National Signing Day is one of the biggest days of the college football season, and teams that have their eyes set on punching BCS Championship tickets loaded up on some incredible talent. It all starts with reigning national champion Alabama, who signed what many people consider the top recruiting class in the nation. Head coach Nick Saban and his staff signed the No. 1 inside linebacker in Rueben Foster, speedy defensive end Jonathan Allen, stud tight end O.J. Howard and massive defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson. After losing standout RB Eddie Lacy to the NFL Draft, the Tide went out and got Altee Tenpenny, Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry, three of the best RBs in the country. Notre Dame came up a bit short in the national title game, but Brian Kelly was still able to go out and get a lot of players that should help keep the Irish in contention. ND went out to California and got to players previously committed to USC in defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and safety Max Redfield, and also locked up impressive outside linebacker Jaylon Smith and running back Greg Bryant, who should be able to step in and produce immediately.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off a perfect 12-0 season and are again eligible for the postseason, and Urban Meyer has his eyes set on competing for another national title. The defense needed to be upgraded, so Meyer brought in two of the nation’s best in safety Vonn Bell and outside linebacker Mike Mitchell, who are both out-of-state prospects. CBs Cam Burrows and Eli Apple and DL Joey Bosa should be able to help out the D in their first year on campus as well. Florida was just one loss away from competing in the title game as well, and head coach Will Muschamp seems to have the ship pointed in the right direction. Defense will always be a priority for the former D-coordinator, and he got some good pieces to work with in LB Alex Anzalone, CB Vernon Hargreaves III and DT Caleb Brantley. With the graduation of RB Mike Gillislee, running back was an area of need for the Gators, and Kelvin Taylor, the son of former Jacksonville Jaguar great Fred Taylor, could be in the rotation right away. Freshmen continue to have a bigger and bigger impact on college football, and some of these top recruits could be the difference between a national title or going home empty handed.
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