After arguing with a Bama fan about who had the best class to date, I decided the best way to settle it was to look at a combined ranking that would take into account each program's ranking on each major recruiting site. After an exhaustive search in many hard to access places (5 minute Google search) I came up empty so I decided to do it myself. I used the ESPN, Rivals, and Scout rankings but omitted 247's rankings because I could only find a top 10 (I was looking for at least a top 30).
I added the rankings then divided by three to get an average. As I suspected, Florida State's recruiting class is ranked second only trailing Texas. Alabama comes in third. While this is a very simplistic way of going about it, I did temporarily shut up a Tide fan so it was worth it. I was hoping to list the top 25 but there was an issue of what to do with a program whose class was not ranked by one or more of the services. ESPN didn't rank TCU, BC, or Michigan and Rivals didn't rank Kentucky. Missing this data caused the top 25 to be skewed; however, even if those programs were ranked first by either service, they wouldn't have cracked the top ten so the top ten is valid.
The exact averages are as follows:
If anyone can come up with a better way to figure this out, please post. This will have more meaning after NSD when it's more concrete but I'd like it to be free of any flaws I don't see. The totals for the teams with N/A's are unfairly divided by three. I need you guys and gals to give suggestions on how to fairly rank those teams. Stats aren't my strong suit.