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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky alums like James Young, Dakari Johnson, Archie Miller, Jamal Murray and Terrence Jones just barely missed the top 25 and would certainly make the top 40. Bottom line, when analysts suggest Kentucky is consistently recruiting about two levels above the rest of the SEC, they aren’t lying.
The list below serves as proof.