Alabama and Auburn continue fight for SEC supremacy

Alabama and Auburn continue fight for SEC supremacy


AUBURN, Ala. (WATE) - Southeastern Conference rivals Alabama and Auburn have won the last two national championships. From the looks of their recruiting commitments, other teams may have a tough time unlocking their grip on the top.

As two teams from the same state, let alone the same conference, it's no surprise they competed head-to-head for top prospects, but that didn't seem to stop either team from getting their share.

One player both teams vied for was offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, from DeMatha High School in Maryland. Auburn may have ended up landing the Top 10 recruit. He told a national TV audience he was going with the Tigers, but he hasn't delivered a signed letter yet.

His brother, Arie, plays at Alabama and Cyrus had given the Crimson Tide a verbal commitment before declaring his choice of Auburn.

Gabe Wright, a top defensive line prospect who had shown interest in Tennessee, was for-sure Signing Day prize for Auburn Coach Gene Chizik.

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide by no means walked away empty-handed. Their roster was padded with 11 SuperPrep All-Americans and two Parade All-Americans.

In fact, ranks Alabama No. 1, getting the edge by one in the number of four- and five-star recruits. Auburn is ranked No. 3 behind Southern California.

Though it would seem the rich got richer on this National Signing Day, LSU and Georgia held their own. The both grabbed 13 four- and five-star recruits, one more than Tennessee.

One of Georgia's big commitments was running back Isaiah Crowell, of Columbus, Ga.

The Florida Gators were at a disadvantage this year after head coach Urban Meyer stepped down at the end of the 2010 season. But they were also out-recruited by their cross-state rival Florida State.

Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher delivered a Top 5 recruiting class, which includes running back James Wilder Jr., who is the son and namesake of a former NFL star, defensive back Karlos Williams, from Davenport, Fla.

New Gators head coach Will Muschamp had to scramble on lost time, much as Tennessee's Derek Dooley did last year.

And speaking of last year, if Tennessee fans were hoping NCAA sanctions would cripple Lane Kiffin's signing day success, their hopes were dashed.

Kiffin's current team, Southern California, scored a Top 10 recruiting class, despite the fact that the Trojans will be prevented from playing in a postseason bowl game in 2011 and were stripped of 30 scholarships, 10 per season, over three years.

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