Signing Day: Top 25 Classes

BY foxsports • February 3, 2011













Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 4.0

Headliner: #4 QB Kiehl Frazier - - Springdale, Ark.

For the second consecutive season Auburn's highest ranked
commitment comes from the state of Arkansas. In 2010 it was running back Michael Dyer, a key cog in
the Tigers' BCS Championship run. For the Class of 2011 it's quarterback Kiehl
Frazier (6'3/215) of Springdale, Ark. Auburn has done a magnificent job of
capitalizing on its big season and carried its momentum in to January and should
continue right through signing day. Since the calendar flipped to 2011, Auburn
has added eight commitments to date, all but one of which a member of the Scout
300. Athletic cornerback Jonathan Rose (6'2/180)
could be an early contributor on the Auburn defense next year and running backs
Quan Bray (5'11/175) and
Tre Mason (5'9/185) should
be in the mix to help Dyer carry the load at running back. It's been a big
Signing Day for Auburn garnering decisions by 4-Star defensive backs Jermaine Whitehead (6'0/183) and Erique Florence (6'2/185) and the prize of the
class, Scout's No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 2 prospect regardless of position
Cyrus Kouandjio (6'7/295). Kouandjio joins Christian Westerman (6'5/295) to give Auburn the
No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 1 offensive guard in the country. Auburn added
another 4-Star prospect on Signing Day with a decision from defensive tackle Gabe Wright (6'4/300). There are reports from
Scout's Kristen Kenney that Kouandjio might not be a done deal to Auburn, so the
Tigers' hold on the No. 1 spot could be temporary. 
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 4.00

Headliner: #2 S Karlos Williams - Davenport, Fla.

A year ago Florida State announced that it was back as a
national power in recruiting when the Seminoles solidified their coaching staff
and got commitments from three 5-Star prospects after the 2009 season had ended.
Florida State picked up right where it left off and is poised to finish with the
No. 1 recruiting class on Scout for the first time. Texas had held the top spot
for the last six months, but a strong January showing by some of Florida State's
early commitments including 5-Star safety Karlos Williams (6'2/210) and 5-Star
offensive lineman Bobby Hart (6'5/298) along
with additions like tight end Nick O'Leary and receiver
Kelvin Benjamin have
pushed the 'Noles to the top of the recruiting world. If there's a concern in
this class, it may be at the quarterback position. It's not a strong year in the
south in general for quarterbacks, but Florida State has gotten a commitment
from 3-Star Jacob Coker. Coker has
nice size at 6'5 and 210 pounds, but he is considered a developmental prospect.
A Signing Day decision by 5-Star defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (6'2/275) of Lake City, Fla. may have
sealed the No. 1 spot for the Seminoles.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.90

Headliner: #2 QB Braxton Miller - - Huger Heights, Ohio

Ohio State has quietly become the USC of the Midwest: a national
power who has left its regional counterparts behind. The Buckeyes aren't so much
recruiting players in the Midwest as they are selecting them. With traditional
powers Michigan, Penn State, and Notre Dame struggling, Ohio State has found new
opposition from Wisconsin and Michigan State, but no one in the North has been
able to win as consistently as Ohio State. The Buckeyes have the most wins and
the best winning percentage of any BCS school in the country over the course of
the last six years. The Buckeyes have enough talent on hand to survive early
season suspensions by some of its key players including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, but those
suspensions may give Ohio State the chance to showcase Braxton Miller (6'2/195).
Miller is a significantly better passer than Pryor and is a very good runner in
his own right. Ohio State's class is well balanced, even without a running back
commitment. The Bucks have already addressed that need with two Top 100 running
backs for the Class of 2012. Ohio State got a pledge from 5-Star linebacker Curtis Grant (6'3/215) on Signing Day to solidify a
Top 5 class for the Buckeyes.
 







