SEC football All-Recruiting Team, August 2013 edition: Alabama pulling away

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Alabama took its recruiting to another level in August.

No conference recruits football players like the SEC. It's commonplace for a fan of a school to celebrate a top-20 recruiting class on National Signing Day, and then soon after realize that his or her school was bested by more than half of the conference. Such is life in the SEC. In fact, only 25 of the SEC's 94 four and five-star recruits are good enough to make the list.

Here, every school pulls in good talent. But not all pull in elite talents. One way to demonstrate this is with an all-conference recruiting team.

The format is simple. Using the 247 Sports Composite of the four major recruiting rankings (Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247), here are the top QB, two RBs, three WRs, TE, five OL, five DL, four LBs, and five DBs currently committed to SEC schools. We plan to update this team once a month or so through Signing Day in February.

Note: Every effort was made to slot players at the positions they'll be playing in college. Analysis follows the table.

Hello: WR Ermon Lane (Florida), WR Cameron Sims (Alabama), TE Jeb Blazevich (Georgia), OT Ross Pierschbacher (Alabama), DT Bijhon Jackson (Arkansas)

Player From Stars Committed to


Quite a few teams have quarterbacks rated four-stars or higher, and this race was very tight.
Kyle Allen Scottsdale (Ariz) Desert Mountain 5 Texas A&M
Allen is the most college-ready quarterback in the country, and will have a good shot to start as a freshman should Johnny Football leave early for the NFL. For more on Texas A&M, visit Good Bull Hunting.


The running backs haul for the conference is absolutely ridiculous. Two five-star talents were left off the list in Jalen Hurd and Bo Scarbrough.
Sony Michel Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage 5 Georgia
Michel is the consensus No. 2 back nationally. For more on Georgia, visit Dawg Sports.
Dalvin Cook Miami (Fla.) Central 5 Florida
Cook is the consensus No. 4 back nationally. For more on Florida, visit Alligator Army.

Wide Receiver

The SEC's receiver recruiting has finally picked up. Seven four-star receiver recruits had to be left off.
Ermon Lane Homestead (Fla.) 5 Florida
Most consider Lane the first- or second-best receiver in the country.
Cameron Sims Monroe (Ala.) Ouachita Parish 4 Alabama
Alabama landed Sims over LSU and others. For more on Alabama, visit Roll Bama Roll.
Shaq Davidson Gaffney (S.C.) 4 South Carolina
Davidson is an explosive receiver recruit. For more South Carolina, visit Garnet and Black Attack.

Tight End

Jeb Blazevich Charlotte (N.C.) Christian 4 Georgia
Blazevich is a very strong tight end who also catches the ball well.

Offensive Line

The five highest-rated offensive linemen, regardless of position (tackle, guard or center).
Roderick Taylor Jackson (Miss.) Callaway 4 Ole Miss
Taylor is arguably the top guard in the country. For more on Ole Miss recruiting, visit Red Cup Rebellion.
Ross Pierschbacher Cedar Falla (Ia.) 4 Alabama
Pierschbacher recently flipped to Alabama from Iowa. He is one of the top offensive tackles in the country.
Andy Bauer St. Louis DeSmet 4 Ole Miss
Bauer is a very solid tackle prospect at 6'6 and 300 pounds.
Viane Talamaivao Corona (Calif.) Centennial 4 Alabama
Talamaivao is one of the West Coast's best guards.
Garrett Brumfield Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab 4 LSU
Brumfield is one of the best guards in the Southeast. For more LSU, visit And the Valley Shook.

Defensive Line

These are the four highest-rated defensive linemen, be they ends or tackles. The SEC routinely recruits the best defensive linemen by an obscene margin.
Lamont Gaillard Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest 4 Georgia
Russell is a massive and nimble interior defensive lineman at 6'3 and 310 pounds.
Bijhon Jackson El Dorado (Ark.) 4 Arkansas
Clark is a powerful end who plays with good leverage. For more on the Hogs, visit Arkansas Fight.
Justin Thornton Mobile (Ala.) Vigor 4 Auburn
Thornton is a great pass rusher at 6'5 and 222 pounds. He committed early to Auburn to focus on academics and ensure he qualifies. For more on Auburn football recruiting, visit College and Magnolia.
Khairi Clark Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madona 4 Florida
Clark has excellent athleticism for his size, though he needs to show up in Gainesville at around 300 pounds, not the 325 he was carrying at the Miami Nike Camp.


The competition here is very tight, and will grow even tighter if more five-stars commit to the SEC, as is likely.
Tre' Williams Mobile (Al.) St. Paul's 4 Auburn
Williams is a thick 'backer who brings the big hits.
Christian Miller Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley 4 Alabama
Miller is a dynamic athtele and edge rusher.
Hoza Scott La Porte (Tx.) 4 Texas A&M
Scott is widely considered the top outside linebacker nationally. For more on Texas A&M football recruiting, visit Good Bull Hunting.
Zach Whitley Houston (Tx.) North Shore 4 Alabama
Whitley is extremely active.

Defensive Back

With teams playing more and more nickel and dime defense, it was appropriate to include five defensive backs.
Edward Paris Arlington (Tx.) Mansfield Timberview 5 LSU
Paris is an excellent safety recruit with great range.
Nick Harvey Richmond (Tx.) Travis 4 Texas A&M
The 5'9 Harvey makes up for his lack of height with excellent quicks.
Todd Kelly Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb School 4 Tennessee
Kelly is a very versatile safety. For more on Tennessee football recruiting, visit Rocky Top Talk.
Dylan Sumner-Gardner Mesquite (Texas) West 4 Texas A&M
Sumner-Gardner is excellent against the run.
Malkom Parrish Quitman (Ga.) Brooks County 4 Georgia
Parrish makes up for his 5'9 stature with quickness and agility.

The 25-member team breaks down by school as follows:

The SEC is by far the most balanced league. Compare this list to that of the ACC, where three teams have 80-percent of the team members, or the Big Ten, where Ohio State and Michigan combine for 60-percent.

Is this balance a good thing? How do you think this list will change? Will The top five schools on the list further separate from the bottom eight? Or will Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Mississippi State or Missouri get on the board? Let me know in the comments section.

I'll update the results next month, so be sure to check SB Nation's recruiting hub regularly.

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