Daily updates of Top 25 recruiting classes

#1 Michigan Wolverines
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 4.15
Headliner: No. 1 RB Derrick Green
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had the No. 1 class for much of the year for the Class of 2012 but

lacked the staying power to hold on to the top spot, eventually

finishing an impressive fourth. Fast forward to the Class of 2013 and

there have been several changes at the top, but Michigan may have

solidified the No. 1 spot with a commitment from Scout’s No. 1 running

back Derrick Green (5-foot-11/220 pounds) of Richmond, Va., on Jan. 26.

Green was Michigan’s 19th player rated four stars or better including

quarterback Shane Morris (6-3/205) of Warren, Mich., and safety Dymonte

Thomas (6’1/180) of Alliance, Ohio. The one hole in Michigan’s class may

be at receiver, but overall the Wolverines have a strong case for the

nation’s No. 1 class.
#2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Avg. Star Rating Top 20 Commits – 4.00
Headliner: No. 1 OLB Jaylon Smith
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Dame may have had a tough go of it at the BCS Championship Game, but

sometimes the obvious gets ignored, they were one of only two teams

playing for the championship. The Fighting Irish have recruited well the

last several years, including the final years under former coach

Charlie Weis, but now the talent is being put in position to win.

Recruits are noticing. Linebacker Jaylon Smith (6-3/225) of Fort Wayne,

Ind., is a home-state product that happens to be ranked the No. 1

outside linebacker in the country. Smith is a difference maker on

defense who can drop into coverage or attack the quarterback. Notre Dame

has a host of receivers coming in, but running back Greg Bryant

(5-10/210) of Delray Beach, Fla., is special on offense.
#3 Texas A&M Aggies
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.90
Headliner: No. 1 WR Ricky Seals-Jones
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Texas A&M has 33 commitments and counting, but it’s not the

quantity of players that have the Aggies in such a lofty position, it’s

the quality. Texas A&M has 17 players rated four stars or better,

and the receiver class is the envy of most teams in the country. The

Aggies may be looking to stock the basketball team as well as the

football team, as big receivers such as Ricky Seals-Jones (6’5/220) of

Sealy, Texas, and Derrick Griffin (6-6/215) of Rosenberg, Texas, are

matchup nightmares. With Johnny Manziel coming off a Heisman Trophy

season and having three seasons of eligibility left, it’s no surprise

that receivers are flocking to College Station, but the Aggies also have

commitments from two four-star quarterbacks in Kenny Hill (6’0/205) of

Southlake, Texas, and Kohl Stewart (6’2/190) of Houston.
#4 Ohio State Buckeyes
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 4.00
Headliner: No. 2 MLB Mike Mitchell
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Meyer and Ohio State took the Big Ten by storm in just a few short

months last year before finishing with the No. 3 class in the country.

The Buckeyes haven’t let up and could bring in an even more impressive

haul this year. It’s a terrific year for running backs and Ezekiel

Elliot (6-foot/200) of St. Louis, Mo., is ranked ninth but would push

for No. 1 in most years. Linebacker Mike Mitchell (6-4/225) of Plano,

Texas is a name who will have scouts salivating at the NFL Combine in a

few years. He possesses a size/speed skill set that translates well to

the next level. Percy Harvin did as much damage running the ball as he

did catching it for Urban Meyer at Florida, and Jalin Marshall (6-1/190)

of Middletown, Ohio, has the ability to play the Harvin role almost as

good as Harvin.
#5 LSU Tigers
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.90
Headliner: No. 5 DT Greg Gilmore
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from Nick Saban to Les Miles, LSU has been the most consistent

recruiting team in the nation over the last decade, and over the last

decade no BCS program has a better winning percentage than the LSU

Tigers. 2013 is no different as the Tigers look to lock in another top

10 class. The bulk of the talent LSU is bringing in is on the defensive

side of the ball. Greg Gilmore (6-5/290) of Hope Mills, N.C., is a

five-star defensive tackle looking to continue LSU’s run of talented

interior linemen. Defensive end Frank Herron (6-5/270) of Memphis,

Tenn., is a versatile lineman who can easily be compared to the giant

ends of the recent past, including Marcus Spears and Marquis Hill. It’s

not all defense for LSU though as the Tigers are bringing in a pair of

four-star quarterbacks in Hayden Rettig (6-4/205) of Los Angeles and

Anthony Jennings (6’2/202) of Marietta, Ga.
#6 UCLA Bruins
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.85
Headliner: No. 4 CB Priest Willis
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Meyer and Ohio State got the national attention last year for putting

