Friday was Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter.
For college football fans, though, there will be another Groundhog Day – February 7, which is National Signing Day. That’s because the same schools are going to reel in highly ranked recruiting classes. It never really changes.
Consider that in the past five recruiting classes (2013-17, using the 247Sports Composite rankings):
• Four schools have ranked in the top 10 in each year: Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Ohio State.
• Three other schools have ranked in the top 10 in four years: Florida state, Georgia and USC.
• In all, just 17 schools have had a top-10 ranking in those five years (the others are Michigan three times; Florida, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M twice each; and Clemson, Oklahoma and UCLA once each).
• When it comes to a top-20 ranking, the group is even tighter, as 29 schools have been ranked in those five years. But there are few outliers: Of those 29, five (Arizona State, Maryland, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Washington) have been ranked once in that span. Thus, that means that just 24 schools have had multiple top-20 recruiting classes in the past five years. That’s not a wide variety.
• In the current top-20 rankings – and, yes, they will change on NSD – every single school has finished in the top 20 at least once and 19 have finished in the top 20 more than once in the past five years.
See, NSD is Groundhog Day for most college football fans.
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