The easiest way to rank a recruiting class is to wait four years and add up a school's wins and losses. But where's the fun in that? With three weeks to go until national signing day, most programs have a pretty good idea how their class will look. And while it's a fruitless exercise to rank classes that aren't yet complete, it's not hard to figure out which category some of the nation's high-profile programs belong in at the moment.
These schools return stocked depth charts and are already considered top contenders for the 2008 national title. On top of that, they also appear poised to reel in top classes.
These historically strong programs have fallen from grace lately, but they could get better quickly if their classes live up to their lofty billings.
These programs are just outside the national title picture, but the right mix of young talent might push them into contention.
These programs changed coaches this offseason, making recruiting more difficult. Other schools have tried to pillage commitments, and committed players have wondered where they fit with the new coach.