July 12, 2011

Rivals at 10: Conference team rankings

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Florida State and Texas each have more than half of the No. 1 recruiting classes in their respective conferences over the past 10 years. But with nine No. 1 finishes and a No. 2-ranked class, no school has dominated its conference in recruiting like USC has in the Pac-10.

Here is a closer look at the team recruiting rankings in each conference over the last 10 years.

Composite Team Recruiting Rankings by Conference
10-Year Avg Rank2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
1. Florida7234112515
Florida has signed 26 five-star prospects over the past decade.
2. Georgia2322263362
Georgia's strong recruiting helped lead them to two SEC titles in the past decade.
3. LSU5116334243
LSU became the first school to win two BCS titles.
4. Tennessee1741728456
Tennessee's 2002 class included five five-star prospects.
5. Alabama91055571131
Alabama tied Florida for three No. 1 classes in the SEC over the past decade.
6. Auburn3663455924
Auburn's top class in 2010 was led by QB Cam Newton and RB Michael Dyer.
7. South Carolina4497846687
South Carolina has played for the SEC championship just once in the past decade.
8. Ole Miss10989687878
Rebels top class of the decade was led by JUCO transfer, former Tennessee quarterback, Brent Schaeffer.
9. Arkansas88789997109
Arkansas has finished in the bottom half of SEC classes every year for the past decade.
10. Mississippi State65111011101010910
Mississippi State has just two bowl appearances over the past decade.
11. Kentucky12111011101111111111
Despite low results in recruiting rankings, Kentucky has made five consecutive bowls.
12. Vanderbilt11121212121212121212
Vanderbilt has won just 13 SEC games over the past decade.
10-Year Avg Rank2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
1. Florida State1411152111
Florida State has just three ACC Championships to show for their decade of recruiting dominance in the ACC.
2. Miami--22241326
Miami's 2008 signing class including eight prospects from Miami (Fla.) Northwestern.
3. Clemson3885313732
Clemson's 2007 class was led by defensive back signees Marcus Gilchrist and DeAndre McDaniel.
4. North Carolina6258526253
The Tar Heels have finished with a second-place class on three occasions.
5. Virginia Tech--73674445
Victor Harris was Virginia Tech's top signee in 2005.
6. Maryland5534488579
Defensive end Melvin Aleaze was Maryland's top signee over the past decade.
7. Virginia236686116104
In 2002, Virginia signed three five-star prospects.
8. N.C. State4147910510612
Offensive lineman Derek Morris led N.C. State's 2003 class.
9. Georgia Tech769111139888
Defensive end Derrick Morgan led Georgia Tech's 2007 class, their top class of the decade.
10. Boston College---107971297
Since joining the ACC, BC has finished in the bottom half of conference recruiting rankings every year.
11. Duke8910910111291211
Florida State has just three ACC Championships to show for their decade of recruiting dominance in the ACC.
12. Wake Forest971112121210111110
Despite lackluster recruiting reviews, Wake Forest won the 2006 ACC Championship.
Big 12
10-Year Avg Rank2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
1. Texas1324112111
Texas has won the Big 12 recruiting crown six out of 10 years.
2. Oklahoma2111231222
Oklahoma has landed 15 five-star prospects in the past decade.
3. Texas A&M5233684334
Offensive lineman Jorrie Adams led Texas A&M's best recruiting class over the past decade.
4. Nebraska1085232845-
Prior to departing for the Big Ten, Nebraska had never assembled a top class in the Big 12.
5. Oklahoma State6488446765
DT Lance Carson and DE Ryan McBean are Oklahoma State's only two five-star signees in the decade.
6. Missouri8667965848
Offensive lineman Nick Demien led Missouri's top class of the past decade, in 2010.
7. Texas Tech897651010683
2011 marked the top finish for Texas Tech ever in the Big 12 recruiting rankings.
8. Colorado351091053912-
Colorado's top signee in 2008 was five-star RB Darrell Scott, he left after two lackluster years for the Buffaloes.
9. Kansas State41145877121110
The Wildcats signed just two five-star prospects over the past decade, both in 2002.
10. Kansas1171110799596
Kansas has played in four bowl games over the past decade.
11. Iowa State91091111111211109
Iowa State has never signed a five-star prospect over the ten-year span.
