Biggest Threats to Alabama's No. 1 2014 Recruiting Ranking

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJuly 31, 2013

Surprise, surprise. Alabama is ranked No. 1 in recruiting, again. Well, at least according to the 247Sports team rankings.

That's right folks, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide seem to be well on their way toward another dominant recruiting cycle, and once signing day 2014 rolls around, there's a good chance Alabama will still be on top of those rankings.

Still, not every recruiting site agrees that the Crimson Tide are No. 1, and it's worth noting that in the world of college football recruiting, things can change in an instant.

One commitment or decommitment can drastically shake up the rankings.

'Bama's biggest threats for the 2014 recruiting title are...


Florida State

Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles have quietly been putting together a monster class. Florida State already has 23 commitments, and some of those are very notable players. Kain Daub, a 5-star inside linebacker, is the Seminoles' marquee commitment, but they also boast commitments from 4-star wideout Markell Pack and 4-star outside linebacker Jacob Pugh, among others.

Fisher is one of the better recruiters in college football, and his defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, is a former Alabama coach and great recruiter as well. The Seminoles are still in the running for highly ranked recruits such as 4-star offensive tackle Roderick Johnson, 4-star running back Shai McKenzie and 4-star athlete Myles Autry, so this already good class could get much better.

Florida State is ranked No. 3, per 247Sports.


Ohio State

Surprised to see Urban Meyer and Ohio State on this list? You shouldn't be. Meyer is one of the best closers in recruiting, so you best believe he'll have the Buckeyes at or near No. 1 by signing day.

Ohio State already has 16 commitments and is ranked No. 6, according to 247Sports. If, as expected, the Buckeyes have a championship-caliber season, look for Ohio State to become red hot on the recruiting trail.

Elite recruits with high interest in Ohio State include 5-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan, 5-star cornerback Marshon Lattimore, 4-star athlete Curtis Samuel and 4-star offensive tackle Chad Mavety.



Les Miles and the Tigers have a chance to put together a class that could end up being legendary. LSU already has a nice-looking class, with 14 commitments including 5-star safety Edward Paris and 4-star dual-threat quarterback Brandon Harris, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.

LSU is a top contender for 5-star running back Leonard Fournette, 5-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, 5-star cornerback Tony Brown, 5-star safety Laurence Jones, 5-star wideout Malachi Dupre, 5-star defensive tackle Gerald Willis, 4-star outside linebacker Clifton Garrett, 4-star defensive end Davon Godchaux and 4-star receivers Speedy Noil, Trey Quinn and Saeed Blacknall.

Fournette, Robinson and Jones in particular are also looking at 'Bama, but LSU seems to be in good standing with them. That said, even if LSU lands half of these recruits, the Tigers would be looking at a potential top class.

LSU sits at No. 12, per 247Sports.


Note: Recruit interests are according to their respective 247Sports interest lists. Team rankings are according to the 247Sports team rankings. Star rankings are per the 247Sports Composite.

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