Chris Stephens

Examining Each SEC School's Biggest Signees

Created on Feb. 11, 2014 3:13 AM EST

Outside The Top 25

Missouri (Rank: 32nd)

You would expect a team coming off a 12-2 season, including an SEC East title, to have better results on National Signing Day. However, Missouri just didn't get the depth of recruits that many other SEC programs got.

The Tigers came away with four players that had four-star ratings, including offensive guard Andy Bauer (No. 16 at his position), outside linebacker Brandon Lee (No. 33), cornerback Raymond Wingo (No. 34) and wide receiver Nate Brown (No. 55).

In total, the Tigers signed seven receivers, which was the most of any school in the country.

Brown is perhaps the biggest get for the Tigers after a stellar senior year in which he caught 21 touchdown passes, leading his team to the state championship game. Georgia flirted with him late in the football season, but Brown chose to stick with his committment to the Tigers.

Arkansas (Rank: 33rd)

Ever since Bobby Petrino left Arkansas, the Razorbacks have struggled putting a good product on the field. Bret Bielema has worked to improve that, but he is still lacking for depth in recruiting.

Defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (No. 4) was a huge signing for Bielema as he looks for more beef along a defensive line that allowed 178.4 rushing yards per game last year. Jackson likely will play or even start immediately.

The Razorbacks also signed four-star players in offensive tackles Bryan Wallace (No. 11) and Jovan Pruitt (No. 15), offensive guard Frank Ragnow (No. 17), and cornerback JoJo Robinson (No. 28). There was only one other offensive lineman signed; either trouble is brewing in Fayetteville or Bielema has confidence in what he has coming back and the three listed above.

Mississippi State (Rank: 39th)

Just as it has in past years, Mississippi State struggled to keep up with its in-state brethren on the recruiting trails.

The Bulldogs signed three four-star players, including outside linebacker Gerri Green (No. 22), running back Aeris Williams (No. 25) and wide receiver Jamoral Graham (No. 48). They also like to stick with the state of Mississippi, signing 15 from the state in its class of 23.

Vanderbilt (Rank: 50th)

It's hard to fault Vanderbilt for having such a bad recruiting season, especially considering James Franklin left town, leaving Derek Mason only a few weeks to put a signing class together.

The Commodores were able to snag two four-star players in defensive end Nifae Lealao (No. 8) and safety Emmanuel Smith (No. 28).

Academics also play a huge role in an athletes' recruitment to Vandy as the entrance requirements are not easy to meet.

Couple all of those things together and you see why Vanderbilt ranked the lowest in the SEC.

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