Why does Oregon football roll out new uniforms seemingly every week? Because young football recruits love them. According to a new poll of 100 uncommitted Division I recruits conducted by Pick Six Previews, the Ducks have by far the most popular set of uniforms in college football. The recruits were asked to pick their favorite and least favorite threads in the sport, and 60 of the 100 players went with the Ducks.
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Oregon was followed by a number of schools who have followed in their footsteps with flashy uniforms, including Baylor, TCU, Arizona State, and Oklahoma State. Only Ohio State and Notre Dame registered as “traditional” programs with multiple votes. The other side of the poll shows that, for many recruits, traditional unis don’t carry much weight. Alabama and Penn State, two programs whose looks are as traditional as they come, were the least popular. Maryland is the most controversial team here, with five votes on either side.
Of course, at least for the top programs, success seems to mean more than jersey look. Alabama has absolutely dominated recruiting—and college football overall—since Nick Saban stepped on campus, and Penn State has recruited quite well under James Franklin.
The poll also showed that Nike is by far the most popular brand, with recruits giving it an average score of 9.5 out of 10 in terms of how “cool” it is. Adidas came in second at 8.1, well behind its main competitor.
The results here are certainly interesting, but don’t expect the Crimson Tide, or similar big-time traditional programs, to change much going forward. Nick Saban’s club is doing just fine with the standard crimson and white. Even if some of these recruits think that look is boring, they’re listening when Tide coaches come calling.