When it comes to football in the South, the SEC reigns supreme, while the ACC is relegated to the third row seat in a 1980′s station wagon. It’s been that way for years, and even after the ACC tried to flex some muscle in recruiting Miami and Virginia Tech to their league, the SEC decided to take their play into another stratosphere.
SEC teams lean on the heavy weight the conference as a whole pulls as essentially being the NFL’s minor league, handpicking the top recruits in the nation each and every year.
Despite the fact that the 2013 recruiting season has brought much of the same results, the ACC is hot on the trail of several of the nation’s top recruits, all of whom are currently weighing their options between the big boys of the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Recruiting Analyst Gerry Hamilton of 247Sports has broken down key SEC vs. ACC battles as we head into the home stretch.
Montravius Adams, Defensive Tackle – Vienna, GA
Battle: Clemson vs Georgia
Rank: No. 2 DT, No. 10 overall
Alex Collins, Running Back – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Battle: Miami vs Arkansas
Rank: No. 1 RB, No. 17 overall
Carl Lawson, Weak-Side Defensive End – Alpharetta, GA
Battle: Clemson vs Tennessee/Auburn
Rank: No. 1 WDE, No. 24 overall
MacKensie Alexander, Cornerback – Immokalee, FL
Battle: Clemson vs Mississippi State
Rank: No. 4 CB, No. 34 overall
Asiantii Woulard, Quarterback – Winter Park, FL
Battle: Clemson vs Kentucky
Rank: No. 2 Dual-threat QB
MarQuez North, Wide Receiver – Charlotte, NC
Battle: North Carolina vs Tennessee
Rank: No. 18 WR, No. 155 overall
Prediction: North Carolina
Eddie Jackson, Athlete – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Battle: Florida State vs Alabama
Rank: No. 5 Athlete, No. 157 overall
James Clark, Wide Receiver – New Smyrna Beach, FL
Battle: Clemson vs Florida
Rank: No. 25 Wide Receiver, No. 174 overall
Yannick Ngakoue, Linebacker – Washington, D.C.
Battle: Maryland vs South Carolina
Rank: No. 12 Inside Linebacker
Kermit Whitfield, Wide Receiver – Orlando, FL
Battle: Florida State vs Florida
Rank: No. 36 WR
Prediction: Florida State