SEC Recruiting Overview, Pt. 5

Our breakdown of the 2002 signing classes in the Southeastern Conference continues with Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Ole Miss


He may have lured Eli Manning to Oxford, but head coach David Cutcliffe has yet to surround him with comparable talent. With all due respect to Ronald McClendon, you send up a red flag when four of your top six signees come from the junior college ranks.

The Rebels did well to bring in Chris Herring and Jamal Pittman but there's a drop-off in talent over the rest of this small class. Ole Miss played second banana to Mississippi State for the best talent in the Magnolia State.


RB Ronald McClendon

(5-9 190)

Butler County CC

DE Chris Herring

(6-2 260)

Batesville, Miss.

DT Jayme Mitchell

(6-6 270)

Jackson, Miss.

S Harold James

(6-1 225)

NE Mississippi CC

LB Ken Bournes

(6-1 255)

Copiah-Lincoln CC

DE Larrick Womack

(6-5 255)

NW Mississippi CC

RB Jamal  Pittman

(6-1 225)

Columbia, Miss.

DE Brandon Jenkins

(6-5 270)

Memphis, Tenn.

OL Jay Kirkland

(6-4 305)

New Albany, Miss.

TE Lawrence Lilly

(6-4 250)

Montevallo, Ala.

OL James McCoy

(6-4 285)

Moss Point, Miss.

OL Antonio Sanders

(6-4 323)

Memphis, Tenn.

DE Andrew Wicker

(6-4 265)

Clinton, La.

CB Nathaniel Banks

(5-11 175)

Liberty, Miss.

LB Brodrick Cross

(6-1 235)

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

QB Ethan Flatt

(6-7 190)

Nashville, Tenn.

QB Bryan Brown

(5-11 195)

Corinth, Miss.

LB Dedrick Clark

(6-5 230)

Pontotoc, Miss.


South Carolina


This could be a class Gamecock fans look back upon a few years from now as a "make-or-break" effort. The prep school and junior college signees were top-notch prospects coming out of high school, and the whole class was widely considered No. 1 among schools in the Carolinas region.

When Lou Holtz was brought to South Carolina, some thought this would immediately make the Cocks a player on the national scene. But with the wealth of talent on hand in the Southeast, USC hasn't needed to go nationwide like Holtz did at Notre Dame.


S Cory Peoples

(6-2 205)

Georgia Mil. Col.

DE Randy Jackson

(6-4 275)

Georgia Mil. Col.

LB Darel Slay

(6-3 245)

Holmes (Miss.) CC

LB Ricardo Hurley

(6-3 230)

Greenwood, S.C.

OL Jabari Levey

(6-8 300)

Moncks Corner, S.C.

TE Moe Thompson

(6-3 255)

Goose Creek, S.C.

RB Regis Edgerson

(6-2 219)

Garfield Heights, Ohio

CB Taqiy Muhammad

(6-1 180)

Butler County (Kan.) CC

LB Jermaine Harris

(6-4 215)

Georgia Mil. Col.

OL Ahmad Childress

(6-6 315)

Garden City (Kan.) CC

WR Troy Williamson

(6-2 200)

Aiken, S.C.

CB Fred Bennett

(6-1 185)

Manning, S.C.

WR Charles Ben

(6-1 190)

Cameron, S.C.

QB Aryhel Freeman

(6-2 170)

East Point, Ga.

RB Kenny Irons

(5-11 195)

Dacula, Ga.

CB Tremaine Tyler

(6-0 175)

Cordova, S.C.

DE Andy Boyd

(6-5 235)

Concord, N.C.

RB Brandon Schweitzer

(6-3 250)

Hendersonville, N.C.

RB Daccus Turman

(6-0 220)

Hargrave Mil. Acad.

WR Dvon Hill

(6-4 205)

Greenwood, S.C.

WR Andre Hemphill

(6-0 185)

Brevard, N.C.

OL John Hall

(6-6 285)

Chatsworth, Ga.

OL Kris Mick

(6-5 285)

Troy, Ohio

OL Brandon Robinson

(6-5 262)

Cumming, Ga.

OL Steve Sene

(6-6 305)

Irmo, S.C.

OL Chris White

(6-5 285)

Chester, S.C.

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