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Forecasting the College Football Playoff? Check the recruiting rankings

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.