The 10 Most Dominant College Football Recruiting Schools Right Now
Recruiting never ends so programs are always devoting a portion of their day to recruiting. Whether it's watching film and evaluating players, making calls to prospects, continuing relationships with commitments or messaging contacts on the recruiting trail, coaches have to stay on top of recruiting.
The better a program recruits, the better its team will be and the better its chances will be to win football games. Recruiting is at an all-time high in regards to importance right now, and if you become a dominant recruiting program, then you're going to be a dominant football team.
Using a thought process of combining last year's successful signings with the early success of this 2014 recruiting cycle, I've identified the 10 most dominant recruiting programs right now.
Here they are!
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The Tigers had a top-caliber class last year and already have six commitments this year. LSU is easily among the best programs annually in the country and the Baton Rouge Boys always recruit well.
Les Miles has a great approach, highlighted by his personable and friendly personality. His staff evaluates well, locks down their home state perhaps better than anyone and usually hits on big targets they go hard after.
9. Florida State
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The Seminoles have always recruited well, and even though they have had a dip for a few years, once Jimbo Fisher took over they returned to a dominant status.
Fisher has adopted some principles from Nick Saban's recruiting approach, with the foundation being an emphasis on properly evaluating talent.
Located in talent-rich Florida, Fisher reaps the benefits of his backyard but also will reach nationally for playmakers.
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The Longhorns didn't have their best recruiting year in 2013, but they already hold eight commitments for 2014. Mack Brown's program is a dominant recruiting school, and they do it by mainly staying inside their state.
The Longhorns don't usually go after players in other states, but when they do, then that means they find the prospect to be an exceptional talent or the prospect has Texas ties.
You can find Texas in the top five to 10 in the recruiting rankings every year, for the most part.
7. Ole Miss
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Ah yes, the main wild card on the recruiting trail. The Rebels are basically the new kids on the block and the main catalyst for getting them on this list is indeed their success from last year.
They are showing staying power, however, as 247Sports does list them in the top 10 of its 2014 recruiting rankings. Right now, today, Ole Miss is one of the 10 most dominant recruiting schools when combining last year's success with the start of this year.
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Brady Hoke has brought in two straight elite recruiting classes and he's off to a pretty good start to this year.
Michigan bases most of its recruiting classes out of the Midwest, but Big Blue can go into California, Texas and Florida and get talent.
With all of the tradition, history and both past and recent winning, recruits are drawn to Michigan. Don't expect Michigan to not be a dominant recruiting school anytime soon, even if you root for the Buckeyes.
5. Notre Dame
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The recruiting job Brian Kelly has done since he arrived in South Bend for the 2010 season should be highly admired.
Last year, Kelly brought in a top five-caliber class and it should have an immediate impact.
He's already got four commitments this year and has the Irish as one of the most dominant recruiting programs right now. He's got a great staff of assistants who are good recruiters and Notre Dame has pretty much become "cool" again in recruiting.
4. Ohio State
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This year, Ohio State has four committed players, but they may privately lead or be among the favorites for a wealth of uncommitted recruits.
Last year, Urban Meyer signed a top five class and it wasn't typical Ohio State class. Meyer went out to the South, Texas, New Jersey and California and got speed to come to Columbus.
It's obvious Meyer is building his program to be able to compete with SEC teams in future BCS/playoff games.
3. Texas A&M
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The Aggies had an excellent recruiting cycle in 2013 and have 10 commitments for 2014, which is tops in the country right now.
Kevin Sumlin's program has a lot going for itself and the advantages are plentiful.
From being in Texas, boasting SEC membership, running a high-octane offense, having an icon-approaching player in Johnny Manziel on the roster and a passionate fanbase, there's not much a recruit can nitpick at regarding Texas A&M.
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I was close to crowning the Gators, as they're a recruiting juggernaut. Talent would commit to Florida even if you or I were the head coach. so obviously Will Muschamp's staff gobbles up elite recruits year after year.
They had a class sign with them last year that can make a strong argument that it's the No. 1 incoming group of freshmen in college football.
Florida also has six commitments already for 2014 and looks good for a lot of top-level uncommitted prospects.
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Though it doesn't have many commitments right now for this year, Alabama is the most dominant recruiting school right now. The Crimson Tide either lead or is the favorite for several upper-echelon undecided recruits.
Then of course last year they signed what many view is the nation's No. 1 recruiting class. If you want to talk about who is the premier program in college football right now, at this very moment, frankly it's almost a crime if Alabama isn't your first thought.
Alabama tops this list as the most dominant recruiting program right now.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.