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Best recruiting programs since 2007

The schools that have signed the most elite prospects, and where they got them from

Originally Published: February 3, 2012
By LaRue Cook | ESPN The Magazine
Andre DeboseScott Halleran/Getty ImagesNo program has landed more blue-chip recruits since 2007 than the Florida Gators.

As part of a joint project between ESPN The Magazine and RecruitingNation, we compiled the last five years (2007-11) of ESPNU 150 rankings, and broke down the data by position, by top out-of-state recruiters and by worst in-state recruiters.

So to wrap up our series, we're crowning college football's top 10 programs … period. Our methodology was simple: We re-tallied the scores after signing day and ranked the schools based on total number of ESPNU 150 recruits (there have been 900) hauled in over the past six years.

Of course, like success on the field, recruiting is cyclical -- and fans of programs both on and off this list might look back on Feb. 1, 2012, as the day their team began its rise (or fall) on the trail.

Note: ESPNU 150 prospects ATH Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz.), ATH Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md.) and OT Jordan Diamond (Chicago, Ill.) remain unsigned as of the publication of this story.

1. Florida Gators (66 ESPNU 150 signees)

Top states: Florida (42), Georgia (four)
Surprise state: Pennsylvania (three)

Over the past six years, Florida has been without question the No. 1 destination for elite prospects. The Gators have grabbed 66 ESPNU 150 recruits from 13 different states, none more surprising than Pennsylvania, where they signed the state's top recruit in 2010 (DT Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia) and the nation's No. 2 TE in 2012 (Colin Thompson of Warminster). This year also marked a first for UF, when Will Muschamp ventured into North Carolina for the Gators' top two commits, No. 1 OT D.J. Humphries (Charlotte) and No. 4 DE Jonathan Bullard (Shelby).