January 30, 2009

LSU holds down top spot in team rankings

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Rivals.com national recruiting editor Jeremy Crabtree breaks down the top 25 teams in the national team rankings with the final recruiting weekend here. See where your favorite team stacks up and if its stock is moving up or down as the final uncommitted players make their decisions.

Team ranking and player status as of Friday, Jan. 30, 2 p.m. CST

Team Rankings Top 25
1. LSU
Stock:
Total commits: 21
The Tigers have been on top of the national team rankings for a while and have positioned themselves to finish somewhere in the top five no matter what. But if things break LSU's way, there is a great opportunity for the Tigers to claim the recruiting national championship. Les Miles still has plenty left on the board, and the class could distance itself from the pack if things go well.
Still on the board: Rueben Randle, Trent Richardson, Jarvis Jones, Barkevious Mingo, Darren Myles, Kendall Kelly, Sam Montgomery.
2. Ohio State
Stock:
Total commits: 24
The Buckeyes have put together an impressive class built on early commitments. Ohio State has commitments from two five-star recruits and 15 four-star players. Once again, the Buckeyes did a great job in their backyard, then reached out to familiar areas in Michigan and Florida for more success.
Still on the board: Marcus Hall, Darren Myles, Frankie Telfort.
3. USC
Stock:
Total commits: 18
USC added a major commitment early in the week when Devon Kennard, the nation's top defensive end, picked the Trojans over California and Texas. His pledge pushed USC to No. 3, and the remaining targets make USC a threat to overtake LSU for the recruiting title.
Still on the board: Frankie Telfort, Jarvis Jones, Xavier Su'a Filo, Manti Te'o, Orson Charles, Bryce Brown.
4. Texas
Stock:
Total commits: 20
As usual, the Longhorns selected the top prospects they wanted in the Lone Star State early on, and it is paying off with another great all-around class. Texas has three five-star recruits, including star quarterback Garrett Gilbert. While Texas didn't land Devon Kennard and likely won't land Jarvis Jones or Dre Kirkpatrick, this still is a good group.
Still on the board: Dre Kirkpatrick, Jarvis Jones.
5. Alabama
Stock:
Total commits: 25
The Crimson Tide won the recruiting title last season and are a threat to do so again this year if things go the right way down the stretch. The Tide are the dark horse for Rueben Randle and Patrick Patterson, and likely will land Dre Kirkpatrick and Tana Patrick. Regardless, it's going to be an exciting next four days for Tide fans.
Still on the board: Darren Myles, Dre Kirkpatrick, Kendall Kelly, Rueben Randle, Greg Reid, Brandon Moore, Barkevious Mingo, Bobby Massie, Eddie Lacy.
6. North Carolina
Stock:
Total commits: 29
The Tar Heels are one of the nation's biggest surprises. Butch Davis has proven he can bring top-flight talent to UNC. Headlined by five-star defensive end Donte Moss and star quarterback Bryn Renner, this class should help UNC make a push toward the top of the ACC.
Still on the board: Bobby Massie, Sam Montgomery, Morgan Moses.
7. Michigan
Stock:
Total commits: 20
The Wolverines have done their damage in the Midwest and nationally. Plus, there is no question more athletic players are on their way to Ann Arbor. Along with talented skill-position players such as quarterback Tate Forcier and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, the linemen on both sides of the ball feature guys who move well. Watch for big things from talented do-it-all threat Jeremy Gallon.
Still on the board: Denard Robinson, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, Marcus Hall, Terrell Mitchell, Adrian Witty.
8. Miami
Stock:
Total commits: 20
The Hurricanes once again did a nice job in the Sunshine State, brining in 12 talented in-state players, including five-star athlete Ray Ray Armstrong. If the 'Canes can hold onto running back Bryce Brown, the nation's top prospect, there's a good shot that UM will remain in the top 10. The bad news is that it'll likely be March before we know what Brown will do.
Still on the board: Bryce Brown, Tana Patrick, Quinton Washington.
