No surprise: Alabama crowned 2013 recruiting champion


Signing Day 2013 is over (for highlights, click here) — at least enough for 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; 247Sports, rankings in parenthesis) 

1. Alabama (No. 1, 247Sports; No. 3,

2. Ohio State (No. 2, 247Sports; No. 1

3. Notre Dame (No. 3, 247Sports; No. 4,

4. Florida (No. 4, 247Sports; No. 8,

5. Michigan (No. 5, 247Sports; No. 2,

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

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

8. Auburn (No. 11, 247Sports; No. 13,

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

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

11. UCLA (No. 9, 247Sports; No. 5,

12. Georgia (No. 12, 247Sports; No. 10,

13. USC (No. 14, 247Sports; No. 18,

14. Clemson (No. 13, 247Sports; No. 12,

15. Oklahoma (No. 15, 247Sports; No. 15,

16. South Carolina (No. 21, 247Sports: No. 21,

17. Nebraska (No. 23, 247Sports: No. 11,

18. Washington (No. 18, 247Sports; No. 14,

19. Vanderbilt (No. 30, 247Sports; No. 19,

20. Tennessee (No. 25, 247Sports; No. 32,

21. Oregon (No. 19, 247Sports; No. 17,

22. Virginia (No. 29, 247Sports; No. 41,

23. Texas (No. 16, 247Sports; No. 23

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

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

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.