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College football's top rated 2023 recruiting classes

The class of 2023 recruiting cycle is heating up. It is official visit season for many of the top recruits in the country. Arch Manning, Nyckoles Harbor and other top class of 2023 recruits remain uncommitted.

Georgia, Alabama and Texas A&M finished the class of 2022 recruiting cycle with historically good classes. Texas A&M had arguably the greatest recruiting class of all time. Yet, the Aggies and Crimson Tide are not among the top ranked classes in the 2023 cycle (for now).

Now, let’s focus on the class of 2023. Every football program is different. Some programmes, such as several of the highly ranked classes, prefer to secure commitments as early as possible, while other programmes, such as Clemson, prefer to ensure that committed recruits never decommit.

What college football team has the highest ranked 2023 recruiting class? There are several surprising programs with elite recruiting classes thus far (as of June 9, 2022).

No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Total commitments: 14

Number of four- and five-star commitments: 12

Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman is recruiting at an elite level for the Fighting Irish. If Notre Dame continues to recruit like this, they will continue to be in the hunt for the College Football Playoff.

No. 2 Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Total commitments: 20

Number of four- and five-star commitments: three

Texas Tech is perhaps the most surprising success story of any program at the moment. The Red Raiders are loading up on three-star recruits in the class of 2023 and probably will not finish among the top 10 teams in the country. Still, the Red Raiders should finished better than 45th (their 2022 recruiting ranking).

No. 3 Penn State Nittany Lions

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Total commitments: 12

Number of four- and five-star commitments: five

James Franklin and Penn State finished with the No. 8 class of 2022. The Nittany Lions are proving that was no fluke.

No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats

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Total commitments: 18

Number of four- and five-star commitments: two

Cincinnati has the ability to recruit at a higher level now that recruits know they’ll be playing in the Big 12. The Bearcats have a lot of momentum from making the College Football Playoff.

No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes

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Total commitments: 10

Number of four- and five-star commitments: nine

Ohio State is destined to stay among the top rankings. The Buckeyes are one of the best recruiting programs in college football and the class of 2023 should be no different. Four-star offensive tackle Luke Montgomery is Ohio State’s top-ranked recruit at the moment.

No. 6 Northwestern Wildcats

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Total commitments: 17

Number of four- and five-star commitments: one

Northwestern is off to a hot start with the class of 2023. The Wildcats will not finish the cycle in the top 10, but head coach Pat Fitzgerald should be confident that Northwestern can have a better cycle than the class of 2022.

No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks

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Total commitments: 12

Number of four- and five-star commitments: four

Sam Pittman continues to do an excellent job with the Arkansas football program. Pittman has helped restock the talent level in Fayetteville. In fact, the Razorbacks have the top-ranked class of 2023 in the SEC at the moment.

No. 8 Louisville Cardinals

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Total commitments: 10

Number of four- and five-star commitments: four

The Louisville Cardinals are another surprise among the best recruiting programs so far in the class of 2023. Can the Cardinals keep it up? Louisville would really benefit from a surge of talent.

No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers

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Total commitments: nine

Number of four- and five-star commitments: four

Tennessee fans know from the class of 2021 recruiting cycle that it is not as important how you start a recruiting class. What really matters it is how you finish it. The Volunteers are under much steadier leadership under Josh Heupel and have a commitment from five-star quarterback Nicholaus Iamaleava.

No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs

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Total commitments: eight

Number of four- and five-star commitments: six

Kirby Smart and Georgia are in a fine position for the class of 2023. The Bulldogs finished with No. 3 class last cycle and have a lot of great selling points for incoming recruiting targets, including five-star quarterback Arch Manning.

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