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Signing Day 2011: Final SEC Rankings From MrSEC.com

National Signing Day came and went two weeks ago, but several prospects weren’t ready to decide on that day.  Here at MrSEC.com, we didn’t want to put up our rankings until the classes were actually finalized.

Some of those prospects mentioned above have now chosen SEC schools. The most notable being defensive end Jadeveon Clowney who chose South Carolina in front of the nation on Monday.

With the results now in, here are the MrSEC final rankings for the class of 2011:


1. Alabama

Top Signee: OL Cyrus Kouandjio

Top Sleeper:
LB Vinnie Sunseri

Met Needs:
Alabama addressed every position and found immediate help in the junior college ranks.

Why They’re Ranked Here:
Kouandjio put the Crimson Tide over the top. They’re loaded with talent across the board.


2. Georgia

Top Signee: RB Isaiah Crowell

Top Sleeper:
OL Xzavier Ward

Met Needs:
The Bulldogs filled them all. The biggest need was running back, which happens to be Crowell’s position.

Why They’re Ranked Here:
Georgia landed its “Dream Team” and then some. Mark Richt has to be pleased.


3. Auburn

Top Signee: OL Christian Westerman

Top Sleeper:
LB Justin Garrett

Met Needs:
The Tigers seemed to hit everything. But did they get enough help at wide receiver?

Why They’re Ranked Here:
Auburn had a tremendous final month. Kouandjio could have put the Tigers on top of this list.


4. LSU

Top Signee: DT Anthony Johnson

Top Sleeper:
QB Stephen Rivers

Met Needs:
Quarterback has been a huge concern, and the Tigers found two. Everything else looks good.

Why They’re Ranked Here:
Les Miles got the Tigers off to a great start in 2011. Their star power is impressive.


5. South Carolina

Top Signee: DE Jadeveon Clowney

Top Sleeper:
TE Rory Anderson

Met Needs:
It’s tough to miss needs with 32 signees. The defensive line class looks great.

Why They’re Ranked Here:
Clowney helped move the Gamecocks into the top five. How much of an impact will he make this fall? It could be big.


6. Tennessee

Top Signee: OL Antonio Richardson

Top Sleeper:
DB Brian Randolph

Met Needs:
UT filled out its needs nicely. The Vols could have used more help at defensive tackle and linebacker.

Why They’re Ranked Here:
The Vols closed nicely in the final weeks. It wasn’t best case, but it was close.


7. Florida

Top Signee: QB Jeff Driskel

Top Sleeper:
DB Chris Johnson

Met Needs:
Driskel was key and the defensive backfield looks nice. Did they find enough offensive playmakers?

Why They’re Ranked Here:
It’s a smaller class (19 signees) for Florida. They’ll be higher next year for sure.


8. Arkansas

Top Signee: OL Brey Cook

Top Sleeper:
DT Demarcus Hodge

Met Needs:
Arkansas found plenty of linemen on both sides of the ball. The receivers look good, too. How about the defensive backfield?

Why They’re Ranked Here:
The Razorbacks have a big class with plenty of substance. They’ll look even better with the right coaching.


9. Ole Miss

Top Signee: LB CJ Johnson

Top Sleeper:
DE Kameron Wood

Met Needs:
Ole Miss found several prospects who should help early. The Rebels missed out on the running back they wanted.

Why They’re Ranked Here:
You could make a case that Ole Miss should be one spot higher. Johnson was a big get ahead of Mississippi State.


10. Mississippi State

Top Signee: DT PJ Jones

Top Sleeper:
RB Derrick Milton

Met Needs:
The Bulldogs hit most spots. Did they get enough defensive linemen and offensive playmakers?

Why They’re Ranked Here:
Losing Johnson to Ole Miss kept Mississippi State behind its rival.


11. Kentucky

Top Signee: DB Glenn Faulkner

Top Sleeper:
LB Demarius Rancifer

Met Needs:
The Wildcats addressed most needs. They probably could have used another offensive lineman.

Why They’re Ranked Here:
There isn’t a lot of big-name signees. Losing linebacker Lamar Dawson to Southern Cal hurt.


12. Vanderbilt

Top Signee: Athlete Joshua Grady

Top Sleeper:
RB Jerron Seymour

Met Needs:
Vandy found plenty of athletes to help right away. They were thin on the defensive line, which could hurt in SEC play.

Why They’re Ranked Here:
It’s a small class and lacks a lot of fire power. Still, James Franklin finished well without a lot of time.

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A Look Ahead To Signing Day 2012? Sure, Why Not?

