Since we all know that certain SEC coaches have used effective recruiting in the South to build title runs, have you ever wondered what non-SEC programs are successful in hauling in talent in the SEC’s own backyard?
Indeed, which non-SEC coaches are most effective in convincing top-tier Southern athletes to sign with their programs while Nick Saban, Mark Richt, Les Miles, Will Muschamp and Steve Spurrier are making similar offers?
You’ve got to figure that going head-to-head with these guys in a local recruiting battle is every bit as daunting as squaring off with them on the gridiron.
The following slideshow highlights 11 guys who have non-SEC addresses but still manage to haul an impressive number of Southern recruits.
While some of these coaches have the advantage of being located in the SEC/ACC corridor, others distance from the South makes their recruiting wins even more impressive.
Either way, these are the men who have managed to convince Southern kids to come to their non-SEC football programs, a feat which deserves a certain measure of admiration and awe.
As a note, guys like Mack Brown and Bob Stoops are not on this list because by and large they (especially Brown) pull most of their recruits from the State of Texas, which isn’t truly a “southern” state in the sense of being a long-term SEC power base.
Recruiting data in this presentation is sourced via the current and historical rankings on Rivals.com.