SEC Media Days: Where they ranked

Former five-star Trent Richardson

SEC Media Days begins Wednesday in Hoover, Ala. with several of the best players in the conference made available for interviews. Three players from each of the SEC schools are ready for the big event with reporters hoping for a few soundbites to make the week even more newsworthy. Andrew Bone takes a look back at where these players were ranked coming out of high school.


Alabama

Mark Barron was rated a five-star recruit and the No. 1 rated weakside linebacker prospect in the country. He measured 6-foot-2, 210-pounds and was a member of the 2008 class. Dont'a Hightower was a four-star and ranked as the No. 27 defensive end prospect in the country. He measured 6-foot-2, 245-pounds in the 2008 class. Trent Richardson was a five-star and the No. 2 running back in the country behind Bryce Brown. He measured 5-foot-11, 225-pounds and a member of the 2009 class.

Arkansas

Knile Davis was a four-star and rated the No. 23 running back in the country. He measured 6-foot-1, 210-pounds as a member of the 2009 class. Jarius Wright was a four-star and the No. 39 wide receiver in the country. He measured 5-foot-11, 175-pounds and a member of the 2008 class. Tenarius Wright was a three-star and ranked the No. 28 middle linebacker. He measured 6-foot-2, 221-pounds in the 2008 class.

Auburn

Emory Blake was rated a three-star and the No. 95 wide receiver in the country. He measured 6-foot-2, 188-pounds as a member of the 2009 class. Nosa Equae was a two-star, but not rated in the 2010 class. Scout.com rated 150 defensive tackles in the 2010 class, but Equae did not make the list. He was 6-foot-3, 240-pounds as a high school senior. Phillip Lutzenkirchen was rated a four-star and the No. 8 tight end in the country. He measured 6-foot-4, 240-pounds and was a member of the 2010 class.

Florida

John Brantley was rated a four-star and the No. 7 quarterback in the country. He measured 6-foot-3, 195-pounds and in the class of 2007. William Green returns home to Hoover this week where he played at Spain Park High School. He was a four-star and the No. 7 strongside linebacker in 2008. He measured 6-foot-4, 208-pounds. Deonte Thompson was also a member of the 2007 class. He was rated the No. 3 receiver in the country and a five-star. He measured 5-foot-11.5, 200-pounds.

Georgia

Brandon Boykin was rated a four-star and the No. 14 cornerback in the country. He measured 5-foot-11, 170-pounds in the 2008 class. Ben Jones was rated a three-star and the No. 5 center in the country. He measured 6-foot-4, 300-pounds and in the class of 2008. Aaron Murray tore his ACL in the first game of his senior season, but remained a five-star recruit. He was the No. 3 quarterback in the country in 2009. He measured 6-foot-1, 205-pounds.

Kentucky

Stuart Hines was rated a three-star and the No. 34 offensive tackle in the country. He was 6-foot-5, 275-pounds and in the 2007 class. Danny Trevathan was a two-star, not ranked recruit in 2008. Scout.com rated only 86 weakside linebackers in 2008. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounds prospect held four offers out of high school. Morgan Newton was a four-star and ranked the No. 6 quarterback in the country. He measured 6-foot-4, 220-pounds in the 2009 class.

LSU

Ryan Baker was a four-stars and the No. 7 middle linebacker in 2008. He measured 6-foot, 210-pounds. Jordan Jefferson was a three-star recruit in the 2008 class and ranked the the No. 18 quarterback in the country. He measured 6-foot-4, 200-pounds. Russell Shepard ranked only behind Matt Barkley as the No. 2 quarterback in 2009 class. He measured 6-foot-2, 185-pounds.

Mississippi

Brandon Bolden was rated a three-star and the No. 93 running back in the country. He measured 5-foot-11, 215-pounds and a member of the 2008 class. Kentrell Lockett was a four-star in the 2006 class and the No. 14 defensive end in the country. He measured 6-foot-4.5, 225-pounds. Bradley Sowell ranked as a two-star recruit and the No. 89 offensive tackle in the 2007 class. His only offer came from Ole Miss. He was listed at 6-foot-8.5, 338-pounds.

