National Signing day has come and gone. Unlike the draft where I feel I have some sort of foundation for my opinions National Signing Day is out of my area expertise.
What I thought I would do is go around and look at some places that do know what they are doing and give you guys a consensus ranking after I complied the information, and you can also check out College Football Talk’s breakdown
Why does National Signing Day matter? As you can see from this post at SideLionReport.com of Mel Kiper’s 32 top players from his mock 6 players were five star players, and only three players weren’t ranked in the top 100 of their positions. Five star players seem to make it in the N.F.L. often.
First let me give you a few notes.
The big surprise of the day was Missouri Landing the Nation’s number one prospect. Here’s what USA Today wrote:
Green-Beckham picks Missouri
After months of anticipation, Dorial Green-Beckham ended the suspense. The All-USA offensive player of the year is headed to Missouri after making his announcement. A wide receiver, Green-Beckham is considered the No. 1 recruit in the country by Rivals.com. He had considered Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas before announcing for the Tigers, who have to be ecstatic to keep the Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) product at home.
Another big story line was the recruiting class of Stanford which has not historically had a good National Signing day.
Big gets by Stanford
And we mean big. Corona Del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) offensive lineman Andrus Peat, who is listed at 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds picked the Cardinal ahead of his other finalist USC. Later, Kyle Murphy, another five-star lineman, announced he would play at Stanford, too.
That means plenty of support for running back signee Barry Sanders in the near future.
Another story of the day was that Rutgers was able to hold onto a majority of their prospects despite Greg Schiano bolting for Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Here’s how I did this. I took a look at the rankings for rivals.com, Scout.com , 247sports.com and assigned a value for each ranking, starting with 1 for the best spot and working up to 25. The lower the number the better the ranking in the consensus. And here is how it turned out.
1. Alabama (5 total points)
2. Texas (6 total points)
3. Florida (12 points)
3. Ohio State (12 points)
5. Stanford (18 points)
5. Michigan (18 points)
7. Florida State (2o points)
8. Miami (27 points)
9. Oklahoma Sooners (28 points)
10. LSU (35 points)
11. Auburn (36 points)
12. USC (38 points)
13. Georgia (38 points)
14. UCLA (41 points)
15. Texas A and M (44 points)
16. Oregon (44 points)
17. South Carolina (45 points)
18. Norte Dame (47 points)
19. Tennessee (51)
Teams 20-22 were in the top 25 of two of three rankings, but not the third. Lowest number is ranked highest.
21. Va Tech
23-25 are teams that were ranked in one of the three publications. The highest seed goes to the best ranking
23. Baylor (ranked 24th in the 247sports ranking)
24. Cal (ranked 25th in the 247 sports ranking)
25. Nebraska Cornhuskers (25th in rivals.com ranking)
There you have it, folks.
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