South Region: Rankings, Visits, Predictions

Alabama lands 5-star Keenan Allen

The South Region recruiting rankings have seen movement this week with commitments going public. It's a big weekend of high profile prospects taking official visits with several verbal pledges visiting other schools. Scout.com takes a look at who picked up commitments and who's on the visitors' list....


South Region Recruiting Rankings, Visitors and Commitments:

4. Alabama
The Tide picked up a commitment from 5-star safety Keenan Allen following the game against LSU.

5. LSU
6. Tennessee
The Vols landed a commitment from 4-star OT JaWuan James.

7. Georgia
The Bulldogs are hosting as official visitors: 5-star MLB Jeff Luc, 5-star safety Matt Elam, 3-star OLB Deon Rogers, and 3-star WR Kenny Shaw.

8. Florida
9. Miami
The Hurricanes landed commitments from 3-star CB Keion Payne and 3-star WR Allen Hurns.

19. Auburn
23. Clemson
28. Vanderbilt
29. South Carolina
The Gamecocks are hosting as official visitors 4-star CB Johnavon Fulton, 4-star CB Victor Hampton, 3-star MLB Justin Parker, and 3-star DE Adrian Hubbard.

32. Florida State
35. Georgia Tech
37. Wake Forest
Wake Forest added a commitment Thursday night from RB Ben Emert.

38. North Carolina
UNC will host as official visitors 5-star James Hurst, 5-star JuCo DE Wayne Dorsey, 4-star DT Brandon Willis, 4-star OG Johnnie Farms, and 2-star CB D.J. Bunn.

42. North Carolina State
N.C. State added two commitments in 3-star safety David Amerson and DE Theo Rich.

44. Arkansas
The Razorbacks picked up a commitment from 2-star OL Luke Charpentier. Arkansas will host as official visitors 3-star CB Devont'a Davis, 3-star LB Kevin Nelson, and 4-star WR Marcus Lucas.

53. Mississippi State
55. Duke
56. Ole Miss
The Rebels added a commitment from WR Quadrius Mireles who broke his foot the day before his announcement.

59. South Florida
62. UCF
63. Kentucky
71. Southern Miss
The Golden Eagles landed a commitment from OLB Justin Penn.

73. Tulane
79. Troy
84. Louisiana Tech
92. East Carolina
98. UAB


SEC Publishers/Writers Predictions:


BamaMag.com (63-12)


Javier Arenas
Defensive Player of the Week
Alabama 21, Mississippi State 10 -- Bulldogs have been good against top teams.

Arkansas 34, Troy 21 -- This may not be as easy as most expect.

Auburn 40, Georgia 30 -- Both teams have offense and Auburn's defense is better.

Tennessee 24, Ole Miss 21 -- Which quarterback will be best when two good teams meet.

Kentucky 24, Vanderbilt 10 -- Wildcats can't let this game get away with bowl on the line.

Florida 42, South Carolina 6 -- Gators due to play up to potential.

LSU 27, Louisiana Tech 14 -- Tigers weaker without Scott, but will have enough this week.


HawgsIllustrated.com (65-10)

Alabama 24, Mississippi State 14 - Always a potential trouble spot for the Crimson Tide, but the dream won't end in Starkville. Neither the Alabama defense or the SEC refs will stand for that.


Ryan Mallett
Arkansas 38, Troy 24 - Two offenses with big-time passing quarterbacks will hook it up in Fayetteville on Saturday, but the SEC one had a few more players on its roster and will end Troy's seven-game winning streak while also becoming bowl eligible for what likely is a stretch of years.

Georgia 28, Auburn 24 - My first thought was to take Auburn and Ben Tate, but the Las Vegas oddsmakers say that its the Bulldogs between the hedges who will leave their mark.

Tennessee 21, Ole Miss 17 - This is another tough one, but I think I am going to give the edge to the team with Kiffin coaching it. Monte Kiffin that is. The Vols are coming on strong here at the end.

Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 14 - Maybe not the highlight game of the week in the conference, but probably one of the most competitive.

LSU 31, Louisiana Tech 14 - Tech's not that bad, but LSU isn't going to be in a good mood - whether they are healthy or not.



Chris Todd
autigers.com (ITAT) (58-13)

Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Ole Miss
Kentucky
Florida
LSU





FightinGators.com (48-16)

Alabama 20 at Mississippi State 13 - The Tide will come down a bit emotionally, but it won't be enough for MSU to steal one.


Chas Henry
Special Teams Player of the Week
Troy 10 at Arkansas 35 - The Razorbacks are on an offensive roll.

Auburn 27 at Georgia 30 - Georgia gets one back after a brutal month.

Tennessee 10 at Ole Miss 18 - Ole Miss defense takes the game for the Rebels after the Vols have played well lately.

Kentucky 21 at Vanderbilt 13 - Tough game in the end.

