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No surprise: Alabama crowned 2013 recruiting champion

ALABAMA BCS CELEBRATION AP

Signing Day 2013 is over (for highlights, click here) — at least enough for Rivals.com to go ahead and declare Alabama the champion of this year’s recruiting battle. Yes, rankings are subjective, but would you have expected anything less from the three-time BCS champion of the past four years?

Likewise, it makes sense that the conference housing the last seven national champions has 11 of the top 25 recruiting classes this year. In fact, five SEC West programs pulled in a top-10 recruiting class. Ole Miss, coming off a 7-6 season under first-year coach Hugh Freeze, had arguably the biggest day with the No. 7 class in the country. Florida, at No. 4, is the only SEC East program to climb into Rivals’ top-10.

Of the five other BCS conferences, the Pac-12 has four top-25 classes, and the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 all have three. Notre Dame ends the day with the No. 3 class in the country.

In the Big Ten, the arrival of Urban Meyer at Ohio State has the makings of a two-horse race between the Buckeyes and arch rival Michigan for years to come. No other Big Ten program came close to matching what the two rival programs did during this year’s recruiting tour.

USC had one of the smallest classes this year thanks to NCAA-mandated scholarship reductions, but for the second year in a row, no other program did more with less. The Trojans landed four five-star commits and seven four-star commits. Still, Lane Kiffin was beat out in the recruiting rankings by cross-town rival UCLA. The Bruins finished the day with its class just outside the top 1o one season under Jim Mora

If you love good rivalries, recruiting classes from Michigan and Ohio State, as well as UCLA and USC, indicate there will be some fun games ahead for years to come.

Rivals has a complete breakdown of how each BCS program did this Signing Day. Below are the individual rankings:

(All rankings in this post reflect Rivals.com; 247Sports, Scout.com rankings in parenthesis) 

1. Alabama (No. 1, 247Sports; No. 3, Scout.com)

2. Ohio State (No. 2, 247Sports; No. 1 Scout.com)

3. Notre Dame (No. 3, 247Sports; No. 4, Scout.com)

4. Florida (No. 4, 247Sports; No. 8, Scout.com)

5. Michigan (No. 5, 247Sports; No. 2, Scout.com)

6. LSU (No. 7, 247Sports; t-No. 6, Scout.com)

7. Ole Miss (No. 6, 247Sports; No. 9, Scout.com)

8. Auburn (No. 11, 247Sports; No. 13, Scout.com)

9. Florida State (No. 8, 247Sports; No. 16, Scout.com)

10. Texas A&M (No. 10, 247Sports; t-No. 6, Scout.com)

11. UCLA (No. 9, 247Sports; No. 5, Scout.com)

12. Georgia (No. 12, 247Sports; No. 10, Scout.com)

13. USC (No. 14, 247Sports; No. 18, Scout.com)

14. Clemson (No. 13, 247Sports; No. 12, Scout.com)

15. Oklahoma (No. 15, 247Sports; No. 15, Scout.com)

16. South Carolina (No. 21, 247Sports: No. 21, Scout.com)

17. Nebraska (No. 23, 247Sports: No. 11, Scout.com)

18. Washington (No. 18, 247Sports; No. 14, Scout.com)

19. Vanderbilt (No. 30, 247Sports; No. 19, Scout.com)

20. Tennessee (No. 25, 247Sports; No. 32, Scout.com)

21. Oregon (No. 19, 247Sports; No. 17, Scout.com)

22. Virginia (No. 29, 247Sports; No. 41, Scout.com)

23. Texas (No. 16, 247Sports; No. 23 Scout.com)

24. West Virginia (No. 35, 247Sports; No. 26, Scout.com)

25. Mississippi State (No. 24, 247Sports; No. 20, Scout.com)

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34 Responses to “No surprise: Alabama crowned 2013 recruiting champion”
  1. cfballfan1 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:24 PM

    Go ahead – crown that recruiting national championship right now.

    Real champions are made on the fields of play!

