As we look over the 2022 recruiting grades, it is important to remember the pending conference realignment that will see a significant shift occur among the Group-of-Five Conferences. Not surprising, the top 4 Group-of-Five classes all belong to programs that are scheduled to leave for the Power 5 in the coming season(s) including Cincinnati, Central Florida, Houston, and BYU.

Beyond these four, the remainder of the Top 10 classes include Memphis, Marshall, Boise State, San Diego State, Arkansas State, and UTSA. With the pending conference realignment, the AAC, Sunbelt, and the Mountain West will all have two Top 10 classes. Looking at the Top 21 classes outside the programs leaving for the Power 5, the AAC has 7 of the 21 (33%), aided by newcomers UTSA and UAB. The Mountain West has 6 (29%), and the Sunbelt has 5 (24%), aided by Marshall and Southern Miss.

In fact, if we evaluate the 2022 recruiting classes by current conference, the AAC would enjoy a commanding lead over the MWC. CUSA would lead a closely bunched pack of the other conferences and independents. When we look at these classes by the realigned conference, the MWC has the top class, edging out the AAC, with the Sunbelt a solid third, followed by the MAC. CUSA is a distant fifth and the Independents are well back (without the weight of BYU’s class).

In our tables below, we show the current conference for each team, along with their realigned conference (designated as “N-Conf”).

