As you look at the top of the 2022 247 Sports Team Talent Composite, keep in mind something.
The Most Talented Alabama Team in History
Last year, Georgia and Alabama were the first teams in Team Talent Composite history to eclipse 1,000 total points in the rankings. Alabama did it again this year, setting a record with 1,016. The Crimson Tide have also smashed a record with their average prospect ranking being 94.7, up from 94.3 a year ago.
Alabama’s recruiting success and roster building prowess can have a numbing effect. Just don’t lose sight of how loaded this roster is in comparison to previous years. For example, the Tide’s 2015 national title team had an average prospect ranking of 93.1. It was 93.3 for Alabama’s 2017 title and 93.5 for the 2020 national championship.
This Crimson Tide roster is LOADED.
Georgia’s Still Stacked
The Bulldogs might not be historically talented like they were a year ago, but they’re close. Georgia’s average prospect ranking of 93.4 is the fourth highest in history and is higher than every No. 1 team in the 247Sports Team Talent Composite prior to the 2021 campaign. So, while Georgia lost a ton of production off its national title-winning team, the 2022 version of the Bulldogs is no less talented. Georgia should be right back in the mix for a national championship.
Nick Saban had to dip pretty significantly into the transfer portal pool to maintain that position, while Kirby Smart stood pat. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with that and the result is that Saban’s roster is, indeed, loaded, but it is an indication of which coach had more confidence in his recruiting.
As a side note…
… purely from a talent aspect, it sure looks like one can make an argument that the top of the SEC East has caught the top of the SEC West.