SEC recruiting, baby!

Just how dominant was the conference yesterday?  According to Scout, the SEC boasted

  • four of the top ten recruiting classes
  • seven of the top twenty recruiting classes
  • nine of the top twenty-five recruiting classes

As impressive as that all is, here’s what really blows me away – Scout has Vanderbilt with the SEC’s lowest rated class.  The Commodores finished forty-fifth nationally.

I’d say that’s pretty dominant.

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11 responses to “SEC recruiting, baby!

  1. TennesseeDawg

    Think anyone misses Bobby Bowden anymore?

  2. Know One Knows You're a Dawg

    This just underscores that given how well SEC programs recruit, the determinative difference between them comes from the quality of coaching the players receive.

  3. NC Dawg

    So much for NCAA restrictions: Sad to see that USC, despite probation, scholarship limits, etc., has signed more than just about anyone.

    • Texas_Dawg

      There’s a difference in signing a lot and oversigning though.

      USC signed 76 players from 2007-2010. Not once oversigned. Alabama signed 113 players from 2007-2010. Oversigned every single year.

      USC had a ton of transfers after the probation ruling which freed players up to transfer without having to sit out a year.

      So they had only 51 players returning. Room for 34. They signed 20 players in 2010, but 4 of those were early enrollees that counted against 2009. This year they went out and found 9 early enrollees to fill the 25 limit on the 2010 class… then added 20 more. That gets them to 80 total. If the NCAA upholds the penalty, it appears USC will be limited to 80 in 2011, 75 in 2012-2013, and 80 in 2014.

  4. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Senator, I have a question: Since Southern Cal got hit by the NCAA with probation and (I thought) loss of something like 10 scholarships a year for supposedly 3 years, how in hell can they sign 31 kids?

    • They appealed and are free to sign normally until the appeal is ruled on.

      Basically Junior put off Judgment Day for a year. Their 2013 class is going to be puny.

      • fetch

        Someone should tell Jr that acting like remorseless assholes while under appeal, is not a good way to get the appeals board on your side.

        • Hackerdog

          As Kiffie always says (according to LostAngeles), “You can’t sanction the endzone.”

          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            If you think about it this is a very smart strategy USC has come up with. Delay the sanctions for 1 year with an appeal. Oversign like mad. A lot of top players will recognize the opportunity presented by the situation and WANT to come to USC expressly BECAUSE of the sanctions. This year’s class probably will get to be starters almost the whole time as the scholarship limits kick in. The limitations on scholarships last for 3 years so you oversign like mad in the 4th year to make up the shortfall. Brilliant! I am certain that Pat Haden thought this up though, not Kiffie.

  5. Mike Sanders

    And not a single one oversigned to get there! Bravo!

    • Texas_Dawg

      Hilarious.

      Raving about SEC West recruiting/championships without mentioning oversigning is like raving about Barry Bonds hitting 73 home runs in a season.