8. OLE MISS
Average rank: 15th
The skinny: The Rebels have had two top-10 classes in the past five years, including the now-infamous group in 2013 that was eighth. There was also a fifth-place finish in 2016. The other three classes were 15th or lower, including No. 31 in 2017, when NCAA smoke really got thick.
4- and 5-star signees: 42, including 7 five-star prospects.
Current rank: 37th
9. SOUTH CAROLINA
Average rank: 20th
The skinny: Each of the past five classes was a top-25 group. But none ranked better than 16th. The past two were the lowest-ranked, at 25th in 2016 and 21st last year.
4- and 5-star signees: 33, including 0 five-star prospects.
Current rank: 18th
Average rank: 25th.
The skinny: Each of the past five classes was in the top 30, with rankings ranging from 22nd through 29th. New coach Chad Morris is a former longtime Texas high school coach, and he and his staff need to make those connections pay off in recruiting.
4- and 5-star signees: 25, including 1 five-star prospect.
Current rank: 81st
11. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Average rank: 26th
The skinny: The 2015 group was 18th, the only class in the past five to finish in the top 20. The other four ranged from 24th to 35th.
4- and 5-star signees: 22, including 2 five-star prospects.
Current rank: 25th
Average rank: 32nd
The skinny: Each of the past five was in the top 40, and a 22nd-ranked class in 2014 was the most impressive. A top-25 class at UK in football is a big deal. The others ranged from 30th to 38th.
4- and 5-star signees: 19, including 0 five-star prospects.
Current rank: 29th
Average rank: 38th
The skinny: All five classes ranked in the top 45, including 25th in 2015. But that was an outlier of sorts; there were three that ranked 43rd and one that was 37th.
4- and 5-star signees: 11, including 1 five-star prospect.
Current rank: 43rd
Average rank: 48th
The skinny: Vanderbilt is the only SEC school to have had a class ranked outside the top 50 in the past five years – and there were two of them (2016 and ’17). There were two that ranked in the high 40s, while the other was a 26th-ranked class in 2013, which shows how good a recruiter James Franklin was with the Commodores.
4- and 5-star signees: 9, including 0 five-star prospects.
Current rank: 33rd
Here are the number of four- and five-star prospects in the past five recruiting classes from each state in the SEC footprint. Note that this is a total, not how many signed with SEC schools.
• Florida: 230
• Texas: 230
• Georgia: 140
• Louisiana: 73
• Alabama: 61
• Tennessee: 43
• Mississippi: 38
• South Carolina: 28
• Arkansas: 15
• Kentucky: 13
• Missouri: 12
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