One thing to remember this week: the names may be slightly re-ordered from year to year, but in the end, the rich always get richer.
Consider that in the past five recruiting classes (2013-17, using the 247Sports Composite rankings):
• Four schools have ranked in the top 10 in each year: Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Ohio State.
• Three other schools have ranked in the top 10 in four years: Florida state, Georgia and USC.
• In all, just 17 schools have had a top-10 ranking in those five years (the others are Michigan three times; Florida, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M twice each; and Clemson, Oklahoma and UCLA once each).
• When it comes to a top-20 ranking, the group is even tighter, as 29 schools have been ranked in those five years. But there are few outliers: Of those 29, five (Arizona State, Maryland, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Washington) have been ranked once in that span. Thus, that means that just 24 schools have had multiple top-20 recruiting classes in the past five years. That’s not a wide variety.
• In the current top-20 rankings – and, yes, they will change on NSD – every single school has finished in the top 20 at least once and 19 have finished in the top 20 more than once in the past five years.
Same as it always was.
Sure, it’s noteworthy that Smart has apparently taken Georgia to the next level, particularly because no other school in the division has followed along. But the real message here is that if you haven’t been part of the party before, it’s hard to get an invite today.