Coveted linebacker prospect Clifton Garrett concluded a lengthy recruitment process Tuesday afternoon, announcing his intentions to play for LSU, per the Times-Picayune's Andrew Lopez. The 5-star Illinois native committed to the Tigers during a ceremony at Plainfield South High School after considering several SEC programs.
Garrett, a 6'2", 228-pound playmaker, also weighed offers from Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Alabama, among others. His decision to bolt for Baton Rouge has a direct effect on the recruiting efforts of various conference rivals.
Now that another top-tier 2014 prospect is set to join the SEC, let's examine how all 14 conference squads stack up against each other on the recruiting trail. We assess and rank each program, valuing prospect quality more than quantity.
We rank the 12 programs based on volume and quality of incoming talent. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings.