Power Ranking Top 25 2015 College Football Recruits from SEC Country
SEC country is perhaps the hottest region for college football recruits. It consists of the states in the South as well as any other state that has at least one school in the SEC.
Every college football program monitors the SEC closely, as its main regions perennially feature a load of talented recruits, and the 2015 class is no different. In fact, many of the nation's premier prospects in said class reside in this hotbed.
A 5-star defensive tackle from Georgia leads the way, but a linebacker from Texas isn't far behind. Alabama is home to a pair of elite recruits, while the state of Florida is also represented well on this list.
25. Torrance Gibson, QB
At 6'4" and 200 pounds, 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson is an athletic passer who can make plays with his arm and his legs. The lefty is a dual-threat playmaker who has solid arm strength to make all the required throws from the pocket.
Gibson is still working on becoming more consistent with his accuracy, but he has the ability to deliver strikes when he gets into a rhythm. Schools such as Auburn, Tennessee, Ohio State and Miami are in the mix, per 247Sports.
24. George Campbell, WR
George Campbell is a 5-star prospect who can play receiver, free safety, linebacker and even defensive end. The 6'3", 184-pounder is a phenomenal athlete who has great quickness and speed.
Receiver is Campbell's main position, as he can race up the perimeter to put a ton of pressure on secondaries. He needs to be more consistent with his hands and concentration, but Campbell has the potential to be dynamic in college.
Campbell is wanted by many schools, according to 247Sports.
23. Kyler Murray, QB
With Texas A&M being a member of the SEC, the state of Texas is actually part of SEC country. That means a recruit from the Lone Star State such as 4-star quarterback Kyler Murray will see SEC schools attempt to acquire his services.
At 5'11" and 170 pounds, Murray lacks ideal height for a quarterback prospect. However, he has smooth mechanics and great poise. The Texan also is an accurate passer who doesn't back down from anyone.
Texas A&M is the favorite, says 247Sports.
22. Tim Settle, DT
Virginia doesn't have a school in the SEC, but it's still technically a part of the South. Plus, 5-star defensive tackle Tim Settle has the size and strength to become a dominant player in the SEC.
The 6'3", 318-pounder has exceptional strength and power at the point of attack. Settle beats up guards for four quarters, plus he has good short-area quickness to close on ball-carriers in a flash.
Alabama, Ohio State and Virginia are key schools for him, says 247Sports.
21. Damien Harris, RB
Hailing from the Bluegrass State, 5-star running back Damien Harris is a terror with the ball. At 5'11" and 205 pounds, Harris has the frame of a power-runner, but he actually gets the job done with terrific speed.
He is at his best when he's asked to make one cut behind the line of scrimmage and get up the field. Harris can jump to the edges, and he has the explosiveness to reach the end zone anytime he touches the ball.
Ohio State, Michigan, Kentucky and Alabama are just a few schools who are after Harris, per 247Sports.
20. Shy Tuttle, DT
State: North Carolina
SEC schools constantly raid North Carolina for prospects, and 5-star defensive tackle Shy Tuttle is latest elite recruit from the state.
At 6'3" and 315 pounds, Tuttle is a natural-space eater who can cause a lot of problems in the trenches. He can cover up a center and push the pocket from the interior, plus he has a powerful anchor to make a mess in the middle versus running plays.
Alabama and North Carolina are his top schools, says 247Sports.
19. Jarrett Stidham, QB
Jarrett Stidham is a 4-star dual-threat quarterback from Texas who has major upside. The 6'3.5", 190-pounder has the athleticism to elude defenders in the pocket. He will be an exciting player to watch in college.
Stidham gambles a ton with the ball, as he has supreme confidence is his strong right arm. He can rocket throws to all levels of the field, plus he can get out and make solid passes on the run.
Stidham is committed to Texas Tech.
18. Daron Payne, DT
At 6'2" and 316 pounds, 5-star defensive tackle Daron Payne is load in the trenches. He has solid quickness at the snap, plus Payne is a heavy-handed puncher at the point of attack.
