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November 11, 2002

Recruiting the SEC - Three Months to Go

With just under three months left until signing day (February 5, 2003), we take a look at how Ole Miss and fellow SEC team schools are coming along with their potential classes.

The early leaders in class quality are Alabama, LSU and Georgia. The trio have put together likely top 10 classes in the nation and have multiple top ten performers committed. South Carolina and Arkansas follow close behind and are setting themselves up for a run towards having top 15 classes. Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt are showing potential while Tennessee still has a lot of work to do.

Here's the breakdown by team in alphabetical order.

Alabama

Name Pos Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Tim Castille ATH 5-11 220 5 Birmingham, AL
D.J. Chambers ATH 6-0 180 33 Highland Home, AL
Chris Felder DB 5-11 170 12 Thomasville, AL
Andraus Grace DT 6-2 290 45 Fort Meade, FL
Eric Gray DB 5-11 175 34 Trinity, AL
Michael Hill DT 6-2 270 58 Smiths, AL
Mario Lane TE 6-5 250 39 Montgomery, AL
Dominic Lee DT 6-2 295 23 Huffman, AL
LeRon McClain RB 6-1 245 2 Tuscaloosa, AL
Justin Moon OL 6-5 290 22 Guntersville, AL
Eric Packer RB 5-9 185 11 Camden, AL
Jarod Parrish DB 6-1 185 42 Summerville, GA
Travis West OL 6-4 280 56 Laurel, MS

Arkansas

  • Early Headliners: The State's top linemen, Nate Garner and Matt Gilbow, Farod Jackson is the No. 3 fullback in the nation and wide receiver Chris Baker (2002 signee, now at Hargrave).
  • Notables Still Hunting For: WR Bret Smith, QB Robert Johnson, OL Robert Felton

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Chris Baker WR 6-2 185 NR Chatham, VA
Shermar Bracey ATH 6-2 217 NR Coffeyville, KS
Nate Garner OL 6-7 310 64 Pulaski, AR
Matt Gilbow OL 6-6 280 NR Jonesboro, AR
Rodney Giles LB 6-4 230 33 Hot Springs, AR
Anthony Gray LB 6-4 228 53 Dumas, AR
Marcus Harrison DT 6-4 285 27 Little Rock, AR
Farod Jackson RB 6-1 235 3 Little Rock, AR
Keith Jackson Jr. DT 6-2 260 37 Little Rock, AR
Derek Moore LB 6-4 228 26 Fort Smith, AR
Duston Moore OL 6-5 340 23 Brenham, TX

Auburn

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Cole Bennett TE 6-5 225 26 Dalton, GA
Lloyd Blevins DE 6-4 220 14 Birmingham, AL
Viciente DeLoach DE 6-4 214 27 Columbus, MS
Bruce Edwards WR 5-11 165 NR Columbus, MS
Brandon Jacobs RB 6-4 257 NR Coffeyville, KS
Jason Jude RB 6-1 220 18 Athens, AL
Carl Stewart RB 6-2 205 NR Maryville, TN
Josh Thompson DT 6-1 285 46 Statesboro, GA
John Vaughn K 6-1 170 NR Nashville, TN

Florida

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Clint McMillan DT 6-3 270 56 Oviedo, FL
Justin Midgett QB 6-4 195 8 Punta Gorda, FL
Jermaine Moreira ATH 5-11 175 16 Palm Beach, FL
Dwight Stephenson, Jr. LB 6-2 215 47 Boca Raton, FL
Eric Wilbur K 6-3 185 6 Winter Park, FL

Georgia

  • Early Headliners: The No . 1 cornerback in the nation Paul Oliver, No. 2 running back Kregg Lumpkin and the No. 6 inside linebacker Desmond Williams.
  • Notables Still Hunting For: DT Nathaniel Robinson, OL Ryan Pooles, RB Barrington Edwards

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Trey Chandler OL 6-6 255 12 Buford, GA
Tom Gainous OL 6-6 260 NR Cairo, GA
Joseph Gartrell WR 6-2 180 31 Stone Mountain, GA
Michael Henderson WR 5-10 155 NR Buford, GA
Trahern Holden TE 6-4 240 50 Warner Robins, GA
Nick Jones OL 6-3 275 NR Bowdon, GA
Kregg Lumpkin RB 6-0 190 2 Stone Mountain, GA
Zeb McKinzey OL 6-4 280 11 Lilburn, GA
Paul Oliver DB 6-0 185 1 Kennesaw, GA
Leonard Pope TE 6-7 240 NR Hargrave, VA
Fernando Velasco OL 6-4 325 35 Louisville, GA
Danny Verdun LB 6-2 230 14 Thomson, GA
Danny Ware RB 6-1 205 46 Rockmart, GA
Coleman Watson TE 6-6 250 21 Atlanta, GA
Desmond Williams LB 6-2 238 6 Dacula, GA

