Bulldogs highlight SEC East recruiting
Originally Published: August 17, 2010By Craig Haubert | ESPN Recruiting
SEC East Recruiting Breakdown
|1||Christian LeMay (Mint Hill, N.C./Butler)
While the Bulldogs hope to rebound some on the field, on the recruiting trail things remain consistently productive. Georgia's class, which is a little more offensively friendly at this point, consists of five ESPNU 150 prospects, including one of the top quarterback prospects in this class. The offensive line has been addressed with five commits. Big Watts Dantzler (Dalton, Ga./Dalton) is a good pickup at offensive tackle, but we also like the upside Zach DeBell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./Tarpon Springs) has displayed.
|2||Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty)
ESPNU 150 prospects make up almost half of the Gators' verbal commitments. The key piece is top-rated quarterback Driskel, an athletic and talented signal-caller, but the Gators also have other offensive firepower on board. Florida boasts commitments from two four-star receivers, including the No. 4-rated Ja'Juan Story (Brooksville, Fla./ Nature Coast Tech) as well as top-10 athlete A.C. Leonard (Jacksonville, Ala./University Christian), who can be a weapon as a tight end. Defensively, if the Gators' 2010 defensive line haul was not impressive enough, they have more talent there coming with a commitment from top-5 defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan (Asheville, N.C./Asheville).
|3||Jon Davis (Louisville, Ky./ Eastern)
The Wildcats have only one ESPNU 150 prospect on board, but Kentucky fans have to be happy as first-year coach Joker Phillips has done a pretty solid job. Davis is a versatile player and could help the Wildcats in several ways. Glen Faulkner (East St. Louis, Ill./East St. Louis), a savvy and instinctive athlete, is a good pickup at safety. The high three-star prospect has a nice blend of size, range and physicality.
|4||Patrick Martin (Greenville, S.C./ J.L. Mann)
To this point, Derek Dooley's first full class is unspectacular but solid. The need at offensive line is being addressed as three of the Volunteers' top five prospects are offensive linemen. The class may mainly be led by offensive prospects, but overall the talent is pretty evenly split between both sides of the ball. An interesting pickup for the Vols is Juda Parker (Honolulu, Hawaii/Saint Louis). Parker may be a far cry from SEC territory but shows upside and could be a productive pass-rusher in Knoxville. Tennessee recently added four-star safety prospect Martin, who is a versatile and well-rounded player.
|5||Edward Muldrow (Snellville, Ga./South Gwinnett)
After having three of their last four classes finish in the top 25, the Gamecocks' 2011 class at this point can be considered a little underwhelming. South Carolina does not boast any four- or five-star prospects but is led by a high three-star prospect at outside linebacker in Muldrow. The class is highlighted by defensive help as the top eight prospects in the class project to that side of the ball. While South Carolina's class may be toward the bottom of the SEC at this time, Gamecocks fans can take solace in knowing that there is still plenty of time to go and that they are squarely in the mix for the No. 1 overall prospect.
|6||James Lewis (Arlington, Tenn./Arlington)
Recruiting at Vanderbilt is never an easy task. Add in the fact the Commodores had a recent coaching change and it is no shock to see them with only three commits. While the number is low, the quality is not bad. Two of the prospects are solid three-stars, like quarterback Damien Fleming (Jacksonville, Fla./ Ribault), who needs to physically develop but is athletic with a good arm and a quick, compact delivery.
Craig Haubert is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. and has more than a decade of coaching experience.
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