College Football 2016 Team Recruiting Rankings

Which teams were the big winners on Signing Day?

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.

 

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.

 

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

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