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A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:00 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:03 pm
 


Posted by Bryan Fischer


We're a week away - if you can believe it - from the class of 2012 finally putting pen to paper and ending all of the drama surrounding their recruitment. There's still plenty of uncommitted players out there and lots of teams looking to move up in the class rankings. At the moment, it looks like Alabama has a stranglehold on the top spot but there's a small chance that another team could knock them out if a surprise or two ends up committing.

Below is an overview of the current Maxpreps top 25 class rankings,  from the Crimson Tide to the Cardinal, and a few notes on each.


MaxPreps Top 25 recruiting classes for 2012
School Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
27 DB Landon Collins
DB Geno Smith
ATH Eddie Williams
RB T.J. Yeldon
The Crimson Tide have already won a title in January and it's possible they'll get another come February 1st. This group has so many playmakers on both sides of the ball that several in this group will have to redshirt. Alabama is also in the running for several top commits so the rich might get even richer.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DT Malcom Brown
RB Johnathan Gray
WR Cayleb Jones
OL Curtis Riser
Just another ho-hum group of stars for the Longhorns. The class is highlighted by Gray, who set just about every record imaginable in high school and should be a factor early on in running the ball.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
OL Kyle Kalis
OL Erik Magnuson
DB Terry Richardson
The Wolverines held the top spot in the class rankings for most of the year and still have a chance to finish there on Signing Day. This is a great group, especially on the o-line, that fills most of the team's depth needs and should make defensive coordinator Greg Mattison very happy.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Jonathan Bullard
OL Jessamen Dunker
OL D.J. Humphries
TE Kent Taylor
Will Muschamp has a chance to reload quickly with the current group of commits. He's got good depth coming in along both lines and is in the running for several elite players like Stefon Diggs, Nelson Agholor and Tracy Howard.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Bri'onte Dunn
DT Tommy Shutt
DE Noah Spence
DE Adolphus Washington
This class was dead in the water for most of the year but has quickly gone from so-so to top five nationally thanks to Urban Meyer. There's a few offensive contributors but the real star power in this group is along the front seven.
- Team page
- Commitment list
31 DB Deon Bush
DE Jelani Hamilton
RB Randy Johnson
DE Tyriq McCord
There's a ton of explosiveness in this class but there's also a few questionable players in this group in terms of talent level. After "Duke" Johnson's senior year, it looks like the Hurricanes are getting the two best players in the state in him and Hamilton.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 OL John Michael McGee
TE Taylor McNamara
WR Durron Neal
WR Derrick Woods
The offense reloads at receiver quite well and Neal has a chance to be a special playmaker with his talent. The offensive line also gets a nice boost with McGee and Ty Darlington in the interior.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Vadal Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis
LB Trey Granier
WR Avery Johnson
The Tigers are still in the running for some elite players when Signing Day rolls around but Les Miles has to be happy with the speed and athleticism the current class has. Johnson, if he sticks, could fill in quickly for the departed Rueben Randle.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 DE Chris Casher
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
QB Jameis Winston
 This might be the best collection of D-linemen in the country. Edwards is likely to end up in Tallahassee and it's almost unfair to pair him with guys like Casher and Fowler off the edge. If Winston arrives on campus, then this group has great potential down the road.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 QB Zach Kline
OL Freddie Tagaloa
DB Shaq Thompson
WR Bryce Treggs
This is a top 10 class for now. The emphasis is added because the departure of Tosh Lupoi to Washington has really thrown this group for a loop and caused several, such as Thompson, to look around before signing.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 QB Matt Davis
DB DeVante Harris
LB Jordan Richmond
RB Trey Williams
