SEC Recruiting Rankings: Who is Number #1?
** Based on Rankings as of September 25, 2010 **
Is there anything that the Southeastern Conference is not good at? It's definitely not football. For the past decade, and the last four years in particular, the SEC has dominated the college football landscape. The SEC has won the last four BCS Championships. They have two of the last four Heisman Trophy winners. Their bowl winning percentage is exceptional.
How does one conference arrive at such success? Most college coaches will tell you that it all starts with recruiting.
Let's look at the team rankings for the past four years: (2007-2010)
2010 -- #1 Florida (Scout & Rivals -- Rankings After Enrolling)
2010 -- 4 Top 7 (7 Top 21) Teams Scout; 4 Top 6 (8 Top 24) Teams Rivals
2009 -- #1 - #2 Alabama (Rivals #1 & Scout #2 -- Rankings After Enrolling)
2009 -- 4 Top 10 (10 Top 25) Teams Scout; 4 Top 10 (10 Top 25) Teams Rivals
2008 -- #1 Alabama (Scout & Rivals -- Rankings After Enrolling)
2008 -- 3 Top 10 (5 Top 20) Teams Scout; 3 Top 10 (4 Top 11) Teams Rivals
2007 -- #1 Florida (Scout & Rivals -- Rankings After Enrolling)
2007 -- 5 Top 7 (7 Top 22) Teams Scout; 5 Top 7 (7 Top 10) Teams Rivals
Hmmm.....Does there seem to be a trend here?
Alabama and Florida have combined to win the last three National titles. The two of them have also won, between them, the last four recruiting titles. It finally makes sense as to why the top coaches the game put such a strong emphasis on recruiting. To be a successful college coach these days, it's not just about coaching anymore. You have to be able to recruit as well. Or at least surround yourself with assistant coaches that are the best in the business.
But looking at the trends over the past four years, in relation to the number of teams from the SEC in the Top 10 and Top 20 in recruiting, shows us how dominant that the SEC is as a conference. Not just Alabama and Florida; the whole conference from top to bottom is dominant.
That's why you hear both the broadcasters on all the major networks and the sportswriters across the United States continually report that the SEC is college football's best conference. You hear every year that the Big 10 (now the Big 12) or the Big 12 (now the Big 10) is going to give the SEC a run for its money. It hasn't happened the last four years. What makes us think that it is going to change any time soon?
Now that we have seen proof of the SEC's dominance in recruiting, let's take a look at how the recruiting race is unfolding in the SEC this year.....