  2. thraiderskin says: Feb 6, 2013 11:24 PM

    Its all good, I’m happy with what Urban Meyer is bringing to Columbus (unless some of these guys really love tattoos). I was thrilled to edge Bama, but different (scouting) agencies rate guys differently and I’m cool just knowing we got some good (projected) players coming in.

  3. imaduffer says: Feb 6, 2013 11:31 PM

    It would be interesting to see what their GPA’s were for the top recruiting schools.

  4. Deb says: Feb 6, 2013 11:36 PM

    @imaduffer …

    Alabama also ranks first among public universities this year for enrollment of National Merit Scholars. Thanks for asking :)

    ROLL TIDE!

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 6, 2013 11:50 PM

    The Aggies will be looking forward to competing against Alabama again next year.
    :)

  6. kozbee says: Feb 6, 2013 11:52 PM

    6 SEC teams in the top 10 recruiting.SEC RULES..

    11 SEC teams in top 25.

  7. snaxdsp says: Feb 6, 2013 11:53 PM

    Bama was giving out free antler spray

  8. rawgator06 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:55 PM

    @ Deb
    Congrats on your national merit scholars. Bama is still ranked lower than freaking TAMU, according to US News

  9. rsmeans says: Feb 7, 2013 12:21 AM

    Surprised you used 247 and scouts as the rating services they have over the last 5 years been the worse of the rating services with respect to becoming starters, College All Americans or NFL draftees. Generally Rivals, ESPN and 247 have been quite similar in their ratings but Scout has done extremely poorly in rating recruits which has brought down 247 to a lesser degree since it is an averaging service. Lately the most Rivals has been the most successful with a bare edge over ESPN. So I will use Rivals for some interesting observations:

    THE SEC HAD 6 OF TOP 10, TEN OF TOP 20, THIRTEEN OF THE TOP 30 AND ALL FOURTEEN OF THE TOP 50.

    THE BIG 10 HAD TWO OF THE TOP 10, 3 OF THE TOP 20, THREE OF THE TOP 30 AND NINE OF THE TOP 50 WITH 14 TEAMS.

    THE PAC 12 HAD ONE OF THE TOP 10, TWO OF THE TOP 20, FOUR OF THE TOP 30 AND NINE OF THE TOP 50 WITH 12 TEAMS.

    BIG 12 HAS ZERO IN TOP 10, TWO IN TOP 20, FOUR IN TOP 30 AND SIX IN THE TOP 50 WITH TEN TEAMS.

    THE ACC HAS ZERO IN THE TOP 10, TWO IN THE TOP 20, FOUR IN THE TOP 30 AND 8 IN THE TOP 50 WITH 14 TEAMS.

    In conclusion It is clear why the SEC has been gradually ever year increasing the gap between itself and everybody else. Recruiting along with coaching are the very foundations of college success on the field. It is difficult to not believe the SEC dominance will not continue.

  10. redruckus81 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:01 AM

    cfballfan1 says:Feb 6, 2013 11:24 PM

    Go ahead – crown that recruiting national championship right now.

    Real champions are made on the fields of play!

    ——————————————-

    Good thing for Alabama fans they do a pretty good job of that too

  11. stevenuc says: Feb 7, 2013 6:04 AM

    Penn State will turn their program around and make these top lists in a few years as long as O’brien doesnt go pro!

  12. tommy57 says: Feb 7, 2013 6:26 AM

    @Stevenuc

    Aside from what’s already been accomplished at Penn State, I’m not sure there is anything that requires ‘turning around.’ The criminal justice system is the place now for those accused of wrong doing and the football program, to me, if fine. PSU won’t recruit the athletes whose primary purpose is a bowl game or a national championship, but we will attract those interested in a quality education. PSU learned ‘it’s not all about football’ but I’m not sure others have yet learned this lesson.

  13. Legion Of Boom says: Feb 7, 2013 7:36 AM

    You have the right rankings for Virginia with 247 and Scout. But it is actually Virginia Tech that is 22 and Virginia is 26 for Rivals.

