South Region: Rankings, Visits, Predictions

South Region: Rankings, Visits, Predictions

The South Region has several prospects taking official visits during the holiday weekend. It's a big rivalry week with schools looking to give the red carpet treatment to recruits on campus. 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
5. LSU
6. Tennessee
7. Florida
The Gators will host a big group of official visitors for Tim Tebow's last home game: 5-star DE Chris Martin, 5-star WR Kenny Stills, 5-star WR Adrian Coxson, 4-star TE Gerald Christian, 4-star Ivan McCartney, 4-star DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, 4-star WR Solomon Patton, and 3-star Johnathan Hankins.

8. Georgia
9. Miami
19. Auburn
The Tigers will host numerous official visitors for the Iron Bowl including 5-star DE Corey Lemonier, 4-star K Cody Parkey, 4-star OLB C.J. Mosley, 4-star WR Antonio Goodwin, 4-star Juco OT Roszell Gayden, 3-star Juco CB Michael Harris, Juco safety Eric Russell, and Juco DE Brandon Mosley.

25. Clemson
28. South Carolina
The Gamecocks picked up a commitment from 3-star WR Nick Jones.

29. Vanderbilt
31. North Carolina
The Tar Heels picked up a commitment from 4-star TE Alex Smith.

33. North Carolina State
NC State will host as an official visitor 3-star RB James White.

35. Florida State
37. Georgia Tech
40. Wake Forest
42. Arkansas
46. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs will host as official visitors 3-star Juco QB Cameron Newton, 3-star Juco RB Vick Ballard, 3-star Juco DT James Carmon, 3-star WR Kelvin Bolden, and 2-star OT Blaine Clausell.

55. Ole Miss
58. Duke
60. South Florida
62. Southern Miss
The Golden Eagles picked up a commitment from 3-star OG O.C. Brown.

63. UCF
64. Kentucky
The Wildcats will host official visitors 3-star DT Tim McAdoo and 2-star OLB Avery Williamson.

74. Tulane
79. Troy
86. Louisiana Tech
93. East Carolina
ECU will host OT Terrence Hackney from Hargrave.

98. UAB
107. FIU
110. Arkansas State
111. Memphis
114. Louisiana


SEC Publishers/Writers Predictions:


BamaMag.com (73-15)


Javier Arenas
Special Teams Player of the Week
Alabama 24, Auburn 10 -- Expect the best from both sides, and Bama's best should be better.
South Carolina 27, Clemson 21 -- Spurrier gets much-needed win over Dabo.

Ole Miss 31, Mississippi State 13 -- Featuring two of league's best running backs.

Florida 42, Florida State 10 -- Gators hitting peak at championship time.

Arkansas 21, LSU 17 -- Fighting Tigers won't get over last week in time to get ready.

Kentucky 24, Tennessee 21 -- Wildcats' best wins have been on road until now.

Georgia Tech 28, Georgia 17 -- Bulldogs have not made improvement this season.


HawgsIllustrated.com (75-12)

Alabama 27, Auburn 14 - The last step to the real college football championship game - otherwise known as the SEC Championship game - gets taken by the Crimson Tide as they take the Iron Bowl.


Ryan Mallett
Offensive Player of the Week
Clemson 21, South Carolina 17 - This rivalry goes orange this season in a year when South Carolina started out strong, but skidded home.

Ole Miss 28, Mississippi State 20 - Again, right now I can't bet against a team that has Dexter McCluster even if Anthony Dixon is pretty good himself.

Florida 31, Florida State 24 - The Gators also take the final step, but the Seminoles will put up a fight.

Arkansas 28, LSU 24 - Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett will face a stiff challenge in the LSU secondary, but he knows how to manage the clock and the Razorbacks win a fifth straight.

Kentucky 17, Tennesssee 14 - As the Black Eyed Peas sing, I gotta feeling. The Wildcats are trending up.

Georgia Tech 24, Georgia 14 - Never would have seen the Bulldogs going 6-6, but that looks like what is going to happen.



Ben Tate
autigers.com (ITAT) (69-15)

Alabama at Auburn--Auburn

Clemson at South Carolina--South Carolina

Ole Miss at Mississippi State--Miss. State

Florida State at Florida--Florida

Arkansas at LSU--Arkansas

Tennessee at Kentucky--Tennessee

Georgia at Georgia Tech--Georgia Tech


FightinGators.com (59-18)

Alabama 23 at Auburn 21 - It will be a close one for the Crimson Tide who pulls it out in the end.


