These Stats Show the SEC Dominates Another National Signing Day
College football seems to have reached a point in its existence where its the Southeastern Conference versus the rest of the country.
Real or perceived, that debate rages on even stronger this year as Alabama closes in on another national championship a year after winning an all-SEC title game. Those outside of the Southeast have argued against the conference for many years as schools battle for playoff spots, television dollars, and greater exposure.
Well, yesterday won't help the haters.
The first National Signing Day for the class of 2019 came and went on Wednesday and the results looked exactly like what we're accustomed to seeing on the field. There's no way to spin the SEC's dominance in recruiting. Seriously, pick any criteria and try to fashion the argument against the conference. It doesn't matter.
- Alabama finished with the top-ranked class once again and it could end up being one of the greatest of all-time by February.
- The SEC claimed every spot in the top four for the first time in recruiting history.
- The SEC had more top 20 classes (10) then all of the other Power 5 conferences combined (9).
- 42% of the top 100 players in the 247Sports Composite Rankings are headed to an SEC school.
- The SEC signed 14 total 5-star players. The rest of the the Power 5 schools signed just 10.
We could go on but the point has been made. Whether or not you believe the SEC is the premiere conference in college football or whether you just think it's overrated every year, it's only going to get worse.
As we prepare for a possible playoff expansion, it's hard to envision a scenario right now where the SEC wouldn't get at least two teams every year. Depending on selection criteria, that could even be three or four teams on a given year. That's not going to sit well with people that already suffer from SEC fatigue but that's the current state of affairs in college football.