Dating college football players
Key Players: Justin Blalock, Aaron Harris, Brian Robison, Aaron Ross, Kasey Studdard, David Thomas, Rodrique Wright, Selvin Young, Vince Young Any class that claims one of the greatest college quarterbacks in history is going to work out quite well, with Young surrounded by several key pieces for Texas' national championship team in 2005.
Young and Wright were consensus All-America picks, while Blalock and Ross were first-round picks and Robinson and Thomas became productive NFL players. 1 ranked group on both Rivals and Scout since the online recruiting boom, and for good reason.
That was the end of Clarett at Ohio State, of course, but four years later, Smith won the Heisman in leading Ohio State to an unbeaten regular season before the loss to Florida.
In between, Ohio State won two Fiesta Bowls and an Alamo Bowl. Fluker, Nico Johnson, Dre Kirkpatrick, Eddie Lacy, AJ Mc Carron, Kevin Norwood, Trent Richardson, Anthony Steen, Ed Stinson, Chance Warmack If Alabama's class of 2008 started the Alabama dynasty, 2009 continued an avalanche, forming the heart of championship teams in 20.
They led Texas to a 24-1 record with two Rose Bowl wins and a national title in 2004-05, propelling Texas back to national prominence after many years of disappointment in Austin.
Key Players: Bobby Carpenter, Maurice Clarett, Doug Datish, Roy Hall, A. Hawk, Santonio Holmes, Nick Mangold, Quinn Pitcock, Nate Salley, Troy Smith, Rob Sims, Justin Zwick The Big Ten has had its share of recruiting problems since the turn of the century, but Ohio State is the big exception.
As always, we can't properly evaluate a recruiting class for another three or four seasons, but the number of projected stars Saban signed on Wednesday's National Signing Day gives Alabama plenty of hope for continuing its remarkable run of success, since Alabama's class of 2014 ranked No. According to Rivals' rankings, Alabama landed six five-star recruits -- twice as many as anyone else -- capping things off with one of the biggest coups of Wednesday's announcement, when five-star linebacker Rashaan Evans of Auburn, Ala., chose the Crimson Tide over the hometown Tigers, much to the chagrin of the Auburn staffers who allowed his profile to appear on the Tigers' website before he committed to their archrival.
So, headlined by players like Evans, defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, offensive lineman Cameron Robinson, athlete Bo Scarbrough and cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Tony Brown -- and, for good measure, Florida State transfer Jake Coker at quarterback -- Alabama has the consensus top class, one projected to be one of the best of the 21 century.
Key Players: Sam Bradford, Quinton Carter, Jermaine Gresham, Gerald Mc Coy, De Marco Murray, Trent Williams After signing this class, Bob Stoops led Oklahoma to three straight Big 12 championships, reclaiming the league throne after Texas' national title in 2005. Key Players: Victor Abiamiri, John Carlson, Ryan Harris, Trevor Laws, Brady Quinn, Jeff Samardzija, John Sullivan, Tom Zbikowski The Tyrone Willingham era may have crashed and burned in South Bend, but it got off on the right foot with a 10-3 season in 2002, followed by the signing of a strong recruiting class that outperformed its ranking of No. Willingham went 11-12 the next two seasons before getting fired, so he wasn't able to capitalize on the talent he recruited.
In the next few years, perhaps Alabama 2014 will prove itself worthy, along with Florida State 2012 (Jameis Winston, Mario Edwards, Ronald Darby).
For now, here's who they're up against: Key Players: Sam Baker, Reggie Bush, Sedrick Ellis, Lawrence Jackson, Ryan Kalil, Fili Moala, Will Poole, Steve Smith, Terrell Thomas, Chauncey Washington, Len Dale White The Trojans finished 37-2 in the three seasons following the signing of this historically great class, winning the BCS championship in 2004 and losing the title game to Texas in 2005.
Time and time again over the last decade, it's been proven that nobody recruits like Nick Saban.
His ability to do just about every detail of the job as college head coach is unmatched, but it helps that Alabama has had a talent advantage over almost everyone, year after year.