SEC at it again
Kevin Toliver
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 25, 2014
Chad Simmons

Alabama and LSU finished with the first and second recruiting classes in the country in 2014 and both are back in the top three in 2015. The SEC finished with six of the top nine classes in 2014, they have the top three over 11 months away from signing day 2015...

Another year, but the same teams are at the top of the list.

Taking an early look at the 2015 recruiting team rankings, you see Texas A&M at the top, LSU No. 2, and then Alabama third.

Expect to see those same schools at or near the top 11 months from now when the letters of intent are being signed and faxed to the schools.

The SEC is not going anywhere.

The schools in that conference have a deep and rich pool of talent to recruit from and it takes advantage of that.

Texas A&M finished with the No. 7 class in 2014, but the third best class in the SEC West behind the two schools it is currently leading in 2015.

Myles Garrett, Devante Noil, and Kyle Allne headlined their 2014 class and five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack is the leader in 2015. Mack is the only five-star commit today, but the Aggies have seven other commits, and six and four stars.

LSU's top guy is cornerback Kevin Toliver. The Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian five star has family in Louisiana and he grew up following the Tigers. Les Miles and company have a total of nine commits and five are from the Boot State.

Only 16 points separate Alabama from LSU and these two will battle to the end in recruiting. The Crimson Tide have seven commits and four different states are represented on that list. Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark safety Deionte Thompson and Prichard (Ala.) Vigor running back DeSherrius Flowers lead the class.

It doesn't stop there.

After West Virginia checks in at No. 4 in the team rankings, Georgia comes in at No. 5. Five-star athlete Terry Godwin is UGA's top commit. He is out of Hoganville (Ga.) Callaway and he could play both sides of the ball in Athens.

Texas is at No. 6 under new head coach Charlie Strong, then Arkansas rolls in at No. 7. That is the fifth school in the SEC.

The Razorbacks only have five commits, but no that list are three of the best in Arkansas led by defensive end Jamario Bell and the No. 1 center in the country Zach Rogers from Texas.

Another Big 12 school splits Arkansas and the No. 9-ranked Tennessee Volunteers. Butch Jones signed a top five class in 2014 and he hopes to repeat that in 2015.

The Vols again are off to a hot start with seven commits. Preston Williams is the top wide receiver in the country on Scout and he is committed to UT. Williams can go wherever he wants to go, he is that good.

Once all the LOIs were faxed in, the SEC finished with six of the top signing classes in the country in 2014. That was just about three weeks ago and he we are looking ahead; there again is six of the top nine schools in the team rankings playing football in the SEC.

The SEC has won seven of the last eight national titles and eight of the last 11. Winning starts with recruiting and it shows.

We may be almost a year away from signing day 2015, but many of the schools you see now in the top 10 will be there February 4 next year.

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