With over 100 schools to choose from, picking just one is the simplest and most complicated decision of a recruit's young life.
While there are many reasons (it's complicated) to pick any one of the schools which are offering him a scholarship, there is only one criterion that truly matters: success on the field (it's that simple).
The SEC is on top of the football world from recruiting classes to the NFL draft, and the conference has established a supremacy unmatched in the history of college football with seven national titles in a row.
The playoff is coming, so there are a few schools outside of the SEC that are worth signing with. The recruits that signed with Florida State, Stanford, Oregon and Ohio State were left off the list. Those teams are the most likely (in theory) to take down the SEC over the next few seasons.
With that in mind, let's take a look at 25 recruits who made a mistake by passing on the SEC's offer to play football. Presented in order of smallest to biggest mistake, here are those 25 recruits.
*Recruiting information is from ESPN 150 unless otherwise linked.