Quick links:
 Latest Team Rankings
 Free Rivals Alerts
 Member Services
ShopMobileRadio RSSRivals.com Yahoo! Sports

August 25, 2010

Texas tops preseason look at recruiting rankings

VOTE: Which team will finish at No. 1?

As the college and high school football seasons approach, recruiting fans look forward to this time of year for an additional reason: team rankings. The first edition of the Rivals.com 2011 team rankings is set for release next week, but we have a sneak peek for the diehards. Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns have the most commitments of anyone in the Top 20, but does that mean they are No. 1? Has Alabama, LSU or another traditional heavyweight pushed to the top?

Rivals.com will release its Top 50 schools next week and the pecking order certainly can shift with seven days of commitments to be had. However, as of the middle of this week, here is your Top 25 in order with each school's top commitments and top remaining targets.

Team Rankings Top 50
1. Texas
Total commits: 23
The Longhorns check in at No. 1 and have done so numerous times over with years with early commitments and a nearly full class by the end of the summer. But can Texas hold off the competition until Signing Day? Texas has by far the most four-star commitments with 16 and has met almost all of its needs.
Biggest gets: RB Malcolm Brown, LB Steve Edmond, OLChristian Westerman
Top remaining targets: DE Jermauria Rasco, RB Aaron Green
2. Alabama
Total commits: 17
Nick Saban is no stranger to winning recruiting titles and he certainly has a chance to surpass Texas to take another one. Saban already boasts two five-star prospects, tied with Florida State for the most.
Biggest gets: DB Hasean Clinton-Dix, LB Brent Calloway, WR Marvin Shinn.
Top remaining targets: DE Jadeveon Clowney, LB Tony Steward, OL Cyrus Kouandjio, LB Curtis Grant
3. LSU
Total commits: 17
Les Miles is under the gun for both on-the-field results as well as recruiting, but the latter has been going extremely well for the 2011 class. LSU has a few too many three stars but if a few of them turn into fours and they close strong, they could be No. 1.
Biggest gets: OL La'El Collins, RB Kenny Hilliard, WR Jarvis Landry.
Top remaining targets: DE Jadeveon Clowney, DE Ray Drew, OL Gregory Robinson
4. Oklahoma
Total commits: 17
Bob Stoops had a rough year on the field last season as injuries mounted, but he's having little trouble off the field recruiting. It's doubtful the Sooners can overtake Texas in the national or Big 12 rankings, but can they make it a pair of Big 12 teams in the Top 5 come Signing Day? They are the only other team aside from the Longhorns with double-digit four-star commitments.
Biggest gets: WR Trey Metoyer, RB Brandon Williams, DT Marquis Anderson.
Top remaining targets: ATH Ladarius Brown, LB Anthony Wallace, DB Charles Jackson
5. Ohio State
Total commits: 17
After what was deemed by fans as a subpar recruiting year in 2010, Jim Tressel and his coaches are back with a bang. This class lacks a five-star right now but it is loaded, especially with in-state commitments. It will be hard for anyone else in the Big Ten to challenge them for the top spot.
Biggest gets: DT Michael Bennett, DE Kenny Hayes, QB Braxton Miller
Top remaining targets: CB Doran Grant, ATH Darius Jennings, CB Jabari Gorman
6. Stanford
Total commits: 20
Here's the first big surprise as Jim Harbaugh has to deal with so many academic restrictions yet still puts together solid classes. This is his best effort to date and a class that could remain in the Top 10 barring any academic casualties late.
Biggest gets: RB Amir Carlisle, LB Anthony Sarao, LB James Vaughters
Top remaining targets: ATH Marqise Lee, ATH Harvey Langi, DB Wayne Lyons
7. Florida State
Total commits: 15
Florida State recruiting never went away, but it is certainly at a higher level than it has been in previous years. Last year's class was impressive but this year's class has a chance to push near the top. With only 15 commitments, there is plenty of room to fill the class and jump some other teams.
Biggest gets: ATH James Wilder Jr., S Karlos Williams, OL Bobby Hart
Top remaining targets: LB Tony Steward, DE Ray Drew, TE Nick O'Leary
8. Florida
Total commits: 14
The Gators are always near the top and have the fewest commitments of any program in the Top 10 so they'll make a move for No. 1 before it's over. Surprisingly, Florida does not have a five-star commitment but surely that will change.
Biggest gets: QB Jeff Driskel, DE Jeoffrey Pagan, TE A.C. Leonard
Top remaining targets: LB Tony Steward, LB Curtis Grant, DB Marcus Roberson
9. Georgia
Total commits: 16
The Bulldogs have been the model of consistency over the last decade, always finishing in or around the national Top 10. However, things didn't end well in the 2010 recruiting class so a big year is a must for Mark Richt in 2011. So far so good, but they'll need some more four stars and possibly a five to stay this high.
Biggest gets: QB Christian LeMay, DE Sterling Bailey, OL Zach DeBell
Top remaining targets: DE Ray Drew, RB Isaiah Crowell, ATH Damian Swann
10. Ole Miss
Total commits: 17