This was a top 10 class before Mike Sherman was fired and it looks like Kevin Sumlin will be able to keep the Aggies right around there. Davis and Williams are two dynamic players on offense and it's possible they'll be joined by former Texas commit, wide receiver Thomas Johnson too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 RB Mike Davis
DB Jordan Diggs
DB Chaz Elder
WR Shaq Roland
There's not the buzz with this group like there was last year grabbing #1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney. Still, they have two great pick ups in Davis and Roland on offense and several other pieces that should make this a top 8-12 class come February 2nd.  
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DB Travis Blanks
ATH Germone Hopper
QB Chad Kelly
DT Carlos Watkins
Another very good class for the Tigers, Blanks is versatile and might be the best cover guy in 2012. Kelly has a strong arm and should take over for Tajh Boyd when the time comes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Gunner Kiel
WR Deontay Greenberry
DB Tee Shepard
DB Elijah Shumate
Landing Kiel is a signature moment for Brian Kelly and gives the Irish their quarterback of the future. The Cali Kids, Greenberry and Shepard, will play right away.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 RB J.C. Coleman
RB Drew Harris
DE Jarontay Jones
DB Donaldven Manning
 Jones is a big time DE but the there's plenty of players who will re-stock the wide receiver and defensive back positions. Coleman and Harris are going to be a very good 1-2 punch in the back field very soon.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB T.J. Davis
TE Darrion Hutcherson
RB Jovon Robinson
WR JaQuay Williams
Coordinator changes hurt this group, especially in terms of depth, but there are quality ball players from top to bottom. It wouldn't be surprising if Hutcherson and Williams leave a mark as freshmen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
12 WR Darreus Rogers
LB Jabari Ruffin
OL Jordan Simmons
OL Max Tuerk
This is the first class truly limited by NCAA sanctions but that doesn't mean Lane Kiffin hasn't been able to pull in some great players. The Trojans are also in the running for elite, top 20 players on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 RB Todd Gurley
DL Jordan Jenkins
RB Keith Marshall
OL John Theus
It's not a 'Dream Team' like last year but there's several players like Gurley and/or Marshall who will play early on. They have to land their remaining targets, such as lineman Avery Young, to go from solid to a great class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Devante Bourque
WR Jason Croom
DB LaDarrell McNeil
TE Justin Meredith
With mass staff changes and a down year, the Vols haven't gotten the elite player or two that everybody is used to seeing. Croom and Meredith are excellent weapons on offense though but there's a chance they could lose one of their top defenders on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DE Eli Harold
LB Kwontie Moore
DE Michael Moore
DE Courtnye Wynn
Kwontie Moore is an impressive linebacker who can hit like Ray Lewis and run like a safety. The defensive linemen in this class should have plenty guys who see early playing time.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 DE DeForest Buckner
RB Byron Marshall
QB Jake Rodrigues
WR Dwayne Stanford
Chip Kelly's flirtation with the NFL has thrown some for a loop but it looks like the Pac-12 champs will only add to a very good 2012 class. Marshall and Rodrigues are perfect fits on offense
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Cordale Boyd
OL Jeremy Ward
RB Jonathan Williams
This isn't a great recruiting class for the Hogs but it could be if Dorial Green-Beckham signs, as many expect. Williams has injury concerns but might be the sleeper running back in the class of 2012.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Brandon Banks
RB Brian Kimbrow
QB Patton Robinette
Kimbrow and Robinette appear to be the future of the Commodores offense and that's a great start for a group that might end up as good or better as their counterparts in the state.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Devonte Fields
ATH Daje Johnson
QB Tyler Matthews
Very few teams in the country are bringing in as fast, collectively, a group as the Horned Frogs are. Johnson is a special talent and Matthews can take his time to develop into a nice signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 OL Nick Davidson
LB Noor Davis
RB Barry Sanders
DT Jordan Watkins
It's not often you find the Cardinal in the top 25 in recruiting but things are rolling on the Farm. This is linemen heavy and has several recruits who should see early playing time. Stanford is also in the mix for elite offensive linemen Josh Garnett and Andrus Peat.



