5 Reasons an SEC School Will Finish with No. 1 Recruiting Class for 2013
The SEC is obviously the most powerful conference in college football. It's the most competitive league in the country, and one of the main reasons for its success is the talent level of the players.
Players in the SEC are from the good ol' recruiting trail, which is rich with great prospects in the southern region of the United States. Many of the schools in the conference battle hard for the same recruits, and finishing No. 1 in SEC recruiting usually means you're No. 1 in the country.
Here are five reasons why the SEC will see one of its member schools finish with the No. 1 recruiting class in 2013.
5. Notre Dame
The Irish have a top-five ranked class right now on my board, and recruiting has gone well for Brian Kelly. He's coming to play USC this weekend and then will spend some time next week recruiting on the west coast.
The Trojans have the top ranked class on my board, but the Irish are looking at a few of their commitments and prospects. Max Redfield has already backed off his Trojans pledge, and the Irish look good for him.
Chris Hawkins has also shown interest in Notre Dame, too (h/t 247Sports). The Irish could beat USC this weekend, take away a prospect or two and help the SEC rise in the rankings to the No. 1 status from Florida or Alabama.
4. Five of the ESPNU's Top Six Uncommitted Prospects Could Sign with SEC Schools
There is a very good chance that all five of them will sign with SEC programs. The first four could all hypothetically sign with Alabama and Seals-Jones is down to LSU and Texas A&M.
This surely helps the SEC position itself for a run at the No. 1 spot by a school like Alabama.
3. USC's Scholarship Sanctions
The Trojans probably will top out at 18 commitments this year, which is a fairly small class. They have excellent quality, however, and have the top-ranked recruiting group in the country.
Yet their sanctions will keep their numbers down, and even though they have a great class, its size could hinder it from finishing No. 1. Alabama, Florida, LSU, Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M all have more commitments now than USC.
The Tide and Gators will add some more recruits, while USC can only add one more to their 17-commit class. With the race being so close, quantity may play a factor, and the Trojans' scholarship sanctions could help the SEC finish No. 1.
2. SEC Gets Most of the Top Players and Region Is Rich in Talent
The SEC sits in the South, where football is king. Most of the nation's best players come from the South (in addition to California and Texas, if you don't include them in the South).
Many SEC programs can just sit back and pluck prospects from their backyard while still finishing among the nation's best recruiting classes. So this reason alone will always have SEC schools in position to be in the No. 1 class conversation.
1. Five SEC Teams Are in Top 10 Recruiting Class Rankings Already
Looking at the ESPNU Top 10 recruiting class rankings, five of the classes are from SEC programs. The next conference with multiple teams in the rankings is the Big Ten with two (Michigan and Ohio State).
Having five teams among the Top 10 recruiting programs already—and having Alabama and Florida with top-four classes—puts the SEC in an excellent position to have a No. 1 recruiting class by one of its schools.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.