Post-Signing Day Top 25


Another national signing day has come and gone.

And while we might not know for another couple of years whether a five-star prospect was really worth five stars (or two), and vice versa, there's no question that recruiting is the lifeblood of every program.

And with the sport's heavyweights continuing to dominate recruiting like never before -- SEC teams signed seven of the top 10 recruiting classes in the country, according to ESPN RecruitingNation -- it seems the sport's rich are only getting richer.

With signing day behind us, it's time to take another look at the 2014 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25. Defending BCS national champion Florida State remains No. 1 after signing another top-five recruiting class. Alabama, which added another bumper crop of recruits and a high-profile transfer quarterback, moved up to No. 2. The Crimson Tide are followed by Oregon, Michigan State and Oklahoma.

Say hello (again) to UCF. Say goodbye to Louisville.

Here's the Post-Signing Day Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25:

1. Florida State Seminoles

The defending BCS national champions added another top-five recruiting class to their already impressive roster, signing 13 players from the ESPN 300. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher added a couple of offensive weapons who might help reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston this coming season, including Dalvin Cook, the No. 3-ranked running back in the country, according to ESPN RecruitingNation, and wide receivers Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph. Fisher also bolstered his offensive line with juco guards Chad Mavety and Kareem Are and ESPN 300 tackle Roderick Johnson. Linebacker Kain Daub and defensive end Lorenzo Featherston were the top signees on defense. After unexpectedly losing defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Georgia, Fisher promoted linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Charles Kelly to replace him.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama coach Nick Saban signed the country's No. 1-ranked recruiting class for the third year in a row, and recruiting analysts believe this crop might be his best one yet. The Crimson Tide signed 19 ESPN 300 prospects, including No. 1-ranked offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, No. 2 defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, No. 2 cornerback Tony Brown and No. 2 athlete Bo Scarbrough. Saban added much-needed help for Alabama's offensive line, its Achilles' heel last season, by signing juco offensive tackle Dominick Jackson and the country's top two center prospects, Josh Casher and J.C. Hassenauer. The Tide's biggest recruit might be FSU backup quarterback Jacob Coker, who is transferring to Alabama and will be eligible to play this coming season. Coker, who has two years of eligibility remaining, will miss spring practice in Tuscaloosa, but he's expected to compete with senior Blake Sims and incoming freshman David Cornwell for the starting job this fall. A prototype pocket passer, Coker seems to be the player to beat in the Tide's race to replace three-year starter AJ McCarron, who guided them to two BCS national championships.

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