How Urban Meyer's 2013 Recruiting Class Stacks Up Against Each SEC Team

Alex Callos@@alexcallosCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2013

How Urban Meyer's 2013 Recruiting Class Stacks Up Against Each SEC Team

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    Urban Meyer has struck gold once again on the recruiting circuit as his Ohio State Buckeyes have put together one of the best recruiting classes in the nation.

    What was thought of as a top five class heading into the week turned into quite possibly the best class in the nation.

    Ohio State received commitments from 5-star safety Vonn Bell and 19 4-star recruits to go along with him.

    This recruiting class was near the top of every national ranking and helps give Ohio State a legitimate shot at a national championship.

    But, just how does the class stack up against the teams from the SEC? 

    At one point Meyer dominated the recruiting trail in the SEC. He has now brought his talents up north and the domination has continued.

    According to, Ohio State has the No. 2 class in the country, but if the Buckeyes were in the SEC, would this be just another class.

    Here is a breakdown of the Ohio State recruiting class against each of the SEC schools.

    Rankings according to

Missouri Tigers

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    The Missouri class is near the bottom of the SEC as the Tigers have 20 commitments, including two 4-star players and 17 3-star recruits.

    There is a long way to go for the Tigers if they plan on contending in the SEC. While the class was good, it was certainly not up to the standards of the SEC.

    It is hard to imagine a team at the bottom of its conference still having a top 40 class, but the Tigers do.

    Still, there is no question that the Buckeyes have the edge in this one.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Kentucky Wildcats

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    Kentucky is used to being at the bottom of the SEC rankings, and while that might be the case again this year, the Wildcats are not that far off from the mid-level teams in the league.

    The class ranks No. 36 according to and also features three 4-star players with 18 3-star recruits.

    Overall, there are 22 commits in the class. New head coach Mark Stoops has the Wildcats headed in the right direction with the best class in the school's history during his first season in Lexington.

    Still, the class is no match for the Buckeyes.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Head coach James Franklin is quietly building a program at Vanderbilt, and he managed to secure some high-level recruits on national signing day.

    Among the biggest names in the class is linebacker Zach Cunningham and defensive end Landon Stokes.

    With four 4-star recruits and 22 3-star players, the Commodores are definitely headed in the right direction.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Tennessee Volunteers

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    The Tennessee Volunteers were one of many teams undergoing a coaching transition and that did not stop them from putting together a top 25 class nationally.

    New head coach Butch Jones secured 21 commitments, including four 4-star recruits.

    There is a long way to go for this team to get back to the national spotlight, but this was a good start.

    Still nowhere near the level of the Ohio State class.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Mississippi State is the first team on the list that secured a 5-star commitment.

    Defensive end Chris Jones is the No. 2 player in the country overall and vaulted the Mississippi State recruiting class into the top 25 nationally.

    When it comes to SEC schools, the Bulldogs are middle of the pack, but in any other conference, they would be closer to the top of the league.

    The Bulldogs are one of two teams from the state of Mississippi headed in the right direction. Still, they are not in the same league as Ohio State.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Despite losing out on Alex Collins, at least for the time being, the Arkansas Razorbacks still posted quite a recruiting class considering the circumstances.

    New head coach Bret Bielema has the class ranked No. 22 with four 4-star recruits and 17 3-star players.

    It is going to be a long road back for the Razorbacks, but this is certainly a good start. There is no question Bielema can recruit. He proved during his time at Wisconsin, going head-to-head with Meyer in the Big Ten.

    Advantage: Ohio State

South Carolina Gamecocks

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    South Carolina is next on the list. Head coach Steve Spurrier managed yet another solid class, and the group finished No. 21 according to

    The Gamecocks class was still not quite on the level of that of Ohio State. With four 4-star commitments and 17 3-star recruits, the Gamecocks had a solid class.

    Spurrier was able to bring in talent all over the field, particularly up front and on the defensive side of the ball.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Georgia Bulldogs

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    We have now reached some of the highly touted SEC recruiting classes, and the first of those is that of the Georgia Bulldogs.

    The class finished No. 12 according to and while there were no 5-star players in the group, it did feature 14 4-star commits and 18 3-star players.

    There is as much depth here as almost any program in the country.

    While the depth may be close to what Ohio State has, there is no question that the Buckeyes class is more top-heavy.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Auburn Tigers

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    With the season Auburn had in 2012 and a coaching transition to go along with it, it was hard to imagine the Tigers putting together a class like they did.

    With two 5-star recruits and seven 4-star commits, the group was very heavy near the top.

    It was not as deep as teams like Georgia, but has a lot of talent at the top, including some studs along the defensive line.

    This class can compete with Ohio State as far as top-level talent is concerned, but the depth is nowhere close to what the Buckeyes possess. 

    Advantage: Ohio State

Texas A&M Aggies

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    Nobody could have imagined Texas A&M would have had the success it did in 2012.

    Head coach Kevin Sumlin has followed that up with a top 10 recruiting class and some talent to play alongside quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2013. 

    With a class that featured 32 commitments, the Aggies struck gold on a few players, including 5-star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones and 4-star wide receiver JaQuay Williams.

    Throw in 14 4-star recruits along with 17 3-star players and Sumlin hit it big on national signing day.

    Another 5-star might have bumped this class ahead of the Buckeyes, but the slight edge here still goes to Ohio State.

    Advantage: Ohio State

LSU Tigers

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    Les Miles and LSU put together a class that is very similar to that of Texas A&M, without a 5-star recruit to top it off.

    The class is still one of the best in the country, as 20 4-star recruits highlighted quite a day for Les Miles.

    Ohio State is very similar to LSU, except two 5-stars put Ohio State slightly ahead of the Tigers.

    Looks like Urban Meyer won the battle off the field against Miles in this one.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Ole Miss Rebels

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    A top-heavy recruiting class is not enough to put Ole Miss ahead of Ohio State, but the Rebels did manage to secure four 5-star commitments, more than any other school with the exception of Alabama.

    Leading the way was the top player in the country, Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche graded out better than anybody according to and is an impact player at the next level.

    He will be joined by three other 5-star players, and some 4-star recruits that could make an impact immediately.

    This class is very close to what Ohio State has, and the group might make a bigger impact than any other recruiting class in the nation.

    That is still not enough to put them ahead of the Buckeyes.

    Advantage: Ohio State

Florida Gators

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    The Florida Gators have one of the top three classes in the country, but it is not quite enough to surpass Ohio State.

    Even though Florida has two 5-star recruits and 13 4-star players signed, the Gators fall just short of Ohio State.

    The commitments are very heavy at linebacker, with two of the top five outside linebackers already enrolled in the university.

    Florida also had a major focus on the skill positions with running back Kelvin Taylor. Taylor ranks as the No. 2 running back in the country and could make an immediate impact for the Gators.

    The slight edge here still goes to the Buckeyes. 

    Advantage: Ohio State

Alabama Crimson Tide

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    It looks like Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes have met their match with the recruiting class of Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    There was a time toward the middle of the afternoon on national signing day that Alabama had slipped to No. 3.

    As expected, Alabama came on strong at the end and finished the day with the best recruiting class in the nation.

    With six 5-star recruits, Saban once again stole the show. Alabama received signatures from the No. 1 athlete, No. 1 wide receiver, No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 1 tight end in the nation.

    Throw in two more 5-star recruits and 12 4-stars to go along with them and Saban stole the show once again.

    Advantage: Alabama