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Where The Talent Came From: SEC Signing Day 2014 (Part 1)

where the talent came fromWhich schools went out of state most often to find new players?  Which states produced the most SEC signees?  Which programs ventured outside the SEC footprint most often?

Below you’ll find a complete breakdown of the 2014 SEC signing classes by state.  Reading the chart left to right you can where each program went to grab signees.  Reading the talent from top to bottom you can see which SEC states produced the most talent.

We’ll also have a couple of caveats and explainers underneath the table just to clear up any questions.

So where did the SEC’s talent come from on National Signing Day 2014?  See for yourself…

 

  School   AL   AR   FL   GA   KY   LA   MS   MO   SC   TN   TX   OTHER   Total Signees
  Alabama   7   1   2   2   0   4   2   0   1   0   1   7   27
  Arkansas   0   5   5   2   0   4   0   3   0   0   2   3   24
  Auburn   7   0   2   10   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   1   23
  Florida   1   0   14   0   0   1   0   0   1   0   1   6   24
  Georgia   0   0   6   11   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   3   21
  Kentucky   1   0   4   2   4   0   1   0   1   0   2   13   28
  LSU   0   0   2   0   0   12   1   0   0   0   6   2   23
  Miss. State   3   0   0   4   0   0   15   0   0   0   1   0   23
  Missouri   1   0   7   3   0   0   1   8   0   3   2   3   28
  Ole Miss   2   0   0   4   0   1   14   0   0   1   1   3   26
  S. Carolina   1   0   4   5   0   0   0   0   9   0   1   1   21
  Tennessee   1   0   3   4   0   0   0   0   0   10   1   13   32
  Texas A&M   0   0   0   0   0   2   1   0   0   0   16   3   22
  Vanderbilt   3   0   1   5   0   1   0   0   0   3   2   7   22
  State Totals   27   6   50   52   4   25   38   11   13   17   36   65   344

 

Caveats And Observations

*  Alabama is credited with a Florida addition thanks to Jake Coker who is transferring in from Florida State.

*  LSU is credited with an Oklahoma (Other) addition because of Deondre Clark’s expected signature.

*  Ole Miss gets credit (for the time being) for a Florida pick-up in DJ Law (who also signed with Utah) and for a California (Other) point due to the addition of Christian Morris who signed with UCLA last year. (UPDATE — Ole Miss’ decision to release DJ Law from his LOI is reflected above.  The Rebels have lost one recruit, as has the state of Florida from our tally.)

*  Tennessee is not credited with a point for Bryson Durden as he is a preferred walk-on.  The Vols do however get credit for a Nebraska (Other) point with the addition of Dimarya Mixon who signed with the Cornhuskers last year.

*  Texas A&M gets an additional bump in Texas thanks to JJ Gustafson who will join the program this year, though he was a class of 2013 prospect.

*  Cherry-picking the best of the best of the best (“Ha, Zed.”), Alabama landed as many players from outside the SEC region (seven) as it did from inside its own state borders.

*  Arkansas is a school that has traditionally needed to recruit Texas to succeed.  But Bret Bielema has once again focused on South Florida instead.  The Razorbacks inked five players from the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area while only bringing in two prospects from the Lone Star State.

*  Alabama fans like to insult Auburn fans by claiming the Tigers are more West Georgia than they are East Alabama.  In this signing class, that appears true.  Gus Malzahn signed 10 Georgia players against just seven Alabama recruits.

*  Florida paid attention to its own state and to the outside world this year, basically ignoring the rest of the SEC footprint.  The Gators signed 14 in-state players, six players from outside the 11-state SEC region and just four from within that footprint.

*  Of Georgia’s 21 additions, a whopping 17 of them came from Georgia or Florida.  Having that much talent in your own backyard makes recruiting a tad bit easier.

*  During the Rick Brooks and Joker Phillips’ eras, the Wildcats created a pipeline from the Peach State.  Mark Stoops is moving in a different direction.  UK signed just two Georgia players this year but they added 11 from talent-rich Ohio.

*  Eighteen of LSU’s 23 additions came from the states of Louisiana and Texas.  Like Georgia, recruiting is a bit easier at LSU thanks to all the talent nearby.

*  Mississippi State is the only school in the SEC not to venture outside the league’s 11-state footprint.  All 23 of Dan Mullen’s newcomers were found inside the league’s borders.

*  In the Big 12, Gary Pinkel made Texas his prime recruiting zone.  That’s changed with the Tigers’ move to the SEC East.  While Mizzou inked just two players from the Lone Star State this year, they grabbed 13 prospects from SEC East states Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

*  Hugh Freeze kicked around Mississippi’s home base this season.  Seventeen of the Rebels’ 26 additions came from the Magnolia State and border states Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee.

*  South Carolina didn’t do much traveling outside its own region, either.  The Gamecocks signed a total of 21 players with 18 of those hailing from Florida, Georgia and the Palmetto State.

*  Tennessee did a nice job of closing off its own borders with 10 in-state signees, but Butch Jones also scanned the country for talent.  The Vols added 13 players from outside the SEC’s footprint which ties them with Kentucky for the most “outsiders” this year.

*  Betcha many coaches envy Kevin Sumlin.  Texas A&M’s coach has brought in 22 newcomers this season and a full 16 of them came from inside Texas’ boundaries.

*  New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason went far and wide to find talent for the Commodores.  VU landed three in-state players, 12 players from inside the SEC footprint and another seven from outside the SEC region.

 

(CORRECTION — The table has been updated to reflect one Arkansas signee from Louisiana who was initially left out of this table due to a typo.)

 


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