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Take a picture: these 61 teams rank ahead of Alabama in football recruiting

Bama might end up at No. 1 for the eighth year in a row anyway, but we can still lol at how things look right now.

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As of June 19, almost exactly six months before the new early signing period begins, 61 teams rank ahead of seven-time-running recruiting champ Alabama on the 247Sports Composite.

The list includes 10 mid-majors, a few Power 5 schools who might as well be mid-majors, teams that lost to Bama last year, teams that went 4-8 or worse last year, and various other school names we can laugh at until the cold hand of death (Nick Saban) encircles us all.

Until the light fades and the children all go inside, here’s what we can do: read the following list of teams that currently have higher-rated 2018 football recruits than Alabama does and giggle out loud at a solid third of them. This will make us feel happy, until the shadows quench the sun as “Rammer Jammer” plays.

  • Arkansas
  • Auburn
  • Baylor
  • Boston College
  • BYU
  • Cal
  • Cincinnati
  • Clemson
  • Colorado
  • Duke
  • Florida
  • Florida State
  • Georgia
  • Houston
  • Iowa
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana Tech
  • Louisville
  • LSU
  • Maryland
  • Miami
  • Miami (Ohio)
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi State
  • NC State
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • Northwestern
  • Notre Dame
  • NIU
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State
  • Ole Miss
  • Oregon
  • Penn State
  • Pitt
  • Purdue
  • Rice, but to be fair, the Owls own Bama anyway
  • SMU
  • South Carolina
  • Syracuse
  • TCU
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Tech
  • Toledo
  • UCF
  • UCLA
  • USC
  • Vanderbilt
  • Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

See? Hilarious! Don’t you feel happier about everything right now? Do you also feel a little encouraged about how your team is doing? It’s beating Bama, after all.

Aaaand unless your team is Ohio State (and maybe Clemson, Miami, LSU, Penn State, or Texas), this will be Bama breezing past you at some point in the next six months anyway:

There’s a reasonable case that Bama’s streak of No. 1 recruiting classes is finally nearing an end — even Tide fans are making that case — but a top-10 class is still basically certain, and yet another run at No. 1 is possible.

Bama has built up such a talent advantage over almost everyone else in the sport that it could take a year off of recruiting and still compete for titles (please try this, just for fun), so people who don’t root for the Tide or for the few teams that have beaten them on the field have to celebrate whatever’s leftover.