9 College Football Teams Whose 2014 Recruiting Class Will Be Better Than 2013
Several college football teams are on pace to sign better 2014 classes than what they brought in for 2013. Some of these teams have new coaches who have provided a jolt to the program's morale and confidence, while other teams are capitalizing off big wins on the field.
A pair of SEC programs who have new leaders appear to stay among the top of the recruiting food chain. A Pac-12 program signed a small class last year, but its 2014 assembly has great quality.
Plus another pair of schools who are changing conferences have used that to their recruiting advantage.
The Yellow Jackets are not known for being a juggernaut on the recruiting trail, but last year was especially bad. Georgia Tech finished 77th in the 2013 247Sports recruiting rankings, as they signed just 14 recruits.
However, this year has been a little bit of a different story. Head coach Paul Johnson and his staff have the No. 39 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings. Georgia Tech already has more commitments than it did in 2013, as 17 players have pledged to Johnson.
Credit the Yellow Jackets for rebounding from a bad 2013 class with a solid 2014 haul.
Stanford didn't sign a particularly subpar recruiting class in 2013, but it's 12-man group finished 51st in the 2013 247Sports recruiting rankings.
The Cardinal have come back with a vengeance in 2014, however, as head coach David Shaw has the No. 18 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings. Stanford has 17 commitments, led by 5-star quarterback Keller Chryst, and it's 2014 class is one of the best in the Pac-12.
Look for Shaw to add a few more quality recruits and close his 2014 recruiting run with a high ranking.
Louisville did not have enough time to capitalize off its shocking Sugar Bowl win over Florida to bring in the kind of 2013 recruiting class it wanted.
Head coach Charlie Strong has used the program's pending move to the ACC to his advantage on the trail, as Louisville is starting to make a lot of recruiting noise.
Boston College was once a proud program, but in the era of modern recruiting, it has failed to establish itself on the trail.
The 2013 247Sports recruiting rankings listed BC's class 87th on the list, and finishing with low-ranked classes had become the norm on Chestnut Hill. However, new head coach Steve Addazio has changed things around, and the Eagles are more aggressive on the trail.
Boston College has a current 22-man class that is ranked 34th in the 247Sports recruiting rankings. Better communication, more thorough evaluation and a renewed sense of energy has helped the program's recruiting efforts.
The Hurricanes brought in a solid class in 2013, as they signed 20 players with 10 being 4-star recruits. The group was ranked 14th in the 2013 247Sports recruiting rankings.
However, head coach Al Golden has recruited in 2014 like last year's class wasn't good enough. Miami's 2014 class is No. 5 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, with players such as 5-star offensive tackle Kc McDermott and 4-star running back Joseph Yearby leading the way.
Miami's current class is so highly regarded that it's 2013 group will be viewed as a complimentary class to the 2014 haul.
Arizona signed 31 recruits in 2013, and still finished 44th in the 2013 247Sports recruiting rankings. Head coach Rich Rodriguez likely disagrees with that ranking, but he's getting his revenge in 2014.
Arizona has the No. 19 class in the country for 2014, according to 247Sports. The Wildcats have 24 commitments, with six being 4-star prospects. In a conference with strong recruiting schools such as USC and Oregon, it is Arizona who has the best class in the Pac-12.
The Vols were once a force to be reckoned with on the trail, but they struggled under former head coach Derek Dooley. Enter new head coach Butch Jones, who has re-infused moxie and enthusiasm into the program on Rocky Top.
Jones rallied the Vols to finish with the No. 24 class in the country in 2013, per 247Sports.
All he has done in 2014 is get Tennessee the No. 3 class in the country, according to 247Sports. Jones looks like a growing star on the trail, and the Vols could be back on top of the SEC East in a season or two.
Head coach Kyle Flood is passionate about Rutgers, which is what you want in a leader. However, his passion did not bring in many top-level recruits in 2013, as the Scarlet Knights' class was ranked 50th by 247Sports.
Flood's passion has resonated better with the recruits in the 2014 class, since Rutgers has 23 commitments, three 4-star recruits and the No. 23 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.
With the Scarlet Knights moving to the Big Ten, look for Flood and his staff to increase their recruiting efforts even more going forward.
Many people scratched their heads when Kentucky finished 34th in the 2013 247Sports recruiting rankings. The Wildcats were never really respected on the recruiting trail under former head coach Joker Phillips, so it was a high ranking for them.
However, new head coach Mark Stoops has what it takes to make a breakthrough in Lexington. He pieced together last year's solid class, which was a preview for his strong 2014 group.
Stoops has Kentucky ranked No. 16 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings for 2014, and the state of Ohio has been one of his main hotbeds for talent. Kentucky is now perceived as a program on the rise, thanks to improvement in recruiting.