College Football 2011: Power Ranking Every Conference After National Signing Day
National Signing Day has now come and gone.
With the end of the 2011 recruiting season comes a time to reflect.
Anyone even remotely interested in college football or college football recruiting has an opinion about where there favorite or least favorite teams sit after National Signing Day.
We're going to take things a step further and examine how each conference lined up after National Signing Day.
Each player effects a recruiting class and each class effects the conference. How did the conferences shake out now that most players have committed and signed?
Here's how we see the Rankings of College Football's Best Conferences after National Signing Day.
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The Mid-American Conference was undoubtedly led by Northern Illinois, which competed well in Big Ten country during the recruiting season.
The Huskies set the pace in the Mid-American Conference with 22 recruits, including 3-star wide receiver A.J. Sebastioano.
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Not typically known for making a splash on the recruiting scene when compared with the bigger conferences, the WAC did little to disprove that theory.
Boise State pushed ahead following another solid season on the field.
With 22 recruits, including highly-touted inside linebacker Blake Renaud, the Broncos continued to improve on the recruiting trail following a 12-1 season.
8. Conference USA
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The Conference USA class rankings are undoubtedly led by the Central Florida Knights.
After a stellar season in 2010, the Knights hit the ground running and competed well with South Florida, Miami, Florida and Florida State.
All told, the Knights acquired 29 recruits to help build on last year's 11-3 record.
7. Mountain West
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Following a year in which the Mountain West saw perhaps its most success on the field, the conference saw a small boost on the recruiting trail.
TCU jumped to the head of the conference in the recruiting team rankings, pulling in the No. 26 class in the country according to Rivals.com.
6. Big East
With solid recruiting classes from Rutgers and Louisville, the Big East received a boost, but remains top-heavy.
With Savon Huggins and a host of top in-state talent signed, Rutgers seems set for an upward climb under head coach Greg Schiano.
Louisville's Charlie Strong utilized his relationships in the Miami recruiting hotbed to help bring super talent to the Cardinals' 2011 class.
5. Big Ten
The Big Ten was once again dominated by Ohio State on National Signing Day as the Buckeyes welcomed ESPN.com's No. 7 class and Rivals.com's 11th-ranked unit.
Led by top-ranked linebacker Curtis Grant, 4-star quarterback Braxton Miller and highly-touted defensive end Steve Miller, Ohio State's class will keep it ahead of the class in the Big Ten for years to come.
Also checking in from the Big Ten with solid classes: Michigan, Iowa and Michigan State.
Despite a bowl ban and a loss of scholarships, USC was able to compile one of the nation's top recruiting classes. Led by highly-touted wide receiver George Farmer, the Trojans have 31 total commits, including 10 ESPN150 players.
Directly behind the Trojans, however, are Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Cal, which also put out stellar classes to keep pace in the much-improving, soon-to-be Pac-12.
3. Big 12
Texas raised the class curve.
The Longhorns endured the loss of top-ranked tackle Christian Westerman to still put forth one of the nation's top recruiting classes. Top-ranked running back Malcolm Brown surely leads the way.
Oklahoma, Nebraska and Oklahoma State also put forth solid recruiting classes.
Led by Florida State and the Seminoles' top-ranked recruiting class-according to ESPN.com, the ACC is packed with plenty of power after National Signing Day.
Florida State landed a host of top players, including top-ranked safety Karlos Williams and top tight end Nick O'Leary.
Clemson, however, made the biggest splash, securing four different 5-star recruits and finishing among the Top 10 nationwide, according to most recruiting media outlet rankings.
Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech also performed well on the recruiting trail.
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The SEC maintained its lofty position as the best recruiting conference in the country by receiving top-flight classes from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Florida and Tennessee.
The addition of players like Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Christian Westerman, Isaiah Crowell, Ray Drew, La'El Collins, Jeff Driskel and many, many more, keep order in college football recruiting, where the SEC is king.