Avg. Star Rating of Top 20 Commits - 3.95

Headliner: #2 RB Malcolm Brown - Cibolo, Texas

Because Texas fills its class so early (18 of Texas' 22
commitments committed before April of last year) the Longhorns are almost mortal
locks to hold the No. 1 recruiting spot for a good portion of the year. It
looked like Texas wasn't going to be caught this year though, but a late
defection from Scout's No. 1 offensive guard Christian Westerman to
Auburn made Texas vulnerable. Still, the Longhorns are mere percentage points
behind Florida State for the top class and if they are able to add even one
player, something they haven't done since August, Texas could finish with the
No. 1 Class. With Texas struggling on the field as well as losing both
coordinators in the offseason, this may be Mack Brown's best
recruiting job to date. In addition, Texas is getting the big time running back
that has been missing in years past in Malcolm Brown (6'1/220).
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.80

Headliner: #3 WR George Farmer - Gardena,
Calif.

"I thought these guys were on probation." That's a frequent
comment on the Scout community message boards when taking a look at the massive
numbers that USC is likely to sign for the Class of 2011. While the total amount
of commitments may surprise many (25 and counting), there is an explanation for
the perceived disconnect with USC's probation and Class of 2011, the scholarship
sanctions haven't kicked in yet (Working the numbers).  5-Star wide receiver George Farmer (6'3/210)
is a 10.5 100 meter sprinter at over 200 pounds as a wide receiver. Physically
speaking, Farmer has the best potential of any receiver in the country. USC got
a much needed commitment last week from interior lineman Cyrus Hobbi (6'3/285) of
Scottsdale, Ariz. USC has made a lot of noise early on the East Coast on Signing
Day getting signees from Ohio's Aundrey Walker (6'6/355) and Kentucky's Lamar Dawson (6'2/230) and then again late pulling
offensive tackle Torian White (6'6/280) off of UCLA's commitment
list and adding 4-Star safety Marqise Lee (6'1/185). USC's Class of 2012 could
be historically small if the Trojans get no relief from the scholarship
reductions they are appealing, but there's no doubt the Class of 2011 is full of
promise.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.75

Headliner: #1 RB Isaiah Crowell - Columbus, Ga.

The Georgia Bulldogs are taking advantage of a bumper crop of
top prospects from within its own state borders. Of Georgia's 23 commitments to
date, 18 of them hail from the Peach State including the Bulldogs' most recent
and highest rated commitment Ray Drew (6'5/248). Drew has the size to put his
hand down and play end in Georgia's 3-4 defense, but he also has the speed to be
a big outside linebacker in the same system. Fans should not forget about
quarterback Christian LeMay
(6'2/188) of Charlotte, N.C. LeMay would have pushed for the No. 1 quarterback
spot had he not missed his senior season. As expected, Scout's No. 1 running
back Isaiah Crowell (6'0/210) made a Signing Day
decision by sticking with the home state Bulldogs. Crowell has the type of
talent to see the field right away for Georgia.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.85

Headliner: #1 S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix - - Orlando, Fla.

The beat goes on for Alabama as the Crimson Tide keeps stacking
Blue-Chip prospects like cordwood. Alabama has had its share of the game's
greats, especially on defense, and safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix (6'2/195) and
linebacker Trey DePriest (6'2/230)
have the chance to be special players at Alabama. Each is ranked number one at
his respective position, and more significantly as top 10 prospects in the
country regardless of position. It's not just about defense in this class of
Alabama. The Tide is has commitments from four wide receivers headlined by Marvin Shinn (6'4/195)
and Danny Woodson (6'2/198).
The most versatile weapon on offense could be Clinton-Dix's high school teammate
Dee Hart (5'9/190). Hart
is not just a good receiver for a running back, he's a good receiver period.
Hart will offer the Tide a lot of versatility on offense, unless, he's needed on
the defensive side of the ball. Hart is a multi-talented athlete to say the
least. Big athlete Brent Calloway (6'3/225) came back on board with
Alabama on Signing Day after a brief hiatus in January to join Auburn's
commitment list. Alabama prevails in the end with Callaway's
signature.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.65

Headliner: #2 DE Aaron Lynch - - Cape Coral, Fla.

