When a juggernaut recruiting program lands another top recruit or finishes with a terrific class, no one is surprised. Schools such as Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Texas, Notre Dame and Florida State are perennial powers on the trail.
However, it is surprising when non-traditional schools recruit at such a high clip. Every February, when the final recruiting rankings come out, a surprise school or two will be celebrating a good class. In 2013, that school was Ole Miss. In 2012, it was Washington.
The 2014 class will also have its surprising classes.
A school in the Big 12 has a new coach and is recruiting with more confidence. An ACC school with "sleeping giant" potential may be awakening. A Big Ten program with tough academic standards is finding good players who fit its profile, and a school with crippling sanctions has found a way to beat the odds.