Tim Tebow
Clemson 18 at South Carolina 27 - I am going SEC here as I believe the ACC is the worst BCS conference.

Ole Miss 31 at Mississippi State 23 - Good rival battle, with Rebs coming out on top.

Florida State 10 at Florida 38 - FSU's defense would be the worst in the SEC and offense has a new quarterback.

Arkansas 31 at LSU 13 - LSU in a tailspin now.

Tennessee 13 at Kentucky 20 - I have been on the Rich Brooks band wagon all year and am not getting
off of it now.

Georgia 14 at Georgia Tech 35 - As much as I want the SEC to win, the two programs are going in different directions.



Rennie Curran
DawgPost.com (64-13)

Alabama over Auburn

Clemson over South Carolina

Ole Miss past Mississippi State

Florida State with no shot against Florida

Arkansas upsets LSU

Tennessee loses to Kentucky

Georgia falls in Atlanta Georgia Tech


KentuckySportsReport.com (61-16)

Alabama 37, Auburn 20 - The Tide are still too strong for their biggest in-state rivals.


Sam Maxwell
Defensive Player of the Week
Clemson 21, South Carolina - 10 - Clemson is a solid team and appears to be gelling at the right time.

Ole Miss 24, Miss State - 20 - It's the Egg Bowl and the Bulldogs give it their best shot, but come up just short to the Rebels.

Florida 44, Florida State 17 - Bowden is a legend, but Florida will dominate this one from start to finish.

Arkansas 35, LSU 31 - Always an intense game, the Razorbacks edge out the Tigers one of the best games of the year in the SEC.

Kentucky 27, Tennessee 17 - The Wildcats finally break the streak.

Ga. Tech 38, Georgia 30 - Georgia Tech's dynamic offense is too much for a down Georgia Squad.


TigerSportsDigest.com (67-19)

Alabama 27, Auburn 14: Will the Tide stumble before they head to Atlanta to face Florida? The Tigers would love nothing more than to ruin their bid to Pasadena, but can the hit-or-miss Auburn offense move the ball against one of the nation's best defenses?

Clemson 13, South Carolina 17: This one could go either way. The Tigers have shown some pretty explosive moments on offense. Yet, Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks will be hungry to get the victory over their in-state rival. Special teams will win the game between these two.


Josh Jasper
Ole Miss 27, Mississippi State 10: Always toss out the records and stat sheets in this one. Both sides hate each other, and it will show when the whistle blows. Dan Mullen's team will try to keep the time of possession on their side early with Anthony Dixon, but Dexter McCluster will blow this one out of the water late. The cowbells won't ring much past halftime.

Florida State 9, Florida 30: Florida is the big favorite in this one, and it is Tim Tebow's last night to ever play in the Swamp. Need I say more?

Arkansas 16, LSU 27: The Tigers - rather coach Les Miles - blew a big game in the final minute against Ole Miss last Saturday. Will the Bayou Bengals toss in the cards and fold the season, or step up against a Razorback team that defeated LSU in 2008? Our guess is that the Tigers won't let it slip.

Tennessee 17, Kentucky 20: After a win over Georgia, can the Wildcats get the big win once more. Tennessee has never been the team to count on for the complete performance, so look for Kentucky to finish the season in style.

Georgia 13, Georgia Tech 30: The Bulldogs are struggling, and Paul Johnson's triple-option attack can give any team nightmares. In Atlanta against a Georgia Tech team that hopes to win the ACC, the Bulldogs might need more than just their A-game.


Gene'sPage.com (62-15)

Alabama 24 Auburn 10: Auburn just doesn't have the horses. It will be an emotional game for all involved, but Auburn is still a year or two away. The streak ended last year and Bama should build at least for another year or two.

Clemson 21 South Carolina 17: Always one of the better year end rivalry games. I just see these two going in different directions. I am not sure what the future holds for the Gamecocks. Spurrier's back for one more year.


Anthony Dixon
Mississippi State 24 Ole Miss 14: Lots of bad blood, misplaced allegations, disrespect and down right hatefulness. It's senior day for Anthony Dixon. He'll give all he has.

Florida 31 FSU 10: It's a shame about FSU. The program has fallen from the ranks of the nation's elite and is not even in the top two in their home state now. Change is coming and I think people will be surprised when things don't go as originally planned.

Arkansas 24 LSU 13: I have no confidence in LSU's ability to score. With Charles Scott and now Keiland Williams out for the season, the game falls to the narrow shoulders of QB Jordan Jefferson. The Boot stays in Arkansas.