Notre Dame finished 50th amongst in total defense last year. If
the class of 2011 lives up to its advanced billing, Head Coach Brian Kelly may
be known more for defense in the near future than as the offensive specialist he
earned a reputation for in previous seasons. The Irish are bringing in three of
Scout's top 10 defensive ends, each of which is rated 5-Stars. Aaron Lynch
(6'6/255), Ishaq Williams
(6'5/230), and Stephon Tuitt (6'5/250)
are each difference makers in his own right. Together, they could be just plain
scary. Getting all three of them on the field at once might not be a problem as
Williams has discussed playing outside linebacker. The phrase "SEC Speed" gets
thrown around loosely by the mainstream media, but it refers to defensive
linemen like Notre Dame is bringing in. Quarterback Everett Golson
(5'11/170) is a much different quarterback than who is currently on the roster
at Notre Dame. Golson has a live arm and great mobility, but he's considerably
smaller than what Kelly is used to working with at Notre Dame.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.55

Headliner: #1 DT Anthony Johnson - - New Orleans, La.

Scout's first full year of ranking recruiting classes was the
Class of 2003. Since that time, LSU has finished outside of the Top 10 in
recruiting just once: in 2005 when the Tigers had just 13 signees. LSU enjoys
one of the best homefield advantages in college football, and not just under the
lights in Death Valley. Louisiana is a Top 10 talent producing state, and the
Tigers face little to no in state competition for a wealth of talent in the
Bayou State. The Class of 2011 is deeper and more talented than most years, even
by Louisiana standards, and LSU is reaping the benefits including three home
grown 5-Stars: defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (6'2/300), offensive tackle Lael
Collins (6'5/205), and Jarvis Landry
(5'11/200). Each of these players has what it takes to contribute at LSU next
year but Landry especially. Landry may be the most college ready receiver in the
nation with his combination of strength, hands, and route running
ability.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.70

Headliner: #1 CB DeAnthony Thomas - Los Angeles, Calif.

While Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly's comments
about getting it done with 1-Star and 2-Star players earlier this season was a
bit of an exaggeration if not a bit self-serving (18 of Oregon's 98 signees the
last four years have been below 3-Stars), there's no doubt that Oregon is
recruiting on a level that could bring the best recruiting class of all time to
Oregon. The Class of 2007 finished ninth. While Kelly and Oregon are known for
their fast-paced offense, the two headliners in the Ducks class are defensive
players. Anthony Wallace
(6'0/220) is a run stuffing middle linebacker that makes excellent reads and
relishes attacking the line of scrimmage. Colt Lyerla is a big athlete that
projects best as an outside linebacker. Lyerla can be a difference maker for
Oregon when he arrives on campus. Oregon pulled off the coup of the day by
garnering a signature from the nation's best athlete. DeAnthony Thomas (5'10/175) of Los Angeles, Calif.
is a legit 5-Star prospect at four different positions. He's been listed as a
cornerback because with his size, long term that's likely his future. But his
size isn't as much of a concern in a spread offense. Thinking of the Black Mamba
playing running back in Oregon's fast break offense will keep defensive
coordinators up at night.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.45

Headliner: #8 WR DeAnthony Arnett - - Saginaw, Mich.

Tennessee's recovery from the mess that was Lane Kiffen's
departure to USC continues with another solid class for the Volunteers. Wide
receiver DeAnthony Arnett (6'0/170) of Saginaw, Mich. is as good as any receiver
in the country at getting separation with his route running. He'll need to spend
some time in the weight room, but he has a skill set that will compliment bigger
receivers from the Class of 2010 nicely. Defensive tackle Maurice Crouch
(6'2/295) of Garden City Community College is being counted on to add depth to
the defensive line right away. Tennessee has made a late push towards the Top 10
with commitments from 4-Stars Cameron Clear (6'6/260) and Curt Maggitt (6'3/210).
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.45

Headliner: #5 WR Sammy Watkins - - Fort Myers, Fla.

