Twenty-eight weeks from today, the SEC will welcome in a new crop of blue-chip football talent.  Twenty-eight weeks from today, more than likely, we'll see the same familiar programs' names at the top of most recruiting rankings -- Alabama, Auburn, LSU, etc.

But today we see some firsts on our own commitment comparator.  Mississippi State sits atop our total points chart for the first time since we started tracking recruits in this manner five years ago.  Also, for the first time we can remember, all 14 SEC schools are averaging three or more points per commitment (out of four).  

As always, our comparator is broken down into three areas.  We use Rivals.com's star rankings as a base.  We've found their rankings to be the most accurate over time.  We then assign a point for each star they've handed out to a player.  Even 0-star recruits get a point because we're a charitable bunch.

Then we look at Quantity (the total number of commitment points to date), Quality (the average number of points per commitment), and High-End Talent (counting only the 4- and 5-star recruits).  We rank each school in each of those categories and then assign points to them based to their position on each of the three charts.  In the end, the school with the lowest rank is our SEC leader (a team finishing #1 in all three categories would have just three points, for example).

So let's start with Quantity in today's breakdown...

 

School Commits 5-stars 4-stars 3-stars 2-stars 1- & 0-stars Total Points
Miss. State 25 0 4 20 1 0 78
Alabama 19 2 13 4 0 0 74
S. Carolina 21 0 10 10 1 0 72
Tennessee 22 0 8 12 2 0 72
Auburn 17 1 10 6 0 0 63
Texas A&M 18 0 10 6 2 0 62
Georgia 15 1 5 9 0 0 52
Kentucky 14 0 4 10 0 0 46
LSU 14 2 3 6 3 0 46
Arkansas 10 0 4 6 0 0 34
Missouri 9 0 4 3 2 0 29
Ole Miss 9 0 2 6 1 0 28
Florida 8 0 3 5 0 0 27
Vanderbilt 8 0 2 4 2 0 24

 

Now a look at Quality...

 

School Commits Pts Per Commit
Alabama 19 3.89
Auburn 17 3.70
Georgia 15 3.46
Texas A&M 18 3.44
S. Carolina 21 3.42
Arkansas 10 3.40
Florida 8 3.37
Kentucky 14 3.28
LSU 14 3.28
Tennessee 22 3.27
Missouri 9 3.22
Miss. State 25 3.12
Ole Miss 9 3.11
Vanderbilt 8 3.00

 

Now let's take a gander at High-End Talent...

 

School Commits 4- & 5-star Commits
Alabama 19 15
Auburn 17 11
S. Carolina 21 10
Texas A&M 18 10
Tennessee 22 8
Georgia 15 6
LSU 14 5
Arkansas 10 4
Kentucky 14 4
Miss. State 25 4
Missouri 9 4
Florida 8 3
Ole Miss 9 2
Vanderbilt 8 2

 

Finally, we tally up the position for each school on every chart and arrive at our current, official MrSEC.com recruiting ranking for July 23, 2014...

 

MrSEC Rank School Quantity Rank Quality Rank High-End Rank Total Points
1 Alabama 2 1 1 4
2 Auburn 5 2 2 9
3 S. Carolina 3 5 3 11
4 Texas A&M 6 4 3 13
5 Georgia 7 3 6 16
6 Tennessee 3 10 5 18
7 Miss. State 1 12 8 21
8 LSU 8 8 7 23
9t Arkansas 10 6 8 24
9t Kentucky 8 8 8 24
11 Missouri 11 11 8 30
12 Florida 13 7 12 32
13 Ole Miss 12 13 13 38
14 Vanderbilt 14 14 13 38