Mississippi State

Vick Ballard signed with Mississippi State in 2009 from Mississippi Gulf Coast. He was a three-star junior college recruit. He measured 6-0, 205-pounds. He originally signed with Jackson State in 2007. Fletcher Cox was rated a four-star and the No. 17 defensive end in the country. He measured 6-foot-4, 238-pounds in the 2009 class. Chris Relf was a two-star recruit and the No. 70 quarterback in the country. He was part of the 2007 class with his only offer from the Bulldogs. He measured 6-foot-3, 206-pounds.

South Carolina

Alshon Jeffrey was rated a four-star and the No. 22 wide receiver in the coutry. He was 6-foot-4, 200-pounds in the 2009 class. Marcus Lattimore was the No. 1 running back in the country and rated a five-star recruit. He was 6-0, 207-pounds in the 2010 class. Travian Robertson was a four-star recruit and the No. 18 defensive end in the country. He measured 6-foot-4, 230-pounds in the 2007 class.

Tennessee

Malik Jackson was a three-star recruit and the No. 66 defensive end in the 2007 class. He transferred to Tennessee from Southern Cal. He was 6-foot-5, 228-pounds coming out of high school. Tauren Poole was a three-star and the No. 41 running back in the country in the 2008 class. He measured 5-foot-10, 200-pounds. Dallas Thomas was a three-star and the No. 35 offensive tackle in 2008 He measured 6-foot-5, 280-pounds.

Vanderbilt

Casey Hayward was listed as a two-star, but not ranked. Scout.com ranked 173 safeties in the 2008 class. He measured 6-foot, 182-pounds. Chris Marve was listed as a two-star and rated the No. 46 middle linebacker in the country in the class of 2007. His only offer came from Vanderbilt. He measured 6-feet, 220-pounds. Larry Smith was a three-star and the No. 60 quarterback in the country in 2007. He measured 6-foot-2, 200-pounds.

Five-stars (6)
Alabama: Trent Richardson
Alabama: Mark Barron
Florida: Deonte Thompson
Georgia: Aaron Murray
LSU: Russell Shepard
South Carolina: Marcus Lattimore

Four-stars (13)
Alabama: Dont'a Hightower
Arkansas: Knile Davis, Jarius Wright
Auburn: Phillip Lutzenkirchen
Florida: John Brantley, William Green
Georgia: Brandon Boykin
Kentucky: Morgan Newton
LSU: Ryan Baker
Mississippi: Kentrell Lockett
Mississippi State: Fletcher Cox
South Carolina: Alshon Jeffrey, Travaian Robertson

Three-stars (11)
Arkansas: Tenarius Wright
Auburn: Emory Blake
Georgia: Ben Jones
Kentucky: Stuart Hines
LSU: Jordan Jefferson
Mississippi: Brandon Bolden
Mississippi State: Vic Ballard
Tennessee: Malik Jackson, Tauren Poole, Dallas Thomas
Vanderbilt: Larry Smith

Two-stars (6)
Auburn: Nosa Equae
Kentucky: Danny Trevathan
Mississippi: Bradley Sowell
Mississippi State: Chris Relf
Vanderbilt: Casey Howard, Chris Marve

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SEC Media Days Schedule

Wednesday, 1:00-3:50 p.m.

Arkansas – Bobby Petrino

Knile Davis (RB, 6-0, 230, Jr., 1st-team AP All-SEC, 2nd-team SEC Coaches All-SEC, 2nd in SEC in rushing with 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns); Jarius Wright (WR, 5-10, 180, Sr., 42 catches for 788 yards and five touchdowns); Tenarius Wright (DE, 6-2, 252, Jr., 36 total tackles, eight for losses including six sacks)

Florida – Will Muschamp

John Brantley (QB, 6-3, 220, Sr., completed 60.8 percent of passes for 2,061 yards and nine touchdowns); William Green (DE, 6-4, 245, Sr., 13 total tackles, four for losses including a sack); Deonte Thompson (WR, 6-0, 200, Sr., 38 catches for 570 yards and a touchdown)

3:20-6:00 p.m.

