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Which states have best athletes?

Posted Sunday, March 16, 2008, at 10:45 PM

If all state universities in the Southeastern Conference were required to recruit high school athletes from within their respective states in football, men's and women's basketball and baseball for a period of five years, which universities would fare the best?

Which would come out worst?


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seedsower...LOL..for the longest time I thought LOL meant Lots Of Love..my son had to update me that it means Laugh out Loud..It is ok..You can clown with me anytime..

-- Posted by rebelrose on Wed, Mar 19, 2008, at 5:47 PM

Sorry rose. I am just clowning around. I have friends that know who I am and they love for me to say stuff that will get me chewed out by people. Trust me... nothing personal. I will leave you alone and clown around on someone else.... like Evil Monkey or darrick.

-- Posted by seedsower on Wed, Mar 19, 2008, at 4:52 PM

OK here is what I think. I know I am a woman and I do not follow Baseball unless it is our school and Basketball I always loved and still due North Carolina and I do follow football and I love to watch the Florida game and Tennessee and then Georgia and Tennessee . But from my heart I am a Carolina Blue fan and I enjoy Alamba. I know that North Carolina is not in the Southeastern Conf. I was just listing the one's I enjoyed to watch and liked BEST. So darrick_04 and seedsower please do not come back and yell at me. I hope someone will ask about NASCAR one day. Just wanted to say who I like. seesower...I know sometimes me and you do not see eye to eye about a certain thing and I am sure you know what I am talking about but I have to say I look forward eveyday what alot of you have to say and I enjoy reading it all. It is a high point of my life. Thanks everyone. I feel you all are friends in the computer world to me. I feel blessed.

-- Posted by rebelrose on Wed, Mar 19, 2008, at 1:36 PM

I guess I need to read closer also, TDC. I totally missed the SEC part of the blog also. I initially said Florida and Texas. I'll stick with that on a national level, but I'll agree with you on the SEC level. Florida and LSU.

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Tue, Mar 18, 2008, at 9:18 AM

Florida by a landslide. Way too much speed.

-- Posted by seedsower on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 4:56 PM

I just think Tennessee's high school football players are not SEC quality. Its obvious when you look at all the SEC team rosters. If you think the state of Tennessee has alot of SEC talent, then look at the VOLS roster. Besides the States of Louisiana, and Florida I would say Texas is next. They produce big time college talent. One poster talked about the city of Memphis and their basketball talent. Thats true Memphis does have good basketball talent. But the numbers are small compaired to entire states like La. and Fla.

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 4:14 PM

Tennessee produces quality men's and women's basketball players.

What are your thoughts on Tennessee high school football in general. Underrated, too often overlooked or inadequate to fill rosters?

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 4:04 PM

Yeah, I mean they have only won 2 National Titles in Football the last 5 years. Hey darrick I have an idea. Do a little research or maybe even read the whole post before you mouth off. You were just trying to be cute with me and it backfired.

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:40 PM

Wow! 2 in 5 years... Tell me more. LMFAO!

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:55 PM

Have a nice day... I didn't once speak, nor "try" to be cute.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:55 PM

LSU, while good, doesn't have the history or titles to prove that they have the best athletes. Have a nice day.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:30 PM

Yeah, I mean they have only won 2 National Titles in Football the last 5 years. Hey darrick I have an idea. Do a little research or maybe even read the whole post before you mouth off. You were just trying to be cute with me and it backfired.

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:40 PM

Might I add, Go Vols... Men and Women!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:38 PM

After you read the title of course. This is ridiculous and I don't even care which states would be the best, because the question is unrealistic, though highly thought-provoking...

LSU, while good, doesn't have the history or titles to prove that they have the best athletes. Have a nice day.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:30 PM

Thats the first sentence in the blog?

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:14 PM

If all state universities in the Southeastern Conference

What part of that dont you understand?

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:13 PM

And one more thing...North Carolina IS NOT IN THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE!!!

