The dust has finally settled on the 2012 year. The Alabama Crimson Tide is finally done celebrating its third national title in a four-year span, and the rest of the country is finished being secretly jealous. Everyone has been putting together their preliminary two-deep rosters and trying to figure out which incoming freshmen are going to be making an immediate impact.
And which potential freshmen are actually coming to campus in the crazy, mixed-up world of college football recruiting.
Wednesday marked a monumental day as programs across the country began preparations for the upcoming 2013 season in earnest. Finally, with the conclusion of National Signing Day, coaches, their staffs and the teams themselves now know exactly which high school stars are joining their rosters and which are headed to rivals across the country.
Coach Hugh Freeze and his Ole Miss Rebels stole all the headlines by snagging not only the No. 1-overall recruit in Robert Nkemdiche, but also the nation’s top wide receiver in Laquon Treadwell and the No. 1 offensive tackle in Laremy Tunsil.
However, there are a handful of programs who’s 2013 recruiting classes are still ranked higher than that of Ole Miss.
Since neither ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports nor Scout can seem to agree upon who has brought in the strongest collection of talent, we are simply going to leave it up to you, the erstwhile member of Gamedayr Nation.
Does a great class consist of a great quantity of players, such as Texas A&M’s 34 recruits? Or does it mean a smaller, more need-focused group like that of Notre Dame or Florida State?
Again, the choice is yours, we will merely provide some basic numbers (using ESPN’s rankings) for you to study prior to making your decision.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide – 26 Total: Derrick Henry is a five-star ATH, there are 14 within the ESPN150 and 20 four-star recruits
2. Florida Gators – 28 Total: Vernon Hargreaves (CB) and Kelvin Taylor (RB) are five-stars, 11 within ESPN150 and 20 four-star recruits
3. Ohio State Buckeyes – 25 Total: Eli Apple (CB) is a five-star, 12 ESPN150, 18 four-star, six three star
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – 23 Total: Jaylon Smith (OLB) is a five-star, nine ESPN150, 18 four-star
5. Ole Miss Rebels – 28 Total: Nkemdiche and Tunsil are five-stars, five ESPN150, 12 four-star, 13 three-star
6. Michigan Wolverines – 27 Total: No five-stars, 10 ESPN150, 17 four-star, nine three-star
7. LSU Tigers – 27 Total: No five-stars, seven ESPN150, 20 four-star, seven three-star
8. Texas A&M Aggies – 34 Total: No five-stars, six ESPN150, 19 four-star, 14 three-star
9. Florida State Seminoles – 22 Total: Matthew Thomas (OLB) is a five-star, seven ESPN150, 13 four-star, seven three-star
10. Georgia Bulldogs – 32 Total: No five-stars, five ESPN150, 20 four-star, 12 three-star