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THE BOTTOM LINE ON THE DOTTED LINE

Jan. 30, 2012
Jan. 30, 2012

Table of Contents
Jan. 30, 2012

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
PRO HOCKEY
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
JOE PATERNO
Departments

THE BOTTOM LINE ON THE DOTTED LINE

How critical is signing day? As this chart ranking the top recruiting teams since 2008 shows, being a title contender (Alabama) requires blue-chippers, but blue-chippers don't ensure being a title contender (Texas)

COMPILED BY Gene Menez

KEY

This is an article from the Jan. 30, 2012 issue

Teams were awarded with three points for every five-star prospect from the last four years, two for every four-star and one for every three-star. Colored blocks proportionally represent the recruits signed in that year.

2008

2009

2010

2011

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1. Alabama

5-STARS 11*

4-STARS 62

3-STARS 31

The national champs were—surprise!—also the best on the recruiting trail, with the top-ranked classes of 2008, '09 and '11, which included RB Trent Richardson and CB Dre Kirkpatrick.

2. LSU

5-STARS 10

4-STARS 46

3-STARS 44

The Tigers' run to the BCS national title game was fueled by a 2009 group that ranked No. 2 and was loaded with defensive talent (DT Michael Brockers, CB Morris Claiborne and DE Barkevious Mingo).

3. USC

5-STARS 12

4-STARS 52

3-STARS 20

QB Matt Barkley and WR Robert Woods, five-star recruits in 2009 and '10, respectively, keyed the Trojans' 10--2 season, but NCAA sanctions will dock the team 30 scholarships over the next three years.

T4. Florida State

5-STARS 8

4-STARS 44

3-STARS 43

Though they finished last season 9--4, the Seminoles will be able to rely on their second-ranked 2011 class, which produced freshman All-America defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, among others.

T4. Texas

5-STARS 6

4-STARS 57

3-STARS 23

The Longhorns have finished outside the Top 25 the last two seasons, in part because several blue-chippers on offense, including 2009 five-star QB Garrett Gilbert (who transferred to SMU), have not panned out.

* Represents total number of recruits in that star category over the last four recruiting seasons

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