Another recruiting season ended today as high school football players from around the country faxed their letter of intents to the teams they will play for next year. Here are the top ten classes and the winners and losers for this year.
#1 Florida Gators – 28 Commits
Star of the Class: DE Ronald Powell – Moreno Valley, CA
After losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship game and almost resigning, Urban Meyer responds with one of the best recruiting classes in recent history. The defensive line class has the potential to give SEC offenses fits in the years to come.
Star of the Class: OL Seantrel Henderson – Saint Paul, MN
You have to give Lane Kiffin credit for keeping this class together after Pete Carroll left for the NFL. Kiffin also pulled another signing day shocker as he was able to pull Seantrel Henderson from Ohio State and proved that he can recruit with the best. NOTE: Henderson has yet to send his LOI in.
#3 Texas Longhorns – 25 Commits
Star of the Class: DE Jackson Jeffcoat – Plano, TX
After falling short in the National Championship game, the Longhorns needed some momentum going into the spring and this class is a good way to start. Mack Brown deserves a lot of credit for going into the state of Ohio and pulling LB Jordan Hicks away from the Buckeyes, who rarely lose a top player in state.
#4 Auburn Tigers – 32 Commits
Star of the Class: RB Michael Dyer – Little Rock, AR
Gene Chizik really made a statement with this class finishing in front of rival and National Champion, Alabama. Auburn signed many guys who can come in a compete early like JUCO QB Cameron Newton. Look out for Michael Dyer next year because this kid will be a beast for the Tigers.
#5 Alabama Crimson Tide – 26 Commits
Star of the Class: CB DeMarcus Milliner – Millbrook, Alabama
Fresh off winning the National Title, Nick Saban and Alabama pulls in another top 5 recruiting class. Once again, Saban was able to pull one of the best corners in the country in Demarcus Milliner and might have his QB of the future in Phillip Sims.
#6 Florida State Seminoles – 24 Commits
Star of the Class: CB Lamarcus Joyner – Fort Lauderdale FL
The Jimbo Fisher era got off on the right foot as FSU brings in a lot of talent with this class. Jimbo Fisher’s first class is full of defensive playmakers led by Lamarcus Joyner and LB Jeff Luc. Jimbo has proved that he can close as he signed WR Christian Green, and LB Christian Jones on signing day.
#7 Oklahoma Sooners – 29 Commits
Star of the Class: QB Blake Bell – Wichita, KS
Bob Stoops and Oklahoma come in at #7 with a good class with a lot of playmakers. Oklahoma might have their QB for the future in Blake Bell but stealing LB Corey Nelson from Texas A&M makes this class that much better for the Sooners.
#8 LSU Tigers – 29 Commits
Star of the Class: ATH Spencer Ware – Cincinnati, OH
Les Miles’s LSU Tigers come in at #8 and is the 4th SEC team in the top 10. LSU’s class is filled with players who can play multiple positions starting with Spencer Ware. LSU closed very well by picking up defensive ends J.R. Ferguson and J.C. Copeland as well as WR Kadron Boone.
#9 UCLA Bruins – 23 Commits
Star of the Class: DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa – Portland, Oregon
Rick Neuheisel has said that his Bruins are going to fight USC for California and he made a big statement with this class. Neuheisel was able to close with Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DB Dietrich Riley, DE Josh Shirley, LB Jordan Zumwalt, and ATH Anthony Jefferson. That is very impressive.
#10 Tennessee Volunteers – 25 commits
Star of the Class: WR Da’Rick Rogers – Calhoun, Georgia
We all thought Tennessee was in trouble after Lane Kiffin left, but not only has Derek Dooley saved this class, he also stole some recruits as well. The biggest get was Da’Rick Rogers who is going to be someone to watch out for next year.
You have to be in the winner’s circle if you have arguably the best class in recent memory.
The way the Bruins closed was impressive and they really have USC’s attention now.
You have to give credit where credit is due. After being in disarray, the Vols still managed to pull in a top 10 class.
Nothing went right for the Bulldogs. They were unable to turn anyone and they also lost a couple of guys.
A very sub par class. That’s what happens when the top recruits from your state decide to go elsewhere.