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:02 PM

What's the title of the blog again? The SEC isn't the only region where this question can be asked...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:10 PM

First of all LSU isn't a state, Lousianna is... Second: Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia have all had their fair share of talent... None of which supercede the other, all of which have been fun to watch.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 12:28 PM

And one more thing...North Carolina IS NOT IN THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE!!!

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:02 PM

This is LSU's roster with hometown of players. I DARE YOU to find ANY OTHER program with this much in state talent, except for Florida, who I already said is right there too.

Brandon LaFell WR 6-3 194 Jr. 1L Houston, Texas (Lamar HS)

2 Demetrius Byrd WR 6-2 195 Sr. 1L Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS/Pearl River CC)

3 Drew Alleman PK/P 6-0 172 Fr. HS Lafayette, La. (Acadiana HS)

3 Chad Jones S 6-3 222 So. 1L Baton Rouge, La. (Southern Lab HS)

4 Jai Eugene CB 5-11 184 So. 1L St. Rose, La. (Destrehan HS)

5 Chad Moody DB 5-10 187 Jr. SQ Baton Rouge, La. (University HS)

5 Keiland Williams RB 5-11 223 Jr. 2L Lafayette, La. (Hargrave Military Academy)

6 Colt David PK 5-9 175 Sr. 3L Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS)

8 Trindon Holliday WR 5-5 159 Jr. 2L Zachary, La. (Northeast HS)

10 Ricky Dixon WR 6-2 216 So. 1L LaPlace, La. (East St. John HS)

11 Ryan Perrilloux QB 6-3 222 Jr. 1L LaPlace, La. (East St. John HS)

11 Kelvin Sheppard LB 6-3 228 So. 1L Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson HS)

12 Jarrett Lee QB 6-2 190 Fr. RS Brenham, Texas (Brenham HS)

13 Ron Brooks DB 5-11 180 Fr. RS Irving, Texas (MacArthur HS)

13 Jordan Newell WR 5-10 175 Jr. TR Homer, La. (Claiborne Academy/Louisiana College)

14 Andrew Hatch QB 6-3 214 Jr. SQ Henderson, Nev. (Cimarron-Memorial HS/Harvard)

16 Rodney Scioueaux QB 6-4 225 So. HS McKinney, Texas (John Paul II HS)

17 Shomari Clemons LB 6-2 220 Fr. RS West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)

17 T.C. McCartney QB 6-3 202 Fr. RS Boulder, Colo. (Fairview HS)

18 Richard Dickson TE 6-3 237 Jr. 2L Ocean Springs, Miss. (Ocean Springs HS)

22 Jeremy Bunting WR 5-10 180 Sr. SQ Tioga, La. (Tioga HS)

22 Orlando Gunn CB 5-7 179 Fr. RS Harker Heights, Texas (Harker Heights HS)

23 Stefoin Francois S 6-1 200 Fr. RS Reserve, La. (East St. John HS)

24 Harry Coleman S 6-2 205 Jr. 2L Baldwin, La. (West St. Mary HS)

24 Patrick Lipoma RB 5-5 165 Jr. HS Prairieville, La. (Dutchtown HS)

25 Brady Glaser WR 5-11 191 Fr. RS Dry Creek, La. (East Beauregard HS)

25 Phelon Jones DB 5-11 195 Fr. RS Mobile, Ala. (McGill-Toolen HS)

26 Richard Murphy RB 6-1 198 So. 1L Rayville, La. (Rayville HS)

27 August Mangin FB 5-11 185 Jr. SQ Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)

27 Curtis Taylor S 6-3 204 Sr. 3L Franklinton, La. (Franklinton HS)

28 R.J. Jackson WR 6-0 209 Jr. 1L Houston, Texas (Westside HS)