With former Tiger C.J. Spiller, Clemson
was known as an explosive offense capable of making a big play at any given
moment. With the speed that Clemson is signing on offense in the Class of 2011,
that reputation should only grow. 5-Star wide receiver Sammy Watkins (6'1/180)
has quickness, speed, body control and good route running ability. Charone Peake
(6'3/175) is the second Top 10 receiver in Clemson's class. He is more of an
outside receiver, which will open up the middle of the dangerous Watkins.
Running back Mike Bellamy (5'10/190)
is a nightmare in the open field and excels in a wide open set. Linebacker Tony Steward (6'1/215) is as good as any player in
the country when he's healthy. Should he recover from an injury at 100%, Clemson
will be known for more than just explosive offensive plays.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.35

Headliner: #5 OT Brandon Shell - - Goose Creek, S.C.

Alshon Jeffery and Marcus Lattimore helped
send a message to the state of South Carolina, "If you want to play SEC Ball,
there's no reason to leave the state". Those two players were a key component in
helping South Carolina win the SEC East for the first time, and they helped
change the atmosphere in the state by offering an in state alternative to
Clemson. The success of Lattimore, Jeffrey and the Gamecocks have helped lead
one of the two Palmetto State 5-Stars to Columbia in offensive tackle Brandon
Shell (6'7/310). But the real prize could be coming in Scout's No. 1 prospect
overall in defensive end Jadaveon Clowney (6'5/245). Clowney is a DaQuan Bowers
redux, but the fans of the Gamecocks, who watched Bowers dominate at Clemson,
are hoping Clowney decides to go in the same direction as Jeffery and
Lattimore.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.45

Headliner: #2 DT Viliami Moala - - Sacramento, Calif.

While USC is still recruiting at a high level, the Trojans have
not been the unstoppable force on the recruiting trail that they've been much of
the last decade. The team that has taken best advantage of USC's pending
sanctions has been Cal. Cal has gone into Southern California to get commitments
from 4-Star defensive linemen Mustafa Jalil (6'4/300)
and Todd Barr (6'3/265), and
taken care of business close to home by securing a commitment from man-child
Viliami "Tiny" Moala (6'3/340) of Sacramento. If I were to pick a player most
likely headed to the NFL it would be Moala; he has size, athleticism, strength,
and a high motor. Of Cal's nine commitments rated 4-Star or better, six of them
are on the defensive side of the ball.
 







Avg. Star Rating for 18 Commits - 3.67

Headliner: #1 WR Trey Metoyer - - Whitehouse, Texas

Oklahoma is the only team in the Top 20 with less than 20
commitments, but what the Sooners lack in quantity, they make up for in quality.
The Sooners have a commitment from Scout's No. 1 receiver Trey Metoyer (6'2/185)
as well as 5-Star running back Brandon Williams
(6'0/190) of Pattison, Texas. It's not all about offense at Oklahoma though as
the Sooners' other two 5-Star recruits are on the defensive line. Nathan Hughes (6'5/260)
showed at the Under Armour All-American Bowl that when he's healthy, he's as
good a prospect as there is in the country. Jordan Phillips
(6'5/300) of Towanda, Kan. is Mr. Inside to Hughes' Mr. Outside. Together they
form a potent duo on the defensive line. Oklahoma is bringing in two
quarterbacks in this class with very different skill sets. Kendal Thompson
(6'1/180) is an efficient passer with good mobility, and Archie Bradley (6'3/220)
is a bigger pocket passer that fits the mold of what Oklahoma has been more
accustomed to over the last decade.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.40

Headliner: #6 OT Brey Cook - - Springdale, Ark.

