A look at how the big four recruiting services ranked the SEC teams

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At SDS, we’re not partial to any one recruiting service. All four of 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN and Scout do a phenomenal job in providing insight, commentary and analysis on the prospects.

There’s a lingering debate on which one is the best, but you can decide which service you can pledge your allegiance to.

Here is how the four ranked the SEC finishes:

Rank

Avg

Team

Signees

247Sports

Rivals

ESPN

Scout

1

1.5

Alabama

25

1

1

1

3

2

4.5

Florida

28

4

4

2

8

3

6

Ole Miss

27

2

7

5

10

4

6.25

LSU

26

6

6

7

6

5

7.75

Texas A&M

31

7

10

8

6

6

10.5

Auburn

23

10

8

11

13

7

10.75

Georgia

32

12

12

10

9

8

18.5

S. Carolina

21

20

16

17

21

9

23

Miss State

21

22

25

25

20

10

23.75

Vanderbilt

26

35

19

22

19

11

27

Tennessee

21

27

20

29

32

12

28.5

Arkansas

23

23

26

31

34

13

35.75

Kentucky

22

39

28

36

40

14

36.75

Missouri

20

33

39

38

37

  • All four major networks love Alabama’s class. And what’s not to love? Scout has Ohio State and Michigan ranked above Bama’s class.
  • ESPN liked Florida’s class the most, but Scout didn’t think it was top-five material.
  • 247Sports loved Ole Miss’ class, while it barely breaks the top ten in Scout.
  • Scout like Georgia’s class the most, ranking them in the top ten.
  • 247Sports didn’t like Vanderbilt’s class and ranked them 35th, while it was top 20 material for Rivals and Scout.
  • Likewise, Rivals loved Kentucky’s class at #28, while they were ranked 36th or higher in the other three.
  • Above all, the SEC had 10 classes ranked in the top 25 on average, and 12 in the top 30.
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  • Why is Scout so different from the others?

    • I think that is a question everyone is asking, including FoxSports. Obviously, evaluators see things differently, and it’s a matter of rating prospects now and for the future. It is interesting though. You don’t realize how different they were until you put them side-by-side.

  • I’ll tell you why Scout is so different. Two of their biggest regional guys are in Ohio and Georgia. UGA continually has a higher ranking on Scout than any other class compared to Rivals or the others. Ranking athletes unfortunately has turned very political, and these guys get information and leverage for ranking them higher. It’s just like anything we do in the US – it’s mostly about politics.