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College Football 2016 Team Recruiting Rankings

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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. The Seminoles earned the top spot in ESPN’s ranks, but Rivals, Scout and 247Sports gave Alabama the nod at No. 1.

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The SEC was one of the big winners of Signing Day, as five teams claimed spots in the top 10. The conference was close to having a couple of other programs in the top 10, with Florida (No. 13) and Tennessee (No. 15) just missing the mark. Michigan and Ohio State carried the banner for the Big Ten with both programs inking top-five classes. Texas at No. 11 was the top Big 12 team in the rankings, while USC at No. 9 earned the best class in the Pac-12.

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Evaluating recruiting classes is no easy task, which is why Athlon Sports has looked to the major scouting services to get their take on the best signing hauls of 2016. Every class was listed in a spreadsheet, added to get a point total and averaged by four to create the consensus team rankings for 2016.

Here’s a look at how the four major scouting services rank the college football signing classes for 2016:

College Football's 2016 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings

Rank

Team

 

247

Scout

Rivals

ESPN

1

Alabama

1

1

1

2

2

Florida State

2

3

2

1

3

Ohio State

3

2

3

5

4

LSU

4

4

6

3

5

Michigan

5

6

4

6

6

Ole Miss

7

5

7

4

7t

Georgia

9

9

10

7

7t

Clemson

8

14

5

8

9

USC

6

11

8

11

10

Auburn

10

12

9

9

11

Texas

13

8

13

10

12

UCLA

11

7

14

15

13

Florida

14

10

14

12

14

Notre Dame

12

13

12

16

15

Tennessee

15

17

15

14

16

Stanford

17

15

18

13

17

Baylor

19

19

17

17

18

Texas A&M

16

21

16

20

19

TCU

18

16

21

22

20

Michigan State

21

18

20

21

21

Penn State

20

22

23

18

22

Oklahoma

23

20

19

23

23

Miami

22

37

22

19

24

Nebraska

24

28

25

26

25

South Carolina

28

26

26

27

26

Arkansas

25

32

32

24

27t

Pittsburgh

26

27

30

31

27t

North Carolina

33

23

24

34

29

Oregon

35

24

28

32

30t

Wisconsin

27

25

33

41

30t

Duke

34

33

31

28

32

Arizona State

32

36

34

25

33t

Washington

36

29

38

29

33t

Kentucky

29

39

29

35

35

Mississippi State

31

35

36

33

36

California

37

38

27

40

37

Utah

30

40

35

38

38

West Virginia

41

34

39

37

39

Louisville

39

41

37

36

40

Iowa

38

31

42

49

41

Texas Tech

46

30

45

42

42

Houston

44

51

44

30

43

Oklahoma State

42

43

46

46

44

Maryland

43

55

40

43

45

Virginia Tech

40

56

49

39

46

Oregon State

52

52

41

45

47t

Northwestern

47

45

47

52

47t

NC State

57

47

43

44

49

Minnesota

45

42

50

55

50

Arizona

51

44

51

47

51

Iowa State

50

46

53

54

52

BYU

49

54

48

57

53

Missouri

56

57

52

51

54

Washington State

58

50

54

56

55

Indiana

54

53

55

58

56

Vanderbilt

48

68

59

48

57

Wake Forest

53

63

61

50

58

Boise State

62

48

58

68

59

Georgia Tech

55

65

65

53

60

Syracuse

65

59

56

62