    Same thing happened to me when I copied and pasted from their site, the word “Tech” didn’t make it through.

  14. cometkazie says: Feb 7, 2013 8:06 AM

    RedRuckus81 says:
    Good thing for Alabama fans they do a pretty good job of that too
    +-+-+

    Bingo!

  15. waynefontes says: Feb 7, 2013 8:16 AM

    It will be very interesting to look back in two or three years and see if this class had a true impact on Ole Miss football.

  16. be4bama says: Feb 7, 2013 8:59 AM

    Now that NSD is over what will we talk about for the next 7 months?

  17. florida727 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:26 AM

    #waynefontes, sounds like you might be an Ole Miss fan. If I were you, I’d be extremely excited about the future. I’m a Gator fan, so I’m watching Ole Miss from a distance (love that kid Marshall Henderson on the basketball team, BTW), but I think Coach Freeze is going make an incredible impact on Rebels football.

    No one can ever accurately predict how any high school kid will pan out, but NSD accomplishes exactly what the NCAA wants it to: it generates interest and conversation among college football fans. Can’t argue with that :)

  18. halbert53 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:53 AM

    What is going on is a return to the 60s when USC and UCLA dominated PAC 12, OSU and Michigan were the Big 2 of the Little 10, and ND, FSU and Ole Miss were powers along with several SEC teams like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Florida. There’s a distinct gap on the field between Alabama and everybody else, including what was on overrated ND team this past season. But a couple more recruiting seasons like this and there will be several legitimate national champion contenders from several areas of the country capable of knocking off each other. Legitimate national champion caliber teams from around the country strengthen the sport overall.

  19. lasseter1113 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:55 AM

    @be4bama

    I’m sure we will find something to talk about. At least as Alabama fans we will always have something to defend. Our state and our team are always under constant attack and as long as we are in the lime light we should expect more of the same. I wonder how these people would feel if we went to EVERY article about their favorite team and left snide little remarks? Ahhhh, who cares? Let’s just let the haters hate and we will celebrate another great year as the National Champions on the field and off…

    @rsmeans
    Scout.com is the worst recruiting service in the world…ESPN, Rivals, MaxPrep, 247 all good….Scout.com apparently has some kind of grudge against Alabama. Imagine that. I’m not going to look up all the stats because I just don’t care that much but they had Alabama as the Number 1 class in 2008 but since then not one time when every year every other service (just about) has ranked Alabama at #1 or higher than Scout every year. Don’t you find that kind of suspicious? I even thought to myself last year that if they do it to us again this year I know something is up. Maybe they just have different ranking for players then everybody else in the freakin’ world….lmao

  20. kozbee says: Feb 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    @ be4bama

    Talk about all the trouble Lane Kiffin gets into @ Southern Cal.

  21. jason1214 says: Feb 7, 2013 10:36 AM

    Ahh the infamous graduation rate argument..blah, blah, blah. RTR

  22. lasseter1113 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:29 AM

    Tell me about it Jason…I was just thinking about the last college football game I watched and how I wished a chess match would have broke out on the field instead…Turned out it was checkers and Coach Saban said ‘king me’ around 42 times… ;)

  23. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 7, 2013 11:46 AM

    Please don’t get her started. Prepare yourselves for thousands of unnecessary words basted in Southern pride. This service said you won, that service said we won, and that service said someone else won. It’s February, fuck it!

  24. be4bama says: Feb 7, 2013 12:02 PM

    @lasseter1113…..that is EPIC :-). Effjohn…..you sound a little green.

  25. v2the4 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:14 PM

    I implore everyone to go back and look at some of the rivals rankings from years past..for instance in 2008, rivals had Andrew Luck ranked #68, behind stellar qbs like Terrell Prior, Blaine Gabbert, Dayne Crist, EJ Manuel and Mike Glennon….RGIII was not in the top 100, and Russell Wilson was not even ranked in his home state of Virginia.

