Updated 2023 SEC Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings
National Signing Day is nearing its end. While several of the top recruits signed during the Early Signing Period in December, several more recruits waited until National Signing Day to commit or make it official.
Here is the 2023 SEC On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings, as of Thursday at 8 a.m.
1. Alabama (96.184)
7 five-stars | 19 four-stars | 2 three-stars | 28 total recruits
Top Commit: Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep EDGE Keon Keeley, No. 2 in On3 Consensus
Summary: Since taking the No. 1 spot last summer, Nick Saban built one of his best classes at Alabama by flipping Keeley from Notre Dame, flipping five-star offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor from Iowa and signing seven five-star recruits. Of those seven, six are on the defensive side of the ball solidifying the Crimson Tide’s defense for years to come.
2. Georgia (95.062)
4 five-stars | 18 four-stars | 4 three-stars | 26 total recruits
Top Commit: Venice (Fla.) EDGE Damon Wilson, No. 20 in On3 Consensus
Summary: Georgia went from having a class with only one five-star commitment following Wilson’s commitment to having the second-highest number of five-stars signed this cycle. The back-to-back national champions have been on a roll recruiting under Kirby Smart and that hasn’t changed as they landed another top-3 class.
3. LSU (92.971)
1 five-stars | 17 four-stars | 7 three-stars | 25 total recruits
Top Commit: Monroe (La.) Neville offensive tackle Zalance Heard, No. 22 in On3 Consensus
Summary: From success on the field to the recruiting trail, Brian Kelly established himself in the SEC immediately. The Tigers have a top-5 class nationally headlined by Heard, two On3 five-star prospects in wide receiver Shelton Sampson Jr. and EDGE Dashawn Womack as well as several other recruits who could come in and make an impact immediately.
4. Florida (91.820)
0 five-stars | 16 four-stars | 4 three-stars | 20 total recruits
Top Commit: Gardendale (Ala.) defensive lineman Kelby Collins, No. 45 in On3 Consensus
Summary: From missing out on five-star cornerback Cormani McClain to four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada being released from his National Letter of Intent, it’s been an eventful cycle for Billy Napier and the Gators. Napier still put together a great class that finished nine spots higher than the 2022 group and just outside of the top-10 with several players coming from the Sunshine State.
5. Tennessee (91.806)
1 five-stars | 11 four-stars | 13 three-stars | 25 total recruits
Top Commit: Long Beach (Calif.) Poly quarterback Nico Iamaleava, No. 6 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Volunteers finished with the fifth ranked class last year but that group did not have Iamaleava. While Iamaleava is the gem in this cycle and the future of Josh Heupel’s offense, Tennessee as a whole has one of the best classes in the country as recruits signed to play with Iamaleava.
6. Texas A&M (91.343)
1 five-stars | 11 four-stars | 7 three-stars | 19 total recruits
Top Commit: Katy (Texas) Paetow defensive lineman David Hicks, No. 7 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Aggies weren’t going to get anywhere to close to where they were in 2022 and the losses of five-star linebacker Anthony Hill to Texas and Eli Holstein to Alabama hurt the Aggies but this year’s group is still stacked. Texas A&M signed four players in the top-100 but and they were also able to flip four-star quarterback Marcel Reed away from Ole Miss to fill the hole that Holstein left.
7. South Carolina (90.492)
1 five-stars | 11 four-stars | 12 three-stars | 24 total recruits
Top Commit: District of Columbia athlete Archbishop Carroll Nyckoles Harbor, No. 21 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Gamecocks already had a solid class heading into National Signing Day but Shane Beamer landed his biggest win of the cycle pulling Harbor away from Oregon in a highly-contested battle between the schools for the five-star athlete.
8. Auburn (90.146)
0 five-stars | 8 four-stars | 13 three-stars | 21 total recruits
Top Commit: Highland Home (Ala.) EDGE Keldric Faulk, No. 64 in On3 Consensus
Summary: It was a tumultuous year for the Tigers on and off of the field but they still managed to sign a top-20 class and land a game-changer in Faulk. Only 38% of the Tigers signee are Blue Chip prospects but Hugh Freeze has plenty to work with and a lot of momentum as he looks to rebuild Auburn back into a national power.
9. Ole Miss (88.884)
1 five-stars | 5 four-stars | 7 three-stars | 14 total recruits
Top Commit: Raleigh (Miss.) linebacker Suntarine Perkins, No. 14 in On3 Consensus
Summary: This is a smaller class for Lane Kiffin but keeping Perkins home and away from Alabama was a massive win for the Rebels as was signing a pair of top-150 offensive weapons in wide receiver Ayden Williams and running back Kedrick Reescano. Losing four-star quarterback Marcel Reed to Texas A&M also didn’t help keep the Rebels from falling eight spots from where they were last cycle.
10. Arkansas (88.855)
0 five-stars | 6 four-stars | 14 three-stars | 20 total recruits
Top Commit: Frisco (Texas) Lone Star cornerback Jaylon Braxton, No. 137 in On3 Consensus
Summary: Sam Pittman signed an Arkansas-heavy class last cycle that finished just outside of the top-25. This year’s group is built from players mostly out of the state leading to signing more Blue Chip prospects including three players in the top-300.
11. Mississippi State (88.831)
0 five-stars | 4 four-stars | 21 three-stars | 25 total recruits
Top Commit: Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba Agricultural safety Isaac Smith, No. 156 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The passing of head coach Mike Leach could have completely derailed the Bulldogs’ class. That didn’t happen though as they were able to maintain a top-25 class with four four-star recruits in Smith, wide receiver Creed Whittemore, cornerback Kelley Jones and quarterback Chris Parson.
12. Kentucky (87.880)
0 five-stars | 5 four-stars | 14 three-stars | 19 total recruits
Top Commit: Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth wide receiver Shamar Porter, No. 282 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Wildcats went from a 2022 class that included two players in the top-100 and seven players in the top-300 to only one player ranked as a top-300 player this cycle. They did land a win on National Signing Day flipping Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral four-star defensive lineman Kendrick Gilbert away from Purdue.
13. Missouri (87.470)
0 five-stars | 4 four-stars | 15 three-stars | 19 total recruits
Top Commit: Saint Charles (Mo.) Francis Howell four-star tight end Brett Norfleet, No. 249 in On3 Consensus
Summary: This cycle’s class is a far cry from the No. 18 group that Eli Drinkwitz was able to put together in 2022. There’s no Luther Burden in this group and the Tigers were only able to sign one player ranked in the top-250 as they fell 18 spots from where they were a year ago.
14. Vanderbilt (85.889)
0 five-stars | 1 four-stars | 20 three-stars | 21 total recruits
Top Commit: Fort Worth (Ga.) cornerback Martel Hight, No. 346 in in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Commodores finished this cycle 19 spots off of where they finished in 2022. While their strict academic standards in the toughest recruiting conference in the country makes it hard for them to jump any higher, Clark Lea and co. found success recruiting under-the-radar in-state players.