He reads plays well thanks to his good ball-location skills. Payne can sit down to anchor versus the run with ease, and he also sheds with violent power. The Alabama native can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
Keep an eye on both of his in-state schools.
17. Derwin James, S
Perhaps the best safety in America, Derwin James is a 5-star prospect who is committed to Florida State. He is a smart defender with a well-rounded skill set.
The 6'2", 201-pounder has solid vision from the top of the defense versus passing plays. He knows how to insert himself in passing lanes to get his hands on balls, plus he's not afraid to play in the box. The future Seminole can work as an extra linebacker, and he also hits like a ton of bricks.
16. Chuma Edoga, OT
A 5-star offensive tackle, Chuma Edoga can play on the left or right side of the line. The Georgia native bends naturally at the knees, which allows him to play with a solid base.
Edoga, who is 6'4" and 276 pounds, has fantastic athleticism for a player at his size and position. He does a good job of shadowing rushers in space in pass-protection, plus he can reach a linebacker on the second level as a run-blocker.
He is committed to USC.
15. Kerryon Johnson, ATH/RB
Perhaps the recruit with the best and most natural instincts on this list is Kerryon Johnson. The Alabama native is a 5-star athlete who can excel as a running back or safety.
At 6'0" and 200 pounds, Johnson isn't a blazer. However, he has outstanding quickness and a sharp burst in his athleticism. He uses great vision and awareness to locate holes and creases as a running back, plus he has a solid feel for routes when backpedaling as a safety.
He's committed to Auburn.
14. Kendall Sheffield, CB
Thanks to his quick feet, athleticism and impressive closing quickness, Kendall Sheffield is a 5-star cornerback prospect. He's not the most physical player in America, but Sheffield can simply cover.
The Texas native has solid size at 5'11" and 180 pounds, plus he possesses outstanding speed. Sheffield often comes out of his backpedal cleanly and fluidly when transitioning to close on receivers. He also has good instincts and awareness to anticipate breaks at junctions.
He's wanted by many top programs in college football, according to 247ports.
13. Byron Cowart, DE
Byron Cowart is a 5-star defensive end who has great strength to set the edge. He displays above-average quickness at the snap, but he's at his best as a pass-rusher when he converts his speed to power.
The 6'4", 250-pounder can shed tackles and tight ends with power to get free versus running plays. He also has good speed and range in pursuit, plus Cowart has enough athleticism to drop into coverage a few times a game.
Florida is in front of Alabama, Oregon and Auburn, according to 247Sports.
12. Mitch Hyatt, OT
At 6'5.5" and 271 pounds, Mitch Hyatt is well ahead of many other 2015 offensive tackles in the technique category. The Peach State native plays with a good base, punches with accuracy and remains patient in his sets at all times.
Hyatt lacks great strength, evidenced by his questionable anchor. However, he always works to get himself into good position versus his opponents, plus he has good athleticism.
Hyatt could very well play left tackle at Clemson.
11. Jeffery Holland, LB
Any program looking to increase its athleticism on the second level of its defense needs to be all over 4-star linebacker Jeffery Holland.
The Sunshine State defender is a talented 6'2", 230-pound prospect who can run like a receiver. Holland plays like a 3-4 outside linebacker often in his high school's defensive scheme, but he is capable of playing all three linebacker positions in a 4-3 alignment.
Florida and Auburn are among his top suitors, per 247Sports.
10. Josh Sweat, DE
At 6'5" and 230 pounds, Josh Sweat is a quick and speedy 5-star defensive end who makes his presence felt off the edge.
Sweat can stand up and rush well as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, plus he has no issues putting his hand down and working as a traditional defensive end in a 4-3 defense. Sweat isn't the strongest defensive end one will find on the trail, but his athleticism and explosiveness are both rare.
Schools such as Florida State, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Georgia are involved with him, says 247Sports.
9. Tarvarus McFadden, DB
At 6'3" and 198 pounds, 5-star defensive back Tarvarus McFadden looks like a linebacker. Yet, he has the speed and athleticism to be fine as a cornerback or safety.
McFadden loves to use his size and strength to press receivers at the line. He has solid quickness to recover, plus he tracks throws well with his eyes. McFadden shows off outstanding ball skills when he turns into a receiver when the ball is in the air.
