Published September 1, 2010 - 6:30am
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Yesterday, I made a post regarding the ESPNU150 football recruits and how the SEC is gobbling up the best young talent in the country for their respective programs. With the ESPNU150 being only one major recruiting agency, I thought it would be interesting to breakdown the Rivals100, Scout100, and ESPNU150 committed recruits by conference as of August 28th, 2010.
There is much debate about which is the best recruiting agency in America for rating high school football players individually as well as ranking teams after the recruiting season has ended in February. There is no debate, however, that on the week of the opening kickoff of the 2010 season, SEC football programs are snatching up the best players in the country for the 2011 recruiting cycle. The SEC is getting the best players earlier than other major conferences.
Rivals100 – The SEC is leading the Rivals100 commitments with 17. The rest are as follows: Big Twelve has 14, ACC has 9, Big Ten has 4, PAC-10 has 8, and the Big East has 1.
Scout100 – The SEC is tied for the lead in Scout100 with 15 commitments. The rest are as follows: Big Twelve has 15, ACC has 8, Big Ten has 8, PAC-10 has 6 and Big East has 1.
ESPNU150 – The SEC is leading the ESPNU150 commitments with 28. The rest are as follows:
ACC has 18, Big Twelve has 17, PAC-10 has 10, Big Ten has 7, and Big East has 0.
As you can see by the numbers above, the rankings are debatable depending on which site you pledge your allegiance to, but there is no debate about the SEC snatching up the best players in the country earlier than other major conferences. The debate will continue about which is the best recruiting agency and which one got it right last year or this year, but one thing is true – the SEC recruits the best players in the country and the best players are committing earlier to the best conference.