September 15, 2009

Enrolled Rankings: Making an impact on campus

Now that the Class of 2009 is in school and already making an impact this season, Rivals.com has recalculated its final team recruiting rankings to account for prospects that did not make it to campus.

There wasn't much change at the top of the list as Alabama, LSU and Ohio State each remained in their top-three positions from Signing Day. The Crimson Tide did lose four-star defensive tackle Quinton Dial, but the overall strength of its class was still too much for other groups to leapfrog them.

Florida State lost its spot in the top 10 drop after starting out at No. 7. The Seminoles had three players not make it to campus - two of which were four-star recruits - and that dropped FSU to No. 12.

USC also slid some with the loss of five-star athlete Patrick Hall. The Trojans fell to No. 7 after starting out at No. 4.

Making a move into the top 25 was Nebraska at No. 24. The Huskers finished on Signing Day at No. 28 but with defections elsewhere and Virginia Tech sliding out of the rankings, the Big Red moved into the top 25.

Virginia Tech was the only team that was previously in the top 25 that failed to make it in the enrolled rankings.

Here is the enrolled top 25.

RANKINGS: 2009 Enrolled Team Rankings | 2009 Rivals250 | 2009 Signing Day Team Rankings

Enrolled Team Rankings Top 25
1. Alabama
SIGNING DAY RANK: 1
BIGGEST LOSS: DT Quinton Dial
Officially the Tide didn't have four players enroll, but three of the four were grayshirts. It's a good thing when you can get quality three-star prospects to grayshirt for you. The biggest loss was Dial, who ranked as one of the top 35 defensive tackles in the nation.
2. LSU
SIGNING DAY RANK: 2
BIGGEST LOSS: None
LSU didn't lose a signee because of academics or other reasons, keeping all the pieces of an impressive recruiting class in place. A majority of the loaded class will redshirt, but some stars like Rueben Randle, Chris Faulk, Russell Shepard and Morris Claiborne are playing for the Tigers.
3. Ohio State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 3
BIGGEST LOSS: FB Carlos Hyde
The Buckeyes only lost one signee, Hyde, who ranked as the nation's No. 2 fullback prospect. Several freshmen are already making a nice contribution for OSU, including Zach Boren and Adam Homan at fullback. Boren's move up the charts is quite impressive considering he came off of an ACL, an MCL and meniscus tear at end of his junior year to take the starting job.
4. Texas
SIGNING DAY RANK: 5
BIGGEST LOSS: None
The Longhorns are making the most out of their top-five class. No players missed the boat academically, and several headliners already seeing action on the field. As expected, highly ranked standouts Garrett Gilbert, Calvin Howell, Marcus Davis and Alex Okafor are getting early playing time. Mason Walters would have also been in the group had it not been for an early injury.
5. Georgia
SIGNING DAY RANK: 6
BIGGEST LOSS: None
UGA has enjoyed the addition of at least five freshmen that have already played this season. Athlete Branden Smith has lined up at five positions, including cornerback and wide receiver, and had one of the biggest plays of the Bulldogs' win over South Carolina. Smith had a 61-yard run on a double reverse against the Gamecocks. Tight end Orson Charles has caught four passes, fellow freshman Arthur Lynch has seen playing time as well, while receivers Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten have seen limited time but are tabbed for big production down the line.
6. Michigan
SIGNING DAY RANK: 8
BIGGEST LOSS: DB Adrian Witty
Two-star defensive back Adrian Witty was the only player not to make it to Ann Arbor, and he was always questionable. That being said, maybe no freshman class in the nation has made as big of an impact so far than the one at Michigan. Quarterback Tate Forcier has already come though in big games and his partner in crime Denard Robinson has been a gamebreaker as a change-of-pace runner at quarterback.
7. USC
SIGNING DAY RANK: 4
BIGGEST LOSS: ATH Patrick Hall
Hall, a five-star that would have likely seen the field as a safety for the Trojans, got injured and is not expected to enroll until the spring semester. But this USC class still has a ton of impact true freshmen. None is bigger than quarterback Matt Barkley. The five-star recruit has already made his mark as one of the best young quarterbacks in the game.
8. Florida
SIGNING DAY RANK: 11
BIGGEST LOSS: None
