Clemson may have won the national championship over Alabama, but the Crimson Tide and the rest of the SEC are still kings of the recruiting trail.
With National Signing Day fast approaching, the SEC is tied for the the lead among conferences with nine 5-star recruits committed and easily outpaces every other conference with 91 4-star players pledged for this year’s class.
Alabama has four of those 5-star recruits, while Georgia has two. LSU, Auburn and Tennessee each have one. Twelve of the 14 teams have at least one 4-star recruit.
Ohio State is carrying the mail for the Big Ten with seven 5-star recruits — and the second-best class nationally behind Alabama and just ahead of Georgia. Michigan and Iowa and each have a 5-star pledge as well.
Stanford (3), UCLA (2) and USC have the 5-star pledges for the Pac-12, and 10 of the teams in the league have at least one 4-star recruit.
Florida State has a trio of 5-star recruits and Clemson, trying to cash in on its championship, has a pair of 5-star recruits. Ten of the league’s 14 teams have at least one 4-star pledge.
Oklahoma has 17 of the Big 12’s 29 4-star recruits in what has to be considered a slow cycle for the league. Half of the league’s 10 teams have zero 4-star commits.
Notre Dame has all 10 4-star recruits for the Independents. Memphis, Cincinnati and Boise State each have a single 4-star player pledged to their respective classes.
All ratings courtesy of 247Sports, and all recruits committed as of 1/16