Alabama, USC and the Top 20 National Signing Day Schools of 2015
Which school did the best on National Signing Day? The “calculated” consensus of four college football experts – FOX Sports, CBS’ 247sports.com, Bleacher Report and Yahoo!’s Rivals.com – is two schools: Alabama and USC.
What is National Signing Day anyway, for those who need to know? Beginning on the first Wednesday in February, high school seniors (in this case, football players) can sign National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play for a top tier NCAA football program.
According to nationalletter.org, “The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
- A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
- The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).”
The NLI is not legally binding, but it is a contract of sorts that comes with penalties if not fulfilled by the student-athlete:
“Basic penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.”
The Trojans and Crimson Tide were picked the 1-2 best recruiters on Day 1 in 2015 by two experts apiece. CBS and Bleacher Report went with Alabama, while FOX Sports and Yahoo! went with USC at the top.
Beside the Crimson Tide, what about this season’s other “Final Four” schools in the College Football Playoffs (CFP): the champion Ohio State Buckeyes, runner-up Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles?
Florida State potentially improved the most with their new recruits, followed not too far away by Ohio State – but the Seminoles are losing Jameis Winston to the NFL draft while the Buckeyes remain intact at quarterback and elsewhere.
Alabama and Ohio State will be right back in the mix in 2015. The Seminoles? We’ll have to see.
To get the composite ranking below, I took the four sets of rankings and simply added the ranks, with the lowest totals ranked highest (i.e. USC, 6 = Alabama, 6 < a surprising third-best Tennessee, 17). For ties (i.e. Clemson, LSU and Georgia), the school with the best highest ranking (HR) got the nod. For those schools at the bottom and not on all three lists, they are first ranked by school on (3) of the lists, then (1).
Check out my sources, where each ran it out to No. 25, by clicking on the titles in the second list below – and go deeper into the top schools’ signings.Follow @VinGetz
|7.||Clemson||32 (HR: 4)|
|8.||LSU||32 (HR: 5+)|
|9.||Georgia||32 (HR: 5)|
|19.||Ole Miss||51 (3)|
|20.||Arizona State||59 (3)|
|21.||Michigan State||17 (1)|
|FOX SPORTS||CBS (247SPORTS.COM)||BLEACHER REPORT||YAHOO! (RIVALS.COM)|
|3.||Auburn||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State|
|6.||Notre Dame||Ohio State||Ohio State||Auburn|
|10.||Texas A&M||Georgia||Georgia||Texas A&M|
|11.||Florida State||Texas||Texas||Notre Dame|
|12.||LSU||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Texas|
|13.||Penn State||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||UCLA|
|14.||Oklahoma||Penn State||Penn State||Oklahoma|
|16.||Ole Miss||Oregon||Oregon||Mississippi State|
|17.||Michigan State||Ole Miss||Mississippi State||Oregon|
|18.||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Ole Miss||Stanford|
|19.||Arizona State||South Carolina||South Carolina||South Carolina|
|20.||South Carolina||Arizona State||Florida||Arizona State|
Posted on February 9, 2015, in NCAA Football and tagged 2015, alabama, best, college football, florida state, high school football, List, national signing day, ncaa football, ohio state, oregon, rankings, ranks, recruiting, schools, signing day, usc. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.