The defending national champions had all their signees make it to Gainesville. Showing you how deep the Gators are at a number of positions, some of its highest ranked 2009 signings are redshirting this season. But a few young players are getting in the action, including highly regarded linebackers Jelani Jenkins and Jon Bostic. Offensive linemen Nick Alajajian is another highly recruited player that is on the depth chart for the Gators.
9. Tennessee
SIGNING DAY RANK: 10
BIGGEST LOSS: WR James Green
Green, a four-star receiver, didn't make it to Knoxville. However, every other piece of the top-10 class did. The biggest in the bunch was the nation's No. 1 recruit, Bryce Brown, who did have to handle a few late questions from the NCAA. Brown already has a 100-yard game under his belt. Other true freshmen Nu'Keese Richardson, David Oku, Marlon Walls, Greg King, Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, Mike Edwards and Darren Myles are also in the two-deep on the Vols' depth chart.
10. Oklahoma
SIGNING DAY RANK: 13
BIGGEST LOSS: DE Terry Franklin
The Sooners lost only three-star defensive end Terry Franklin in their signing class. Several of Oklahoma's most heavily recruited and highest ranked prospects already litter their two-deep roster. This includes linebacker Ronnell Lewis, Marcus Trice, Javon Harris and Demontre Hurst. But even some of the sleepers in the class like offensive linemen Tyler Evans and Josh Aladenoye have popped up on the two-deep.
11. UCLA
SIGNING DAY RANK: 14
BIGGEST LOSS: LB Taniela Maka
The Bruins signed 27 players last season, 25 of which made it to campus in Los Angeles. Three-star linebacker Taniela Maka and two-star linebacker Jared Koster both signed but are greyshirting this season and will be with the team in January. There are few teams as young as the Bruins. The Bruins played eight true freshmen in the season opener and 31 players that are sophomores or younger have already played in the first two games for UCLA. Bruins coaches are already raving about Xavier Su'a Filo at offensive tackle. Quarterback Richard Brehaut could get his first career start on Saturday against Kansas State.
12. Florida State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 7
BIGGEST LOSS: ATH Willie Downs
The 'Noles had three players not make it to campus, with the highest ranked prospect being four-star athlete Willie Downs out of Tallahassee, Fla. Four-star linebacker C.J. Mizell also didn't make it, which hurts because he was one of the top linebackers in the state. Aubrey Phillips, also a four-star, didn't last in Tallahassee and quickly landed at Auburn.
13. South Carolina
SIGNING DAY RANK: 12
BIGGEST LOSS: DE Leon Mackey
The Gamecocks saw four of its signees not make it to Columbia. The headliner was four-star defensive end Leon Mackey, but three of the four were ranked as four-star prospects (DE Duane Chisolm and Ben Axon). Still, several Gamecocks true freshmen have popped up in the two-deep, including safety DeVonte Holloman and running back Jarvis Giles.
14. Arkansas
SIGNING DAY RANK: 16
BIGGEST LOSS: OL Shauntez Bruce
The Razorbacks signed 31 players, but lost six players for one reason or another. Most of them were three-star prospects that did have some question marks throughout the recruiting process. The good news is the majority of the impact recruits did make grades, including highly coveted running back Ronnie Wingo Jr.. Wingo led the Razorbacks in rushing in the first game with eight carries for 50 yards. Cobi Hamilton, another star in the Arkansas class, also had a touchdown reception in the season-opener.
15. North Carolina
SIGNING DAY RANK: 9
BIGGEST LOSS: LB Justin Dixon
The Tar Heels led the way with eight players not making it to Chapel Hill for one reason or another. Everybody knew baseball was a key factor for Donavan Tate, so his decision to bolt for professional baseball isn't a shocker. But losing Dixon and many others has to sting. The losses really cut into the Heels' top-10 class. D.J. Bunn, Johnnie Farms and Jerrell Rhodes are all at prep schools, Prizell Brown ended up at Kansas State, Vincent Davis is now at a junior college, Justin Dixon landed at East Carolina and Angelo Hadley ran into some legal issues.
16. Michigan State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 17
BIGGEST LOSS: None
The good news for the Spartans was that nobody failed to qualify. The better news is that a majority of the impact class will redshirt this season. There are some exceptions with Edwin Baker and Larry Caper battling it out at running back and Chris Norman running at No. 2 at SAM linebacker. All in all, the Spartans had tremendous depth across the board, helping this class spend a year getting bigger, faster and stronger.
17. Miami
SIGNING DAY RANK: 15
BIGGEST LOSS: OL Malcolm Bunche