Kentucky 24 Tennessee 20: I like this UK team and they are playing well down the stretch. Tennessee will be game, but the Wildcats are playing with a lot of confidence. Home field makes the difference.

Georgia Tech 31 Georgia 17: The Jackets are rolling and they could be ACC champs. Georgia looks to be a team in transition, but it's tough to tell what the future holds. This week GT gets the win.


OMSpirit.com (69-20)

Alabama-Auburn: Sorry, Auburn, but your hatred of Alabama will not be enough to overcome their superiority. Too much at stake for the Tide. Alabama 24, Auburn 10.

Clemson-South Carolina: Clemson is a little better than South Carolina, but home field takes home the gold. That stadium will be rocking and Clemson won't be able to overcome the 12th man. South Carolina 27, Clemson 20.


Reid Neely
Offensive Lineman of the Week
Ole Miss-Mississippi State: The Rebels are rolling. The Bulldogs are not. Revenge for last year's thumping will only go so far. Ole Miss 35, MSU 17.

Florida State-Florida: The Gators have too much firepower on both sides of the ball. This one could get one-sided in a hurry, which is rare for this rivalry game. Florida 30, Florida State 14.

Arkansas-LSU: Most will pick hot Arkansas against deflated LSU. Most will be wrong. LSU 21, Arkansas 14.

Tennessee-Kentucky: The Vols will be vulnerable to the Wildcats, who are coming off a huge win - for them - at Georgia. Kentucky 28, Tennessee 24.

Georgia-Georgia Tech: Georgia has to be down. Tech has to be up. Won't matter. Tech will win because they are better. Georgia Tech 30, Georgia 27.


GamecockAnthem.com (74-15)

Alabama 27 - Auburn 17: This year's edition of the Iron Bowl will be a physical, competitive ball game for three quarters, but the Tide, as they've done so often this season, will pull away in the fourth quarter to secure a perfect regular season for the second consecutive year.

South Carolina 24 - Clemson 23: This is truly a make or break game for the Gamecocks in the 2009 season, and my gut says that USC will make the key plays late in the contest to topple bitter in-state rival Clemson in a memorable November showdown.


Moe Brown
Ole Miss 34 - Miss. State 20: The Rebs are coming in riding high on an impressive three game winning streak, but the Bulldogs will keep this one close and play with a lot of pride. Still, Ole Miss will be too much in the second half, and will pull away from the feisty but overmatched Bulldogs.

Florida 41 - Florida Sate 17: Does anybody really think Tim Tebow is going to lose his last game in the Swamp?

LSU 31 - Arkansas 24: The Bayou Bengals have a lot of pent up frustration after last week's debacle at Ole Miss, and they'll get back on the winning track against the Hogs this weekend in the comfortable confines of Death Valley.

Kentucky 24 - Tennessee 20: Could the Vols domination over the ‘Cats come to a screeching halt this weekend in Lexington?

Georgia Tech 30 - Georgia 27: As much as I'd like to pick the ‘Dawgs to upset the eventual ACC Champs, they have just been too mistake prone this season.


InsideTennessee.com (70-19)

Alabama 27, Auburn 24: If the Tigers had a little more defense ...


Wes Brown
Defensive Lineman of the Week
South Carolina 24, Clemson 17: The Ol' Ball Coach benefits from an extra week to prepare.

Ole Miss 28, Mississippi State 24: An old-fashioned slobber-knocker.

Florida 34, Florida State 14: This one might pull the plug on Bobby Bowden.

LSU 31, Arkansas 27: Hogs have the momentum but Tigers have the home field.

Tennessee 34, Kentucky 31: Two improved offenses vs. two injury-depleted defenses.

Georgia Tech 38, Georgia 28: Think Mark Richt would like to have Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno for this one?


VandyMania.com (73-15)

Alabama 27, Auburn 20: This game pits the nation's No. 10 rushing offense (Bama) against the No. 11 rushing offense (Aub). Look for the team with the best rushing defense to come out on top.


Warren Norman
Freshman of the Week
Clemson 28, South Carolina 20: Gamecocks can't score enough to beat the Tigers.

Ole Miss 28, Mississippi State 24: This game could go either way. Ole Miss, riding high after beating LSU, could be ripe for a letdown.

Florida 35, Florida State 13: Gators better be glad that this one is a home game.

LSU 27, Arkansas 24: Could be a wild one.

Kentucky 27, Tennessee 24: Wildcats pick up another big win. UT heading west to Nashville or Memphis for their bowl game.

Georgia Tech 42, Georgia 28: Paul Johnson loves to horse whip his rivals.


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