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National Signing Day 2013 rankings: The top 25 classes, topped by Alabama

National Signing Day is over, with a few stragglers, the members of the recruiting class of 2013 have decided their college destinations.


So, with that done: who's got the best class? Let's look at the 247 composite ranking , which is a survey of major recruiting services.

1. Alabama

"welp" -- Every college football fan/coach/player, seeing that the Alabama Crimson Tide has the top recruiting class.

It isn't really fair that the team with two straight national titles and three out of four brings in the No. 1 class. But they dominated straight through Signing Day, when they landed Auburn decommits in five-star linebacker Reuben Foster and four-star defensive tackle Dee Liner and held on to running back Altee Tenpenny, among other big signings. Tenpenny's part of a trio of running backs that includes fellow four-stars Tyren Jones and Derrick Henry, while five-star defensive end Allen joins Foster in a stacked defensive group.

2. Ohio State

Signing day was the perfect way to move into 2013 after a perfect season: they flipped five-star safety Vonn Bell, now likely the best player in their class, landed four-star wide receiver James Clark over Urban Meyer's old school in Florida, and got four-star running back Ezekiel Elliott back in the fold after he decommitted. Oh, and they're bowl eligible next season. Michigan and Ohio State were well ahead of the rest of the pack in Big Ten recruiting heading into signing day, and after it, the Bucks look like they've stuck their head out in front. If recruiting is any indicator of future success, the next Big Ten divisions had better keep the teams in the Rivalry on opposite sides of the conference.

3. Florida

The Gators killed Florida in 2013, a year the state was even more talent-rich than normal. They landed 12 four- or five-star recruits just from in state, including Vernon Hargreaves III, the top cornerback recruit in the country, and top running back Kelvin Taylor. They didn't land all the guys they wanted on Signing Day, but wound up with four-star defensive tackle Jay-Nard Bostwick.

4. Michigan

The Wolverines had a really quiet Signing Day, but they don't mind. The recruiting crew at Maize N Brew held their Signing Day roundtable a few days before the day itself, and even with so much still in the air for teams around the country, Michigan fans were already thrilled with their class. The key for Michigan is the front line, as they brought in seven offensive linemen, five of whom are ranked as four-stars - good protection for five-star running back Derrick Green and top QB prospect Shane Morris.

5. Notre Dame

Wait for it... Notre Dame is back. The Irish reeled in a bunch of top players across the board, with five-stars RB Greg Bryant, safety Max Redfield, and linebacker Jaylon Smith leading the way. The big class picks Notre Dame up after the disappointment of a beatdown in the national championship game, and when you consider that this team was capable of reaching No. 1 in the country last season, a strong incoming recruiting class is scary.

6. Ole Miss

Hugh Freeze worked wonders this year: Alabama had two straight titles as a recruiting pitch. Freeze had a 7-6 season and a win in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Jason Kirk wrote about how unreal the turnaround in Oxford was, and that was before a day when the Rebels landed the top recruit in the nation in Robert Nkemdiche, the top offensive tackle in Laremy Tunsil (that's going to be a fun battle to watch in practice) and elite safety prospect Tony Conner. They also have the best wide receiver in Laquon Treadwell. Some are speculating that Freeze is up to something shady, and maybe they're right, but as of now, that's baseless, and regardless, Ole Miss is probably about to win some football games.

Here's the rest of the Top 25:

7. LSU

8. Florida State


10. Texas A&M

11. Auburn

12. Georgia

13. Clemson

14. USC

15. Oklahoma

16. Texas

17. Miami

18. Washington

19. Oregon

20. Virginia Tech

21. South Carolina

22. Arkansas

23. Nebraska

24. Mississippi State

25. Tennessee

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