SEC regular season recruiting review: Coaching changes causing upheaval

Elite 11 QB Shea Patterson has been a cornerstone of Ole Miss' 2016 class. Tom Hauck for Student Sports

The regular season is in the books, and with six SEC teams ranked in the top 10 of the recruiting class rankings, here’s where recruiting stands in the SEC heading into the quiet period and all-star games.

Surprising news of the season: Usually quarterbacks are committed and locked up early in the process and that seemed to be the case this year as well. With several coaching changes, however, there has been a whirlwind of activity with top quarterbacks. Feleipe Franks decommitted from LSU in November and eventually committed to Florida, Jacob Eason had second thoughts about his Georgia commitment when Mark Richt was fired but reaffirmed that commitment on Tuesday. Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson is still considering Alabama. Kyle Allen announced he was transferring from Texas A&M, so the Aggies could now be looking to add a quarterback. South Carolina commit Brandon McIlwain is still looking at other programs. The quarterback carousel will clearly be something to watch as signing day approaches.

Surprising class: Ole Miss proved with their 2013 class that is has the ability to recruit at a very high level. With several players from that class expected to turn pro, the Rebels are hoping to restock some of that missing talent and add depth. The Rebels landed the top-rated offensive lineman in the ESPN 300, Gregory Little, and have commitments from five-star defensive tackle Benito Jones and the No. 2-ranked dual threat quarterback in the country, Shea Patterson. Ole Miss currently has the fifth-ranked class in the country and with the Little news, could be moving up as early as next week.

Class that needs to step it up: With Steve Spurrier resigning in the middle of the season the South Carolina recruiting class certainly took a hit. Now that Will Muschamp has been hired, things seem to be turning around. The Gamecocks landed a commitment from four-star receiver Bryan Edwards on Tuesday. Edwards decommitted from South Carolina after the coaching change, but Muschamp convinced the talented prospect to rejoin the class. With only 13 verbal commitments including one in the ESPN 300, Muschamp and his staff will be working feverishly to keep their quarterback commitment, Brandon McIlwain, in the fold as well as landing other key pieces before national signing day.

Storyline to watch: It will certainly be interesting to see how Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina finish after the three schools changed head coaches. Kirby Smart lost three commitments last weekend, but was able to keep one of the most talented quarterbacks in the country, Eason, committed. Missouri was able to land four-star linebacker Marvin Terry last week and seems to have some positive momentum. Auburn, much like Missouri, seems to be gaining some momentum and with plenty of room available in their class, should see significant action as signing day approaches.