Monday, October 21, 2013
Early Offer: Top 5 getting it done on trail
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: With the first edition of this year’s BCS rankings released Sunday, we take a look at how the top five teams in are faring on the college football recruiting trail.
No. 1 Alabama
The Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the BCS rankings and No. 1 in the RecruitingNation Class Rankings. The foundation of the Tide’s class is a tremendous crop of offensive recruits, headlined by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), No. 2 pocket-passing quarterback David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./North) and four other offensive players ranked within the top 10 at their position. On defense, No. 1 outside linebacker Christian Miller was a huge get out of Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley.
No. 2 Florida State
Once again the recruiting rankings mirror the BCS rankings, as Florida State is No. 2 in both the BCS and class rankings. The Seminoles have taken a major step up the past few classes on the defensive side of the ball and the trend continues again with the 2014 class. Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby), and Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic) are outside linebackers ranked within the top six at the position. FSU is also really strong with impact recruits like Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda) at defensive tackle.
No. 3 Oregon
Much like the rest of the Pac-12, Oregon has yet to truly make its recruiting run. The Ducks have only 10 commits at this point, but the quality is enough to give them the nation’s 40th-ranked class. With the season Oregon is having on the field, many of West’s top uncommitted players like Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic High), Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East High), Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom High) and Bishard Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue High) are giving the Ducks a long look. Look for Oregon to soar eventually in the recruiting rankings.
No. 4 Ohio State
Coach Urban Meyer is one of the best closers in the game, but his Buckeyes have already done enough to earn a spot in the top 10 of the class rankings. The biggest gets for Ohio State have come from key defensive recruits like No. 8 cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech), No. 9 outside linebacker Dante Booker Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and No. 16 defensive end Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor).
No. 5 Missouri
The Tigers remain the lone SEC team not to crack the class rankings, but as they’ve done on the field, they’ve rebounded from a down effort last year. Mizzou has been able to shift its focus from the Midlands, and has found more success in Florida and Georgia with the 2014 class. The Tigers already have nine commits from Florida and Georgia recruits and could land even more after beating both the Dawgs and Gators head-to-head on the field.