Top 2017 College Recruiting Classes

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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.

Briana PerezThis 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:

Ranking University Points # of players Top 200 Player Rankings
1 UCLA 996 6 #'s: 1, 7, 19, 26, 31, 126
2 Auburn 912 7 #'s: 5, 24, 32, 66, 83, 131, 154
3 Florida 849 6 #'s: 10, 13, 22, 64, 78, 170
4 Mississippi State 803 6 #'s: 4, 33, 34, 60, 129, 143
5 Alabama 783 5 #'s: 15, 27, 39, 56, 85
6 Arizona 781 6 #'s: 44, 48, 53, 77, 79, 124
7 Texas 722 5 #'s: 20, 25, 36, 65, 137
8 Oregon 711 4 #'s: 12, 18, 23, 40
9 Missouri 704 7 #'s: 11, 38, 45, 98, 148, 178, 185
10 Michigan 672 4 #'s: 6, 8, 57, 61
11 Oklahoma 645 4 #'s: 9, 21, 28, 101
12 Tennessee 603 4 #'s: 3, 37, 70, 91
13 LSU 528 5 #'s: 35, 41, 62, 139, 200
14 Notre Dame 520 4 #'s: 2, 81, 95, 106
15 Florida State 502 5 #'s: 30, 55, 110, 128, 180
16 Oregon State 499 5 #'s: 17, 29, 87, 182
17 South Carolina 456 3 #'s: 14, 58, 75
18 Ole Miss 446 5 #'s: 16, 88, 102, 159, 194
19 North Carolina State 440 4 #'s: 50, 93, 109, 112
20 Texas A&M 398 5 #'s: 51, 68, 142, 171, 175
21 Arkansas 338 3 #'s: 47, 103, 115
22 East Carolina 306 4 #'s: 84, 111, 138, 165
23 Arizona State 294 4 #'s: 43, 108, 169, 190
24 Oklahoma State 284 3 #'s: 49, 134, 136
25 James Madison 271 3 #'s: 54, 123, 155
26 Texas Tech 270 2 #'s: 59, 73
27 Northwestern 245 3 #'s: 71, 89, 198
28 Virginia 238 3 #'s: 107, 125, 133
29 Georgia 234 2 #'s: 76, 92
30 Nebraska 225 4 #'s: 97, 146, 157, 179
31 Stanford 220 2 #'s: 52, 130
32 Kansas 210 3 #'s: 82, 135, 176
33 Ohio State 190 2 #'s: 96, 116
34 Kentucky 187 3 #'s: 99, 118, 199
35 Duke 181 3 #'s: 105, 151, 166
36 Michigan State 176 4 #'s: 127, 144, 168, 189
37 Rutgers 168 2 #'s: 67, 167
38 UC Davis 166 2 #'s: 104, 132
39 Syracuse 159 1 #'s: 42
40 Texas-Arlington 155 1 #'s: 46
T41 Cal-Berkeley 138 1 #'s: 63
T41 North Carolina 138 4 #'s: 145, 161, 164, 196
43 Georgia Tech 136 2 #'s: 94, 172
44 Western Kentucky 132 1 #'s: 69
T45 Utah 131 3 #'s: 114, 177, 181
T45 Wisconsin 131 3 #'s: 90, 187
47 Maryland 129 1 #'s: 72
48 Penn State 122 3 #'s: 147, 160, 174
49 Grand Canyon 121 1 #'s: 80
50 Boston College 118 2 #'s: 121, 163
51 San Diego 115 1 #'s: 86
52 DePaul 101 1 #'s: 100
53 Nevada 88 1 #'s: 113
54 San Diego State 84 1 #'s: 117
55 Washington 82 1 #'s: 119
56 Purdue 81 1 #'s: 120
57 Virginia Tech 79 1 #'s: 122
58 Louisville 66 2 #'s: 74, 162
59 Texas-San Antonio 61 1 #'s: 140
60 Hawaii 60 1 #'s: 141
61 Baylor 53 2 #'s: 152, 197
62 Eastern Michigan 52 1 #'s: 149
63 Palm Beach Atlantic 51 1 #'s: 150
65 Minnesota 48 1 #'s: 153
66 Boise State 45 1 #'s: 156
66 Troy 43 1 #'s: 158
67 BYU 30 2 #'s: 184, 188
68 Central Florida 18 1 #'s: 183
69 Loyola Marymount 15 1 #'s: 186
70 Toledo 9 1 #'s: 192
71 Illinois 8 1 #'s: 193



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