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Ranking the No. 1 recruiting classes since 2000

How a lot does a No. 1 recruiting class actually matter?

For some colleges, that served as the inspiration for a nationwide championship run. For others, the category simply merely did not ship as much as expectations. Regardless, it does not damage to have a look again at how these different top-ranked recruiting courses fared.

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Sporting Information broke down the No. 1 recruiting courses from each season since 2000 and ranked them. Alabama’s No. 1 courses from 2019 and 2021, Georgia’s class from 2018 and Clemson’s class from 2020 are ineligible as a result of gamers as a result of they haven’t hit the four-year mark. 

That leaves 17 courses that ranked No. 1 within the closing recruiting rankings in keeping with 247Sports.com. Who had the most effective No. 1 class? The worst?

Here is a more in-depth look.

  • Coach: Larry Coker

    5-star gamers: 4

    4-star gamers: 8

    4-year document: 30-21 (.612)

    NFL Draft picks: 1

    Star gamers: Calais Campbell

    Lowdown: This class marked the beginning of Coker’s downturn at Miami. It was filled with five-star busts, and the dearth of NFL expertise is noticeable. Its four-year run ended with a 5-7 document in Randy Shannon’s first yr at Miami.

  • Coach: Charlie Weis

    5-star gamers: 2

    4-star gamers: 16

    4-year document: 29-22 (.569)

    NFL Draft picks: 4

    Star gamers: Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph

    Lowdown: Weis constructed this class after a 3-9 season, however the Irish went 13-12 the subsequent two seasons. This class completed its faculty profession beneath Brian Kelly.

  • Coach: City Meyer

    5-star gamers: 5

    4-star gamers: 17

    4-year document: 30-21 (.588)

    NFL Draft picks: 5

    Star gamers: Sharrif Floyd, Matt Elam

    Lowdown: This class had NFL expertise, particularly on the defensive aspect of the ball, however Meyer left after the 2010 season and this class completed its four-year stretch with a 4-8 document in 2013.

  • Coach: Bobby Bowden

    5-star gamers: 5

    4-star gamers: 6

    4-year document: 36-15 (.706)

    NFL Draft picks: 3

    Star gamers: Craphonso Thorpe, Adrian McPherson

    Lowdown: This class got here two years after Florida State gained the nationwide championship, and it wasn’t unhealthy. The Seminoles gained eight video games or extra every of the subsequent 4 seasons. They only weren’t the dominant class some had projected.

  • Coach: Phillip Fulmer

    5-star gamers: 5

    4-star gamers: 6

    4-year document: 37-14 (.725)

    Consensus All-People: Michael Munoz (2004)

    NFL Draft picks: 3

    Star gamers: Jason Witten

    Lowdown: Fulmer crafted this class after the nationwide championship season in 1998, and it helped the Volunteers attain the SEC Championship Recreation as sophomores. In addition they break up 4 conferences with rival Florida.

  • Coach: Ron Zook

    5-star gamers: 6

    4-star gamers: 8

    4-year document: 37-14 (.725)

    Consensus All-People: Reggie Nelson (2006)

    NFL Draft picks: 7

    Star gamers: Reggie Nelson, Jarvis Moss, Andre Caldwell

    Lowdown: Zook introduced in a loaded class after his second season, and it’s a gaggle that City Meyer helped mildew right into a nationwide championship group in 2006. That they had a 22-4 document in two seasons beneath Meyer.

  • Coach: Pete Carroll

    5-star gamers: 6

    4-star gamers: 11

    4-year document: 43-9 (.827)

    Consensus All-People: Taylor Mays (2008)

    NFL Draft picks: 3

    Star gamers: Taylor Mays

    Lowdown: Carroll had so many loaded courses, and that is the one which had probably the most misses. This class gained 4 bowl video games and closed out the Carroll period, but it surely by no means gained a nationwide championship.

  • Coach: Les Miles

    5-star gamers: 4

    4-star gamers: 10

    4-year document: 44-9 (.830)

    Consensus All-People: Morris Claiborne (2011)

    NFL Draft picks: 7

    Star gamers: Reuben Randle, Michael Brockers

    Lowdown: This class helped ship the whole lot however a nationwide championship to LSU, together with the SEC championship group in 2011.

  • Coach: City Meyer

    5-star gamers: 5

    4-star gamers: 13

    4-year document: 43-11 (.796)

    Consensus All-People: Maurkice Pouncey (2009), Joe Haden (2009)

    NFL Draft picks: 11

    Star gamers: Haden, Pouncey, Carlos Dunlap

    Lowdown: The 2006 class that introduced in Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and Brandon Spikes might need been higher, but it surely was ranked No. 2 behind USC. This class had simply as many items, together with the Pouncey brothers, Dunlap, Haden and might need been even higher had Cam Newton stayed with the Gators.

  • Coach: Nick Saban

    5-star gamers: 3

    4-star gamers: 16

    4-year document: 48-6 (.889)

    Consensus All-People: Cyrus Kouandujio (2013), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2013), Ryan Kelly (2015)

    NFL Draft picks: 5

    Star gamers: Clinton-Dix, Kouandijo, Kelly

    Lowdown: The one knocks againstthis class, which opened with nationwide championships in 2011 and 2012, could be back-to-back postseason losses to Oklahoma and Ohio State the subsequent two seasons.

