Most teams have solidified the bulk of their recruiting classes, and as the final faxes roll in, we’ve taken a look at the best classes in the best conference in college football. With no more major surprises expected, here’s a look at OKTC’s final 2012 SEC recruiting rankings.
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**Tomorrow on OKTC, look for full SEC position-by-position breakdowns, as well.
1. Alabama – The Tide have signed a near-consensus national No. 1 class this year. You know things are rolling when you simply don’t have room for guys like Kwon Alexander and Justin Taylor.
2. Florida – The Gators closed with a flurry and cashed in on a lot of local prospects, stealing Dante Fowler from rival Florida State today.
3. Georgia – Georgia reeled in an amazing class full of stars. Being third on this list is no shame – in other years, this class may have been at the top.
4. LSU – It was a “down” year for LSU. Given that this is still a top 10 national class, that’s a relative term, of course.
5. Texas A&M – The Aggies will fit right in with their new brothers in the West if they continue to recruit at this level.
6. South Carolina – Headliners and quality depth make up this class in Columbia. Talent abounds at many positions.
7. Auburn – Auburn’s recruited well over the past two years, and this class meets a lot of needs, but Signing Day was a bit of a disappointment for AU until Avery Young pledged to the Tigers. Still, the class leaves a bit to be desired.
8. Tennessee – Overall, this group sort of has a “win some, lose some” feel to it. The Vols couldn’t hang on to some commitments but also landed a surprise or two. Given the amount of turnover and other issues around the program right now, this was a ceiling for this class.
9. Mississippi State – A solid DL class helps keep State afloat this year. It’s a solid set of players, but you have to be more than slightly above average to find yourself on the top half of this list.
10. Arkansas – See Mississippi State. It’s a group you can win with, but it lags behind its competition significantly.
11. Vanderbilt – That Vanderbilt is anywhere other than #14 on this list tells you everything you need to know about the job James Franklin is doing in Music City.
12. Missouri – Dorial Green-Beckham – the biggest fish in the sea – jumped into the boat this morning. With the rest of this class, though, there’s no need for Gary Pinkel to need a bigger boat.
13. Kentucky – Justin Taylor was a nice pick-up today, but trending behind most of the conference means more of the same for Big Blue.
14. Ole Miss – Huge Freeze needs a full year to get things rolling on the recruiting trail. Ed Orgeron ain’t walking back through that door, folks.