Arkansas is taking advantage of its first BCS Bowl game
appearance with a huge class (29 commitments) to help the Razorbacks sustain the
type of success they saw on the field this year. Offensive tackle Brey Cook
(6'7/310) has the size and skill to play early and often for the Razorbacks, and
eventually he should team with Mitch Smothers (6'5/290)
to form bookend tackles to provide the foundation of Petrino's high octane
offense. Quarterback Brandon Allen (6'2/185)
has the makeup and physical talent to be a star in Petrino's offense, and he
should have no shortage of options as Arkansas has commitments from five
receivers including 4-Stars Quinta Funderburk
(6'3/200) and Keante Minor (6'2/195).
Arkansas added help on the offensive line with a Signing Day decision by Andrew Peterson (6'5/255) of Seagoville, Texas who
is rated 4-Stars by Scout.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.45

Headliner: #3 OT Kiaro Holts - - Indianapolis, Ind.

The NCAA may have put a damper on what was supposed to be a
special season for the Tar Heels, but with an 8-5 season including a bowl win
over Tennessee along with a strong Class of 2011, the best days of North
Carolina football are still on the horizon. The Tar Heels have commitments from
three players ranked in the Top 10 at their respective positions: offensive
tackle Kiaro Holts (6'5/270), offensive guard Landon Turner (6'4/300),
and linebacker Travis Hughes (6'1/220).
Quarterback Marquis Williams
(6'3/215) is a talented dual threat passer who will benefit from having two of
the nation's best offensive linemen in front of him. A Signing Day coup for the
Heels included fast rising defensive tackle Delvon Simmons (6'5/262) of McKeesport, Pa.
Simmons was elevated to 5-Stars after showing promise as a senior, then
dominating the week of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.35

Headliner: #12 RB Kenny Williams - Pflugerville, Texas

Long known for producing NFL running backs dating back to his
days as a head coach at Ole Miss, Head Coach Tommy Tuberville has secured
commitments from three 4-Star backs in Kenny Williams
(5'10/206), Deandre Washington
(5'9/180) and Bradley Marquez (5'11/185). Williams offers a different skill set
from Marquez and Washington. Williams runs with more power, while Washington and
Marquez have better open field moves. The Red Raiders have had a solid Signing
Day with four new commitments/signatures from defensive ends Leon Mackey (6'5/260) and Cooper Washington (6'4/225), tight end Desimon Green (6'5/220), and linebacker Branden Jackson (6'4/225).
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.40

Headliner: #2 WR Kasen Williams - - Sammamish, Wash.

If LSU's Jarvis Landry isn't the nation's most college ready
receiver, Kasen Williams (6'3/215) is. Williams and Landry are carbon copies of
one another, but Williams is considerably bigger. Williams fights for the ball
as if his very life depends on it, and he plays the game with linebacker
strength. Big Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6'6/260) has offensive
tackle size with wide receiver skill. Sefarian-Jenkins is as good a big athlete
as there is in the country this year, if some of Williams' tenacity can rub off
on him, the Husky offense will have two potent weapons in this class. The state
of Washington doesn't produce talent high numbers, but Steve Sarkisian and his
staff have done what must be done to sustain success in the Northwest, wall off
the borders. Washington has commitments from all four of the state's players
ranked 4-Stars or better by Scout.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.35

Headliner: #5 RB Herschel Sims - - Abilene, Texas

It was an unusually deep year for running backs in the State of
Texas this year with four rated 5-Stars, and Oklahoma State made sure to dip
into the Lone Star State for Herschel Sims (5'9/200) of Abilene. Sims is a
compact, powerful back with excellent feet. He's a good receiver out of the
backfield and could help replace Kendall Hunter's 63
career catches as Hunter heads to the NFL. Quarterback J.W. Walsh (6'2/200) of
Denton, Texas is a run/pass threat that fits into the Cowboy system like a
glove. Looking to shore up the defense, Oklahoma State has commitments from five
defensive linemen including tackle James Castleman
(6'4/280) of Amarillo, Texas and Jimmy Bean (6'5/220) of
Denton, Texas. If there seems to be a trend here, there is; 19 of Oklahoma
State's 25 commitments are from Texas.
 







