Post NSD: National Class Rankings

Chad Thomas chases down Leonard Fournette - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The smoke has cleared, the faxes are quiet, and the ink is dry. Who scored the best class in the country? Where does Miami rank among the elite classes?

Some programs made late pushes. Others lost major chips.

UM, on the other hand, had a very quiet NSD.

Good thing they already had a decent class in place, and guys like Chad Thomas chose not to flip.

At the end of the day they lost a few positions but ended up right about where we thought they would.

The Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Class of 2014 is who we thought they were (Denny Green Voice).

As for the rest of the pundits,

247 put them 12th.

(see full rankings below)

Team Total Five Star Four Star Three Star Avg Points
1 Alabama Alabama 26 6 15 5 93.68 319.65
2
UP 2
LSU LSU 23 4 12 7 92.33 297.59
3
DOWN -1
Ohio State Ohio State 23 1 15 7 92.38 296.06
4
UP 1
Florida State Florida State 29 2 14 12 90.07 286.77
5
DOWN -2
Texas A&M Texas A&M 21 3 11 7 91.36 277.35
6
UP 1
Auburn Auburn 23 2 11 10 90.23 275.90
7
DOWN -1
Tennessee Tennessee 33 0 16 17 89.34 274.79
8
UP 1
Georgia Georgia 21 3 10 8 90.97 273.38
9
UP 1
Florida Florida 24 1 8 15 89.61 267.75
10
DOWN -2
Notre Dame Notre Dame 23 0 16 7 89.93 261.46
11
UP 15
USC USC 19 2 8 8 90.27 260.54
12
DOWN -1
Miami Miami 26 1 7 18 88.33 255.72
13
UP 3
Stanford Stanford 20 1 7 12 89.38 250.06
14
UP 4
Oklahoma Oklahoma 27 1 7 18 87.51 248.45
15
UP 8
South Carolina South Carolina 21 0 10 11 88.85 241.50
16
DOWN -3
Ole Miss Ole Miss 26 0 6 20 88.10 241.28
17
DOWN -5
Texas Texas 23 0 8 15 88.09 240.71
18
DOWN -4
Clemson Clemson 20 0 10 10 88.67 240.66
19
DOWN -2
UCLA UCLA 18 0 8 10 89.16 233.99
20
DOWN -5
Michigan Michigan 16 1 8 7 89.90 233.54
21 Oregon Oregon 20 0 7 12 87.99 230.73
22
DOWN -3
Kentucky Kentucky 29 0 6 23 86.68 225.53
23
DOWN -1
Arizona State Arizona State 28 0 8 19 86.71 223.48
24
DOWN -4
Penn State Penn State 25 0 5 20 86.80 222.38
25
UP 9
Michigan State Michigan State 23 1 3 19 86.74 219.63

ESPN liked Miami's signing a little better, and sits them at 10th.

Scout, was a little behind ESPN, putting UM at 11th.

Rivals was the less impressed by one digit and rated the 'Canes class 12th. And the mother ship also liked the 12 spot in this awesome breakdown.

Congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide on winning the NSD National Championship for the gazillionth straight year.  Roll Tide.

So what does it all mean?

One class alone never makes or breaks a program.  But the teams that consistently string together good classes almost always find themselves at the top of the food chain.

And those that don't, well .... good luck.

Miami needs a few more classes like this one to really break through, but this haul was certainly a good start.

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