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SEC Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

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Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the SEC consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned:

Roll Tide, Roll

According to the 247Sports composite rankings, there were a total of 33 five-star recruits in the entire 2014 class and 35 in the '15 class. Alabama has signed six five-star recruits in each of the last two classes. For 2015, the ACC as a league signed seven five-stars and the Pac-12 signed eight. Bama alone signed four more five-star prospects than the entire Big Ten (1) and Big 12 (1) combined this cycle.

S-E-C dominance

Of those 68 five-star recruits entering college football over the last two cycles, the SEC has signed 37. That’s six more than the other four power conferences combined. The ACC is second with 12 five-star signees over the last two years. The Pac-12 has 11, the Big Ten has five and the Big 12 is last with just three five-star signatures the last two years. The SEC placed 12 teams in the consensus Top 25 classes.

Old recruiting power

Butch Jones and the Vols landed their second consecutive top-five class this cycle — the first time that has happened in school history. Not since 2010 (9th) had Tennessee posted a top-10 class and not since 2007 (3rd) had the Vols landed in the top five. Now, in Jones’ first two full cycles, he’s done it twice. The average national ranking for the Vols the three years prior to Jones taking over full time was 17.

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Closing strong

Jim McElwain took over the job at Florida with a recruiting class with less than 10 commitments and ranked dead last in the SEC. After a big National Signing Day with a pair of five- and four-star signees, the Gators snuck into the Top 25 and jumped four teams in the league to finish 10th in the SEC.

Starkville, Miss.

According to Rivals.com (and including Texas A&M and Missouri), the ’15 class is Dan Mullen’s best at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have finished better than 11th in the SEC only once under Mullen and that was 10th in 2012. Finishing seventh in the league, ahead of teams that normally recruit at a higher level — like Florida, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Arkansas — is a huge statement for HailState.

Expectations still high

According to 247Sports, LSU signed another top-five class. In fact, it marks the sixth time in seven years Les Miles has landed a class ranked in the top seven nationally, giving LSU one of the best rosters of talent in the nation. Yet, LSU has gone from first to fifth in the SEC West over the last four seasons. With another elite class of players, Miles once again must manage the usual high expectations in Baton Rouge.

 

 

 

Total

5-Star

4-Star

Nat'l Avg

247

Rivals

Scout

ESPN

1.

Alabama

24

6

14

1.5

1

2

2

1

2.

Tennessee

29

1

15

4.5

4

5

4

5

3.

Auburn

27

1

19

6.3

9

6

3

7

4.

Georgia

28

2

11

7.5

10

7

5

8

5.

LSU

25

2

11

8.8

5

8

12

10

6.

Texas A&M

25

3

11

11

12

10

10

12

7.

Mississippi St

28

0

7

17

18

16

18

16

8.

Ole Miss

22

0

7

18.3

17

21

16

19

9.

South Carolina

30

0

10

19.8

19

19

20

21

10.

Florida

21

2

3

23.3

21

23

29

20

11.

Arkansas

21

0

7

23.3

24

25

22

22

12.

Missouri

23

1

2

24

25

27

26

18

13.

Mississippi St

21

0

2

40.3

39

35

44

43

14.

Vanderbilt

18

0

3

52.8

47

48

72

44