One month before the season begins and the SEC is steamrolling the competition before the first snap hits a quarterback’s hands.
Recruiting is the lifeblood of SEC programs and 2014 is proving to be a proverbial turkey shoot of talent as commitments continue to pile up. SEC schools comprise seven and six spots of the respective “Top-10” classes of Rivals.com and 247sports.com. Alabama has maintained the No. 1 position for weeks now and that stranglehold only looks to get tighter as the season draws near. The Tide have no trouble closing the deal and as the wins pile up, so do commitments.
Auburn, Texas A&M, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi State are all nipping at Alabama’s heels and with several uncommitted prospects still lingering, the SEC could sweep the top five classes for 2015.
LSU is still in the hunt as well, the Tigers close strong every year with a talent-laden home state pool that never seems to disappoint. If the Tigers rack it up in February, the SEC could conceivably have eight of the top ten recruiting classes.
Florida is in the hunt for a some big-time talent and if the Gators have a successful season, look for their position to improve dramatically. Byron Cowart, the No. 1 player in the nation according to Rivals.com, is a lifelong Gator fan from nearby Seffner, FL. His commitment would bolster an otherwise quiet recruiting effort by the Gators. If the Gators fall short again, Cowart could very well end up at a rival school in the SEC.
Camps are taking place all over the southeast and many top-flight players are making decisions to play together at the next level. While that is certainly not binding, many programs are taking notice of this trend and leveraging that opportunity into a verbal commitment from multiple players.
Most SEC schools have over 15 commitments right now; Mississippi State has an unbelievable 26 players verbally committed to play in Starkville. Dan Mullen has announced that the train is leaving the station and people better jump on board immediately. Maybe this can translate to a better finish in the West division.
This season should be an exciting one with the new playoff system and the SEC Network beginning its coverage of games. The exposure of the SEC will only serve to solidify its position as the best football conference in the minds of high school players looking to make it to the next level. Judging by the unprecedented summer commitment tidal wave that hit many SEC programs, 2015 looks to be a fruitful year indeed.