With signing day in our rearview, the commitments for 2012 are already starting to roll in.  Star ratings have yet to be applied to next year’s class, so we can’t give you a full-scale look at our next commitment Big Board just yet.  But we can tell you how many early commitments each school has as of the past 24 hours:


School
2012 Commits
Alabama
6
Arkansas
2
Auburn
1
Florida
2
Georgia
2
Kentucky
0
LSU
3
Miss. State
0
Ole Miss
0
S. Carolina
1
Tennessee
0
Vanderbilt
0


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Signing Day 2011: Where The Talent Came From

We wanted to put together one final breakdown of where the SEC’s talent came from on signing day 2011.  Below you can see exactly where each school went to land its signees and enrollees in this year’s class.  Or you can look state by state to see which areas of the country produced the most SEC talent.

The schools of the SEC run along the top of the grid with the 27 states and one country — Canada — that sent players to the SEC running down the left side of the grid.

Cyrus Kouandjio and Jadeveon Clowney are still undecided, when they make their selections, we’ll update the grid.

STATE ALA ARK AU UF UGA UK LSU MSU UM USC UT VU TOTAL
AL 7 1 10 0 0 3 1 0 3 0 1 1 27
AR 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9
AZ 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
CA 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 9
CT 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
CO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
DE 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
FL 4 1 3 13 4 2 0 1 2 4 6 5 45
GA 3 2 5 0 19 8 0 1 0 11 7 1 57
IA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
IL 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
IN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
KS 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
KY 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
LA 1 1 1 0 0 1 16 2 1 0 0 0 23
MI 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3
MO 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
MS 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 16 14 0 1 1 35
NC 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6
NJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
NY 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3
OH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
OK 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
SC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 2 0 12
TN 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 7 5 17
TX 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 11
VA 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 5
CAN 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 23 30 24 18 25 26 22 22 27 30 28 21 296

A few notes on this year’s class:

* No school got fewer players from its home state than Vanderbilt with five.  Kentucky was next with just six in-state signees.  The Wildcats lost out on the top three-ranked players in the state.  Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama each grabbed seven signees from inside their own state’s borders.

* For the second year in a row, Georgia produced more SEC signees than any other state despite the larger talent pool in Florida.  So what gives?  In Georgia, SEC schools are recruiting only against UGA and Georgia Tech.  In the state of Florida, recruits have the option of staying clost to home to play for FBS teams: Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, UCF, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

* For the second year in a row, Mississippi and Alabama produced more SEC signees than did Louisiana.  Yet from 1988 through 2010, the Pelican State produced more NFL draft picks (251) than either Alabama (178) or Mississippi (137).

* More SEC signees came from Texas (12) than from Arkansas (9) or Kentucky (6).  California produced nine SEC signees.

* SEC teams grabbed just three players from the traditionally deep recruiting base of Ohio (3) and Pennsylvania (0) combined.  Last year league schools got six signees from those states.

* Last year the SEC brought in 305 signees from 23 different states.  This year the total number of signees was 296 entering the league from 27 different states and Canada.

Below is a peek at the year-to-year changes to the SEC’s talent pool.  On the left are the states that produced the most talent for the league on signing day 2010.  On the right are those same states’ numbers for 2011:

2010 Rank State Signees from State Pct. of SEC Signees 2011 Rank State Signees from State Pct. of SEC Signees
1 GA 65 21.3% 1 GA 57 19.2%
2 FL 46 15.0% 2 FL 45 15.2%
3 MS 37 12.1% 3 MS 35 11.8%
4 AL 36 11.8% 4 AL 27 9.1%
5 LA 19 6.2% 5 LA 23 7.7%
6 SC 17 5.5% 6 TN 17 5.7%
7 TX 15 4.9% 7 SC 12 4.0%
8 TN 12 3.9% 8 TX 11 3.7%
9 CA 9 2.9% 9t AR 9 3.0%
10 AR 8 2.6% 9t CA 9 3.0%
11 VA 6 1.9% 11t AZ 6 2.0%
12t NC 5 1.6% 11t KY 6 2.0%
12t OH 5 1.6% 11t NC 6 2.0%
12t OK 5 1.6% 14 VA 5 1.6%
15t KS 4 1.3% 15t IL 3 1.0%
15t KY 4 1.3% 15t KS 3 1.0%
17 MD 3 .9% 15t MI 3 1.0%
18t IL 2 .6% 15t NY 3 1.0%
18t MO 2 .6% 15t OH 3 1.0%
18t NY 2 .6% 20t CT 2 .6%
21t CT 1 .3% 20t DE 2 .6%
22t NJ 1 .3% 20t IN 2 .6%
22t PA 1 .3% 20t NJ 2 .6%
24 IA 1 .3%
24 CO 1 .3%
24 MO 1 .3%
24 OK 1 .3%
24 Canada 1 .3%

(Sidenote — Those few juco signees entering the SEC this year are counted as coming from the state of their junior college.  This is where SEC coaches had to recruit them for signing day 2011.)

