While some have emailed us to say that it’s too early to pay attention to these rankings and that early commitments don’t mean much, we strongly disagree. Momentum on the recruiting trail is incredibly important. The more commitments you rack up early, the more teenage recruiters you have pushing your program on Twitter and Facebook to other prospects.
Which is why we continue to present these commitment comparisons year-round.
Below you’ll find an updated overview of how the SEC’s football programs are performing out on the recruiting trail as we hit mid-July and speed toward the new football season. As usual, we’ve used the star ratings provided by Rivals as our starting point. Based on past history, we believe they are the most accurate at predicting future on-field team success.
For each star Rivals assigns, we award a point. But we also give 0-star recruits a point as those kids simply haven’t had their film graded yet.
We’ll once again examine the SEC’s commitment lists in three ways, grading each according to quantity, quality and high-caliber recruits. We start with quantity…
|School||Commits||5-stars||4-stars||3-stars||2-stars||1- & 0-stars||Total Points|
In case you’re wondering about the number of “quality” points added (or lost) since our last comparator back on June 24th, here’s a list…
|School||Change in Points since 6/24|
Now let’s turn our attention to quality. Below we’ve ranked the program according to the average number of points per commitment…
Next, we look at high-caliber talent only. This list shows the number of 4- and 5-star players who are committed to each program…
|School||Commits||4- & 5-stars|
Finally, we combine all of the ranking above to create our current MrSEC.com standings. We do this by assigning points to each program for its placement in the above tables. The better the placement, the fewer the points (first place = one points, second place = two points, etc). The same holds true in the overall tally with the lowest score being the best…
|MrSEC Rank||School||Quantity||Quality||High-Caliber||Total Points|