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SEC Commitment Comparison – 1/19/11

It’s two weeks til signing day.  Do you know where your 4- and 5-star recruits are?

The folks at Rivals have updated their recruiting rankings and — as usual — several SEC commitments just got bumped up a bit.  Some 2s became 3s, 3s became 4, etc.  Happens every year.  Big name national programs and SEC schools always seem to get just a tad more credit for their commitments the closer we get to signing day.  (Of course, most big name programs don’t fall off the map and neither do most SEC schools… so it’s probably fair for recruiting experts to put a little more faith in those programs’ staffs.)

Below, we help you keep track of all your schools’ commitments so far.  As always, we use the Rivals system.  For each star they hand out, we assign a point.  Even their 0-star players get a single point in our system.

We first tally up all the total points to show which schools have brought in the most total “talent” so far… in terms of commitments.  Since kids have a tendency to change hats on signing day, we probably shouldn’t use the term “brought in.”  ‘Cause these fish might be on the hook, but they’re not in the boat yet.  But you get the gist…

So enjoy the fact that General Buck Turgidson is granting you a look at the Big Board:


School
Commits
5-stars
4-stars
3-stars
2-stars
1- & 0-stars
Total Points
Arkansas
28
0
6
21
1
0
89
S. Carolina
26
0
4
22
0
0
82
Alabama
21
2
14
5
0
0
81
Ole Miss
25
0
5
20
0
0
80
LSU
21
3
7
10
1
0
75
Tennessee
21
0
6
14
1
0
68
Miss. State
22
0
1
21
0
0
67
Auburn
18
1
8
9
0
0
64
Georgia
18
0
9
8
1
0
62
Kentucky
19
0
1
18
0
0
58
Florida
15
0
8
6
1
0
52
Vanderbilt
11
0
0
8
2
1
29



Observations:

* Wasn’t it just this past summer when several SEC columnists suggested the league — rather than expand — should just boot Arkansas and South Carolina instead?  I seem to recall that being the big joke of Summer 2010.  “Arkansas and South Carolina can’t compete in football, dump ‘em.”  Well in 2010 Carolina won the SEC East and Arkansas went to its first BCS bowl.  And now those two schools are leading the SEC in commitments.  Looks like they’re having the last laugh.

* Dan Mullen has been winning the battles on the playing field, but Houston Nutt is still winning the recruiting fight.  Ole Miss currently has five 4-star commits compared to just one for State.

* Georgia fans are turning on Mark Richt.  First an eight-win season and then a six-win season.  Here’s guessing the Dawgs current commitment total isn’t helping matters.

* Someone tell Will Muschamp and James Franklin that the object is to add commitments.  Florida and Vandy, instead, are going backward, losing a commit here and there.  Such is to be expected in the immediate aftermath of a coaching change… only fans never really expect it.  It will be interesting to see the final numbers for the Gators and the Commodores.  Especially when both Muschamp and Franklin were hired — in part — because of their reputations as excellent recruiters.


Now let’s take a look at the caliber of athlete each school is attracting.  Below we’ve crunched the numbers and provided you with a best to worst list of each school’s average-points-per-commitment:


SEC Rank
School
Avg. Points Per Commit
1
Alabama
3.85
2
LSU
3.57
3
Auburn
3.55
4
Florida
3.46
5
Georgia
3.44
6
Tennessee
3.23
7
Ole Miss
3.20
8
Arkansas
3.17
9
S. Carolina
3.15
10
Kentucky
3.05
11
Miss. State
3.04
12
Vanderbilt
2.63



Observations:

* The top six schools on the list are right where they always seem to be… the top six schools on the list.

* At the back end of those “big six” schools is Tennessee.  For the Vols to climb back to “national prominence” as Derek Dooley has stated as a goal, UT will need to start gaining the attention of more 4- and 5-star players.  Ranking behind Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Florida and Georgia on signing day is no way to jump Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Florida and Georgia in the fall.

* Arkansas and South Carolina — as noted above — are finding recruits more receptive to their pitches this season.  Perhaps another year of success will allow those staffs to catch the ears of higher-caliber prospects.

* There’s just not much good to say about Vanderbilt all the way around.  Sorry, Dore fans.  At least there are still two more weeks for your coaches to navigate. 


(Sidenote — As noted above, we use Rivals’ commitment lists and their players rankings.  If you’re reading this story and your team has landed another commitment or two in the last 24 hours, those players might not be represented here.)

 


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