How did all of the SEC teams do this recruiting season? Here are the rankings after National Signing Day, along with the stars, and three other things that matter.
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5. The SEC Dominated, But …
This was a bounceback year for the conference in the recruiting world.
While it’s a given that the conference that has owned the recruiting rankings since they were created – and will continue to do so until the end of time – was going to be great, things were at a whole other level compared to last season.
Remember, there were several big coaching issues in 2018, and that mattered.
Tennessee was just getting going under Jeremy Pruitt, Dan Mullen left from Mississippi State to Florida, Joe Moorhead took over in Starkville, Arkansas was beginning the Chad Morris experience, and Jimbo Fisher was the new main man in charge at Texas A&M.
Auburn and LSU were fine in last year’s recruiting world, but Gus Malzahn and Ed Orgeron, respectively, weren’t on the firmest of ground. That was just enough to keep the amazing classes from being among the elite.
Alabama certainly didn’t have a coaching issue, but it also didn’t have as many openings as it did this year – that made a difference in the rankings for most services.
Give or take a few spots – depending on who you trust and believe – last year, Georgia and Alabama were the only sure-thing top ten teams in the final recruiting rankings. The programs with the new guys were in the top 25, but they certainly weren’t beating out the Ohio States and Clemsons of the world.
This season, the SEC came roaring back.
Thoughts & Analysis On Every SEC Recruiting Class
East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Missouri
South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU
Mississippi State | Ole Miss | Texas A&M
In any order you’d like to put them, Alabama, Georgia, and LSU probably had the top three national recruiting classes, with Texas A&M knocking on the door to get in.
Florida crushed it under Mullen, Tennessee and Auburn were close to the top ten, if not in it, and even Arkansas pulled off a whopper with one of its best classes in years.
In all, you’re not crazy if you want to consider 11 of the 14 SEC teams among the top 20 this year in the national recruiting rankings. To take this even further, you’re not totally wrong if you want to make a case for around seven SEC programs in the top ten.
And then there are the other three. The SEC is so brutally amazing at recruiting that …