  • Coach: Pete Carroll

    5-star gamers: 5

    4-star gamers: 6

    4-year document: 46-6 (.885)

    Consensus All-People: Rey Maualuga (2008)

    NFL Draft picks: 9

    Star gamers: Maualuga, Mark Sanchez, Brian Cushing

    Lowdown: Carroll reeled in a loaded class on the top of the dynasty’s energy, one which had a number of items that got here shut however by no means may herald a nationwide championship. The 2003 class for USC that introduced in Reggie Bush and LenDale White was loaded too, however that class was ranked No. 2 within the nation.

  • Coach: Nick Saban

    5-star gamers: 7

    4-star gamers: 16

    4-year document: 50-6 (.893)

    Consensus All-People: Amari Cooper (2014), Landon Collins (2014), Reggie Ragland (2015)

    NFL Draft picks: 7

    Star gamers: Cooper, Collins, Ragland, T.J. Yeldon

    Lowdown: This class closed its four-year run with a nationwide championship run in 2015, and that was with the early departures of Cooper, Collins and Yeldon. The 50-win commonplace shall be a check for future recruiting courses.

  • Coach: Nick Saban

    5-star gamers: 3

    4-star gamers: 14

    4-year document: 52-5 (.912)

    Consensus All-People: Jonah Williams (2018), Quinnen Williams (2018)

    NFL Draft picks: 8

    Star gamers: Jalen Hurts, Quinnen Williams, Josh Jacobs, Jonah Williams, Raekwon Davis, Irv Smith Jr., Mack Wilson

    Lowdown: This class performed in three straight nationwide championship video games earlier than lacking out on the Playoff in 2019. Hurts transferred to Oklahoma, however the two Williams and Jacobs emerged as star gamers on the subsequent stage. The category behind it was arrange for achievement, and this one ought to end with double-digit draft picks.

  • Coach: Nick Saban

    5-star gamers: 6

    4-star gamers: 16

    4-year document: 53-5 (.914)

    Consensus All-People: Cam Robinson (2016)

    NFL Draft picks: 9

    Star gamers: Robinson, Marlon Humphrey, Bo Scarbrough, Rashaan Evans, Da’Shawn Hand. Shaun Dion Hamilton

    Lowdown: Alabama’s senior class graduated after coming off one other nationwide championship. Robinson and Humphrey have been early defections to the NFL Draft, however the class gained three straight SEC championships and performed within the first 4 Faculty Soccer Playoffs.

  • Coach: Nick Saban

    5-star gamers: 6

    4-star gamers: 12

    4-year document: 51-6 (.894)

    Consensus All-People: Derrick Henry (2015), A’Shawn Robinson (2015), Jonathan Allen (2016), Rebuen Foster (2016)

    NFL Draft picks: 10

    Star gamers: Henry, Robinson, Foster, Allen, O.J. Howard, Tim Williams, Eddie Jackson

    Lowdown: This was the category that produced a nationwide championship in 2015 and one other look in 2016. Henry and Robinson left after the nationwide championship season, and Allen and Foster anchored a group that misplaced 35-31 to Clemson within the Faculty Soccer Playoff championship. This class gained three straight SEC championships.

  • Coach: Nick Saban

    5-star gamers: 6

    4-star gamers: 14

    4-year document: 55-4 (.932)

    Consensus All-People: Minkah Fitzpatrick (2016-17), Deionte Thompson (2018)

    NFL Draft picks: 8

    Star gamers: Calvin Ridley, Da’Ron Payne, Minkah Fitzpatrick

    Lowdown: This No. 1 class is the usual of the Faculty Soccer Playoff period with two nationwide championships and two runner-up appearances the final 4 years. Fitzpatrick, Ridley and Payne have been five-star studs, and it had veteran management from five-star operating again Damien Harris. They misplaced two SEC video games in 4 seasons, however Clemson ruined their probability to exit on high.

  • Coach: Mack Brown

    5-star gamers: 4

    4-star gamers: 13

    4-year document: 45-6 (.882)

    Consensus All-People: Vince Younger (05), Rod Wright (05), Justin Blalock (06)

    NFL Draft picks: 7

    Star gamers: Younger, Brian Robison

    Lowdown: Mack Brown introduced in a haul in 2002 with Younger because the centerpiece. Aaron Ross, David Thomas, Lyle Sendlein and Selvin Younger have been additionally among the many items introduced in for the category that might ultimately win the nationwide championship in 2005.

  • Coach: Nick Saban

    5-star gamers: 6

    4-star gamers: 18

    4-year document: 51-4 (.927)

    Consensus All-People: Tua Tagovailoa (2018), Jerry Jeudy (2018), Mac Jones (2020), DeVonta Smith (2020), Najee Harris (2020), Alex Leatherwood (2020)

    NFL Draft picks: 5

    Star gamers: Tagovailoa, Jeudy, Smith, Jones, Harris, Henry Ruggs III

    Lowdown: This class began and closed their four-year careers with nationwide championships and can undoubtedly have double-digit gamers chosen within the NFL. They ushered in record-setting offenses within the SEC. Tagovailoa and Jones have been each Heisman Trophy finalists, and Smith gained the award in 2020. It’s probably the most adorned recruiting class but beneath Saban.

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