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Ranking the Top 25 Recruiting Classes of 2013 Post National Signing Day

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 8, 2017

Ranking the Top 25 Recruiting Classes of 2013 Post National Signing Day

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    Now that the the main events of national signing day have come and gone, the top 25 recruiting classes look a bit different than they did a few days ago.

    We've seen decommitments, commitments and a whole lot of drama in between.

    The nation's top recruits have made their decisions, and now it's time to start analyzing how things have fallen into place.

    Here is an updated ranking of the top 25 recruiting classes with national signing day behind us.

25. Tennessee

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    B/R's Final Rank: 25

    247's Final Rank: 25

    Rivals' Final Rank: 20

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers finished the 2013 recruiting cycle on a high note. A big win for them was landing 4-star wideout MarQuez North, who has superstar potential. The Volunteers also held on to star defensive end recruit Jason Carr. Considering the shortened time period he had to work with, Jones and his staff did a great job.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Jason Carr, MarQuez North, Ryan Jenkins, Jalen Reeves-Maybin (JUCO)

24. Arkansas

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    B/R's Final Rank: 24

    247's Final Rank: 22

    Rivals' Final Rank: 26

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Arkansas made a strong push in the last few days leading up to national signing day, and Bret Bielema and the Razorbacks benefited from that in these rankings. Arkansas wasn't even in the top 25 before signing day, but Bielema and his staff pulled off a great finish.

    The marquee recruiting win for the Razorbacks was 4-star running back Alex Collins, who has star potential (though we are still waiting for him to send in his letter).

    The Razorbacks also landed elite offensive guard recruit Denver Kirkland on signing day.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Carroll Washington (JUCO), Myke Tavarres (JUCO), Alex Collins, Hunter Henry 

23. Baylor

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    B/R's Final Rank: 23

    247's Final Rank: 27

    Rivals' Final Rank: 29

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Baylor finished the 2013 cycle on somewhat of a hot streak. In the days before national signing day, the Bears came away with three huge commitments in 4-star defensive tackle Andrew Billings and 3-star offensive tackle Maurice Porter. Baylor also officially signed 5-star receiver Robbie Rhodes, who has the potential to be a superstar at the college level. 

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Robbie Rhodes, Andrew Billings, Quan Jones, Brian Nance (Prep.)

22. Penn State

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    B/R's Final Rank: 22

    247's Final Rank: 26

    Rivals' Final Rank: 41

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Neutral

    Penn State can't do much because of the sanctions it is under, but head coach Bill O'Brien and his staff did a great job with what they had. Quality over quantity should be the motto for Penn State recruiting in the next few years, and the Nittany Lions certainly brought in some quality recruits.

    Five-star quarterback Christian Hackenberg will be a star and a starter soon enough, but he's just one of many quality recruits to talk about from this class.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Adam Breneman, Tyler Ferguson (JUCO), Garrett Sickels 

21. Nebraska

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    B/R's Final Rank: 21

    247's Final Rank: 23

    Rivals' Final Rank: 17

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Nebraska finished the 2013 cycle successfully. Bo Pelini and his staff put together a very solid recruit class and addressed needs, and that's all you can ask for. The Cornhuskers got a big early enrollee from 4-star linebacker Courtney Love and signed the potential backfield of the future in 4-star running backs Terrell Newby, Adam Taylor and 4-star quarterback Johnny Stanton.

    Nebraska also signed Taylor Martinez's younger brother, Drake.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Courtney Love, Randy Gregory (JUCO), Terrell Newby, Adam Taylor 

20. South Carolina

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    B/R's Final Rank: 20

    247's Final Rank: 21

    Rivals' Final Rank: 16

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    The Gamecocks had a very good last day on the recruiting trail and came away with a few big commitments and subsequent signatures on national signing day. Overall, Steve Spurrier and his staff have put together a very solid class with immense potential.

    Quarterback Connor Mitch could be a future starter, and the same could be said for 4-star running back David Williams. South Carolina did a great job of adding tangible talent on both sides of the ball.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013:  David Williams, Larenz Bryant, Kelsey Griffin, Pharoh Cooper 

19. Texas

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    B/R's Final Rank: 19

    247's Final Rank: 16

    Rivals' Final Rank: 23

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Down

    Texas suffered a huge recruiting loss days before national signing day when 5-star defensive/offensive lineman recruit A'Shawn Robinson decided to decommit and flip to Alabama. He's a marquee recruit in the 2013 class, and his commitment alone made Texas' class very impressive.

