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Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 12:31 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Senior Writer Dennis Dodd tackled the difficult task of putting together the preseason top 25. One of the common themes is that the national champ usually has to come from behind in the polls. Taking a look at the recruiting rankings, it's usually the opposite. Sure there are the Signing Day closers, such at USC or Florida, but the Alabama's, Texas' and Florida State's of the world put together a good class early and head to February with a good idea of who they're signing while holding out hope a top guy will put on their hat late in the process.

Here's a breakdown of the current MaxPreps Top 25 recruiting rankings and a little bit of insight as to who will eventually be declared recruiting national champion.

The favorites

1. Michigan (top recruit: #33 Terry Richardson)

2. Texas (#3 Cayleb Jones)

3. Florida (#12 D.J. Humphries)

4. Florida State (#5 Mario Edwards)

6. Alabama (#19 Geno Smith)

One Big Ten team, one Big 12 team, two SEC teams and the ACC banner-carrier are the favorites to take home the mythical February title. It's no surprise to see some of the names on this list but newcomer Michigan is one considering Brady Hoke has yet to coach a game. It's not a deep year for Midwest talent but the Wolverines have certainly grabbed the creme of the crop and as a result sit in the pole position past the halfway point.

The contenders

5. Miami (#77 Jelani Hamilton)

7. Texas A&M (#51 Trey Williams)

9. Auburn (#30 Zeke Pike)

10. LSU (#58 Avery Johnson)

11. Virginia Tech (Donaldven Manning)

15. Clemson (#16 Travis Blanks)

18. Notre Dame (#13 Jarron Jones)

The next group of teams has an outside shot of moving up into the top five and challenging for the title with a strong close. Miami is in a difficult position in that they have a strong class filled with local talent but given the NCAA investigation swirling around the program, no one knows how long Al Golden can keep things up. With recent news that the Aggies would be moving to the SEC, one figures they could see a bounce and grab one or two top prospects by selling playing time in the nation's best football conference. Auburn has done well again this year and is seeing a championship bounce with their current group and could see other prospects come around to playing on the Plains. LSU and Virginia Tech have put together under the radar classes but they're both strong enough to put them in position to move up with a top 100 recruit committing. Clemson and Notre Dame both have small classes but have shown they can get things done between now and players putting pen to paper.

The pretenders

8. Virginia (#50 Michael Moore)

12. Penn State (#36 J.J. Denman)

13. South Carolina (#20 Shaq Roland)

14. Arizona State (#45 Evan Goodman)

16. Oklahoma (#47 Durron Neal)

This group of teams look like they can make a strong push to finish in the top five but it will be a steep up hill battle. Virginia is ranked highly due to the numbers they have and when others catch up in that department, they'll slide back down to the middle of the pack. Penn State has been solid but not spectacular in a good year for Pennsylvania talent. South Carolina is comfortable with their class but likely won't grab a top 10 player to push them up and Arizona State will likely not finish as the top Pac-12 class at the end of the day. Oklahoma is limited in terms of numbers this year and while they might sneak in the top group, it will be hard to go much further.

No chance

17. Cincinnati (#72 Bennie Coney)

19. Missouri (#91 Jonathan Williams)

20. Michigan State (#63 Sevon Pittman)

21. Wisconsin (#67 Dan Voltz)

22. Indiana (#2 Gunner Kiel)

23. Rutgers (#71 Leonte Caroo)

24. Washington (#70 Cyler Miles)

25. West Virginia (Brandon Napoleon)

It's a nice year for this group of team but it will be tough for any of these schools to move above 15 in the rankings. Likewise, it might be tough for Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Michigan State to stay in the top 25 as other schools start filling out their class with 20 or more recruits.


Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 9:04 am

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

""and Michigan at #1? Is this list just one big joke?""

At this point - no joke.  The current rankings are based on points for #of players and the individual ranking of those players.  MI has a lot of players - meaning a lot of points.  And several of those players are ranked by MaxPreps generating even more points.   But MI has nearly maxed out its number of recruits, whereas most teams have a lot of space for more players.  And many of them are expected to bring in one or more players w/ higher rankings that any of the MI kids.

As other teams add kids (MI has only got a handful of spots left, whereas most teams have around a dozen spots left) their points in the MaxPrep ratings will climb, especially when those more highly ranked kids start to commit.  The most highly ranked kids usually wait till closer to signing day to commit.  RIght now they are just beginning their Sr yr of HS.   And many of the kids' rankings will change by the end of this season, seeing as those rankings were based on their Jr yr.  Some will climb, others will drop a bit in the rankings depending on how their Sr season goes.

MI has a real nice class at this point.  But by Signing day, other teams will have added enough quantity and quality to pass MI in the MaxPrep rating system.  MI has a nice enough class that with a couple high profile additions they'll likely finish around #5 over-all.  Certainly in the top 10 - assuming they fill their class.

But it is no joke that at this early stage of the recruting games MI's quantity and quality of players provide a #1 class for now.  The expectation though is that this will change as other teams fill in their own classes.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:53 am

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

I give Hoke three years at Michigan and Michigan will be ranked number 1 in everything!

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:52 pm

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

I'm sure the University of Miami will make a late year surge in the recruiting class rankings...and Michigan at #1? Is this list just one big joke?
They are getting Recruits left and right from Mr. Hoke, they should stay up there for a very long time. 

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 5:57 pm

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

Hey, Hoke doesn't have to cheat to win games like some coaches, won't mention any names though. Hoke will play players that are eligable to play!!! It's sad you have to cheat to win games OSU...

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:37 pm

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

I'm sure the University of Miami will make a late year surge in the recruiting class rankings...and Michigan at #1? Is this list just one big joke?

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:56 pm

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

Dont be jealous now! he's got quite a talent when it comes to recruiting

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:19 pm

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

Hey, don't forget to thank the state of Ohio for that number 1 ranking, Mr. Hokey!!

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