College Football Recruiting: SEC Already Dominating 2015 Class Rankings

By Evan Williamson
Kevin Sumlin
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC is undoubtedly the most powerful conference in college football right now, and the reason for that is not only because of passionate fan bases and great coaches, but because the teams have been able to recruit well over the last decade. Most recently, the 2014 class rankings were dominated by the SEC as seven out of the top 10 teams were from the SEC, with Alabama finishing with the consensus no. 1 overall class.

In 2015, the SEC is off to a fast start in the team rankings as the entire top-five is made up of SEC teams, with four of them coming from the SEC West. The SEC has six teams in the top 10 and eight teams in the top 15. Granted, these rankings can and will change over the course of the next year, but the SEC will likely continue to have many of its teams within the top 10 come signing day in February 2015.

Texas A&M, which finished with the no. 5 overall class in 2015, stands atop the 2015 class rankings with seven commitments, including one 5-star and six 4-star commitments. Also in the top-five are the usual SEC powers Alabama and LSU. The Crimson Tide are currently sitting at no. 2 overall in the nation with seven commits, including one 5-star in defensive end Mekhi Brown. The Tigers have the no. 4 overall class with two 5-star players, including cornerback Kevin Tolliver II, who is the no. 1 rated player in the nation.

The team at no. 3 in the nation is the Tennessee Volunteers, who are picking right up where they left off in 2014 when they reeled in the no. 6 overall class in the nation. So far in 2015, the Volunteers have seven commitments and are led by four-star wide receiver Preston Williams.

The most surprising team within the top five is the Mississippi State Bulldogs. In 2014, the Bulldogs had just the 38th-best class in the country, but they are off to a hot start in 2014 as they have the largest class in the nation so far with eight commitments. Their class is led by 4-star defensive end Timothy Washington.

Other SEC teams that are within the top 15 in the nation so far in the 2015 class rankings are the Arkansas Razorbacks, who currently sit at 10th in the nation, and the Georgia Bulldogs, who are not far behind in 12th. Rounding out the top-15 for the SEC is South Carolina, who currently have the no. 14 class in the nation.

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