Top schools consistently dominate recruiting rankings
Posted: Wednesday February 06, 2002 2:43 AM
By Jacob Luft, CNNSI.com
College football recruiting is the land of the giants. The big programs will sign the best players, year in and year out, with very few surprises.
Below is a chart of the top-10 rankings of two well-known publications -- Allen Wallace's Superprep and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report -- for the past 10 seasons. If a school was in each publication's top 10 every season, it would show up a total of 20 times in this chart.
Florida State comes the closest to a perfect score, appearing on 19 of the 20 top-10 lists, including five No. 1 rankings. Michigan and Notre Dame are second with 17 each, followed by Florida and Tennessee at 14. Alabama shows up 12 times, Texas 11 and Southern Cal 10.
Thirty different schools are represented in all, but only 20 make more than two appearances. Perhaps the most glaring statistic of all: Thirteen schools account for 78 percent of all the top-10 rankings for the past 10 years.
Note: These charts were compiled from newspaper accounts of the past 10 signing days: