In mid-June, South Alabama's 2014 class was sitting on empty and was dead last in the Sun Belt recruiting rankings. Fast forward a few weeks and eight commitments and the Jags have shaken off that slow start and climbed all the way to the top of the conference recruiting standings.
Led by recruiters like quarterback coach Bryant Vincent (currently #1 in the SBC), defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer (#2), tight end coach John Turner (#6) and defensive line coach Brian Turner (#11), South Alabama currently stands number one in the Sun Belt and 83rd nationally. They are closely followed in the conference by Arkansas State, Texas State, Appalachian State, Western Kentucky, Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia State and Louisiana-Lafayette, in that order. USA's eight commitments are tied with Appalachian State for the most in the conference.
The headliner of the group is safety CJ Johnson of Colquitt County (GA). Johnson's 89 rating by 247 is just a point shy of four-star status, while his .8617 gives him a solid three-star Composite ranking. Following Johnson is quarterback Kilton Anderson (80 on 247, .8056 Composite), defensive back Shaquille Jones (75, .7806), defensive back Jeremy Reaves (75, .7500), Marice Fluellen (73, .7706), offensive lineman Corbin Finlayson (72, .7200), athlete Joshua Smith (72, .7200) and defensive back Malcolm Buggs (71, .7862).
With a solid head of steam in their recruiting efforts, the South Alabama staff is hoping to add a few more commitments this summer, likely in conjunction with the 7 on 7 tournament they are set to host later in July. If the 2013 team can break through and make a significant improvement over 2012's win total, this class could turn out to be their best in the brief history of the program.