As national signing day fast approaches, I wanted to take an alternative view of the BCS rankings to give recruits an idea of what awaits them as they make the most important decision of their academic and athletic lives.
Each year the NCAA releases a report on the graduation success rate (GSR) of its students receiving financial aid. Each university earns a percentage from 0-100 that shows student's progress toward their degree over a six year span and allows comparisons to be made to other schools, varsity sports, conferences, etc. The latest report includes information from 2002-2008.
Using this information as well as information from the BCS and NFL rosters over the same time period, this "new look" at the top 10 was born.
From all angles, the country's top football recruits will hear the benefits and drawbacks of every school in the nation that is trying to win their services.
From their parents they will hear about the importance of a school's academic record. Their friends will tell them how important it is for them to play for a national championship and go on to make millions in the NFL.
Having had the opportunity to coach a few of these student athletes, I've learned that these kids, while having physical gifts that make them different from most of us, are really no different from anyone when it comes to what they want. They want it all!
Here's a top 10 look at where they can get it.