12. Baylor121212121212111077
Baylor has trended towards better recruiting results during the second-half of the decade.
10-Year Avg Rank2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
1. USC2111111111
No team has dominated a conference recruiting-wise like USC. Pac-10/12 Recruiting Champions nine out of 10 years.
2. UCLA1884252227
DT Ryan Boschetti and TE Mercedes Lewis were the top signees in UCLA's 2002 class.
3. California10242436633
Cal's 2005 class was led by five-star wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
4. Oregon7625923542
In both 2002 and 2011, Oregon signed multiple five-star prospects in their class.
5. Arizona State33765744710
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is ASU's only high school five-star signee over the decade.
6. Washington44310645965
OL Nathan Rhodes and QB Matthew Tuiasosopo are Washington's only five-stars over the past decade.
7. Utah---------6
RB Harvey Langi and DB Keith McGill, both four-star prospects, lead Utah's first Pac-12 signing class.
8. Arizona5793367788
Arizona has just three bowl game appearances in the past decade.
9. Stanford951071098354
LB Shayne Skov led Stanford's best signing class over the past decade in 2009.
10. Oregon State8968789899
Oregon State has never finished in the top half of Pac-12 recruiting rankings.
11. Washington State6105981010101012
The Cougars signed more two-star prospects (15) than three, four, or five-stars for 2011.
12. Colorado---------11
Colorado's first class as a member of the Pac-12 didn't include a single prospect ranked above three stars.
Big Ten
10-Year Avg Rank2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
1. Michigan2111312223
Michigan has seven bowl game appearances over the past 10 years. They are just 2-5 in those games.
2. Nebraska---------2
In its first year as part of the Big Ten, Nebraska's class ranked second in the conference.
3. Ohio State1623221131
Ohio State and Michigan each won the conference recruiting title four times. Buckeyes have strung together six consecutive conference championships.
4. Penn State31134146416
Penn State has landed five five-star signees over the past decade.
5. Michigan State4947577345
DE William Gholston is Michigan State's only five-star signee of the decade.
6. Illinois6288434588
OL Martin O'Donnell led Illinois' 2003 signing class.
7. Iowa87626581054
OL Dan Doering led Iowa's second-ranked class in 2005.
8. Wisconsin75767657107
Despite mediocre recruiting rankings, Wisconsin has attended a bowl every year over the past decade.
9. Minnesota94910993669
Minnesota's 2008 class was led by quarterback MarQueis Gray.
10. Purdue5355810911712
Purdue failed to sign a single four-star or better in 2011.
11. Northwestern1010119108108911
Northwestern has never finished above eighth-place in conference recruiting rankings.
12. Indiana118101111111191110
Indiana has just one bowl appearance over the past decade.
Big East
10-Year Avg Rank2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
1. Miami11--------
Before departing the Big East for the ACC, Miami had the top class in the conference two consecutive years.
2. Boston College421-------
Five-star linebacker Brian Toal led the Eagles' 2004 class. Boston College left for the ACC after that season.
3. West Virginia2621512113
West Virginia has been the top recruiting program in the Big East over the past decade. They've won the conference recruiting crown on four occasions.
4. Pittsburgh3432121425
Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, a five-star, led Pitt's 2008 class.
5. Louisville---3246731
Seven of Louisville's top eight signees in 2011 hail from the Sunshine State.
6. Rutgers7546333362
2011 marked Rutgers best finish ever in Big East recruiting rankings.
7. Virginia Tech63--------
Virginia Tech's 2003 class was led by defensive end Chris Ellis. The Hokies departed for the ACC soon after.
8. USF---4665256
The defensive end duo of Ryne Giddins and Jason Pierre-Paul led USF's 2009 class.
9. Syracuse5755454877
Syracuse has just 11 four-star signees over the past decade. The Orange have never landed a five-star prospect.
10. Cincinnati---8887544
Cincinnati won the Big East Championship in both 2008 and 2009.
11. Connecticut---7778688
Connecticut has won two Big East Championships - 2007 and 2010.
12. Temple886-------
The Big East voted to expel the Owls at the end of the 2004 season.

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