Recruiting is the lifeblood of any college football program. Sure, coaching up players matters, but if you don't have a baseline level of high-end talent, you aren't going to be a consistently elite program.
Some schools have recruiting down pat more than others. You see them at the top of the team recruiting rankings on a yearly basis.
CBS Sports has broken down recruiting over the last five years. Using the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings, CBS tabulated each team's average class ranking from 2015 through 2019.
The results tell us that the top five programs, in terms of recruiting class rankings, over the last five years are Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, LSU and USC.
- Alabama: 2.2 five-year average.
- Georgia: 3.8 five-year average.
- Ohio State: 5.8 five-year average.
- LSU: 7.0 five-year average.
- USC: 7.6 five-star average.
No one should be shocked to see Alabama at the top of this list. The Crimson Tide have had the top-ranked class four of the last five years, and finished seventh in 2018.
No team has underachieved more out of these five than USC. Sure, the Trojans won 21 games, including a Rose Bowl, in 2016 and 2017, but USC went 8-6 in 2015 and 5-7 last fall.
Where is Clemson? Well, the Tigers are at No. 8 on this list. Oddly, Dabo Swinney has never signed a top-five class in the last five cycles, but as you can tell, he's bringing in plenty of talent.
You can view the entire results from CBS Sports here.