Ranking top 10 college football recruiting classes

The second college football signing day ends the recruiting cycle for almost all of the elite prospects. A look at the top 10 classes this year.

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When it comes to evaluating recruiting classes in 2023, traditional high school prospects represent only part of the equation.

The speed with which the transfer portal has transformed roster management in the Football Bowl Subdivision means any evaluation has to focus on the two types of newcomers: recruits and transfers. 

The best classes strike a balance. The one exception is Clemson, which has been among the least active Power Five teams when it comes to the portal. But teams such as Alabama and Georgia continue to be aggressive on the transfer market as a way to patch up very specific concerns — with a new tight end here for the Crimson Tide and a new receiver there for the Bulldogs, for example.

Almost every Power Five program was essentially finished with traditional recruiting after the first signing period in December, which left few impact recruits still uncommitted heading into Wednesday’s second signing day. 

Instead, teams have largely spent the last month combing through the portal. Combining traditional prospects with transfers sets these 10 classes apart from the rest of the FBS:


Biggest recruit: OT Kadyn Proctor 

Impact transfer: TE CJ Dippre (Maryland)

The consensus top-ranked class in the Bowl Subdivision contains a whopping eight five-star prospects and 18 four-year signees ranked inside the nation’s top 200 recruits. The biggest of the bunch is Proctor, who flipped his verbal commitment from Iowa in December and could step right into a starting role. Dippre (30 receptions for 314 yards in 2022) will be a nice security blanket for Alabama’s replacement for quarterback Bryce Young. And speaking of quarterbacks, the Crimson Tide…

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Publish date : 2023-02-02 01:38:23

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