College football recruiting rankings are not the end all, be all but certainly give a pretty good indication of the kind of seasons that are to follow for the perceived winners and the losers on National Signing Day.
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 128 teams.
College football’s 2016 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program looks for the upcoming season. With spring practice just around the corner, the focus around the nation now shifts to the 2016 season.
College football’s 2016 National Signing Day ended with a familiar face at the top of the team recruiting rankings: Alabama. The Crimson Tide claimed the recruiting national championship for the sixth consecutive season, slightly edging Florida State for the No. 1 spot in the consensus average from the four major services – 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN.
On paper, much of the 2016 college football recruiting season is a formality at this point in the game with thousands of high school and junior college recruits verbally committed to their dream school or program of choice.
College football's 2013 recruiting class was so jam-packed with talent that it must’ve been easy for coaches to just throw out offers willy nilly. Despite how much of a home-run talent many of these prospects looked, as is the nature of the beast, recruiting rankings continued to prove hit or miss.
The first Wednesday in February is essentially Christmas for every college football head coach. After months of hard work on the recruiting trail, coaches will hit the offices bright and early on Wednesday for National Signing Day to welcome a new class full of freshmen and maybe a few junior college transfers to chase a national championship.
No matter where college football fans get their recruiting rankings, there are a lot of top uncommitted recruits left to be had in the 2016 recruiting class. In fact, on 247Sports’ top 25 there are 11 remaining and on Rivals’ top 20 there are 10 uncommitted players.
Spring practice for nearly all 128 college football teams is slated to start in March, but it’s never too early to preview the quarterback position and how some of the new faces blend in with the returning stars. It’s no secret quarterback play is critical to the success of any program.