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5 Teams Still in the Hunt for the No. 1 2014 College Football Recruiting Class

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 7, 2014

5 Teams Still in the Hunt for the No. 1 2014 College Football Recruiting Class

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    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.

Texas A&M

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    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. 

Florida State

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    Florida State has a 29-man class that is No. 4 in the 247Sports recruiting rankingsDalvin Cook, a 5-star running back from Miami, leads the way.

    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. 

LSU

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    Although LSU will not finish with its dream class, it still has a chance to finish with the nation's No. 1 class. Head coach Les Miles has acquired 18 commitments, with three being 5-star recruits.

    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

Ohio State

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    Already No. 2 in the 247Sports recruiting rankingsOhio 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. 

Alabama

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    The program with the best chance to land the No. 1 recruiting class is Alabama, as it already has the nation's best recruiting group, via the 247Sports recruiting rankings.

    '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.

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to track the remaining elite recruits to see how they impact the race for the nation's No. 1 recruiting class!

    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.

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