The key to becoming a powerhouse in college football is simple: win the recruiting battle. It's no coincidence that Alabama has won three national championships over the past five years. The Crimson Tide have had the top-ranked recruiting class—per 247Sports (subscription required)—for four straight years and are poised to finish No. 1 again in 2015.
But not if the Clemson Tigers have anything to say about it.
Currently, Clemson has 20 verbal commitments in the class of 2015, most in the country. The Tigers are ranked No. 2—behind Alabama—in 247Sports' team rankings. And they're not finished yet.
Clemson's biggest commitment thus far is offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt from Suwanee, Georgia. Hyatt is a 5-star recruit and the nation's No. 2 ranked offensive lineman.
Three straight 10-win seasons are beginning to pay dividends for head coach Dabo Swinney. Back-to-back bowl wins over traditional powers LSU and Ohio State don't hurt either. But can the Tigers continue that momentum with Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins now in the NFL?
The Tigers can move past Alabama and win the 2015 recruiting wars, but it won't be easy. Many of the country's top prospects often wait until signing day, or close to it, to make their intentions known. By that time, the Tide have usually won another national title.
Here are three reasons why Clemson could overtake Alabama for 2015's top recruiting class and a prediction on where it will finish.
All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.