Greatest Recruiting Classes in College Football History

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Greatest Recruiting Classes in College Football History
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A great recruiting class can drastically alter the future of a college football program, and there have been some very epic recruiting classes through the course of college football history.

What is it that makes a great recruiting class?

Some say it's all about big names and 5-star recruits. Others say it has to do with coaching.

Myself, I think it's a little bit of everything. Great recruiting is part hype, part skill, part coaching and even part luck—not to mention production on the field and winning football games.

If the best recruiting class on paper doesn't win anything that matters, it's hard to consider that class anything but a failure.

With that in mind, let's look back at the 10 greatest recruiting classes of all time.

Remember: While this is primarily focused on what the classes were at the time, resulting accomplishments of said classes were also factored in when determining this list.


Note: Hat tip to a previous ranking done by Andy Staples of in 2010 for historical information.

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