College football recruiting rankings 2021: Top classes emerge during National Signing Day for NCAA football – CBS Sports

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Alabama not only secured the No. 1 class in the 2021 recruiting cycle on National Signing Day with the additions of more blue chip recruits to a star-studded group, but when five-star running back Camar Wheaton put pen to paper in the early hours of the day’s festivities, he solidified the group’s stats as the No. 1 class in the history of the 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings.

The 2021 Alabama recruiting class, which is the ninth Crimson Tide class in 11 years to finish at No. 1, surpassed the previous best-ever in 247Sports history, a 2010 Florida class signed prior to Urban Meyer’s final year with the Gators. Alabama did much of its work during the early signing period with seven five-star commitments before Wednesday even began, but in addition to Wheaton, Bama also beat out SEC rival Georgia for four-star Terrion Arnold, the No. 3 safety and No. 50 overall prospect in the country. 

While some teams get inflated recruiting scores by the industry because of massive numbers, Alabama’s 2021 group is impressive for both its quantity and quality. The Crimson Tide have more than two dozen commits in this class and at the time of this posting — Alabama remains in the mix for five-star defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau, who will remain uncommitted perhaps until at least April — the average player rating is the best in the country at 94.90. 

Ryan Day and Ohio State put together another impressive class as well, mostly with early signees anchoring a firm No. 2 ranking that was untouched by those in pursuit (No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Clemson) but not close enough to Alabama to bring much drama to the chase for No. 1. 

Oregon and USC both turned in solid days with headline-grabbing commitments from four-star prospects that helped solidify their top-10 standings, and Texas A&M was able to close strong with National Signing Day a commitment from four-star running back LJ Johnson, among others. Michigan also saw a rise in the rankings as it was able to flip a pair of defensive tackles in Rayshaun Benny (No. 16 at his position, originally committed to Michigan State) and Ikechukwu Iwunnah (No. 63 at his position, originally committed to Colorado) in its push back into the top 10 for the fourth time since 2016.

Check out the top 10 classes below, and click the link at the end of the table to see where your team ranks if it is not inside the top 10.

CBS Sports and 247Sports provided live National Signing Day reactions, analysis and news updates all day.

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