SEC recruiting scorecard

With bowl season underway, it's time to take a look at how the future of the SEC is doing.

Yesterday, we showed you how the SEC is doing in national team rankings, and it turns out the conference is doing pretty well, with eight teams cracking ESPN's top 25.

Today, we'll check out how all 12 teams are doing in recruiting to this point.

Alabama and Florida still lead the way, ranking third and fourth, respectively, in ESPN's national team rankings. The Crimson Tide currently has 22 verbal commitments, with nine being a part of the ESPNU 150 list. Florida has 17 commitments, with seven being 150 members.

Alabama has done well on both sides of the ball, but really hit the offense hard. The Tide are looking for big-play receivers and currently have them with five-star athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla./Arnold) and four-star receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast). Also, Alabama just nabbed top-rated running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala./Daphne) from Auburn.

Florida coach Will Muschamp has said for most of the season that the talent and depth on the offensive line is a major issue in Gainesville. Well, he's taken care of that by getting verbals from the top-rated offensive lineman in tackle D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek), who is the No. 8 player in the country, and offensive tackles Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla./Boynton Beach) and Omari Phillips (Venice, Fla./Venice). Phillips could actually play defensive tackle as well.

All of this information comes from ESPN.com's recruiting page:


2012 verbal commitments: 22

Spotlight: Athlete Eddie Williams of Panama, City, Fla., is ESPN.com's No. 1 athlete and is ranked as the ninth-best prospect overall. Williams was originally penciled in as either a safety or a linebacker, but has sense had the wide receiver tag placed on him. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he has the size to be an ideal target for any quarterback and he possesses top speed for the position. He also becomes ideal for one-on-one situations and certainly has deep threat ability.

ESPNU 150 members: 9 (ATH Eddie Williams of Panama City, Fla.; WR Chris Black of Jacksonville, Fla.; OT Brandon Greene of Ellenwood, Ga.; CB Geno Smith of Atlanta; LB Dillon Lee of Buford, Ga.; WR Amari Cooper of Miami; LB Reggie Ragland of Madison, Ala.; RB T.J. Yeldon of Daphne, Ala.; LB Tyler Hayes of Thomasville, Ala.)


2012 verbal commitments: 20

Spotlight: Wide receiver Keon Hatcher of Owasso, Okla., already looks like he's built for the college game. At 6-2, 205 pounds, Hatcher should cause most defensive backs headaches with his size. He also has the physicality to create mismatches on deep balls and should be able to make plays over the middle of the field.

ESPNU 150 members: None


2012 verbal commitments: 15

Spotlight: Athlete Ricardo Louis of Miami Beach, Fla., is a total athlete. He plays both quarterback and wide receiver, but is at his best when he has the ball in the open space. Louis' elusiveness should make him a contender for early time on offense for the Tigers. He is rated as the No. 3 athlete and 19-best prospect overall.

ESPNU 150 members: 3 (ATH Ricardo Louis of Miami Beach, Fla.; ATH Ricky Parks of Hogansville, Ga.; CB Joshua Holsey of Fairburn, Ga.)


2012 verbal commitments: 17

Spotlight: Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries of Charlotte, N.C., is the top-rated offensive lineman in the nation and is the No. 8 overall prospect. He's arguably the most athletic offensive lineman in this year's class and is very agile. While he'll need to bulk up before getting on campus, he is a crucial pickup in terms of getting Florida's future offensive line together.

ESPNU 150 members: 7 (OT D.J. Humphries of Charlotte, N.C.; Jessamen Dunker of Boynton Beach, Fla.; TE Colin Thompson of Warminster, Pa.; WR Latroy Pittman of Citra, Fla.; OT/DT Omari Phillips of Venice, Fla.; CB Brian Poole of Bradenton, Fla.; TE Kent Taylor of Land O. Lakes, Fla.)


2012 verbal commitments: 17

Spotlight: Running back Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., was a major get for the Bulldogs. He will add much needed depth to the running back position and might light the fire needed under current starting running back Isaiah Crowell. Marshall is at his best when he finds a crease because of his speed and elusiveness. He's rated the nation's No. 2 running back and sixth-best prospect overall.

ESPNU 150 members: 4 (RB Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C.; OT John Theus of Jacksonville, Fla.; DT Jonathan Taylor of Millen, Ga., DT John Atkins of Thompson, Ga.)


2012 verbal commitments: 24

Spotlight: Quarterback Patrick Towles of Fort Thomas, Ky., isn't a very well known prospect, but he has the skills to be a pretty successful dual-threat quarterback. First, he's big, at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, and has a pretty strong arm. He's probably worries defenses more when he's outside of the pocket and threw for 2,471 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior.

ESPNU 150 members: None


2012 verbal commitments: 21

Spotlight: Defensive end Torshiro Davis of Shreveport, La., looks to be yet another future star on LSU's defensive line. He's a tall, lean end who has great speed off the edge. LSU prides itself on his play up front and Davis should right in for the Tigers. Davis looks like he'll make his mark at the next level as a pass rusher.

ESPNU 150 members: 4 (DE Torshiro Davis of Shreveport, La.; OG Vadal Alexander of Buford, Ga.; WR Avery Johnson of Pompano Beach, Fla.; LB Ronnie Feist of Edgard, La.)


2012 verbal commitments: 25

Spotlight: Defensive tackle Quay Evans of Morton, Miss., isn't just a bull up front with his size but he can move pretty well once he gets through opposing offensive lines. He can be explosive enough to disrupt both opposing passing and running games. At 6-2, 312 pounds, Evans should be an issue for offensive lines once he gets on the field.

ESPNU 150 members: 1 (DT Quay Evans of Morton, Miss.)


2012 verbal commitments: 10

Spotlight: Defensive tackle Isaac Gross of Batesville, Miss., is the kind of player Ole Miss needs on its defensive line. He is a force in the middle of the line and ranks third at his position nationally. He can make plays in both the running and passing game, but seems to really get after it on passing plays. Keeping him through the Rebels' coaching transition should be priority No. 1 for coach Hugh Freeze in this class.

ESPNU 150 members: 1 (DT Isaac Gross of Batesville, Miss.)


2012 verbal commitments: 20

Spotlight: Athlete Shaq Roland of Lexington, S.C., still looks like he could play either wide receiver or safety in college. He's another one of those pure athletes who could make an immediate impact because of his versatility. Roland plays basketball as well and really is suited for multiple positions on the field, along with being a real factor in the return game for the Gamecocks as well.

ESPNU 150 members: 2 (ATH Shaq Roland of Lexington, S.C.; OT Brock Stadnik of Greensboro, N.C.)


2012 verbal commitments: 22

Spotlight: Dalton Santos of Van, Texas, is Tennessee's top commitment at this point. Tennessee is looking for depth on defense and Santos certainly provides that. He makes his mark in the run game and has the ability to move all over the field. Tennessee had success with its freshmen linebackers in 2011 and the hope is that Santos has the same impact.

ESPNU 150 members: 2 (LB Dalton Santos of Van, Texas; WR Drae Bowles of Jackson, Tenn.)


2012 verbal commitments: 20

Spotlight: Athlete Brian Kimbrow of Memphis, Tenn., is the headliner of James Franklin's first real class as Vandy's coach. He was a tremendous high school running back, but can be used as a return man as well. He also might get a shot to play defense as with his tremendous corner skills. This is the type of player Franklin needs to keep recruiting if he wants to get Vandy closer to the next level.

ESPNU 150 members: 1 (ATH Brian Kimbrow of Memphis, Tenn.)