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POSTED BY EIZ ON THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM
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      National Signing Day 2012 is drawing to a close, and all of the signings, decommitments and flips
      caused some major shakeups in the recruiting rankings. But after all was said and done, the top
      of...


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECRUITING
 


POSTED BYO EIZ N THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2012, 7:14 AM




                                                                Feb 1, 2012 - National Signing Day 2012
                                                                is drawing to a close, and all of the
                                                                signings, decommitments and flips
                                                                caused some major shakeups in the
                                                                recruiting rankings. But after all was said
                                                                and done, the top of the recruiting
                                                                rankings are populated by the usual
                                                                suspects.


                                                                The following chart shows all four
                                                                rankings services (247Sports, ESPN,
                                                                Rivals and Scout), and a composite of the
                                                                four. Fans of teams that didn't finish well
      will claim that recruiting rankings don't matter. History could not disagree more, however, as the
      rankings are incredibly predictive of success on the whole. Still, there are always exceptions, and
      one poor recruiting year does not doom a team to years of future failure.


      It's also important to note that thanks to improvements in technology (better cameras, the advent of
      youtube and digital film), better quality film is being prouced, and more people are able to view it
      each year. That leads to better rankings, as does the increase in investment in the industry. There
      are now four major recruiting services, and countless minor players. The chance a talented player
      goes unseen in 2012 is exponentially less than it was just a few years ago. More, more, more: It all
      adds up to less. As in, less sleeper recruits, less chances for teams to score big with unknown
      players, and less of a chance for the little guy.


      And for the third time in four years, the national champion of recruiting is Alabama, narrowly edging
      out the Texas Longhorns. Both have large classes full of blue-chip recruits, and both met their
      needs, but Alabama was just a bit better at the top, according to the four major services.


      Florida fans should quickly stop worrying about UF's failure to close on National Signing Day when
      they realize that their Gators finished third overall. UF lost out on linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons,
      offensive tackle Avery Young, defensive end Leonard Williams and receiver Nelson Agholor.
      Players who commit on signing day aren't better than those who commit on any other day, but
      signing day is a way to build momentum and excitement for a program. The Gators did not do that
      today. Still, UF grabbed the top offensive tackle in the country in D.J. Humphries, of North Carolina,
      running back Matt Jones, of Tampa, and cornerback Brian Poole, from Bradenton (Fla.).

				
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