1. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE• Comment: The defending national champions reeled in 14 ESPN Top 150 recruits, including the top inside linebacker among a total of 26 new players.
• Top players: ATH Derrick Henry, ILB Reuben Foster, WR Robert Foster, DT Dee Liner, DE Jonathan Allen
2. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES• Comment: Following an undefeated season, Urban Meyer built his class around the secondary, with four defensive backs ranked among the ESPN Top 150 and a dozen ESPN Top 150 recruits overall.
• Top players: CB Eli Apple, CB Gareon Conley, ILB Trey Johnson, WR Jalin Marshall, S Vonn Bell
3. FLORIDA GATORS• Comment: UF landed 11 ESPN Top 150 recruits, including the nation’s top cornerback and running back.
• Top players: CB Vernon Hargeaves, RB Kelvin Taylor, OLB Daniel McMillan, DT Caleb Brantley, WR DeMarcus Robinson
4. NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH• Comment: ESPN said it’s Notre Dame’s first top-five class since 2006.
• Top players: OLB Jaylon Smith, DT Eddie Vanderdoes, RB Greg Bryant, ATH Max Redfield, ATH Tarean Folston
5. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES• Comment: Offensive line was the focus, with five players rated in the ESPN Top 300.
• Top players: RB Derrick Green, CB Jourdan Lewis, OG David Dawson, ATH Dymonte Thomas, OG Patrick Kugler
6. LOUISIANA STATE TIGERS• Comment: LSU reeled in seven ESPN Top 150 recruits, including three from within the state.
• Top players: ATH Kendell Beckwith, CB Jeryl Brazil, DT Greg Gilmore, OT Ethan Pocic, DT Maquedius Bain
7. OLE MISS REBELS• Comment: Ole Miss landed its dream class and arguably its best-ever recruiting class thanks to the top-rated defensive end, offensive tackle and receiver and the country.
• Top players: DE Robert Nkemdiche, OT Laremy Tunsil, WR Laquon Treadwell, S Antonio Conner, OT Austin Golson
8. TEXAS A&M AGGIES• Comment: The Aggies reeled in six ESPN Top 150 recruits, including several talented offensive players.
• Top players: TE Derrick Griffin, WR Ricky Seals-Jones, WR Sebastian LaRue, DT Justin Manning, QB Kohl Stewart
9. UCLA BRUINS• Comment: The Bruins focused on the back end on defense and up front on offense and landed six ESPN Top 150 recruits.
• Top players: S Priest Willis, DE Kylie Fitts, OLB Deon Hollins Jr., S Tahaan Goodman, ILB Isaac Savilinaea
10. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES• Comment: Another strong defensive class is headed into Tallahassee.
• Top players: LB Matthew Thomas, CB Jalem Ramsey, ATH Ryan Green, DT DeMarcus Walker, ATH Levonte Whitfield
11. GEORGIA BULLDOGS• Comment: Georgia landed five ESPN Top 150 recruits and filled position needs with this deep 32-man class, most notably in the back seven.
• Top players: CB Shaq Wiggins, ATH Tramel Terry, QB Brice Ramsey, S Tray Matthews, C Brandon Kublanow
12. AUBURN TIGERS• Comment: New coach Gus Malzahn not only salvaged the class, but has one of the nation’s top defensive line units.
• Top players: DE Carl Lawson, DT Montravius Adams, DE Elijah Daniel, QB Jeremy Johnson, WR Tony Stevens
13. CLEMSON TIGERS• Comment: Not a real flashy class, but the Tigers landed six ESPN Top 150 recruits and addressed a lot of needs, particularly on defense.
• Top players: CB Mackensie Alexander, ILB Ben Boulware, OLB Dorian O’Daniel, RB Tyshon Dye, OG Tyrone Crowder
14. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TROJANS• Comment: USC only signed 13 recruits, but nine were ranked in the ESPN Top 150.
• Top players: S Su’a Cravens, QB Max Browne, DT Kenny Bigelow, S Leon McQuay III, OLB Michael Hutchings
15. OKLAHOMA SOONERS• Comment: The Sooners only landed two ESPN Top 150 recruits, but added firepower on offense.
• Top players: RB Keith Ford, OT Josiah St. John, DE D.J. Ward, QB Cody Thomas, ATH Stanvon Taylor
16. WASHINGTON HUSKIES• Comment: The Huskies’ class has impressive skill coming in at wide receiver and defensive end and added three ESPN Top 150 recruits.
• Top players: WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, DT Elijah Qualls, WR Darrell Daniels, QB Troy Williams, DE Joe Mathis
17. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS• Comment: The Huskers reloaded at linebacker and landed their quarterback of the future.
• Top players: DE Randy Gregory, QB Johnny Stanton, ATH Tre’vell Dixon, OLB Marcus Newby, OLB Josh Banderas
18. SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS• Comment: The Gamecocks once again have good speed, athleticism and quality up front headed to Columbia.
• Top players: DT Kelsey Griffin, RB David Williams, QB Connor Mitch, ILB Larenz Bryant, OT Alan Knott
19. TEXAS LONGHORNS• Comment: The Longhorns have three ESPN Top 150 prospects in the offensive trenches.
• Top players: C Darius James, OT Kent Perkins, OT Jake Raulerson, WR Jacorey Warrick, CB Antwuan Davis
20. OREGON DUCKS• Comment: After Chip Kelly’s departure, new head coach Mark Helfrich kept the Ducks’ class intact for the most part.
• Top players: RB Thomas Tyner, OG Evan Voeller, DE Torrodney Prevot, S Tyree Robinson, OG Cameron Hunt