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SEC recruiting stranglehold on top prospects, classes looks to be loosening

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• SEC schools did much better at outside linebacker than an inside ’backer. League members signed five of the top 13 OLBs, but just one of the top 10 ILBs. Pac-12 schools signed three of the top seven ILBs, and Big Ten schools signed three of the top 10.

• SEC schools signed four of the top nine running backs and seven of the top 18 receivers. ACC schools signed four of the top 11 receivers.

• Quarterback recruiting was so-so in the SEC. SEC schools signed two of the top-five dual-threat quarterbacks and four of the top 12. Big 12 schools signed four of the top 11. When it came to pro-style quarterbacks, though, the SEC signed just one of the top 13 – and the Pac-12 signed five of the top eight and six of the top 10.

• SEC schools signed two of the top five tight ends; Big Ten schools signed five of the top nine.

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• Defensive end was a strong position group for SEC schools, with league members signing two of the top three, four of the top nine and six of the top 16. Big 12 schools signed four of the top 16.

• SEC schools signed the top two corners – but those were the only top-10 players at the position to choose SEC schools. ACC and Pac-12 schools each had three of the top 10, and USC signed two of the top four by itself.

• SEC schools signed two of the top eight safeties and six of the top 21. Pac-12 schools signed four of the top 13, and Texas signed three of the top six by itself.

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(You can follow Mike Huguenin on Twitter @MikeHuguenin)

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