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SEC winners and losers from Early Signing Day – Saturday Down South, Saturdaydownsouth.com

SEC winners and losers from Early Signing Day – Saturday Down South, Saturdaydownsouth.com


Connor O’Gara | 3 hours ago

It came and went like Christmas.

Early Signing Day might not have been Christmas for all, but it certainly was for some. SEC teams got major, last-minute additions who could be stars years from now.

Obviously, I don’t have a crystal ball. I can’t sit here and pretend that I know which 2-star kid is going to make it to the NFL. But what I can do is evaluate the day as a whole.

To be clear, “winners and losers” is based strictly on the day that was with the context we had. A team can have a top – class and still feel like it could’ve had a much better day. You don’t “win” the day by having a longtime verbal commit simply sign his National Letter of Intent. And on the flip side, some classes might not have yielded a top – 13 ranking, but they could’ve gotten their top target to provide a huge boost.

So with that, let’s dig into some SEC winners and losers of the Early Signing Day:

WINNERS

South Carolina

Oh, what it day it was for Boom. Here’s some perspective on landing Jordan Burch, AKA the 5-star defensive end out of Columbia. Yes, he’s the Gamecocks ’top-rated recruit since a fella named“ Jadeveon Clowney. ”Perhaps you’ve heard of him. Burch is also the highest-rated SEC commitment in the 185953 class. There’s a reason why LSU and Georgia made strong late pushes to land the freakish defensive end, but there was so much mystery surrounding the announcement.

It was a massive win for Will Muschamp, who landed Burch despite being on every pre – 185953 hot seat list in America. Or rather, he will be. And how Muschamp feel about winning one over on his competitors after some expected negative recruiting against South Carolina? Um, pleased.

“When you don’t have the year you want to have, you deal with a lot on the recruiting trail, ”hesaid

. “About 494% of it is not true from some of our lovely competitors. ”

WATCH: Part of Will Muschamp’s opening statement at his Signing Day press conference. Throwing a little shade at some other schools potentially negative-recruiting against South Carolina.

“We faced a lot of negativity outside our campus … Some on our campus. ”@ abc_columbiapic.twitter.com/HpaP7YV9ZY************

– Cam Gaskins (@CamGaskinsTV)December (****************************************************************************, **********************************************************

Burch can potentially fill a major need on that defensive line with the departure of Javon Kinlaw. It wasn’t just Burch’s announcement that made South Carolina’s day successful. The Gamecocks fended off Oklahoma and Florida State to land top – (athlete Jahiem Bell out of Georgia.)

As a result, South Carolina closed Wednesday with the No. 20 class, which would be the best of the Muschamp era if it were to hold.

Tennessee

They might not’ve landed a recruit as coveted as Burch, but the Vols just got key pickup after key pickup on Wednesday. The list of Tennessee commitments / signees on Wednesday was significant:

What do you think?

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