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Team-by-Team Breakdown of SEC Early Enrollees in 2015

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Last year, the SEC welcomed 72 early enrollees. Even the SEC has outdone itself this year, topping its own record with 82 early enrollees.

It's a trend started mostly by the SEC and dominated by the SEC. There are countless benefits to enrolling athletes early, none the least of which is learning how to live life as a college student-athlete. Essentially, a player is more likely to contribute earlier if he enrolls early than if he shows up in the summer months.

Rankings according to 247Sports composite

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Tennessee (10)

After scoring 14 early enrollees last season, the Vols added an SEC-best 10 more this year. This haul features eight four-star recruits, including instant impact running back Alvin Kamara, two top 300 signal-callers and three excellent defensive line prospects. Kyle Phillips (if healthy) and Shy Tuttle could both play as freshmen.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Kyle Phillips

DL

6-4

250

Nashville, TN

No. 36

Shy Tuttle

DL

6-3

315

Midway, NC

No. 53

Jack Jones

OL

6-5

300

Murfreesboro, TN

No. 128

Darrin Kirkland Jr.

LB

6-2

235

Indianapolis, IN

No. 163

Jauan Jennings

QB

6-4

200

Mufreesboro, TN

No. 167

Quinten Dormady

QB

6-4

200

Boerne, TX

No. 263

Andrew Butcher

DL

6-2

245

Alpharetta, GA

No. 270

Chance Hall

OL

6-5

315

Roanoke, VA

No. 676

Stephen Griffin

DB

6-2

185

Charlotte, NC

No. 729

Alvin Kamara

RB

5-11

195

Norcross, GA

No. 2 (JC)

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Alabama (8)

One of the prized gems of the Bama class is quarterback of the future, five-star recruit Blake Barnett. He is joined by five other four-star true freshmen, an instant impact defensive tackle in Jonathan Taylor and delayed 2014 signee Bo Scarbrough. The 235-pound back will pair with DeSherrius Flowers to give Alabama some quality depth in the backfield. Getting two elite safety prospects into camp early could help remedy the secondary issues in Tuscaloosa as well.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Blake Barnett

QB

6-5

200

Corona, CA

No. 21

Delonte Thompson

S

6-2

180

Orange, TX

No. 44

DeSherrius Flowers

RB

6-1

210

Mobile, AL

No. 146

Ronnie Harrison

S

6-3

205

Tallahassee, FL

No. 197

Dallas Warmack

OL

6-2

305

Atlanta, GA

No. 229

Brandon Kennedy

OL

6-3

295

Wetumpka, AL

No. 303

Jonathan Taylor

DL

6-4

335

Millen, GA

No. 35 (JC)

Bo Scarbrough

RB

6-2

235

Northport, AL

No. 16 ('14)

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Georgia (8)

Jeremy Pruitt should be excited about an already improving defense getting front seven help in a big way this January. The Dawgs added three linebackers, two defensive linemen and two defensive backs with their eight early enrollees. Two of the top four players in this class will play in the front seven and are already on campus (Ledbetter, Patrick).

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Jonathan Ledbetter

DT

6-4

265

Tucker, GA

No. 66

Natrez Patrick

LB

6-3

255

Atlanta, GA

No. 88

Jackson Harris

TE

6-5

250

Columbia, TN

No. 191

Michael Barnett

DE

6-4

255

Dorchester, SC

No. 249

Johnathan Abram

DB

6-1

202

Columbia, MS

No. 692

Jarvis Wilson

DB

6-2

197

Tupelo, MS

No. 841

Chuks Amaechi

LB

6-3

220

Avondale, AZ

No. 69 (JC)

Jake Ganus*

LB

6-2

215

Chelsea, AL

-

* - transfer from UAB

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South Carolina (8)

Steve Spurrier talked openly about needing to improve his defense's ability to rush the passer and cover opposing playmakers. So after hiring Jon Hoke to run the defense, he brought in six defensive early enrollees. Look for Marquavius Lewis and Dexter Wideman to get snaps right away along the D-line.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Dexter Wideman

DT

6-4

295

Saluda, SC

No. 1 (PS)

Sherrod Pittman

LB

6-0

215

Jacksonville, FL

No. 315

Christian Owens

WR

6-5

200

Griffin, GA

No. 349

Jalen Henry

LB

5-10

215

Foley, AL

UR

Jerad Washington

WR

5-8

150

Jacksonville, FL

UR

Marquavius Lewis

DE

6-3

265

St. Louis, MO

No. 3 (JC)

Ernest Hawkins

LB

6-1

210

Baltimore, MD

No. 101 (JC)

Darin Smalls

DB

5-10

170

Summerville, SC

No. 477 ('14)

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Auburn (8)

The Tigers enrolled a collection of four-star true freshmen but most won’t be ready to play right away. However, with three junior college prospects in this group, Gus Malzahn could see some immediate contributions from this haul. Look for Maurice Swain, Jason Smith and (finally) Jovon Robinson to make an impact this spring.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Tyler Carr

