Given their 1-2 ranking on various recruiting class lists, it should come as no surprise that Alabama and Clemson are in a class of their own compared to their SEC and ACC rivals.
The recently update ESPN national Top 300 gives a good indication of the lead the Crimson Tide and Tigers enjoy over the rest of the field, particularly in attracting elite players from the top 125 of ESPN's list.
Alabama stands alone at the top, with 16 of its 18 commitments coming from the ESPN top 300, and a dozen from the top 125.
Clemson has 10 top-300 players among its 18 commitments, with six from the top 125.
The Tigers nearly lap the rest of the ACC field.
Miami has five top-300 players, including one from the top 75, while FSU has four from the top 300 and two from the top 25. North Carolina has two top-300 picks, and Georgia Tech has one.
The talent haul is deeper and wider in the SEC. Behind Alabama, Texas A&M leads the way with nine top-300 players, three of whom are ranked in the top 125. Both Auburn and Florida have seven from the top 300 and two from the top 125.
LSU, Georgia and South Carolina each have five from the top 300. The Tigers have three top-125 picks, while the Bulldogs and Gamecocks have one each.
Tennessee has four from the top 300 and two from the top 125, and Arkansas has one top-125 player among their three top-300 picks.
Other SEC teams with top 300 players include Missouri (2), Mississippi State (2), Mississippi (1), Kentucky (1) and Vanderbilt (1).
Clemson's ESPN Top 300 Commitments
No. 7, Mitch Hyatt, OT, Suwanee, Georgia
No. 25, Deon Cain, WR, Tampa, Florida
No. 86, Jake Fruhmorgan, OT, Tampa, Florida
No. 105, Clelin Ferrell, DE, Richmond, Virginia
No. 106, Sterling Johnson, DE, Clayton, North Carolina
No. 113, Garrett Williams, TE, Orlando, Florida
No. 199, Noah Green, OT, Boiling Springs, South Carolina
No. 261, Shadell Bell, WR, Decatur, Georgia
No. 277, Juwaun Birisco, DB, Waldorf, Maryland
No. 281, Gage Cervenka, DL, Greenwood, South Carolina
ACC-bound Top 300 Commitments
No. 26, Derwin James, DB, Haines City, Florida, FSU
No. 60, Tyrek Cole, DB, Miramar, Florida, FSU
No. 79, Dexter Williams, RB, Winter Garden, Florida, Miami
No. 185, Bowman Archibald, TE, Dade City, Florida, Miami
No. 206, Dwayne Lawson, QB-DE, Tampa, Florida, Miami
No. 250, Charles Perry, LB, Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Miami
No.253, Tommy Hatton, OL, Montvale, New Jersey, UNC
No. 256: Michael Barnett, DE, Ridgefield, South Carolina, FSU
No. 268, Carl Tucker, TE, Cornelius, North Carolina, UNC
No. 280, Jordan Cronkite, DB, Miami, Florida, Miami
No. 288, Wyatt Knopfke, OL, Sarasota, Florida, BC
No. 291, De'Andre Johnson, QB-DB, Jacksonville, Florida, FSU
No. 296, Jaylend Ratliffe, Ath, Laurinburg, North Carolina, GT
Clemson Uncommitted Top 300 Targets
No. 5, Bryan Corwart, DE, Seffner, Florida
No. 8, Cece Jefferson, DE, Glen St. Mary, Florida
No. 9, Tim Settle, DT, Manassas, Virginia
No. 11, George Campbell, WR, Tarpon Springs, Florida
No. 43, Matthew Burrell, OT, Woodbridge, Virginia
No. 124, Austin Bryant, DE, Thomasville, Georgia