Florida State, LSU and Clemson are just a few schools who could land McFadden, per 247Sports.
8. Maea Teuhema, OT
Maea Teuhema is a 5-star offensive tackle who can also play guard at a high level. The 6'4.5", 346-pounder has surprising athleticism and agility for a player of his size.
Teuhema slides well to mirror defensive linemen in pass-protection, plus he has a strong punch to stymie them when he short-sets. His strength is exceptional at the point of attack as a run-blocker. The LSU commit clears alleys with power, and he finishes with a lot of pancakes.
7. CeCe Jefferson, DE
Growing into a defensive tackle in college is not out of the question for CeCe Jefferson. Yet, right now, he's a 5-star defensive end prospect.
Jefferson, who is 6'2" and 250 pounds, is an explosive player who also has good strength. He does a solid job of setting the edge versus the run, plus he has the range to pursue running backs across the box. As a pass-rusher, he jumps on top of offensive tackles at the snap with a quick burst.
Jefferson squeezes to the passer well, and he shows a good surge to finish. It would be surprising if he didn't sign with Florida.
Jefferson grew up diehard Florida fan and that is playing some into his decision no matter how much he is trying to make it a non-factor.
6. Daylon Mack, DT
A Texas A&M commitment, 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack will be a great fit in the SEC. He's an elephant in the trenches at 6'2" and 310 pounds.
Mack is explosive at the snap, and he understand hows to play with leverage at the point of attack. The future Aggie is tough and physical in the trenches, as he has the strength and power of a college defensive tackle already.
He'll likely be ready to play the minute he arrives in College Station.
5. Terry Godwin, ATH
Terry Godwin is a 5-star athlete whose best football is ahead of him. He can play cornerback at a high level, but he has remarkable potential as a receiver.
The 6'0", 168-pounder has fluid athleticism to make plays in the passing game. He separates quickly by getting out of his breaks in a hurry, plus he doesn't fight the ball with his hands. Godwin also has the speed to be a dangerous threat with the ball after the catch.
He's committed to Georgia.
4. Martez Ivey, OT
Although he needs to get stronger, Martez Ivey is a talented offensive tackle who deserves his 5-star rating. The 6'6", 270-pounder has excellent agility and balance to perform an array of blocks.
Ivey can hit moving targets in space, plus he shows good movement skills when he traps and pulls. He can easily dance with rushers to mirror them in space, as well as recover inside or outside. After Ivey adds more weight and strength, he should be a good one.
Florida is the favorite to land him, according to 247Sports.
3. Kevin Toliver II, CB
Kevin Toliver II is a 5-star cornerback who is comfortable playing tight to the line or with cushion. At 6'2" and 185 pounds, he has outstanding size and length for his position.
Toliver can press receivers with his long arms and quick punch. Yet, he can work well in off-man and zone schemes due to having loose hips and solid anticipation skills. He needs to improve his ball skills and hands, but early playing time awaits him at LSU.
2. Malik Jefferson, LB
Armed with incredible athleticism and agility, 5-star linebacker Malik Jefferson also has good instincts and vision.
The Texas native is 6'2" and 225 pounds, and he's impressive on tape. Jefferson has a quick first-step to explode to the ball out of his stance, plus he can break down and be patient in space versus ball-carriers. Jefferson also has the skills to help as a pass-rusher off the edge.
He needs to improve his coverage skills, but he should be ready to contribute on early downs as a true freshman in college. Alabama and Texas A&M are his top suitors, according to 247Sports.
1. Trent Thompson, DT
The top recruit from SEC country right now is 5-star defensive tackle Trent Thompson. At 6'4" and 292 pounds, Thompson is a Georgia native who can do it all inside the trenches.
He has the explosiveness and burst to overwhelm blockers at the snap, plus he's slippery when shooting through gaps. Thompson has above-average strength to walk offensive linemen into the backfield when challenged, and he also has terrific range.
The Peach State recruit is a prototypical 3-technique defensive tackle prospect.
Georgia, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn are all in the mix, says 247Sports.