Between now and Monday, Feb. 10 — when we'll reveal our overall FCS team and individual recruiting rankings — we're going to begin to release some of our early thoughts about each class here, conference by conference and position by position. Today we release our feelings about the Southern Conference and where things stand for those schools, with the understanding that a lot can change between now and when they can begin signing (Wednesday, Feb. 5). So hold onto your hats and check this out.
Also … remember, this is a ranking of HIGH SCHOOL commitments … this is only one way our FCS rankings differentiate us from 247Sports and Rivals etc. Also … we don't pay any attention to the star rating, this ranking is based solely on how each athlete is coveted, who wanted him … and how many wanted him. That's it. Film evaluation is something I will leave up to the coaches, as they have their jobs on the line with that. I figure if their jobs are on the line, they're probably doing a pretty good job of figuring out who they want to offer a spot on their teams. And they are certainly better than I am at making that determination.
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Quick rankings explanation:
- Only high school recruits are taken into account. Transfers are separate and will be evaluated much later this spring.
- The system is based on school offers, NOT 247Sports or Rivals. Every level of D-1 (P5, G5, FCS) has a particular tiered point total.
- When it comes to team rankings, it's the value of all of its Dec. signees and current commitments' point totals combined. Every kid counts.
- I respect PWOs — preferred walk-ons. They get credit too. The FCS is the perfect level for walk-ons. They matter to these schools.
- The final national rankings for Top 50 teams and Top 300 individuals will publish Monday, Feb. 10[divider]
TOP SOCON TEAMS (as of Feb. 3)
(This top list is based on teams that have already secured at least five recruits – full conference breakdown comes later)
[divider]TOP SOCON RECRUITS (as of Feb. 3)
(NOTE: PWO means preferred walk-on offer; Only high school commits/recruits are considered here – transfers come later)
|RK||FCS TEAM||POS||PROSPECT||HOMETOWN||OTHER D-1 OPTIONS|
|1||WOFFORD||DL||Chuck Smith||Suwanee, GA||LSU, Mizzou, Kansas, 7 G5 offers, 8 FCS offers|
|2||ETSU||OL||Trey Richburg||Charlotte, NC||Illinois, 9 G5, 6 FCS|
|3||FURMAN||LB||Evan DiMaggio||Buford, GA||11 FBS offers, 2 FCS|
|4||CHATTANOOGA||WR||Jamoi Mayes||Griffin, GA||Kansas St., Colorado, 6 G5 offers, 3 FCS offers|
|5||MERCER||OL||Bryer Touchton||Valdosta, GA||7 FBS offers, 8 FCS offers|
|6||FURMAN||OL||Dylan Davis||Bradenton, FL||Illinois, Iowa St., Army, 5 FCS|
|7||FURMAN||ATH||Bailor Hughes||Powell, TN||Air Force, 17 FCS offers|
|8||FURMAN||OL||E.J. Wilson||Xenia, OH||3 FBS, 13 FCS offers|
|9||FURMAN||DB||Ivan Yates||Roswell, GA||Bucknell decommit – 4 FBS, 10 FCS|
|10||WESTERN CAROLINA||DL||Jaquarius Guinn||Clover, SC||Tennessee, Ga South, Liberty, Charlotte, ECU, UCF,|
|11||CHATTANOOGA||LB||John Prince||Stockbridge, GA||2 FBS, 12 FCS|
|12||CHATTANOOGA||LB||Bo Spearman||Birmingham, AL||4 FBS offers, 7 FCS offers|
|13||WOFFORD||RB||Ryan Ingram||Stone Mtn., GA||Minnesota, Rutgers, Kent. St.|
|14||FURMAN||WR||Jack Rhodes||Alpharetta, GA||1 FBS, 12 FCS offers|
|15||FURMAN||OL||Blake Hundley||Clarksville, TN||Kansas, South Carolina, 5 FCS|
|16||CHATTANOOGA||WR||Shamar Sandgren||Savannah, GA||West Ky decommit, 5 FBS offers, 3 FCS offers|
|17||WESTERN CAROLINA||RB||Calvin Jones||Bostic, NC||5 FBS, 3 FCS|
|18||ETSU||WR||Macho Arza||Miami, FL||5 FBS offers, 3 FCS|
|19||FURMAN||DL||Jeremiah Jackson||Fleming Island, FL||13 FCS offers|
|20||ETSU||LB||Chandler Martin||Lithonia, GA||South Alabama, BGSU, 9 FCS offers|
|21||FURMAN||DL||Luke Clark||Crestwood, KY||Louisville PWO, WKU, 9 FCS|
|22||SAMFORD||LB||Noah Martin||Chattanooga, TN||UAB, 11 FCS|
|23||MERCER||RB||Al Wooten||Memphis, TN||La-Monroe, UAB, 8 FCS offers|
|24||SAMFORD||OL||Donny Hawkins||Pinson Valley, AL||Ark. St., Navy, 7 FCS|
|25||FURMAN||LB||Ty Youngblood||Greeneville, TN||Navy, Army, Air Force, 4 FCS offers|
|26||MERCER||ATH||Ethan Dirrim||Canton, GA||PWO Ga. Tech, Air Force, Columbia, APSU, Jville St., Ga St.|
|27||VMI||WR||V.J. Johnson||Virginia Beach, VA||Maryland, FAU, Morgan St., Hampton|
|28||MERCER||OL||Kevin Booker||Gainesville, FL||UConn, UAB, FAU, Samford, Chatta.|
|29||FURMAN||DB||Micah Robinson||Atlanta, GA||9 FCS offers|
|30||MERCER||DB||Tommy Pollack||Kennesaw, GA||Air Force, Colgate, SIU, Columbia, APSU, Dartmouth, Illinois St.|
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