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Signing Day 2011: The Battle For South Carolina

Looking only at 2011 signees/enrollees — and not players who signed in 2010 but are enrolling now — the state of South Carolina produced:


1… 5-star
5… 4-stars
37… 3-stars


Here’s who mined the state’s Top 25 for signatures:


10… Clemson
7… South Carolina
2… Tennessee
1… East Carolina
1… North Carolina State
1… Notre Dame
1… Wake Forest
1… Junior College
1… Still Unsigned


State Champions: Clemson

The Tigers get the nod by a nose… for now.  The nation’s top prospect — Jadeveon Clowney — is still making up his mind between the Tigers, the Gamecocks and Alabama.  If he chooses Carolina, the state goes into the Cocks’ column.



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Signing Day 2011: The Battle For Florida

Looking only at 2011 signees/enrollees — and not players who signed in 2010 but are enrolling now — the state of Florida produced:


7… 5-stars
42… 4-stars
194… 3-stars


Here’s who mined the state’s Top 25 players for signatures:


8… Florida State
4… Florida
3… Clemson
2… Alabama
2… Louisville
1… Miami
1… Nebraska
1… Notre Dame
1… Stanford
1… West Virginia
1… Still Unsigned


State Champion:  Florida State

Florida is dealing with a coaching change just as Jimbo Fisher is gaining momentum at FSU.  Muschamp is known for his recruiting ability and 2012 figures to bring a better signing class for the Gators’ new staff.  On the positive side of things, at least Miami has fallen off the map.  (One Top 25 recruit from Florida?  Yeesh.)



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Signing Day 2011: The Battle For Georgia

Looking only at 2011 signees/enrollees — and not players who signed in 2010 but are enrolling now — the state of Georgia produced:


3… 5-stars
19… 4-stars
124… 3-stars


Here’s who mined the state’s Top 25 players for signatures:


12… Georgia
3… Auburn
2… Alabama
2… Tennessee
1… California
1… Florida State
1… Georgia Tech
1… Notre Dame
1… Stanford
1… Junior College


State Champion: Georgia

A “Dream Team” Indeed.  The Dawgs landed two of the state’s three 5-star prospects and about half of the Peach State’s Top 25 overall.  The timing of such a class could not have been better for Mark Richt



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Signing Day 2011: The Battle For Kentucky

Looking only at 2011 signees/enrollees — and not players who signed in 2010 but are enrolling now — the state of Kentucky produced:


0… 5-stars
2… 4-stars
15… 3-stars


Here’s who mined the state’s Top 17 players for signatures:


5… Kentucky
3… Louisville
1… Air Force
1… Harvard (FCS)
1… Illinois
1… Indiana
1… Southern Cal
1… Tennessee-Martin (FCS)
1… Western Kentucky
1… UCF (pending)
1… Still Unsigned


State Champion: Kentucky (if there is one)

The Wildcats get the nod, but the state’s three best players are headed to Illinois, Southern Cal and likely Central Florida.  Louisville had a very strong class this year, but the Cardinals didn’t match UK inside the Bluegrass State.  So Joker Phillips has got that going for him.



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Signing Day 2011: The Battle For Tennessee

Looking only at 2011 signees/enrollees — and not players who signed in 2010 but are enrolling now — the state of Tennessee produced:


0… 5-stars
2… 4-stars
26… 3-stars


Here’s who mined the state’s Top 25 players for signatures:


7… Tennessee
4… Vanderbilt
3… Duke
2… Kentucky
2… Memphis
1… Alabama
1… Georgia
1… Georgia Tech
1… Louisville
1… Marshall
1… Pittsburgh
1… Junior College (likely)


State Champion: Tennessee

Derek Dooley spent more time chasing homestate recruits than his predecessor and it paid off nicely.



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Signing Day 2011: The Battle For Mississippi

Looking only at 2011 signees/enrollees — and not players who signed in 2010 but are enrolling now — the state of Mississippi produced:


1… 5-star
13… 4-stars
51… 3-stars


Here’s who mined the state’s Top 25 players for signatures:


11… Ole Miss
10… Mississippi State
1… Alabama
1… Auburn
1… LSU
1… Northwestern State (FCS)


State Champion: Ole Miss

The Rebels nabbed the five best players in the Magnolia State and six of Rivals’ Top 10.



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Signing Day 2011: The Battle For Louisiana

Looking only at 2011 signees/enrollees — and not players who signed in 2010 but are enrolling now — the state of Louisiana produced:


3… 5-stars
11… 4-stars
45… 3-stars


Here’s who mined the state’s Top 25 players for signatures:


14… LSU
1… Alabama
1… Arkansas
1… Auburn
1… Kansas State
1… Memphis
1… Ole Miss
1… TCU
1… Texas A&M
1… Junior College (with intentions to go to Mississippi State)
1… Junior College
1… Still Unsigned


State Champion: LSU

LSU’s dominance in its home state is impressive.  No other program got a foothold in the Pelican State this year as Les Miles closed down the state’s borders.



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