Some people may argue, but recruiting is the life blood of any college football program.
A team needs talent to compete for championships.
Granted, not all so-called talent pans out for any particular program. However, I would like my chances better with more highly rated players than unranked players.
Of course, Alabama won their 4th straight recruiting national championship. Yes, they are all ranked an no awards are given out, but the schools are definitely ranked. Alabama at the top proves that recruiting does matter.
However, when you figure TCU can make a case for recruiting rankings not mattering because the Horn Toads just finished about the same place they are generally ranked at #37.
Recruiting also has it’s fans just like the NFL draft has it’s fans. They generally reside in the Southeast portion of the United States, but don’t be fooled, they reside on the West Coast also and in Michigan or Ohio. These guys want their respective schools to finish at the top of the rankings in recruiting just as they want their schools finishing at the top of the standings in the season.
For those that care about recruiting and do think it matters, Alabama has won yet another one.
The Crimson Tide signed an incredible 3 5 star players and another incredible 20 4 star players. Top players in their recruiting class includes stars from California, Texas, Florida and several other states. They signed a top Quarterback out of California in Blake Barnett. Some have Barnett ranked as the best in the country.
Alabama just killed it in recruiting and we will see if that pays off with another national title for them.
Coming in at number 2 in the rankings, and I am using ESPN instead of Rivals or 247, would be the Florida State Seminoles for the second year in a row.
The Seminoles top player is George Campbell a 6-4, 190 Wide Receiver/Outside Linebacker prospect out of Tarpon Springs, Florida. He has the potential to be another Kelvin Benjamin type weapon for the Noles and was a 5 star recruit.
The other 5 stars for the Seminoles were top ranked safety out of Haines City, Florida, Derwin James. Plus 3rd ranked Defensive End Josh Sweat from Chesapeake, Virginia.
The Seminoles also signed 12 4 star recruits and may have taken steps to find another top Quarterback.
The University of Southern California Trojans are slowly working their way back to the limelight. 5 star Cornerback Iman Marshall led the way, but they also brought in 17 4 star recruits. 18 out of their 23 recruits are from the state of California. But, they brought in highly rated Offensive Tackle Chuma Edoga from Powder Springs, Georgia. Plus, top ranked Running Back Ronald Jones II from McKinney, Texas.
The Trojans also signed 2 top rated Quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Ricky Town, both home grown guys that can really fling the ball.
USC is off of NCAA sanctions, but still lacks a little depth.
At number 4 was a huge surprise with the Clemson Tigers putting on a show.
Clemson signed a 5 star Offensive Tackle out of Suwanee, Georgia. Then they signed 18 4 star recruits led by Wide Receiver Deon Cain, a 6-2, 190 Wide Receiver out of Tampa, Florida. The Tigers signed a boatload of top linemen on both sides of the ball and helped themselves out tremendously in the ACC future standings.
The Tennessee Volunteers continued their climb back to respectability with another top class finishing at #5.
Last year, the Vols signed 35 recruits and this season they brought in 29 players. This was an amazing class for Tennessee including Kahlil McKenzie from Concord, California who is the son of a former Vol legend.
With 18 4 star recruits and 10 3 star guys, Tennessee went a long way to fixing some of the problems they have had in recent years. Watch out for the Volunteers, SEC fans.
Speaking of SEC, the bias continues as the Ohio State Buckeyes come in 6th with 27 recruits and 2 5stars. They had 3 5 stars, but one of them dropped down to a 4 star recently.
The Buckeyes top 2 recruits included super athlete Torrance Gibson a 6-5, 210 Quarterback from Plantation, Florida. If they keep Gibson at Quarterback he will have to wait his turn.
Justin Hilliard, from Cincinnati, is the top rated Outside Linebacker in the country. Jashon Cornell is a highly rated Defensive End from St Paul that was formerly a 5 star, but is now a 4 star. The Buckeyes landed 16 4 star recruits and another 8 3 stars.
The future continues to look bright for the Bucks and I would not be surprised at all if they repeated as national champs.
Currently in 7th in the ratings is Auburn. The Tigers have been moved up drastically after signing the countries top prospect in Byron Cowart from Seffner, Florida. Cowart is a 6-4, 260 Defensive End that is a monster. The Auburn Tigers also brought in5 star recruit Kerryon Johnson from Madison, Alabama. He is a super athlete that could play any number of positions on offense or defense.
They also brought in 16 4 star prospects. The Tigers especially helped their defense which has been a problem in recent years with several outstanding prospects. Plus, they added former Florida head coach and tremendous Defensive Coordinator, Will Muschamp.
The Georgia Bulldogs did very well for themselves and wound up ranked 8th. They landed one of the nation’s great Defensive Tackles in Trenton Thompson who is rated a 5 star.
The Bulldogs landed 17 4 stars and another 8 3 stars. Like Auburn, the Bulldogs added some talent to their defense. Four out of their top 6 recruits play in the Defensive Line.
In 9th place coming on strong is Texas. 18 4 stars led by super Outside Linebacker Malik Jefferson. They also signed the top Tight End in Devonaire Clarington from Miami, Florida.
The Longhorns filled a lot of needs. However, they still lack an elite Quarterback which has been a huge problem for them for years. They did add Kai Locksley a 4 star athlete from Baltimore who could play Quarterback, but he is very raw.
The Texas Longhorns also added 10 3 stars. They signed 10 prospects from outside the borders of Texas which has never happened before.
In the 10th spot lies the LSU Tigers. LSU always recruits well and this year is no different. They added 5 star Cornerback Kevin Toliver II from Jacksonville, Florida and 16 4 star recruits.
The Tigers added 3 more talented and big Running Backs Derrius Guice, Nick Brossette and David Ducre.
Among the Tigers 3 star recruits is Leonard Fournette’s brother, Lanard. The Tigers did improve their roster, but could have used a big time Quarterback.
The UCLA Bruins had a banner day bringing in several big name guys at the last moment and winding up 11th in the 2015 recruiting class. On Signing Day they added Texas Running Back Soso Jamabo, Georgia Outside Linebacker Raquan Smith, Connecticut Tight End Chris Clark, Oklahoma Offensive Guard Joshua Wariboko, Nevada Wide Receiver and the son of Snoop Dog, Cordell Broadus.
They had a pretty average recruiting class until today when they knocked it out of the park.
The Aggies of Texas A%M landed 5 star Defensive Tackle Daylon Mack today and already had 5 star Quarterback Kyler Murray. They added another 14 4 star prospects.
Notre Dame and Penn State finished 13th and 14th respectively.
Michigan and it’s new coach Jim Harbaugh finished 40. Look for them to be much better next season.
One can argue that these rankings are meaningless, but I can almost guarantee these schools will be among the ranked teams in the years to come.