SEC Recruiting Overview, Pt. 4

Our look back at the 2002 signing classes in the Southeastern Conference continues with LSU and Mississippi State.



It's worth taking another look at the Bayou Bengals' bagged prospects for comparisons sake. More than half the SEC would kill for a class the caliber of LSU's, even though it pales to last year's take.

Nick Saban did really well inside Louisiana considering he never had a chance with St. Augustine wide receiver Akieem Jolla. He still secured the top player at every other position.

The only knock on LSU's 2002 class is that Saban came up empty trying to get blue chippers from out of state. He'll need a better success rate here to maintain the Tigers' talent level.


RB Justin Vincent

(6-0 200)

Lake Charles, La.

DT Kyle Williams

(6-3 285)

Ruston, La.

CB Skyler Green

(5-9 180)

Marrero, La.

QB Lester Ricard

(6-5 210)

Amite, La.

LB Cameron Vaughn

(6-3 225)

Marrero, La.

OL Garrett Wibel

(6-3 290)

Metairie, La.

DT Doug Planchard

(6-3 270)

Baton Rouge, La.

DE Tory Collins

(6-3 255)

New Orleans

OL Terrell McGill

(6-4 300)


OL Brian Johnson

(6-5 290)

Tallahassee, Fla.

CB Blair Irvin

(5-11 170)

Patterson, La.

DE Alonzo Manuel

(6-2 245)

Jennings, La.

S Kerron Gordon

(6-1 175)

Tampa, Fla.

LB Lawrence Williams

(6-3 225)

Lutcher, La.

CB Vernon Russell

(6-0 180)

River Ridge, La.

QB Jeff Cook

(6-0 195)

Crowley, La.

RB Dominique Owens

(5-10 175)

Sugar Land, Texas

S Jason Spadoni

(5-11 200)

River Ridge, La.

LB Ryan Willis

(6-4 240)

New Orleans

OL Paris Hodges

(6-5 335)

Fairfield, Calif.

WR Junior Joseph

(6-2 180)

New Orleans

LB Willie Demps

(6-1 228)

Pensacola, Fla.

S Chris Vincent

(6-2 215)

Valley Forge M.A.


Mississippi State


The top half of the Bulldogs' 2002 signing list is as solid as they come, putting the overall class in the top half of the SEC. MSU definitely won the battle for talent in the state of Mississippi hands down, fending off Ole Miss and the regular out-of-state raids from Auburn, Alabama and LSU.

Worth noting about State's haul is that Jackie Sherrill wasn't quite as reliant on junior colleges as he has been in the past. Of course we can attract the likes of Darren Williams, Deljuan Robinson and Jerious Norwood from right in his backyard, there's no reason for him to bring in those stop-gap players.



S Darren Williams

(6-4 200)

Clarksdale, Miss.

K Keith Andrews

(6-1 175)

Monroe, La.

LB Marvin Byrdsong

(6-3 235)

Longview, Texas

DE Deljuan Robinson

(6-4 276)

Hernando, Miss.

CB Nicholas Turner

(5-10 185)


K Scott Shurden

(5-8 175)

Philadelphia, Miss.

DE Markell McKinley

(6-3 270)

Weir, Miss.

RB Jerious Norwood

(6-2 205)

Brandon, Miss.

DE Ryan Huffman

(6-4 265)

El Dorado, Kan.

OL Manuel Dickson

(6-4 290)

Georgia Mil. Coll.

CB Brandon Wright

(5-9 160)

Memphis, Tenn.

OL Richard Burch

(6-6 290)

Brandon, Miss.

LB Kenneth Kern

(6-2 225)

Clarksdale, Miss.

DT Otis Riddley

(6-3 305)

Jackson, Miss.

QB Aries Nelson

(6-3 195)

Cleveland, Miss.

QB Ken Topps

(6-0 160)

Shannon, Miss.

WR Will Prosser

(6-4 205)

Starkville, Miss.

QB Brett Morgan

(6-0 190)

Vicksburg, Miss.

WR Tee Milons

(5-10 165)

Starkville, Miss.

OL Monte Collins

(6-7 350)

Jackson, Miss.

QB Justin Tyler

(6-3 210)

Gray, Ga.

RB Bryson Davis

(6-3 260)

Plainview, Texas

CB Kevin Dockery

(5-9 178)

Hernando, Miss.

DE J.J. Grant

(6-5 250)

Hinds CC

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