Florida 30 at South Carolina 13 - The Gators score a few more points against the talented but young and eratic Gamecocks.

Louisiana Tech 7 at LSU 34 - LSU is ticked and daring the refs not to call an interception in this game.



Montez Robinson
Defensive Lineman of the Week
DawgPost.com (52-12)

Alabama tops Mississippi State

Troy tripped up by Arkansas

Auburn falls to Georgia

Tennessee loses to Ole Miss

Kentucky handles Vanderbilt

Florida knocks out South Carolina

Louisiana Tech can't stick with LSU


KentuckySportsReport.com (51-13)

Alabama 24, Mississippi State 14 - Alabama handles the Bulldogs in a very physical contest.


Morgan Newton
Freshman of the Week
Arkansas 38, Troy 17 - Arkansas puts on an offensive show against the out-matched Sunbelt opponent.

Georgia 23, Auburn 20 - Close contest in Athens as the Bulldogs manage to pull off a late game comeback.

Ole Miss 24, Tennessee 17 - Ole Miss gets their offense on track against the Vols.

Kentucky 27, Vanderbilt 21 - Close game all the way as the Wildcats pull off a thriller as Cobb and Locke both return after sitting out last week.

South Carolina 24, Florida 21 - Florida has been skating on thin ice most of the season and they slip up on the road in Columbia.

LSU 44, Louisiana Tech 10 - LSU dominates La Tech after the tough loss at Alabama last weekend.


TigerSportsDigest.com (57-16)

Alabama 28, Mississippi State 3: The Crimson Tide are coming off a big win over LSU. So, don't expect Nick Saban's side to let their perfect season go to waste before Atlanta. Headed to Starkville, it is time for Greg McElroy to work on his quarterbacking skills. Alabama seems to have everything else working.

Troy 7, Arkansas 20: An Arkansas win over South Carolina helped to ease the taste of a letdown in Oxford. With the Bulldogs on tap before a trip to Baton Rouge, a win over the Trojans is a must.


Jacob Cutrera
Auburn 15, Georgia 10: Auburn's win over Ole Miss two weeks ago has the Tigers motivated to close strong. That means gaining steam with a win between the hedges before the Iron Bowl.

Tennessee 9, Ole Miss 14: The Rebels need this win in a big way, but so do the Volunteers. Something has to give. With a strong defensive performance against a hit-and-miss Tennessee offense, Ole Miss should come out with a win. Next week: LSU.

Kentucky 24, Vanderbilt 20: Despite playing in Nashville, the Wildcats should be able to bounce back after a conference loss to Mississippi State. With Georgia and Tennessee still on tap, you can bet that Kentucky knows that this one is a must.

Florida 21, South Carolina 17: The Gators have had some close calls this season, and this one will be another. Steve Spurrier will have his offensive side dialed up to knock off the unblemished Gators. If his defense can bring their game, an upset could brew. Then again, Urban Meyer and Florida are the reigning National Champions.

Louisiana Tech 0, LSU 35: After a letdown loss to the Tide, LSU looks to pick up the pieces in a non-conference bout with the in-state Bulldogs. With Charles Scott out for the season, look for Stevan Ridley and Keiland Williams to have big games on the ground.


Gene'sPage.com (52-12)

Mississippi State 20 Alabama 17: Alabama won the West last week and are assured of a berth in the SEC title game. MSU is coming off a bye week and a road win over Kentucky. MSU played LSU and Florida toe to toe, but wasn't able to close the deal. The Tide won last year which broke a two game win streak for MSU in the series. The Bama let down and the MSU bye week make the difference. This week Mullen gets his first big fish.

Arkansas 42 Troy 10: Arkansas' offense is peaking at the right time. Troy simply doesn't have the skill people to match up with Arkansas when they trot four wides out there. Look for the Hogs to stretch the field and their legs early as the blow out comes early.


Anthony Dixon
Georgia 27 Auburn 24: This should be a great game to watch. Two even teams coming in both needing wins to improve their bowl seeding. This is generally one of the more entertaining match ups of the season. I expect the same again this year, but I think the home field advantage proves to be the deciding factor.

Tennessee 21 Ole Miss 13: It will be an emotional day in Oxford as Coach Ed Orgeron returns to his old stomping grounds for the first time since his tenure as the Rebels' head man ended. While the sub-plots are very interesting, the coach Ole Miss needs to be more concerned with is Monte Kiffin who has made a lot of QBs look bad with his schemes over the years.

Kentucky 24 Vanderbilt 20: Vandy has played better as of late and it all goes back to the QB position. Kentucky needs this one to improve their post season resume. Morgan Newton is going to be a star in this league and I expect a solid outing from him on Saturday.

