Recruiting Breakdown: SEC
Kentucky, Auburn and Missouri are all winners
With the early signing period in the rearview mirror, we have a clearer picture on how many of your favorite college team's recruiting classes are shaping up.
Over the course of the week, we will take a look at each power conference and break down some of the early winners and losers on the 2012 recruiting trail. Today, we take a look at the SEC. How's your school's next team shaping up?
Kentucky: There were worries about Coach Cal's 2012 class previously. Those can be put to rest now. Five-Star rated Archie Goodwin is a dynamic scoring guard signed to play for the Wildcats. Willie Cauley should be a paint protector and Alex Poythress brings physicality to the small forward position. Dynamic transfer point guard Ryan Harrow should be eligible next season.
Auburn: The Tigers have made some in-roads to the top of the SEC with their class. Jordan Price is a talented scoring guard and Shaquille Johnson very well may be the best athlete in the recruiting class. Big men Jordan Granger and Asauhn Dixon-Tatum fill out the class.
Missouri: They are not in the SEC yet but by next year they will be bringing in a wealth of recruits. While the 7-man class doesn't have any premium talent, the shear wealth of quality players brought in should help ease the transition to the conference. Stefan Jankovic has the ability to be a program changer at his 6-10 height and perimeter skills.
Georgia: The state of Georgia has some of the nation's top recruits. Of the high-caliber ones you have Shaq Goodwin, Robert Carter, Tony Parker, Jordan Adams, Jordan Price, Marcus Hunt, Damien Wilson Evan Nolte. The Bulldogs failed to nab even one of those guys.
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Florida: The class already features the talented backcourt of Braxton Oguezbe and Michael Frazier. But they have the potential to be the best in the conference with the pledges of Jarnell Stokes and top-10 performer Anthony Bennett.
Tennessee: It's a hard job recruiting on your first year on the job. With that said, Cuonzo Martin has a chance to dispell that myth with two major recruits. Memphis-native Jarnell Stokes is still considering the Vols and can be a big-time coup. His pledge can go along way in the fight against Memphis for in-state talent.
Jarnell Stokes/Shabazz Muhammad: Stokes is coach Martin's first chance at a top flight in-state recruit. Nabbing the skilled power forward would go a long way in putting the Vols back in the national spotlight. Meantime, the Wildcats can easily vault to a top-3 class in the nation with the addition of Muhammad. With Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist already in place, adding the Las Vegas native would just be an embarrasement of riches.