    With that said, Mack Brown and the Longhorns were still able to bring in some very good commitments, especially on the offensive line. Five-star guard recruit Darius James has star potential, and Texas may have its quarterback of the future in 4-star recruit Tyrone Swoopes.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Jake Oliver, Deoundrei Davis, Geoff Swaim (JUCO)

18. Virginia Tech

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    B/R's Final Rank: 18

    247's Final Rank: 20

    Rivals' Final Rank: 22

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Neutral

    Frank Beamer and the Hokies didn't make many splashy headlines, but they put together a very solid class. The Hokies landed 19 signatures (still waiting for running back Drew Harris), and that includes a huge one from 5-star cornerback Kendall Fuller. Overall, though, Virginia Tech comes away with a very strong class with a ton of potential.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Kendall Fuller, Jerome Wright (Prep.), Holland Fisher

17. Washington

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    B/R's Final Rank: 17

    247's Final Rank: 18

    Rivals' Final Rank: 18

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Neutral

    Steve Sarkisian and his staff signed a few players who could end up being stars for the Huskies in a year or two. Overall, Washington did a great job of addressing needs but also landing some very talented players. The Huskies should be a major competitor in the Pac-12, and this class will be a huge reason why.

    Four-star wide receiver Demorea Stringfellow will be a big time addition to the program, and 4-star quarterback Troy Williams has the potential to be a star in the Pac-12.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Demorea Stringfellow, Troy Williams

16. Oregon

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    B/R's Final Rank: 16

    247's Final Rank: 19

    Rivals' Final Rank: 21

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Oregon experienced a big decommitment from running back/slot receiver Dontre Wilson, and that really hurt their momentum heading into signing day. The good news is, the Ducks bounced back the very next day and landed former USC commitment Torrodney Prevot, who flipped to Oregon on signing day.

    Overall, Mark Helfrich did a great job of keeping this recruiting class mostly intact, and it's a class that features a ton of talent that will fit in nicely at Oregon (See: 5-star running back Thomas Tyner).

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Thomas Tyner, Torrodney Prevot, Devon Allen, Joe Walker (JUCO)

15. Clemson

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    B/R's Final Rank: 15

    247's Final Rank: 13

    Rivals' Final Rank: 14

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Clemson could have finished a lot better, but it also could have finished much worse. Despite the notable recruiting loss of Robert Nkemdiche earlier in the cycle, this class still has tremendous potential.

    Dabo Swinney and his staff were able to land 5-star cornerback MacKensie Alexander, and that really was a huge win for the Tigers. 

    Keep an eye out for inside linebacker Ben Boulware as a freshman, because he has star potential. The same could be said for Shaq Lawson and Ebenezer Ogundeko.

    Update: Clemson has landed the commitment of 4-star offensive guard Tyrone Crowder, per ESPN College Football on Twitter.  Crowder is the No. 7 ranked offensive guard in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.

    Clemson has moved up three spots to No. 15 in our rankings.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013:  Ben Boulware, Ebenezer Ogundeko, MacKensie Alexander

14. Oklahoma

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    B/R's Final Rank: 14

    247's Final Rank: 15

    Rivals' Final Rank: 15

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Neutral

    The Sooners very quietly put together an extremely solid recruiting class. Oklahoma's marquee signature came from 5-star running back Keith Ford, but the Sooners were also able to land talented recruits like wide receiver Stanvon Taylor and safety Hatari Byrd.

    Oklahoma's class may not be flashy or elite, but overall, the Sooners are adding some very valuable players to the program.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Keith Ford, Stanvon Taylor, D.J. Ward

13. USC

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    B/R's Final Rank: 13

    247's Final Rank: 14

    Rivals' Final Rank: 13

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Down

    Even though Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans started the 2013 recruiting cycle on a high note, the ending turned completely sour. USC suffered through a number of notable decommitments, and it lost a ton of momentum on the recruiting trail.

    That said, the Trojans still finished with one of the best classes in the country, which goes to show you how good this class was at times. USC landed elite recruits such as 5-star quarterback Max Browne, 5-star safety Su'a Craven, 5-star safety Leon McQuay III and 5-star defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow. 