The Hurricanes lost two players - three-star offensive linemen Malcolm Bunche and three-star athlete Prince Kent - from the 2009 class. The rest of the class made it to campus, and quite a few already have helped the 'Canes. Four-star offensive tackles Brandon Washington and Jermaine Johnson and defensive end Olivier Vernon are all on the two-deep. Three-star athlete A.J. Highsmith is the backup to quarterback Jacory Harris.
18. Notre Dame
SIGNING DAY RANK: 21
BIGGEST LOSS: None
After all of its signees made it in, the Irish have finally built some depth on both sides of the ball. The majority of its strong true-freshman class is redshirting. Kicker Nick Tausch was ranked as the nation's No. 9 kicker, and he's already starting. Highly regarded players Theo Riddick and Shaquelle Evans are also contributing at kick returner.
19. Stanford
SIGNING DAY RANK: 20
BIGGEST LOSS: QB Taysom Hill
Everybody that was expected to make it, made it in to Stanford. Taysom Hill was a qualifier but decided to go on his Mormon mission before enrolling in classes and is expected back in Palo Alto in two years. Several newcomers have been impressive so far, including four-star linebacker Shayne Skov.
20. Ole Miss
SIGNING DAY RANK: 18
BIGGEST LOSS: DB Jamar Hornsby
The SEC's new rule about oversigning applies especially with Ole Miss going into the future. The Rebels signed 37 players, 12 of which never made it to Oxford for one reason or another. The biggest loss in the 12 was defensive back Jamar Hornsby, who was one of the top junior college players in the nation last year. Hornsby ran into some off-the-field issues and won't be playing for Mississippi this season. The Rebels are also grayshirting two of the players in that group, so both will be with the team in the spring. Several young players have already made an impact, including Joel Kight and D.T. Shackelford, who are both in the rotation at linebacker.
21. Texas A&M
SIGNING DAY RANK: 22
BIGGEST LOSS: DT Chris Henderson
The Aggies' lone loss in the class was three-star defensive tackle Chris Henderson. Otherwise all made it to College Station, and nobody in the freshman class came up bigger in the first game than five-star running back Christine Michael. In just 11 carries, Michael narrowly missed the 100-yard milestone in his debut gaining 93 yards with a touchdown. He averaged 8.5 yards per carry and also caught one pass for 9 yards.
22. Mississippi State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 25
BIGGEST LOSS: ATH Mardrecas Hood
The Bulldogs lost four players from the 2009 class, two to the JUCO ranks, one to professional baseball and another to off-the-field issues. Several of the talented 2009 recruits are already littering State's two-deep, including receivers Leon Berry, Chad Bumphis and defensive tackles Josh Boyd and Fletcher Cox. Berry was dominating in the game against Auburn with 306 all-purpose yards after hauling in four passes for 60 yards and adding 246 return yards.
23. Auburn
SIGNING DAY RANK: 19
BIGGEST LOSS: DB Reggie Taylor
The Tigers signed 28 players, but seven players failed to make it to campus. Most notable in the group were four-star defensive backs Reggie Taylor and Taikwon Paige. But while that's important, maybe the more important story is who made it in. Many people questioned whether Tyrik Rollison would make grades, but he did and could be the future star of the Tigers offense.
24. Nebraska
SIGNING DAY RANK: 28
BIGGEST LOSS: None
With all of the players making it to campus, it's becoming clear early on that the Huskers are getting a big impact from their true freshmen. While heavy hitters like Jason Ankrah, Rex Burkhead, Cody Green, and Chris Williams are obvious choices for stars of the class, it's actually somewhat lower ranked prospects like Eric Martin and Andrew Green that got praise in the fall and going into the season. Martin, ranked as a three-star, has already seen time on special teams as a true freshman, while Burkhead is currently the No. 2 running back. Green, the four-star from Dayton, Texas, has joined Burkhead in the two-deep behind starter Zac Lee.
25. Penn State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 24
BIGGEST LOSS: DB Darrell Givens
Givens was a tough loss when he wasn't able to make it to school in Happy Valley. However, Givens was the only loss in a loaded 2009 class that is already making an impact for Penn State. Kevin Newsome, the true freshman that enrolled last January, is listed as the backup to Daryll Clark at quarterback. Kicker Anthony Fera is Collin Wagner's backup at kicker, and strong safety Gerald Hodges and offensive linemen Ty Howle are also on the two-deep.
Dropped out of top 25:
VIRGINIA TECH (26), Signing Day Rank: 23rd





 

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