together a terrific class in just a few short months, but Jim Mora and

UCLA did the same out west, finishing 12th after being left for dead

earlier in the season. Like Ohio State, UCLA has picked right up where

it left off, taking advantage of a winning season and scholarship limits

imposed on USC. The pass-happy Pac-12 may have to think twice when

facing UCLA, which has commitments from four defensive backs rated

four-stars or better including five-star cornerback Priest Willis

(6-2/190) of Tempe, Ariz., and versatile safety tandem Tahaan Goodman

(6-2/190) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Tyler Foreman (6-2/205) of

Encino, Calif. It may not be flashy, but it’s certainly necessary — the

Bruins have commitments from a whopping five four-star offensive

linemen including Poasi Moala (6-5/265) of Moreno Valley, Calif.
#7 Florida Gators
Avg. Star Rating for 20 Commits – 3.80
Headliner: No. 1 CB Vernon Hargreaves III
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pass defense was pretty strong in 2012, and it shouldn’t slow down with

the addition of No. 1 cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (5-11/181) of

Tampa, Fla. Hargreaves is as good in pass defense as any prospect in a

long time. His coverage skills should free up hard-hitting safety

Marcell Harris (6-2/200) of Orlando, Fla., to do what he does best —

hit opponents hard. The running game shouldn’t miss a beat for the

Gators either with the addition of one of the most prolific high school

running backs in history in Kelvin Taylor (5-10/205) of Belle Glade,

Fla. Ahmad Fulwood (6’4/200) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Demarcus

Robinson (6’2/195) of Fort Valley, Ga., are two big receiving targets

who should help to open up running lanes.
#8 Georgia Bulldogs
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.65
Headliner: No. 7 QB Brice Ramsey
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was 10 yards from a spot in the BCS Championship Game, and the Bulldogs

aren’t going away any time soon. Georgia is bringing in a big class

with several junior college transfers (four), so the Bulldogs are

looking to make a run in 2013 with senior quarterback Aaron Murray. Wide

receiver Jonathon Rumph (6-4/200) of Holmes Community College can be

counted on right away. The Bulldogs are looking to re-stack the defense

with a whopping 18 players committed on the defensive side of the ball,

including junior college safeties Shaquille Fluker (6-1/205) of East

Mississippi and Kennar Johnson (6-2/185) of Gulf Coast. Quarterback

Brice Ramsey (6-3/200) of Kingsland, Ga., won’t be counted on next year,

but he is a terrific passer who could be in line for the starting job

in 2014.
#9 Alabama Crimson Tide
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.90
Headliner: No. 1 TE O.J. Howard
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doesn’t so much recruit any more as they select. Winning three of the

last four BCS Championships has its benefits, and reloading with

talented players willing to wait their turn for championship hardware is

one of them. Normally this time of year we talk about Alabama’s

defensive stars, but this year, the intriguing players are mostly on

offense. The Crimson Tide isn’t getting away from smash-mouth football

any time soon, not with running backs Derrick Henry (6-3/240) of Yulee,

Fla., Altee Tenpenny (6-foot/205) of North Little Rock, Ark., and Tyren

Jones (5-9/200) of Marietta, Ga., all slated to play for Alabama. Henry

is particularly interesting as the nation’s all-time leading high school

rusher in the body of a defensive end. Quarterback Cooper Bateman

(6-3/205) of Salt Lake City, Utah, is a solid passer with 4.5+ speed,

which could give the Tide an option they haven’t had in recent years.