9. Georgia
Stock:
Total commits: 17
Georgia's class has been in place for a while now. There are 17 high-quality commitments, including pledges from star quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger and lineman Dallas Lee. The Bulldogs went heavy on defense, with nine defensive players committed, including three excellent linebackers and three valuable defensive backs.
Still on the board: Bobby Massie, Greg Reid, Orson Charles, Jarvis Jones, Marlon Brown.
10. Florida
Stock:
Total commits: 16
One team to keep your eye on as NSD approaches is Florida. The Gators have a tremendous class in place, but they could leap up into the top five and might push for No. 1 if things go their way. Five-stars prospects Gary Brown and Andre Debose will be stars for UF, but they're not the only sought- after prospects in this class. Florida has 10 four-star commitments.
Still on the board: Denard Robinson, Jelani Jenkins, Brandon Moore, Frankie Telfort, Jawanza Starling, Dre Kirkpatrick, Jarvis Jones, Orson Charles, Joshua Evans, Marlon Brown, Trent Richardson.
11. South Carolina
Stock:
Total commits: 26
While most of the attention in the SEC has been on LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, South Carolina quietly has assembled an impressive class. The Gamecocks have 12 four-star recruits and 10 three-star prospects. Georgia prospects flocked to Columbia; the Gamecocks also did a nice job in their backyard, with 10 in-state recruits coming their way.
Still on the board: Alshon Jeffery, Quinton Washington.
12. Oklahoma
Stock:
Total commits: 22
Another year, another good recruiting effort for Bob Stoops. The Sooners went hard and heavy after defensive players and hit some home runs. Three national top-50 defenders Jamarkus McFarland, Ronnell Lewis and Gabe Lynn have committed. There are five linebackers in the class. The Sooners would like to sign another receiver and a few more linemen.
Still on the board: Rueben Randle, Terry Hawthorne, Pearlie Graves, Jarrett Brown.
13. Florida State
Stock:
Total commits: 17
The Seminoles are another team that hasn't drawn as much attention as some of the other national programs. But as Bobby Bowden has proved in the past, he can close with the best, so don't be shocked if the 'Noles move into the top 10.
Still on the board: Greg Reid, Orson Charles, Will Secord, Trent Richardson, Andre Debose.
14. Arkansas
Stock:
Total commits: 30
The past few weeks have been kind to the Razorbacks. Arkansas built a strong foundation early and has closed as strong as anybody in the SEC. Recent commitments from Cobi Hamilton, Ronnie Wingo Jr., Anthony Leon, Colton Nash and Rudell Crim have shot the Hogs up the charts.
Still on the board: Corey Gaines.
15. Michigan State
Stock:
Total commits: 22
The Spartans dominated in their backyard in what was one of the most talented and deepest years in recent memory in Michigan. The Spartans pulled in 12 in-state players, plus branched out into Ohio with great success. The addition of monster offensive tackle prospect David Barrent was key; he is the top prospect in Iowa and was a Hawkeyes commitment before he switched to the Spartans.
Still on the board: Jairus Jones.
16. Tennessee
Stock:
Total commits: 19
Tennessee's staff has been working like crazy to get its class in line, and the quick work by Lane Kiffin's group has been impressive. While this class might not register at the top of the SEC on NSD, this staff should help UT become one of the nation's most powerful recruiting programs in the future.
Still on the board: Bryce Brown, Quinton Washington, Darren Myles, Morgan Moses, Alshon Jeffery, Jarrett Brown, Terrell Williams, Tim Simon, Patrick Patterson, Sam Montgomery, Eddie Lacy, Marcus Hall, Jonathan Evans, Terrance Coleman, Orson Charles, Marlon Brown.
17. Stanford
Stock:
Total commits: 22
The Cardinal definitely are one of the nation's biggest surprises. Despite the up-and-down season, Stanford landed eight four-star players and 12 three-star recruits. Stanford found success in California and also did a tremendous job nationally, landing talented prospects such as Shayne Skov from New York, Jamal Patterson from Georgia and Terrence Stephens from Maryland. Jim Harbaugh gets a lot of credit for this class, as few coaches are as involved with recruiting as he is.
