National Signing Day Primer: Predicting Top 5 Recruiting Classes

    In this National Signing Day primer we predict the top five recruiting classes for 2016. Will LSU hold onto the top spot, or will a Big Ten team jump over the Tigers?

    February 1, 2016

    Predicting the top five recruiting classes ahead of National Signing Day.


    It’s been a long, crazy ride, but we’ve finally made it to the home stretch. The day high school recruits and college football fans have been waiting for is nearly here. National Signing Day is on Wednesday, and we’re in store for a whirlwind of action.

    We’ve seen some pretty crazy stories over the past few years. We’ve seen a recruit commit to Auburn and flip to Alabama a few hours later. We’ve seen a mother literally steal her son’s letter of intent to try and keep him from moving away from home.

    There are bound to be more surprises, especially when it comes to the teams jockeying for a final ranking in the top five and the coveted mythical recruiting title.

    Campus Insiders spoke with Allen Trieu of Scout.com to predict how the top five recruiting rankings will end up.

    Top Five Recruiting Classes Will Be …

    1. LSU Tigers

    Current Rank: No. 1

    Has there been a hotter recruiter than Les Miles lately? LSU already had 5-star cornerback Saivion Smith, but it tacked on 5-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence, too. The Tigers will be in play for 4-star cornerbacks Kristian Fulton and Trayvon Mullen. If they land one or both and add on 4-star offensive tackle Jauan Williams, LSU will claim the top class ranking.

    2. Ohio State Buckeyes

    Current Rank: No. 2

    Urban Meyer has been lighting the recruiting trail on fire over the past month. He landed a commitment from 4-star wide receiver Binjimen Victor and followed that up four hours later by flipping 4-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins and 4-star linebacker Keandre Jones from Maryland. If the Buckeyes land 5-star athlete Mecole Hardman Jr., they’ll be cemented in the top two.

    3. Michigan Wolverines

    Current Rank: No. 5

    “Well actually I don’t think Rashan Gary was one of the kids that he (Harbaugh) watched Netflix with, but Rashan’s going to be one of the main guys that helps push this class up higher,” Allen said. “He’s the number one player in the country, so whatever class he joins is going to get a huge boost. And I think they’re going to get seven or possibly even eight more guys in this class, but none bigger than Rashan. He’s the main reason I think Michigan will move up the national rankings and be at three. Maybe even challenge for two or one.”

    4. Ole Miss

    Current Rank: No. 3

    Hugh Freeze’s Rebels have one of the most prized recruits in the whole 2016 class with 5-star quarterback Shea Patterson. He’s a mobile quarterback with picture-perfect form and a big arm. But, of course, mobility doesn’t mean he doesn’t need protection. Ole Miss tacked on a commitment from 5-star offensive tackle Gregory Little. It seems as though the Rebels offense will be putting up big numbers for the next few years if Patterson develops. If Freeze lands 5-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons and 4-star safety Deontay Anderson, Ole Miss will stay in the top five.

    5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    Current Rank: No. 6

    “I think it’s more about the Irish [than the Florida Gators],” Trieu said in regards to who will land the No. 5 class. “I think both [Notre Dame and Florida] have a good chance to add a couple more players, but Notre Dame has the most star power to add to their class. Five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly, linebacker Jonathan Jones, wide receiver Nate Johnson, all three of those guys could end up in the Irish class, and I think that would give them a tremendous boost and get them into the top five on signing day.”

    MORE: Update Top 25 College Football Recruiting Rankings

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