The start of a recruiting cycle is like the start of a season—every program has high hopes to achieve its goals. Each coach feels he can bring in a top class and has great confidence in his program's recruiting plan.
However, at some programs, recruiting expectations are not very high. Sure, when you're at Alabama, USC, Florida, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame and other prestigious programs, you're expected to land an elite class. Other programs don't have those same high expectations. So when they recruit a good class, they exceed expectations.
Here are five programs that appear the most likely to exceed their recruiting expectations in 2014.