SEC teams have competitors at every turn on the recruiting trail. The Southeast is an awesome hotbed of talent, so the conference's programs routinely tussle over prospects.
However, the SEC also has to worry about non-SEC schools such as USC, Ohio State, Texas, Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida State coming into SEC territory to pluck a recruit. It is not easy for SEC schools to sign their top recruiting target, as he's likely to be several other schools' top target as well.
This year, for example, one program wants to keep a defensive end inside its state, but has to deal with another premier school that wants him. Another program wants to keep an elite running back away from a rival, while an upstart school has to fend off an in-state rival for a defensive tackle.