Football recruiting is as competitive as the game played on the field. Recruiting has become bigger and bigger in the digital age with sports sites building pages to follow top prospects.
The amount of money spent on recruiting varies from university to university. ESPN gathered data from every Division I school, except for private schools & Pennsylvania school (state law does not require public schools to disclose data), on how much money was spent the last two years on recruiting.
Since the data posted was only for Division I schools, there is no information for SWAC schools on this list. The three Division I schools from Mississippi (Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss) are included.
Ole Miss spent more on recruiting than either MSU or USM in the last two year. The Rebels spent $340,670 in 2010 and $495,233 in 2011.
Mississippi State was next on the list with $244,024 spent in 2010 and $306,469 spent in 2011. While Ole Miss spent $154,563 more from 2010 to 2011 while the Bulldogs spent just $62,445 more in the same time span.
Southern Miss spent much less on recruiting than either Ole Miss or Mississippi State. The Golden Eagles spent $157,227 in both 2010 and 2011.
Those numbers from all three schools might be misleading since there is no true formula for disclosing data. All three schools might have spent more money than reported depending on how they figure up recruiting expenditures.
So how does Mississippi’s three Division I school stack up to their competition. Here is the rundown of schools in the SEC and Conference USA and how much they spent on recruiting in the last two years.
Entering SEC on July 1, 2012
To see the full list of what the 99 out of 120 universities spent on recruiting for the last two years just click this link.