Out-of-state recruiting hot spots for all 14 SEC teams
Close your state’s borders.
We get it. That’s the motto of any head coach/recruiter worth his salt.
But for major college football programs, it’s a necessity to sign some talent outside of one’s state, even if that state is talent-rich Texas, Florida or Georgia.
Speaking of Georgia, five SEC teams got the most out-of-state talent from the Peach State.
We figured out the most fertile out-of-state recruiting ground for all 14 SEC teams for the 2015 class.
- Alabama: State of Florida. The Crimson Tide’s top-rated player, five-star WR Calvin Ridley, hails from the Sunshine State, as do four-star S Ronnie Harrison, an early enrollee, and four-star S Shawn Burgess-Becker.
- Arkansas: State of Texas. After crushing the Longhorns in the Texas Bowl, coach Bret Bielema and the Razorbacks invaded the state for four of their 2015 signees. Three-star G and early enrollee Zach Rogers and three-star RB Rawleigh Williams III highlight the haul along with a pair of cornerbacks from the Houston area.
- Auburn: State of Georgia. Sure, the Tigers poached their share of players from Florida, thanks in part to former Gators head coach Will Muschamp. But with a campus just 45 minutes from the Peach State border, this is an annual tradition. Auburn landed 10 signees from Georgia, highlighted by junior college RB Jovon Robinson and WR Darius Slayton.
- Florida: State of Georgia. This is a volume play. The Gators did pick up three-star S Kylan Johnson from Texas, but everyone else in the ’15 class came from Florida or Georgia.
- Georgia: State of Tennessee. Florida, Mississippi and Maryland put up a fight, but the state of Tennessee wins this one due to quality. Georgia grabbed a pair of four-star signees from the general Nashville area in 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end Jackson Harris and 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback Rico McGraw.
- Kentucky: State of Ohio. It’s no secret that Mark Stoops stocks his roster with more Ohioans each year than Kentucky natives. Three of the Wildcats’ four early enrollees are from Ohio, including four-star TE C.J. Conrad, and two more Ohioans will join the team in the fall.
- LSU: State of Texas. Though the Aggies have taken away some of LSU’s recruiting edge in Texas since the move to the SEC, the Tigers still make out pretty well in the Lone Star State. You could even say LSU went on the offensive, signing a tight end, guard, offensive tackle, quarterback and receiver from the state.
- Mississippi State: State of Alabama. Excluding early enrollees, seven of the Bulldogs’ 22 signees are from the state to the East, including four-star RB Nick Gibson.
- Missouri: State of Kansas. Tigers fans love that the team poached the best Kansas player of the 2015 class in G A.J. Harris. Mizzou also nabbed four-star RB Chase Abbington from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and two other players from the home of the hated former rival.
- Ole Miss: State of Tennessee. The Rebels signed four Florida players to three from the Volunteer State, but the quality of the latter takes precedence, headlined by four-star WR Van Jefferson.
- South Carolina: State of Georgia. Steve Spurrier’s staff signed 10 players from the talent-rich state, led by four-star QB Lorenzo Nunez and four-star CB Octavis Johnson.
- Tennessee: State of Georgia. Sensing a pattern here? The Vols tapped into one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country and signed seven players, including four-stars DE Andrew Butcher, WR Preston Williams, CB Micah Abernathy and OLB Quart’e Sapp.
- Texas A&M: State of Louisiana. When your campus resides in Texas, you don’t have to look elsewhere very often. But the Aggies did fill out the bottom of their 2015 class with three players from Louisiana.
- Vanderbilt: State of Georgia. Derek Mason and his staff nabbed recruits from an impressive 12 different states, but three of those players came from the Peach State, all offensive signees.