Posted by Bryan Fischer
It was an active month on the SEC recruiting trail as we near the halfway point to Signing Day. Here's a quick take on a few of the teams as we enter July.
The Crimson Tide added two players in June and have continued to load up on athletes that could end up helping out at multiple positions in college. Defensive tackle Darren Lake is a bit under the radar but he is the type of nose tackle that fits into Nick Saban's defense and frees up the rest of the players to make plays. The class is a bit defensive-heavy, so there could be more emphasis on offensive players in the next few months.
June was a good month for the Tigers as they added some talented skill position players to surround quarterback Zeke Pike. JaQuay Williams is going to be a nice red zone target and T.J. Yeldon should help with running back depth once he gets to campus.
The Gamecocks doubled their class in June and they added quality pieces at the same time. The big pickup was Kelvin Rainey out of Florida who was drawing a bunch of attention from some powerhouse programs. The staff also has made some nice gains with several Georgia prospects and it wouldn't be all that surprising if they reel in one or two more from the state in the coming months.
Derek Dooley and the Vols are surprisingly the SEC recruiting runts at the moment with only three commitments. They were in on several players that ended up making commitments elsewhere, which is a bit of a blow, especially since some of them went to SEC rivals. It's not a great year for in-state talent but what players there are, the Vols have had somewhat of a hard time keeping. There's plenty of time to turn things around but the staff has their work cut out for them.
The new regime in Nashville is not backing down from anyone and there's certainly a new attitude under head coach James Franklin. They're actually the top dogs in-state at the moment and they've raided Georgia successfully for a few solid building blocks. The 'dores grabbed the top player in the state in running back Brian Kimbrow and have plenty of momentum nearing the halfway point of the recruiting season.