Kentucky is consistently recruiting about two levels above the rest of the SEC

John Calipari - photo by Walter Cornett
John Calipari – photo by Walter Cornett

What’s amazing about this list of the top 25 recruits to sign with SEC programs since 2000 isn’t that 15 of the 25 are players. It’s that all 15 were enrolled by John Calipari, who didn’t get the Kentucky job until 2009. In other words, Calipari has out-recruited the entire rest of the SEC since 2000 even though the rest of the league has nine more years of recruiting classes under consideration here than Calipari.

That seems ridiculous.

And, frankly, the disparity would grow larger if the list expanded to 3o prospects. Or 40 prospects. Because alums like James Young, Dakari Johnson, Archie Miller, and just barely missed the top 25 and would certainly make the top 40. Bottom line, when analysts suggest is consistently recruiting about two levels above the rest of the SEC, they aren’t lying.

The list below serves as proof.

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