Florida 31 South Carolina 14: Lots of fun to be had in Columbia this week. It's hard not to like South Carolina. They have a great fan base and a talented team. They just haven't been able to recruit well enough to compete with the big boys of the SEC East. I think next year the Gamecocks have the chance to do well in a wide open division, but this year the Gators are just too tough.

LSU 31 Louisiana Tech 10: I keep hearing how good Louisiana Tech is going to be in the future, but there has been little evidence to support the hype this season. The 3-6 Bulldogs will drop to 3-7 this week with one of their wins coming over Nicholls State. LSU is smarting after an emotional loss to Alabama, but they will rebound this week and realize they still have a lot to play for.


OMSpirit.com (57-19)

Alabama-Mississippi State: The Bulldogs will get caught up in the emotion of a big game and play well for a while, but Bama is not going to blow their shot at a national championship in Starkville. Tide 30, MSU 17.


Bobby Massie
Troy- Arkansas: Troy won't know what hit them. Arkansas 42, Troy 14.

Auburn-Georgia: This is a tossup. Georgia 27, Auburn 24 in OT.

Tennessee-Ole Miss: Tennessee is getting better. The Rebels keep hitting a wall after building a little momentum. Logic would go with UT. Logic has nothing to do with SEC football. Ole Miss 28, Tennessee 21.

Kentuck-Vanderbilt: Like a broken record, Vandy has no offense. I will repeat, Vandy has no offense. Kentucky 34, Vandy 20 with one defensive score and one score on a return.

Florida-South Carolina: If Florida had played USC earlier in the year, it would be a game. Too much on the line now for the Gators to stumble. Florida 35, South Carolina 21 on home field emotion.

Louisiana Tech-LSU: Pity Tech. They will need sympathy and condolences. LSU 50, Tech 14.


GamecockAnthem.com (64-12)

Alabama 20 - Miss. State 16: This one will be closer than the experts think, but true to form the Tide will escape Starkville with a "W" behind their stout defense and punishing ground game.

Arkansas 43 - Troy 23: The Hogs have been Jekyll and Hyde at times this season, but they'll avoid the letdown in front of their home crowd.


Alshon Jeffrey
Auburn 27 - Georgia 24: A storied rivalry matchup between two teams that are impossible to predict. This should be fun. The Tigers appear to be playing better football heading into this game, so I'll give them the slight edge on the road.

Tennessee 26 - Ole Miss 23: The Vols and Rebs both come in playing well, but the stifling Tennessee defense will make the key plays late to steal a win in Oxford.

Kentucky 17 - Vanderbilt 13: The ‘Dores have been competitive at times this season, but the Wildcats know what it feels like to win an SEC game this season.

Florida 31 - South Carolina 20: The Gamecocks return home after a tough two game stretch on the road, but they'll be greeted by the No. 1 ranked team in the land. The Gators aren't as dynamic as a year ago, but Tim Tebow and the UF running game will prove to be too much for USC in this one.

LSU 48 - La. Tech 17: Yet another in-state foe becomes Tiger Bait.


InsideTennessee.com (60-16)

Alabama 20, Mississippi State 10: Look for the Tide to wear down the Dogs by the fourth quarter.


Aaron Douglas
Offensive Lineman of the Week
Arkansas 38, Troy 20: Bobby Petrino has the Razorbacks rolling. This should be another big day for Ryan Mallett.

Auburn 31, Georgia 23: Bullog defensive coordinator Willie Martinez better start putting together his resume.

Tennessee 27, Ole Miss 17: Who is that masquerading as Vol QB Jonathan Crompton?

Kentucky 16, Vanderbilt 10: UK's Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb rested last week. That will be the difference in this game.

Florida 31, South Carolina 7: The Gamecocks are tumbling like a boulder off the side of a cliff.

LSU 34, Louisiana Tech 7: The Tigers are mentally and physically down after a tough loss at Bama but still have way too much firepower for Tech.


VandyMania.com (62-13)

Alabama 24, Mississippi State 17- This should be a good game. The Tide will be a little flat after a big win over LSU while the Bulldogs should be bouncing off the walls like they were against LSU. State could win but Bama's great defense will carry them late.


Patrick Benoist
Arkansas 38, Troy 24- Troy has a good team and will not go down easy.

Auburn 35, Georgia 27- Chizek has Auburn on the right track. Mark Richt's seat will get a lot hotter after this game.

Ole Miss 27, Tennessee 24- Neither team has beaten anyone good. Ole Miss gets the edge here because they are the home team.

Kentucky 20, Vanderbilt 17- Wildcats get bowl eligible as Rich Brooks won't go after Vandy's punter this time (3 roughing calls last year). Vanderbilt finally scores more than two touchdowns in an SEC game.

Florida 38, South Carolina 10- Gators get big win over Spurrier.

LSU 42, Louisiana Tech 7-Tigers are out of the running for a national title but can still play in a BCS game.


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