Oops, they did it again! The SEC proved once again that it is the best conference in college football, and it is only February.
No school has played a game since FSU beat Auburn for the national title. But beyond the gridiron the college football nation celebrated National Signing Day. How does the SEC celebrate such an event? By signing the best players from schools across the land and give them a chance to make an immediate impact in a conference that separates the men from the boys and makes superstars out of 17 and 18 year olds.
So much for missing momma when you are away from home. This isn’t recruiting like it used to be. This is not Bobby Bowden walking into your living room and promising momma that the boy would get a good education first and foremost. College football would come second.
Yea, right! Try hearing that from someone like Urban Meyer or Mike Gundy or even Nick Saban. This is college football – not underwater basket weaving and the grade curve begins at a B.
The way to continue to throw down the gauntlet and declare supremacy is to not take the foo off the throttle. Schools like Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Texas A&M know how to continue to apply the pressure. Teams like Tennessee, Kentucky and Ole Miss are learning how to recruit with the big boys and schools like Florida are hoping their look to the offensive line and speed positions will take a 4-8 team last season and make them an SEC Title contender.
The Gator Nation can hope, can’t it?
How dominate was this conference on Monday? Three teams ranked in the Top 5 and seven teams ranked in the Top 10. The final numbers were as followed, according to Rivals.com…
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- Texas A&M
And the battle goes one.
The ACC showed promise by placing four teams in the Top 15 – if you include Notre Dame in the mix. And we all know how much importance is placed on the SEC/ACC rivalry. Sorry boys, and I hate to admit it, the SEC still reigns supreme.
According to Rivals.com, it was Alabama, again – and then there was everyone else.
“Coach Nick Saban and his band of assistants had another tremendous run, landing six five-stars in this recruiting class, led by Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge Senior defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, the top-rated prospect by Rivals.com.”
The story (on rivals.com) commented that Alabama also signed the second- and fourth-best cornerbacks in the class, Marlon Humphrey and Tony Brown, respectively, the second-best athlete in Bo Scarbrough, the No. 1 offensive tackle Cameron Robinson and Auburn, Ala., prospect Rashaan Evans, the nation's top-rated outside linebacker.
In Alabama's last four Rivals.com national recruiting titles, it has landed 16 five-stars. Alabama's team point total of 3,263 is the most ever in the Rivals250 era, dating back to 2008.
It is going to take a lot of pressure from other teams in the SEC and around the country to unseat the Crimson Tide in their recruiting wars. They just keep doing it and doing it well.
Much the same like the SEC in its continued quest for national titles.
Right now, nobody does it better.