For the first time since 2010, Alabama does not lead Rivals.com's team recruiting rankings. USC, which also led Rivals.com's rankings in '10, jumped the Crimson Tide for the top spot in '15. Alabama will instead have to settle for the second-ranked class in the country.
The Trojans closed out their recruiting this year with a flourish, landing four five-star recruits between Tuesday and Wednesday to finish with 26 total commitments, 21 of whom were rated four- or five-star talents. The last time USC topped the recruiting rankings was its final class before NCAA-imposed sanctions limited the number of scholarships available. With those sanctions ending last summer, the Trojans picked up where they left off.
USC's crosstown rivals also closed strong, as UCLA picked up commitments from five-star Soso Jamabo and four-stars Chris Clark, Cordell Broadus and Josh Wariboko on National Signing Day to finish with the No. 13 recruiting class and the No. 2 class in the Pac-12. The Bruins could improve further if four-star linebacker Roquan Smith -- who committed to UCLA on Wednesday but later retracted his commitment -- opts to stick with them.
The top 25 is a mixture of programs who made big leaps on National Signing Day and those who rested relatively quietly. While USC, UCLA, Auburn (No. 6) and Florida (No. 23) gained big commitments Wednesday, Alabama, Florida State (No. 3) and Clemson (No. 4) sat idly, content that major portions of their recruiting classes had already been filled with early enrollments.