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February 4, 2015

National Signing Day Is Here

by Larry Leek

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Christmas day has finally arrived for College Football Coaches all around the country. That’s right national signing day is finally here & coverage begins at 8:00 AM on ESPNU. For now Alabama, USC, Florida St, Tennessee & Clemson are currently ranked as the top 5 recruiting classes for 2015 IF all goes as planned. Teams like the South Carolina Gamecocks, who earlier in the year had been in the top 5 but this past season’s results certainly did NOT help the Gamecocks & has caused the their once promising ranking to plummet all the way down to #17 & has been out recruited by in state rival Clemson.  After South Carolina had reeled off 3-consecutive 11-2-0 seasons, their record fell to 7-6-0 this season, causing Head Coach Steve Spurrier to question his return for the 2015 season, which certainly did not help their recruiting cause, but he has since stated that he WILL be back next year, so maybe they can recover some lost ground today. Alabama & Florida St. head coach’s Nick Saban & Jimbo Fisher have enjoyed GREAT success on the recruiting trail as has Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, who appears to have yet another TOP ranked class for the Vols. Currently rounding out the top 10 classes are #6 LSU #7 Ohio St. #8 Georgia #9 Texas #10 Texas A&M.

This is Whats On My Sports Mind About this subject.

The Coaches in the NFL really have to admit, when it comes to bringing in rookie talent, they REALLY do have it made vs college coaches, when all they have to do is evaluate & pick who they want from the remaining pool & college coaches have to do everything but get in a pit & fight it out for the players they acquire thru recruiting. It really is a DOG eat DOG world. Too bad the NCAA can’t come up w/ a College Draft Day like the NFL. I do know that fans would be completely overwhelmed at the thought, MOST College coaches would probably like the idea, especially considering ALL the less road miles they would have to travel each year recruiting which in many cases turns out to be all for NOTHING & it would also generate MILLIONS in revenue just from the TV coverage, BUT alas that would mean dictating where they (college athletes) would have to go & of course the kids do NOT go to college JUST for football, but to get an education as we all know. SO academics SHOULD be the main reason why the student athletes choose their school. BUT I have to honestly, seriously, DOUBT that is really the reasoning behind their (college football players) choice, when many string the college coach (s) along  right up to signing day & then OPT out of their word & go elsewhere. So who knows maybe a college draft would be feasible.

Whats On YOUR Sports Mind On this subject ?

Here’s the complete list of the TOP 50 ranked recruiting classes for 2015 PRIOR to national signing day.

1 AlabamaAlabama 23 6 13 4 93.64 307.95
2
1
USCUSC 21 2 13 6 92.69 289.70
3
-1
Florida StateFlorida State 19 4 9 6 92.40 281.57
4 TennesseeTennessee 28 1 14 12 89.51 279.63
5 ClemsonClemson 25 3 9 11 89.48 278.16
6
2
LSULSU 21 2 9 8 90.06 273.44
7 Ohio StateOhio State 25 1 12 11 89.75 271.73
8
-2
GeorgiaGeorgia 24 2 9 13 89.78 267.89
9 TexasTexas 27 1 11 14 89.17 264.65
10 Texas A&MTexas A&M 24 2 11 11 89.47 260.69
11
1
AuburnAuburn 22 0 15 7 90.21 259.45
12
-1
Notre DameNotre Dame 22 0 12 10 89.89 258.22
13 Penn StatePenn State 25 0 13 12 89.05 250.00
14 OklahomaOklahoma 23 0 10 13 88.89 247.07
15 OregonOregon 22 1 6 15 88.72 245.79
16
3
UCLAUCLA 16 2 9 5 90.92 241.52
17
-1
South CarolinaSouth Carolina 29 0 10 18 87.07 236.63
18 Mississippi StateMississippi State 27 0 6 21 87.34 229.73
19
-2
Ole MissOle Miss 18 0 6 12 88.84 228.68
20
1
Arizona StateArizona State 21 0 7 14 87.65 224.65
21
1
ArkansasArkansas 22 0 7 15 86.87 219.48
22
1
Michigan StateMichigan State 19 0 5 14 87.76 217.34
23
2
North CarolinaNorth Carolina 20 0 4 16 87.59 216.78
24 WashingtonWashington 24 0 5 18 86.06 215.59
25
2
StanfordStanford 20 0 5 15 86.82 213.26
26 Virginia TechVirginia Tech 23 0 4 18 86.43 212.80
27
1
MissouriMissouri 23 0 3 19 86.17 209.57
28
-8
MiamiMiami 18 0 5 13 87.39 208.92
29 N.C. StateN.C. State 23 0 4 18 85.03 207.55
30
4
NebraskaNebraska 19 0 3 15 85.98 202.76
31
5
LouisvilleLouisville 25 0 2 22 85.46 201.83
32
-2
West VirginiaWest Virginia 21 0 3 18 85.74 200.12
33
-2
TCUTCU 24 0 2 21 85.26 197.53
34
1
BaylorBaylor 19 0 3 14 85.10 195.49
35
-2
WisconsinWisconsin 20 0 1 18 85.39 194.51
36
1
Oklahoma StateOklahoma State 19 0 3 15 85.62 192.04
37
-5
Washington StateWashington State 22 0 1 19 84.27 188.14
38 CaliforniaCalifornia 23 0 1 20 84.02 188.09
39 ArizonaArizona 25 0 1 24 84.63 186.46
40 Texas TechTexas Tech 18 0 4 11 84.49 186.28
41 Georgia TechGeorgia Tech 27 0 0 27 84.43 185.72
42
24
FloridaFlorida 16 0 2 14 85.92 184.30
43
-1
KentuckyKentucky 17 0 2 14 85.69 183.93
44
1
UtahUtah 23 0 0 23 84.58 183.16
45
3
MarylandMaryland 17 0 2 15 85.20 179.60
46
-2
VirginiaVirginia 22 0 1 21 83.95 178.70
47
-1
VanderbiltVanderbilt 17 0 3 13 84.84 177.84
48
-5
DukeDuke 18 0 1 15 84.46 175.85
49 NorthwesternNorthwestern 20 0 0 19 84.03 174.48
50 Wake ForestWake Forest 22 0 0 20 83.45 173.38
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