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This article dives into the five best transfer recruiting classes in the SEC so far this portal cycle. 


Auburn

Auburn and Hugh Freeze have been doing some great work so far in the portal. Easily the best class in the SEC, and quite honestly a top three class in the nation in my opinion. They landed several impact players at a multitude of positions. From top to bottom, this is likely the most balanced class in the SEC, and it’s one that fills a lot of holes left by draft entrants such as Tank Bigsby. Notable names include Justin Rogers, Dillon Wade, and Brian Battle.

Auburn Tigers football coach Hugh Freeze poses with associate head coach Cadillac Williams at the Woltosz Football Performance Center in Auburn, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze and associate head coach Cadillac Williams


LSU

LSU has completely revamped the defensive side of the ball through the transfer portal so far this cycle. Several highly touted defensive backs and defensive linemen have pledged to the Tigers. LSU is losing a multitude of cornerbacks and safeties to the draft this season, so to go out and land the likes of Denver Harris, Zy Alexander, and JK Johnson in the portal is a massive win for them. They did well in adding bodies to the trenches as well, nabbing several four-star players there. Other notable names in the class include Bradyn Swinson, Aaron Anderson, and Duce Chestnut.

Nov 5, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Brian Kelly looks on against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half at Tiger Stadium.

LSU head coach Brian Kelly. 

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Kentucky

The Wildcats are another SEC team that has done a phenomenal job in the transfer portal so far. They haven’t landed a whole lot of guys, but they’ve taken much more of a quality-over-quantity approach. Additions like Devin Leary at QB, Keeshawn Silver at DL, and Tanner Bowles on the offensive line headline Kentucky’s transfer class in 2023. Some other notable players include Ray Davis, JQ Hardaway, and Marques Cox.

Sep 24, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) looks to throw during the first half against the Connecticut Huskies at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Kentucky transfer QB commit Devin Leary, formerly of NC State.


South Carolina

Although they haven’t really brought in many world-beaters, South Carolina has done a good job of filling the holes left by roster turnover. Tight end was a position that they needed badly with the loss of Jaheim Bell and Austin Stogner, and they responded by going out and getting Trey Knox from Arkansas, as well as Nick Elksnis from Florida. They’ve landed a few other playmakers on both sides of the ball as well. Although it isn’t the flashiest class, the Gamecocks still got a solid group of guys coming in. Notable players include Jaron Willis, Nick Gargiulo, and Joshua Simon.

South Carolina Gamecocks' Head Football Coach Shane Beamer celebrates with Sir Big Spur V. University of South Carolina mascot after winning against North Carolina Tar Heels after the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer, holding a "gamecock." 


Ole Miss

Ole Miss has brought in some really talented players; however, their class lacks balance. Of their eight commits, four are pass-catchers. Despite the defense, specifically, the front seven, being a weakness last season for the Rebels, they only received two commitments on the defensive side of the ball. Still, they were able to grab some receivers who will have a significant impact on them in 2023, so it was still a good class. Notable names include Tre Harris, John Saunders, and Chris Marshall

Nov 12, 2022; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and Alabama head coach Nick Saban talk before the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kififn, seen talking with his proclaimed greatest coach of all time, Nick Saban.