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These are the top college football recruits that every Top 25 team has to land as part of their upcoming recruiting class.
The 2019 college football season might not be far off, but the race for a top recruiting class in 2020 has been underway for some time now. Programs that are on the outside looking in are hoping they can gain the commitment of a future recruit that will leave them ranked.
For those programs that are ranked, it’s all about staying ranked and fending off those schools coming for their spot. Then there’s the added chase of trying to climb in the rankings, which ultimately comes down to the performance on the field.
It’s those impact and must-land recruits that make plays in big games that can help a school elevate their ranking during the season. Every year, programs across the country have those blue-chip recruits they circle and are an absolute must get.
Whether it’s the Alabama and Georgia’s of the world raiding the closet at the IMG Academy in Florida, or finding diamonds in the rough in regions that aren’t talent-rich, top recruits can come from just about every corner.
The must-haves are chased by multiple teams at the top. It’s the spirit of recruiting and its also a fierce competition. The 2019 season and the success or subsequently failures a school has could shift the dynamic of where these players end up.
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From Miami to Clemson, Northwestern to Alabama and Nebraska to Georgia, every program in the top-25 has a recruit they need to land. Here is the must-land recruit for each top 25 team in 2020.
Note: The team ranking is based on the post-spring rankings by FanSided. Recruiting rankings reflect the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Players who are already committed to programs were not included in this list.
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