Winning the home state and recruiting a region well is always the primary goal of head coaches in the B1G. And, if you can snag a few quality from recruits from outside the Midwest, it’s an added bonus.

B1G coaches were able to step outside the region this recruiting season, poaching some quality talent out of SEC country, primarily Georgia, Florida and Kentucky. It really added a nice flavor to the incoming classes.

So, with National Signing Day coming to an end, we’ve decided to look at some of the highest-rated players that B1G teams stole from SEC country. There are some quality athletes in the mix.

We did throw in a few rules:

  1. Since IMG Academy welcomes players from all across the country, those players were omitted.
  2. Missouri is technically an SEC state with Mizzou in the conference, but St. Louis has been a hot spot for the B1G for years, so players from the area were also omitted.

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the players B1G teams poached from the SEC:

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OC Harry Miller, No. 30 overall

Committed to: Ohio State

Hometown: Buford, Georgia

The second-best center and the No. 6 player from Georgia, Miller chose the Buckeyes over offers from 12 other SEC programs, including UGA. He’ll likely vie for a spot on the offensive line early in his career for one of the highest-powered units in the country.

DE Chris Hinton, No. 31 overall

Committed to: Michigan

Hometown: Norcross, Georgia

Hinton was the No. 4 defensive end in the class and chose to play for Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Don Brown, who’s coached some really good linemen since arriving in Ann Arbor. Hinton had nearly two dozen offers.

APB Wandale Robinson, No. 87 overall

Committed to: Nebraska

Hometown: Frankfort, Kentucky

Absolutely heartbreaking for Kentucky. Robinson was committed to the Wildcats before flipping to Nebraska. He could’ve been a program-changer at UK, but instead he’ll be helping the Huskers chase B1G West titles.

OT Trente Jones, No. 108 overall

Committed to: Michigan

Hometown: Loganville, Georgia

The Under Armour All-American selection received plenty of interest from both B1G and SEC programs, but ultimately settled on Michigan. Listed just outside the top 100 prospects in the 2019 class, Jones would’ve been a nice addition to several SEC rosters.

WR John Dunmore, No. 120 overall

Committed to: Penn State

Hometown: Hollywood, Florida

The No. 20 wide receiver in the 2019 class, Dunmore passed on offers from 10 SEC programs to join James Franklin and Co. in Happy Valley. Penn State likes to spread the football around to its playmakers, meaning he’ll get plenty of touches in a Nittany Lion uniform over the next few years.

CB Jalen Perry, No. 200 overall

Committed to: Michigan

Hometown: Dacula, Georgia

Another Georgia native is headed to Ann Arbor. The Bulldogs suffered a bit of a gut-punch when Perry decommitted from UGA and the Wolverines were able to swoop in and pick up an athletic defensive back. He seemed to be in love with Michigan after taking his official visit in October.

WR Milton Wright, No. 204 overall

Committed to: Purdue

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Jeff Brohm’s hometown isn’t necessarily considered SEC country, but with Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina all making offers to Wright, his name is worth adding to the list. In Purdue’s pass-heavy, receiver-friendly offense, Wright will have the opportunity to post some big numbers in West Lafayette.

LB Anthony Solomon, No. 223

Committed to: Michigan

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Solomon is another big-time player to receive 10 offers from SEC programs, but the No. 33 player out of Florida will be joining the Wolverines. Considering the success and recognition Michigan’s linebackers have received over the years, this was a solid choice for Solomon.

ATH Steele Chambers, No. 231 overall

Committed to: Ohio State

Hometown: Roswell, Georgia

There’s no question that Steele Chambers is one of the best names of the 2019 recruiting class. And now, B1G and Ohio State fans will have the privilege of watching him in the Midwest. It’ll be interesting to see how the 11th-ranked athlete carves out a role for himself in Columbus.

QB Lance LeGendre, No. 279 overall

Committed to: Maryland

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Mike Locksley’s first recruiting class ended on a high note, stealing the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback from Florida State. No, the Seminoles aren’t from SEC country, but there are plenty of teams in the region that would’ve been happy to land such a talented signal-caller.