Wrapping Up National Signing Day

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No Guts contributed J Will drops by to give us his top 10 classes as well as his winners and losers from National Signing Day.

National Signing Day has come and gone so it’s time for my top 10 recruiting classes of the year. Quick Note: USC, UF, UGA, and Tennessee are still fighting for ATH Orson Charles, who will take his last visit on Feb 13 to USC. Whoever gets Charles will definitely see a jump in their ranking. My prediction is that Charles will commit to USC.

1) Alabama – Total Commits 27
QB-1 RB-2 WR-4 OL-7 DE-3 DT-3 LB-5 DB-2

Star of the Class - D.J. Fluker Foley, AL

Rivals ranks Fluker as the #3 player in the nation and the #1 OL in the nation. ESPN has Fluker as the #12 player in the nation and the #1 OL.

Nick Saban did it again by bringing in the #1 recruiting class in the nation. Saban was able to keep stud DB Dre Kirkpatrick and teammate WR Kendall Kelly in state, while holding off FSU, Florida, and LSU for Trent Richardson. Saban filled a lot of needs and has really increased the talent level at Bama with two great recruiting classes.

2) LSU – Total Commits 24
QB-2 RB-2 WR-1 OL-4 DE-3 DT-3 LB-4 DB-2 K-1 ATH-2

Star of the Class – WR Rueben Randle Bastrop, LA

Rivals ranks Randle as the #2 player in the nation and the #1 WR in the nation. ESPN ranks Randle as the #10 player in the nation and the #1 WR.

Les Miles did a great job with recruiting this year as LSU locked down the #2 class in the nation. Beating out Alabama for Rueben Randle was really important because it gives LSU a big time WR who can push to be a starter day one. LSU also got its QB of the future in Russell Shepard who is already enrolled. They also signed a DT that they can build around in Chris Davenport. This class is what you expect to have after you just won a National Title.

3) Southern Cal – Total Commits 19
QB-1 RB-1 WR-1 OL-2 DE-3 DT-1 LB-3 DB-4 K-1 ATH-2

Star of Class – QB Matt Barkley Santa Ana, CA

Rivals ranks Barkley as the #5 player in the nation and the #1 QB in the nation. ESPN ranks Barkley as the #1 player in the nation and the #1 QB in the nation.

The rich get richer with USC coming in with the #3 class in the nation. Pete Carrol starts off with getting the cornerstone of this class in QB Matt Barkley, but it was the way USC closed that made this class impressive. Going into Georgia to pull LB/DE Jarvis Jones and going to Florida to get LB Frankie Telfort and DB Jawanza Starling put the icing on the cake for this class. Look for Orson Charles to sign with USC after his visit on Feb 13.

4) Ohio State – Total Commits 25
QB-1 RB-3 WR-3 TE-1 OL-4 DE-2 DT-2 LB-3 DB-4 ATH-2

Star of the Class – LB Dorian Bell Monroeville, Pa

Rivals ranks Bell as the #33 player in the nation and the #3 OLB in the nation. ESPN ranks Bell as the #33 player in the nation and the #4 OLB in the nation.

Ohio State comes in with the #4 class in the nation after a great season. Though Jim Tressel’s class was pretty much done halfway through the season, they were still making a late push for RB Jaamal Berry from Florida. A player to look out for in this class is WR Duron Carter (son of all pro WR Chris Carter). He is very underrated and I consider him a steal.

5) Texas – Total Commits 20
QB-1 WR-1 TE-2 OL-4 DE-4 DT-2 LB-2 DB-3 ATH-1

Star of the Class – QB Garrett Gilbert Austin, TX

Rivals ranks Gilbert as the #18 player in the nation and the #3 QB in the nation. ESPN has Gilbert as the #11 player in the nation and the #3 QB in the nation.

Texas checks in with the #5 class in the nation after a great year under Mack Brown. Texas does what they do every year which is lock down the state, which is easily seen by looking at their class. Out of the 20 Texas commits, only 1 is not from Texas (DT Derek Johnson from Arkansas). Mack Brown also found a replacement for Colt McCoy in Garrett Gilbert.

6) Florida State – Total Commits 21
QB-1 RB-2 WR-3 TE-2 OL-3 DE-2 DT-1 LB-1 DB-3 K-1 ATH-1

Star of the Class – Jacobbi McDaniel – Greenville, FL

Rivals ranks McDaniel as the #15 player in the nation and the #2 DT in the nation. ESPN ranks McDaniel as the #5 player in the nation and the #1 DT in the nation.

