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The SEC Still Eats The ACC’s Lunch In Recruiting

Heather Dinich of ESPN.com has done a little number-crunching with ESPNU’s Top 150 recruit lists.  Over the past six years, she’s found that the SEC has nearly doubled up the ACC in terms of signed studs.

You can find her excellent breakdown right here.  It’s from an ACC perspective, by the way.

Below, you’ll find her numbers.  Then, we’ll take things a bit further with some of our own:


  ACC ESPNU Top 150 Signees
SEC ESPNU Top 150 Signees
2006
22
50
2007
23
54
2008
33
38
2009
23
54
2010
18
56
2011
32
48
Total
151
300



Why the disparity?  First, SEC schools simply have better tradition than ACC schools.  And, yes, that’s a generality.  Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech… those are viewed as top football programs.  But the SEC has had five different schools win BCS titles since 1998 and five league teams in a row have captured that flag.  In terms of reputation, SEC coaches simply have more to sell to recruits than ACC coaches.

Second, let’s look at where the NFL goes to find its talent.  Over the last decade (the drafts of 2002 through 2011) the following ACC and SEC states have produced the most pro draftees:


SEC or ACC State
NFL Picks Since 2002
Florida
212
Georgia
101
Louisiana
84
Virginia
73
Alabama
65
South Carolina
62
North Carolina
56
Maryland
37
Tennessee
37
Mississippi
34
Arkansas
25
Kentucky
17
Massachusetts
14



If we toss out Florida, Georgia and South Carolina because both leagues have schools in those states — technically, we consider Florida and Georgia to be strong SEC leans — we’re left with six SEC states to cull talent from versus only four states for the ACC.

Lop off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and the remaining states in the SEC footprint produced 262 NFL draftees over the last 10 years.  The states remaining in the ACC footprint produced 180.  That’s 82 NFL-caliber players over the course of a decade, or eight per year.  Keeping things in general terms, that suggests the top eight teams in the SEC are landing one more pro prospect per year — every year — than the eight best programs in the ACC.

Yes, that’s oversimplified, but the fact remains, the SEC has more tradition and a better talent base, no matter how you slice it. 

(And for you expansion junkies out there, the production of Virginia’s high school system is another reason the folks at this website would like to see the SEC chase Virginia Tech somewhere down the road.)

 


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  1. [...] By John Pennington, Mr. SEC Over the past six years, Heather Dinich of ESPN.com found that the SEC has nearly doubled up the ACC in terms of signed studs. Why the disparity? First, SEC schools simply have better tradition than ACC schools. And, yes, that’s a generality. Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech… those are viewed as top football programs. But the SEC has had five different schools win BCS titles since 1998 and five league teams in a row have captured that flag. In terms of reputation, SEC coaches simply have more to sell to recruits than ACC coaches. Lop off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and the remaining states in the SEC footprint produced 262 NFL draftees over the last 10 years. The states remaining in the ACC footprint produced 180. Keeping things in general terms, that suggests the top eight teams in the SEC are landing one more pro prospect per year — every year — than the eight best programs in the ACC. Yes, that’s oversimplified, but the fact remains, the SEC has more tradition and a better talent base, no matter how you slice it. [More] [...]

  2. [...] By John Pennington, Mr. SEC Over the past six years, Heather Dinich of ESPN.com found that the SEC has nearly doubled up the ACC in terms of signed studs. Why the disparity? First, SEC schools simply have better tradition than ACC schools. And, yes, that’s a generality. Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech… those are viewed as top football programs. But the SEC has had five different schools win BCS titles since 1998 and five league teams in a row have captured that flag. In terms of reputation, SEC coaches simply have more to sell to recruits than ACC coaches. Lop off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and the remaining states in the SEC footprint produced 262 NFL draftees over the last 10 years. The states remaining in the ACC footprint produced 180. Keeping things in general terms, that suggests the top eight teams in the SEC are landing one more pro prospect per year — every year — than the eight best programs in the ACC. Yes, that’s oversimplified, but the fact remains, the SEC has more tradition and a better talent base, no matter how you slice it. [See More] [...]



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