The Pac-12 and SEC play two different, contrasting styles of football. The former is known for its wide open offenses, sophisticated passing games and skill-position players. The latter plays a tough, physical and fiercely competitive brand of football known for elite athleticism.
So recruits who contemplate schools from both conference have to really ponder which is the best fit for their style. Several upper-echelon players for the 2014 class have both the SEC and Pac-12 after them.
An electric receiver in Louisiana may be thinking of heading West, but the SEC will not let him leave without a fight. A tight end in Southern California has to decide between staying home or heading to play with his brother at an SEC school. A defensive end in Texas has SEC offers, but he may be a great fit for a Pac-12 school's defense.