In its fourth recruiting cycle with Mizzou and Texas A&M included, it is clear–the SEC West is still clearly out-recruiting the SEC East. Our chart will show you by how much. While Alabama has owned the recruiting rankings for nearly half a decade, it actually has been the addition of the Aggies that has helped the West distance itself from the East–especially the past two cycles.
When one takes the conference recruiting rankings from 2012 through 2015 and adds them together with the lowest number winning, the SEC West is leading the SEC East by an impressive margin. In 2015 alone, the SEC West is leading 43 to 52 (see chart below for scoring explanation). The closest the SEC East has come to being the better “half” was the first year of expansion in 2012, when one could include the Tigers and Aggies since they could use “playing in the SEC” as recruiting bait, even though they didn’t play in the SEC until that fall. In that 2012 recruiting cycle, the SEC West narrowly edged out the SEC East 47 to 48.
This year the SEC West is buoyed as usual by Alabama leading the pack, but it has been Texas A&M and Auburn that have come on strong to be in the national top five. Plus, Florida still has several blue chippers that have yet to come aboard that likely will, and that has the Gators pretty low in the SEC East rankings. This year, South Carolina has the best SEC East class so far.
Take a look below at what each SEC schools is ranked within the conference, and how each division has stacked up since 2012. NOTE: All references to recruiting rankings are to the 247Sports.com composite rating.
|2015 RK||2014 RK||2013 RK||2012 RK|
|SEC WEST TOTAL||43||41||40||47|
|SEC EAST TOTAL||52||54||55||48|