Jeez, consider how hard is it to pull something like this off.
Here are the top recruiters of the internet ratings era (2002-2020), ranked by average 247Sports Composite class ranking. I’ve bolded the ones without any football national titles since 1980.
- Florida State
- Alabama (yeah, Bama had a couple old classes ranked in the 40s)
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
#16 Clemson, #19 Penn State, #20 Nebraska, #24 Washington, #48 Colorado, #52 Georgia Tech, #63 BYU, and #70 UCF have also claimed national titles since 1980.
If for no reason other than sheer accident, you’d think accumulating the most talent over a nineteen-year period ought to yield one title, at least.
What’s really galling is the lack of concern emanating out of Butts-Mehre over the years regarding this situation. Or lack of awareness about how to accomplish same. Either way, that’s some track record.