Although recruiting rankings remain an inexact science, one stat from ESPN shows why you shouldn't dismiss Wednesday's national signing day hype entirely.
Since ESPN began thoroughly covering recruiting a decade ago, every national champion landed a top 10 class the February before its run to the title.
That means the teams with the most buzz when prospects begin signing letters of intent will be among the top contenders to come to Tampa in 11 months for next season's national championship. It also bodes well for a resurgent Florida class, sustained success at Florida State and the Big Ten, which is on track for its best signing day of the modern recruiting era.
Some other tidbits:
By the numbers: Rivals' Top 250 breakdown
32 Florida natives
35 Texas natives
40 California natives
46 Uncommitted recruits
12 Commitments for LSU, the most of any school
3 Five-star commitments for Clemson, tops in the country
Tweet of the week
@King_Kongbo: "Officially committed to McDonald's University!" The nation's No. 1 junior college player, DE Jonathan Kongbo, had some fun with the process with a non-binding pledge to the Golden Arches.