ESPN has updated their Class of 2010 rankings and Georgia is among six SEC teams ranked in the Top 15. The Bulldogs’ group is currently ranked No. 4 in the country behind No. 1 Florida (that’s right, in recruiting, too), No. 3 Alabama and ahead of No. 6 Tennessee, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Auburn and No. 14 South Carolina.
Of course, these rankings could change dramatically between now and national signing day. Many of nation’s top 50 recruits are still uncommitted, most of whom are looking at all or some of these schools. So, anyway, here’s what ESPN’s Southeast recruiting expert JC Shurburtt had to say:
“There is little doubt that year after year, much of the top talent in the country heads for the SEC. That being said, five of the top 10 states in terms of producing NFL players (based on where they went to high school) are states with SEC programs located in them. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Alabama all rank high when it comes to producing NFL players. A sixth state, Mississippi, has one of the highest number of NFL players per capita.” . . .
Auburn was sanctioned recently by the SEC for NCAA violations surrounding its “Big Cat Weekend” recruiting extravaganza this past spring. The Tigers have been putting together an impressive class under first-year coach Gene Chizik, garnering commitments from the top prospects from the states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, not to mention some good ones from Georgia. But it seems they’re playing kind of fast and loose with the rules, in my opinion. Not only did their recruits gain publicity attending the aforementioned recruiting event last spring, they also garnered headlines this summer for utilizing Auburn-adorned stretch limousines in recruiting. And the local media seemed to have unusually good access to prospects while they were on official visits this fall. I couldn’t believe all the pictures that were circulating all over the Internet of running back Marcus Lattimore while he was on The Plains for an official. . . .
Speaking of Auburn, one of their best conquests, wide receiver Antonio Goodwin of Atlanta’s Washington High, apparently has reopened his recruitment and is getting a major push from Georgia. Goodwin has not said he is decommitted to Auburn but he told Rivals.com that he is now considering Georgia and North Carolina in addition to Auburn. . . .
I’ll let you know if some hard news comes out about this. Let me know what you all have heard on the recruiting front.