5 Reasons SEC Football Will Dominate College Football Playoff Era – Bleacher Report

Talent trumps all in college football.

Above everything else, the biggest reason for the SEC’s dominance—and why the league will continue to thrive—is because the best prospects in the country flock to the conference in droves.

During the 2014 recruiting cycle, seven of the top-10 recruiting classes in the nation belonged to SEC programs, according to the 247Sports Composite. Of the 247Sports’ Top247 player rankings, 101 (or 41 percent) signed with SEC schools.

Last year wasn’t an outlier, either. It has been a systematic dominance in recruiting for years. In 2013, seven of the top-13 recruiting classes were from the SEC. In the 2015 cycle, eight of the top-12 teams in the current rankings hail from the SEC.

That’s scary for the rest of college football.

The Southeast is a veritable hotbed for talent, and with the conference now extended into the fertile grounds of Texas, there is no end in sight.

It is many prospects’ dream to play in the SEC. In the past, Texas owned its own state in recruiting, but A&M has taken over that spot recently. A big reason is the SEC brand.

Four-star defensive end James Lockhart is from Ennis, Texas, and the 247Sports Crystal Ball currently points toward the Aggies to land his services. Alabama also is on his list. He told 247’s Kevin Flaherty (subscription required):

“As a competitor, even if you aren’t a football player, but an athlete in any sport, why wouldn’t you want to compete against the best? The SEC players are bigger and stronger and faster. And if you’re trying to make it to the NFL, the SEC is the closest thing to Sunday nights, or Monday Night Football.”

Recent Auburn offensive line commit Tyler Carr summarized perfectly to SaturdayDownSouth.com’s Brian McLaughlin the feeling of youngsters growing up in SEC Country:

I’m from Alabama and we never really had professional ball to get excited about, you only grew up watching college football…” Carr said. “No one really cares much about the (Atlanta) Falcons around here. I mean, that’s just the way it is. It’s Auburn and it’s Alabama.”

SEC football is king.

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