5 Teams Still in the Hunt for the No. 1 2014 College Football Recruiting Class
Many college coaches claim they do not pay attention to recruiting rankings. While that may be true for some of them, recruiting rankings are still a big deal to fans and analysts.
With the 2014 recruiting cycle almost over, the race to finish first in recruiting is starting to take a more permanent shape. Some schools are just about done with recruiting, while other programs can still move up the rankings since they are still waiting on elite uncommitted recruits.
A trio of SEC teams have their eyes on the No. 1 slot, while a school in the Big Ten will not go down without a fight. Plus, an ACC school is also in the mix.
The Aggies are currently No. 3 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, so they're so close to the No. 1 spot that they can taste it.
With 20 commitments, head coach Kevin Sumlin has a class that has three 5-star recruits and 12 4-star prospects, according to 247Sports. Landing pledges from 4-star offensive lineman Braden Smith, 4-star safety Steven Parker and 4-star linebacker/safety Edwin Freeman would help Sumlin's team make a strong case to finish first overall in recruiting.
The Seminoles also boast 14 4-star commitments, says 247Sports. For head coach Jimbo Fisher to get the No. 1 recruiting class, securing pledges from 5-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey, 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, 5-star offensive tackle Damian Prince and 4-star offensive tackle Roderick Johnson would be huge.
Leonard Fournette, a 5-star running back from New Orleans, is the headliner for the Tigers. However, if Miles wants the No. 1 recruiting spot in February, 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson, 5-star receiver Malachi Dupre, 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, 4-star linebacker Kenny Young and 4-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine all need to sign up to play in Baton Rouge.
LSU currently has the No. 5 class in the country, according to the 247Sports recruiting rankings.
Already No. 2 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, Ohio State is close to reaching the mountain top. Head coach Urban Meyer has 21 commitments, with 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan being his top recruit.
The Buckeyes don't have many remaining recruiting targets to provide an overwhelming boost to their current ranking.
However, commitments from 5-star defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, 4-star defensive lineman Malik McDowell, 4-star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi and 4-star receiver Trevion Thompson would certainly help their case.
'Bama's 24-man class has four 5-star prospects and 14 4-star recruits, says 247Sports. Landing 5-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey would all but seal the deal for the Crimson Tide to finish No. 1 in recruiting for 2014.
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