Building a successful college football program begins with strong recruiting. Great coaching and a knack for developing players also provide a boost, but those attributes can take a team only so far against the top recruiting programs in the nation.
Rivals.com took a look back Wednesday to determine the best recruiting football programs of the last five years. In the ACC, Florida State blew away the competition, coming in at No. 3 overall behind only Alabama and Ohio State.
Here is the reason why Mike Farrell, the national recruiting director for Rivals.com, placed the Seminoles in the third spot:
Surprisingly, Florida State is the only ACC program in the top 10. Coming in at third, the Seminoles have long been considered one of the elite recruiting programs in the country, and have obviously continued that trend over the last five years. Only a No. 10 finish in 2013 kept FSU from possibly leapfrogging Ohio State into second place.
As Farrell mentioned, Florida State finished 10th in recruiting in 2013, but since then, its recruiting classes have been ranked in the top 5 for four straight years. Since 2013, the Seminoles average class position is 4.8. And just as with Alabama and Ohio State, Florida State has lived up to its recruiting hype and won a national title within the last five years.
Clemson was the ACC school closest to Florida State on the list. The average ranking of the Tigers’ recruiting classes since 2013 is 11.8, which is 11th-best in the nation. The Miami Hurricanes were third in the ACC at No. 15 overall.
Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Duke all were outside the top 25, but each made the top 50.