Northern recruiting efforts could signal an end to the SEC reign

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The SEC has won the last couple BCS National Championships. By “couple” I obviously mean six. The last time a non-SEC school team won the championship, Vince Young still mattered. That same year, Michael Robinson was still a quarterback and Anthony Morelli was a fantastic prospect. My son who is in kindergarten hasn’t seen a team from outside of LA, FL or AL win a trophy. OK, you get the idea.

There is no shortage of reasons used to explain this southern dominance. Speed, elite coaching and tremendous recruiting have all been in their favor, as well as a bit of oversigning, some sub-par graduation rates and a few scandals sprinkled in.

Could times be “a-changin’?”

I don’t want to get ahead of myself and I have mentioned here that it is very early to be judging the 2013 recruiting classes. Still, it’s hard not to notice a change of momentum. Between Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and newly motivated Penn State, the shift in dominance may not be far away.

To combat the reasons given for the SEC’s run, each of those four teams have answered in their own ways. When the six-year run began, the SEC had elite coaches Urban Meyer, Nick Saban and Les Miles. They have since lost Urban Meyer to the north. Joining him are BCS Bowler Brian Kelly (ND), newly crowned BCS Bowl winner Brady Hoke (UM) and the Patriot’s offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien (PSU). O’Brien has some work to do to prove his coaching abilities up against the others, but with the potent Pats offense and recent Super Bowl appearance on his resume`, expectations are high.

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