    USC also signed 4-star outside linebacker Quinton Powell, who represents a big signing day win for the Trojans.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Su'a Cravens, Kenny Bigelow, Leon McQuay III, Quinton Powell

12. Georgia

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    B/R's Final Rank: 12

    247's Final Rank: 12

    Rivals' Final Rank: 12

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Down

    Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs have been solid on the recruiting trail all year, but national signing day had to have been rough. The Bulldogs missed out on 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams and 4-star running back Alvin Kamara.

    That said, the Bulldogs are still bringing in a very big class that features a lot of talent.

    Four-star quarterback Brice Ramsey could be the quarterback of the future, 4-star running back A.J. Turman has a ton of potential and the same could be said for 4-star cornerback Shaq Wiggins.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Tray Matthews, Jonathon Rumph (JUCO), Shaq Wiggins, A.J. Turman

11. Auburn

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    B/R's Final Rank: 11

    247's Final Rank: 11

    Rivals' Final Rank: 8

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Credit Gus Malzahn for taking over a program that lost marquee recruits after the head coach was fired and still coming away with a top-15 recruiting class. Things looked rough for a bit, but the Tigers came away with 24 recruits, including a few stars.

    The Tigers were able to hold onto 5-star defensive end Carl Lawson, who has superstar potential, and they also flipped 4-star wideout Tony Stevens from Texas A&M a few weeks ago.

    The Tigers also made one of the biggest recruiting headlines of the day by landing the signature of 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams.

    Auburn finished this recruiting cycle on a great note.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams, Jason Smith, Tony Stevens, Daniel Carlson

10. Texas A&M

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    B/R's Final Rank: 10

    247's Final Rank: 10

    Rivals' Final Rank: 10

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Neutral

    Texas A&M made most of its impact before national signing day, thus the reason they are considered neutral in the trending department. That said, Kevin Sumlin and his Aggies were arguably the most impressive class during the 2013 recruiting cycle.

    The future of this program is exceptionally bright. The Aggies' marquee recruit is undoubtedly 5-star wideout/athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, but overall, this class is very strong.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: JaQuay Williams (Prep.), Ricky Seals-Jones, Sebastian LaRue

9. UCLA

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    B/R's Final Rank: 9

    247's Final Rank: 9

    Rivals' Final Rank: 11

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins finished the recruiting cycle on an extremely high note. They were able to land a big-time former USC commitment in 4-star defensive end Kylie Fitts, and the Bruins also signed two of the biggest defensive back recruits in the class in 4-star safety Tahaan Goodman and 5-star cornerback Priest Willis.

    UCLA also landed commitments from 4-star inside linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea and 4-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard.

    Woulard is a huge commitment for UCLA, considering he is the No. 1 ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.

    The Bruins have made some major improvements via recruiting, and this is a program on the rise.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Tahaan Goodman, Priest Willis, Eldridge Massington, Isaac Savaiinaea.

8. Florida State

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    B/R's Final Rank: 8

    247's Final Rank: 8

    Rivals' Final Rank: 9

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    The Florida State Seminoles finished the recruiting cycle very strong. They were able to steal 5-star cornerback Jaylon Ramsey from USC and land elite 5-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas.

    Other notable recruits include elite defensive end DeMarcus Walker and running back Ryan Green.

    The Seminoles also landed big-time 4-star defensive tackle Keith Bryant.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Matthew Thomas, DeMarcus Walker, Jaylon Ramsey, Ryan Green, Keith Bryant

7. LSU

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    B/R's Final Rank: 7

    247's Final Rank: 7

    Rivals' Final Rank: 6

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Per usual, the LSU Tigers finished with a very strong class. Les Miles and his staff did a great job of addressing needs and filling out their depth chart.

    They made a pretty big headline late in the morning when they landed the commitment of 4-star defensive end Tashawn Bower, who reportedly flipped from both Auburn and Florida to eventually end up at LSU.

    LSU landed a few very big defensive signatures from 4-star cornerback Tre'Davious White, 4-star outside linebacker/defensive end Kendell Beckwith and 4-star defensive tackle Greg Gilmore

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Tre'Davious White, Kendell Beckwith, Greg Gilmore, John Diarse, Avery Johnson, Tashawn Bower, Christian LaCouture.

6. Michigan

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    B/R's Final Rank: 6

    247's Final Rank: 5

    Rivals' Final Rank: 5

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Neutral

    Michigan didn't make any big headlines on national signing day, but to be frank, it didn't need to.

