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Early signing period: A look at how the SEC schools fared overall and in their home states

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The inaugural early signing period ended Friday, and the vast majority of the truly elite recruits – the five-star prospects – already have made their college choice.

There are 28 five-star prospects nationally, and 22 have signed. Five schools signed multiple five-star players, led by six at Georgia. Clemson signed four, Penn State signed three and Ohio State and USC each reeled in two.

The conference breakdown: eight to the SEC, six to the ACC, five to the Big Ten, two to the Pac-12 and one to the Big 12.

There are 14 five-star prospects in the SEC geographic “footprint,” and 11 have signed. Six went to SEC schools (five to Georgia and one to LSU) and five signed with ACC schools.

RELATED: What happens when a school (as Georgia did) signs six 5-star prospects in one class

Here’s a state-by-state breakdown with the SEC footprint of what we will call top recruits” – four- and five-star prospects. (Keep in mind that recruit rankings still can change because of the various all-star games.)

Alabama

How many 5-star recruits: 0
How many four-star recruits: 10
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 4
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 4 (3 with Auburn, 1 with Alabama)

Arkansas

How many 5-star recruits: 0
How many four-star recruits: 2
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 0
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 1 (1 with Arkansas)

Florida

How many 5-star recruits: 6
How many four-star recruits: 59
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 17
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 14 (4 with Auburn, 3 with Florida, 3 with Georgia, 2 with Alabama, 1 with LSU, 1 with Ole Miss)

Georgia

How many 5-star recruits: 5
How many four-star recruits: 37
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 5
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 24 (10 with Georgia, 7 with Auburn, 3 with Florida, 3 with South Carolina, 1 with Alabama)

Kentucky

How many 5-star recruits: 0
How many four-star recruits: 3
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 2
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 0

Louisiana

How many 5-star recruits: 1
How many four-star recruits: 11
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 3
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 7 (6 with LSU, 1 with Mississippi State)

Mississippi

How many 5-star recruits: 0
How many four-star recruits: 3
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 0
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 2 (2 with Mississippi State)

Missouri

How many 5-star recruits: 0
How many four-star recruits: 6
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 2
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 0

South Carolina

How many 5-star recruits: 0
How many four-star recruits: 4
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 0
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 2 (1 with Georgia, 1 with South Carolina)

Tennessee

How many 5-star recruits: 1
How many four-star recruits: 10
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 0
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 8 (4 with Tennessee, 2 with Vanderbilt, 1 with Alabama, 1 with Georgia)

Texas

How many 5-star recruits: 1
How many four-star recruits: 43
How many ‘top’ recruits unsigned? 8
How many ‘top’ recruits signed with/committed to SEC schools? 12 (7 with Texas A&M, 2 with LSU, 1 with Arkansas, 1 with Vanderbilt, 1 with Alabama)

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And here’s a school-by-school look in the SEC:

Alabama: 14 signees, including one five-star recruit and 10 four-star prospects
Arkansas: 8 signees, including two four-star prospects
Auburn: 15 signees, including 11 four-star prospects
Florida: 13 signees, including seven four-star prospects
Georgia: 20 signees, including six five-star recruits and 12 four-star prospects
Kentucky: 20 signees, including two four-star prospects
LSU: 19 signees, including one five-star recruit and nine four-star prospects
Mississippi State: 15 signees, including four four-star prospects
Missouri: 16 signees
Ole Miss: 14 signees, including two four-star prospects
South Carolina: 19 signees, including four four-star prospects
Tennessee: 13 signees, including five four-star prospects
Texas A&M: 9 signees, including five four-star prospects
Vanderbilt: 16 signees, including three four-star prospects

(You can follow Mike Huguenin on Twitter @MikeHuguenin)

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