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ESPN 300 by the numbers

By Gerry Hamilton

A look at the latest ESPN 300 for the 2014 class, by the numbers:

224: The number of prospects in the ESPN 300 who have committed.

126: The number of ESPN 300 commitments for teams in the latest AP Top 25. Texas Tech, Fresno State, UCF and Northern Illinois don't currently have an ESPN 300 pledge.

96: Days remaining until national signing day, which is Feb. 5, 2014.

92: The SEC has commitments from 92 of the 223 prospects who have committed so far, or 41.3 percent. The conference that's produced the last seven national champions signed 113 players from the 2013 ESPN 300.

86: The number of ESPN 300 prospects playing in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2 on ESPN. Included in the 86 are the top 15 prospects in the country and 28 of the top 30.

Nick Saban
Nick Saban currently has 17 members of the ESPN 300 in his corner as verbal commitments to Alabama, and the SEC as a whole has 92 of them, or 41.3 percent.
82: Number of ESPN 300 prospects who are committed to teams that finished in the top 10 of the final AP poll in 2012 (Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia, Texas A&M, Stanford, South Carolina, Florida and Florida State).

76: The number of prospects that remain uncommitted in the ESPN 300.

71: The number of commits of ESPN 300 players in the current top 10 of the BCS standings.

50: The number of teams that have at least one ESPN 300 commitment.

50-42: For the SEC fans that like to chirp when talking recruiting, the SEC West has 50 commits in the ESPN 300 to 42 for the SEC East.

41: Prospects committed to ACC schools, which is on pace to eclipse the 42 that signed with conference programs in 2013.

35: The number of states represented in the current ESPN 300. The District of Columbia is also represented.

33: The number of prospects from Texas in the ESPN 300. Eighteen are committed to in-state schools; six remain uncommitted.

31: The number of ESPN 300 pledges for the "Big Three" in the Sunshine State. Miami has 12, Florida State 10 and Florida 9. The trio signed 36 in 2013.

26: Prospects committed to Pac-12 schools after the conference signed 40 last year. Thirteen prospects remain uncommitted in the states of California, Arizona, Washington and Utah.

25.3: The percentage of prospects in the ESPN 300 yet to commit (76 total).

25: The number of commitments in the ESPN 300 for the Big 12 and Big Ten. Twenty-four prospects signed with Big 12 schools in 2013. The Big Ten signed 47.

23: The number of commitments from the teams that played in last season's BCS National Championship game. Notre Dame has 6.

18: The number of ESPN 300 prospects from Louisiana, the state that produces the most NFL prospects per capita. The 2013 ESPN 300 featured 15 prospects from the talented state.

17: Alabama Crimson Tide commitments in the ESPN 300. The back-to-back defending national champions signed 18 ESPN 300 prospects in 2013 and 14 in 2012.

13: The number of five-star prospects in the current ESPN 300, eight of whom remain uncommitted.

10: Tennessee commitments in the ESPN 300 after signing six in the last two cycles combined.

9: The number of ESPN 300 commits combined for Arizona and Arizona State. The Sun Devils have five after signing zero in 2013, and only three in the last five classes combined.

6.6: The average number of commits per SEC team in the ESPN 300.

5: The number of ESPN 300 commits for Kentucky. The Wildcats had a total of two in teh last two classes. Kentucky remains in the mix for No. 292 Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin).

4: The number of ESPN 300 commits for Baylor. The Bears had three in each of the last two classes.

3: Commitments in the ESPN 300 for Ole Miss. The Rebels signed 10 in 2013, including four of the top 25 overall, led by five-stars Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil.

2: Five-star prospects committed to the Virginia Cavaliers. No. 4 Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith), No. 10 Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) and uncommitted No. 6 Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) are the only three five-star prospects out of the state of Virginia since RecruitingNation began assigning star ratings in 2010.

1: Running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) remains the top-ranked prospect in the country. He is the second running back to be tabbed No. 1 overall, joining former Pelican State star Joe McKnight in 2007.