28 Joe Maltempi DB 5-8 172 Jr. SQ Chester, Va. (Thomas Dale HS)

29 Chris Hawkins DB 6-1 181 Jr. 2L Walker, La. (Walker HS)

29 Quentin LeDay WR 6-1 187 Sr. SQ Opelousas, La. (Opelousas HS)

30 Josh Jasper PK/P 6-0 165 So. 1L Memphis, Tenn. (Ridgeway HS)

31 Josh Graham PK 5-11 185 Jr. SQ Covington, La. (Covington HS)

31 John Williams CB 5-11 175 Fr. RS Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)

32 Charles Scott RB 5-11 221 Jr. 2L Saline, La. (Jonesboro-Hodge HS)

33 Tyson Andrus DB 6-0 170 Jr. SQ Lafayette, La. (Northside HS/Ole Miss)

33 Adam McClure WR 6-1 190 So. SQ Baton Rouge, La. (Live Oak HS)

34 Stevan Ridley FB 5-11 209 Fr. RS Natchez, Miss. (Trinity Episcopal HS)

35 Chad Baniecki FB 6-1 223 Sr. SQ Seton, Ariz. (Seton HS/Mesa CC)

35 Darryl Hickman DB 5-9 157 Jr. HS Slidell, La. (Pope John Paul II HS)

36 David Impastato DB 6-0 200 Jr. HS River Ridge, La. (Holy Cross)

37 Paul Felio LB 6-0 221 Fr. RS League City, Texas (Felio HS)

37 Phillip Pigott RB 5-11 200 Sr. SQ Pearl River, La. (Pope John Paul HS/Mississippi College)

38 Brady Dalfrey P 6-0 207 Sr. SQ Carencro, La. (Carencro HS)

39 Andrew Crutchfield PK 6-1 190 So. 1L Concord, N.C. (Northwest Cabarrus HS)

40 Caleb Angelle TE 6-4 245 Sr. SQ Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)

41 Jordon Corbin TE 6-4 240 Fr. RS Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)

41 Tasmin Williams DB 5-9 175 Jr. HS Baton Rouge, La. (Woodlawn HS)

42 R.J. Gillen WR 6-0 187 Fr. RS Memphis, Tenn. (Christian Brothers HS)

42 Harry Jones DB 6-2 200 Sr. HS Houston, Texas (Jersey Village HS)

43 Blake Nichols RB 6-0 230 So. SQ Metairie, La. (Jesuit HS)

43 Lydell Smith LB 5-10 208 Fr. RS Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian)

44 Danny McCray S 6-1 205 Jr. 2L Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)

45 Quinn Johnson FB 6-2 238 Sr. 2L Edgard, La. (West St. John HS)

47 Tremaine Johnson DE 6-2 273 Sr. 3L Galena Park, Texas (Galena Park HS)

48 Darry Beckwith LB 6-1 232 Sr. 3L Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)

49 Kirston Pittman DE 6-4 254 Sr. 3L Garyville, La. (East St. John HS)

50 Joey Crappell SNP 6-2 214 Fr. RS Patterson, La. (Patterson HS)

51 Zach Midulla LB 5-11 200 So. SQ Brandon, Fla. (Plant HS)

52 Ace Foyil LB 6-3 229 Jr. SQ Madisonville, La. (Mandeville HS/Tulane)

53 T-Bob Hebert C 6-3 260 Fr. RS Norcross, Ga. (Greater Atlanta Christian HS)

53 Jonathan Nixon LB 6-0 218 So. SQ N. Little Rock, Ark. (N. Little Rock HS/Grambling)

54 Jacob Cutrera LB 6-4 227 Jr. 2L Lafayette, La. (Acadiana HS)

55 Kellen Theriot LB 6-1 225 Fr. HS Houston, Texas (Episcopal HS)

56 Perry Riley LB 6-1 220 Jr. 2L Ellenwood, Ga. (Stephenson HS)

57 Richard Dugas C 6-0 250 So. SQ Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X HS)

58 Dominique Ceasar LB 6-0 195 Jr. HS Topeka, Kan. (Shawnee Heights HS)

61 Trey Helms OL 6-4 261 Fr. RS Stuttgart, Ark. (Stuttgart HS)

63 Ryan Miller C 6-6 318 Sr. 2L Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS)

64 Matt Allen OL 6-3 285 So. SQ Spring, Texas (Collins HS)

65 Lyle Hitt OG 6-2 284 Jr. 1L Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)

