The only school to rank in the top 10 each year has been Georgia. USC has been in the top 10 nine times and Florida State eight times.
Five schools have had the top-ranked recruiting class in that span: USC (four times), Alabama (three), Florida (once), LSU (once) and Texas (once).
There have been nine college football national champions in that span, with two teams winning two titles each (Florida and LSU). Five of the national champs (Auburn, Florida, LSU, Texas and USC) are in the top eight in recruiting; the others are No. 12 Ohio State and No. 13 Alabama.
Six of the top 10 recruiting teams have at least played for the national title in that span. The quartet that has not: Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee. In addition, the teams ranked 11th through 13th also have at least played for the title in that span.
Ten schools have at least played for the national title in that span. All but one --Oregon-- are in the top 13. The Ducks are 19th.
Coaching stability might be overrated. Yes, three of the top-10 schools and six of the top 25 have had just one coach. But 10 schools in the top 25 have had at least three coaches, including three in the top 10.
When it comes to which conferences recruit best, no one should be surprised by the league at the top. Nine SEC schools -- all but Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt-- are in the recruiting top 25. Going by this fall's conference affiliation, the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 each have four, the Big Ten has three and there is one independent (Notre Dame).
Finally, good recruiting classes don't always pay off on the field (that's a nice way of saying "coaching matters") Two schools in the top 25 --North Carolina and Ole Miss-- have an overall losing record from 2002-10.
Here are the top 25 schools in recruiting, using the signing classes from 2002-11. The "top 10s" refers to the number of times finishing in the recruiting top 10.
Total points: 141
Coaches: Dennis Franchione, Mike Price, Mike Shula, Nick Saban High: 1st (three times, most recent in 2011)
Low: 49th (2003)
Top 10s: 5
On-field winning percentage, 2002-10: 60.4 (35th)