Kentucky

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Keenan Burton DB 6-2 180 43 Louisville, KY
Dallas Greer DB 6-1 185 49 Pineville, KY
Dominic Lewis TE 6-3 210 41 Elizabethtown, KY
John Logan WR 6-0 170 25 Lexington, KY
Montez Murphy DE 6-5 255 NR Coffeyville, KS
Ryan Noblet OL 6-6 275 NR Indianapolis, IN
Joe Schuler LB 6-3 235 NR Evansville, IN
Roger Williams DB 6-1 180 NR Rockmart, GA
Leroy Wilson ATH 6-4 190 NR Bowling Green, KY
Andre Woodson QB 6-5 220 7 Radcliff, KY

LSU

  • Early Headliners: The No. 1-ranked dual-threat QB in the nation Robert Lane. Other top ten players at their position include No. 2-ranked OL Jerry Sevin, No. 4-ranked RB Alley Broussard, No. 5-ranked Nick Child, No. 7-ranked OL Will Arnold, No. 8-ranked kicker Chris Jackson and No. 8-ranked OL Chris Yoder.
  • Notables Still Hunting For: DE Sean Merrill, OL Donovan Davis, QB Jamarcus Russell, LB Marquis McBeath

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Keith Alleger TE 6-5 260 13 Leesville, LA
Will Arnold OL 6-5 325 7 Centreville, MS
Alley Broussard RB 6-1 228 4 Lafayette, LA
Jarrod Carter DT 6-3 280 26 River Ridge, LA
Nick Child DB 6-1 170 5 Metairie, LA
Jessie Daniels DB 6-0 195 28 Breaux Bridge, LA
Matt Flynn QB 6-2 216 16 Tyler, TX
Cody Freeby K 6-3 210 11 Ft. Worth, TX
Chris Jackson K 6-0 180 8 River Ridge, LA
Robert Lane QB 6-3 210 1 Monroe, LA
Jerry Sevin OL 6-3 296 2 River Ridge, LA
Chris Yoder OL 6-3 280 8 Kingwood, TX
Jonathon Zenon DB 6-2 185 31 Breaux Bridge, LA

Mississippi State

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Brian Anderson OL 6-5 280 NR Butler, AL
Lance Fremin OL 6-2 270 NR Starkville, MS
J.J. Grant DE 6-4 245 NR El Dorado, KS
Ken Griffith LB 6-3 240 33 Brandon, MS
Avery Hannibal DE 6-2 240 27 LaGrange, GA
Brad Horton LB 6-2 230 NR Columbus, GA
Quinton McCrary LB 6-2 210 7 Columbus, MS
Chris Swain DB 6-0 190 NR Ellisville, MS

Ole Miss

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Sylvester Brown RB 5-9 215 NR Milford, CT
Marcus Cohen OL 6-5 308 43 Clarksdale, MS
Thomas Eckers OL 6-3 285 NR West Point, MS
Brandon Jenkins DT 6-5 274 NR Hargrave, VA
Trumaine McBride DB 5-10 182 16 Clarksdale, MS

South Carolina

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Tramaine Billie ATH 6-1 192 25 Columbia, SC
Xavier Byrd LB 6-2 205 NR Milledgeville, GA
DeAdrian Coley LB 6-3 225 NR Milledgeville, GA
Ty Erving DB 6-0 185 NR Batesburg-Leesville, SC
Ricky Grant LB 6-0 235 NR Milledgeville, GA
Marcus Lawrence LB 6-3 240 NR El Dorado, KS
Travis Lee ATH 6-1 187 23 Shelby, NC
Blake Mitchell QB 6-4 180 11 LaGrange, GA
Tray Rogers LB 6-1 205 30 Irmo, SC
Darrell Shropshire DT 6-4 285 NR Coffeyville, KS
Charles Silas DE 6-5 235 NR Milledgeville, GA
David Smith WR 6-4 181 71 Union, SC

Tennessee

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Jared Hostetter DE 6-5 275 37 Louisia, KY
John Poe LB 5-11 240 NR Coffeyville, KS

Vanderbilt

  • Early Headliners: Marcus Dixon
  • Notables Still Hunting For: CB Stephen Hodge

Name POs Rating Height Weight Rank Hometown
Marcus Buggs DB 5-11 185 NR Madison, TN
Marcus Dixon DE 6-6 260 13 Lindale, GA
Josh Earnes OL 6-4 278 NR Cape May, NJ
Johnny Edwards DB 5-11 180 57 Fayetteville, GA
Jonathan Goff LB 6-2 215 42 Danvers, MA
Elliot Hood OL 6-6 240 NR Indianapolis, IN
Greg Jacobs DE 6-3 255 NR Fork Union, VA
Merritt Kirchoffer OL 6-5 285 NR Roswell, GA
Jonathan Loyte TE 6-6 245 29 Danvers, MA
Lance Parker QB 6-2 178 NR Bryant, AR

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