Top 2017 freshman summer arrivals to watch in the SEC East

The Bulldogs could plug five-star OT Isaiah Wilson in as a starter on their line right away. Phelan M. Ebenhack for ESPN

It might be almost summertime, but that doesn't mean you can't talk a little recruiting. This is the time in which the majority of recruits actually start to really make an impact with their respective schools.

Early enrollees get that crucial leg up in the spring, but you can't forget about the bulk of the class that arrives in the summer months. Today and tomorrow, we'll take a look at a few summer names in the SEC that you should be aware of before fall camp hits.

Here are seven names to keep an eye on in the SEC East:


CB Marco Wilson: The Gators lost starting cornerbacks Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson. They also had to move top nickelback Duke Dawson to the boundary. That means the inside corner spot is open, and Florida needs depth on the outside. Luckily, Wilson's younger brother, Marco, will be on campus with a chance to help the Gators at both spots. Marco Wilson, a 2017 ESPN 300 member, has exceptional one-on-one coverage skill and is physical enough to play inside.


OT Isaiah Wilson: When you're a five-star offensive tackle prospect, huge expectations are going to be thrust upon you way before you even get on campus. That's the world Wilson lives in. After the Bulldogs' offensive line struggled during the spring game (the starting unit gave up five sacks), it was clear that Georgia's front would need some help before the season. Wilson has a chance to be a key cog on Georgia's offensive line, but it's important that he's careful with his weight after he was listed at 350-plus pounds when he signed.


ATH Lynn Bowden: It sounds like Bowden can do just about anything the coaches want him to do. He can play receiver, cornerback, quarterback and even running back for the Wildcats. Coach Mark Stoops has said that Bowden will play receiver, which makes sense when you consider that top receiver Jeff Badet decided to transfer. Even though the Wildcats return some solid playmaking talent on offense, expect the versatile Bowden to get involved early in camp.


CB Adam Sparks: After losing two starting cornerbacks, the Tigers need guys to step up at this position. Logan Cheadle, DeMarkus Acy and Christian Holmes made strides in the spring, but coach Barry Odom will let his freshmen have a crack at the positions, too. Sparks might not have been a highly sought after recruit, but he was the Tigers' lone pure cornerback signee. The three-star prospect has a ton of athleticism and is also exceptional in one-on-one coverage.

South Carolina

CB Jamyest Williams: Coach Will Muschamp loves big, physical corners, but Williams doesn't exactly meet that first qualification. He's just 5-foot-9 and 173 pounds, but don't you dare think that will hamper his time at South Carolina. Williams was the nation's No. 3 corner prospect in the 2017 class and was a major get for Muschamp and his coaches. Williams is incredibly aggressive -- a trait Muschamp looks for in his corners -- and has great ball skills. South Carolina is looking for as much help as it can get in its secondary, and Williams will have every opportunity to make an immediate impact in Columbia.


RB Ty Chandler: Tennessee has a starting running back in John Kelly, but the depth here is certainly lacking. Chandler was an ESPN 300 member and could be a nice change-of-pace back in the Vols' offense. He isn't exactly a burner or home run threat like Kelly is, but he could be a more physical back between the tackles. Sophomore Carlin Fils-Aime showed flashes this spring but also got dinged up, opening the door for a trio of freshmen -- Chandler, Trey Coleman and Timothy Jordan -- to make moves this fall. Chandler was the highest rated of the group and might have the most upside.


DE Dayo Odeyingbo: Coach Derek Mason still needs to find another inside linebacker, and he actually returns his top pass-rushers, but it'll be hard to keep Odeyingbo out of the trenches early on in fall camp. He was the top-rated recruit that Mason signed in 2017, and he's the type of quick, strong, rangy player the SEC thrusts on along the edge. He isn't up for a starting role, but in a league in which you always need quality depth up front, Odeyingbo will be groomed to get into the rotation this fall.