    Brady Hoke and his staff did an excellent job accessing their needs and recruiting to fill them. That's especially true when considering the move to the pro-style offense that Hoke is trying to make.

    Michigan signed its quarterback and running back of the future in 5-star Shane Morris and 5-star Derrick Green, respectively, and the Wolverines also put together another very strong group of offensive linemen.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Derrick Green, Henry Poggi, Wyatt Shallman, Dymonte Thomas

5. Ole Miss

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    B/R's Final Rank: 5

    247's Final Rank: 6

    Rivals' Final Rank: 7

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Ole Miss and head coach Hugh Freeze pulled off the national signing day that many of us were expecting. The Rebels came into signing day with a strong class highlighted by 5-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, but they took it to a whole new level on signing day.

    The Rebels landed No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche and 5-star safety Tony Conner. The Rebels also got a huge commitment from No. 1 overall offensive tackle (247Sports Composite) Laremy Tunsil. Ole Miss was arguably the hottest recruiting program in the country leading up to signing day, and it completed the recruiting cycle in epic fashion.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013:  Robert Nkemdiche, Tony Conner, Laquon Treadwell, Laremy Tunsil. 

4. Florida

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    B/R's Final Rank: 4

    247's Final Rank: 4

    Rivals' Final Rank: 4

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Florida's class is very good, especially defensively. Will Muschamp and the Gators were able to sign a handful of elite defensive recruits, including 5-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and 4-star linebacker Alex Anzalone.

    The Gators also enrolled 5-star running back Kelvin Taylor, who has superstar potential.

    This class is solid from top to bottom, and the future of Florida football projects to be very bright.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Vernon Hargreaves III, Alex Anzalone, Kelvin Taylor, Demarcus Robinson, Caleb Brantley

3. Notre Dame

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    B/R's Final Rank: 3

    247's Final Rank: 3

    Rivals' Final Rank: 3

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Notre Dame started off the recruiting cycle on an extremely high note and hit its peak the night before the national championship game. Since then, though, the luster of Notre Dame's 2012 season has dulled, as has its hype on the recruiting trail.

    That said, Brian Kelly's class is still extremely strong and is one of the best in the country. Five-star outside linebacker Jaylon Smith is going to be a superstar, and running back Greg Bryant has the chance to be very good as well.

    Overall, Kelly and his staff did a great job of filling needs and setting the program up for continued success.

    Update: Notre Dame landed the commitment of 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, a former USC commitment. The addition of Vanderdoes has caused Notre Dame to move up ahead in our final rankings from No. 6 to No. 3 overall.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Mike Heuerman, Greg Bryant, Jaylon Smith, Max Redfield, Cole Luke, Durham Smythe, Michael Deeb, Eddie Vanderdoes

2. Ohio State

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    B/R's Final Rank: 2

    247's Final Rank: 2

    Rivals' Final Rank: 2

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes finished the 2013 recruiting cycle strong. The Buckeyes flipped talented running back Dontre Wilson away from Oregon, and they also landed 5-star safety Vonn Bell.

    Wide receiver Jalin Marshall has star potential in Meyer's offense, and Joey Bosa and Mike Mitchell look like future stars on defense. Overall, Meyer has put together yet another great recruiting class.

     

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Jalin Marshall, Mike Mitchell, Trey Johnson, Joey Bosa, Eli Apple, Cameron Burrows, Vonn Bell.

1. Alabama

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    B/R's Final Rank: 1

    247's Final Rank: 1

    Rivals' Final Rank: 1

     

    Team trending up or down after NSD: Up

    Nick Saban has done a great job of putting together yet another elite recruiting class. He's filled needs, strengthened the depth chart and, in the process, recruited multiple players with star potential.

    Five-star recruit Derrick Henry projects to be the next great running back, but the same could be said for 5-star tight end O.J. Howard at his position, or 5-star Robert Foster at wideout. The Crimson Tide also added DT Dee Liner on signing day and held onto the commitment of 5-star inside linebacker Reuben Foster.

    Update: 5-star offensive/defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson has committed to Alabama per Charles Power of BamaOnline.com. The Crimson Tide also landed 4-star running back Alvin Kamara's commitment, per Kipp Adams of ESPN.com on Twitter.

    Freshmen likely to contribute in 2013: Robert Foster, O.J. Howard, Derrick Henry, Tim Williams, Cole Mazza, Dee Liner, A'Shawn Robinson, Reuben Foster

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