By Stewart Mandel
February 05, 2014
Five-star linebacker Rashaan Evans pulled a Signing Day stunner by picking Alabama instead of Auburn.
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Which means one thing: For Alabama, it's playoffs or bust.

Prediction: There are three tried-and-true formulas that lead to high recruiting rankings within one year. One, a new coach takes over a powerhouse program. Two, a school appears in a national championship game. And three, the school is Alabama. So go ahead and bookmark this. Your top five in 2015, in some order, will be: Florida State (BCS title), Auburn (BCS runner-up), Texas (Strong), USC (Sarkisian) and Alabama (Alabama) -- with Penn State (Franklin) not far behind. See you this time next year.

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