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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Where do the SEC’s Best of the Best Come From, and is UK Recruiting There?

We’ve heard a lot about the recruiting success of Mark Stoops in just a few months on the job, and frankly, in the SEC, recruiting is everything.  But where exactly are the best talents coming from in the conference.  It is probably no surprise that southern state dominate the list, but do certain states do better than others?  Below are the 1st Team All-SEC Players from the previous 3 seasons (2012, 2011, and 2010).  And next to each player is his home state.  Below, you will find the combining of these numbers:

Quarterback: Johnny Manziel (TX), Tyler Wilson (AR), Cam Newton (GA)

Running Back: Eddie Lacy (LA), Mike Gillisee (FL), Trent Richardson (FL), Michael Dyer (AR), Marcus Lattimore (SC), Steven Ridley (MS)

Wide Reciever: Cobi Hamilton (TX), Jordan Matthews (AL), Rueben Randle (LA), Jarius Wright (AR), Alshon Jeffery (SC), Julio Jones (AL)

Tight End: Mychal Rivera (CA), Orsen Charles (FL), DJ Williams (AR)

Offensive Line: Luke Joeckel (TX), Jake Matthews (TX), Chance Warmack (GA), DJ Fluker (AL), Barrett Jones (TN), Cordy Glenn (GA), Alex Hurst (TN), Will Blackwell (LA), Derrick Sherrod (MS), Lee Ziemba (AR), Demarcus Love (TX), James Carpenter (GA)

Center: Barrett Jones (TN), William Vlachos (AL), Ryan Pugh (AL)

All-Purpose: Cordarelle Patterson (KS), Chris Rainey (FL), Randall Cobb (TN)

Defensive Line: Damontre Moore (TX), Sharrif Floyd (PA), Jadaveon Clowney (SC), Sam Montgomery (twice, SC), Jake Bequette (AR), Corey Lemonier (FL), Drake Nevis (LA), Cliff Matthews (SC), Devin Taylor (SC), Jerrell Powell (MS)

Linebacker: CJ Mosley (AL), Kevin Minter (GA), Jarvis Jones (twice, GA), Donta Hightower (twice, MS), Courtney Upshaw (AL), Chris White (MS), Chris Marve (TN), Jerry Franklin (AR)

Defensive Back: Dee Millner (AL), Matt Elam (FL), Eric Reid (LA), Jonathan Banks (MS), Bacari Rambo (GA), Mark Barron (AL), Tyrann Mathieu (LA), Morris Claiborne (twice, LA), Robert Lester (AL), Janoris Jenkins (FL), Casey Heyward (GA), Janzen Jackson (LA), Dre Kirkpatrick (AL)

Punter: Kyle Christy (IN), Steven Clark (MO), Drew Butler (GA)
Kicker: Caleb Sturgis (twice, FL), Josh Jasper (TN)
Return Specialist: Ace Sanders (FL), Joe Adams (AR), Trent Richardson (FL)

TOTAL PLAYERS BY STATE
Alabama: 11 players
Georgia: 9 players (10 total times)
Florida: 9 players (10 total times)
Louisiana: 8 players (9 total times)
Arkansas: 8 players
South Carolina: 6 players (7 total times)
Mississippi: 6 players (7 total times)
Tennessee: 6 players
Texas: 6 players
California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri: 1 player each

No surprise, but a strong showing by the southern states.  And with Texas A&M taking off, expect the Texas numbers to increase as well.  Unfortunately, the state of Ohio is not shown there, which is one state Kentucky is recruiting in heavily.  Now, they are also canvassing Florida very hard too, and there is no shortage of elite talent there.  But here is hoping the Ohio talent can also come through, breaking a trend of a lack of 1st-team talent out of that state.  Below are the recruits in the Classes of 2013 and 2014 and those recruits home states.

KENTUCKY COMMITS BY HOME STATE (CLASS OF 2013 AND 2014)
Florida: 14 players
Ohio: 12 players
Kentucky: 5 players
Texas: 4 players
Georgia: 2 players
Arizona, California, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, New York, Maryland: 1 player each

Article written by Bryan the Intern

13 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Where do the SEC’s Best of the Best Come From, and is UK Recruiting There?



  1. Grammar King
    9:12 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    I believe that, to a certain degree, the lack on Ohio recruits on this list can be attributed to OSU’s having previously gotten the top recruits from Ohio, and therefore they didn’t play in the SEC.



  2. YSR2KSR
    9:19 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    in breaking news…missouri jas left the sec



  3. Yep
    9:26 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    You need to get a map that shows Missouri highlighted. That’s uncool, dude.



  4. YSR2KSR
    9:33 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    and wvu has joined…



  5. Also..
    9:55 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Dante Hightower is from Tennessee. He’s the pride of Lewisburg.



  6. Just so you know..
    10:10 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Also…it’s a regional thing. The big 10 has most of Ohio’s top guys. If you break down the first team big ten selections…

    Ohio-6
    Mich-5
    Wisc-3
    PA,GA-2ea
    CA,MO,NE,NY,AZ,IN,LO-1ea.

    Makes Ohio look a bit better.



  7. Just so you know..
    10:11 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Forgot to say that was a list from 2012 only.



  8. A.J. Green
    10:41 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Ummmmm, i deserve to be on the WR list, I’m better than all those guys



  9. Chad
    11:19 am August 6, 2013 Permalink

    This is one of the most interesting articles I have read in a while. Nice article BTI.



  10. WhoDey
    12:14 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    @8 yes yes you are. And BTI it’s ORSON not ORSEN. Yeah. WHODEY!



  11. KSRgraduateschool
    12:17 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    BTI – I believe your missing the key take away here. UK doesnt have to compete against SEC schools when recruiting talent out of Ohio, they compete against the Big 10 (OSU), thus giving them a built in advantage north of the Mason-Dixon, namely the opportunity to play in the SEC not the Big 10.



  12. Well
    3:56 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    And the recruits that Stoops and Morrow pulled where guys they had been recruiting too Fl.St(Stoops) and Neb(Morrw). So after this next recruiting season you will see they will not get these higher caliber players from their. back to the nr and 3 star crew mark it down.



  13. BigBlue
    4:16 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    AJ green?