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Feb. 14 was national signing day for college football recruits. As in years past, Allen Wallace, copublisher of SuperPrep magazine, has put together a list of the schools that fared best and worst. His Top 10:
1) Notre Dame. The fourth consecutive national recruiting championship for the team with its own TV network. The new recruits leave the Irish without weakness at any position.
2) Florida State. Just slightly behind the Irish. Signed the country's finest quarterback prospect, Chris Weinke of St. Paul, and stole two of the top three prospects in Texas.
3) Michigan. In the first year A.B. (after Bo), new coach Gary Moeller got all he could have wanted. Running back Ricky Powers of Akron is an especially good catch.
4) Texas A&M. Coach R.C. Slocum corralled a class with a heavy Texas flavor. The Aggies emphasized offensive firepower—best personified by top-notch running back Greg Hill of Dallas—and left the other schools in the Southwest Conference far behind.
5) Georgia. Raided Alabama and Tennessee for key prospects. Landed a terrific offensive backfield, and may sign highly touted wide receiver Andre Hastings of Morrow, Ga. (page 40).
6) Ohio State. Kept SuperPrep Player of the Year Robert Smith, a running back from Euclid, Ohio, from migrating to Southern Cal. Also got the nation's best defensive back, Larry Kennedy of Sarasota, Fla.
7) UCLA. Amazing that the Bruins could do this well coming off a 3-7-1 season. Snared a passel of superb defensive backs.
8) USC. Landed the country's top offensive-line class. Might have been higher but lost two fabulous wideouts at the 11th hour.