Four Years of SEC Recruiting Rankings

There's NSD analysis to come, but for now, here's what the past four years' worth of recruiting rankings look like for the SEC. This is just a snapshot of data; no adjustments for attrition or early draft entries have been made. R is for Rivals; S is for Scout.

EAST DIVISION

Team R 2007 S 2007 R 2008 S 2008 R 2009 S 2009 R 2010 S 2010 Avg.
Florida 1 1 3 12 11 21 1 1 6.38
Georgia 9 17 7 5 6 4 16 21 10.63
Tennessee 3 4 35 35 10 8 9 15 14.88
South Carolina 6 7 22 34 12 13 25 34 19.13
Kentucky 54 58 57 53 41 27 49 46 48.13
Vanderbilt 67 87 90 74 71 72 60 53 71.75

 

WEST DIVISION

Team R 2007 S 2007 R 2008 S 2008 R 2009 S 2009 R 2010 S 2010 Avg.
LSU 4 5 11 7 2 3 6 8 5.75
Alabama 10 22 1 1 1 2 5 4 5.75
Auburn 7 6 20 18 19 16 4 5 11.88
Ole Miss 27 31 29 38 18 17 17 14 23.88
Arkansas 31 34 36 24 16 20 48 36 30.63
Miss St. 39 27 44 33 25 19 38 38 32.88

 

The conference breaks down into rough tiers, talent-wise:

  • The Leaders: Alabama, LSU, and Florida
  • Right Behind: Georgia and Auburn, and to a lesser extent Tennessee
  • Hanging Back: South Carolina and Ole Miss
  • Trailing: Arkansas and Mississippi State
  • Way Behind: Kentucky and Vanderbilt

Do note that averaging a 30-ish ranking gets you put in the "Trailing" category in the SEC. It puts you in ninth or tenth place in the conference's talent order. That's how competitive recruiting is in this conference. By comparison, 30-ish is where Oklahoma State, the third best team in the Big 12 in 2009, has ended up over the last four seasons. A rank of 30 in one season still puts you in the top 75% of college football.

No other conference really compares when it comes to this recruiting game.

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