If anyone was looking for the main reason that top recruits in college football mainly consider powerhouse programs, it appears past championships play a major role.
The top recruiting class for 2020 is Clemson by a wide margin, which makes sense because it has won two titles over the past three seasons.
Shockingly enough, only 10 programs have won a national championship while today’s current generation of recruits were alive.
Alabama and Clemson are the top schools on the list in order of relevancy. However, there are eight schools that have also won a championship over the past 17 years.
Ohio State, Florida State and Auburn make up the next group of champions that can relate to current recruits.
While schools like Miami, USC and Texas are still fortunate to be on this exclusive list, time is certainly running out for them.
Check out this list featuring all 10 programs from Bud Elliott:
This is how old current recruits were when your team last won a national championship.
Florida State 12
Miami (6 weeks)
Ohio State 13
Not listed = Not born
— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) May 21, 2019
It’s crazy to think that programs like Oklahoma, Georgia and Michigan haven’t won a title during that span.
As the years continue to pass in college football, it’s pretty apparent that strong coaching and great recruiting leads to postseason appearances. Unfortunately for most schools, those two keys go hand-in-hand.
The proof is certainly in the recruiting rankings, as Clemson and Alabama have dominated the field the past few seasons.