Recruit Rankings: '86 to '89

Recruiting pioneer Allen Wallace takes a walk down memory lane and reviews the top classes from 1986 to 1995. In this segment he looks back at the top recruiting classes of the late 1980s - 1986 through 1989.

Allen Wallace of SuperPrep and Scout takes a recruiting walk down memory lane to review the top prospect classes of 1986 to 1995. In this segment he looks at the late 1980s, from 1986 to 1989 and provides some of the bigger name players with some of those marquee classes.

1986

1. Michigan and UCLA tied for No. 1
3. Alabama
4. Oklahoma
5. Iowa
6. Texas A&M
7. Washington
8. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
10.Duke
11.USC
12.LSU
13.Auburn
14.Maryland
15.Colorado
16.Florida
17.Florida State
18.Baylor
19.Oklahoma State
20.Penn State
21.Syracuse and Miami

Sleeper Class: Clemson

1987

1. Notre Dame (so-called class of the decade, Ricky Watters, Todd Lyght)
2. Pittsburgh
3. Oklahoma
4. Texas A&M (Sherrill's best class since '77; included Hugh Green and Ricky Jackson)
5. UCLA
6. Tennessee
7. Nebraska
8. Clemson
9. Michigan
10.Stanford
11.Florida (Emmitt Smith)
12.Washington
13.Arizona State
14.Arkansas
15.Baylor
16.Georgia
17.Penn State
18.Miami
19.Iowa
20.South Carolina and Southern California (Junior Seau)

1988

1. Notre Dame
2. Penn State (Tony Sacca, OJ McDuffie)
3. Clemson
4. Oklahoma
5. UCLA
6. LSU
7. Auburn
8. Florida State
9. Pittsburgh
10.Texas
11.Michigan
12.Florida
13.USC (Todd Marinovich)
14.Purdue
15.Texas A&M
16.Tennessee
17.Washington
18.Miami
19.Colorado (Darian Hagan)
20.Oklahoma State
21.Syracuse
22.Ohio State (Kirk Herbstreit)
23.Iowa
24.Nebraska
25.Georgia (Todd Collins)

1989

1. Notre Dame (3rd year in a row at No. 1, Rick Mirer, Junior Bryant, Irv Smith, Dorsey Levens)
2. Florida State (Sterling Palmer, Terrell Buckley)
3. Texas (Grady Cavness)
4. USC (Johnnie Morton, Curtis Conway)
5. Michigan (Doug Musgrave)
6. Clemson (Eric Geter)
7. UCLA (Tommy Maddox, Carlton Gray)
8. Ohio State (Rod Smith)
9. Miami (Jessie Armstead)
10.Penn State (Reggie Givens)
11.Georgia (George Brewer)
12.Nebraska (Derek Brown from California)
13.LSU (Wesley Jacob and Roovelroe Swan)
14.Stanford (Bob Whitfield)
15.North Carolina (Chuckie Burnette and Tommy Thigpen)
16.Baylor (the famous Robert Strait signed on - 8,404 career rushing yds, 128 TDs)
17.Auburn (Pedro Cherry)
18.Iowa (Mike Wells)
19.Colorado (Ronnie Woolfork)
20.Pittsburgh (Sean Gilbert)
21.Michigan State (Jody Dickerson)
22.Arkansas (Ron Dickerson, Jr)
23.Virginia (Terry Kirby)
24.Tennessee (Derric Evans, Keith Jeter)
25.Oklahoma (Joey Mickey and Dewell Brewer)

Stay tuned for Wallace's recap of the recruiting classes from 1990 to 1995. Talk about it on the FOS TAP Board

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