Avg. Star Rating for 18 Commits - 3.56

Headliner: #1 QB Jeff Driskel - - Oviedo, Fla.

As badly as Florida struggled at the quarterback position this
year, it's not a stretch to say that Scout's No. 1 quarterback Jeff Driskel
(6'4/220) would have started for the Gators this year. Driskel has a
powerful right arm, a frame like a linebacker, excellent speed and strength. If
any of this sounds familiar, it should; Driskel has the physical attributes of a
right handed Tim Tebow, right down to
the loop in his throwing motion. Driskel is more mechanically sound than Tebow
was at this stage of his career, but lacks the experience that Tebow acquired in
a high profile prep career. Driskel was a perfect fit for what Urban Meyer did at
Florida, but Charlie Weis' offense is
a different system. Driskel has the tools to excel long term, but the learning
curve under Weis may be a little longer than what it would have been under
Meyer. Florida ends up winning the sweepstakes for 4-Star safety Marcus Roberson who had committed to Texas Tech
and Auburn in the last week.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.37

Headliner: #7 MLB James Vaughters - - Tucker, Ga.

The easiest way to describe how Stanford has arrived on the
recruiting scene is that the Cardinal fans are probably a little disappointed
with a spot at the back end of the Top 25 right now. After holding a place in
the Top 10 for much of the season, Stanford has gone backwards since it lost Jim Harbaugh to the NFL.
Stanford is still bringing in a solid class, especially on the defensive side of
the ball. Linebacker James Vaughters (6'2/232) and Wayne Lyons (6'1/190)
are national recruits. Running back Kelsey Young (5'10/190)
is a home run threat with the ball in his hands. Easily Stanford's biggest
recruit was bringing back probable No. 1 overall draft pick quarterback Andrew Luck.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.35

Headliner: #6 RB Aaron Green - - San Antonio, Texas

It feels strange to write that Nebraska has the second best
class in the Big Ten, but Nebraska has the second best class in the Big Ten.
While Nebraska may not spend as much time recruiting the state of Texas in their
new conference, the Cornhuskers still found the time to go down and get 5-Star
running back Aaron Green (5'11/185)
out of San Antonio and Scout's No. 2 cornerback Charles Jackson
(5'10/175) of Klein. Athlete Jamal Turner (6'1/170)
of Arlington, Texas is Scout's No. 7 quarterback, but he is also a standout
receiver prospect should prize baseball prospect Bubba Starling
(6'5/190), Scout's No. 10 quarterback, decide to give the gridiron a shot in
college.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.25

Headliner: #4 MLB C.J. Johnson - - Philadelphia, Miss.

Houston Nutt has made a
habit of closing strong in his first few years at Ole Miss, and the Class of
2011 is no different. The prize of the Rebel class so far is former Mississippi
State commitment C.J. Johnson (6'2/235).
The switcharoo was big on several levels. First, Johnson is an outstanding
player capable of playing at an All-Conference level, and second, it helped
stave off some of the momentum of Mississippi State's big 2010 season on the
field. Ole Miss isn't looking towards the future though, the Rebels are looking
at the now with eight junior college signees. Nutt is gearing up to get back to
his 10 win seasons and out of the cellar of the meat grinder that is the SEC
West.
 







Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.15

Headliner: #3 CB Demetrious Nicholson - Virginia Beach, Va. 

Virginia is making a move back into the Top 25 on Signing Day
with a big commitment from athlete Darius Jennings (5'11/175). Jennings lined up as a
quarterback for his Gilman team in Baltimore, Md., but he projects as either a
cornerback or wide receiver on the college level. Future teammate
Demetrious Nicholson (5-11/175) fits the same mold
as Jennings in that he is an athlete that could play multiple positions. The
Cavs are looking for an infusion of speed as they are bringing in six wide
receivers in this class, not counting Nicholson, who is listed as a corner but
it dynamite with the ball in his hands.

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