Tight end O.J. Howard (6-5/230) of Prattville, Ala., is as good a

pass-catching tight end as I’ve scouted in years.
#10 USC Trojans
Avg. Star Rating for 13 Commits – 4.46
Headliner: No. 1 QB Max Browne
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USC only has half a class (13 commitments) and still cracks the top 10

as late as the week before Signing Day is one of the most amazing

developments I’ve ever seen. USC has more five-star players committed

(six) than any team in the country. With so few scholarships to give,

USC put a premium on early commitments and made each scholarship more

valuable. While the early pressure cooker can cause some headaches in

January with de-commitments, USC is still bringing in the nation’s No. 1

quarterback — Max Browne (6-5/215) of Sammamish, Wa. — and the No. 1

safety — Su’a Cravens (6-1/205) of Murrieta, Calif. Of USC’s

commitments, all of them are rated at least four stars, and 10 of them

are ranked in the top 10 at their respective positions. That’s an

unprecedented level of success on the recruiting trails in the teeth of

harsh NCAA sanctions.
#11 Washington Huskies
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.45
Headliner: No. 6 DE Daeshon Hall
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is putting together another strong class after three straight top 25

classes under head coach Steve Sarkisian. As is typical for teams on the

West Coast, the bulk of the Huskies’ star power comes from California.

Of Washington’s nine commitments rated four stars or better, eight of

them hail from the Golden State, including quarterback Troy Williams

(6-3/200) of Harbor City and big receiver Demorea Stringfellow (6-3/215)

of Moreno Valley. Receiver John Ross (5-11/175) of Long Beach, Calif.,

may be the most under-appreciated four-star receiver on the West Coast.

Generating little buzz among fans who had their focus on other

prospects, Ross seemingly went under the radar. Ross will change that on

the big stage of college football. He is a dynamic playmaker on offense

and as a return man.
#12 Ole Miss Rebels
Avg. Star Rating for 19 Commits – 3.45
Headliner: No. 5 WR Laquon Treadwell
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is the surprise team of the year? That’s a common question in this

business and never has the answer been as easy as it is this year: Ole

Miss. The Rebels are knocking on the door of the top 10 with commitments

from national stars such as five-star receiver Laquon Treadwell

(6-3/190) of Crete, Ill., defensive end Elijah Daniel (6-3/260) of Avon,

Ind., tight end Christian Morgan (6-4/255) of Plano, Texas, and

arguably the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect in defensive lineman

Lavon Hooks (6-4/295) of Northeast Mississippi Community College. Ole

Miss as is typical has signed its share of stars from within the state

borders, including four-star quarterback Ryan Buchanan (6-4/210) of

Jackson and four-star running back Kalio Moore (5-11/185) of Rosedale.

Now comes the fun part. Ole Miss is also in on a host of other five-star

prospects and are considered the favorite to sign defensive lineman

Robert Nkemdiche (6-4/265) of Loganville, Ga., and safety Antonio Conner

(6-1/205) of Batesville, Miss.
#13 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Avg. Star Rating for Top Commits – 3.40
Headliner: No. 17 RB Terrell Newby
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move to the Big Ten generated the question “what will be Nebraska’s

recruiting strategy?”. I didn’t have an answer at the time, and last

year it appeared Nebraska didn’t either as the Cornhuskers finished 50th

in the nation on Signing Day. Now it looks like Nebraska has settled in

and figured it out. Rather than focus on a specific region, the Huskers

have fanned out across the country and gotten commitments from 12

states and two countries (Canada). Two of Nebraska’s highest-profile

recruits come from California in quarterback Johnny Stanton (6-2/225) of

Rancho Santa Margarita and Terrell Newby (5-10/180) of West Hills.

Stanton is a power running option spread quarterback with a good arm,

and Newby is a speed back who attacks the line of scrimmage like a much

bigger back. Newby can provide the lightning to Katy, Texas, Adam

Taylor’s (6-foot/210) thunder.
#14 Mississippi State Bulldogs
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.35
Headliner: No. 2 DE Chris Jones
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State and Dan Mullen have turned in three straight winning seasons in

