They're not Alabama, Ohio State or Florida State... yet.
But these five schools are making serious inroads on the recruiting trail for 2017, and could take a big step forward in the near future.
That was just one of a six-pack of Insider stories that were worth reading from the past week. Here are five more -- in case you missed 'em.
Oklahoma stumbled in the 2015 College Football Playoff. But don't bank on the Sooners stumbling again -- led by QB Baker Mayfield and maybe the nation's best secondary, OU is a major 2016 threat.
Stanford loses some key contributors, but returns Christian McCaffrey, has the depth to overcome QB Kevin Hogan's departure and... did we mention that McCaffrey guy?
Who does top QB recruit Dylan McCaffrey most resemble among current college stars? Here are 10 current stars, and their future twins.
The playoff run of Baker Mayfield and Co. is paving the recruiting way for 2017 and beyond for OU.
Ohio State 2017 QB commit Danny Clark was in East Lansing on Thursday -- the same day four-star Tate Martell visited Ohio State.