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- Aug 15, 2009
Georgia has had a top 3 class for the last 7 years. That has been the reason for them gradually distancing themselves. Alabama has been in the top five of the recruiting rankings perennially, finishing number one several times. They are our direct competition, both SEC-wise, and nationally. They were recruiting well before they won big, and then they've continued on recruiting at the highest levels once they began to win big. It is easy to see the rankings, the onfield results & the NFL Draft. For Tennessee, the issue is stepping up to that level of raw talent while competing against and winning against them. Our coach obviously recognizes this, and is clearly going after it. So far, his record with those two is 1-3. Talent has had a lot to do with that. As we get better talent we will likely win more games against them.I think you have the cart before the horse. I think those few programs are much more likely to have highly ranked classes because they've proven then can find and develop great talent and then win at a high level with them.