Alabama, Florida, Georgia setting the pace

January, 20, 2012
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The ESPN recruiting team has updated its recruiting rankings, and Alabama remains atop the list nationally.

The top 5 is SEC-heavy, as Florida is No. 4 and Georgia No. 5.

The Crimson Tide have commitments from six of the top 31 players on the ESPNU 150 list. They lead the country with 12 commitments from ESPNU 150 players, which includes 15 four-star players and two five-star players.

Florida has eight ESPNU 150 prospects committed, while Georgia has five.

Keep in mind that nothing's official until signing day on Feb. 1.

The Crimson Tide, Gators and Bulldogs are the only three SEC teams in the top 10. Texas A&M was previously No. 9, but tumbled in these latest rankings to No. 12.

South Carolina is No. 14 and making a push for its third top 15 class in the past four years.

Auburn is No. 15, followed by LSU at No. 16, Tennessee at No. 20, and Vanderbilt at No. 23. James Franklin has four four-star prospects committed in what would be the highest rated signing class in Vanderbilt history.

Missouri and Arkansas are among the five teams listed as being "On the Cusp."

So, if you were using these rankings to get a read on how the SEC stacks up going into signing day, the pecking order would look something like this:
  • 1. Alabama
  • 2. Florida
  • 3. Georgia
  • 4. Texas A&M
  • 5. South Carolina
  • 6. Auburn
  • 7. LSU
  • 8. Tennessee
  • 9. Vanderbilt
  • 10. Missouri
  • 11. Arkansas

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