Power Ranking Hottest Recruiting Schools of the 2013 College Football Season

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 9, 2013

Power Ranking Hottest Recruiting Schools of the 2013 College Football Season

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    The 2013 regular season is over for college football. Most teams are now preparing to play in a bowl game. However, this is also a critical time in recruiting for coaches.

    If a program has played its cards right, it is not scrambling to assemble a recruiting class, but rather putting the finishing touches on. Some schools appear to have used the 2013 college football season not only to win games, but to allow them to celebrate a great recruiting class in February.

    Remember, this is not a ranking of recruiting classes—it's a quick rundown of which schools have been the hottest on the recruiting trail this fall. 

5. LSU

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    LSU only has 15 commitments, but the Tigers make this list because of who they have positioned themselves to get before national signing day, not because of who they have so far.

    Head coach Les Miles didn't just spend the 2013 regular season trying to win the SEC title, he also used his time to make sure his program stayed on the minds of several 5-star recruits.

    Before national signing day is over, it would not be shocking to see running back Leonard Fournette, cornerback Tony Brown, receiver Speedy Noil, defensive lineman Gerald Willis, linebacker Clifton Garrett and receiver Malachi Dupre all sign with LSU. 

4. Auburn

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    Auburn not only has a chance to win a national title this season, but it also could finish with one of the best classes in the country.

    Head coach Gus Malzahn has gathered 18 commitments, with four prospects pledging during this season. The Tigers took 4-star cornerback Stephen Roberts from rival Alabama in November, while 3-star sleeper Myron Burton pledged in October.

    Auburn has also used its magical year to ascend near the top of many recruits' lists. The Tigers have done well on the recruiting trail this fall, but they could be on pace for an even better finish.   

3. Texas A&M

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    Things didn't always go according to plan for Texas A&M on the field this year, but head coach Kevin Sumlin has help on the way.

    The Aggies got hot on the recruiting trail during the season, adding five talented commitments while still attempting to survive in the SEC.

    Recruits such as 5-star defensive end Myles Garrett and 4-star pass-rusher Qualen Cunningham pledged to play in College Station, while 4-star JUCO offensive linemen Jermaine Eluemunor and Avery Gennesy followed suit. 

    Plus, keep an eye on 3-star receiver Joshua Reynolds

2. Tennessee

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    With a class of 33 commitments, it's safe to say Tennessee has been hot for the entire 2014 recruiting cycle. 

    While that is true, the Vols have also been specifically hot during the season. Josh Malone, an elite 4-star receiver, announced for Tennessee last week.

    Plus, other talented 4-star recruits such as defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, offensive tackle Dontavius Blair , JUCO receiver Lavon Pearson, defensive end Derek Barnett and athlete Evan Berry have all committed to the Volunteers this fall.

    Tennessee also landed five 3-star prospects in November.   

1. Alabama

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    Frankly, Alabama has a class that could be one of the greatest in history. With 22 stud commitments, about half of the group would be considered headliners if they were in another school's class.

    Head coach Nick Saban is known to be ridiculously focused on his team during the season, but this year he has turned a good portion of his attention to the recruiting trail. 

    Out of the nine commitments 'Bama has received since August, three are 5-star recruits, while the other six are 4-star prospects.

    That's simply amazing.

    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 and Cleveland Browns.