National Signing Day: Southeastern Conference Dominates Again

By Tim Letcher

The Southeastern Conference has been a dominant force in college football for at least the last decade. And if Wednesday’s National Signing Day is any indication, that streak is likely to continue as college football leaves the Bowl Championship Series in favor of the College Football Playoff. is arguably the most reliable source when it comes to college football recruiting. Their team standings, for the 2014 recruiting class, are littered with SEC schools.

It starts at the top with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Nick Saban has once again put together an outstanding group of players that will help the Tide stay near the top of the college football world for at least the next few years. Alabama signed five players that were given five-star grades by Rivals. That’s more than any other school in the country. Two of the nation’s Top 10 players, defensive end Da’Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, Va. and defensive back Marlon Humphrey of Hoover, Ala., were included in Saban’s haul.

The LSU Tigers were second on Rivals’ list. Les Miles and his crew signed the nation’s top running back, Leonard Fournette of New Orleans, as well as five-star wide receiver Malachi Dupree of River Ridge, La.

Coming in fifth in the Rivals rankings were the Tennessee Volunteers. Head coach Butch Jones signed a pair of five-star recruits in running back Jalen Hurd and wide receiver Josh Malone.

Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies were sixth on the list, with an impressive list of players that includes the nation’s second-best recruit, defensive end Myles Garrett of Arlington, Texas. A&M also signed the nation’s top quarterback prospect, Kyle Allen, who is already enrolled in College Station.

The Florida Gators were seventh on Rivals’ list, followed by its SEC Eastern Division rival, the Georgia Bulldogs, who were eighth. The defending SEC champions, the Auburn Tigers, were ninth.

Also in the Rivals Top 25 were the South Carolina Gamecocks (16th), the Kentucky Wildcats (17th) and the Ole Miss Rebels (19th).

It’s clear to see that the best players are continuing to choose SEC schools, which means that the conference that dominated the BCS era will likely continue to do so under the new playoff system.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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