Starkville and look to turn in a second consecutive top 25 recruiting

class after finishing 18th in 2012. Without a doubt the highest profile

recruit in this class is defensive end Chris Jones (6-6/255) of Houston,

Miss. Jones comes from a town of roughly 3,500 people and relatively

speaking was late to the recruiting scene. A big senior year followed by

an impressive All-American performance at Under Armour vaulted Jones to

the No. 2 defensive end. On the offensive side of the ball, running

back Ashton Shumpert (6-2/210) is a big, powerful back. The Bulldogs

look like they are in search of playmakers, because they are bringing in

eight wide receivers including four-star junior college transfer Corey

Smith (6-1/190) of East Mississippi.
#15 Texas Longhorns
Avg. Star Rating of 15 Commits – 3.87
Headliner: No. 1 DT A’Shawn Robinson
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has always recruited talent consistently, where they become

inconsistent is with the size of their classes, and this year looks to

be a smaller year for the Longhorns after signing 50 players in the last

two. As usual, there is no shortage of talent on the Longhorn

commitment list though, headlined by the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle

A’Shawn Robinson (6-4/305) of Fort Worth, Texas. Robinson is remarkably

light on his feet for his size and has the quickness for defensive

tackle and the strength for nose guard. Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes

(6-4/220) of Whitewright can throw it a mile and run like a deer. If he

can develop consistency and harness his talent, he can be special. As is

typical for a Longhorn class, every one of Texas’ commitments played

high school football in Texas.
#16 Oklahoma Sooners
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.35
Headliner: No. 5 RB Keith Ford
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isn’t accustomed to being in the teens on Signing Day, but the Sooners

are bringing in one of the most talented running backs in the country in

Keith Ford (5-11/195) of Cypress, Texas. After having such success

going west to get oversized safety Tony Jefferson in 2010, the Sooners

are trying their luck again with Hatari Byrd (6-2/210) of Fresno. Byrd

is built like an outside linebacker but runs like a defensive back. The

Sooners are looking to get bigger on the defensive line and have

commitments from three defensive tackles, including junior college

product Quincy Russell (6-4/310) of Trinity Valley who should push for

immediate playing time.
#17 Florida State Seminoles
Avg. Star Rating for 19 Commits – 3.35
Headliner: No. 7 DE Demarcus Walker
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Coach Jimbo Fisher has helped establish Florida State as a national

recruiting power again, but the Seminoles know they’ll still do their

best work without having to venture far from Tallahassee. Florida

State’s top commitments include Sunshine State prospects such as

defensive lineman Demarcus Walker (6-4/250) of Jacksonville, offensive

lineman Ira Denson (6-4/320) of Madison, running back Ryan Green

(5-10/190) of St. Petersburg, and receiver Isaiah Jones (6-4/200) of

Milton. Of course Florida State still ventures out of the south to

cherry pick top talent including four-star linebacker E.J. Levenberry of

Woodbridge, Va.
#18 Vanderbilt Commodores
Avg. Star Rating for 19 Commits – 3.20
Headliner: No. 18 CB Ryan White
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any other year that Ole Miss isn’t crashing the top 10, Vanderbilt

would be considered the surprise team of the year as the Commodores are

looking for their highest finish in recruiting … ever. It wasn’t too

long ago that it was surprising to see Stanford in the top 25, and now

the Cardinal is a perennial top 25 team on the field as well. Vanderbilt

is hoping to have similar success and solidify the lines of scrimmage

with four-star prospects such as offensive lineman Delando Crooks

(6-4/277) of Atlanta and defensive tackle Jay Woods (6-2/275) of

Jackson, Ga., is a good start.
#19 Pittsburgh Panthers
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.15
Headliner: No. 12 S Tyler Boyd
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is looking to shore up a defensive secondary and has five players

committed who project as safeties. Some of those players — such as Tony

Harper (6-4/200) of Toledo, Ohio — have the frames to grow into

outside linebackers. It’s a safety though in Tyler Boyd (6-1/175) of

Clairton, Pa., who headlines the Panther recruiting class. The cafeteria

could take the biggest hit at Pittsburgh as the Panthers look to get

considerably bigger along the lines of scrimmage. Pittsburgh has

commitments from 13 players at tight end, offensive line, and defensive

line, including four-star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson (6-6/275) of

