2013 National Signing Day? Try 2013 National SEC dayPublished 4:28pm Friday, February 8, 2013
Before you get too carried away with the process, let me remind everyone one specific element to recruiting: not one of these kids have played a down of college football.
Wednesday began the official signing period, which continues through April 1.
I hate to break this news to the die-hard and honks out there, but there are no mythical recruiting champions.
Every recruiting site has its own ranking criteria.
This is a great game to play, but the numbers will change, and when fall camps open, some of these kids will no longer be in the picture.
Remember, signing a kid is one thing, keeping him eligible or out of trouble are the x-factors every program deals with each year.
The worst period of the off-season for college football begins the day after spring practices conclude.
I am not trying to set anyone up for failure, but this is the cold, hard truth and the realities we face today.
As I mentioned in my previous column, there are various recruiting sites that consider themselves the final word when it comes to college football.
Every year we are entertained by the ESPNU crew of Rece Davis and Tom Luginbill with their blinders-on approach to all things SEC.
They decided to take it a step further this year by bringing in two fired ex-SEC coaches.
Watching Gene Chizik and Derek Dooley squirm in their seats was almost as entertaining as watching the announcements from the recruits. Chizik and Dooley were a bad side-show.
Between the four commentators (and there were others), it sounded more like an SEC media day rather than a national recruiting show.
There were other announcements on the Fox Networks across the country, none of which could match the ESPNU- SEC love-fest.
The various national recruiting sites were almost just as bad, especially Scout and Rivals.
Both of these sites trended into what I considered regional-bias.
Their conflicting endings to the top classes in the nation only reinforced my opinion.
The top five are similar, but their rating systems are like night and day.
The Scout top five were Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Notre Dame and UCLA (Auburn 13th).
The Rivals top five were Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida and Michigan (Auburn 8th).
The most comprehensive and composite balanced site was 247sports.com
The top five classes were (signees in parentheses): Alabama (26), Ohio State (25), Notre Dame (24), Florida (27) and Michigan (27) (Auburn (23) 11th).
The actual signee numbers may vary a little, but that will be a fluid situation until the end of the signing period on April 1.
For the Southeastern Conference, it turned out to be a successful, if not banner, day for most of the teams.
Alabama reloaded with an abundance of blue-chip talent.
Auburn regrouped with some big names, and, at the same time, positions of need were addressed.
I will not go into the individual names, but just look no further than where the teams ended up.
With the exception of Kentucky and Missouri, every SEC team finished in the top 30 signing classes.
Remember, the SEC has a strict mandate on over signing, so teams with more than 25 signees reflect back filling from the 2012 year.
Here’s a look at where the SEC fell by the numbers:
No. 1 Alabama (26)
No. 6 Ole Miss (26)
No. 7 LSU (27)
No. 10 Texas A&M (32)
No. 11 Auburn (23)
No. 12 Georgia (32)
No. 21 South Carolina (21)
No. 22 Arkansas (23)
No. 24 Mississippi State (22)
No. 25 Tennessee (21)
No. 30 Vanderbilt (27)
No. 36 Kentucky (22)
No. 39 Missouri (20)
Meanwhile, Arkansas is waiting for five-star running back Alex Collins to fax in his LOI.
He signed it, but his mother grabbed the letter and ran off into the sunset.
Mom wants the kid to sign with Miami.
Here is my take on this: if a kid does all the work on the field and in the classroom, why take away his dream?
Chalk this one up to ‘selfish parents syndrome.’
Until next time …
Meyers is a columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.