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How are state schools stacking up on recruiting?

Florida Football Insiders



Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Without question, it’s one of the key parts to sustaining your college football program; recruiting. And, for the Gators, the Hurricanes and the Seminoles they have racked up not only the best recruits in the state of Florida, but throughout the Southeast for the better part of four decades.

It’s one of the main reasons why every one of those three schools has won a National Championship or more in the 2000s.

With that in mind, one of the top outlets for college football recruiting, 24/7 Sports, released a power ranking from the last five years and already for next year’s recruiting classes.

Now, fundamentally you have to understand that the 17 and 18 year olds that have already made a verbal commitment can change their mind and go with another school all the way up until the first signing period in December. Then, those that choose to wait until the late signing period in February still have the same right to renege on their verbal backing.

Still, 24/7 put out their power ranking based on an average of the last few years and their projections for the 2020 class.

The Miami Hurricanes lead behind, now first-year coach Manny Diaz, who’s been the defensive coordinator the last couple of seasons. “The U” comes in at number 19 on their list. Miami’s composite ranking over the last 5 years is 19.4, but 24/7 projects that they will have the number four recruiting class in 2020 at this point. That is quite an upgrade in South Florida.

The next highest ranked team from the state is the Florida Gators whose average, according to 24/7, over the last 5 years is 13.4. For now, 24/7 currently has the Gators at number 11 for the 2020 class. One factor holding them back was the inability to secure the verbal commitment of Lakeland running back to DeMarkcus Bowman who spurned Florida for the Clemson Tigers last week. Bowman is regarded as the second best running back in the country and could obviously still change his mind, however, it’s not likely.

Florida State fans have not had a lot to cheer about the last couple of seasons, but 24/7 believes they are the sixth best recruiting program over the last few years. Mainly due to what Jimbo Fisher had upgraded with star signings and a 24/7 composite ranking is 8.2 over the last 5 Seasons.

24/7 currently has the Seminoles ranked, as the number five team for the 2020 recruiting class. The real question becomes whether embattled coach Willie Taggart (shown above) and his staff will be around to see that recruiting class? This is particularly, if Florida State gets off to a bad start in 2019, then Taggart’s fate may be sealed.

It’s interesting what these recruiting services do and obviously a power ranking is being put out there for the purpose of discussion.

So the fact that the defending champion Clemson Tigers are ranked 7th is eye-catching. However, you dive deeper and it’s because 24/7 has their average class ranking at 9.2 over the last 5 years. Then again, with Bowman and the number one quarterback in the country, DJ Uiagalelei from California, almost every recruiting service including 24/7 has Dabo Swinney’s team ranked number one overall for 2020

And finally, it should come as no surprise that Ohio State at #3,  followed by Georgia and then, top ranked Alabama are in the top spots of their power ranking. The Buckeyes, the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide are all consistently in the top 5 in recruiting and seemingly have ended up not only contenting for, but winning their conference title and then, particularly for Bama, the national title, too

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