More of the same: Seven schools dominated the 2021 recruiting class
Perhaps the biggest current complaint about college football, especially when it comes to the Playoff, is there’s very little parity in the sport. The same few teams are selected to compete for a national championship each year, creating a staleness in the sport.
Don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Once again, the 2021 recruiting cycle was dominated by only a handful of teams. According to Ari Wasserman of The Athletic, six teams accounted for more than half of the Top 100 prospects in the 2021 class.
Wasserman says that 57 of the Top 100 players in the class have committed to one of six programs: Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma. Five of those teams occupy the Top 5 spots in the recruiting rankings, while the Sooners came in at No. 11.
With Brian Thomas’ commitment to LSU, 57 of the top 100 players nationally have signed with one of six schools — Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma.
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) February 9, 2021
However, if you had Oregon into the mix, then 62 of the Top 100 recruits signed with just seven programs during the recruiting cycle. Here’s how it breaks down by team:
- Alabama: 16 players in Top 100
- Ohio State: 12 players in Top 100
- LSU: 9 players in Top 100
- Georgia: 8 players in Top 100
- Clemson: 7 players in Top 100
- Oregon: 5 players in Top 100
- Oklahoma: 5 players in Top 100
Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma have been regulars in the College Football Playoff. Oregon, Georgia and LSU have each made one appearance, as well.
So will we see more of the same with the College Football Playoff moving forward? If these recruiting rankings are any indication, it’s a pretty good sign that things won’t be changing much.