Belle Vernon, Pa.
Oklahoma State     
#20 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.25
Headliner: No. 23 WR Fred Ross
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State has quickly earned a reputation as a haven for skill players on

offense and of the Cowboys’ five four-star rated recruits, not

surprisingly three of them are wide receivers. There is a good mix among

the three as Marcell Ateman (6-4/190) of Wylie, Texas, fits the big

role, Ra’Shaad Samples (5-10/170) of Dallas fits the slot role, and Fred

Ross (6-0/180) of Tyler, Texas, fits right in between. Interestingly

enough, Oklahoma State has a top 25 class without a single commitment

from within its state borders, not a total surprise since the Cowboys

have signed only two Oklahomans in two of the last three years.
#21 Cal Bears
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.10
Headliner: No. 21 QB Jared Goff
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doesn’t seem like that long ago that Cal was flying on top of the world

with several high profile announcements for the Bears at the Army

All-America Bowl on national television. Then poof, none of those guys

actually signed with Cal. A coaching change later and the Bears are

right back in the top 25. Four-star quarterback Jared Goff (6-4/190) of

Kentfield, Calif., has the ability to solidify the position that has

seen its inconsistencies the last several years. Running back Khalfani

Muhammad (5-7/175) of Sherman Oaks, Calif., is a track star with home

run speed.
#22 Arizona Wildcats
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.15
Headliner: No. 35 QB Any Solomon
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is bringing in a balanced class of talent led by quarterback Anu

Solomon (6-1/205) of Las Vegas, Nev. Solomon is a mobile passer who can

knock a dime off a tea cup with his accuracy. If he can continue to

develop his talent on the next level, he’ll be a dangerous weapon in

Arizona’s spread attack. Arizona should be solid on the ground with

running backs Pierre Cormier (5-11/180) of San Diego and Zachary Green

of Ventura. The California duo complement each other well with Cormier’s

speed and open-field ability a good match for Green’s

between-the-tackles punishing style.
#23 Auburn Tigers
Avg. Star Rating for 19 Commits – 3.26
Headliner: No. 7 DE Carl Lawson
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teams have experienced the up and down yo-yo on and off the field like

Auburn. The Tigers’ recruiting class was top 10 early in the season,

fell out of the top 25 after the football season, and is currently

headed back in the right direction as we approach Signing Day. Adding

weapons at quarterback in athlete Nick Marshall (6-3/200) of Garden City

Community College and prep star Jeremy Johnson (6-6/210) of Montgomery,

Ala., should help provide the rudders to steer the Tigers back in the

right direction. Auburn is also looking for immediate help on the

defensive line with junior college transfer Ben Bradley (6-3/315) of

Hutchinson and a pair of highly recruited ends in Carl Lawson (6-2/255)

of Alpharetta, Ga., and Tashawn Bower (6-5/235) of Somerville, N.J.
#24 Oregon Ducks
Avg. Star Rating for 15 Commits – 3.47
Headliner: No. 2 RB Thomas Tyner
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world was turned upside down recently with the departure of head coach

Chip Kelly to the NFL, but the Ducks seem to be doing a good job of

hanging on to a small but talented group of players. The small class

(15) means there are less targets to lose to poachers, but the loss

feels outsized. One player the Ducks can count on is running back Thomas

Tyner (6-foot/215) of Beaverton, Ore. Tyner is a legitimate track star

in the body of a big running back. Tyner had never had to run through

tackles before, he could simply run by them at his high school, but he

showed more than enough ability to go between the tackles when facing

the tough competition of the Army All-America Bowl. Oregon’s

high-powered attack will need to stay high powered — the Ducks have

only three players committed on defense.
#25 South Carolina Gamecocks
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits – 3.20
Headliner: No. 7 OLB Larenz Bryant
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Carolina is another team that has become a mainstay in the top 25. The

Gamecocks have been quieter on the recruiting trail this year, and that

may be because there’s no Jadeveon Clowney or Marcus Lattimore in state

this year. In fact the Gamecocks went north to get a running back

commitment from David Williams (6-1/200) of Philadelphia. South Carolina

has made itself at home in Georgia though with commitments from seven

players from the Peach State, including defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin

(6-2/300) of Hoschton, Ga.