They say it's not how you start but, rather, how you finish. So, a lot of programs are going to use that advice to finish the year strong on the recruiting trail.
Some schools love to burst out of the gate at the beginning of a recruiting cycle as it helps them focus on their team through the bowl season. Other schools gradually increase their effort on the trail as, the closer National Signing Day gets, the harder they try to lure recruits to their campus.
The latter appears to be the way the following six schools planned it. A Big Ten team is getting hot at the right time while an SEC program has caught magic in a bottle.
Plus, a Pac-12 school is surging up the recruiting rankings.