Posted by Bryan Fischer
We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the SEC and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.
SEC Commitment List
Best class: Vanderbilt
Georgia. Florida. Alabama. National Champion Auburn... nope Vanderbilt has the best recruiting class in the SEC, maybe not by the total talent they are bringing in but by the quality of athletes they've managed to get in 2012 compared to past years. The job head coach James Franklin has done at a school that generally finishes last in the SEC recruiting rankings has been nothing short of amazing - especially when you consider he hasn't even coached a game as a head coach, much less at Vandy.
Work left to do: Tennessee
The Volunteers have really built up some momentum with a great month of July but they need to make sure they sustain it. This class was amongst the smallest in the country a few weeks ago and while it has grown, there's no impact, top flight player that we're used to seeing Tennessee get. There's plenty of needs to fill and players to recruit so it's up to Derek Dooley and staff to close strong this year.
Under the radar class: LSU
For a top 10 class, you sure don't hear much about the Tigers' class of 2012. Build largely on in-state talent, Les Miles and staff have done a great job of targeting athletic players who are fast and quick no matter what position they play. Davante Bourque and Torshiro Davis are among the names you'll likely hear more of once they start their senior seasons and linebacker Trey Granier is a big-time pick up who could play early on defense or special teams.
Top commit: Offensive tackle John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.), committed to Georgia.
Loading up: Kentucky on offensive linemen (5), Vanderbilt on defensive ends (5), South Carolina on wide receivers (4).
Frequent Fliers: Auburn with commitments from eight states.
Fence builders: LSU, 14 of the school's 18 commitments are from Louisiana.
Road to Signing Day storyline: Who finishes on top in the conference?
If you look at the top 25 team standings (below), you'll see a list littered with SEC teams. The only question is who will finish on top come February. Florida is on top at the moment but that could certainly change. Alabama has missed out on a few top recruits but is still in it with several top 100 prospects. Auburn could move ahead of their rival if players such as corner Geno Smith select the Tigers over the Tide. Either way, should be a fun six months until Signing Day
Top 25 Teams:
12. South Carolina