Daily Blog •March 19, 2013

My recruiting ratings differ from the other fine recruiting publications.  Mine take into account the strength of the Top 5 signees, the Top 10 signees and the average signing grade per player for the overall class. This list is not about the quantity of the recruits signed but the overall quality of the class.

Sometimes a team with a small class of just 15 players may rate higher than one with 30. A perfect example of this would be this year's USC class, which I rank #8 (at least 5 spots higher than any other publication). The Trojans signed just 12 players, but those 12 players are as good as any team's Top 12 and they also captured their 12th straight top class in the Pac-12 barely edging out cross-town rival UCLA!

This year's #1 class should come as no surprise as Alabama not only took home their 3rd National Title in 4 years on the field last year, but also topped my team recruiting rankings for the 3rd time in 5 years while signing their 6th straight top 5 class!

Texas has failed to live up to expectations on the field the last 3 years and after signing 14 straight Top 10 classes, they fell to #15 this year, but still had the top class in the Big 12 as I rated them higher than all other publications!

Obviously, recruiting rankings are a good tool to predict a team's future success, but are clearly just a part of a team's success. Great coaches like Gary Patterson of TCU, Bill Snyder of Kansas St and Chris Petersen of Boise St have all achieved multiple double digit win seasons in the last three years despite not signing a single Top 25 recruiting class!

2013 Team Recruiting Rankings

Rank Team # of VHT's #of HT's Top Signee
Alabama 20 5 PS#2 LB Reuben Foster
Ohio St 21 3 PS#4 WR Jalin Marshall
Notre Dame 22 3 PS#1 LB Jaylon Smith
Florida 23 7 PS#1 DB Vernon Hargreaves
Michigan 22 4 PS#2 RB Derrick Green
LSU 22 5 PS#2 OL Ethan Pocic
Mississippi 11 14 PS#1 DL Robert Nkemdiche
USC 13 0 PS#2 DB Su'a Cravens
Florida St 15 6 PS#3 LB Matthew Thomas
UCLA 20 3 PS#10 DB Priest Willis
Texas A&M 23 8 PS#1 WR Ricky Seals-Jones
Georgia 24 7 PS#7 JC Toby Johnson
Auburn 16 7 PS#2 DL Montravius Adams
Clemson 14 8 PS#8 DB Mackensie Alexander
Texas 13 1 PS#3 OL Kent Perkins
Miami, Fl 11 7 PS#2 JC Beau Sandland
Oklahoma 10 13 PS#7 RB Keith Ford
Washington 11 10 PS#13 WR Damore'ea Stringfellow
South Carolina 11 10 PS#5 LB Larenz Bryant
Oregon 12 6 PS#3 RB Thomas Tyner
Virginia Tech 5 16 PS#3 DB Kendall Fuller
Nebraska 13 13 PS#5 JC Randy Gregory
Mississippi St 8 11 PS#6 DL Chris Jones
Tennessee 9 11 PS#8 WR Marquez North
Vanderbilt 10 15 PS#30 LB Zach Cunningham