Here we are, after months of chronicling the recruiting scene and tracking commitments, it’s time to tally up the results and find out who won this thing. The baseline measure for success in recruiting at the highest level happens to be the acquisition of ESPNU 100 prospects.
As of 3:57 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 18 of ESPNU 100 players were uncommitted. Conservatively, you can expect eight of those 18 to carry their recruitments at least past the early signing period, which ends next Wednesday. Gary Harris (Indianapolis, Ind.), Robert Carter (Shiloh, Ga./Shiloh) and Alex Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast) are expected to pop in the next few days. We can revisit this leader board once they commit, but for now, here’s where we’re at.
Most ESPNU 100 commitments: ACC (18)
The depth of this conference has always been a hallmark of the league. Duke and North Carolina traditionally do the heavy lifting but this year others more than chipped in, including top-25 newbie NC State. As nice a collection as this is, the ACC is one of three major conferences yet to sign a top-10 prospect. If you added in Syracuse and Pitt’s commitments, this number exceeds 20. Any questions about the top basketball league going forward?
Most top-10 commitments: Pac-12 (4)
They said he was a fish out of water. They questioned if an Iron City native could adjust to the laid-back West Coast style. They wondered if Lute Olson’s shoes were too big to fill. Well, they don’t wonder anymore. Arizona has three top-10 recruits and Sean Miller owns the No. 1 class in America. Ben Howland contributed a top-10 player and between UCLA and Arizona, the two schools signed six of the Pac-12’s ESPNU 100 players.
The median leagues: Big East, Big Ten
Both the Big East and Big Ten signed 15 ESPNU 100 recruits apiece. Combined they only have three top-25 prospects and a single top-10 recruit. It was in the 51-100 range where the leagues cleaned up.
Pulling up the rear: SEC, Big 12
On the surface, this makes a lot of sense. The SEC is America’s premier football league. The Big 12 was under duress all year long in terms of realignment. However, are those the real reasons why the SEC signed just six ESPNU 100 players and the Big 12 currently has 10? Probably not. The SEC needs Kentucky to be strong and while the Cats class is good, it’s not complete. Ditto for Florida, which is still looking for an elite big man. Over in Big 12 country, like Kentucky, Kansas was slow out of the gate and hasn’t chipped in with its usual handful of ESPNU 100 players. On a positive note, the Big 12 does have three top-25 signees but the SEC only has one.
C-USA (5) on the heels of the SEC
Finally, a well-earned shoutout to Conference USA. It’s not just Memphis anymore. The league welcomes five ESPNU 100 players from three different schools: Houston (2), Memphis (2) and SMU.
ESPNU 100 by conference
Big East (15)
Big Ten (15)
Big 12 (10)