Chris Stephens
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Examining Each SEC School's Biggest Signees

Feb 11, 2014 4:13 AM EST

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Georgia (Rank: 12th)

The Bulldogs had a great National Signing Day, especially after five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (No. 2) committed and signed with the Bulldogs in a nationally-televised ceremony.

But that wasn't all as the Bulldogs got a pair of commitments at running back in Sony Michel (No. 2) and Nick Chubb (No. 9). It seems the Bulldogs are trying to duplicate the duo of Todd Gurley and Nick Marshall, giving the Bulldogs good running backs for the foreseeable future.

Tight end Jeb Blazevich (No. 4) showed off in the Under Armour All-American Game and quarterback Jacob Park (No. 8) a true dual threat.

The Bulldogs addressed a lot of needs, especially on defense as the team looks to improve upon last year's dismal performance where they gave up 47 touchdowns.

Ole Miss (Rank: 18th)

A year after having one of the best classes in the country, Ole Miss finished a respectable 18th in the team rankings this year. However, there was no Robert Nkemdiche to lead the recruiting class this year.

Instead, the Rebels signed nine four-star players, including offensive guard Roderick Taylor (No. 3), safety C.J. Hampton (No. 9), tight end Sammie Epps (No. 10) and defensive tackle Breeland Speaks (No. 19). The Rebels also signed five junior-college players as they look for players who can make an immediate impact.

Kentucky (Rank: 21st)

Kentucky is the biggest surprise of this year's National Signing Day, easily having their best signing class in school history.

The Wildcats got commitments from six four-star players, including quarterback Drew Barker (No. 10), defensive tackle Matthew Elam (No. 11) and safety Darius West (No. 21).

Kentucky signed four safeties and six players along the defensive line, as it looks to improve upon a defense that gave up 427.8 yards per game last year.

South Carolina (Rank: 24th)

South Carolina is losing a lot from the 2013 team, including Jadeveon Clowney and Connor Shaw. So, what did head coach Steve Spurrier do to bring in depth at those positions? Not much at all.

Defensive end Dante Sawyer (No. 24) is the biggest signing along the defensive line for the Gamecocks, while the Gamecocks only signed a two-star quarterback. While it's hard to make a big deal about rankings, the issue is that Spurrier only signed one quarterback since next year's starter, Dylan Thompson, will also graduate after next season. If 2013 signee Connor Mitch struggles after next season, the Gamecocks could be in some serious trouble.

Offensive guard Donell Stanley (No. 6), outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (No. 12) and cornerback Wesley Green (No. 21) were also big commits for South Carolina. Green's signing was big. The weekend before NSD, Green was scheduled to visit Georgia for his official visit. But that visit was cancelled due to family issues for Green, leaving the Gamecocks as his only official visit. Had the visit taken place, who knows what would have happened.