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Ranking the Top 25 Recruiting Classes Prior to National Signing Day 2014

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Top 25 Classes Prior to National Signing Day

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National Signing Day will take place on February 5 and the 2014 recruiting classes will start to solidify themselves. All season long, coaches have been working hard to put the pieces in place to bring a fresh batch of talented football players into their programs for years of future success. As is the case in most things, however, some schools prove to be better at it than others.

In today’s college football, teams that are able to consistently recruit elite athletes into their program are the ones who are routinely on top of the standings at season’s end. There’s no substitute for talent at this level and the best teams have become experts at stockpiling that talent through excellent recruiting. That will show yet again on Wednesday when high school seniors can sign on the dotted line and make their commitment official to programs all across the country.

As the teams continue to jockey for position right up until the final moments, some programs have distinguished themselves in this recruiting cycle. While everyone has a different opinion on the exact impact that a recruit will have and the “star” rating system has its flaws, there’s no doubt that getting talented recruits is the name of the game these days.

The SEC, not surprisingly, will once again dominate the recruiting cycle in 2014 with seven teams ranked in the top 10 and nine overall in this countdown. The ACC, Big 12, and Pac-12 are tied for second with four teams a piece in the countdown while the Big Ten put three teams in and one independent made the cut. No teams from a non-power conference cracked the countdown, proving again that the big boys still carry weight on the recruiting trail.

With that said, let us count down the top 25 recruiting classes prior to National Signing Day. These rankings are a composite of multiple scouting sites’ rankings and evaluations to avoid one group’s bias from skewing a team’s overall ranking. Star-caliber counts used are from ESPN.

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25. Baylor Bears

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Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 27

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 7

Three-Star: 20

Top Recruit: K.D. Cannon, No. 4 WR

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24. Oregon Ducks

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Total Recruits: 18

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 7

Three-Star: 10

Top Recruit: Arrion Springs, No. 6 CB

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23. Okaloma State Cowboys

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Total Recruits: 28

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 8

Three-Star: 20

Top Recruit: Mason Rudolph, No. 8 QB-PP

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22. Virginia Tech Hokies

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Greg M. Cooper - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 27

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 7

Three-Star: 20

Top Recruit: Ja’Von Harrison, No. 13 ATH

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21. UCLA Bruins

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Kirby Lee - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 17

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 8

Three-Star: 9

Top Recruit: Zach Whitley Jr., No. 8 ILB

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20. Arizona State Sun Devils

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Total Recruits: 25

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 11

Three-Star: 14

Top Recruit: Tyler Whiley, No. 11 CB

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19. Michigan Wolverines

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Rick Osentoski - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 16

Five-Star: 1

Four-Star: 10

Three-Star: 5

Top Recruit: Jabrill Peppers, No. 1 CB

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18. Penn State Nittany Lions

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Total Recruits: 24

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 7

Three-Star: 17

Top Recruit: De’Andre Thompkins, No. 8 ATH

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17. Kentucky Wildcats

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Spruce Derden - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 28

Five Star: 0

Four-Star: 8

Three-Star: 20

Top Recruit: Drew Barker, No. 9 QB-PP

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16. Stanford Cardinal

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Total Recruits: 19

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 10

Three-Star: 9

Top Recruit: Keller Chryst, No. 3 QB-PP

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15. Oklahoma Sooners

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Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 23

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 10

Three-Star: 13

Top Recruit: Joe Mixon, No. 6 RB

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14. Clemson Tigers

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Steve Mitchell - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 19

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 13

Three-Star: 6

Top Recruit: Deshaun Watson, No. 1 QB-DT

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13. Texas Longhorns

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Total Recruits: 21

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 10

Three-Star: 11

Top Recruit: Derick Roberson, No. 8 DE

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12. Ole Miss Rebels

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Spruce Derden - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 24

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 13

Three-Star: 10

Top Recruit: Rod Taylor, No. 2 OG

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11. Miami Hurricanes

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Total Recruits: 26

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 12

Three-Star: 13

Top Recruit: Joseph Yearby, No. 4 RB

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10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 22

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 14

Three-Star: 8

Top Recruit: Nyles Morgan, No. 5 ILB

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9. Georgia Bulldogs

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Daniel Shirey - USA TODAY Sports

Total Recruits: 18

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 11

Three-Star: 8

Top Recruit: Sony Michel, No. 2 RB

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8. Florida Gators

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Total Recruits: 21

Five-Star: 1

Four-Star: 15

Three-Star: 5

Top Recruit: Jalen Tabor, No. 4 CB

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7. Auburn Tigers

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Total Recruits: 21

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 15

Three Star: 6

Top Recruit: Sean White, No. 2 QB-PP

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6. LSU Tigers

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Total Recruits: 19

Five-Star: 1

Four-Star: 14

Three-Star: 4

Top Recruit: Leonard Fournette, No. 1 RB

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5. Tennessee Volunteers

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Total Recruits: 34

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 17

Three-Star: 17

Top Recruit: Todd Kelly Jr., No. 5 S

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4. Florida State Seminoles

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Total Recruits: 27

Five-Star: 0

Four-Star: 15

Three-Star: 11

Top Recruit: Dalvin Cook, No. 3 RB

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3. Ohio State Buckeyes

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Total Recruits: 22

Five-Star: 1

Four-Star: 15

Three-Star: 6

Top Recruit: Raekwon McMillan, No. 1 ILB

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2. Texas A&M Aggies

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Total Recruits: 22

Five-Star: 2

Four-Star: 15

Three-Star: 6

Top Recruit: Myles Garrett, No. 1 DE

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1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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Total Recruits: 25

Five-Star: 5

Four-Star: 17

Three-Star: 3

Top Recruit: Cameron Robinson, No. 1 OT