Alabama is off to a slow but quality start and LSU is among the nation's leaders as the SEC West recruiting classes begin to form.
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Early official visits mean less real personal time to build relationships with prospects and their families for SEC coaches.
Among the new faces who could impact the SEC West will be defensive linemen expected to help Alabama and Texas A&M replace departed stars.
Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer
Dan Mullen says he's in favor of the new redshirt freshman proposal that would allow a redshirt frosh to play up to four games without losing a year of eligibility. He thinks it would help with the development of young players and allow a freshman to contribute late in the season if he's ready. Would also help players who get injured but play late in the season. "I think it'd be very advantageous for the players and the the game."
Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says that he isn't necessarily concerned about the new early signing period, but it does significantly change the recruiting calendar and tactics for coaches. He also thinks that the December signing day will become the new popular signing day. Makes early, offseason official visits a new focus for kids and coaches
Alabama hopes to see WR Robert Foster finally emerge, but most of the players who made big strides in the West in spring are on defense.
The Bulldogs could use a go-to tight end, but it's looking more and more like it will be tight end by committee in Starkville this season.
With spring practices finished, we take a look at how each SEC West team fared as we head into the summer.
Alabama's secondary and LSU's passing attack highlight areas where improvement is needed before the season kicks off.
Not being selected in the NFL draft is a disappointment for some players, but doesn't mean they won't land a spot on a roster this summer.
Florida is making a move within the SEC with Felipe Franks at quarterback as LSU's Ed Orgeron handles a weak spring effort from his offense.
Spring practice didn't dramatically change the landscape of the SEC, but a few developments might have opened the door for competition with Alabama.
Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer
With the 210th pick (sixth round), the Seahawks have selected offensive tackle Justin Senior out of Mississippi State. Senior (6-foot-5, 331 pounds) has 34-inch arms and started 39 games (38 at right tackle, one at left tackle) over the last three years. He tested poorly from an athleticism standpoint and will have to battle for a roster spot this summer.
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The SEC had 12 players taken in the first round Thursday night -- including nine from the West division alone -- tied for the most by any conference in the common draft era. The SEC has produced the most first-round picks in six of the past seven drafts.
The Football Power Index is out, and Alabama is picked to repeat as SEC champions, but which teams are being undervalued the most?
New coordinator Todd Grantham saw his defense come up with five picks in Mississippi State's spring game, a welcome sign after the unit's recent woes.
QB Nick Fitzgerald threw for 127 yards and also rushed for a score during Mississippi State's Maroon and White Game on Saturday. DB Cameron Dantzler had two interceptions on defense, including an 81-yard return to open the scoring at Davis Wade Stadium.