Alabama tops Scout.com's 2017 team recruiting class rankings

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Alabama's recruiting success remains unmatched
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Alabama's recruiting success remains unmatched
Scout.com
Wednesday February 1st, 2017

Denied another national championship on the field less than a month earlier, Alabama could not be stopped from seizing another title on the recruiting trail. For the second straight year and the third time in the last four seasons, the Crimson Tide finish National Signing Day with the top recruiting class in the country, according to Scout.com.

Coach Nick Saban and his staff finished strong on signing day, landing commitments from five-star Devonta Smith and highly touted four-stars LaBryan Ray and Henry Ruggs, among others. Those pledges joined a group of 12 prospects who enrolled early at Alabama, including No. 1 overall recruit Najee Harris.

In a remarkable feat even by the Crimson Tide’s lofty standards, four-star defensive end Jarez Parks, the No. 68 overall recruit in the class of 2017, appears poised to take a grayshirt at Alabama due to a lack of remaining scholarships rather than accept a scholarship at another school.

While the Tide once again top the recruiting rankings, they were not the only victory on National Signing Day as several other programs, particularly USC and Florida, finished strong. Here are the top 25 classes in the country, according to Scout.com's rankings:

Scout.com top 25 team recruiting class rankings

  • 1
     
    Total commits: 28
    Five stars: 6
    Four stars: 17
    Points: 5,389
    The Tide’s recruiting dominance is so thorough that they will be grayshirting (spring 2018 enrollee as opposed to fall 2017) one of the top 100 players in the nation (Jarez Parks). They landed six five-star recruits and two of the best junior college players in the nation. The rich got much, much richer.

  • 2
     
    Total commits: 26
    Five stars: 2
    Four stars: 21
    Points: 5,196
    Kirby Smart signed a spectacular second class anchored by five-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs and four-star offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson. If it all goes right, this could one day be the class that returns Georgia to the SEC elite.

  • 3
     
    Total commits: 29
    Five stars: 2
    Four stars: 20
    Points: 4,987
    Jim Harbaugh’s zany antics produced major results again. The best pull of all might be five-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon from Georgia, a geographic coup for the Wolverines. Five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is widely considered to be the best wideout in the nation.

  • 4
     
    Total commits: 21
    Five stars: 6
    Four stars: 13
    Points: 4,696
    Meyer’s recruiting acumen is proven at this point. What was most impressive about this class was his ability to poach Texas’s top players (Jeffrey Okudah, Baron Browning) away from the state’s flagship programs. Of the six five-star players the Buckeyes signed, none hails from the state of Ohio.

  • 5
     
    Total commits: 25
    Five stars: 4
    Four stars: 13
    Points: 4,617
    The Trojans are back among the best after their Rose Bowl win. Two local five-stars (Stephen Carr, Joseph Lewis) joined the Trojans while two others (Jay Tufele, Austin Jackson) arrived from out of state.

  • 6
     
    Total commits: 27
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 19
    Points: 4,463
    The Sooners once again reached into California and grabbed two notable talents (Grant Calcaterra and Addison Gumbs) to help solidify easily the Big 12’s best class.

  • 7
     
    Total commits: 23
    Five stars: 2
    Four stars: 14
    Points: 4,284
    Ed Orgeron should be thrilled with his first class. Not only did he land heralded five-star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson, but he also kept four-star safety Todd Harris home. The Tigers didn’t recede even after a chaotic year.

  • 8
     
    Total commits: 22
    Five stars: 4
    Four stars: 11
    Points: 4,121
    Not only did the Seminoles sign two of the nation’s most touted running back recruits (Cam Akers, Khalen Laborn), they brought in two of the nation’s most fearsome defensive linemen (Marvin Wilson and Josh Kaindoh). This class is flat-out loaded.

  • 9
     
    Total commits: 27
    Five stars: 1
    Four stars: 11
    Points: 3,709
    The Aggies have a bad habit of disappointing on the field, but head coach Kevin Sumlin is still signing strong recruiting classes. Five-star linebacker Anthony Hines and four-star safety Derric Turner are great additions to College Station.

  • 10
     
    Total commits: 24
    Five stars: 1
    Four stars: 12
    Points: 3,696
    Many were worried about the Gators entering signing day, but they ended the day with a five-star offensive lineman (Tedarrell Slaton) and a promising athlete (C.J. Henderson).

  • 11
     
    Total commits: 22
    Five stars: 2
    Four stars: 11
    Points: 3,655
    Five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley and a signing day commitment from four-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant helped keep the Tigers near the top of the rankings.

  • 12
     
    Total commits: 29
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 11
    Points: 3,497
    DJ Durkin proved his recruiting mettle by selling the Terps, a consistently middling program, to several high-profile recruits. Getting running back Cordarrian Richardson may give Maryland the exposure the program has needed for years. If this class is any indication, Durkin was a home-run hire last season.