Still on the board: Brian Leffler, Frankie Telfort.
18. Texas A&M
Stock:
Total commits: 27
Most of the attention in the Big 12 has gone toward rival Texas, but the Aggies have quietly assembled a solid class. With one five-star prospect, four four-star recruits and 21 three-star commitments, the group is deep and meets a lot of needs. The star has to be running back Christine Michael, but there are plenty of players who could play early, especially linemen.
Still on the board: Nobody.
19. Auburn
Stock:
Total commits: 24
As with Tennessee, the new staff at Auburn has done plenty of work in a short amount of time. The Tigers were able to hold onto a large portion of their previous commitments and have done a nice job down the stretch. Auburn has moved up the charts with recent commitments from Anthony Gulley, Tyrik Rollison, Nosa Eguae and Jamar Travis. Several big-timers remain on the board, and the Tigers could move into the top 15.
Still on the board: Tana Patrick, Brandon Moore, Emory Blake, Joel Kight, Rueben Randle, Aubrey Phillips, Taikwon Paige, David Oku, Greg King, Corey Gaines, Bryce Brown.
20. UCLA
Stock:
Total commits: 22
Nobody in the nation was hotter than the Bruins early in the recruiting process, and they were able to hold onto enough commitments to make this a solid class. UCLA jumped out of the gates early with pledges with highly regarded recruits such as Todd Golper, Alex Mascarenas, Isaiah Bowens, Sheldon Price, Richard Brehaut and a slew of others. While the Bruins didn't close like they wanted, it still will be one of the best groups in the Pac 10 and should give Rick Neuheisel plenty to work with.
Still on the board: Iuta Tepa, Xavier Su'a Filo.
21. West Virginia
Stock:
Total commits: 23
WVU remains the class of the Big East with another top-25 effort. The Mountaineers landed seven four-star recruits and 14 three-star recruits. WVU fans have to be excited about four-star corner Michael Carter and quarterback Eugene Smith, and do-it-all athlete Tavon Austin is electric with the ball in his hands. The class is heavy on offensive linemen, which was a major need.
Still on the board: Mike Marry, Emmanuel Lartey.
22. Mississippi State
Stock:
Total commits: 24
Another team that has been a surprise is Mississippi State. Big things were expected on the recruiting trail from new coach Dan Mullen, but few expected it to happen this quickly, especially with archrival Ole Miss having an established staff and coming off a nine-win season. The Bulldogs have a great shot at remaining with a class that has seven four-star recruits and 14 three-star prospects. Mississippi State landed six of the top 10 players in the state, a remarkable feat with a new coaching staff.
Still on the board: Ricky Johnson, Jacoby Bell.
23. Notre Dame
Stock:
Total commits: 16
Notre Dame's recruiting star started to fade late in the process with Nyshier Oliver bolting for Tennessee and fears of losing offensive lineman Chris Watt to Iowa surfacing. Still, that doesn't take away from the job the Irish did early. Notre Dame's class is solid from top to bottom with stars such as Zeke Motta, Cierre Wood, Shaquelle Evans, Alex Bullard and Dan Fox.
Still on the board: Manti Te'o, Byron Moore, Jawanza Starling.
24. Virginia Tech
Stock:
Total commits: 21
Virginia Tech jumps into the top 25 with a commitment on Friday from defensive end Lanford Collins. He joins a class that is already stocked with talent in the skill positions with commitments from WR D.J. Coles, TE Logan Thomas, CB Jerrodd Williams and RB David Wilson, each rated as four-star prospects.
Still on the board: Jayron Hosley.
25. Penn State
Stock:
Total commits: 26
While it doesn't have a bunch of flashy stars, the group is full of hard-nosed and talented players. Quarterback Kevin Newsome is a welcome addition. Six offensive linemen have committed and were needed to bolster depth. The secondary has some real stars coming in, such as four-stars Darrell Givens and Derrick Thomas.
Still on the board: Jelani Jenkins, Justin Brown.





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