defensive principles, so he'll look to sign bigger-bodied defensive linemen.
Also look for Mason to attempt to sign multiple linebackers to fit his scheme, as well as multiple offensive linemen and receivers.
Texas A&M has established itself as a national recruiting powerhouse over the last couple of recruiting cycles. Head coach Kevin Sumlin has several great recruiters on his staff, which is why the Aggies should be able to fill their 2015 needs with ease.
Sumlin needs to continue making sure his team is strong up the middle. Signing quality guards and at least one center prospect would be great. Defensively, adding multiple linebackers who can play in the middle and inside would help his defense be better at stopping the run down the road.
Sumlin has already gotten two commitments from running backs, which fills a need.
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones signed more than 30 players in his 2014 recruiting class, so the Vols may not have "pressing" needs right now.
However, Jones failed to sign a quarterback last year, so he needs to take at least one passer in 2015. Signing multiple quarterback prospects wouldn't be a bad idea.
Also look for Jones to make the offensive line a priority, as signing multiple blockers is essentially a recruiting rule of thumb. While the Vols signed five players who can play safety in 2014, cornerback could be a position of need in 2015.
South Carolina finished the 2014 recruiting cycle strong, as the Gamecocks pulled in two quality 4-star cornerbacks close to national signing day.
Safety is a position to keep an eye on with them in 2015, as is linebacker, because head coach Steve Spurrier only signed one and two in 2014, respectively. Spurrier also will likely look to bring in multiple running backs and several offensive linemen.
The SEC runner-up will be recruiting with a lot more confidence in 2015. Head coach Gary Pinkel and his staff are good teachers, and now they'll set out to prove they're good recruiters in the SEC.
The Tigers would be wise to look hard at the safety position. They took two safeties in 2014, but more depth is needed. The defensive line also could be a priority, especially because the Tigers failed to sign a defensive tackle in their last class.
Finally, Missouri only signed one tight end in 2014, so look for it to add multiple players at that position this year.
Quarterback and offensive line are not going to be priorities for Mississippi State. However, the Bulldogs do have some needs in other areas.
Head coach Dan Mullen needs to hit the linebacker position hard, especially with prospects who fit best in the middle. Next, he would be wise to sign a player who can play center because he didn't do that in 2014.
MSU also signed just one defensive tackle in 2014, which why it is a need in 2015.
Ole Miss has signed two consecutive great recruiting classes, which has given its roster a lot of young talent. It's hard to really find dire needs for the Rebels, but they do need to sign multiple players at several positions in 2015.
The Rebels only signed three pass-catchers in 2014, including undersized 3-star tight end Sammie Epps. Landing a bigger tight end to complement Epps in the seams while getting another receiver or two would be great.
Getting bigger at the cornerback position, plus landing another quarterback, safety and outside linebacker would help the Rebels in their quest to rise up the SEC pecking order.
The offensive line should be LSU head coach Les Miles' biggest concern in 2015 recruiting. He only nabbed two blockers in 2014, and that won't cut it in the SEC.
Miles needs several offensive linemen to become Tigers in this cycle, so look for him to attack that position. LSU also needs to land an elite pass-rushing defensive end, as its top two defensive end recruits in the 2014 class are better run defenders.
Regarding the Tigers' offensive line, Shea Dixon of Geaux247 told Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, "It’s a position of need."
Kentucky signed a big class of 29 prospects in 2014, so it's not going to need much quantity in 2015.
However, head coach Mark Stoops must continue stocking defensive backs during this cycle, as the Wildcats have had some problems in the secondary in recent seasons.
Tight end, guard and inside/middle linebacker are also positions of need because Stoops signed just one player at each of those positions in 2014.
Georgia signed 4-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard in 2014, but he was the only player at his position in the class. That's why head coach Mark Richt and new defensive chief Jeremy Pruitt need to add interior defensive linemen in 2015.
The Bulldogs also need linebackers and safeties because they only brought in one player between both of those positions last year.
The Gators signed seven blockers in 2014, but they could lose up to four blockers after this season, so they need to sign a few more offensive linemen this year.
They'll also likely target multiple running backs and receivers while looking to bring in another cornerback.
The defending SEC champions have a good amount of young talent, but there's one position that's a glaring need in 2015 recruiting: offensive line.
The Tigers only signed one blocker in 2014, and that's not going to work because their hurry-up/no-huddle offensive scheme is actually based on a strong running game. Look for head coach Gus Malzahn to have his hand in the recruiting pot of a lot of elite offensive line prospects through next February.
Arkansas signed a class of 24 players in 2014, as head coach Bret Bielema is still trying to change the culture and attitude of the program to be more tough and physical.
That means he needs to sign some powerful guards because the Razorbacks' four offensive line signees in 2014 were all offensive tackles.
Next, Bielema would be wise to seek more help at safety and the defensive line, as well as more firepower at tight end and running back because he only got one player at those latter positions in the 2014 class.
Yes, even a program that practically has everything has needs. However, Alabama's needs are smaller than most.
For starters, it would be nice if the Crimson Tide signed another tight end, because only one was brought in last year. Next, adding more help at safety has to be a priority, as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is gone, and Landon Collins could leave after this season, so more depth is needed.
Finally, believe it or not, it may be wise for 'Bama to sign another running back and inside linebacker.