November 1, 2004

Breaking down the team rankings


This time of year, 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. now presents a breakdown of the top 25 team rankings.

School Total



1 Virginia 24 1,298

UVA will have a tough time sticking to the No. 1 spot, but it's still a very impressive class. Three or four recruits left on the board could make this a top 10 class come signing day.

2 Ohio State 11 1,260

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.

3 Oklahoma 14 1,216

Oklahoma is already in a solid position, but with many big-name players such as Derrick Williams, Ryan Reynolds and Geno Hayes still on the list, OU could wind up in the No. 1 spot.

4 Nebraska 14 1,186

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.

5 Texas A&M 18 998

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.

6 Maryland 18 935

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 class.

7 LSU 9 850

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.

8 Michigan 12 841

The Big Blue looks to be another team that has a great shot at a top-five class. It's already a very solid group, but adding a Justin King would only make it that much better.

9 Texas 9 818

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.

10 Tennessee 9 759

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, too.

11 Arizona 14 669

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 change that.

12 Iowa 11 568

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 14 568

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.

14 Georgia 10 565

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.

15 Florida 7 522

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.
16 Virginia Tech 13 518

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.
17 Southern Cal 6 517

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.
18 UCLA 10 481

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 effort.
19 Arkansas 12 443

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 question.
20 Clemson 13 430

The Tigers have done solid in-state and are really working their Florida and Georgia ties. If they can land a few more big timers, then this class has a shot at remaining in the top 25.
21 Alabama 17 396

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.
22 Missouri 11 382

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.
23 Oklahoma State 17 351

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.
24 Kansas State 10 345

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.
25 Notre Dame 9 317

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.

Miami: 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 national recruits.

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 happen. is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
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