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Tracking the progress of the SEC East's 2018 recruiting classes

Spring football is over, the offseason is hitting the dog days and media days are still months away. Recruiting, however, goes all year-round. Coaches all over the country are on the trail looking for the next crop of talent.

As the spring evaluation period winds down (it ends May 31), let's take a look at where SEC teams stand in recruiting the 2018 class. Today, we look at the SEC East teams (note, current ESPN class rankings are here):

Florida

Commitments: Six.

Current class ranking: 25th.

Top commits: S C.J. Smith, CB Divaad Wilson, ATH Iverson Clement.

Breakdown: This is a solid group thus far. Smith, Wilson and Clement are all ESPN 300 prospects. It's mostly skill-position talent, with only one of the six being a lineman (offensive tackle Jalen Goss). The Gators are still on the hunt for a quarterback in the class, but otherwise, things seem to be going smoothly on the trail for Jim McElwain's crew.

Georgia

Commitments: Three.

Current class ranking: N/A

Top commits: CB Christopher Smith II, ILB Donovan Georges, K Jake Camarda.

Breakdown: After a dynamite 2017 class (the Bulldogs finished third nationally last year) this isn't where most figured the class would be at this point. Only three commits, and no four-star prospects thus far. And the top four in-state players are already committed elsewhere. The Bulldogs need to pick it up. That said, there's still plenty of time and Kirby Smart's first full recruiting cycle last year -- plus his track record as an assistant -- should breed patience before panic.

Kentucky

Commitments: Nine.

Current class ranking: N/A

Top commits: DE Alex Reigelsperger, QB Jarren Williams, OG Marquan McCall.

Breakdown: May has been a good month for the Wildcats, with three commitments: McCall, Williams and center Quintin Wilson. Of the nine commitments, three are ESPN 300 prospects (Reigelsperger, Williams and McCall). Getting Williams back was huge; the nation's 11th-best dual-threat quarterback committed last summer, decommitted after receiving several more offers, but recommitted this week, saying he's "shutting it down." Mark Stoops and his staff are doing well enough that they could creep back into the rankings if they keep this up.

Missouri

Commitments: One.

Current class ranking: N/A

Top commits: QB James Foster.

Breakdown: No doubt about it, the Tigers still have a ton of work to do as they currently sit with the SEC's smallest class. Fortunately for them, there's plenty of time left. The one commit they have is at a critical position (current starting QB Drew Lock will be a junior this fall) and is a well-regarded one: Foster is No. 89 overall in the ESPN 300 and is the nation's fifth-best dual-threat quarterback.

South Carolina

Commitments: Six.

Current class ranking: N/A

Top commits: RB Deshaun Fenwick, OG Lamarius Benson, OT Maxwell Iyama.

Breakdown: The Gamecocks have picked up two commitments this month, one from Fenwick -- a Florida prospect who is the highest-ranked commit in the class -- and outside linebacker Ernest Jones. It's a solid group, but without a four-star prospect. That will change if the Gamecocks can land ESPN 300 athlete Dakereon Joyner, a four-star prospect who plays quarterback and was invited to the Elite 11 finals. South Carolina is in Joyner's final two; it would be a huge get for Will Muschamp and Co.

Tennessee

Commitments: Nine.

Current class ranking: 10th

Top commits: OT Cade Mays, QB Adrian Martinez, WR Alontae Taylor, DT Brant Lawless.

Breakdown:Recruiting has rarely been an issue for Butch Jones since he arrived in Knoxville, and after snagging the nation's No. 1 prospect in the 2017 cycle, Jones and the Vols are moving along well in the 2018 class. Mays, Martinez, Taylor and Lawless make up the four ESPN 300 prospects in the class thus far, with Martinez (the No. 32 overall prospect in the 2018 class) being the most recent pickup. If he sticks, he'll be the highest-ranked quarterback prospect Jones has landed (Jarrett Guarantano, who was 101st overall in the 2016 class, was the previous highest).

Vanderbilt

Commitments: Three.

Current class ranking: N/A

Top commits: QB Allan Walters, OC Daniel Dawkins, ATH Miles Jones.

Breakdown: The Commodores have their quarterback in the class (Walters), a four-star prospect who is the 17th-ranked pocket passer in the country. It was a big-time pickup for Derek Mason and his staff, as Walters had several other SEC offers. Dawkins, his high-school teammate, is a three-star center, but also had other Power 5 offers (Michigan and North Carolina among them). It's a good start to the class; obviously, there are still plenty of voids to fill over the next nine months.