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SEC Commitment Comparison – 12/22/11

We’ve hit the recruiting dead period.  Jucos have now been added to rosters.  And signing day is six weeks from yesterday.

What better time to take one last 2011 look at how each SEC program — all 14 of them — stack up against one another in terms of commitments and juco signees.

Below you’ll find each school’s ranking when it comes to total talent committed.  We use the Rivals.com rankings and assign one point for each star hand they hand out to prospects.  Even 0-star players get a point in our book because they will eventually receive grades from Rivals, too.

This first table simply measures what’s committed to a program at the moment… so this is about total quantity.  Quality comes later.  Here goes on the quantity front:


School
Commits
5-stars
4-stars
3-stars
2-stars
1- & 0-stars
Total Points
Alabama
23
2
10
11
0
0
83
Texas A&M
22
1
7
14
0
0
75
LSU
21
0
12
8
1
0
74
Miss. State
25
0
3
18
4
0
74
Arkansas
22
0
3
19
0
0
69
Tennessee
21
0
8
11
2
0
69
Florida
18
1
12
4
1
0
67
Kentucky
23
0
1
19
3
0
67
S. Carolina
20
0
5
14
1
0
64
Vanderbilt
20
0
4
16
0
0
64
Auburn
16
0
10
6
0
0
58
Georgia
15
1
4
9
1
0
50
Missouri
15
0
0
14
0
1
43
Ole Miss
13
0
2
10
1
0
40



Next, let’s look at quality.  Below you’ll find the average point value for each program’s commitments (and juco signees) to date:


School
Commits
Avg. Pts Per Commit
Florida
18
3.72
Auburn
16
3.62
Alabama
23
3.60
LSU
21
3.52
Texas A&M
22
3.40
Georgia
15
3.33
Tennessee
21
3.28
S. Carolina
20
3.20
Vanderbilt
20
3.20
Arkansas
22
3.13
Ole Miss
13
3.07
Miss. State
25
2.96
Kentucky
23
2.91
Missouri
15
2.86



And finally, just for kicks, let’s look only at the number of 4- and 5-star commits each school has gotten so far.  Recruiting rankings are far from scientific and we all know of many cases where 5-star players became busts and 2-star players wound up in the NFL.  That said, the more 4- and 5-star commits a school lines up, the better the odds of landing some real playmakers.

Here’s how that shapes up on this December 22nd:


School
Total Commits
4- & 5-star Commits
Florida
18
13
Alabama
23
12
LSU
21
12
Auburn
16
10
Tennessee
21
8
Texas A&M
22
8
Georgia
15
5
S. Carolina
20
5
Vanderbilt
20
4
Arkansas
22
3
Miss. State
25
3
Ole Miss
13
2
Kentucky
23
1
Missouri
15
0


 


2 comments
TigerinMO
TigerinMO

Mizzou landed a four-star last night, which will start to change those numbers. And we've still got a shot at the nation's No. 1 player and a few other four-star kids. The uncertainty of switching leagues in the middle of recruiting did not help this year. Our coaching staff is really good at finding unheralded kids and putting them in the NFL. Aldon Smith, who leads all rookies with 13 sacks for the 49ers, is a great example. We have had a few Texas recruits uncertain of their commitment because of the switch to the SEC. But if they are afraid of the competition there, I don't want 'em. Next year, our recruiting should pick up with the ability to sell the SEC from Day One.

Willie
Willie

A few quick observations.

1 Texas A&M looks to be squarely in the middle of the SEC pack recruiting wise. Pretty much where I had expected to see them & not too shabby considering the strength at the top of the league (historically over the last 4-5 years).

2 Mizzou is dead last!?!? I have to say that I kinda expected the Tigers to be in the lower 1/3rd but not bringing up the rear. But that's not necessarily a harbinger of where the program is headed since Arkansas is also in the bottom 1/3rd based on these two charts.

3 Top half consist of 3 East & 4 West in both charts. Pretty much what one would expect as the West has proven to be tougher the last few years.

4 Tennessee. With all the upheaval the last few years, Derek Dooley is still keeping recruiting on the top tier of the SEC. Kudos. Now if he can just coach 'em up...

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