College Football Recruiting Rankings: Top 2018 Schools Post-National Signing Day

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2018

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks out of the tunnel with his players during warm ups prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Georgia Bulldogs may have lost the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, but they won the first big competition going into next season on national signing day.

Thanks to a wave of commitments, led by defensive back Tyson Campbell, the Bulldogs finished with the top recruiting class of 2018.

Earning the top spot wasn't an easy task as the Ohio State Buckeyes received a key commitment from offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere early on Wednesday.

While Georgia may have been the ultimate winner at the end of the recruiting process, the USC Trojans were one of the biggest winners of Wednesday, as they secured all of their major targets.

             

Top 10 Recruiting Classes of 2018

1. Georgia

2. Ohio State

3. Texas

4. USC

5. Penn State

6. Clemson

7. Alabama

8. Miami (FL)

9. Oklahoma

10. Notre Dame

            

Georgia's Additions Hand It Top Team Ranking

Georgia already put together a fantastic recruiting class before Wednesday, but it got even better once the sun set on national signing day.

The Bulldogs started the day by earning the commitment of Campbell, and then they received two key flips from Alabama and Michigan, respectively.

Linebacker Otis Reese spurned the Wolverines for Georgia, while fellow linebacker Quay Walker turned down a spot on Alabama's roster to be a part of head coach Kirby Smart's program.

Smart rounded out his collection of top prospects when wide receiver Tommy Bush chose the Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon.

The signatures gained on Wednesday added to the group led by prized quarterback prospect Justin Fields, running back Zamir White and offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer, who were all in the top 10 overall player rankings.

                 

USC Experiences Fantastic Finish

USC was expected to land at least a few of its top targets on national signing day, but fortune favored the Trojans as they picked up everyone they wanted.

Defensive backs Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stuart, wide receiver Devon Williams and linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu helped the Trojans move up to fourth in the team rankings.

Griffin and Taylor-Stuart rejected advances from SEC programs, while Williams turned down Oregon to join up with top wide receiver prospect Amon-Ra St. Brown.

The Trojans' class of 2018 contains four five-star recruits in St. Brown, Griffin, linebacker Palaie Gaoteote and quarterback J.T. Daniels, who reclassified from the class of 2019.

The quartet of five-star players matched the total Oklahoma, Alabama and Miami (FL) brought in combined, and only Georgia had more of the top 10 teams with seven five-star recruits.

With one of the most talented recruiting classes in recent program history set to land on USC's campus, the pressure is now on head coach Clay Helton to win 10 games each season and be a serious contender for the national championship as this group gets older.

              

Alabama Does Enough to Improve A Bit

Struggle is not usually a word associated with Alabama on the recruiting trail, but compared to recent years, that's what Wednesday was for the Crimson Tide.

Even with the additions of defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr. and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, the Crimson Tide ended up seventh in the team rankings, which is an unusually low placement for a Nick Saban-coached program.

Although the Crimson Tide have a stacked rising sophomore class that is led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, they still could have used more reinforcements.

Surtain is one of the few class-of-2018 players that's expected to make an impact on the field next season, as he tries to replace the production left by a departing secondary chock full of NFL draft prospects.

The class of 2018 may end up being an outlier in Saban's recruiting at Alabama when his tenure comes to an end, but now the Crimson Tide are under pressure to deliver in the class of 2019 to make sure they aren't outclassed by Georgia once again.

              

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

Recruiting information obtained from 247 Sports.

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