    …most of those highly ranked players at various positions didnt do squat at the school they went to, and some transferred down to FBS schools, or gave up football all together….

    the rankings are one thing, but the play on the field is the ultimate ranking maker….there are blue chippers and all state players sitting on various college benches around the country who cant crack the two deep lineup….so while a win in February is great, the player has to deliver for the program to be successful, especially quarterbacks…

  26. jason1214 says: Feb 7, 2013 1:16 PM

    @lass
    As Woody Hayes once said “When was the last time 50,000 people showed up to watch a kid take a test?” If people honestly think a majority of Div1 athletes are there for a degree they are mistaken.

  27. Deb says: Feb 7, 2013 6:12 PM

    be4bama says:

    Effjohn…..you sound a little green.

    ————————————————
    Don’t know about green, but “little” is definitely on the mark ;)

  28. Deb says: Feb 7, 2013 6:34 PM

    @rawgator06 …

    I really don’t care where Alabama ranks academically because a) this is a football blog and the only reason it comes up is because sore losers have nothing else to say, and b) despite being a lifelong Bama fan, I didn’t go to Bama.

    But, Sugar, the fun thing is that no matter where Florida ranks–and yes, I know where Florida ranks–when these bigots spout off about how stupid we are in the SEC, they’re talking about you, too. So in your petty jealousy of Alabama’s football success, you just helped people who call you stupid. Wrap your head around that … if you can.

  29. be4bama says: Feb 7, 2013 6:47 PM

    Green=ENVY

  30. rolltide510 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:17 PM

    Great class. Now let’s get those boys on campus, get them some nice suits, and get them on Antler pronto.

  31. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 7, 2013 8:47 PM

    tommy57 wrote on: Feb 7, 2013 6:26 AM

    @Stevenuc

    Aside from what’s already been accomplished at Penn State, I’m not sure there is anything that requires ‘turning around.’ The criminal justice system is the place now for those accused of wrong doing and the football program, to me, if fine. PSU won’t recruit the athletes whose primary purpose is a bowl game or a national championship, but we will attract those interested in a quality education. PSU learned ‘it’s not all about football’ but I’m not sure others have yet learned this lesson.

    Tommy57,

    I respectfully disagree. PSU has a;ways known that education comes first. The actions of a few almost destroyed a fine institution and a football program done
    right. As to recruiting, I also disagree there. Look at what PSU accomplished this
    year under O’Brien replacing a legend. Are the next three years going to be hard?
    Yes. If the injury bug stays away and O’Brien remains committed to college ball, I fully expect PSU to be far more competitive than a lot of people expect.

  32. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 7, 2013 9:03 PM

    Thoughts on NSD, the biggest winner is the SEC, The biggest loser, the Big12.

    Seven SEC squads — Alabama (No. 1), Florida (No. 2), LSU (No. 5), Texas A&M (No. 7), Georgia (No. 9), Ole Miss (T-No. 11) and Auburn (T-No. 11) — have higher-ranked recruiting classes, than anyone in the Big 12. Texas (No. 20) has nine SEC teams ahead of it, with West Virginia (No. 25), Baylor (No. 26), TCU (No. 32), Oklahoma State (No. 35), Kansas (No. 43), Kansas State (No. 54), Iowa State (No. 57) and Texas Tech (No. 58) rounding out the rest of the conference.

    The SEC as a conference, all of it’s members in the top 40 recruiting classes.

    Deloss designed the Big 12 to be Texas’s personal conference and the recruiting shows it with A&M’s first year in the SEC. I want to thank Deloss for opening up Texas for SEC recruiting and the most excellent recruit, Ashawn Robinson, that changed his mind to come to A-la-bam-a from Texas. With A&M and LSU looking to play on Thanksgiving weekend, starting in 2014. Rivalry weekend just took on a new meaning. My only wish would be for LSU/A&M be Thanksgiving night to spoil any team UT is hosting in a home game.

  33. rsmeans says: Feb 7, 2013 10:38 PM

    Excellent post and points Amos.

  34. mrlitl says: Feb 7, 2013 11:50 PM

    Deb I seriously think I love you.

    Roll Tide.

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