Alabama, Florida top early SEC recruiting

The recruiting folks at ESPNU have their latest class rankings out, and Alabama and Florida are both in the top 5.

The Crimson Tide are No. 3 and the Gators No. 4. Florida State, which beat out Alabama and LSU for top quarterback prospect Jameis Winston on Wednesday, sits atop ESPNU's latest rankings.

LSU (No. 9) and Auburn (No. 10) also cracked the top 10, and South Carolina (No. 15) gives the SEC five teams in the top 15.

Georgia checked in at No. 16 and Vanderbilt at No. 23. The Commodores already have four four-star prospects committed under first-year coach James Franklin and have stockpiled some much-needed speed in the 2012 class.

Tennessee didn't make the top 25, but is one of five teams listed as being on the cusp.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the most recent commitments to SEC schools:


  • WR D'Arthur Cowan, Olive Branch, Miss.

  • DB John Gibson, Missouri City, Texas (Three stars, ranked No. 99 nationally among athletes)

  • DE Brandon Lewis, Memphis, Tenn. (Three stars, ranked No. 45 nationally among defensive ends)


  • DT Tyler Nero, Atmore, Ala. (Three stars, ranked No. 30 nationally among defensive tackles)

  • DE Gimel President, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Three stars, ranked No. 40 nationally among defensive tackles)

  • RB Jovon Robinson, Memphis, Tenn. (Four stars, ranked No. 20 nationally among running backs)


  • S Marcus Maye, Melbourne, Fla. (Four stars, ranked No. 13 nationally among safeties)

  • LB Antonio Morrison, Bolingbrook, Ill. (Three stars, ranked No. 39 nationally among outside linebackers)


  • OT Chester Brown, Hinesville, Ga.

  • OT John Theus, Jacksonville, Fla. (Four stars, ranked No. 6 nationally among offensive tackles)



  • OT Derek Edinburgh, New Orleans, La. (Three stars, ranked No. 79 nationally among offensive tackles)

  • DE Danielle Hunter, Katy, Texas (Three stars, ranked No. 69 nationally among defensive ends)

  • CB Jalen Mills, DeSoto, Texas (Two stars, ranked No. 86 nationally among cornerbacks)


  • WR Frederick Brown, Jackson, Miss

  • RB Xavier Grindle, Columbia, Miss. (Three stars, ranked No. 43 nationally among running backs)

  • DT Nick James of Long Beach, Miss. (Four stars, ranked No. 22 nationally among defensive tackles)

  • DB Will Redmond, Memphis, Tenn. (Three stars, ranked No. 96 nationally among athletes)


  • TE Austin Ray, Columbia, Mo. (Three stars, ranked No. 27 nationally among tight ends)


  • S T.J. Gurley, Cairo, Ga. (Three stars, ranked No. 31 nationally among safeties)

  • OG Joe Harris, Lithonia, Ga. (Four stars, ranked No. 14 nationally among offensive guards)

  • LB Kaiwan Lewis, Hammonton, N.J. (Four stars, ranked No. 8 nationally among inside linebackers)


  • RB Cody Blanc, Knoxville, Tenn. (Three stars, ranked No. 111 nationally among athletes)

  • WR Drae Bowles, Jackson, Tenn. (Four stars, ranked No. 14 nationally among receivers)

  • K George Bullock, Knoxville, Tenn. (Two stars, ranked No. 35 nationally among kickers)

  • DE LaTroy Lewis, Akron, Ohio (Four stars, ranked No. 29 nationally among defensive ends)

  • LB Justin King, Dunwoody, Ga. (Three stars, ranked No. 46 nationally among outside linebackers)

  • LB Otha Peters, Covington, La. (Three stars, ranked No. 38 nationally among outside linebackers)

  • WR Keithon Redding, Decatur, Ga. (Three stars, ranked No. 47 nationally among receivers)