Ain’t slowin’ down

Something to consider as we (sometimes) smugly look down on gap closing takes is that when it comes to recruiting, the SEC is one tough neighborhood ($$).

Yes, Alabama and Georgia are two of the most dominant recruiting outfits in the country, but the conference is very deep from top to (almost) bottom. Consider the following: 11 of the league’s 14 teams were in the top 30 of the 247Sports Team Talent Composite in 2021.

That’s why it’s so difficult to make a significant move in the league. Consider Tennessee’s recruiting class in the 2020 cycle — the Vols ranked No. 11 nationally but No. 7 in the SEC. The bar is so much higher because every school is recruiting well. And let’s use Tennessee as an example to add more context to the league’s recruiting prowess. The Vols are seventh in the SEC in average class rank over the last five years; they would rank fourth in the Big Ten, third in the ACC and the Big 12 and second in the Pac-12 over the same span.

Need more data? Probably not, but here it is: In the last 10 years, the average SEC class ranked No. 19.6 nationally. The next-best conference is the Big Ten at No. 37.3.

And that’s with Vanderbilt in the mix.  Sure, Mullen wasn’t a great recruiter, but he wasn’t awful, either.  He was just badly outclassed.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

9 responses to “Ain’t slowin’ down

  1. That makes schools that can successfully navigate a SEC gauntlet that much more impressive. To think that other SEC teams aren’t giving the Dawgs and the Gumps everything they’ve got on a particular Sat is foolish. And if you can make it to the end of the season relatively healthy as a team…that’s a cherry atop the sundae.

    The SEC is a grind, and we love it for that reason.

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  2. Dawgfan1995

    There we have it. Dan Mullen to replace James Franklin at Penn State when Franklin decides to go to UCLA next year.


  3. Here’s exactly why Ohio State, Clemson, USC and Oklahoma should have a clear path to the playoff every year. They have better players than their primary competition across the board by a long shot.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    “The vols…would rank… second in the PAC-12.”

    I wouldn’t mind at all if utk left to join the PAC-12.


    • Down Island Way

      Ain’t enough Hot Now neon sign dining establishments out on the left coast for LuLu and Junior to make that big urnge kuntry move reality…


  5. originaluglydawg

    Half of the teams in the SEC could go undefeated in the ACC almost every year (if they traded places with Clemson. Clemson would be a middlin’ SEC team at best. But that’s enough to make them a giant in the ACC.
    To be honest, the SEC should get the first three playoff berths almost every year. (I know…it’s not doable, but it’s still true).
    Does anyone think Michigan was better than every SEC team except Georgia and Bama last year? I don’t. Cincinatti? No.


  6. practicaldawg

    Much harder to move up in the SEC but much easier to get paid regardless of performance. Welcome aboard OU, and UT.