My question to all the group is this based on the weaknesses of each team in the SEC which team appears to have helped themselves the most this year with the recruiting classes they brought in?
Just glancing over the teams and know what weaknesses each had some teams may have had very impressive recruiting classes as far as Rivals and Scout.com are concerned. When you look really close though who really helped themselves. The reason I ask this is I think about Southern Cal a couple years ago and they had 10 high school all-american's playing running back. So why would they keep recruiting more running backs? Look at their reciever play over the past few years and instead of trying to stockpile running backs they clearly could have used some better recievers. That is PAC-10 though and we are talking SEC.
Example. Tennessee had some of the worst QB play in the SEC last year and didn't bring in one QB of note in Kiffin's first recruiting class. In fact Tennessee lost the QB who had the most potential on the team whe BJ Coleman transferred to Chattanooga. So now they have Crompton returning to the starting lineup for his senior year, lost the somewhat promising Coleman, Nick Stephens is coming off of an injury, they recruited no one of note, and this next class is extremely thin at the QB position unless some kids at the high school level step up in their senior years. So while Tennessee may have had a top 10 class over all, and recruited 2 highly regaurded running backs is their team any better off than it was last year under Fulmer?
Some teams you don't even have to talk about like LSU and Florida when it comes to recruiting because they are always bringing in top 5 classes and they never run out of play makers they just reload already stacked lineups. Last year being an anominally for LSU who prior to the season was expecting to have an experienced senior QB in Perrilioux, but instead proved to not really have a fall back plan when he was dismissed from the team.
Some teams weaknesses from last year will be address from redshirt players also who get to step up this year and actually play. So what I am asking everyone is to think about their respective favorite team and where their trouble spots were last year and then answer the question that despite where the class may rank did your team address areas of need or did they grab highly regarded players at positions of strength already, or did they just randomly grab players with no method to their madness. Then based on this what teams helped themselves to actually improve.
Sorry Florida fans the only way you guys are going to improve is if you quit the NCAA and join the NFL and win the Super Bowl, but your opinions are still valued and wants. Chime in everyone.