ATLANTA — The University of Georgia captured Rivals.com's No. 1 ranking for the 2019 recruiting class – overtaking Alabama at the last minute, thanks to the surprising signing of 5-star wideout George Pickens (former commit to Auburn).

So, what should this mean for the Dawgs, moving forward?

**Should they be viewed as locks for the SEC East crown over the next five seasons? 

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**Should fans expect a handful of bowl victories and national titles during the same five-year window?

History says ... yes.

11Alive Sports offers a historical breakdown of Rivals' top-ranked recruiting classes from 2002-17 – a 16-year study which factors in overall record, conference titles, top-5 finishes (Associated Press poll), bowl record and national championships.

SURVEY TALKING POINTS

**Citing Rivals.com's rankings, 12 of the 16 teams with the No. 1 class captured at least one national title in a subsequent five-year window.

**Twenty-two national titles out of a possible 74 seasons ... for a likelihood rate of 29.7 percent.

**Thirty-eight conference titles out of a possible 74 seasons ... for a success rate of 51.3 percent.

**Fifty-one top-5 finishes out of a possible 74 seasons ... for a likelihood rate of 68.9 percent.

**The teams with the No. 1 class had a combined bowl record of 57-17 for that subsequent five-year window.

TOP-RANKED CLASSES (2002-17)

2002 – TEXAS
2002-06 SURVEY

Overall record: 55-9
Conference titles: 1
AP Top-5 finishes: 2
Bowl record: 4-1
National titles: 1 (2005)

2003 – LSU
2003-07 SURVEY

Overall record: 56-10
Conference titles: 2
AP Top-5 finishes: 3
Bowl record: 4-1
National titles: 2 (2003, 2007)

2004 – USC
2004-08 SURVEY

Overall record: 59-6
Conference titles: 5
AP Top-5 finishes: 5
Bowl record: 4-1
National titles: 1 (2004)

2005 – USC
2005-09 SURVEY

Overall record: 55-10
Conference titles: 4
AP Top-5 finishes: 4
Bowl record: 4-1
National titles: 0

2006 – USC
2006-10 SURVEY

Overall record: 51-14
Conference titles: 3
AP Top-5 finishes: 3
Bowl record: 4-0
National titles: 0

2007 – FLORIDA
2007-11 SURVEY

Overall record: 48-17
Conference titles: 1
AP Top-5 finishes: 2
Bowl record: 4-1
National titles: 1 (2008)

2008 – ALABAMA
2008-12 SURVEY

Overall record: 61-7
Conference titles: 2
AP Top-5 finishes: 3
Bowl record: 4-1
National titles: 3 (2009, 2011-12)

2009 – ALABAMA
2009-13 SURVEY

Overall record: 60-7
Conference titles: 2
AP Top-5 finishes: 3
Bowl record: 4-1
National titles: 3 (2009, 2011-12)

2010 – USC
2010-14 SURVEY

Overall record: 44-21
Conference titles: 0
AP Top-5 finishes: 0
Bowl record: 2-1
National titles: 0

2011 – ALABAMA
2011-15 SURVEY

Overall record: 63-7
Conference titles: 3
AP Top-5 finishes: 4
Bowl record: 3-2
National titles: 3 (2011-12, 2015)

2012 – ALABAMA
2012-16 SURVEY

Overall record: 64-7
Conference titles: 4
AP Top-5 finishes: 3
Bowl record: 3-2
National titles: 2 (2012, 2015)

2013 – ALABAMA
2013-17 SURVEY

Overall record: 64-7
Conference titles: 3
AP Top-5 finishes: 4
Bowl record: 3-2
National titles: 2 (2015, 2017)

2014 – ALABAMA
2014-18 SURVEY

Overall record: 67-6
Conference titles: 4
AP Top-5 finishes: 5
Bowl record: 4-1
National titles: 2 (2015, 2017)

2015 – USC
2015-18 SURVEY

Overall record: 34-19
Conference titles: 1
AP Top-5 finishes: 1
Bowl record: 1-2
National titles: 0

2016 – ALABAMA
2016-18 SURVEY

Overall record: 41-3
Conference titles: 2
AP Top-5 finishes: 3
Bowl record: 3-0
National titles: 1 (2017)

2017 – ALABAMA
2017-18 SURVEY

Overall record: 27-2
Conference titles: 1
AP Top-5 finishes: 2
Bowl record: 2-0
National titles: 1 (2017)