SEC Recruiting Overview

A few weeks have passed since national signing day when colleges around the country filled out their recruiting classes for 2002. A few stragglers came in after Feb. 6 and now is a good time to take a look back, specifically within the Southeastern Conference, to see which schools scored big and which ones came up a little short.

We will begin a team-by-team look at the signing classes in the Southeastern Conference. Today, we'll feature Alabama and Arkansas.

For a look at how each player ranks nationally, look into Recruiting database.



A lot of attention to what took place in Tuscaloosa on national signing day following the announcement of severe NCAA sanctions, as friends and foes of Alabama waited to see if any recruits would have a change of heart. The Crimson Tide's 19 verbal commitments followed their word with a letter of intent on Feb. 6 and cornerback Roshawn Pope came on board with head coach Dennis Franchione a day later.

Alabama's class is weighed in favor of defensive line signees. Kyle Tatum is considered the best tackle prospect in the state, and Jeremy Clark picked the Crimson Tide over LSU.

Perhaps looking to stem far-reaching effects of the NCAA sanctions, Alabama already has five verbal commitments for 2003. There are no head-turners among the bunch, however.

DT Kyle Tatum

(6-5 260)

Prattville, Ala.

DT Jeremy Clark

(6-3 275)

Daphne, Ala.

DE Christopher Browder

(6-5 215)

Camden, Ala.

CB David Scott

(6-0 180)

Jones County JC

CB Roshawn Pope

(5-11 180)

Galveston, Texas

RB Kenneth Darby

(5-11 185)

Huntsville, Ala.

S Titus Ryan

(6-2 195)

Northport, Ala.

OL Grant Dickey

(6-5 305)

Tyler, Texas

DE Chris Harris

(6-6 230)

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

WR Zach Fletcher

(6-3 195)

San Francisco CC

QB Brandon Avalos

(6-1 175)

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

RB Nick Luke

(6-1 210)

Phenix City, Ala.

OL Henry Smith

(6-3 285)

Aliceville, Ala.

DE Greg McLain

(6-3 230)

Lineville, Ala.

LB Demeco Ryans

(6-2 215)

Bessemer, Ala.

LB Ernest Nance

(6-2 215)

Courtland, Ala.

LB Juwan Garth

(6-2 200)

Decatur, Ala.

S Chauncey Malone

(6-1 180)

Trinity, Ala.

CB Ramzee Robinson

(5-10 177)

Huntsville, Ala.



It is vital every year for Arkansas to do well with its out-of-state recruiting effort, specifically in the state of Texas where the talent is fairly close at hand. In Vickiel Vaughn and Tony Ugoh, the Razorbacks corralled a couple of the top prospects from next door.

Houston running back John Johnson should also be a reliable prospect for Arkansas, especially since the Razorbacks didn't sign heavily at the offensive skill positions.

The Razorbacks continued their strong of recruiting out of Evangel and took the best player coming out of West Monroe. But don't look for that to hurt LSU next time they want to recruit there.

S Vickiel Vaughn

(6-1 182)

Plano, Texas

OL Tony Ugoh

(6-6 295)


DE Reggie Banks

(6-4 270)

Shreveport, La.

QB Cedric Washington

(6-0 200)

Bryan, Texas

LB Marcus Whitmore

(6-1 225

Independence, Kan.

OL Gene Perry

(6-4 205)

East Mississippi CC

LB Lucas Jackson

(6-0 220)

West Monroe, La.

RB John Johnson

(6-0 180)

Houston, Texas

DE Chase Pressley

(6-4 269)

Batesville, Ark.

RB Dedrick Poole

(5-9 185)

Little Rock, Ark.

CB John Jackson

(6-0 194)

Monticello, Ark.

OL Zac Tubbs

(6-7 330)

Cullman, Ala.

DE Jonathan Barry

(6-6 220)

Arlington, Texas

DE Wes Murphy

(6-4 230)

Springdale, Ark.

WR Chris Baker

(6-2 185)

Osceola, Ark.

WR David Thompson

(6-3 185)

Memphis, Tenn.

DE Bobby Payne

(6-4 268)

Morrilton, Ark.

DE Charles Walker

(6-2 267)

Beggs, Okla.

WR Desmond Sims

(6-3 192)

New Madrid, Mo.

RB Brandon Kennedy

(6-0 215)

Tyler, Texas

OL Tyler Morgan

(6-5 275)

Hot Springs, Ark.

RB Eugene Cousart

(5-11 220)

Memphis, Tenn.

RB DeAngelo Williams

(5-9 180)

Wynne, Ark.

WR Michael Coe

(6-2 180)

Cordova, Tenn.

LB Sam Olajubutu

(5-11 200)

Lagrange, Ga.

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