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Just like the final rankings after each season, the SEC will always have about half of the top teams in the final polls and recruiting rankings. By remaining in or around the top 20 in recruiting, we can and will make it to the top since the other "ingredients" are development, game day coaching, scheduling "breaks," the attitudes and character of the players, and favorable bounces during the games. We are still in the top half (or higher) in development and game day coaching, plus we have been pretty good a creating some of our non-scheduling breaks and favorable bounces. We have done an excellent job of getting high character kids too.
If you look at the difference in the average rankings of players in the top 20 or so classes, especially around 11-20, there is not much difference and that difference can easily be made up by coaching, development and high character kids. There will be surprise busts and booms within those recruit rankings (guys like Swearinger who play way above their ranking and guys like Brantley who disappoint significantly) since such evaluations are subjective. Plus, as we have seen over the past several years, a couple of elite players can make a big difference (Clowney, Manziel, Tebow, Lattimore, RG3, Trent/Ingram/Lacy, Cam, Harvin, etc.); so, if we can nab a "game changer" every few years, that would be a huge help.
So, yes, we can make it to the top of the mountain by recruiting like we are doing but it might be a little "easier" if we can step up recruiting just a little since, after all, we have been top-20 recruiting for quite a while.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
Listening to XM today, heard it mentioned a couple of time that the difference between # 5 class & the next 15 is maybe 3/4 players, for me that kinda works. It seems to me our coaches do a good job of identifying talent needed for a specific spot and more recently went after character prospects as well. I would love to have a top five class every year, like SOS said we are never going to out-recruit the big boys anually. As long as we are addressing our needs player/position wise w/ solid to better talent we will continue to move forward; I just don't get too caught up in numbers, Stanford's class will come in around 40 this signing period but they will be ranked in the top ten to start next year & more than likely wind up in the top ten when the season is over, numbers/schumbers.
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