‘Noles, Buckeyes early 2016 recruiting leaders


Seeing as we’re eight months away from the next National Signing Day — and seeing as how we’re knee-deep in the annual dearth of offseason college football news in the month of June — let’s take a quick peek at some recruiting rankings, shall we?

While fully aware that things can and likely will change throughout Nos. 1-113 between now and next February, Florida State currently sits atop 247Sports.com‘s rankings with composite rating points totaling 255.09.  Of the Seminoles’ 17 total verbal commitments at the moment, three are considered five-star recruits while another eight are four-stars.

Not far behind FSU is defending College Football Playoff champion Ohio State with 253.48 points, with the Buckeyes’ 16 verbals consisting of a whopping 12 four-stars but “just” one five-star in the group.  The gap between OSU and the next group is significant as Miami (242.62), Georgia (232.6) and LSU (222.32) round out the recruiting website’s early Top Five.

All five of the Power Five conferences have at least one team in the Top 10 of the rankings, led by the SEC’s four, followed by the ACC and Big Ten with two each and the Big 12 and Pac-12 with one apiece.  The SEC doubles its number to eight in the Top 20, while the ACC and Big Ten do the same (four apiece).  The Big 12’s only team in the Top 20 is TCU at No. 10.

Indiana is currently the lowest-rated P5 program at 105th out of the 113 teams listed.  Colorado, at No. 100, is the only other member of a Power conference in the 100s.

Western Michigan, of all teams, is the highest-ranked Group of Five program at No. 28, ahead of the likes of Virginia Tech (No. 29), Auburn (No. 30), Nebraska (No. 33), Notre Dame (No. 34), Texas (No. 42), South Carolina (No. 56), Oklahoma (No. 58) and Wisconsin (No. 59).  Last year, P.J. Fleck, who, along with his coaching staff, is obviously doing yeoman’s work on the recruiting trail, pulled in a class that ranked 78th according to Rivals.com.

2015 Rivals.com recruiting kings USC currently sit at No. 14.  Alabama, which had won four straight recruiting titles before being knocked off this year, is inside the Top 10 at No. 8.

June Recruiting Rankings