South Region: Rankings, Visits, Predictions

abone@scout.com
Posted Oct 9, 2009


It's a big weekend for college football with official visitors checking in at several schools. See who's on the list across the South Region as well as commitments this week, recruiting rankings, and predictions.


South Region Recruiting Rankings, Visitors and Commitments:

4. LSU
The Tigers have a big weekend with the Gators coming to Baton Rouge. The official visitors include 5-star WR Mike Davis (commitment), 4-star CB Joshua Shaw, 4-star DT Cassius Marsh, 4-star OT Evan Washington (commitment) and 3-star DT Richard Ash. A slew of elite unofficial visitors are expected as well.
5. Alabama
6. Georgia
7. Tennessee
The Volunteers are bringing in several linemen as official visitors including 4-star DT Chaz Green, 4-star OT JaWuan James, and 3-star Juco OT John Cullen.
8. Florida
The Gators picked up a couple of commitments this week with 3-star wide receiver Quinton Dunbar and teammate 4-star DE Lynden Trail.
19. Miami
The Hurricanes landed 3-star CB Devont'a Davis.
22. Clemson
24. Auburn
26. South Carolina
The Gamecocks added a punter commitment from Patrick Fish out of North Carolina.
27. Vanderbilt
29. Florida State
The Seminoles watched a couple of commitments go soft this week in 3-star DE Tavaris Barnes and 4-star Darious Cummings. It's been reported 5-star running back Marcus Lattimore has canceled his official visit for this weekend.
30. Georgia Tech
31. North Carolina State
The Wolfpack added two commitments from 3-star S Dontae Johnson and 3-star QB Tyler Brosius.
39. Wake Forest
47. North Carolina
The Tar Heels are welcoming as official visitors 4-star OT T.J. Leifheit and 2-star S T.J. Mutcherson.
52. Mississippi State
Big week in Starkville adding two commitments in 2-star CB Jamerson Love and class of 2011 linebacker C.J. Johnson
53. Ole Miss
The Rebels welcome the Tide to Oxford along with several official visitors including
5-star DE Wayne Dorsey, 4-star DT James Carmon, 4-star S Damien Jackson, 3-star Eric Mitchell (commitment), 3-star RB Jeff Scott (commitment) and 3-star S Artice Kellam (commitment).
55. Arkansas
56. Duke
58. UCF
67. South Florida
70. Kentucky
71. Tulane
73. Southern Miss
The Golden Eagles picked up a commitment in CB R.J. Spivery.
86. Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs added a commitment from OG Ryan Zeller.
89. East Carolina
94. Troy
99. UAB
101. FIU
108. Arkansas State
Red Wolves added two commitments, CB Cedric Smith and MLB Quashaun Lee.
110. ULM
111. Louisiana
113. Memphis


SEC Publishers/Writers Predictions:

BamaMag.com (36-5)


Rolando McClain
SEC & National Defensive Player of the Week
Alabama 24, Ole Miss 21 -- Why should this be different than the last four?

Auburn 35, Arkansas 28 -- Auburn offense is the real deal.

Florida 42, LSU 10 -- And worse than that if Tebow plays.

Georgia 10, Tennessee 9-- Two historically strong programs in bad shape.

Kentucky 24, South Carolina 17 -- Gamecocks have more skill, but Kentucky tougher.

Mississippi State 17, Houston 14 -- One SEC home team wins and it's an upset.

Vanderbilt 20, Army 10 -- Commodores get it done on the Hudson.


HawgsIllustrated.com (38-4)

Alabama 28, Ole Miss 17 - Just don't think Ole Miss has enough consistency on offense to put up enough points on that talented Alabama defense.

Arkansas 41, Auburn 38 - Should be plenty of offensive fireworks as Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino trots out Ryan Mallett and his high-flying group of WRs while Auburn counters with its very balanced attack under the direction of Gus Malzahn - proving to be a great hire by Gene Chizik.


Tenarius Wright
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
Florida 24, LSU 21 - With out without Tim Tebow, I think the Gators are geared up for what they have known since the preseason would be one of their toughest challenges of the year.

Georgia 21, Tennessee 17 - Big game for Tennesseee, who really needs to get a win to jump start its season. But I'll take the team with A.J. Green, who is likely to make another big catch again late - but not have the refs whiff or what is an excessive celebration and what is not.

South Carolina 24, Kentucky 10 - That Gamecocks' defense is just too strong for the Wildcats.

Miss. State 30, Houston 27 - Really would have been picking the Cougars up until their 58-41 loss at UTEP last week, so now I'll take the SEC team over the Conference USA one.

Vanderbilt 20, Army 10 - A battle of 2-3 teams whose wins have been on Western Carolina, Rice, Eastern Michigan and Ball State. Should be an exciting one - if only for the two teams.


autigers.com (ITAT) (31-6)

Wes Byrum
SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

Alabama at Ole Miss--Ole Miss should have won last year, but the window of opportunity to end its losing streak to the Tide may be shut. It's another loss for the Rebels.

Auburn at Arkansas--Look for a high-scoring game and another victory for the Tigers.

