This time of year, Rivals.com
only updates its team recruiting rankings once a week, so there are plenty of
opportunities to see movement from the previous week. Thatís what happened for
teams such as Texas Tech, which bumps up to the No. 12 spot with Iowa, and for
Tennessee, which is now at No. 10 after picking up a solid commitment this
weekend from receiver Josh Briscoe. Rivals.com now presents a
breakdown of the top 25 team rankings.
Despite recent struggles on the field, the Buckeyes
still have a great recruiting base and a recent title to recruit on. They're
still going to get their kids, but it should be interesting to see how the
Bucks close out the recruiting year.
Have to hand it to Bill Callahan and his
staff. The Huskers are working harder than most programs in the nation, and
that has allowed them to pop up on national recruits from coast to coast. A
top 10 finish would not be out of the question, but they must finish strong.
The Aggies suffered a surprising loss on the
field to Baylor last week, and that might take a little luster off of them to some
in-state recruits, but there are still plenty of battles to be fought with OU, OSU and
UT to tell if this is a top five class or a top 15 crop.
Beat Florida State, impress a lot of
recruits. That's what the Terps will be able to sell now that they have
another big win over a marquee national program. A solid group to start
with, but some big names left on the board could keep this as a top 10
The Tigers will likely be a top-five team
once everything is said and done. LSU has a shot at many of the elite
players in Texas such as Deljeon Farr and DeMarcus Granger, and they've already
wrapped up their own state with big-time commitments.
Texas already has assembled a very fine
class, but it won't sign the full 25 this year and that might keep them
outside of the top five or top 10, but there is still enough talent in this
Longhorn group to make things special.
The Vols look to be in line for an impressive run that will place them in contender status for the No. 1 spot
come signing day. If things continue to go well on the field, look for UT to
wrap up some big names. They're still in the hunt for Derrick Williams,
The Cats did a great job early on, and you
have to like the job that Mike Stoops has done in Texas. He'll wrap this
class up with a good group that could be a top 20 class, but do they have
the sticking power to stay in the top 15? Getting a Martellus Bennett would
There are still plenty of big-timers on the
Hawks board for them to stay outside of the top 10 for too long. The key
question is, where will they be once the smoke clears? A top 10 class is not
out of the question, especially if Jake Christianson can help get
Dan Doering to Iowa City.
Texas Tech scored a major pledge this past
week from Edward Britton, who is perfect for the Tech offense. The Red Raiders
still remain in the hunt for several key Lone Star State players, but hard
to tell if they can improve their current spot in the national rankings.
It's only a matter of time before the Dawgs
bark and bite their way into the top 10 and likely the top five. There is
just too much talent left on their board from in-state and throughout the
Southeast for them to not finish near the top of the heap. Florida losing
Ron Zook really helps the Dawgs.
Can we put a down arrow and then an up arrow at the same
time? Losing Ron Zook was a blow to UF's recruiting because he was one of
the best in the SEC, but expect the Gators to get another bounce once a
coach is hired - especially if he just happens to be the Head Ball Coach.
The Hokies have assembled a good class considering what
Virginia has done and also what the state of Virginia looks like for talent this
year. Still enough big boys left on the board for this to possibly be a top
15 class, but more likely look for the Hokies to finish somewhere here in
the top 25.
It tells you how good the USC group already is when it has only six pledges and are at No. 17. USC will be a top five class. Mark it
down. There are just too many big-timers to mention that will end up playing
for the Men of Troy.
Is the Bruin roar back? UCLA has made some good strides on
the field this year, and that has reflected with a solid early effort in the
recruiting wars. If UCLA can beat out USC for some kids and keep schools such as Cal and Arizona from snagging kids on its turf, this could be a top 25
Houston Nutt has done a great job early on, and landing
Darren McFadden was a monster get. The big question now is whether or not
the Hawgs will do like they always do - wrap up the rest of the in-state
players, pick up a few key junior college players and scour Texas and the
Southeast for key targets. If they do, a top 25 class is not out of the
The Crimson Tide in California? That's been one of their
biggest success areas this season and that has allowed them to end up with a
great shot at a top 20 or 25 class. Keep an eye on the Tide with some key
Southeastern targets, they could play a spoiler.
Things have not gone the way that they expected in Columbia
this fall and the natives are getting restless. Sure there is enough talent
in this class for it to stick in the top 25, but how the Tigers do down the
stretch will determine if they stay here or not.
The Cowboys are just in on too much Texas and junior college
talent for them to not be a fixture in the top 25 this season. If things go
well and they're able to pull off a surprise or two - like they always do -
then this will be one of Les Miles' best efforts yet.
The Cats got a great start early off of their Big 12 title,
but the losses on the field has some concerned. KSU will have to re-load at
several key positions like QB, LB, DB and DT for it to be a success no
matter where they finish in the rankings.
Notre Dame's up and down season hasn't hurt, nor has it
really helped a ton yet. But the Irish have made some national strides and
are factors again with many blue-chippers. How they close will determine if
they're here come signing day.
Down but not out for long:
Auburn: The Tigers are at No. 27
with seven commitments, but like many of the other SEC teams, there are just too
many blue-chippers looking at them for the Tigers to not be a factor in the top
15 and possibly the top f10 come signing day.
Some newbies don't know that Miami is always in this position - not ranked
really high early in the recruiting process and then they find a way to rally
for a top five class. Expect it to happen again because with Ron Zook's
departure and Larry Coker's recruiting ability, the Canes will continue to be a
factor for almost all of the South's best and he'll get his fair share of
Wisconsin: The Badgers have two of
the best recruiting assistant coaches in the business - Rob Ianello and Bret
Beliema - and that's enough to allow them to capitalize on a great season on the
field. They have a shot at a top 20 class when the smoke clears.
Utah: Yes, the Utes can also recruit
with the best of them. They already have a great quarterback, a great receiver
and one of the nation's best kickers. The only thing that could possibly keep
them out of the top 25 would be the questions on whether or not their coach will
remain in Salt Lake City.
Florida State: See Miami. The Noles
always close strong, and there is little doubt they will again this recruiting
class. There is just too many blue-chippers on their list for that not to