2026 college football recruiting: Four schools starting hot

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The world of college football moves fast, so fans can benefit from keeping a close eye on the future. While the overall picture for recruits in the class of 2026 won't clear up for some time, notable prospects are already emerging.

Here are a few programs tapping into the talent pool for 2026 and building strong foundations for their classes in the early stages: