It's no coincidence that two of football's greatest recruiters have two of the best programs in the country.
LSU and Alabama, a.k.a. the monsters in the SEC West, are both ensuring that the future stays bright for both clubs. Both Les Miles and Nick Saban boast Top 10 classes according to Rivals, ESPN and 247 Sports.
So though LSU missed out on Ricky Seals-Jones last Monday, the Tigers still have one of the best classes in the nation. But is it better than the Crimson Tide's?
Come on, until a team (looking at you, Texas A&M) knocks off Alabama or LSU as the SEC West champion, these two teams are going to constantly be compared. So let's start with the future of both programs.
Let's dissect both recruiting classes according to the players who have already committed, shall we?
The ESPN 150 is a great measuring stick to see how many big-time athletes both teams have received verbals from.
What's supposed to be the best 150 athletes coming out of high school will in turn give fans some type of perception of how good these recruiting classes are.
Starting with LSU, the Tigers managed to grab four players listed on the ESPN 150. Cornerback Jeryl Brazil, offensive tackle Ethan Pocic, defensive tackle Greg Gilmore and tight end DeSean Smith highlight this year's recruiting class.
How does that stack up against the defending national champions? Well, Alabama has nine in the ESPN 150. Yikes.
With athlete Derrick Henry, defensive ends DeMarcus Walker and Jonathan Allen, running backs Tyren Jones and Altee Penny, cornerback Maurice Smith, quarterback Cooper Bateman, and tight ends O.J. Howard and Josh McNeil all occupying spots in there, this Alabama class is easily one of the best in the nation.
So on the surface, Alabama seems to have the better recruiting class.
But as we've found out throughout the years, the most highly recruited athletes don't always turn out to be the best college football players. Just look at Russell Shepard as an example.
Here's a guy who was one of the most sought after quarterbacks in high school, and though he's contributed to the team and been a fantastic leader at LSU, he hasn't made the impact that fans believed he would. So take these rankings with a grain of salt.
Position Most Sought After
That's what both classes look like from a rankings point of view, but let's look at what both schools are really targeting
LSU and Alabama have a variety of positions that both are going after, but it's easy to see that the Tigers want wide receivers and the Crimson Tide want running backs.
And really, when you think about it—both schools are synonymous for having great wide receivers and running backs.
Since Miles has taken over at LSU, the Tigers have had greats such as Dwayne Bowe, Early Doucet, Craig Davis, Brandon LaFell, Terrence Toliver and Rueben Randle.
And as for Saban's backs at Alabama, he's had the likes of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and now Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon.
LSU lost out on Seals-Jones, but the Tigers still have Rickey Jefferson and Avery Johnson, and athletes John Diarse and Tre'Davious White should become wide receivers, as well.
Alabama, on the other hand, has one of the top running backs in Henry, as well as Jones and Penny targeted. Saban might as well be running a tailback factory down in Tuscaloosa.
Which Class is Better?
As of right now, Alabama's class is clearly better.
The Tide have the big profile recruits committed, and while LSU does indeed have a few, it doesn't have as many as Alabama.
If the Tigers can land athlete Kendell Beckwith and defensive end Tim Williams, the Tigers will then have enough star power to maybe overtake Alabama's recruiting class.
But as of now, Alabama has the better class.