OL

6-5

310

Southside, AL

No. 223

Tim Irvin

DB

5-9

190

Palmetto, FL

No. 287

Chandler Cox

HB

6-2

225

Apopka, FL

No. 333

Bailey Sharp

OL

6-5

285

Marietta, GA

No. 335

Tyler Queen

QB

6-2

230

Kennesaw, GA

No. 384

Jovon Robinson

RB

6-0

235

Memphis, TN

No. 1 (JC)

Jason Smith

ATH

6-1

185

Mobile, AL

No. 10 (JC)

Maurice Swain

DL

6-5

290

LeGrange, GA

No. 51 (JC)

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Texas A&M (7)

Kevin Sumlin scored three new pass catchers for his developing quarterback this January. Christian Kirk is a five-star speedster while JUCO Damion Ratley adds depth on the outside. That said, two other junior college signees (Justin Evans, Claude George) should help John Chavis attempt to rebuild the defense quickly.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Christian Kirk

WR

5-11

191

Scottsdale, AZ

No. 25

Keaton Sutherland

OL

6-7

294

Flower Mound, TX

No. 183

Jordan Davis

TE

6-5

255

Texas City, TX

No. 230

Richard Moore

LB

6-1

210

Cedar Hill, TX

No. 383

Justin Evans

DB

6-0

193

Wiggins, MS

No. 29 (JC)

Damion Ratley

WR

6-2

188

Yoakum, TX

No. 48 (JC)

Claude George

LB

6-2

235

Lafayette, LA

No. 55 (JC)

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Arkansas (7)

The Danish defensive end from Ohio, Hjalte Froholdt, is the highest-rated player in this class and will benefit from extra spring practice more than most. Toss in four more big uglies and Bret Bielema is adding depth right where he wants it — along the line of scrimmage.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Hjalte Froholdt

DL

6-5

280

Warren, OH*

No. 143

Will Gragg

TE

6-4

250

Dumas, AR

No. 205

Ty Storey

QB

6-3

211

Charleston, AR

No. 224

Jalen Merrick

OL

6-5

350

Oak Hill, FL

No. 243

Zach Rogers

OL

6-1

318

Carrollton, TX

No. 370

Daytrieon Dean

DL

6-3

254

Fort Smith, AR

No. 767

Jeremiah Ledbetter

DL

6-3

271

Orlando, FL

No. 18 (JC)

* - originally from Svenborg, Denmark

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Mississippi State (6)

Dan Mullen didn’t get any of his elite true freshmen enrolled early, however, he added three wide receivers and two blockers to the mix — all of which should aid his star quarterback Dak Prescott. The top two enrollees are junior college prospects Donald Gray and Martinas Rankin, who could play right away on offense.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Malik Dear

WR

5-9

226

Jackson,

No. 219

Deddrick Thomas

WR

5-9

170

Memphis, TN

No. 491

Michael Story

OL

6-4

290

Ripley, MS

UR

Donald Gray

WR

5-9

185

Memphis, TN

No. 8 (JC)

Martinas Rankin

OL

6-5

300

Mendenhall, MS

No. 9 (JC)

Johnathan Calvin

DL

6-4

250

Jackson, MS

No. 50 (JC)

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Kentucky (6)

The first thing that stands out about Kentucky’s class is where the new faces come from. Five of the six early enrollers are from Ohio, two of which played for Nebraska last season. Tight end C.J. Conrad could be useful right away for new coordinator Shannon Dawson.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

C.J. Conrad

TE

6-5

245

LaGrange, OH

No. 290

Jordan Jones

LB

6-2

215

Youngstown, OH

No. 408

George Asafo-Adjei

OL

6-5

315

West Chester, OH

No. 448

Kengera Daniel

DE

6-5

250

Raleigh, NC

No. 701

Greg Hart*

TE

6-5

240

Dayton, OH

--

Courtney Love*

LB

6-2

245

Youngstown, OH

--

* - transfer from Nebraska

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Ole Miss (5)

As expected from The Magnolia State, four of these early enrollees in Oxford hail from the junior college ranks. D.J. Jones and Tony Bridges are two of the top JUCO prospects at their positions and both add quality depth to the defense instantly. Additionally, Chad Kelly, if he can prove to stay on his coach’s good side, could start under center if he plays well in the spring.

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Javon Patterson

OL

6-3

313

Petal, MS

No. 52

D.J. Jones

DL

6-2

310

Piedmont, SC

No. 4 (JC)

Tony Bridges

DB

6-2

190

Hattiesburg, MS

No. 7 (JC)

Chad Kelly

QB

6-3

220

Buffalo, NY

No. 37 (JC)

Terry Caldwell

LB

6-2

230

Wilmington, NC

No. 84 (JC)

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LSU (4)

This is an LSU group if there ever was one. An elite five-star defensive back, two massive in-line prospects at fullback and tight end to go with an unheralded quarterback. Sound familiar?

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rank

Kevin Toliver II

CB

6-2

192

Jacksonville, FL

No. 8

David Ducre

FB

6-3

239

Slidell, LA

No. 206

Hanner Shipley

TE

6-5

284

Meadowlakes, TX

UR

Justin McMillan

QB

6-1

177

Cedar Hills, TX

UR

Florida (2), Missouri (2), Vanderbilt (1)