With national signing day a week away on Feb. 3, college football programs everywhere are scrambling to put finishing touches on their respective classes. With a little bit of luck, some of those classes will go on to accomplish great things in the next four years.
With that in mind, we've looked back at the past 10 years to re-rank (with the benefit of hindsight) the top recruiting classes dating back to 2006. Specifically, we focused on classes that went through a four-year cycle, meaning classes from 2013 on had to be excluded while they write their own legacies. This way, seniors will have an opportunity to finish out careers.
Team accomplishments (e.g., conference and national championships) were taken into consideration, as were individual player accolades. NFL careers weren't considered, and draft selection had some, but minimal, influence.
Where did we get the rankings right? Where did we get them wrong? Sound off in the comment section below.