National Signing Day was on Wednesday. The big college football recruiting holiday doesn’t have quite the same punch as it once day with the adoption of the December Early Signing Period, but it is still a big day on the off-season calendar.
With Signing Day finished, the major recruiting sites have released updated their class rankings. These are usually relatively close, especially with 247Sports utilizing the numbers from their industry rivals to make up the “composite rankings.” This year we have a split ranking at the top. All three major sites have different No. 1 programs.
Over at 247, Alabama finished with the No. 1 class. The Crimson Tide have 25 players committed to play, with four five-stars and a gaudy 15 four-stars. Nick Saban had a long stretch of annual No. 1 finishes until recently. Per at least one site, the Tide can claim to be back on top.
Rivals has Georgia at No. 1. The Dawgs also have 25 commits, with five five-star players, per the site’s rankings, and another 14 four-star players. Rivals has Alabama with the higher average ranking per player, but Georgia and Clemson’s fifth five-star players give them a slight rankings edge.
ESPN‘s recruiting rankings get somewhat overshadowed by the other networks that are more focused on the niche industry, but they are the other major site in play here. Clemson looked like it might go wire-to-wire as the top class in the country across the board. At ESPN, the Tigers are still on top.
Here’s the ESPN Top 10:
- Clemson Tigers
- Georgia Bulldogs
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- LSU Tigers
- Ohio State Buckeyes
- Texas A&M Aggies
- Auburn Tigers
- Florida Gators
- Texas Longhorns
- Oklahoma Sooners
Georgia finished No. 1 in the 247 composite recruiting rankings, followed by Alabama and Clemson. The rest of that Top 10 largely tracks with ESPN, though Tennessee snuck in ahead over Oklahoma for the final spot there. These all can, of course, still change with the few recruits that remain out there, but for the most part these classes are set.