SDS will break down all 14 SEC schools and the challenges they face in recruiting, and how they overcome them. At the end, we’ll rank them in terms of who is set up best for success–based on factors like in-state talent, recent success on the field, fan expectations and the coaching situation. We will also give the school a ‘situation’ grade (A, B, C, D, F) in each category. Some states have an A-level volume of talent, others don’t … that’s how it will work. At the end of the series we’ll do a final overall ranking.
HOME STATE TALENT: “A” – Louisiana is right behind Texas, Florida and Georgia in terms of producing talent. If the Tigers keep all of it home, it is one whale of a group for LSU, though Alabama has reached in and plucked one or two stars in the recent past. But overall? LSU can win games in the SEC with a majority in-state roster.
RECENT SUCCESS: “A” – The Tigers were in the national championship game and won a recent SEC title and won two national titles in the last decade. They are always in the discussion when it comes to the SEC West and usually are a factor in the national picture as well.
FAN EXPECTATIONS: “A” – The fans love their school and make for a crazy atmosphere on Saturdays. It is a rabid group that can only help things.
COACHING STABILITY: “A” – Les Miles has been around since 2005–quite a feat in a conference where winning is so important, yet so difficult to do. Right now, recruits can put their faith in the coaching situation, and that is very important.
SUM IT UP: LSU and Georgia have some similarities in terms of their home states. Lots of talent lurks around every corner, and unlike Texas and Florida–there are no in-state Longhorns and Seminoles to compete against in recruiting. The only true difference is LSU has won national titles while Georgia has only been close.
Editor’s note: Any reference to recruiting ratings in this series–team or individual–are to 247Sports.com’s industry composite ranking.