The Future…

Power Five Conference recruiting rankings…

Team       5 yr. avg   ’20     ’19      ’18       ’17        ’16         5 yr. record

Clemson…….9…………..3……..10……..6…….16……..10………..69-5

Alabama…….2…………..2………1……..7………1……….1………….66-6

Ohio State….5…………..5…….14……..2………2……….3………….61-7

Georgia………3………….1………2……..1………3……….7………….54-15

LSU…………….7……….,,4………5……15………7……….3………….51-14

OU…………..t10………..11……..6……..9……….8……..19………..41-10

Texas……….t10…………9……..3……..3……. 26……..11…………35-11

Not that long ago it appeared that Alabama would control college football for years to come.  Their recruiting over a five year period was off the charts.  The Crimson Tide averaged #2 in the recruiting rankings over a five year period which is simply mind-boggling.

Fortunately for Alabama haters, Clemson and LSU  had solid recruiting years, but also figured out a way to overcome the built-in Alabama advantage in other ways.  First, Dabo Swinney did a remarkable job of keeping his coaches from leaving Death Valley.   Part of his plan was to figure out a way to keep Brent Venables in South Carolina.   Clemson officials decided to fork over $12 million dollars over five years for Venables.   Dabo also recruited the best high school quarterback in the country in Trevor Lawrence.

Not to be outdone, LSU built a fence around Louisiana and recruited monster classes in 2018 and 2019.  Most importantly, they recruited the best graduate transfer in America in quarterback Joe Burrow. And as they say, the rest is history.  It is important to keep in mind that the Clemson and LSU teams in 2019 were outliers.   With Trevor Lawrence in tow for one more year, Clemson will  have one more year of being on top, while LSU will fall by the wayside this year.  In 2021 I expect that Clemson will drop off a bit as well.

Recruiting will tell us who will take up the mantel in 2021 as LSU and Clemson take a step back.  Take a look at the latest 247sports recruiting rankings and see what you think will happen.  I will share my thoughts on this subject in my next blog.

 

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