66 Max Holmes OL 6-4 281 Jr. SQ Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)

68 Josh Dworaczyk OL 6-6 275 Fr. RS New Iberia, La. (Catholic-New Iberia HS)

70 Ciron Black OT 6-5 314 Jr. 2L Tyler, Texas (Robert E. Lee HS)

74 Brett Helms C 6-2 283 Sr. 3L Stuttgart, Ark. (Stuttgart HS)

76 Jarvis Jones OL 6-6 265 So. 1L Rosenburg, Texas (Lamar Consolidated HS)

77 Ernest McCoy OL 6-5 333 Fr. RS Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central HS)

78 Joseph Barksdale OL 6-6 315 So. 1L Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech HS)

79 Herman Johnson OL 6-7 351 Sr. 3L Olla, La. (Denton HS)

80 Terrance Toliver WR 6-5 180 So. 1L Hempstead, Texas (Hempstead HS)

83 Mitch Joseph TE 6-5 243 Fr. RS New Iberia, La. (Catholic-New Iberia HS)

84 Rahim Alem DE 6-3 252 Jr. 2L New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine HS)

84 Daniel Graff WR 6-0 181 So. SQ Metairie, La. (Rummell HS/New Orleans)

85 Alex Russian TE 6-4 230 Fr. RS Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS)

86 Chris Mitchell WR 6-0 176 Jr. 2L Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)

87 Jared Mitchell WR 5-11 192 Jr. 2L New Iberia, La. (Westgate HS)

88 Donald Hains DT 5-11 243 Sr. SQ Diamondhead, Miss. (Hancock HS)

88 Ian Harding WR 6-1 196 Fr. RS New Orleans, La. (Country Day HS)

90 Ricky Jean-Francois DT 6-3 281 Jr. 2L Miami, Fla. (Carol City HS)

91 Charles Alexander DT 6-3 294 Sr. 2L Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)

92 Drake Nevis DT 6-1 285 So. 1L Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)

93 Tyson Jackson DE 6-5 292 Sr. 3L Edgard, La. (West St. John HS)

94 Will Blackwell DE 6-4 293 Fr. RS West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)

95 Lazarius Levingston DE 6-4 258 So. 1L Ruston, La. (Ruston HS)

96 Kentravis Aubrey DT 6-3 285 Fr. RS Bastrop, La. (Bastrop HS)

97 Al Woods DT 6-4 314 Jr. 2L Elton, La. (Elton HS)

98 Sidell Corley DE 6-4 270 Fr. RS Mobile, Ala. (McGill-Toolen HS)

98 Trent Hebert PK 5-9 181 Fr. RS Cecilia, La. (Cecilia HS)

99 Marlon Favorite DT 6-1 295 Sr. 3L Harvey, La. (West Jefferson HS)

Chancey Aghayere DL 6-4 243 Fr. HS Garland, Texas (Garland HS)

Ryan Baker LB 6-0 210 Fr. HS Grand Ridge, Fla. (Blountstown HS)

DeAngelo Benton WR 6-3 205 Fr. HS Bastrop, La. (Hargrave Military)

Matt Branch TE 6-5 240 Fr. HS Monroe, La. (Sterlington HS)

Derrick Bryant DB 6-0 185 Fr. HS Lawrenceville, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)

Chase Clement DE 6-6 245 Fr. HS Thibodaux, La. (E.D. White HS)

Rockey Duplessis DB 6-1 185 Fr. HS Belle Chasse, La. (Belle Chasse HS)

Lavar Edwards DE 6-4 280 Fr. HS Gretna, La. (Desire Street Academy)

Tyler Edwards TE 6-3 240 Fr. HS Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish HS)

Cordian Hagans DL 6-5 290 Fr. HS Snellville, Ga. (Northview HS)

Karnell Hatcher DB 6-2 190 Fr. HS Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community HS)

Alex Hurst OL 6-5 290 Fr. HS Bartlett, Tenn. (Arlington HS)

Jordan Jefferson QB 6-4 210 Fr. HS St. Rose, La. (Destrehan HS)

Patrick Johnson DB 6-1 175 Fr. HS Pompano Beach, Fla. (Ely HS)

