Of course the true ranking of each class won't be known for several years, but here's a look back with a re-ranking of the Class of 2008 based on who suited up this year.
The Alabama Crimson Tide finished on Signing Day of 2008 with Scout's #1 Class, with Notre Dame nipping closely at their heels. Alabama signed 32 players, so some attrition was expected. Scout only counts the top 25 prospects per class, but in February there's no telling which 25 are going to report.
Alabama was hit particularly hard by baseball losing Destin Hood and Melvin Ray to the draft. Alabama lost another 4-Star in Devonta Bolton. Those three players were enough to give Notre Dame the edge, who enrolled all of their signees.
It's been stated before, but I don't think it can be said enough; the recruiting job that Charlie Weis and staff did last year to secure the #1 class in the country in the midst of Notre Dame's worst season in its history, is one of the best recruiting jobs I've ever seen.
I don't think anyone is taking the Tide lightly despite some attrition, because Alabama still brought in the #2 class in the country with headliners such as Julio Jones, Mark Barron, Burton Scott, and Tyler Love. It's less heralded recruits (if you can call a 4 star guy unheralded) such as Don'ta Hightower and running back Mark Ingram that have already made a huge impact for Alabama.
Miami is another team that oversigned and was expecting some attrition, but most of the key guys in the class enrolled on time and have seen a lot of early playing time. All of Miami's 4 Star rated or better prospects are currently on the team. The Class of 2008 is the biggest building block in getting the Hurricanes back to national prominence.
|2||1||Alabama||Devonta Bolton; Melvin Ray|
|4||4||Ohio State||Shawntel Rowell|
|6||6||Michigan||Marcus Witherspoon; Taylor Hill|
|10||8||FSU||Debrale Smiley; Anthony Hill|
|14||13||Oklahoma||Josh Jarboe; David Sims|
|15||14||Washington||Dominique Blackmon; Craig Noble|
|17||17||Arizona State||Kemonte Bateman; Jarrell Barbour|
|18||15||Texas A&M||Derrick Hall; Blake Chavis|
|21||21||Nebraska||David Whitmore; David Grant|
|23||20||Virginia Tech||Leon Mackey; Derrick McCoy|
|24||30||North Carolina||Kevin Reddick; Joseph Townsend|
|25||22||Boston College||Eric Reynolds; Patrick Neumann|
|28||18||Auburn||Onterio McCalebb; Freddie Smooth|
|29||32||Cal||Kamaron Yancy; J.P. Hurrell|
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