ESPN has been ranking high school recruits since 2006, so this week the entity decided to look back at all of its past rankings and pick who the best recruits have been–nationally–since they joined the recruiting coverage game eight years ago.
The SEC was, not surprisingly, dominant. In what they called the “Ultimate ESPN 300: Top 50 Players” list, the SEC had 23 of the first 50. South Carolina product Jadeveon Clowney was rated No. 1 overall. His senior year of high school, there was little doubt that he would go on to be dominant in college and eventually move on to the NFL.
It almost looked like an all SEC list until player No. 7, Manti Te’o of Notre Dame. The first six were Clowney, Tim Tebow (Florida), Eric Berry (Tennessee), Patrick Peterson (LSU), A.J. Green (Georgia) and Julio Jones (Alabama).
Here’s how the top 50 broke down, by SEC school:
Here’s a look at the story: Ultimate ESPN 300 Top 50 Players