Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Conference recruiting scorecard
By Ted Miller
The SEC, as has become the pattern over the past decade, is ruling recruiting just as it has been ruling the national title hunt.
On national signing day eve, it has five of the top 10 teams in the ESPN recruiting rankings -- it's pretty much the same with the other recruiting services -- and even lower-tier SEC teams such as Ole Miss are getting into the act.
So where does the Pac-12 stand?
The Pac-12 is third, behind the SEC and Big Ten, when it comes to commitments from highly rated recruits, at least according to ESPN.com's recruiting commitment scorecard.
Here's the tally (keep in mind the SEC has 14 teams and the Big 12 has 10).
Conference -- ESPN 150 commitments
SEC -- 48
Big Ten -- 24
Pac-12 -- 18
ACC -- 16
Independents -- 9
Big 12 -- 9
Big East -- 2
Conference -- ESPN 300 commitments
SEC -- 94
Big Ten -- 44
Pac-12 -- 40
ACC -- 30
Big 12 -- 26
Independents -- 12
Big East -- 7
A lot can happen on signing day. It's possible that the Pac-12 could eclipse the Big Ten, and the ACC isn't too far behind the Pac-12 when it comes to the ESPN 150.
We shall see.