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Recruiting News: An update to an update!

By on April 30th, 2014 in Member Post 5 Comments »
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Have you ever had one of those moments you saw an opportunity or felt like you had some insight as to what was going on in whatever endeavor you were observing? Call it a “eureka moment”.  I think I have had one of those events… or maybe it was bumping my head when trying to climb into my car to go to work. Only time and some serious testing will be able to provide any conclusion.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about providing an update to Auburn Recruiting. Some of you liked that article and asked that I go farther and provide you an overview of National Recruiting. My data base of information can be found at ESPN. I figure they have about the best information available to show the trends that are affecting the game and eventually will affect the power structure of conferences. The two specific data bases I used were ESPN 300 and ESPN JC 50.  Remember, playing the game on the field is only half of the battle in today’s college football. The other battle that is equally as important is recruiting great players. I hope this provides you some insight.

Also, it’s important to note that some numbers I reported earlier changed. I will try to capture these too.

The National Picture:

Obviously coaches and programs across the Nation don’t look at the game the same as we do here in the SEC. So hold on to your seats. I think we have Nick Saban to thank for that. And I mean that sincerely. Below is a power structure of how recruiting went this past year:

Power Conferences

ESPN 300

ESPN JC 50

Total

ACC

55

3

58

Big 10

34

3

37

Big 12

35

8

43

PAC 12

42

8

50

SEC

119

21

140

Totals

285

43

328

Yes. It’s a staggering statistic. If these players can do what ESPN say’s they are capable of – can you think of the possibilities? The SEC has nearly three times the number of quality players. So there shouldn’t be any excuses for the SEC for some time to come.

Regardless of the outcome, I would like to use these statistics and offer up the following predictions:

ACC:

ACC

ESPN 300

ESPN JC 50

Total

FSU

13

2

15

Miami

11

1

12

Notre Dame

10

0

10

Clemson

5

0

5

In these numbers I included Notre Dame. I don’t think they are counted in the ACC for football. Regardless, it’s obvious to me the power broker in this conference will continue to be FSU. The challenger you might think will be Clemson … but not so.  If this past recruiting season is any indication of the future, Clemson’s rise will diminish. Sorry Dabo. I guess you will have to coach harder. No, the new challenger in this conference will be an old one… Miami. They were # 2 in recruiting in the ACC. But since I mentioned them, another potential contender will be Notre Dame, they came in at #3.

Big 10:

BIG 10

ESPN 300

ESPN JC 50

Total

Ohio State

10

 

10

Michigan

9

 

9

Penn State

4

1

5

What a pitiful showing for what once was a proud conference. That’s right. These guys apparently didn’t get Saban’s memo. Or maybe that’s why some of them left the SEC? It’s unbelievable when you consider all the hot air coming from that conference. Yes, I am speaking mainly of Urban Meyer. I am grabbing my chest as I write. And true to form and really no surprise, Ohio State is the premier program. But in the truest form of détente, Michigan is right there too. That will continue to be the power teams in this conference in that order.  But don’t look now… rising out of the cellar is an old perennial power… PSU. Way to go Jim Franklin. That program will be back where it should be if you have anything to do with it. I always liked that guy. He will represent the SEC well.

BIG 12:

BIG 12

ESPN 300

ESPN JC 50

Total

Oklahoma

9

1

10

Texas

8

 

8

Baylor

4

1

5

Oklahoma State

4

1

5

West Virginia

5

 

5

I also have to admit there is a lot of hot air coming from this conference too. No disrespect intended for Bob Stoops… especially after he manhandled bama in the bowl game last year. I am not so sure it was him or bama just being typical bama.  Can’t play for a championship so they quit!  Anyway, it should come as no surprise that Oklahoma is the big dog on the street. It’s hard to believe the power shift in this conference. Pay attention bama.  It used to belong to Texas. Now Texas couldn’t even compete with Texas A&M. Speaking of which Texas is next in the conference hierarchy but remember they have a new coach. I don’t expect anything from Charlie Strong for another year or two.  And then it gets weird. Baylor, Oklahoma State and West Virginia are vying for third. I think this will be a fun conference to watch this season but I expect no surprises.

PAC 12:

PAC 12

ESPN 300

ESPN JC 50

Total

ASU

6

5

11

USC

9

1

10

Stanford

7

 

7

Oregon

5

1

6

Probably the most surprising development is the downgrading of the PAC 12. It’s unbelievable really. Power schools are basically diminishing. Specifically Oregon. I guess that’s what happens when you lose a coach like Chip Kelly. The big leader in this year’s recruiting season and possibly predicting the future of the PAC 12 is believe it or not Arizona State. Right behind them is an old adversary that has ties to our cousins up the road… USC. Stanford comes in a distant third but they have a proven coach. Rounding out at a distant fourth is Arizona, UCLA and Oregon.

SEC:

SEC

ESPN 300

ESPN JC 50

Total

Alabama

19

3

22

LSU

16

0

16

Auburn

12

3

15

Tennessee

11

4

15

Again, I can’t say how surprised I was when the numbers came out the way that they did. The SEC will dominate in the future if they are correct. It will remain the premier conference for some time to come. Again, the author of recruiting 101 is Nick Saban. And bama comes in at #1.  Right behind them is LSU and then Auburn and Tennessee. But with Tennessee I am still not sure how they recruited 35 kids. Accordingly I don’t think that will show immediate results.

But as for predictions… I think the conference will be controlled by the big three. And I think it will come down to who has the best QB. I will let you fill in the blank. Because if I write what I am thinking, I might spin right out of my seat! But look for the SEC to be competitive. UGA, UF and A&M are right there knocking on the door. We live in a tough, tough conference.

And like I said or have insinuated before, Gus did get the memo. Right now Auburn recruiting is on fire. Yes, bama is projected #1 at the moment but out of nowhere Auburn has moved to #3 in Scouts for the 2015 recruiting season. Why? I believe it’s all because of the separate recruiting staff. It really is that important. I look for Gus to beat Nick at his own game before it’s all over. Right now 2015 is a long way off.   But the Auburn family has to be happy with how things are progressing on the Plains.

As always when I put myself out there I hope I used the proper information but ultimately I hope you have enjoyed reading this report. It’s hard not to be excited about the good news at Auburn. AuThings are looking up!!!

WDE

5 Comments

  1. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Thanks for an informative and enjoyable report. Just proves a point, i.e.,

    IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    No doubt it’s hard not to be excited about all the new recruits. I saw yesterday that Auburn is ranked No. 2 so far for 2015. Appreciate the analysis. Enjoyed reading your report.

  3. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Recruiting 5 star players and making them winners and team players are two different things. My money is on Gus to do the latter,.
    Satan has relied on the former for too long and his coaching is lacking compared to our staff.
    For proof of my theory I reference the last second ot the Iron bowl last year.

  4. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    One reason UCLA is way down on your recruiting list from last cycle is because they have an extraordinarily large returning contingent this season. Lots of returning experience, and Senior leadership.

    If things turn out as I think they will, UCLA wins the PAC12 title, and their recruiting goes ballistic next February.

    Really good post, keep ‘em coming.

  5. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Good info in there. IF Malzahn can even come close to duplicating last season, look for Auburn fortunes to skyrocket.