Who’s crushing it this recruiting season? Which teams had mediocre 2018 classes and are improving in a big, big way? Here are five teams doing a big job.
Of course you know who some of the star programs are this recruiting season. Just guess Alabama, and Clemson, and Georgia, and Ohio State – actually, not Ohio State just yet – and you’re going to be right.
But which teams improved by leaps and bounds from 2018? Which programs went can honestly say they crushed it this recruiting season – at least compared to what they normally do?
Here are five programs that were great in the early signing period and should finish well after National Signing Day on Wednesday.
5. Virginia Cavaliers
Bronco Mendenhall was able to get a few defense recruits across the board last year, but the overall haul was around the mid-60s in the final rankings – at least based on conventional wisdom.
The linebacking corps got some help, and the receiving corps received a boost, but it’s not an overstatement to call if one of the weaker ACC classes.
Not this year.
The arrow is pointing up after a strong 2018 season on the field – even flirting with the Coastal title – and it seems to have resonated.
Mendenhall was able to land star defensive tackle Jowon Briggs, linebacker prospect Hunter Stewart, and offensive tackle Ja’quay Hubbard before last season, but he was able to hold on to his top recruits in December, too.
It’s a big class full of terrific-looking receivers and with ore speed and athleticism across the board.
No, it doesn’t mean Clemson has to worry quite yet, but for Virginia to come up with a class to be reasonably considered among the ACC’s five best is special.