South Carolina – Steve Spurrier

Alshon Jeffery (WR, 6-4, 233, Jr., 1st-team AFCA and FWAA All-American, 2nd-team AP, SI.com and Walter Camp All-American, 1st-team AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC); Marcus Lattimore (RB, 6-0, 231, So., 2nd-team Walter Camp All-American, FWAA and Sporting News Freshman All-American, 1st-team AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC, AP and SEC Coaches SEC Freshman of the Year, 1st-team SEC Coaches Freshman All-SEC); Travian Robertson (6-4, 298, Sr., 42 tackles, including 10 for losses and four sacks)

Mississippi State – Dan Mullen

Vick Ballard (RB, 5-11, 220, Sr., Honorable Mention AP All-SEC, Rushed for 968 yards and 19 touchdowns); Fletcher Cox (DT, 6-4, 295, Jr., 29 total tackles with 6.5 for losses including 2.5 sacks); Chris Relf (QB, 6-4, 245, Sr., Completed 129-of-220 passes for 1,789 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 713 yards and five touchdowns)

Thursday, 8:30-11:20 a.m.

Kentucky – Joker Phillips

Stuart Hines (OG, 6-4, 296, Sr., Started 11 games at left guard after missing two games with injury); Danny Trevathan (LB, 6-1, 232, Sr., 1st-team AP & SEC Coaches All-SEC, Led SEC in tackles with 144); Morgan Newton (QB, 6-4, 235, Jr., Started the BBVA Compass Bowl, completing 21-of-36 passes for 211 yards and 18 rushing yards)

Georgia – Mark Richt

Brandon Boykin (CB, 5-10, 183, Sr., 44 tackles with 6.5 for loss, three interceptions and three pass breakups, also returned 34 kickoffs for 825 yards); Ben Jones (C, 6-3, 316, Sr., Made 12 starts and played in all 13 games); Aaron Murray (QB, 6-1, 211, So., 1st-team Sporting News Freshman All-American, 1st-team SEC Coaches Freshman All-SEC)

10:50 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Auburn – Gene Chizik

Emory Blake (WR, 6-1, 197, Jr., 33 catches for 554 yards with a team-high eight touchdowns); Nosa Equae (DT, 6-2, 255, So., 22 total tackles with 7.5 for losses, including 3.5 sacks); Phillip Lutzenkirchen (TE, 6-4, 253, Jr., 15 catches for 185 yards and five touchdowns)

Tennessee – Derek Dooley

Malik Jackson (DL, 6-5, 270, Sr., 2nd-team AP All-SEC, 48 total tackles with 11 for losses, including five sacks); Tauren Poole (RB, 5-10, 215, Sr., Honorable Mention AP All-SEC, Rushed for 1,034 yards and 11 touchdowns); Dallas Thomas (OL, 6-5, 305, Jr., Started all 13 games at left tackle)

Friday, 8:30-11:20 a.m.

Alabama – Nick Saban

Mark Barron (SAF, 6-2, 218, Sr., 2nd-team AP and SI.com All-American, 1st-team FWAA All-American, 1st-team AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC); Dont'a Hightower (LB, 6-4, 260, Jr., 2nd-team AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC, 2nd on team with 69 total tackles); Trent Richardson (RB, 5-11, 224, Jr., 2nd-team SEC Coaches All-SEC, 2nd on team with 700 rushing yards and six touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns)

Vanderbilt – James Franklin

Casey Hayward (CB, 6-0, 185, Sr., 2nd-team AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC; 70 tackles with 17 pass deflections and six interceptions); Chris Marve (LB, 6-0, 235, Sr., 2nd-team SEC Coaches All-SEC; started and played in 11 games with 80 tackles with eight for losses); Larry Smith (QB, 6-2, 220, Sr., Started and played in 11 games, Single-season career highs with 117 completions, 1,262 passing yards, six touchdown passes, 248 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns)

10:50 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Ole Miss – Houston Nutt

Brandon Bolden (RB, 5-11, 221, Sr., Honorable Mention All-SEC, Rushed for 976 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns); Kentrell Lockett (DE, 6-5, 248, Sr., Played and started in three games before suffering season-ending ACL injury, granted a sixth-year of eligibility); Bradley Sowell (OT, 6-7, 315, Sr., 2nd-team AP All-SEC, Started all 12 games at left tackle)

LSU – Les Miles

Ryan Baker (LB, 6-0, 227, Sr., Second on team with 87 total tackles with 11 for losses including team-high seven sacks); Jordan Jefferson (QB, 6-5, 224, Sr., Completed 119-of-209 passes for 1,411 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 450 yards and 13 touchdowns); Russell Shepard (WR, 6-1, 188, Jr., Caught 33 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns)

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