8. LSU 2003 Coach: Nick Saban Class rank: 1st
Five-star signees: None.
Buzz: The class was loaded with talent, including the likes of QB JaMarcus Russell, WRs Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis and S LaRon Landry, all of whom went on to become NFL first-round picks. The group helped the Tigers win the 2003 and '07 national titles. Russell was MVP of the Sugar Bowl after the 2006 season and went on to be the No. 1 selection of the Oakland Raiders in the NFL draft after that season. Matt Flynn, who was a member of this signing class, was the quarterback on LSU's national title team in 2007.
3. Ohio State 2002 Coach: Jim Tressel
Class rank: 5th
Five-star signees: 2 (RB Maurice Clarett, LB Mike D'Andrea)
Buzz: Ohio State's 2002 class was led by offensive weapons such as QB Troy Smith, RB Maurice Clarett, C Nick Mangold and WR Santonio Holmes. On the defensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes' haul included LBs A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter. The group helped the Buckeyes win the national championship in the Fiesta Bowl in January 2003. Among their individual accomplishments, Smith won the Heisman in 2006.
2. USC 2003 Coach: Pete Carroll
Class rank: 3rd
Five-star signees: 2 (RB Reggie Bush, ATH Whitney Lewis)
Buzz: The Trojans' 2003 class had unparalleled success, as the group played in four BCS bowls and won two national titles. The class was led by four prospects who went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft - RB Reggie Bush, OT Sam Baker, DE Lawrence Jackson and DT Sedrick Ellis. But there was more star power: RB LenDale White, WR Steve Smith and OL Ryan Kalil went on to the NFL. Bush earned the Heisman during his time at USC.
1. Florida 2006 Coach: Urban Meyer
Class rank: 2nd
Five-star signees: 4 (WR Percy Harvin, G/T Carl Johnson, LB Brandon Spikes, QB Tim Tebow)
Buzz: Florida's 2006 class was led by QB Tim Tebow and WR Percy Harvin, but what makes this group stand out above the rest was the number of prospects who panned out: 16 members of the class were starters at one time. Beyond Tebow and Harvin, there were guys such as LBs Brandon Spikes, Dustin Doe and A.J. Jones, DE Jermaine Cunningham, T/G Marcus Gilbert, DTs Lawrence Marsh and Terron Sanders and WR Riley Cooper. The group helped Florida win two national championships, and Tebow won the 2007 Heisman as a sophomore and was a finalist as a junior and senior.