National Signing Day 2014: Schools That Landed Best Recruiting Hauls

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National Signing Day 2014: Schools That Landed Best Recruiting Hauls
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The rich got richer when the nation's top college football recruits committed to the nation's top schools on national signing day.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, marked the day for future football stars to pick a school to ride out their college careers and obtain a quality education in the process. By the end of the day, the usual powerhouses reigned supreme once again.

As usual, the SEC cleaned up. Seven of the top 10 classes belong to the conference juggernaut, ensuring more hypercompetitive years between college football's sturdiest programs.

2014 Recruiting Team Rankings
Rank Team 5-Star Recruits 4-Star Recruits 3-Star Recruits Total Points
1 Alabama 6 15 5 319.65
2 LSU 4 12 7 297.59
3 Ohio State 1 15 7 296.06
4 Florida State 2 14 12 286.77
5 Texas A&M 3 11 7 277.35
6 Auburn 2 11 10 275.90
7 Tennessee 0 16 17 274.79
8 Georgia 3 10 8 273.38
9 Florida 1 8 15 267.75
10 Notre Dame 0 16 7 261.46

247Sports

It's an exciting time for all the young men who will get the chance to shine on the collegiate stage, but let's see which schools will profit the most off these unpaid athletes.

 

Alabama

The Crimson Tide struck gold in the 2014 recruiting class, nabbing the best batch of prospects after suffering a disappointing conclusion to their season.

Always rich in talent, Nick Saban's squad is set to churn out a few more first-rounders in the upcoming draft. Cyrus Kouandjio, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and C.J. Mosley are among the school's top departing starters primed to make a name for themselves in the NFL.

To replace the void, Alabama used its prestige to land the grandest freshman coup by 247Sports' composite measure. The Crimson Tide led the way with six 5-star recruits, adding on 15 4-star players as well.

Offensive tackle Cameron Robinson and defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, ranked No. 4 and No. 5 respectively among the incoming class, lead the loaded brigade. Both are rated on top at their positions.

They also solidified two premier cornerbacks in Tony Brown and Marlon Humphrey, each 5-star recruits who will make Saban's defense as formidable as ever in the upcoming seasons.

Another year, another recruiting victory for Alabama.

 

LSU

While LSU fell short of matching its rival's success, it had a great day as well, landing four 5-star recruits and 12 4-star prospects.

Although Alabama secured the most overall talent, LSU will house the nation's premier freshman in running back Leonard Fournette. As noted by ESPN Stats & Info, the New Orleans native collected a crazy amount of yards during his senior season.

Listed at 6'1" and 226 pounds, the 19-year-old already possesses the ideal build for an imposing back. Scout.com's Chad Simmons had nothing but good things to say about him.

There is not much Fournette does not do at a very high level. He is a running back with a great blend of power and speed. He can run with force, but he can also make a defender miss in the open field. He does a great job of setting up defenders, he hits the hole quickly, and he is very good at getting those yards after contact. Most look at Fournette and they may question his quickness and agility, but don't.

Fournette, however, was not the only haul for the Tigers. They also bolstered their offense by adding 5-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre, ranked second among the class' wideouts behind Texas A&M's Speedy Noil.

 

Florida

Despite undergoing a brutal 4-8 season, the Gators made a strong step to wash away that disappointment by assembling an inspiring batch of newcomers.

Even after the forgettable year, Florida remained with a desirable landing spot, riding prestige and a favorable location to amass the ninth-best class.

Cornerback Jalen Tabor represents the sole 5-star recruit, but the Gators bolstered their roster with eight 4-star players and 15 3-star prospects. That included quarterback Will Grier, who accumulated 6,240 total yards and 90 touchdowns last season.

It would have been easy to balk at Florida when 10 schools finished ahead of it in the SEC, but signing day now provides Gainesville with a new sense of hope.

 

All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise stated.

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