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The rich get richer: SEC dominates Rivals100 recruiting rankings

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We’re still over two weeks from signing day, and there are still plenty of players yet to commit and others who will flip their existing verbal commits to other schools.

But there won’t be enough movement to dethrone the SEC from reigning over another set of recruiting rankings. A popping 38 players have verbally committed to SEC schools on the Rivals100 released Monday, far outpacing any other conference. Here’s the breakdown:

SEC: 38
ACC: 12
Big Ten: 12
Pac 12: 9Big 12: 5
Notre Dame: 4
Mountain West: 1
Uncommitted: 19

Leading the SEC charge: Alabama (nine commits), LSU (six), Georgia (five), Tennessee (five), Texas A&M (five) and Florida (four). In other words, two SEC schools have more commits on this list than the entire Big 12. Surely Texas A&M fans won’t revel in having just as many top commits as the conference headlined by Texas, either.

Ohio State makes up for 75 percent of the Big Ten’s commits on here, while it’s surprising to see the Pac 12 faring so poorly (though coaching changes at USC and Washington likely dinged their showing).

But back to the SEC: Over a third of the best recruits in the country, at least as rated by Rivals, are committed to SEC schools. That number could grow in the next two weeks, too, and if it does it’ll surpass the 38 SEC commits on last year’s Rivals100.

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13 Responses to “The rich get richer: SEC dominates Rivals100 recruiting rankings”
  1. Bob says: Jan 20, 2014 1:54 PM

    SEC fan here, but those rankings are misleading at times. Are these schools ranked high because they have top 100 commits, or are these guys top 100 commits because SEC schools are looking at them? The last part of that previous sentence is one reason Notre Dame was overrated in recruiting rankings for years.

  2. woebegong says: Jan 20, 2014 1:58 PM

    I agree with you Bob about the star rankings. They are a gauge of a kids potential but he still has to perform at the next level. I believe kamara was a 4 star and look how the story line has gone on him.
    In a lot of cases, the rating services don’t have a way to gauge a kids heart and determination.

  3. bralinshan says: Jan 20, 2014 2:22 PM

    The SEC is #1 because many of the best HS players want to play in that league. WHY?
    Because SEC teams play in gigantic stadiums, generally have the best overall facilities, and have rabid fan bases. In the South, college football is full time, all the time.
    So, if you were a great HS player, wouldn’t you play someplace where it just mattered more?
    That’s why Kentucky, Kansas, UNC, Indiana, etc get many of the great basketball players. It matters more and kids want to play where it’s a huge deal.
    Nothing against the Pac-12, where they have some good teams, but comparing a 102,000 seat stadium to a 52,000 seat stadium….no comparison.
    If you’ve never been to an SEC game at a Bama, GA, LSU, FL, SC, etc? You should check it out…
    Then you’d know.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 20, 2014 2:40 PM

    Not only does A&M have 5 of the Rivals100…. They are the only school to have 2 commits in the top 10.

    DE Myles Garrett (#2) and QB Kyle Allen (#7) both impressed at UA All America game. Allen, I think, broke Tajh Boyd’s passing record in the game and Garrett had a sack and 4 TFLs as well.

    Can’t wait to see this guys in action this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if both started as true freshman.

    Future looks good.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    So, what else is new?

  6. dryzzt23 says: Jan 20, 2014 4:02 PM

    Yawn. Big freaking deal, I am so tired of SEC this and SEC that. SEC is epically overrated and overhyped IMO.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 20, 2014 4:18 PM

    Perhaps, if your team was in the SEC, you might have a different take on this.
    The kids from the south generally want to play in the south, and thus the talent stays home somewhat.
    It is hard to ignore the BCS Championships the SEC had during the BCS era. Now we have the new playoff format, but I don’t think it is going to lead to an exodus of players from the south or change the champions from the south much.
    Here in the south, football is the top sport and the players can play it in most locations, 365 a year, and thus they hone their skills and are ready to play college ball.

  8. imaduffer says: Jan 20, 2014 7:01 PM

    But, Oklahoma beat Alabama, so does it really matter how many 4 or 5 star football players you have?

  9. onlyoneleft says: Jan 20, 2014 8:34 PM

    They pay better. Follow the money.

  10. auburntigers34 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:53 PM

    Anyone that thinks that the SEC is overrated is an idiot….and most of the “hype” comes from the clowns that are constantly talking about how overrated the conference is.

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 20, 2014 11:43 PM

    The Big 12 with 5?

  12. manik56 says: Jan 21, 2014 12:13 AM

    All of those stud California kids must be going to the SEC…or Rivals just wants to sell more mags/subscriptions to the CFB obsessed South.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    If anyone cares I broke it down by state.

    TX and FL tied with 12 each in the Rivals100 with FL winning by virtue of having (5) 5 stars and Texas only having (2)

    CA and LA come in 2nd with 9 each. CA barely nudging LA with (6) 5 stars compared to (5) for LA.

    GA had 8
    AL had 7

    No other state had more than 5

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