Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: I was wondering if you could give us a list of what teams you think have the best 2009 recruiting class?
Honestly, it's too early to tell because half of the top 30 prospects at Rivals.com are still uncommitted, including four of the top five. That means somebody's great class is yet to be made. So a lot will change between now and signing day. But if you're asking which school has assembled the best class as of today, I think the correct answer is -- surprise, surprise -- North Carolina.
The Tar Heels have five top 70 prospects committed, namely No. 6 John Henson, No. 17 Dexter Strickland, No. 55 Leslie McDonald, No.68 David Wear and No. 69 Travis Wear. Meanwhile, Villanova has three top 65 commitments (including No. 14 Mouphtaou Yarou), Arizona has three top 85 commitments (including No. 13 Abdul Gaddy), Georgia Tech has four top 130 commitments (including No. 36 Mfon Udofia) and Indiana has four top 110 commitments (including No. 34 Christian Watford).
That's five great recruiting classes for five great programs.
But again, there's still plenty of time for several schools to enhance their classes drastically considering guys like John Wall, Xavier Henry, Derrick Favors and Kenny Boynton remain on the board. So don’t expect those five programs to finish with the five best recruiting classes, and let’s plan on taking a look at this again in a month to see how much things have changed.