If you're a fan of SEC football, there's a good chance you're a follower of SEC recruiting … and in recruiting, the news never sleeps. It is a 365-day a year battle for supremacy, with key battles won and lost as early as May, as much as they are in February and during fall visits.
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Today, we look at the past week — Monday, June 12 through Sunday night, June 18. With summer camps and combines, as well as on-campus unofficial visits, things can get busy in SEC recruiting.
This week alone we saw class of 2018 and even 2019 prospects commit to SEC schools.
HERO Sports will give you an idea of who won the past week each Monday, using the 247Sports.com composite ranking — which averages all services.
WHICH SEC TEAM WON THE WEEK?
THE SKINNY: Think this is a rarity for Vanderbilt to win the SEC when it comes to recruiting? Well, this was their week — by a hair. The Commodores pulled off their second four-star recruiting victory when in-stater Camron Johnson came aboard. Vandy. Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee also wanted Johnson, but he chose Vandy — as did tight end Ben Bresnahan and Johnson's prep teammate Gavin Schoenwald. All three had multiple SEC offers, along with outside-the-SEC power five offers, but they're on board with the 'Dores.
WHO IS NEXT?: It's a tough call as LSU also brought in three players, though two are not fully evaluated yet and thus don't have full ratings available. Same goes for Tennessee's haul of three recruits.
WHO LANDED THE TOP PROSPECT?
THE WINNER: Kentucky with Keontra Smith, DB, 2019 class
THE SKINNY: We know, we know … you don't get too many Kentucky football recruits topping the charts, right? That usually goes to the basketball recruits. Well, Smith is an exception. The Hollywood, Fla. products is highly coveted in his state and Mark Richt and Miami love the guy, as do Auburn, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Oregon — but he is Kentucky bound. The 5-foot-11, 205 defensive back plays in a highly competitive environment in South Florida and is listed as a 4-star prospect and the No. 57 player in his class.
Kentucky DB recruit Keontra Smith out of south Florida (StudentSports)
So which SEC teams landed recruits in the past week? Take a look at who came aboard, and where the 247Sports composite ranking rates them:
|KENTUCKY||Keontra Smith||2019||DB||Hollywood, FL||5'11"||205||4||6/17/2017|
|SOUTH CAROLINA||Dakereon Joyner||2018||QB||North Charleston, SC||6'2"||200||4||6/18/2017|
|LSU||Dare Rosenthal||2018||DT||Ferriday, LA||6'7"||330||4||6/17/2017|
|TENNESSEE||D'Andre Litaker||2018||DT||Murfreesboro, TN||6'3"||285||4||6/13/2017|
|TEXAS A&M||Barton Clement||2018||OL||Missouri City, TX||6'3"||305||4||6/18/2017|
|VANDERBILT||Camron Johnson||2018||WR||Brentwood, TN||6'1"||180||4||6/16/2017|
|KENTUCKY||Deandre Square||2018||LB||Detroit, MI||6'1"||205||3||6/16/2017|
|VANDERBILT||Gavin Schoenwald||2018||TE||Brentwood, TN||6'5"||215||3||6/15/2017|
|TEXAS A&M||Brian Johnson||2018||LB||Manvel, TX||6'2"||185||3||6/16/2017|
|VANDERBILT||Ben Bresnahan||2018||TE||Cumming, GA||6'4"||230||3||6/14/2017|
|SOUTH CAROLINA||Wyatt Campbell||2018||OL||Lugoff, SC||6'7"||285||3||6/15/2017|
|TENNESSEE||Brandon Cross||2018||CB||Orlando, FL||5'11"||185||3||6/12/2017|
|ALABAMA||Skyler Delong||2018||P||Fort Mill, SC||6'3"||180||3||6/15/2017|
|FLORIDA||Deontai Williams||2018||DB||Ellisville, MS||6'0"||178||3||6/12/2017|
|ARKANSAS||Emmit Gooden||2018||DT||Independence, KS||6'4"||310||3||6/18/2017|
|LSU||Dantreize Scott||2018||TE||Ferriday, LA||6'4"||210||3||6/17/2017|
|KENTUCKY||Domonique Williams||2018||DB||Knoxville, TN||5'10"||190||2||6/15/2017|
|TENNESSEE||Te'Cory Couch||2019||ATH||Hollywood, FL||6'0"||160||NR||6/13/2017|
|FLORIDA||Marcus Tillman||2019||WR||Orlando, FL||6'0"||195||NR||6/14/2017|
|LSU||Thomas Perry||2019||OL||Lafayette, LA||6'6"||325||NR||6/17/2017|