ESPN Releases Grades For Every Power-5 Team’s Recruiting Class

first_imgDabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)On Thursday night ESPN revealed the national signing day grades for every Power-5 college football program.National Signing Day wrapped up on Wednesday, though there were a few tops recruit left over who signed on Thursday. After the classes became official, the Worldwide Leader graded every recruiting class.Only one college football program left with an “A+” while the worst grade handed out was a “C-“.So, which team received the “A+”? That distinction would belong to the Alabama Crimson Tide after bringing home their sixth No. 1 class in the past eight seasons.Nick Saban and company continue to recruit at the highest level despite losing key assistants each and every year.This season, Saban had to replace seven assistants on his staff, but still ended up with the No. 1 class.The man who dethroned Saban last year, Kirby Smart, finished the 2019 recruiting cycle with the second-best class as Georgia brought in a plethora of five-star recruits for the second-consecutive year.Other notable programs who received an “A” for their recruiting classes were the Clemson Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators.The SEC finished with five of the top 10 overall classes – showing why it’s the deepest conference in the country year-in and year-out.You can see the full list of draft grades here.last_img read more