P.J. Lonergan OL 6-4 290 Fr. HS New Orleans, La. (Rummel HS)

Tim Molton WR 6-3 190 Fr. HS Montz, La. (Destrehan HS)

Thomas Parsons OL 6-5 272 Fr. HS Canyon Lake, Texas (Smithson Valley HS)

Deangelo Peterson WR 6-3 190 Fr. HS New Orleans, La. (Desire Street Academy)

Kyle Prater LB 6-1 210 Fr. HS Kerrville, Texas (Tivy HS)

Greg Shaw OL 6-5 285 Fr. HS Hialeah, Fla. (Edward Pace HS)

Clay Spencer OL 6-6 285 Fr. HS Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist)

Ryan St. Julien DB 6-1 170 Fr. HS St. Martinville, La. (Catholic-New Iberia HS)

Brandon Taylor DB 6-0 178 Fr. HS Franklinton, La. (Franklinton HS)

Jhyryn Taylor WR 6-1 180 Fr. HS Franklinton, La. (Franklinton HS)

Chris Tolliver WR 6-1 189 Fr. HS Rayville, La. (Rayville HS)

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 3:00 PM

which universities would fare the best?

Which would come out worst?

Maybe you need reading lessons.

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 2:54 PM

Florida, Georgia and Louisiana for football.

Tennessee and Kentucky for basketball (both men and women).

Alabama for baseball.

-- Posted by dooshie69 on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 2:27 PM

Florida and LSU would be best.

Tennessee and Kentucky would be worst.

-- Posted by tdc on Sun, Mar 16, 2008, at 10:53 PM

First of all LSU isn't a state, Lousianna is... Second: Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia have all had their fair share of talent... None of which supercede the other, all of which have been fun to watch.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 12:28 PM

Florida and Texas

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Mon, Mar 17, 2008, at 9:47 AM

OH MY I forgot about LSU. With only Tulane to compete with as far as major schools, they could possibly have the best advantage.

With Vandy's high acedemic reguirements, they would probably be less likely to get the best recruits unless they can make the grade.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Sun, Mar 16, 2008, at 11:19 PM

Wow Bo, this is a head scratcher!

I think that most feel that Florida has a large number of good athletes( at least it seems that a lot on every team is from Fla.) and if the rule was put in place it could be them. However, with having to compete with Miami and Fla. St for recruits, they might be at a disadvantage.

Since UT and Vandy, as well as Ala and Auburn & Ole Miss and Miss St, are both SEC schools in the same state that would probably split up the state talent too much. I think that the one per state schools would probably fair much better.

Kentucky has long been a Basketball school but in recent years the football teams have been getting better. With Spurrier at S.Car. I think he will draw a lot of football talent, just not sure how much of his are local players. Georgia also seems to be doing well in football and Men's Bball, I'm not sure of the women's teams or Baseball. While Ark is in the SEC, they are across the river and I still have a problem with them being in the SEC. I don't follow their teams as much as I do the others.

With the past year that UT has had( Baseball, Softball,Football, Lady Vols, and the current Basketball team), I think UT would have to stand out if looking into the most successful recruiting but not all of these are home grown. I also think that with the local fan base, UT might get the edge in who wants to attend the school if given the opportunity.

I have to admit that I don't know much about the talent anywhere in the SEC area except for the few we hear about on our Middle Tn teams. Also baseball doesn't get much coverage except on the local level.

SOOOO after all of this... I don't know but my heart goes with UT.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Sun, Mar 16, 2008, at 11:15 PM

Tough question. Florida has so many kids to choose from they would have to be the best. Alabama would be second.

No way Tennessee is the worst with four fairly large cities and Memphis being the hotbed of roundball talent. Arkansas or Mississippi would be the worst. They don't turn out horrible talent, but what they do produce, a decent amount can't get qualified for SEC competition.

-- Posted by Parker on Sun, Mar 16, 2008, at 11:12 PM

Florida and LSU would be best.

Tennessee and Kentucky would be worst.

-- Posted by tdc on Sun, Mar 16, 2008, at 10:53 PM


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