2020 early signing day, SEC edition

As of this morning, here’s how the 247Sports Composite shapes up for the conference:

Screenshot_2020-12-17 2021 SEC Football Team Rankings

Bullet points:

  • It’s the continuing story of the rich getting richer.  Alabama signed six five-star recruits; the rest of the conference combined signed a total of eight.  Along with ‘Bama, Georgia and LSU are clearly a cut above every other program.  Again.
  • Speaking of Alabama, if you worry that Nick Saban is playing chess while Kirby Smart is playing checkers, consider that four of the nation’s top 10 receivers signed with the Tide.  That was out of necessity, considering what ‘Bama is about to lose, but still, Saban knows where his bread is buttered these days.
  • Ed Orgeron has to wake up every day thanking a higher power for how LSU dominates in state recruiting.
  • Believe it or not, even with the whiffs like Sorey and Adeleye, that is the best class Dan Mullen has signed to date.  No, that gap ain’t closing.
  • Remember all that momentum with Tennessee’s class?  Pruitt suffered 10 decommitments, and another top commit, Dylan Brooks, elected not to sign yesterday.
  • Kiffin, Pittman and Drinkwitz all did well, leading their respective programs to their best showings in years.
  • That came at the expense of Auburn, where the new coach will obviously have a lot of scrambling to do, and South Carolina, where Beamer will have even more.  I’ve never seen a signing day finish with a team behind Vanderbilt in the rankings, so congrats, ‘Cocks.  (What’s the opposite of a cannon shot?)

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22 responses to “2020 early signing day, SEC edition

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    As usual, Kirby left room open. Who are the unsigned strong prospects?

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  2. practicaldawg

    The collapse in recruiting under Agent Muschamp is really something. Vandy and SC both fired their coaches and somehow Vandy still signs more than twice the recruits of SC. A long winter has arrived in Columbia, SC.

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  3. Auburn, that gap just became a gulf between you and your two main rivals. South Carolina, that gulf is now ocean between you and your rivals.

    Nick Saban is truly a cyborg with the way he keeps it going regardless of his age. Oeaux, if you don’t fix the defense this off-season, you may not see the fruits of your recruiting labor.

    Finally, Dopey/Sideshow/Portal Master Dan and Orangeneck, we ain’t going anywhere.

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    • stoopnagle

      This was my first thought: Gus got his check by tanking in recruiting. It doesn’t seem like the culture has rotted in the same way it did at FSU, but getting that far behind in recruiting is getting AU down that road. They were smart to get out in front of it (FSU kept Jimbo around an extra year), but if they don’t get the right guy this is going to spiral big time. I’m here for it!

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  4. DC Weez

    How bad was it for USCe? Well, seven MAC teams were ranked higher. SEVEN! The Cocks didn’t even break into the Top100. And oh yeah Vanderbilt finished almost 60 places in front of Sakerlina. This was quite possibly the worst recruiting class in modern SEC history. Wow, just wow!

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  5. dawg100

    What’s the opposite of a cannon shot?

    Your own Mustard gas blown back by the wind.

    Auburn and USCe got a huge whiff.

    Tennessee is just your standard dumpster fire at this point. I’m all broken up that Auburn beat them to the coaching market.

    Besides Alabama, UGA signed as many 5-stars also as the rest of the conference combined. 4 times UFs haul. Give us a QB and health and we own UF 7 or 8 out of ten.

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    • stoopnagle

      And you can read that as the Vols are recruiting as well as Florida. (89.4 v 90.1 isn’t a big game for the mean rating). They better home Danny is as good as they think he is. Because we have better players and now we’re pissed.

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  6. NotMyCrossToBear

    I’m laughing my ass off at Auburn.

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  7. charlottedawg

    I thought that lsu passed us when the 5 star DT out of louisiana chose them over us, dropping us from 3rd in the nation and 2nd in the sec to 4 and 3 respectively. Still, first world problem.

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  8. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Opposite of a canon shot is a wet fart.

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  9. TN Dawg

    How important is high school recruiting now?

    I’m not gonna say it’s not. It’s still the base of your team.

    But I honestly am not sure how a bad recruiting class effects rosters these days with the transfer portal, graduate transfers and a free one-time transfer in the works.

    I could see South Carolina potentially signing better players through alternate means than they are capable of signing out of high school.

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    • godawgs1701

      Well, my approach to recruiting and transfers is that if a player is transferring from his first school, there’s a reason. Could it be that they are just an incredible player who is blocked on the depth chart by an equally or more incredible player? Yes. That they have dramatically improved since high school and they deserve an SEC shot after proving it at Miami, Ohio? Sure. It’s also possible that they’re just not as good as they thought they were and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. For every Joe Burrow out there, there are a lot more Greyson Lamberts.

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    • Texas Dawg

      They better hope so, because the really don’t have any other choice

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  10. godawgs1701

    I am honestly shocked by how well LSU did yesterday. I guess the Louisiana recruits either didn’t pay attention to the negative stories about the university and the athletic department because they sure didn’t seem to be too concerned about it. I personally had my doubts about whether Coach O was even going to be back next year, but seeing that signing class has turned that around.

    I guess that just shows how they were able to get away with such conduct in the first place.

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  11. PTC DAWG

    Carolina is so far behind, they think they’re first.

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