Conference Breakdown: SEC

Billy Kennedy and the Texas A&M currently have the top recruiting class in the SEC. Who sits at No. 2? That may surprise you. Check out the full conference breakdown.

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Best Class

Billy Kennedy and his staff at Texas A&M have put together their best recruiting class to date.

The Aggies 2015 recruiting class consists of three players ranked from No. 25 to No. 32 – Tyler Davis, Elijah Thomas and D.J. Hogg. Plus another unranked four-star in scoring guard Admon Gilder.

With the addition of Davis and Thomas, the Aggies have a very talented and strong frontcourt headed their direction. Both check in at 6-foot-9 and over 250-pounds and while both have size, their games differ a great deal.

SEC Rankings
1.  Texas A&M
2.  Auburn
3.  Florida
4.  LSU
5.  Vanderbilt
6.   MSU
7.  Mississippi
8.  Arkansas
9.  Kentucky
10.  Alabama
11.  Tennessee
12.  Missouri
13.  Georgia
14.  South Carolina
Davis is known for his rebounding, strength and toughness. He’s an enforcer in the paint. Thomas, who missed most of the summer with an injury, is a talented scorer. He has good hands, nice touch and will look to back down the opposition quickly and aggressively.

While those two will boost Texas A&M’s inside play, Hogg and Gilder are both perimeter scorers. Hogg, a 6-foot-7 small forward, stretches the floor with his jump shot and is one of the better long-range threats in the class. The 6-foot-2 Gilder is wired up to put up points and like Hogg, is a solid shooter.

At this stage, Texas A&M has the top class in the SEC and is ranked No. 2 nationally heading into Signing Day.

Other Winners

For most it would be a surprise to see Auburn near the top of the SEC recruiting class rankings, but for those that are familiar with Bruce Pearl it’s not that all that startling.

Pearl was a dynamic recruiter at Tennessee and just as he did when he was a Volunteer, Pearl has established himself in the South, reeling in Scout.com’s No. 58 player and Georgia native Danjel Purifoy. He also plucked Maryland transfer Trayvon Reed out of the area and the same AAU program.

But there’s more. The Auburn Tigers are expected to also sign No. 61 Horace Spencer, four-star California guard New Williams and Junior College standout T.J. Dunans. This a program building class Pearl and his staff.

Billy Donovan and Florida have the SEC’s third best recruiting class heading into signing day. KeVaughn Allen and Noah Dickerson are both ranked in Scout.com’s top 75 and are their best incoming recruits. But Kevarius Hayes and Keith Stone, both three-star recruits, are talents and will help the Gators.

LSU, who holds a pledge from Scout.com’s No. 2 recruit Ben Simmons, and Vanderbilt’s four-man recruiting class check in at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively in the conference rankings.

Since John Calipari has arrived at Kentucky he’s not only sit atop the SEC conference rankings, but also the national rankings. At this time, the Wildcats hold just one commitment -- No. 61 Charles Matthews. As usual, Kentucky is involved with the nation’s elite and it would be a safe assumption that they’ll finish at No. 1 in the SEC rankings when the dust settles.

Who will help the most as a freshman?

Top SEC Prospects
Top Prospect:Ben Simmons, LSU
Best Scorer:Kevaughn Allen, Florida
Best Passer:Jimmy Whitt, Arkansas
Best Shot Blocker:Horace Spencer, Auburn
Best Post Player: Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
Best Athlete: Kevaughn Allen, Florida
Best Rebounder: Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
Best Shooter:D.J. Hogg, Texas A&M
This category is easy to answer. LSU commit Ben Simmons is easily the top player and prospect committed to a SEC school at this time.

At 6-foot-8, Simmons is a unique prospect that appears to have the ability to play either forward spot. Simmons is strong, solid athletically, has terrific scoring touch around the basket and is an impressive passer. Simmons is regarded as Scout.com’s No. 2 prospect.

After Simmons, Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis is the highest rated prospect headed to the league. But that is sure to change when Kentucky begins to add commitments.

How they stacked up

Of the big six conferences, Kentucky has the third most talent headed to the league, only trailing the PAC-12 and the ACC.

There are currently a pair of five-star prospects committed to attend SEC schools. There are 10 ranked four-stars and a trio of unranked four-star prospects expected to sign with SEC schools during the signing period.

There are 16 three-star prospects headed to the league as well.


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