These 20 Schools Spend The Most Money Recruiting High School Athletes

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Today is national signing day in college football, which marks the culmination of months and years of recruiting and wooing of the nation’s top high school athletes by coaches. And in an effort to secure the best players, some schools are willing to spend millions of dollars on recruiting.Recently, we looked at the most expensive college football programs, and the schools that spend the most on their men’s basketball teams. And a big part of those budgets are recruiting expenses.

The Business of College Sports recently looked at the recruiting data for each conference. And it is interesting to see how much the biggest schools are spending on recruiting, and just how much of a difference there is between the haves and the have-nots. And for at least one school, about half of their recruiting budget went to the football team.

#20 Texas Tech

Men's Sports: $892,436

Women's Sports: $292,363

Total: $1,184,799

#19 Nebraska

Men's Sports: $888,165

Women's Sports: $345,932

Total: $1,234,097

#18 Oregon

Men's Sports: $922,653

Women's Sports: $313,315

Total: $1,235,968

#17 Kentucky

Men's Sports: $865,254

Women's Sports: $394,811

Total: $1,260,065

#16 Oklahoma

Men's Sports: $837,890

Women's Sports: $425,677

Total: $1,263,567

#15 Duke

Men's Sports: $967,282

Women's Sports: $346,096

Total: $1,313,378

#14 Illinois

Men's Sports: $962,345

Women's Sports: $366,586

Total: $1,328,931

#13 North Carolina

Men's Sports: $949,396

Women's Sports: $387,942

Total: $1,337,338

#12 Kansas

Men's Sports: $1,033,618

Women's Sports: $420,536

Total: $1,454,154

#11 Marquette

Men's Sports: $1,289,560

Women's Sports: $171,813

Total: $1,461,373

#10 Texas

Men's Sports: $989,370

Women's Sports: $481,019

Total: $1,470,389

#9 Michigan

Men's Sports: $1,039,948

Women's Sports: $440,409

Total: $1,480,357

#8 Arkansas

Men's Sports: $1,060,500

Women's Sports: $420,057

Total: $1,480,557

#7 Georgia Tech

Men's Sports: $1,173,904

Women's Sports: $315,695

Total: $1,489,599

#6 Florida

Men's Sports: $1,065,716

Women's Sports: $436,183

Total: $1,501,899

#5 Georgia

Men's Sports: $1,039,220

Women's Sports: $501,523

Total: $1,540,743

#4 Alabama

Men's Sports: $1,339,537

Women's Sports: $354,665

Total: $1,694,202

#3 Notre Dame

Men's Sports: $1,612,608

Women's Sports: $457,708

Total: $2,070,316

#2 Auburn

Men's Sports: $1,530,917

Women's Sports: $586,728

Total: $2,117,645

#1 Tennessee

Men's Sports: $1,878,771

Women's Sports: $417,252

Total: $2,296,023

Now check out the schools that spend the most money on their football programs

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