Scooping up the local talent is a must in the SEC if you want to compete for championships and keep the fan base happy. Problem is, there’s such a plethora of talent in the Southeast that it sometimes becomes difficult to reel in each and every big fish.

Of the 34 5-star recruits in the 2019 Class, 23 are from states with SEC schools. Only 8 of those have committed to SEC schools while another 5 are still uncommitted. Only 4 SEC schools have gotten verbal commitments from their respective top in-state talent.

So which SEC team did the best job of keeping its stars home? Here’s a look at how every team fared with the top 30 prospects in their home state, as rated by

Alabama Crimson Tide

In-state commits: 6

Skinny: It should come as no surprise that Nick Saban was able to attract 6 of the top 10 recruits from the state, all are 4-stars. There was only one 5-star recruit in Alabama: center Clay Webb, who chose Georgia over the Tide.

But the Tide is loaded again with the top-rated recruiting class for 2019. Georgia is not far behind in second place.

Arkansas Razorbacks

In-state commits: 5

Skinny: With no 5-star and only 4 4-star recruits in state, the Razorbacks were able to get verbal commitments from the top 2, 3 of the top 5 and 5 of the top 10. They did lose a 4-star OT to Ole Miss, who got commitments from the Nos. 4 and 6 players in the state.

Note that half of the top 10 talent from the state are 3-star recruits. Vandy jumped up and got the No. 9 recruit.

Auburn Tigers

In-state commits: 4

Skinny: The competition is fierce for talent in Alabama. But Auburn was able to pluck 2 of the top 4 rated recruits. You have to go all the way down to the 3-star talent (No. 15 and 19) to round out the Tigers’ remaining two verbals from within the state.

Florida landed No. 8 and 11, while LSU grabbed No. 13 — all 4-star athletes.

Florida Gators

In-state commits: 1

Skinny: Granted there are a few big-time recruits still undeclared, including 5 of the top 8 and 8 of the top 14, but Dan Mullen has not done well so far. Georgia got the top recruit and Alabama is in line to get the next two out of Florida. Clemson and Florida State picked up the No. 4 and 5 recruits respectively.

Florida’s only Top 30 commitment so far is No. 19 Diwun Black, a 4-star inside linebacker. The Gators are expected to get 3 more 4-stars before all the ink is dry, according to

Georgia Bulldogs

In-state commits: 5

Skinny: The Bulldogs are cleaning up nationally. In-state, however, they have competition, lots of it. They are battling Miami for the state’s top recruit, WR Jadon Haselwood. Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson snatched up the next 3 5-star recruits.

The Bulldogs do have commitments from 2 of the top 7 recruits, both 5-stars. One is WR Dominick Blaylock, which lessens the loss if Haselwood chooses Mark Richt and the Canes.

Kentucky Wildcats

In-state commits: 5

Skinny: The Wildcats didn’t get the very best talent from the state, but they did lock up No. 7, 8, 9, and 10 in the rankings. Two of those are 4-star talents and 2 more are 3-stars.

Stanford, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Purdue and Virginia Tech, respectively, landed the top 5 recruits from the state — all 4-stars. Alabama got No. 6.

LSU Tigers

In-state commits: 9

Skinny: Ed Orgeron is keeping the best Louisiana has to offer. The Tigers have commitments from 5 of the state’s top 6 recruits and predicts they will sweep the top 6 recruits and wind up with 8 of the top 9 and 12 of the best 15. All of them rate at least 4-stars.

Of the top 10 recruits from Louisiana, only Clemson (No. 7) and Alabama (No. 10) were able to break LSU’s stranglehold.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

In-state commits: 9

Skinny: The Bulldogs didn’t get the very best talent from the state but they did get commitments from a large number of the top talent. The Bulldogs got 3 of the top 8 recruits and 5 of the top 15. All rated at least 4-stars.

The state’s top recruit, ILB Nakobe Dean, the only 5-star in the group, is reportedly leaning toward Georgia or Alabama over Ole Miss.

Missouri Tigers

In-state commits: 5

Skinny: The Tigers did not fare well among the elite talent in the state. Illinois, Ohio State and Texas came in and grabbed the top 3 recruits before the Tigers landed No. 4 Jalani Williams, the only 4-star they were able to get a commitment from. The four other in-state commitments came from 3-star recruits.

Ole Miss Rebels

In-state commits: 8

Skinny: Like its in-state rivals Mississippi State, Ole Miss landed several top recruits but not necessarily the cream of the crop. The Rebels do have a commitment from the No. 2 rated talent in RB Jerrion Ealy, but he’s also a potential first-round pick in the June baseball draft. After Ealy, you have to scroll down to No. 9 before finding the next commit for the Rebels, who have 3 of the top 11 committed.

South Carolina Gamecocks

In-state commits: 3

Skinny: This is a deceiving number on a couple of levels. The state only produced 3 4-star recruits, but the Gamecocks got commitments from top two, 5-star DE Zacch Pickens and 4-star CB Cameron Smith. According to, they should also get Nos. 3, 8, and 13, too.

That would be 4 of the top 8 and 6 of the top 13 from the state. If it all pans out, that would be a successful haul for head coach Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks.

Tennessee Volunteers

In-state commits: 3

Skinny: There are no two ways about it, the Vols did not do well in-state. Their top verbal is the No. 9-rated recruit in the state, although they are expected to pick up the No. 5 recruit as well. Still, it’s not a very good showing.

LSU, Georgia and South Carolina swooped in and grabbed 3 of the top 4 recruits in the state. Oregon got the other.

Texas A&M Aggies

In-state commits: 9

Skinny: Texas has 45 recruits who received a 4- or 5-star rating. Only Florida (46) had more among SEC states.

Jimbo Fisher is putting together a stellar class, ranked third in the nation behind Alabama and Georgia. The Aggies locked up the state’s top recruit, Kenyon Green, a 5-star offensive tackle. He’s one of 2 5-star recruits Texas A&M landed; the other was No. 4 DT DeMarvin Leal.

The Aggies landed 4 of the top 10 recruits. Texas and Oklahoma got 2 each while Ohio State picked up 5-star WR Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 overall recruit from the Lone Star State.

Vanderbilt Commodores

In-state commits: 2

Skinny: The Commodores were only able to land the No. 26 and 29 recruits from the state of Tennessee. Both are 3-stars. LSU, Georgia and South Carolina took 3 of the state’s top 4 recruits.