Preseason prognosticators like Athlon Sports — the most accurate college football preview magazine on newsstands — use many things to predict what the coming football season will look like. Returning starters, scheduling, historic trends, coaching, pending off-the-field issues and, of course, recruiting rankings all help Athlon editors predict the future of college football.
It is nearly impossible to win at the highest level in college football without elite recruiting. But elite recruiting does not automatically lead to winning at the highest level. Just ask members of the class of 2009.
It's been a while since we all got together to talk some SEC football, so make sure you stop by my chat at noon ET. National signing day is only days away and spring practice is just around the corner, so there's plenty to talk about.