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:
Big Ten: 12
Pac 12: 9Big 12: 5
Notre Dame: 4
Mountain West: 1
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.