Breaking down the race for college football's No. 1 recruiting class in 2021

Nick Saban currently has Alabama with the top-ranked recruiting class for the 2021 cycle, but the Crimson Tide aren't done with a week and a half until national signing day. UA Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

Signing the No. 1-ranked college football recruiting class requires a ton of work.

It means going head-to-head with the top programs in the country, battling for the elite recruits in that class.

It's difficult to accomplish, but it brings a significant amount of attention to that team and can, in turn, propel its future recruiting efforts and the product on the field.

The 2021 cycle is no different from any other, but there is a tight race for the top spot as the early signing period nears. No team has yet to run away with the whole thing, but there are only a handful of teams that realistically have a shot at closing at the top.

Here is a look at those teams and what they have left that could help push them to that No. 1 spot.