Re-Ranking 2008 Recruiting Classes

Given how many recruits don't make it to college, we thought it was appropriate to rank the recruiting classes after they've enrolled. So, here's a re-working of the top recruiting classes for 2008, and the atttrition definitely affects the rankings...

From baseball to grayshirts to transfers to academic casualties, there are multitudes of reasons why the dream that was Signing Day 2008 changed for so many players. Attrition takes its toll on just about every program in the country.

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.

Rank Prev: Team Key Losses
1 2 Notre Dame None
2 1 Alabama Devonta Bolton; Melvin Ray
3 3 Miami Antonio Harper
4 4 Ohio State Shawntel Rowell
5 5 Georgia Toby Jackson
6 6 Michigan Marcus Witherspoon; Taylor Hill
7 10 UCLA None
8 7 LSU DeAngelo Benton
9 11 Clemson None
10 8 FSU Debrale Smiley; Anthony Hill
11 16 Texas None
12 9 USC Daniel Campbell
13 12 Florida Dee Finley
14 13 Oklahoma Josh Jarboe; David Sims
15 14 Washington Dominique Blackmon; Craig Noble
16 19 Illinois Patrick Nixon
17 17 Arizona State Kemonte Bateman; Jarrell Barbour
18 15 Texas A&M Derrick Hall; Blake Chavis
19 25 Pittsburgh None
20 27 Colorado Paul Vigo
21 21 Nebraska David Whitmore; David Grant
22 23 Oregon None
23 20 Virginia Tech Leon Mackey; Derrick McCoy
24 30 North Carolina Kevin Reddick; Joseph Townsend
25 22 Boston College Eric Reynolds; Patrick Neumann
26 31 Missouri None
27 26 Wisconsin None
28 18 Auburn Onterio McCalebb; Freddie Smooth
29 32 Cal Kamaron Yancy; J.P. Hurrell
30 41 Penn State None

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