247 Sports Recruiting Rankings (Click to scroll, click headers to sort)
G5 RankTeamConfN-Conf# CommitsScoreFBS Rank
1CincinnatiAACP519193.7842
2HoustonAACP519185.0149
3Central FloridaAACP515182.4252
4BYUINDG5P524175.1756
5MarshallCUSASBC25172.5358
6Boise StateMWCMWC20170.8160
7MemphisAACAAC21169.1162
8Arkansas StateSBCSBC18162.6867
9San Diego StateMWCMWC17161.6668
10UTSACUSAAAC15158.6169
11TulaneAACAAC17157.1872
12Coastal CarolinaSBCSBC19157.173
13Fresno StateMWCMWC19154.0474
14Miami (OH)MACMAC17149.1676
15Utah StateMWCMWC22149.1177
16Southern MissCUSASBC19148.3178
17BuffaloMACMAC15143.6879
18SMUAACAAC11142.9780
19UABCUSAAAC17140.4481
20Appalachian StateSBCSBC14140.2982
21San Jose StateMWCMWC17140.1783
22East CarolinaAACAAC15139.8184
23Colorado StateMWCMWC14136.7386
24South FloridaAACAAC11134.1787
25Northern IllinoisMACMAC21133.9688
26ToledoMACMAC13131.4689
27Louisiana TechCUSACUSA13129.6890
28LibertyINDG5CUSA14127.9691
29Western KentuckyCUSACUSA15127.4592
30Central MichiganMACMAC16127.0194
31Kent StateMACMAC20126.4695
32Ball StateMACMAC16124.8696
33New MexicoMWCMWC26124.3397
34Old DominionCUSASBC14121.3298
35WyomingMWCMWC17119.0399
36UNLVMWCMWC10118.39100
37South AlabamaSBCSBC13117.68101
38Georgia StateSBCSBC14114.21102
39Western MichiganMACMAC13112.21103
40ConnecticutINDG5INDG518109.5104
41Air ForceMWCMWC44109.18106
42CharlotteCUSAAAC12108.7107
43TempleAACAAC14106.58108
44LouisianaSBCSBC12105.41109
45Georgia SouthernSBCSBC22104.67110
46TulsaAACAAC15104.42111
47MassachusettsINDG5INDG517103.48112
48Bowling GreenMACMAC11100.79113
49RiceCUSAAAC14100.16115
50Middle Tennessee StateCUSACUSA1299.32117
51NevadaMWCMWC1397.32118
52New Mexico StateINDG5CUSA2084.04121
53North TexasCUSAAAC1282.88122
54AkronMACMAC1080.11123
55Florida InternationalCUSACUSA1876.64124
56HawaiiMWCMWC1264.34126
57Florida AtlanticCUSACUSA964.14127
58TroySBCSBC864.11128
59Eastern MichiganMACMAC763.57129
60UTEPCUSACUSA1561.99130
61Louisiana MonroeSBCSBC749.02131
62OhioMACMAC1241.77136
63NavyAACAAC2341.4137
64Texas StateSBCSBC533.53138
65ArmyINDG5INDG52318.3153
Rivals Recruiting Rankings (Click to scroll, click headers to sort)
G5 RankTeamConfN-Conf# CommitsScoreFBS Rank
1CincinnatiAACP519143441
2MemphisAACAAC20126047
3Central FloridaAACP515118551
4HoustonAACP518117053
5MarshallCUSASBC23111055
6BYUINDG5P52699064
7Arkansas StateSBCSBC2097565
8UTSACUSAAAC1696066
9Boise StateMWCMWC2094567
9TulaneAACAAC1791568
9San Diego StateMWCMWC1791568
12Utah StateMWCMWC2491568
13Northern IllinoisMACMAC2088573
14Miami (OH)MACMAC1887075
14Louisiana TechCUSACUSA1682577
16East CarolinaAACAAC1681078
17UABCUSAAAC1979579
18ArmyINDG5INDG58978081
18Central MichiganMACMAC1878081
20South FloridaAACAAC1275083
21Air ForceMWCMWC3975083
22Coastal CarolinaSBCSBC1975083
22SMUAACAAC1273586
24Southern MissCUSASBC1972087
24Kent StateMACMAC1872087
26Appalachian StateSBCSBC1472087
27Georgia SouthernSBCSBC2072087
27Western KentuckyCUSACUSA2070591
29NavyAACAAC6469092
29New MexicoMWCMWC2866093
29Western MichiganMACMAC1464595
32Colorado StateMWCMWC1463096
33Ball StateMACMAC1661597
33LibertyINDG5CUSA1460099
35Fresno StateMWCMWC1760099
35San Jose StateMWCMWC1660099
37WyomingMWCMWC17570102
38ToledoMACMAC12555103
39LouisianaSBCSBC10555103
39CharlotteCUSAAAC13525105
41TempleAACAAC14510106
42TulsaAACAAC15495107
42ConnecticutINDG5INDG520450108
44Georgia StateSBCSBC14450108
44Bowling GreenMACMAC11420110
44Eastern MichiganMACMAC18420110
47Old DominionCUSASBC12405112
48New Mexico StateINDG5CUSA17405112
48Middle Tennessee StateCUSACUSA13375114
50Florida InternationalCUSACUSA20375114
51UTEPCUSACUSA23375114
51AkronMACMAC13375114
53UNLVMWCMWC9375114
54South AlabamaSBCSBC12375114
54RiceCUSAAAC12360120
56Florida AtlanticCUSACUSA10300121
57BuffaloMACMAC15300121
58NevadaMWCMWC8285123
59North TexasCUSAAAC7270124
60Louisiana MonroeSBCSBC7255125
61HawaiiMWCMWC9225126
62MassachusettsINDG5INDG513195127
63TroySBCSBC6165128
64OhioMACMAC10150129
65Texas StateSBCSBC3120130
ESPN Recruiting Rankings (Top 75 FBS Only)
G5 RankTeamConfN-ConfFBS Rank
1CincinnatiAACP533
2Central FloridaAACP549
3BYUINDG5P552
4HoustonAACP555
5Boise StateMWCMWC58
6MemphisAACAAC69
7San Diego StateMWCMWC70
8MarshallCUSASBC71
9UTSACUSAAAC72
10Colorado StateMWCMWC73
11Coastal CarolinaSBCSBC74
12Arkansas StateSBCSBC75
Consensus Recruiting Rankings (Click to scroll, click headers to sort)
Consensus RankTeamConfN-ConfHigh RankLow Rank
1CincinnatiAACP511
2Central FloridaAACP523
3HoustonAACP524
4BYUINDG5P536
5MemphisAACAAC27
6MarshallCUSASBC58
7Boise StateMWCMWC59
8San Diego StateMWCMWC711
9Arkansas StateSBCSBC712
10UTSACUSAAAC810
11TulaneAACAAC10NR
12Utah StateMWCMWC12NR
13Coastal CarolinaSBCSBC1122
14Miami (OH)MACMAC14NR
15UABCUSAAAC17NR
16Southern MissCUSASBC16NR
17East CarolinaAACAAC16NR
18SMUAACAAC18NR
19Northern IllinoisMACMAC13NR
20Fresno StateMWCMWC13NR
21Appalachian StateSBCSBC20NR
22Colorado StateMWCMWC1023
23Louisiana TechCUSACUSA15NR
24South FloridaAACAAC20NR
25San Jose StateMWCMWC21NR
26Central MichiganMACMAC19NR
27Western KentuckyCUSACUSA28NR
28Kent StateMACMAC25NR
29LibertyINDG5CUSA28NR
30ToledoMACMAC26NR
31BuffaloMACMAC17NR
32New MexicoMWCMWC30NR
33Ball StateMACMAC32NR
34Air ForceMWCMWC21NR
35WyomingMWCMWC35NR
36Western MichiganMACMAC31NR
37Georgia SouthernSBCSBC27NR
38Old DominionCUSASBC34NR
39Georgia StateSBCSBC38NR
40UNLVMWCMWC36NR
41ConnecticutINDG5INDG540NR
42South AlabamaSBCSBC37NR
43CharlotteCUSAAAC40NR
44LouisianaSBCSBC39NR
45TempleAACAAC41NR
46TulsaAACAAC42NR
47Bowling GreenMACMAC45NR
48Middle Tennessee StateCUSACUSA49NR
49RiceCUSAAAC49NR
50New Mexico StateINDG5CUSA48NR
51MassachusettsINDG5INDG547NR
52AkronMACMAC52NR
53NavyAACAAC29NR
54NevadaMWCMWC51NR
55Florida InternationalCUSACUSA50NR
56Eastern MichiganMACMAC46NR
57ArmyINDG5INDG518NR
58North TexasCUSAAAC53NR
59UTEPCUSACUSA51NR
60Florida AtlanticCUSACUSA56NR
61HawaiiMWCMWC56NR
62TroySBCSBC58NR
63Louisiana MonroeSBCSBC60NR
64OhioMACMAC62NR
65Texas StateSBCSBC64NR