We’ve done this exercise for the past several years and it’s always interesting. Where did the players on the 2012 Associated Press All-SEC team rank as high school prospects by the ESPN recruiting folks? We’ll start with the offense and take a look at the defense later today. Notice that some of the most accomplished and decorated players on offense weren’t ESPN 150 members. That includes Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, as well as Barrett Jones, who won the Outland Trophy in 2011 and the Rimington Trophy in 2012. In fact, of the 12 first-team players on offense, eight were not ranked as ESPN 150 prospects. Here’s a look back:
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Now that we’ve examined where the offensive players on the 2012 Associated Press All-SEC team ranked as high school recruits, we look next at the defensive players. Whereas only four of the 12 offensive players (counting the all-purpose player) on this season's All-SEC team were ESPN 150 prospects, nine of the 11 defensive players made the ESPN 150 cut as high school recruits. Eight of the 11 were ranked among the top 10 prospects nationally at their position.
SEC blogger Chris Low chats it up with ESPN college football experts Ivan Maisel and Gene Wojciechowski about recruiting in the SEC, Tennessee's struggles and all of those underclassmen from the SEC who declared early for the NFL in this week's ESPNU College Football podcast.
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With one week to go before national signing day, the Alabama Crimson Tide are sitting pretty as they look to lock down the top spot in the 247Sports.com team composite rankings for the second straight year...