SEC baseball brings four of the top five baseball recruiting classes, according to Baseball America
Billy Jones • 9/9/2021 in Baseball
The SEC had four of the top five baseball recruiting classes and 11 of the Top 25.
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After a strong showing in Omaha during June, the SEC continued that success into Signing Day as it had four teams inside the Top five and 11 teams in the Top 25, according to Baseball America.
Florida led the pack with its No. 2 ranking as runners-up to UCLA. Coach Kevin O’Sullivan had three of his prospects enter the draft which is largely why the Gators were not ranked first. Classes like these have become not only the norm but the expectation for the Gators as they have had nine classes in a row ranked within the top 5.
Vanderbilt adds to its always-talented pitching staff, coming in at No. 3. Two pitchers that can throw fastballs in the mid-90s along with breaking balls and change-ups, lefty Carter Holton and righty Greysen Carter, should be difference makers for coach Tim Corbin.
After entering the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed before being upset by NC State, Arkansas followed up with the No. 4 class in the nation. It's headlined by SS Peyton Stovall who is the second-best player not to sign in the MLB. He should help a very talented roster try to build off the success of last year.
The Tennessee Volunteers round out the top five. Despite rumors of Tony Vitello’s departure in the offseason, it looks like he is committed to helping build a powerhouse in Knoxville. This recruiting class certainly makes a statement as Tennessee will bring in a fleet of talented hitters along with pitcher Chase Burns, whose fastball can reach triple digits.
Elsewhere, Brad Bohannen brought the Crimson Tide its first top-10 class in almost 10 years.
National Champions Mississippi State rounded out the top 10 with a strong class, led by lefty Andrew Walling.
LSU's first-year head coach Jay Johnson inherits in the No. 14 class assembled by the retiring Paul Mainieri, which should complement his gains in the transfer portal.
Georgia followed right behind at No. 15 with a pair of right-handers bringing some depth to its staff, righty Dylan Ross being the best of the bunch.
South Carolina was right behind those two at 16 with a well-balanced class that includes two-way player Michael Braswell.
Texas A&M and Ole Miss finished 23rd and 25th, respectively which was lower than each had been in previous years. Righty Chris Cortez is the Aggies' best recruit, while the Rebels' class was headlined by lefty Hunter Elliott.