Recruiting 2014 - Who's Hot?

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Posted Feb 4, 2014

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Is this the best haul of high school talent ever? Who knows for sure, but the mere fact that it's in the discussion is an indication of how well Nick Saban has done during this cycle. The Tide's top-ranked class is littered with five-star gems, Parade All-Americans and building blocks for future championships.

Arizona Teams
Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez are inciting a slight balance of power shift with their efforts in January. Both Arizona State and Arizona have done a great job of building for the future, with the Sun Devils boasting what might be the Pac-12's deepest overall class.

Florida State
The Seminoles' latest class elicits a simple message that the program is going to be a national contender for the foreseeable future. Florida State has the numbers and the top-tier quality in the form of skill players Dalvin Cook and Travis Rudolph.

Now, this is why the Wildcats hired Mark Stoops. The ace recruiter has compiled what might be the best class in school history, with DT Matt Elam's choice of Kentucky over Alabama really resonating throughout the commonwealth. The ‘Cats are a poor-man's version of 2013 Ole Miss.

Ohio State
Urban Meyer has put together an SEC-caliber class of athletes, easily outperforming the rest of the Big Ten. The coach has been able to sell the Buckeye brand in places like Georgia, Florida and Texas, picking up size and speed at every stop.

Penn State
The James Franklin effect is alive and well in Happy Valley. The new coach is brash, fearless and convincing, flipping a number of recruits since coming aboard in January. With a strong final kick, Penn State has a chance to finish No. 2 behind Ohio State in the Big Ten.

If the Volunteers finally stabilize after six consecutive years of at least six losses, they'll look to this recruiting class as the turning point of the rebuilding plan. Butch Jones has done remarkably well, considering UT's recent struggles on the field, scoring big in-state and as far away as Illinois and Washington, DC.

Texas A&M
Johnny Manziel's heir apparent, five-star QB Kyle Allen, headlines a class that's going to rank in the top 5 nationally by all measurements. Kevin Sumlin is dominating the Lone Star State for a second straight year, while filling his roster with elite high school and junior-college talent.