National Signing Day is barely a few hours old, but there are already a chosen few schools whose work on the recruiting trail in 2014-15 has separated them from the pack. Naturally, things can change on the turn of a dime with plenty of top prospects still waiting to don the hat of their college of choice.
However, we feel confident (for now) that these following schools represent The 5 Best Recruiting Classes in America.
(All star rankings courtesy of 247Sports)
Class Makeup: 2 five-stars, 11 four-stars, 10 three-stars
The LSU Tigers didn't have to sweat all that much heading into National Signing Day, with the bulk of their impressive 2015 class already in tow. Five-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II is already enrolled in Baton Rouge, and projects to be a pure shutdown corner who can hang with the SEC's elite at wide receiver. Add in heavily-recruited 5-star New Orleans wideout Tyron Johnson and a well-rounded class brimming with potential, and there's plenty to be proud about on the Bayou.
4. Florida State
Class Makeup: 4 five-stars, 10 four-stars, 6 three-stars
Florida State is losing a ton of talent heading along the defensive and offensive fronts heading into 2015 (not to mention the loss of QB Jameis Winston), but the young talent already on the squad mixed with mega blue-chip prospects like #1 defensive end Josh Sweat will likely keep FSU from hitting anything resembling a true down cycle. Also, adding two five-stars to retool the secondary (S Derwin James, CB Tarvarus McFadden) doesn't hurt.
Class Makeup: 1 five-star, 15 four-stars, 12 three-stars
There's only one five-star here, but dominant 6-foot-3, 354-pound defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie should at least count for two or three on his own. The #2 DT in the Class of 2015 headlines one of the most balanced classes in the entire nation, full of underrated three and four-star talents who have the upside to push Tennessee into the SEC elite before long. Keep an eye out for four-star defensive end Kyle Phillips on the edge. He's got "big-time" written all over him.
Class Makeup: 4 five-stars, 14 four-stars, 6 three-stars
UCLA stole the headlines on National Signing Day, vaulting into most sites' top tens with a flurry of major pickups (Chris Clark, Roquan Smith, etc.). However, USC's work before National Signing Day still gives them an edge over their Los Angeles-area rivals as of this writing. Head coach Steve Sarkisian's calculated mixture of skill position standouts (4-star QB Ricky Town, 4-star WR De'Quan Hamilton) and jaw-dropping defensive potential (we see you, five-star OLB Osa Masina) will add even more reinforcements to one of the most talented, young programs in America.
Add in the fact that the end of National Signing Day could easily belong to the Trojans, and you've got a recipe for success for USC. (UPDATE 4:00pm 2/4: They sure DID take over the afternoon, with two five-star pickups and a four-star. YOWZA.)
Class Makeup: 6 five-stars, 14 four-stars, 4 three-stars
Alabama's at #1 and no one's shocked. It's almost ho-hum seeing Nick Saban's crew at the top of the rankings again, picking up a staggering 20 combined five and four-star prospects from a wide range of regional areas. Amari Cooper's gone? We'll just groom five-star home run threat Calvin Ridley to be our next go-to guy at wide receiver. That appears to be the thinking for an Alabama program that added two potential lock-and-key corners (Kendall Sheffield, Minkah Fitzpatrick), a five-star stud in RB Damien Harris, and a host of other top-tier prospects just waiting to take the big stage in Tuscaloosa.
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