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College basketball recruiting: Jalen Duren commits to Memphis as top recruit reclassifies into 2021 class

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Memphis and Penny Hardaway landed yet another blue-chip talent on Friday night as Jalen Duren, a five-star center from Montverde Academy ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 1 prospect in the 2022 class, picked the Tigers in a commitment ceremony while simultaneously announcing he is reclassifying into the 2021 class. Duren chose Memphis over a final list of suitors that included Kentucky, Miami and the professional route with the G League. 

Duren’s commitment marks the second time in the last four recruiting cycles that Memphis has secured a commitment from a top-two overall recruit in the country under Hardaway. The Tigers also reeled in Memphis native James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class, who played in only three games with the Tigers because of eligibility issues. Wiseman was the foundation of Memphis’ top-rated recruiting class in 2019.

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Ranking SEC football recruiting classes after National Signing Day

The SEC stacked many of the nation’s best recruiting classes in the 2021 class.

Alabama ran away with the nation’s top class, but a handful of SEC schools put together elite groups.

Here is how we ranked the SEC classes:

1. Alabama

Alabama won the national title, then signed the highest-ranked recruiting class in the history of the 247Sports Composite. The Crimson Tide landed 15 of the top 91 players in the 2021 class, including 12 of the top 58. They signed seven five-star prospects. The rest of the SEC signed eight combined. 

2. Georgia

Georgia did Georgia things in the 2021 cycle. The Bulldogs signed another five-star quarterback, a five-star offensive tackle and two five-star linebackers. Kirby Smart raked in 14 top-250 prospects to keep the program in Athens, Georgia, humming.

3. Texas A&M

Texas A&M signed nine top-200 prospects, eight of whom are from Texas.

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