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Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:09 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

sorry for the redundant posts as it wasn't my intention to do so!



Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:07 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

if you guys can keep coach franklin, i truly believe vandy will becoma a consistently good team. although they lost to BAMA this past season, vandy played them tougher than anyone but lsu, imo. moreover, the commodores have historically played BAMA toughly. w/that history and coach franklin, i have much respect for vandy and know the TIDE will never take them lightly.




Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:05 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

if you guys can keep coach franklin, i truly believe vandy will becoma a consistently good team. although they lost to BAMA this past season, vandy played them tougher than anyone but lsu, imo. moreover, the commodores have historically played BAMA toughly. w/that history and coach franklin, i have much respect for vandy and know the TIDE will never take them lightly.



Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:04 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

if you guys can keep coach franklin, i truly believe vandy will becoma a consistently good team. although they lost to BAMA this past season, vandy played them tougher than anyone but lsu, imo. moreover, the commodores have historically played BAMA toughly. w/that history and coach franklin, i have much respect for vandy and know the TIDE will never take them lightly.



Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:58 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

if you guys can keep coach franklin, i really believe vandy will become a consistently good team. although they lost to BAMA this past season, vandy played them tougher than anyone besides lsu, imo. moreover, vandy has proven to play the TIDE as toughly as any other team, historically. w/that history and coach franklin, the commodores are a team for which i have much respect and the TIDE can never take for granted.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:48 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

At this point, I hope MaxPreps is correct as this is the highest I have seen LSU's class ranked.  I did read an interesting article on the SEC blog on ESPN where they look at the 2011 All SEC players and see where they were ranked as recurits.  If I remember correctly, less than half were highly ranked by ESPN when they were recruits, some not ranked at all.  So, we all take the rankings with a grain of salt, but at least it gives us something to talk about. 

True, but it is better to have 20 3-star or better players with half being washouts, than to have 100 no names with 1 or 2 overcoming the system to become good enough to reach the NFL.




Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:08 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

Seeing Vanderbilt in this kind of list made me rub my eyes and pinch myself to make sure I was awake.  Being a Vandy fan in football is similar to banging your head against a tree every day of your life.  Such an achievement must be a tribute to their new coach, but it also means he will likely be hired away after this next season.  If Vandy can just manufacture one or two upsets against some of the other SEC bullies who perenially torment them, I guess it will be worth it.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:57 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

At this point, I hope MaxPreps is correct as this is the highest I have seen LSU's class ranked.  I did read an interesting article on the SEC blog on ESPN where they look at the 2011 All SEC players and see where they were ranked as recurits.  If I remember correctly, less than half were highly ranked by ESPN when they were recruits, some not ranked at all.  So, we all take the rankings with a grain of salt, but at least it gives us something to talk about. 



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:32 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

But what does any of this mean?  Five years ago the Gators had a top 5 class and today they don't have a single NFL draft psospect.  Is that a reflection of the lunacy of these rankings or just the incompetence of Urban Meyer?
Wow, just a non-sensical statement all around. The rankings are of course not always right. But national title winners ALWAYS have high recruitng classes, of course with top recruits who live up to expectations. How exactly is/was Meyer incompetent? Did he miss on some big prospects? Sure, but so does everyone else. Some blame goes to scouting (ie. Deonte Thompson) and some goes to a failure on the players part (ie. Will Hill).

If you look at the Redshirt Seniors (2007) you have people like Rainey, who may be in the NFL. But also people already in the NFL: Major Wright, Carlos Dunlap, Cam Newton, Joe Haden, the Pounceys, Aaron Hernandez. And others who performed well.

The 2008 class was probably Meyer's worst but it included: Jeff Demps, Janoris Jenkins (who will be in the NFL next year) and Will Hill (was drafted, but is almost a complete bum) as well as a lot of other solid role players and those whose careers were stopped short by injury (ie. Brendan Beal).

Of course not all the "big recruits" were hits, but that is the world of recruiting just as it is the world of first round NFL draft pics.




Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:41 am
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings

Everyone knows the situation as it pertains to early enrollment, flakes, mind changing parents, eligibility issues that send guys to JC, red shirt scenarios, etc... So why all the rhetoric about over recruiting? The situation is no different than hiring for a job that solicits and interviews multiple candidates before locking in one.
That's not even close to a comparable situation.  Interviewing for jobs is akin to the regular recruiting process, whereby you are free to talk to multiple schools and they choose whether or not to offer you a scholarship.  A better analogy would be a company that hired (not just interviewed) multiple people for the same position, while also forcing them to sign a binding agreement that they could not work for any other company for 12 months.  Then they fire one or more of these people, and they just have to find something else to do for a year.  Note that this scenario is completely ridiculous and laughably stupid, much like the ncaa scholarship situation.


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