Florida at LSU--No. 1 Florida stays unbeaten with or without Tebow.

Georgia at Tennessee--Lane Kiffin gets his first SEC win in a close one.


Onterio McCalebb
SEC Freshman of the Week
Kentucky at South Carolina--Potentially another close game, South Carolina's defense should be the difference-maker.

Miss. State hosts Houston--The high-scoring Cougars bounce back from a disappointing loss to UTEP as Mississippi State drops another one.

Vanderbilt at Army--The Commodores will get a much-needed victory on the banks of the Hudson.





FightinGators.com (24-6)

Alabama 13 at Ole Miss 24 - This is Ole Miss' Florida game from last year. They are still looking for some respect since the South Carolina game, and it is in Oxford.

Auburn 20 at Arkansas 34 - Auburn finally stubs their toe on the road. Arkansas can strike fear in anyone when their offense gets going.


John Brantley
Florida 31 at LSU 10 - LSU hasn't shown they can really run the ball and their defense hasn't shown they can really stop the run. Florida is really good at stopping the run and phenomenal at running the ball. Tebow steps out of the phone booth in full uniform to start the game.

Georgia 21 at Tennessee 10 - Georgia gets a much needed win against a rival and Tennessee sees another game with the most over rated and over paid staff in college football history go by the way side. UT's record will fall to two wins and four moral victories (losses).

Kentucky 10 at South Carolina 41 - Spurrier has the offense going and Kentucky is really banged up after losses to Bama and Florida back to back.

Miss. State 31 hosts Houston 27 - Houston can put up some points, but we will go with the Bulldogs here in a close one at home.

Vanderbilt 27 at Army 10 - Don't like Vandy on the road, but will take the 'Dores in this one.


DawgPost.com (23-4)


Rennie Curran
#1 Alabama beats Ole Miss

Auburn falls at Arkansas

Florida figures out how to win at LSU

Georgia tops Tennessee

Kentucky gets beat bad by South Carolina

Mississippi State falls to Houston

Vanderbilt beats Army


KentuckySportsReport.com (25-5)

Alabama 35, Ole Miss 14 - Alabama struggles a little in the first half, but rolls over the Rebels in the 2nd.


Lones Seiber
Auburn 27, Arkansas 24 - Barnburner in Fayetteville as the Tigers pull out a tight one over the Hogs in the fourth quarter.

Florida 37, LSU 21 - The Gators feel right at home in the Bayou, as they handle LSU easier than expected.

Georgia 24, Tennessee 13 - Georgia pulls off a big SEC East victory over the Vols and their struggling offense.

Kentucky 14, South Carolina 21 - The South Carolina defense proves to be too strong for the Wildcat offense to overcome.

Mississippi State 13, Houston 31 - Houston's explosive offense goes into Starkville and put up big numbers.

Vanderbilt 17, Army 13 - Vandy pulls out a squeaker against Army in a defensive struggle.


TigerSportsDigest.com (32-8)

Alabama 21, Ole Miss 17: The Rebels are looking for their chance to bounce back after their loss two weeks ago on the East Coast. Alabama is certainly playing better football than anyone in the country, but a trip to Oxford could prove to be their closest call of the season.


Charles Scott
SEC Offensive Player of the Week
Auburn 27, Arkansas 24: Can the Tigers keep the unexpected streak alive? A big win at Tennessee certainly keeps momentum on their side. We see this one going to the visitors..

Florida 24, LSU 27: Can the Tigers, who have been tabbed as overrated by most, really pull the upset? A Tebow-less Gators squad will certainly be tested on Saturday night in Death Valley. Here is to LSU pulling out a close one.... If Tebow were healthy, things would have been much different.

Georgia 17, Tennessee 14: The Volunteers desperately need a win to get back on track. The Bulldogs, fresh off a final minute home loss to LSU,
are also looking to get back in the win column. Neither team is the cream of the SEC crop this year, but the Dawgs should be able to pull one out in Knoxville.

Kentucky 10, South Carolina 31: Watch out for USC, who would be undefeated minus the four-point loss in Athens. Granted, their have been some cupcakes in the mix - but a road win over NC State in the opener and a home win on a Thursday night against Ole Miss are solid victories for Spurrier's gang. Kentucky should not pose too big of a problem.

Houston 24, Mississippi State 14: Anthony Dixon could have a big game, but MSU will be forced to throw when they get behind. The Bulldogs stick with the Cougars early, but UH pulls away with their offensive firepower late. Vanderbilt 24, Army 17: Army has not gotten a taste of a big time opponent yet this season, while Vanderbilt is already through three conference games (LSU, MSU, Miss.). The Commodores should pull away early and hold off the Army charge late.


Gene'sPage.com (25-5)

Alabama 28, Ole Miss 10: Snead still appears to be pressing and Alabama is not the type of defense to try to get back into a rhythm against. Alabama will need to be two dimensional on offense, because the Ole Miss front 7 is pretty salty. In the end the team with talent on the field will beat the team with talent on paper.