Florida State comes in with the #6 class in the nation after 9-4 season. Bobby Bowden displayed why he is considered the best closer in the country after taking DB Greg Reid from Georgia and OL Aubrey Phillips from Tennessee.Watch out for ATH Willie Downs, he is going to be a great safety for Florida State.

7) North Carolina – Total Commits 29
QB-1 RB-1 WR-4 TE-1 OL-4 DE-1 DT-1 LB-4 DB-6 K-1 ATH-5

Star of the Class – Donte Moss – Jacksonville, NC

Rivals ranks Moss as the #16 player in the nation and the #2 DE in the nation. ESPN ranks Moss as the #86 player in the nation and the #6 DE in the nation.

North Carolina comes in with the #7 class in the nation after a successful season under Butch Davis. Davis is starting to bring major talent into Chapel Hill with one of the best WR classes in the nation led by Jheranie Boyd. ATH Donavan Tate is the one player that has Tar Heel fans nervous because he is also pro prospect for the MLB.

8) Michigan – Total Commits 22
QB-1 RB-3 WR-2 OL-3 DE-2 DT-1 LB-2 DB-4 K-1 ATH-3

Star of the Class – William Campbell – Detroit, MI

Rivals ranks Campbell as the #26 player in the nation and the #5 DT in the nation. ESPN ranks Campbell as the #21 OL in the nation.

Michigan comes in with the #8 class which is great considering the season they had. Speed and more speed is what Rich Rodriguez has in this class as he brought in six players from the state of Florida. ATH Denard Robinson, who is supposed to play QB, is the “Pat White” type of player Rodriguez has been looking for. Robinson is one of the fastest players in Florida so he could be a game breaker for the Wolverines.

9) Florida – Total Commits 16
QB-1 RB-1 WR-1 TE-1 OL-5 DE-1 DT-2 LB-1 DB-1 ATH-1

Star of the Class – Jelani Jenkins – Olney, MD

Rivals ranks Jenkins as the #10 player in the nation and the #2 LB in the nation. ESPN ranks Jenkins as the #9 player in the nation and the #2 LB in the nation.

Florida comes in with the #9 class in the nation after winning the National Title. Quality over quantity is how I would describe the Gators’ class. Urban Meyer lost a couple of recruits to other schools but did a great job of holding off Florida State for WR Andre Debose and DT Gary Brown. Debose is a player who is very dangerous in the open field, he may even remind some Gators fans of Percy Harvin.

10) Georgia – Total Commits 18
QB-2 RB-1 WR-2 TE-1 OL-3 DT-2 LB-3 DB-3

Star of the Class – Branden Smith – Atlanta, GA

Rivals ranks Smith as the #28 player in the nation and the #5 DB in the nation. ESPN ranks Smith as the #30 player in the nation and the #4 DB in the nation.

Georgia rounds out the the top ten with a solid recruiting class. Mark Richt filled many needs and may have the QB of the future in Aaron Murray, who is already enrolled. Richt also picked up another play making WR in Marlon Brown who many thought would go to Tennessee.

Winners
Alabama – The Crimson Tide closed like no other team in the nation. They finished off what was already a good class, which turned it into a great class.Finishing off a class with DB Dre Kirkpatrick, WR’s Kendall Kelly and Kenny Bell(de-commited from LSU), and RB’s Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson is how you are supposed to finish.

Michigan – This year’s class is what Rich Rodriguez needed for his spread offense to work in the Big Ten. This class is dominated with speed and skill position players like ATH Denard Robinson, RB Vincent Smith, and WR Je’Ron Stokes, who burned Tennessee to sign with Michigan.

UCLA – UCLA Fans should be very happy with this class as they filled many needs and hurt USC in the process. USC had two players de-commit and sign with the Bruins and both are expected to make a major impact for them.ATH Randall Carroll changed his mind on Signing Day and WR/TE Morrell Presley changed his a couple weeks before. Also getting OL Xavier Su’a Filo was a huge plus.

Losers
Georgia – It’s never good when the top DB (Greg Reid) and the top LB (Jarvis Jones) in your state decide to leave and player for someone else. Also missing out on DB Jawanza Starling hurts as well. Georgia fans hope they can bring in Orson Charles to soften the blow.

Miami – Losing two recruits to Florida or Florida State is one thing, but losing LB Sam Barrington and DB Kayvon Webster (who changed his mind on signing day) to USF is alarming. That makes this year’s USF-Miami game even bigger because a loss to the Bulls will hurt the Hurricanes’ recruiting even more. Missing out on TE/DE Sheldon Richardson was also a big blow.

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