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Alabama Crimson Tide Wins Recruiting National Championship

Nick Saban has claimed his second national championship in two months with the best class in the nation.
<p> Alabama Crimson Tide Wins Recruiting National Championship</p>

-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

It didn’t take long for the dust to start settling on what has turned out to be one of the most entertaining National Signing Days in history.

At 8:15 a.m. ET, Nick Saban landed his first big unknown when Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville defensive tackle Korren Kirven (No. 198 nationally) signed his paperwork for the Crimson Tide.

And the Tide just kept on rolling to the 2012 recruiting national championship.

Recruiting Trail Dominated By Urban Meyer, Ohio State

Since taking over in Columbus, Meyer's impact on Buckeye recruiting has been astounding.
<p> Since taking over in Columbus, Meyer's impact on Buckeye recruiting has been astounding.</p>

-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

It helps to have two coaching staffs.

While Luke Fickell's Ohio State staff prepared for the bowl match-up with Florida, new head coach Urban Meyer and his staff plowed through the recruiting trail in true General Sherman fashion.

Can National Signing Day Save Auburn's Class?

Auburn's 2012 class has been a disappointment, but can National Signing Day save the day?
<p> Auburn's 2012 class has been a disappointment, but can National Signing Day save the day?</p>

-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The Auburn Tigers won the 2011 BCS National Championship. But you wouldn't be able to tell it from looking at the team recruiting rankings.

Rivals.com and Scout.com has the Tigers ranked No. 20 in the nation and 247Sports has Auburn ranked 21st in the nation. That is nothing to sneeze at and provides enough talent to any roster to compete for conference championships.

Yet, those rankings put the Tigers in the bottom third of the SEC. Eighth to be exact.

Florida Gators Ready For Huge National Signing Day

National Signing Day 2012 could be a huge day for Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators.
<p> National Signing Day 2012 could be a huge day for Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators.</p>

-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The Florida Gators need some good news these days.

Recruiting: National Signing Day's Craziest Stories

National Signing Day has always provided plenty of bizarre, hilarious and eye-opening stories.
<p> National Signing Day has always provided plenty of bizarre, hilarious and eye-opening stories.</p>

-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

Children are complicated, fickle, naive creatures who seldom have any perspective on the trappings of adult life. Few 16-year old kids in this country are clued in to the rise of democracy in the Middle East, the emerging debt issues in Europe or the far-reaching effects of upcoming elections in South America. Hell, most of them have never even done their own taxes.

2012 Team Recruiting Rankings, Signing Day Targets

Who has the top class heading into Signing Day and which teams will close hard?
<p> Who has the top class heading into Signing Day and which teams will close hard?</p>

-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

National Signing Day is upon us!

Tomorrow coaches, parents, fans and media members alike will be starring at fax machines (yes, they still use those) in anticipation of building a championship roster.

Texas, Alabama Compete for Recruiting Title

Texas and Alabama enter Signing Day as the top two classes in the nation.
<p> Texas and Alabama enter Signing Day as the top two classes in the nation.</p>

-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

National Signing Day 2012 is two days away.

Recruiting: War Stories From the Trail

Recruiting is complicated and Athlon has collected some of the best tales from the trail.
<p> Recruiting is complicated and Athlon has collected some of the best tales from the trail.</p>
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The competition for the signatures of unproven 18-year-olds often includes more twists and turns than a spy novel. Here, insiders present a few slices of life out on the recruiting trail.

Athlon Consensus 100: 2012's Top 100 Prospects

Recruiting: The Top 15 Two-Star Recruits

Who are the best two-star recruits in the modern recruiting era?
<p> Who are the best two-star recruits in the modern recruiting era?</p>

-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

Recruiting rankings are an inexact science, and even the experts will admit that. It is virtually impossible to measure heart, work ethic, mental focus and self-awareness in 17- and 18-year-old kids. Especially, in the face of the most important decision they will ever make.

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