By Joshua Reese

Houston (CBS Houston) – Rivals and 24/7 sports, some of the most premiere recruiting sites there are, have the Houston Cougars with the 42nd and 40th highest class respectively. Cougars head football coach Tom Herman said his class they signed at University Houston was the highest ever for a non-power five conference.

“Do recruiting rankings matter? In my opinion, if you’re going to keep score at something we’re going to try and win the damn thing,” Herman said.

By all accounts, the Cougars did an amazing job. Not only with the signing class that had, but in keeping Houston’s own talent in Houston. The biggest get of Herman’s signing class was Ed Oliver a defensive tackle out of Westfield high school in Spring, Texas. Oliver was rated as one of the best players in the nation, ESPN has him ranked as the fourth-best player in the nation.

Herman went toe to toe with the big boys the SEC. Of the eight players they tried to sign with SEC offers, they were able to keep seven of them. Not to mention all but one of the high school signees were committed before the Cougars played a football game.

Herman mentioned the season the Cougars had helped them solidify their standing in the players minds when the biggers schools came knocking on the door.

One of the bigger selling points Herman used to snag his players was that fact that they are in the American Athletic Conference.

“Baring some miracle season from some other team in some other conference (non-power five), if you win the American Athletic Conference you’re going to a New Year six bowl game, you’re going to go to the Rose bowl, the Fiesta bowl, the Cotton bowl, the Orange bowl,” Herman said, “we’re talking about some of the grandest most historic bowl games in all of college football, you’re going to play the best of the best, and you’re going to beat the best of the best.”

In one season Herman took the Cougars from a 8 and 5 record and a bottom of the top 100 recruiting classes to a 13 and 1 record, Peach bowl win and very near top 40 recruiting class. If the Cougars keep building on the success they have had, no telling what could be in store for Houston’s college football team.

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