Pete Carroll and his staff have landed almost every top player on their target list. They’ve received verbals from players such as Reggie Bush, Lawrence Jackson, LenDale White, Chris Barrett, Drean Rucker, Drew Radovich. USC’s recruiting class looks almost identical to the West team in January’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The Sooners have 18 commitments so far, and 14 of them are rated as PrepStar All-Americans. The Sooners landed the #2 quarterback in Tommy Grady, and others such as Lewis Baker, Alonzo Dotson, and super JUCO running back Donte Nicholson. A great class for the Sooners so far.
The Bulldogs ran over the SEC and then Florida State in the Sugar Bowl which definitely helped their recruiting. The Dawgs are enjoying a lot of success having received commitments from players such as Sean Bailey, Kregg Lumpkin, and Paul Oliver.
Texas has been quietly putting together an outstanding class. The Longhorns may not be striking as often as USC or Oklahoma, but when they strike, the Longhorns strike big. They have landed players such as Tony Hills Jr., Tim Crowder, and Tarell Brown.
LSU landed most of their players early on in the recruiting process and have been hovering in the top five overall ever since. They’ve been pretty successful so far, receiving commitments from Robert Lane, Barrington Edwards, and Alley Broussard.
Illinois may be a surprise at the 6th spot to some, while others will say all Illinois has so far is numbers with their 26 commitments, but the Illini have landed some talented football players such as Martin O’Donnell, Lonnie Hurst, and JUCO All-American wide receiver Kelvin Hayden.
7 Texas A&M
The firing of R.C. Slocum was expected to hurt the Aggies, but it has only had a minimal effect on recruiting. The Aggies did lose a few players including quarterback Drew Tate, but retained the majority of the class. They still have players such as Lamar Mitchell, Jason Jack, and Justin Warren.
8 S. Carolina
The Gamecocks find themselves sitting pretty in the top 10 after landing players such as Blake Mitchell, Xavier Byrd, and Ricky Grant.
The Cavaliers have done a great job to this point landing players such as Jordy Lipsey, Kevin McCabe, Ian Yates-Cunningham, and linebacker Ahmad Brooks.
The Huskies round out the top 10 after being pretty busy in recent weeks. The Huskies are landing a lot of All-Regional caliber players who are good football players. Craig Chambers headlines the Huskies' class so far.
The Tigers are wrapping up the state of Missouri, but are also grabbing players from Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. They have landed players such as Josh Barbo, Tyler Luellen, and JUCO running back Damien Nash.
At one point they had the top class in the nation. The Buffs have slowed down right when everyone else kicked it up a notch. Colorado still has players such as Lorenzo Sims, Brian Daniels, and Travis Berry.
13 Michigan Landing Prescott Burgess was huge for the Wolverines. Michigan has picked it up recently landing All-Americans Clayton Richard, Ryan Mundy, and Jim Pressley. All Michigan’s recruits so far are rated as top 25 players at their respective positions.
The Boilermakers are putting together a great class so far. They have 23 recruits including All-American linebacker Garrett Bushong, who switched his commitment from Michigan State to the Boilermakers.
15 N.C. State
The Wolfpack has landed some great players so far. The headliner of their class is offensive lineman Derek Morris. Other notables in the class are Marcus Stone, LeRue Rumph, and Darrell Blackman.
The ‘Canes are on the outside of the top 15 looking in, but look for them to receive commitments from some of the top players who have yet to commit. Can they land an Ernie Sims or Andre Caldwell?
The Tar Heels have done a great job so far, and have been battling it out with NC State in the in-state war. The Tar Heels did get Mike Mason and Adarius Bowman who should develop into a dynamic duo at WR.
Pitt may not have any DreamTeam players or All-Americans, but they are recruiting a solid classand filling some needs at the same time. Pitt has really been focusing on the defensive side of the ball.
If you’re surprised to see Cal in the top 20, you better get used to it. Jeff Tedford is known to recruit good classes and is a major reason that Cal is in the top 20 and Oregon is not. Leon Drummer and Noah Smith headline what is a great class for the Golden Bears.
20 Va. Tech
Has a tough job trying to catch the Hurricanes in the Big East, but the Hokies have a good class so far that includes All-Americans Courtney Denson, Matt Welsh, and Tripp Carroll.
The Badgers have been sitting in the bottom of the top 25 in terms of the recruiting class all season. If they can find a way to dethrone Michigan and Ohio State, they might attract the bigger name recruits. Wisconsin has done a good job landing players such as PrepStar DreamTeam defensive end, Justin Ostrowski, and All-American running back, Albert Young.
A few weeks ago, Florida would not be in this position. After landing Chris Leak, they landed D.J. Norris and Skyler Thornton. Florida is also in the running for players such as Ernie Sims, Antonio Cromartie, and Andre Caldwell. Look for the Gators to move up in the coming weeks.
23 Okla. St.
The Cowboys are another team that has been in and out of the top 25 in terms of recruiting classes. The Cowboys have landed some talented JUCO players including defensive back Robert Jones.
24 Ohio St.
PrepStar has been shocked that it took Ohio State this long to break into the top 25. To their credit the Buckeyes are short on scholarships this year. But they lost their top recruit, Louis Irizarry, to Miami last week which hurt their ranking a little. They have landed two of the top three DBs in Ohio in Donte Whitner and Tony Gonzalez.
25 Arizona The Wildcats make their debut in the top 25 after receiving a verbal from All-American quarterback, Richard Kovalcheck. Arizona seems to be taking a lot of players from Texas who are All-Regional caliber players. Arizona has done a good job to this point, but PrepStar expects them to finish somewhere between 25th and 30th if they keep up their current pace.