The Big 12 turned in a good
week and especially a good weekend with two conference powers picking up major
commitments. It started first when the Nebraska Cornhuskers landed a commitment
from the nation's No. 2 running back Marlon Lucky. It then continued when
Texas landed a pledge from one of the nation's best athletes, Henry Melton.
Rivals.com national analyst Jeremy Crabtree breaks down the entire top 25 in the
team rankings, along with a few teams to keep an eye on.
UVA remains the No. 1 team in the recruiting rankings, but
as mentioned before with its class about 95 percent complete, it's going to
be tough for them to stick in the top spot. Still it's a great class,
Lose to Iowa State on Saturday and then get lucky on Sunday.
That was the story for the Huskers this weekend. After dropping a tough
contest to ISU, the Huskers went out and landed the nation's No. 2 running
The Terps continue to hold steady with a solid class. Recent upgrades in
prep school rankings allowed the Terps to climb slightly and it looks like
Maryland has a great shot at signing a top 20 type class.
The Horns added
Henry Melton on Sunday. Melton is a 6-foot-3, 275-pound athlete that
has running back speed. With a smaller class, UT likely won't have a top
five group but in the end it'll be another very solid effort from Mack Brown
Mike Stoops won his first Pac 10 game last week, and the Wildcats have been
doing plenty of damage on the recruiting front with a great early effort.
There are still some big names from California, junior colleges and Texas
that the Cats are involved with, so this might end up being a top 20 type
You know that Nick Saban will produce a great recruiting class, and the
Tigers are still on many heavy hitters in Texas, Florida and throughout the
nation. This class likely will be a top 10 group come signing day.
The Hokies still have some big names left on their visit list for the rest
of the recruiting season, meaning that Tech could have a great shot at a top
Deveon Simmons will be a monster for Tech
Brandon Fanney and
Lorenzo Washingtonshould be able to play quickly for the Crimson
Tide. But with most of the class already done it might be tough to keep them
in the top 20, but only time will tell.
UCLA has surprised some on the field this year and the Bruins are becoming
more and more of a threat again in the Pac 10 recruiting battles. Hard to
tell if they'll finish in the top 25 or not, but this year's class still has
some impressive players in it.
How about we go out on a limb and say that USC will finish with a top-five
recruiting class? The Trojans still are in on too many big-timers for that
not to happen. Count on USC being in contention for a recruiting national
The Pack is back again in Florida making big waves with many of the area's
top players. If N.C. State can pull off a surprise or two, then there is no
reason to believe they have a great shot at a top 20 class.
The Tigers likely have a great shot at a top 10 class. Like USC, Auburn
simply has too many big name players looking hard at it, plus a run to the
SEC title game has peaked even more interest from some of the top guys.
Down but not out for long:
Notre Dame: The Irish pulled off
a big win at Tennessee, and a victory like that can really help with Notre
Dame's national recruiting efforts.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys collapsed against Texas and that might hurt
with some Lone Star State prospects, but OSU does such a great job in Houston
and in the Dallas Metroplex that you have to think they'll still make a run at a
top 25 class.
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 then 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: 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
UTEP: Mike Price has UTEP back in the national top 25 and the Miners are
really starting to pop up all over the place with many of the top prospects in
the Lone Star State. UTEP won't finish in the top 25, but they're going to end
up being a thorn in the side of many Big 12 North teams that usually get visits
from prospects that teams like OU, Texas and A&M don't pursue heavily. Many of
these types of prospects will end up taking visits to UTEP instead.