Third and long: Asmussen's most surprising 2019 recruiting classes

Third and long: Asmussen's most surprising 2019 recruiting classes

Our college football writer is counting down the days until the 2019 season. Here are his most surprising recruiting classes around the nation:

1. Oregon

Rivals: No. 7

I'll be honest, I didn't have a lot of faith in Mario Cristobal being able to get the job done in Eugene. But he bumped the win total by two in 2018 and landed superstar defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux. Impressive.

2. Florida

Rivals: No. 8

Dan Mullen did good work during his first season, winning 10 games, including a romp against Michigan in the Peach Bowl. He kept the good times going in recruiting with 15 four- and five-star players. Best of the bunch: defensive back Chris Steele.

3. Tennessee

Rivals: No. 12

Quick, name the Vols head coach? Phil Fulmer? Wrong. Johnny Majors? Bzzz. It's Jeremy Pruitt. Despite a 5-7 first season, he bagged 13 four -and five-star prospects. Now the bad news: Five SEC schools are ahead of him in the Rivals rankings.

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