College today, National Football League (NFL) tomorrow. That’s a promise that National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football programs touchdown on for the players they recruit. Their pledge can be fulfilled once a potential player meets their three-year eligibility requirement. When they do, they can enter the NFL draft and wait to hear their name called. It all comes down to college athletes willing to put their all into securing a spot on the field. If they do, specific universities can help prepare them for that next level of play. Here’s a closer look at the top recruiting colleges for the NFL.
Simply mention Notre Dame in a room of football fanatics and you will grab their attention. They uphold one of the most storied programs in the NCAA, as it is incredibly relevant for its recruiting footprint and athlete development. From Joe Montana to Alan Page, players at Notre Dame are seemingly always suiting up on Sundays after their college career has ended.
Pete Carroll turned University of Southern California (USC) into a football powerhouse in the mid-2000s, building electric players like Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, and Carson Palmer. That momentum continues today with USC having a strong presence in the NFL.
Ohio State doesn’t rebuild, it reloads. This football factory not only regularly sends players to the NFL but creates early-round picks, too. It’s a big part of the reason why playing for the Buckeyes will always be attractive.
One of the most storied programs in the NCAA, Penn State has sent numerous players to the NFL to enjoy successful careers. Notable alumni play for the Pittsburg Steelers, New York Giants, and Dallas Cowboys.
University of Nebraska
Think the Great Plains doesn’t have a strong recruiting footprint and a direct pipeline to the NFL? Think again. Nebraska football has produced high draft picks, such as Ndamukong Suh and Ameer Abdullah.
There’s a reason why Alabama is seemingly always contending for the NCAA Championship in football – because the program is recruiting the country’s best players. Like Ohio State, Alabama has built a space where future stars are created, regularly putting its players in the NFL.
Though the program isn’t what it was in the 1980s when it won three NCAA Championships, it still recruits the talent-rich south and develops many of the top players in the country. Frank Gore, Devin Hester, and Ray Lewis are just a few of the top NFL players to come out of the sunny city.