The SEC dominated recruiting for the better part of the BCS era, and instead of tailing off in the last cycle before the College Football Playoff, the trend only seemed to grow stronger.
According to the 247Sports team rankings, seven of the top nine classes in America belonged to SEC schools in 2014. Seven! That means half of the conference finished with a top-nine class.
The top class from the Big 12 was Oklahoma at No. 14.
Which means, once again, that SEC fall camps will play host to a majority of the top true freshmen in college football. Some enrolled early and are trying to build off what they learned this spring, while others are making their practice debuts, but all of them are fighting to justify their prospect ratings and crack the playing rotation.
In putting together this list of "Freshmen to Watch," we did not simply highlight the highest-ranked prospect in each camp. Pedigree was a factor, but so was potential for early playing time, team need at a certain position and how they performed (if at all) this spring.
In simple terms, this list is the freshmen whose development this fall is most important to their team's 2014 season. Some schools are counting on numerous freshmen to step up and play early, in which case it might be easy to (respectfully) disagree with whom I chose.
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