The Rebels are another surprise in the Top 10. Not because they haven't recruited well under Houston Nutt but because they are ahead of some major programs early on. Ole Miss could finish strong with some terrific targets left on its board, but staying in the Top 10 will be a challenge unless it pulls a few surprises.
Biggest gets: WR Donte Moncrief, DB Gerrod Holliman, OL Ethan Hutson
Top remaining targets: ATH Nickalos Brassell, OL Antonio Richardson, DB Floyd Raven
11. Notre Dame
Total commits: 16
The first full class under head coach Brian Kelly will be of great interest to Notre Dame fans and Notre Dame haters. So far so good with a group that sits right outside the Top 10. With few slots left, Notre Dame could slide a bit as Signing Day approaches, but after a slow start this is becoming a very nice class.
Biggest gets: OL Matthew Hegarty, TE Ben Koyack, RB Justice Hayes
Top remaining targets: OL Antonio Richardson, RB Savon Huggins, ATH Christian French
12. Clemson
Total commits: 16
Dabo Swinney and his staff have done a great job early on securing key commitments, especially in Florida where two of the Tigers' top three commitments call home. Clemson has become a major player for talent in the Southeast and could push FSU for the top class in the ACC.
Biggest gets: RB Mike Bellamy, TE Eric MacLain, RB Marlin Lane
Top remaining targets: DE Jadeveon Clowney, LB Tony Steward, LB Stephone Anthony
13. USC
Total commits: 11
Lane Kiffin and company have limited scholarship numbers so it will be interesting to see how high their number goes this year, and for the ensuing two years. USC is expected to finish at or near the top, but the scholarship limits will keep it closer to the 15-25 range.
Biggest gets: ATH De'Anthony Thomas, QB Cody Kessler, LB Tre Madden
Top remaining targets: WR George Farmer, ATH Devon Blackmon, ATH Marqise Lee
14. North Carolina
Total commits: 17
Amid an NCAA investigation, head coach Butch Davis still has managed to put together one of the best classes in the country so far, and it could get even better. If the Tar Heels need a few of their 11 three stars to move up to four and keep some studs in state, this will be a Top 15 class in the end.
Biggest gets: ATH T.J. Thorpe, OL Landon Turner, OL Jarrod James
Top remaining targets: DE Jadeveon Clowney, LB Curtis Grant, ATH Kris Frost
15. Pittsburgh
Total commits: 15
The Panthers are not only dominating the Big East in 2011 recruiting but they are also dominating in-state rival Penn State when it comes to head-to-head battles, something that doesn't occur often. Pitt has a chance, with a strong finish, to push toward the Top 10, unheard of by a Big East team since Miami left.
Biggest gets: DT Marquise Wright, CB Kyshoen Jarrett, RB Jameel Poteat
Top remaining targets: OL Cyrus Kouandjio, RB Savon Huggins, ATH Darius Jennings
16. Nebraska
Total commits: 13
The Huskers will be taking their program to the Big Ten after this season and recruiting could shift, but for now they are killing it in the places they recruit best, such as Texas, areas of the Southeast and the rest of the Midlands. With only 12 commitments, there is plenty of room in this class and a chance to move up the charts if they finish strong.
Biggest gets: OL Tyler Moore, QB Bubba Starling, CB Tevin Mitchel
Top remaining targets: RB Aaron Green, OL Cyrus Hobbi, DT Mickey Johnson
17. Auburn
Total commits: 15
Auburn could have been categorized as the biggest surprise of the 2010 recruiting year, finishing fourth in the nation overall and ahead of the national champion Crimson Tide. But now Gene Chizik and his crew won't be sneaking up on anyone. With plenty of room left in the class, they will push Ole Miss, Georgia and possibly others in the SEC before Signing Day.
Biggest gets: CB Jonathan Rose, QB Kiehl Frazier, WR Jaylon Denson
Top remaining targets: DE Ray Drew, ATH Kris Frost, CB Marcus Roberson
18. Texas Tech
Total commits: 19
Tommy Tuberville brings a different approach and reputation to recruiting for the Red Raiders and it's clearly working. To be fourth in the Big 12 right now in recruiting, following last year's eighth-place finish, shows marked improvement. Tuberville and his staff are backfilling 2010 while focusing on 2011 and beyond. Things are looking up in Lubbock.
Biggest gets: TE Jace Amaro, OL Tony Morales, RB Kenny Williams
Top remaining targets: ATH LaDarius Brown, LB Anthony Wallace, ATH Dominique Petties
19. Michigan State
Total commits: 14
That's right, it's not Michigan in the Top 20 right now but the rival from East Lansing. Eleven of the 14 MSU commitments are three stars and while they don't have any four stars yet, five-star Lawrence Thomas is a huge get. Close strong and the Spartans could be No. 2 in the Big Ten.
Biggest gets: LB Lawrence Thomas, QB Connor Cook, LB Taiwan Jones
Top remaining targets: CB Doran Grant, DE Anthony Zettel, WR DeAnthony Arnett
20. Washington
Total commits: 16
Steve Sarkisian is becoming a royal pain to USC, UCLA, Cal and others in California, while also doing a good job at keeping in-state talent at home. He's already pulled a few upsets and is holding off teams after his most coveted commitments. If he can continue to do both, a Top 25 finish is in the works.
Biggest gets: RB Brendon Bigelow, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Aubrey Coleman
Top remaining targets: ATH Marqise Lee, DE Greg Townsend Jr., OL Cyrus Hobbi