Auburn 38 at Arkansas 35: This might be the game of the week. Arkansas destroyed A&M and got back into a nice offensive groove. Auburn just keeps on rolling. This one might proved to be tougher than the trip to Knoxville last week, because the Hogs can score. I still like Auburn in a shootout. I am sure Malzhan would like to put on a show.


Anthony Dixon
Florida 21, LSU 17: Will Tebow be near 100%? That's going to probably determine the outcome of this one. If he's rusty or out of sorts the LSU crowd will eat him alive. The LSU offense continues to live dangerously, but the Gator defense will be the best they have faced this year.

Georgia 28, Tennessee 10: Go ahead and pencil in a loss for the Vols for the next couple of weeks and then the Vols will get hot and close out winning most if not all of their final games. They'll get to a bowl game and get some momentum heading into signing day and next fall. Georgia let one get away last week, but they will be better because of it. As long as they don't "celebrate" too much. The SEC owes UGA an apology.

South Carolina 21, Kentucky 14: It's tough to win on the road in this league especially in seemingly even contest. I think the Gamecocks could win this game on a neutral field and Hartline still looks shakey to me.

Miss. State 42, Houston 38: This one will likely boil down to who has the ball last. MSU has shown they can score and fill up the stat column, but they are giving up yards in bunches especially against the pass. The Cougars threw it over 70 times last week. The Bulldogs better hope they can catch some of those if they plan to go to a bowl game.

Vanderbilt 21, Army 14: Vandy's got lots of problems on offense, but their defense plays well enough to win more times than not. The Commodores' season is on the brink, so a win this week will go a long way towards rebuilding some confidence.


OMSpirit.com (35-7)

Alabama is one of the hottest teams in the nation. Ole Miss has not played up to their potential through four games. It will take a complete game for the Rebels to prevail. They are due. Alabama 24, Ole Miss 27


John Jerry
SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
Arkansas will pull out all the stops, but they won't be able to stop Auburn's offense. Auburn 44, Arkansas 34
LSU has found a way to win, which is the name of the game. Florida will be heading into a buzz saw. Upset brewing. Florida 23, LSU 24

Tennessee plays good defense, but Georgia has the better all-around team. Dawgs take a bite out of the Vols, 21-17.

Kentucky is too beat up and bruised having played Florida and Alabama back-to-back. USC 20, Kentucky 13.

Houston has a high-powered offense, but the Dogs are much-improved on defense. Donnybrook. MSU 34, Houston 31.

Vandy will have too much speed for the cadets. Vandy 17, Army 14.
GamecockAnthem.com (37-5)

Alabama 27 - Ole Miss 20: The Rebels have had this game circled on their calendar for quite some time, but Alabama will ultimately be too much to handle.

Arkansas 38 - Auburn 34: Auburn has gotten off to an impressive start, but they’re bound to slip up at some point. Arkansas returns home for this game riding high after a dominating win over Texas A&M, and the Hogs will win a shootout to land their first conference win of the season.


Moe Brown
Florida 24 - LSU 17: A night game in Death Valley is one of the most hostile environments an opposing team can go into. However, with or without Tim Tebow, the Gator defense will prove too stiff for LSU’s work-in-progress offense.

Georgia 23 - Tennessee 20: The Vols have been competitive in every game this year, but there’s a reason they’re 2-3 on the season. Until they develop a consistent passing attack, look for Lane Kiffin’s misery to continue in Rockytop.

South Carolina 31 - Kentucky 23: The Gamecocks have had Kentucky’s number this decade, and that won’t change on Saturday when the injury riddled ‘Cats come to Columbia.

Houston 34 - Miss. State 27: Out-of-conference games against Houston and Georgia Tech probably didn’t look so difficult when the Bulldogs originally scheduled them.

Vanderbilt 28 - Army 13: Could this be Vandy’s last win of the season? The schedule looks brutal after this week.


InsideTennessee.com (34-8)


Montario Hardesty
Alabama 24, Ole Miss 20: Greg McElroy is playing better than Jevan Snead.

Auburn 41, Arkansas 34: If only the Hogs had a defense ...

LSU 21, Florida 20: Lady Luck seems to be pacing the Tiger sidelines this fall.

Tennessee 23, Georgia 20: Vols had better rescue this season while it's still salvagable.

South Carolina 31, Kentucky 17: Gamecocks are starting to look threatening.

Houston 27, Mississippi State 21: I'm guessing Dan Mullen had more fun at Florida.

Vanderbilt 27, Army 17: Dores slam another non-conference opponent.


VandyMania.com (32-9)


Warren Norman
Alabama 24, Ole Miss 21- Rebs drop out of top 25.

Arkansas 31, Auburn 21- Clock strikes midnight for Tigers.

Florida 28, LSU 20- Tigers lose at home to defending champs.

Georgia 31, Tennessee 20- Bulldogs take out anger on Vols.

South Carolina 28, Kentucky 21- Carolina could be bowl eligible before November.

Houston 38, Mississippi State 17- High powered Cougar offense too much for Bulldogs.

Vanderbilt 38, Army 10- Vandy does well against the non-SEC.


Complete list of recruiting rankings [click here].


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