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D1Baseball’s 2016 Top 30 Recruiting Classes

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Recruiting classes finally are on campus, and while some programs lost big to the draft this past summer, others have an influx of young players and junior college transfers ready to make a huge impact in a few months. With that, it’s time to unveil D1Baseball.com’s Top 30 recruiting classes for 2016, led by Ole Miss.

What Ole Miss was able to accomplish with this year’s crop of newcomers should be taken note of not just for the depth of talent, but how wisely it was put together. Placing a target not just on slam dunk early-round prospects they were likely to move, but making calculated moves to score talent like Grae Kessinger, players that were committed to playing baseball in Oxford.

There were a number of strong recruiting classes that could stake a claim to being number one, and to be highly ranked there certainly must be some luck involved. But, what makes Ole Miss so particularly impressive is it could have lost even more of its top tier of highly touted high school players and still pieced together an impressive, top 30 type of crop.

North Carolina will be boosted heavily by a strong dose of new pitching in its crop, and TCU, LSU, and Florida all boast talented crops with potential future stars. TCU once again lays claim to the type of recruits that could immediately rise to stardom, and that is one major aspect of why it checks in so highly on the list. LSU scores its ranking on the rounded nature of the class, and the same can be said for the very consistent recruiting Florida program.

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1Ole MissBreakdown
2North CarolinaBreakdown
3TCUBreakdown
4LSUBreakdown
5FloridaBreakdown
6StanfordBreakdown
7Florida StateBreakdown
8WashingtonBreakdown
9Arizona StateBreakdown
10South CarolinaBreakdown
11VanderbiltBreakdown
12ArizonaBreakdown
13ClemsonBreakdown
14TennesseeBreakdown
15MiamiBreakdown
16ArkansasBreakdown
17UCLABreakdown
18East CarolinaBreakdown
19Oregon StateOregon State
20AuburnBreakdown
21UC Santa BarbaraBreakdown
22Mississippi StateBreakdown
23LouisvilleBreakdown
24OregonBreakdown
25N.C. StateBreakdown
26GeorgiaBreakdown
27San Diego StateBreakdown
28Washington StateBreakdown
29Georgia TechBreakdown
30IndianaBreakdown

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