“I’m from Ohio, but if I had known what it was like down South, I would have crawled here on my hands and knees.”
That quote is attributed to the late Frank Sinkwich, a former Georgia Bulldog running back and winner of the 1942 Heisman Trophy. Apparently, these words hold true today in the world of football recruiting. The SEC has players from all over the country banging down their collective doors and the coaches are answering them with open arms at a rate unseen in the history of college football.
The Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers and LSU Tigers already have 40 commitments between them for the 2015 class. All three classes are ranked in the top 10 by Rivals.com and 247sports.com with the Tide holding the top spot in both. All of this taking place before official visits in the fall is unusual, but it illustrates a developing trend of players ending the drama early to focus on their senior seasons and lock up a spot with a top team. Even the Mississippi State Bulldogs, despite recent struggles, have 13 commitments.
In the East, the South Carolina Gamecocks and Tennessee Volunteers have 11 commitments, followed up with Kentucky at nine and Georgia with eight. Many top recruits like Trenton Thompson, Rashad Roundtree or Byron Cowart could pull the trigger at any moment and SEC schools are hot on their trail to get on board now. These schools will play the waiting game for players like this, but for many others, the wait may not be in their best interests. Playing the field for too long could result in a player actually taking the field for a team that was not his first choice.
The ball has bounced back and forth between the schools and recruits for years. In recent times, the players seemed to have the upper hand and could make schools sweat over their decisions until the last second. Those days may be at an end for many recruits and that is a relief for many SEC fans who have a love/hate relationship with Signing Day drama.