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Alabama and Nick Saban signed the consensus top-ranked class in the nation again.
Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and 247Sports.com are the four major recruiting services who all do an excellent job evaluating, tracking and ranking all things recruiting.
But they don't always agree and that is a great thing for fans. It also means the best way to rank the best classes in the nation is to average them all together and come to a consensus. One service may value quantity while another may value quality. One service may really love one prospect while another may not feel as strongly about him. Again, this is why Athlon Sports publishes its national team recruiting rankings as an average of the four big sites combined.
After another stellar National Signing Day of winners and losers, here are the consensus Top 40 team rankings for 2014 — with a familiar name atop the standings once again.
• The SEC dominated again, landing the top two slots, seven of the top nine and 10 of the top 20 classes. Bama won its third straight recruiting title and the SEC's sixth in seven years. The only three teams with top-20 classes and losing records in 2013 were from the SEC (Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky).
• Ohio State left everyone else in the Big Ten in their dust. Michigan dropped on signing day and the rest of the Big Ten stood fairly still. The Buckeyes are lapping the field in the B1G when it comes to recruiting.
• The Trojans are back with a vengeance as they landed three top-40 players, including two five-stars on NSD. Coach Sark closed with a fury and landed the Pac-12's highest-rated class.
• The rest of the Pac-12 held its own, however. Stanford was awesome on Wednesday and Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA and Arizona all landed top-30 classes as well.
• The Big 12 struggled again. Oklahoma and Texas had strong classes but those two schools are accustomed to being in the top five nationally not 13th and 15th respectively. No other Big 12 team landed in the top 25 and only seven total top-100 players signed with the Big 12.
|3.||Florida St (29)||4||4||3||3|
|4.||Ohio St (23)||3||3||5||7|
Texas A&M (21)
|10.||Notre Dame (23)||10||11||6||11|
|16.||Ole Miss (26)||16||19||18||18|
|18.||South Carolina (21)||15||16||24||19|
|20.||Arizona St (28)||23||21||17||21|
|24.||Penn St (25)||24||24||25||24|
|25.||Michigan St (22)||25||22||21||29|
|26.||Oklahoma St (29)||28||27||14||28|
|29.||North Carolina (22)||29||23||31||32|
|30.||Virginia Tech (27)||27||25||37||31|
|32.||NC State (30)||34||30||26||38|
|37.||West Virginia (22)||36||38||40||37|
|38.||Texas Tech (27)||41||43||35||35|
|40.||Mississippi St (23)||38||41||39||36|
Also receiving votes: Indiana, TCU, USF, Northwestern