by Josh Wilson
National Signing Day has come and gone and a few things are easy to see. First and foremost, I already miss football. Since the founding of 4FanSports we have gotten a chance to see different sides of sports. Never before have I been this involved in recruiting (specifically football). But under the surface of signing day comes the question: who won the recruiting battle?
Quick answer: Alabama. Much like everything else in the world of college football the Tide rolled. Nick Saban recruited the number one class in the nation yet again. (But really how hard is it to say “Want to win a championship?” I mean honestly at this point I think Saban might just stand outside a recruit’s house and say, “Ya coming?”) The more drawn out answer: the SEC. We here at 4FanSports have been occasionally called SEC homers to which I reply, “yeah and?” But cold hard fact #1: The SEC has 6 of the top 10 recruiting classes this year according to ESPN. Cold hard fact #2: Those guys signing LOIs yesterday, were in 5th grade the last time an SEC team didn’t win the National Championship (I’m getting old and at the rate Alabama is going we may raise a generation who didn’t know it was possible for the SEC to not produce a champion).
Alabama coming up with the number 1 class is no surprise. Florida at number 2, again no surprise. The surprise lies with number 5. Ole Miss stood at 12 before Feb. 6 then, in the early hours of the morning Hugh Freeze got a fax from Robert Nkediche. Nkemdiche, the number one player in the class of 2013, is a game changer for Ole Miss. But the day wasn’t done for the Rebels. They signed Offensive Tackle Laremy Tunsil and 5 star Safety Tony Conner to join 5 star WR Laquan Treadwell. All 4 will likely make an impact immediately making Ole Miss an SEC competitor.
Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia all names at the top of the SEC but they weren’t the only ones getting better. Up and coming Vanderbilt signed a Top 25 class as did Auburn, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Kentucky, under the new leadership of Mark Stoops, is looking to crack the Top 25 with some post signing day surprises. The Cats signed 8 recruits ranked 4 stars by at least one recruiting service (in the last 3 seasons before this year combined Kentucky only signed 8 4 star players).
Post signing day the early and clear leaders were once again are the SEC. The 2013 season is already being highly anticipated by SEC fans. Alabama (who may never lose a championship again under Saban) will undoubtedly be strong. Ole Miss added players to a system that at times looked great. Texas A&M returns Heisman winner Johnny Manziel FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. Florida and South Carolina added to already stellar defenses. One things is for certain, in the end the real signing day winners. are us.