The colleges that fared best, as ranked by SI
1 ALABAMA, 32 signees
Just as he did at LSU, coach Nick Saban dominated in-state recruiting, landing 14 of Alabama's top 20 prospects. His best catches: WR Julio Jones (Foley) and ATH Burton Scott (Vigor High in Prichard).
2 NOTRE DAME, 23 signees
The Irish had snagged 19 players by last July, and all but one stayed on board despite Notre Dame's 3--9 season. Expect WR Michael Floyd of Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul) to play immediately.
3 MIAMI, 33 signees
Coach Randy Shannon hauled in the nation's best crop of LBs. He also signed 10 of the top 12 players in Miami-Dade, including DT Marcus Forston (Northwestern) and CB Brandon Harris ( Washington).
4 FLORIDA, 22 signees
Coach Urban Meyer's third-straight top five class is heavy on defense, most notably the safety tandem of Will Hill (right) from St. Peter's Prep ( Jersey City) and Dee Finley (Auburn, Ala.).
5 CLEMSON, 26 signees
The Tigers secured an early pledge from the highly coveted DE DaQuan Bowers (Bamberg-Ehrhardt in S.C.) then got a signing-day bonus in explosive Trinity Christian ( Jacksonville) RB Jamie Harper.