Top 2017 College Recruiting Classes

This post originally appeared November 2016.


It's a big week for high school senior softball players as they can begin signing with the university for which they'll play in the fall of 2017.


Based on the Final Hot 100 Players (2017s) and the Second 100 (players 101-200), we've compiled our list of the top college recruiting classes.

This is done on a point system where the higher ranking players received more points. Each player's point total was based on a scale that added up to 200; for example, the No. 1 player received 200 points, No. 2 had 199, No. 3 had 198, etc. down to No. 200 which received 1 point.

Note that the system favors those who signed more players, but with most programs signing anywhere from 2 to 6, it gives a good idea on who picked up top players and more of them!

Some notable takeaways from the list: the SEC continues to roll with four of the top five recruiting classes and seven of the top 13. Keep an eye on Mississippi State in the next few years; the Bulldogs finish No. 4 in the 2017 class and have a lot of young talent committed in future classes.

Top-ranked UCLA continues to stockpile young talent including the No. 1 player in the 2017 Class, Bri Perez (pictured) -- expect the Bruins to be a WCWS favorite in the next few years and, although Oklahoma and Arizona aren't in the top five this year (coming in at 11th and sixth, respectively), these two schools are ahead of the curve when it comes to getting younger classes as we saw with the recent publishing of our 2020 Hot 100 Class.


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Here are the top 2017 college recruiting classes:


RankingUniversityPoints# of playersTop 200 Player Rankings
1UCLA9966#'s: 1, 7, 19, 26, 31, 126
2Auburn9127#'s: 5, 24, 32, 66, 83, 131, 154
3Florida8496#'s: 10, 13, 22, 64, 78, 170
4Mississippi State8036#'s: 4, 33, 34, 60, 129, 143
5Alabama7835#'s: 15, 27, 39, 56, 85
6Arizona7816#'s: 44, 48, 53, 77, 79, 124
7Texas7225#'s: 20, 25, 36, 65, 137
8Oregon7114#'s: 12, 18, 23, 40
9Missouri7047#'s: 11, 38, 45, 98, 148, 178, 185
10Michigan6724#'s: 6, 8, 57, 61
11Oklahoma6454#'s: 9, 21, 28, 101
12Tennessee6034#'s: 3, 37, 70, 91
13LSU5285#'s: 35, 41, 62, 139, 200
14Notre Dame5204#'s: 2, 81, 95, 106
15Florida State5025#'s: 30, 55, 110, 128, 180
16Oregon State4995#'s: 17, 29, 87, 182
17South Carolina4563#'s: 14, 58, 75
18Ole Miss4465#'s: 16, 88, 102, 159, 194
19North Carolina State4404#'s: 50, 93, 109, 112
20Texas A&M3985#'s: 51, 68, 142, 171, 175
21Arkansas3383#'s: 47, 103, 115
22East Carolina3064#'s: 84, 111, 138, 165
23Arizona State2944#'s: 43, 108, 169, 190
24Oklahoma State2843#'s: 49, 134, 136
25James Madison2713#'s: 54, 123, 155
26Texas Tech2702#'s: 59, 73
27Northwestern2453#'s: 71, 89, 198
28Virginia2383#'s: 107, 125, 133
29Georgia2342#'s: 76, 92
30Nebraska2254#'s: 97, 146, 157, 179
31Stanford2202#'s: 52, 130
32Kansas2103#'s: 82, 135, 176
33Ohio State1902#'s: 96, 116
34Kentucky1873#'s: 99, 118, 199
35Duke1813#'s: 105, 151, 166
36Michigan State1764#'s: 127, 144, 168, 189
37Rutgers1682#'s: 67, 167
38UC Davis1662#'s: 104, 132
39Syracuse1591#'s: 42
40Texas-Arlington1551#'s: 46
T41Cal-Berkeley1381#'s: 63
T41North Carolina1384#'s: 145, 161, 164, 196
43Georgia Tech1362#'s: 94, 172
44Western Kentucky1321#'s: 69
T45Utah1313#'s: 114, 177, 181
T45Wisconsin1313#'s: 90, 187
47Maryland1291#'s: 72
48Penn State1223#'s: 147, 160, 174
49Grand Canyon1211#'s: 80
50Boston College1182#'s: 121, 163
51San Diego1151#'s: 86
52DePaul1011#'s: 100
53Nevada881#'s: 113
54San Diego State841#'s: 117
55Washington821#'s: 119
56Purdue811#'s: 120
57Virginia Tech791#'s: 122
58Louisville662#'s: 74, 162
59Texas-San Antonio611#'s: 140
60Hawaii601#'s: 141
61Baylor532#'s: 152, 197
62Eastern Michigan521#'s: 149
63Palm Beach Atlantic511#'s: 150
65Minnesota481#'s: 153
66Boise State451#'s: 156
66Troy431#'s: 158
67BYU302#'s: 184, 188
68Central Florida181#'s: 183
69Loyola Marymount151#'s: 186
70Toledo91#'s: 192
71Illinois81#'s: 193




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