The best college football recruiting class by conference: SEC

Alabama's 2017 recruiting class featured four first-round picks in the 2020 NFL draft, including Jerry Jeudy (above), Tua Tagovailoa, Jedrick Wills Jr. and Henry Ruggs III. Phelan M. Ebenhack for ESPN

Amid conference realignment that is changing college football, we decided to rank the top 10 recruiting classes from 2010 to 2019 for each Power 5 conference.

We recently evaluated our recruiting class rankings, considering how player rankings translated into actual production and how well each class did in the win column over the course of four years.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have broken down the Big 12, the Pac-12 and the ACC. This time, we go through the SEC.

Over this span, the SEC accounted for eight No. 1-ranked classes and seven total national titles, indicating its prowess on the recruiting trail and ability to translate it into on-field production.

Of those impressive numbers, Alabama accounted for six of those top-ranked classes and five of those national championships, so it should be no surprise that it is well represented on this list.

A few other SEC powers were able to break up the Crimson Tide's dominance here. LSU, which won a national title, and Georgia, which signed a top-rated class and competed for the national title, are among the other programs also represented among the conference's best classes.

Here are the top 10 recruiting classes in the SEC over the past decade.