published Sunday, January 29th, 2012

SEC recruiting rankings as of Jan. 28

  1. ALABAMA -- The Crimson Tide entered the final weekend with the nation's top-rated class according to ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com. The top remaining target is Eddie Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 307-pound defensive tackle from Washington, D.C., who is rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 7 overall prospect. His main recruiter had been Sal Sunseri, Tennessee's new defensive coordinator.

  2. FLORIDA -- A stellar class could get even better should the Gators close Wednesday with cornerback Tracy Howard of Miramar, Fla., and receiver Stefon Diggs of Olney, Md. Howard, the top cornerback nationally according to Rivals.com, will pick among Florida, Florida State and Miami. Diggs, the nation's No. 2 receiver, is considering Florida, Auburn, Ohio State, Maryland and California.

  3. TEXAS A&M -- Matt Davis, the nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback, and Trey Williams, the No. 3 tailback, committed to the Aggies at their spring game last April and held firm through the transition from Mike Sherman to Kevin Sumlin. Williams told Rivals.com earlier this month that he was "96 percent" committed before his official visit to College Station, and he quickly bumped it back to 100 percent.

  4. LSU -- Receiver Cordarelle Patterson is the most coveted junior college prospect nationally who has yet to decide. The 6-4, 205-pounder was a two-time NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, and his two-year totals include 113 receptions for 1,382 yards and an average of 41.9 yards on kickoff returns. LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee are his final five.

  5. SOUTH CAROLINA -- Commitment Mike Davis, the No. 7 tailback and No. 63 commitment overall, has provided one of the more intriguing stories. The younger brother of former Clemson tailback James Davis committed to Florida before switching to South Carolina, and then James tweeted that Mike would visit Clemson. James then received a text from Tigers coach Dabo Swinney saying the visit was off.

  6. TENNESSEE -- The Volunteers are closing in on a fourth consecutive Rivals.com top-15 class. They have 11th-hour chances with receiver Quinshad Davis of Gaffney, S.C., receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and defensive tackle Korren Kirven of Lynchburg, Va., but they are trying to hold on to linebacker commitment Dalton Santos, who is being courted by Texas.

  7. GEORGIA -- Wednesday will be a big day, when linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons and tackle Avery Young announce their decisions on ESPNU. Harvey-Clemons will pick among Georgia, Florida and Florida State, while Young is believed to be picking between Georgia and Auburn. Georgia also is trying to swing receiver JaQuay Williams, an Auburn commitment, and defensive end Josh Dawson, a Vandy commitment.

  8. AUBURN -- After finishing with Rivals.com's No. 4 class nationally in 2010 and the No. 7 class last year, the Tigers have a shot at a top-10 crop again. No team is in the hunt for more remaining top-100 prospects than Auburn, which has hopes for receiver Stefon Diggs, tackle Avery Young, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, defensive ends Arik Armstead and Leonard Williams and cornerback Ronald Darby.

  9. ARKANSAS -- The Razorbacks appear to be secure with junior college receiver Courtney Gardner, who briefly flirted with Florida State and Florida after committing to Arkansas late last year. The Hogs are in the mix for receiver Dorial Green-Beckham of Springfield, Mo., the nation's top prospect who also is considering Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma.

  10. VANDERBILT -- James Franklin's first full class has been praised for months, and it's essentially been complete for months as well. The only commitments this month have been by Maryville High School dual-threat quarterback Patton Robinette, who also had offers from Iowa and North Carolina, athlete Chris Moody from McDonough, Ga., and linebacker Jakarri Thomas from Tallahassee, Fla.

  11. MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Bulldogs enter the last weekend hoping to hold athlete commitment Will Redmond, a 6-foot, 179-pounder from Memphis East who also has been courted by Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Redmond defines versatility, as his numbers this past season include 61 rushes, 27 receptions, 11-of-19 passing, 64 tackles, 15 punts and nine kickoff returns.

  12. MISSOURI -- Moving into the SEC has not reflected in a recruiting splash for the Tigers, who may lose all three of the Show Me State's top prospects. Missouri is still in the hunt for Springfield receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the nation's top overall recruit, but Kansas City defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins is committed to Michigan and St. Louis receiver Durron Neal to Oklahoma.

  13. OLE MISS -- New coach Hugh Freeze has just 14 commitments, the fewest of any SEC team, but the Rebels have made some noise in recent weeks with tailback I'Tavius Mathers and defensive end Channing Ward. It was only three years ago when Houston Nutt signed 37 players.

  14. KENTUCKY -- The Wildcats may rank last in the league, but they're first in Peach State defensive backs named Blaylock. Daron and Zack Blaylock are twins from Walton High School in Marietta, while Shawn Blaylock is from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain but is not related to the others.

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