SEC still on top in the recruiting game but getting more dominant than ever!!!

I have noticed that the SEC has always recruited well in the past, but this year we are especially dominant. I have read several articles and blogs and they all seem to indicate that the SEC had a great day on 2-6-13.

Auburn and Ole Miss really surprised a lot of people with their jump into the top 10 in the nation in recruiting.  It should also be noted that other SEC teams like Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas jumped up the last week at least 20 spaces above what they doing before because of some great additions to their earlier committments.

In this article below I did get a kick out of the fact that USC did so badly in recruiting this year. That goes along with the fact that Lane Kiffin bragged so much before the year began and how he fell on his face during the horrible season for the Trojans.

Ole Miss, Auburn lead list of signing day winners

Five winners and five losers on national signing day (Class rankings in parentheses from 247Sports.com):

WINNERS:

Mississippi (No. 7): Mississippi was the story of the day, one that began with defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s top recruit, choosing the Rebels over offers from nearly every power in college football. The day continued with another pair of five-star prospects, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Not bad for a school that failed to win an SEC game from Oct. 2, 2010, through Oct. 13, 2012.

Texas A&M (No. 10): The Aggies made only one big splash, pulling defensive end Daeshon Hall, a longtime Washington commit, away from the Huskies. Texas A&M made its day long before Wednesday, using a strong recruiting effort and its newfound SEC credentials to bring in 16 four-star recruits, according to Rivals.com. Among those prospects are a slew of wide receivers, giving Johnny Manziel even more toys to play with on offense.

Auburn (No. 11): Gus Malzahn hired a star-studded staff, but it wasn’t until the last 10 days that the rest of the SEC saw what they could do on the recruiting trail. The Tigers closed with a flash, sealing up the commitment of five-star defensive end Carl Lawson and adding fellow linemen Elijah Daniel — a flip from Mississippi — and Montravius Adams. What can Malzahn and this staff achieve over the next 12 months?

Clemson (No. 14): Dabo Swinney and his staff failed to pull in one of four premier defensive line recruits, including Nkemdiche — who was once verbally committed to Clemson — but were able to land an elite defensive prospect in five-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander. “It’s been a great day for us,” Swinney told ESPN. “Today’s just another step in the direction we’re going to take this program.” Clemson’s class also touched the map: Swinney signed players from the Southeast, of course, but also players from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Hawaii.

Ohio State (No. 2): The Buckeyes followed up a 12-0 record in Urban Meyer’s first season with one of the nation’s top three classes. Meyer’s coup was Vonn Bell, a five-star safety from Tennessee who chose the Buckeyes over the in-state Volunteers. In the week leading up to signing day, OSU also took running Dontre Wilson away from Oregon and nabbed running back Ezekiel Elliott out of Missouri.

LOSERS:

Missouri (No. 38): The good news? The class was still within the top 40 in the country. The bad news? It came in last in the SEC, according to Rivals.com, well behind teams like Arkansas and Kentucky, which made coaching changes in the offseason. While the class would fit in nicely in the Big 12, Missouri failed to make any major move into SEC country after its first season as a member of the league. In the future, the Tigers need to make greater inroads in states such as Georgia, Florida and Louisiana.

Southern California (No. 13): You can’t nitpick with USC’s star power, not when all 12 of the Trojans’ recruits earned four or five stars from Rivals.com. USC’s average star ranking of 4.42 is the highest by any team in Rivals’ history, dating to 2002. But the class could have been better: USC lost several players to rivals near and far over the last few weeks. The Trojans do have potential stars in quarterback Max Browne, safety Su’a Cravens and defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, however.

Louisville (No. 41): Like USC, Louisville’s class was limited by a lack of numbers — the Cardinals simply didn’t have a tremendous number of scholarships to offer. Nevertheless, Charlie Strong and his staff didn’t capitalize on the team’s Big East title and Sugar Bowl victory as some might have expected. Rivals.com ranked Louisville’s class as the fourth-best in the Big East, counting Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which are set to join the ACC over the summer.

Oklahoma (No. 15) and Texas (No. 16): Call it the Texas A&M effect. For the first time in years, neither the Sooners nor the Longhorns was able to dictate which prospects to take out of Texas. Instead, prospects flocked to College Station, leaving OU and UT as the second shows in town. Texas signed 15 recruits, losing star defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson to Alabama on the eve of signing day. Oklahoma’s class lacks the power of the recent past.

Cincinnati (No. 58): Rivals.com ranked Cincinnati’s class the worst of any team in a league with an automatic bid to the BCS. If the Bearcats have an excuse, it’s that new coach Tommy Tuberville was forced to work on the fly after he was hired following the regular season. While UC had a few additions on signing day, it might not be until 2014 that Tuberville and his staff bring in the sort of talent Cincinnati needs to reach another major bowl.

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