On Jan. 4, 1999, college football was changed forever. The BCS era was ushered in, and not only was college football now different, but so was recruiting.
Since that year, there have been 443 top-ranked recruits, according to 247Sports' 5-star recruits from 2002-2014, Tom Lemming's Top 25 rankings in 2000 and 2001, and top-tier recruits in 1999 by Sports Illustrated. Out of this pool, 86 recruits went on to become All-Americans along with being drafted within the first three rounds of the NFL draft.
Using hype as the main factor for this slideshow, the best 100 recruits of the BCS era have been ranked. These are the best recruits since the BCS era began—guys who came in with the most hype and also had solid college careers.
Forget about the non-hyped recruits like Johnny Manziel, Eric Fisher, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. This list puts more emphasis on high school recruiting hype, which is why Matt Barkley, D.J. Williams, Lorenzo Booker and a big running back from Texas are so highly ranked.
Here are the rankings for the best 100 recruits of the BCS era!