Led by QB Brock Berlin (pictured) -- who never won the starting job with the Gators and eventually transferred to Miami -- this class boasted solid players like TE Ben Troupe and DB Guss Scott, but didn't live up to its top ranking. The class finished with a 43-20 five-year record under Steve Spurrier (who left after the 2001 season) and Ron Zook. On the plus side for Gators' fans, the team's 7-5 record in '04 opened the door for Urban Meyer to take over. <br><br> Top classes from 2002-09 are according to Rivals.com.
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One of the most disappointing classes in Bobby Bowden's tenure at Florida State, the '01 group was hampered by inconsistency and ultimately derailed by highly-touted QB Adrian McPherson's (pictured) legal troubles. It posted a 2-3 record in bowl games, winning the Gator Bowl twice, but never finished better than No. 11 in the final AP ranking.
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The class, led by top-ranked QB Vince Young (pictured), helped lead the Longhorns to their first BCS bowl game under Mack Brown (a 38-37 Rose Bowl win over Michigan to cap the '04 season) and led Texas to its first national championship since 1969. The '05 team not only ran the table, but, in the title game, defeated a USC team that had won 34 straight contests and boasted two Heisman Trophy winners.
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The class highlighted by QB JaMarcus Russell (pictured) and S LaRon Landry contributed to LSU's national championship team in its first year. While some players, like Russell, left school early, the class posted a 56-10 five-year record, won a bowl game each season and bookended its five years at Baton Rouge with national championships.
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This class (pictured), anchored by players like OL Taitusi Lutui, LB Keith Rivers and receiving targets Dwayne Jarrett and TE Fred Jones, joined the glut of skill players (including Reggie Bush, LenDale White, John David Booty and Matt Leinart) already at USC. The '04 class won just one national championship ('04), but racked up a 59-6 five-year record, won three Rose Bowls and never finished lower than No. 4 in the AP rankings.
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On the heels of Carson Palmer, Leinart and Booty, Mark Sanchez (pictured) arrived at USC in `05 as one of the country's most prized quarterback recruits. LB Rey Maualuga and ready-made target WR Patrick Turner joined him and USC boasted college football's top recruiting class for the second consecutive year.
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With an already full backfield, USC got even deeper in '06, landing running backs Stafon Johnson, Emmanuel Moody and C.J. Gable (pictured left to right), three of the top10 backs in the class. Moody transferred to Florida, but Southern Cal's third straight No. 1 class has gone 34-5 so far and has already notched three Rose Bowl victories.
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On the heels of their '06 national championship, Urban Meyer's Gators reeled in the nation's top recruiting class, landing a slew of players who contributed to Florida's national title team in '08. In two seasons at Florida, the class, which included Joe Haden (pictured) and Carlos Dunlap (the BCS title game's defensive MVP), has won 22 games.
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Julio Jones (pictured) was the clear standout in the nation's top class. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver hauled in 58 catches for 924 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman in '08 while leading the Crimson Tide to the SEC title game.
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For the second straight year, the Crimson Tide landed the nation's top class thanks largely to an outstanding crop of in-state players. Alabama's most impressive signee, however, could be running back Trent Richardson (pictured), who hails from Florida.
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