If you're sick of the Georgia Bulldogs hype train following back-to-back national championship seasons, don't look at the 247Sports composite recruiting rankings for 2024.
Kirby Smart's healthy program isn't going anywhere, but there are several teams reaping major rewards in living rooms early in this recruiting cycle who aren't always at the top of the national rankings.
While most of these teams are currently in the 247Sports composite's top 10, they all aren't. For instance, Texas Tech is currently ranked sixth nationally, but that's a little bit of fool's gold. The Red Raiders have just one 4-star prospect, and the rest are 3-stars.
So, even though you're sick of hearing about Alabama, the Crimson Tide sneaked in over coach Joey McGuire's team because of quality over quantity. The rest of the teams in those rankings have a healthy dosage of 4-star commits.
Many of the programs at the top have consistent recruiting success, but there are some off to better starts than they have in recent memory, too.
Here are the teams doing the best job extremely early in the '24 recruiting cycle.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide have just four commits in an 11th-ranked class so far in the 2024 cycle, but if you think they aren't going to catch fire here very soon, you've been asleep for the past 15 or so years.
Alabama is notoriously slow to start but always finds a way to the top of the recruiting rankings. During the 2023 cycle, the Tide signed seven 5-stars, giving Saban the top-ranked class once again.
The quality is just fine in the newest group, too. Though the numbers aren't large, Alabama is sitting on another gold mine of instate talent in '24 and already has two 5-star prospects and a pair of 4-star prospects, too.
After a '23 cycle that saw them sign two quarterbacks but miss out on their top targets at the position, Saban already has cornerstone signal-caller Julian Sayin in this year's class. The 5-star talent from Carlsbad, California, is the 10th-rated player and the second-ranked quarterback.
Joining him in the 5-star ranks is instate cornerback Jaylen Mbakwe, who is coming into a loaded position in Tuscaloosa with Saban known as a defensive back guru. Then again, it's hard to play for the Tide at a spot where they aren't loaded with talent, and he is talented enough to play early.
Receiver Perry Thompson and edge-rusher Sterling Dixon make it three total Yellowhammer State prospects already in the boat for the Tide in what looks like it's shaping up to be another stellar haul.