Why group all the midmajors (American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) into one big clump, when we broke out individual recruit teams for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC? Simple. In the Playoff era, all non-AQ teams are competing with each other for one designated New Year’s bowl slot. So while they’re not in the same conference together, they’re all chasing the same prize.
And based on the consensus recruiting ratings compiled by the 247 Sports Composite, one team dominated its new peers as much as any other team in the country did. The rosters are below, but first, a few notes.
Willie Taggart, lord of three-stars
In terms of pound-for-pound recruiting, USF might’ve assembled the most impressive class of anybody in the country. It’s ranked No. 40 on the Composite, (plus ESPN) and that might not sound like much, but it’s ahead of power-conference schools with far greater financial resources (Louisville, Syracuse, Iowa), not to mention schools with similar access to fertile recruiting grounds (Texas Tech, Cal, Georgia Tech).
And that might undersell it. The Bulls topped 27 power-conference teams, landing 27 three-stars to, say, Colorado’s 11. Continue Reading by Clicking Here
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