The Rest of the Top 50
21. Virginia
Headliner: ATH Brandon Phelps Total commits: 20

22. Mississippi State
Headliner: LB C.J. Johnson Total commits: 15

23. Arkansas
Headliner: OT Brey Cook Total commits: 16

24. Oregon
Headliner: OT Andre Yruretagoyena Total commits: 10

25. Oklahoma State
Headliner: RB Herschel Sims Total commits: 17

26. TCU
Headliner: WR David Porter III Total commits: 16

27. California
Headliner: OL Jordan Rigsbee Total commits: 7

28. Michigan
Headliner: DE Brennen Beyer Total commits: 10

29. Iowa
Headliner: OL Austin Blythe Total commits: 14

30. Utah
Headliner: RB Jarrell Oliver Total commits: 17

31. Tennessee
Headliner: S Pat Martin Total commits: 14

32. Kentucky
Headliner: S Glen Faulkner Total commits: 17

33. Minnesota
Headliner: OL Tommy Olson Total commits: 13

34. South Carolina
Headliner: OT Mike Matulis Total commits: 15

35. Virginia Tech
Headliner: DT Kris Harley Total commits: 11

36. Maryland
Headliner: WR Nigel King Total commits: 14

37. Miami
Headliner: QB Teddy Bridgewater Total commits: 6

38. Rutgers
Headliner: RB Chevelle Buie Total commits: 15

39. Indiana
Headliner: LB Zack Shaw Total commits: 21

40. Texas A&M
Headliner: S Devonta Burns Total commits: 11

41. Boston College
Headliner: TE Brian Miller Total commits: 11

42. Arizona
Headliner: RB Ka'Deem Carey Total commits: 14

43. BYU
Headliner: OT Ryker Mathews Total commits: 12

44. Cincinnati
Headliner: QB Patrick Coyne Total commits: 11

45. Baylor
Headliner: OT Spencer Drango Total commits: 13

46. Missouri
Headliner: ATH Anthony Pierson Total commits: 11

47. Northwestern
Headliner: WR Christian Jones Total commits: 13

48. Duke
Headliner: S Chris Tavarez Total commits: 22

49. Kansas
Headliner: WR Jacorey Shepherd Total commits: 14

50. Louisville
Headliner: QB DaMarcus Smith Total commits: 15

Tulane NEWS


Latest Headlines:

Rivals.com is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
Site-specific editorial/photos TheWaveReport.com. All rights reserved. This website is an officially and independently operated source of news and information not affiliated with any school or team.
About | Advertise with Us | Contact | Privacy Policy | About our Ads | Terms of Service | Copyright/IP policy | Yahoo! Sports - NBC Sports Network

Statistical information 2014 STATS LLC All Rights Reserved.