  • 13
     
    Total commits: 21
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 11
    Points: 3,215
    The 4–8 record in 2016 didn’t hurt the Irish’s recruiting efforts. Notre Dame signed two promising tight ends (Brock Wright, Cole Kmet), a top inside linebacker (David Adams), and flipped three-star athlete Jordan Genemark-Heath from Cal just this past week.

  • 14
     
    Total commits: 21
    Five stars: 1
    Four stars: 10
    Points: 3,195
    James Franklin capitalized on Penn State’s strong play at the end of the season to sign a talented recruiting class. Pennsylvania native Lamont Wade, a five-star cornerback, stayed home, a huge win for Franklin in a conference populated by Harbaugh and Meyer.

  • 15
     
    Total commits: 28
    Five stars: 1
    Four stars: 4
    Points: 3,192
    Offensive lineman Trey Smith was one of the most sought-after players in the nation, and Butch Davis was able to keep the five-star tackle at home. Safety Maleik Gray is another player with significant promise who stayed home to sign with the Vols.

  • 16
     
    Total commits: 24
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 9
    Points: 3,099
    Willie Taggart’s first effort looks like a success. Cornerback Thomas Graham is considered one of the most promising defensive players in greater Southern California, and cornerback Deommodore Lenoir is another strong addition. For a team with one of the nation’s worst secondaries last year, this was not a bad place to invest.

  • 17
     
    Total commits: 22
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 9
    Points: 3,061
    Mark Richt won plenty of difficult recruiting fights in his home state, but maybe his most impressive pull was landing defensive end D.J. Johnson from Sacramento. Speed demon Jeff Thomas is another strong addition for the Hurricanes.

  • 18
     
    Total commits: 20
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 9
    Points: 2,834
    Mike Riley landed his best class yet since taking over the Huskers, highlighted by wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (a former Ohio State commit) and a trio of stars from the L.A. area (CB Elijah Blades, QB Tristan Gebbia and WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr.). It’s also notable for the pair of signees with famous football fathers in Johnson and FB Ben Miles, the son of former LSU coach Les Miles.

  • 19
     
    Total commits: 26
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 6
    Points: 2,820
    The Gamecocks bounced back on the field in 2016 and they’re poised to continue trending upward with Will Muschamp’s first full recruiting class. Perhaps their biggest win came when four-star athlete Jamyest Williams announced Wednesday that he’d be sticking with his South Carolina commitment.

  • 20
     
    Total commits: 26
    Five stars: 1
    Four stars: 4
    Points: 2,811
    The Hokies’ class is headlined by in-state prospect Devon Hunter, the top safety in the country, who you know defensive coordinator Bud Foster is amped to add to the mix. With Jerod Evans’s surprise departure to the NFL, QBs Hendon Hooker and A.J. Bush (a juco product like Evans) could be in the mix to start right away.

  • 21
     
    Total commits: 18
    Five stars: 2
    Four stars: 7
    Points: 2,803
    The Bruins signed a pair of recruits who are tops in the country at their position in ultra-athletic CB Darnay Holmes and DE Jaelan Phillips, who was one of the best players at last month’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. There’s plenty of quality here, but the class could’ve used a few more offensive playmakers.

  • 22
     
    Total commits: 22
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 6
    Points: 2,783
    The six four-stars in this class should help the Spartans rebound from their disappointing 3–9 season. Michigan State limped to the finish though; on National Signing Day, DT Joe Spivak chose to walk on at Northwestern over a scholarship offer from the Spartans, and news broke that three-star DE commit Donovan Winter was in jail on charges of burglary and larceny of a firearm and thus wouldn’t sign.

  • 23
     
    Total commits: 18
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 10
    Points: 2,690
    Chris Petersen capitalized on the Huskies’ breakthrough season by landing his deepest class since arriving in Seattle. Hunter Bryant is the No. 2 tight end in the country and could become a favorite target of Jake Browning right away, while Henry Bainivalu looks like a future road-grader on the O-line.

  • 24
     
    Total commits: 14
    Five stars: 3
    Four stars: 6
    Points: 2,671
    What David Shaw lacks in quantity (just 14 commits) he more than makes up for in quality; the Cardinal are tied for fourth in the country in average star rating. Stanford landed the nation’s top two offensive tackles (Foster Sarell and Walker Little), the top QB (Davis Mills) and the top tight end (Colby Parkinson). Sarell, Little and Mills give Shaw three of the top 10 overall prospects in the country.

  • 25
     
    Total commits: 24
    Five stars: 0
    Four stars: 7
    Points: 2,646
    The Bulldogs’ biggest coup came on National Signing Day when rangy LB Willie Gay elected to stay home rather than head to LSU. Several juco prospects could make an instant impact, including DT Chauncey Rivers and S Brian Cole (who started his career at Michigan), both of whom hail from Last Chance U’s East Mississippi CC.

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