While most everyone has moved on to the recruiting Class for 2020, a final look at the Class of 2019 may be in order.   Phil Steele is the guy that puts out the most extensive preseason football magazine on the market these days.  He also puts out what I would consider to be the most accurate recruiting information as well.

As you know, football teams are allowed 85 scholarship players at any one time.  This means that the size of recruiting classes can vary from year to year.  I have seen classes as small as 18 and as large as 30.  A team with a new coach can run off a ton of players in order to make room for his new recruits.   This move can create over-sized recruiting classes.

Recruiting services like Rivals and 247sports give far too much credit to the number of recruits in a class and not enough credit to the stars by their names.    This system makes creating rankings much easier.   In their defense, the financial bottom line that creates pressure to take short cuts is paramount for these guys as football fans go online daily to keep tabs on their favorite team.  I do the same thing…after all winters in Oklahoma can be unbearable without a daily fix supplied by football recruiting news.

Phil Steele puts out his rankings the following summer in his preseason football magazine.  It’s always worth the wait, but this year the wait was even better for the Sooners.   OU has climbed three spots and jumped ahead of Texas on the Class of 2019 list…how sweet it is.  The Class of 2019 is getting better by the day.

National top 25…

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. OU
  4. Florida
  5. Tennessee
  6. Texas
  7. Ohio State
  8. Michigan
  9. Penn State
  10. Auburn
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Oregon
  13. Clemson
  14. Notre Dame
  15. LSU
  16. Florida State
  17. Mississippi
  18. South Carolina
  19. USC
  20. Arkansas
  21. Washington
  22. Stanford
  23. Nebraska
  24. NC State
  25. Mississippi State

 

Rest of Big 12…

38..TCU

45..West Virginia

46..OSU

57..Baylor

61..Kansas State

68..Texas Tech

70..Kansas

83..Iowa State

 

 

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