NCF On The Trail: 010814-class-rankings

SEC class rankings analysis 

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
2:00
PM ET

The all-star game circuit has come and gone, and with the final high school games for the majority of top prospects in the country comes a number of commitments. As expected, the SEC conference cleaned up, as the conference now has seven of the top 10 ranked classes nationally and all 14 programs in the Top 37 in the RecruitingNation class rankings.

ACC class rankings analysis 

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
2:00
PM ET

It was not a bad first week of 2014 for Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who capped off commitments from ESPN 300 recruits Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central), Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page) and Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) with a national title Monday. Those three are all among the Noles’ top-four commitments, which helped Florida State once again surpass Miami in the ACC class rankings.

Trending up: Coveted lineman Damian Prince (Forestville, Md,/Bishop McNamara), the top uncommitted tackle in the ESPN 300, took two official visits in November, but his recruitment will really begin to unfold in January. The 26th-ranked recruit and No. 3 tackle will likely visit South Carolina (Jan. 17), Florida (Jan. 24) and Miami (Jan. 31) before making a post-signing day decision on Feb. 14. Maryland is considered the leader, but coach Randy Edsall is not resting easy. Florida State, which he visited in November, is garnering serious consideration, and South Carolina is also a school that could come in late for Prince. Gators coach Will Muschamp is handling Prince’s recruitment for Florida, and the Gators just hired a new offensive line coach. Prince’s recruitment is sure to get volatile with wild swings in several schools’ directions before he finally comes to a decision after signing day.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Big Ten class rankings analysis 

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
2:00
PM ET

Ohio State has been on a roll on the recruiting trail in the past few weeks. The commitments the Buckeyes have landed, along with a few other happenings in the Big Ten, have impacted the class rankings.

Here is a look at the most recent trends within the Big Ten.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
2:00
PM ET

Half of the Pac-12 remains among the top 40 recruiting classes in the newly-released ESPN recruiting rankings. In order, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, USC, Stanford and UCLA represent the conference after a big week on the recruiting trail for virtually all of those programs.

Trending up: Just about the entire Pac-12 gets a mention here, as Arizona State, Oregon, USC and UCLA all moved up in the team rankings. While Arizona still sits at No. 15, the Wildcats added two very important pieces in No. 15 overall prospect Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) and ESPN offensive tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla Country Day). Arizona State moved from No. 18 to No. 17, while Oregon jumped from No. 27 to No. 25 and USC moved from No. 31 to No. 27. Stanford held at No. 28, while UCLA used several commitments to climb one spot from No. 34 to No. 33 overall. Other Pac-12 programs, including Cal, Washington and Washington State, added recent commitments as well.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Big 12 class rankings analysis 

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
2:00
PM ET

A solid weekend resulted in a bump in the ESPN class rankings for Oklahoma. The Sooners picked up two players who should help the offense in ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) and four-star offensive guard Natrell Curtis (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe). Both are U.S. Army All-Americans.

With the commitments, Oklahoma jumped from No. 21 to No. 18 in the latest rankings. Oklahoma also jumped ahead of Baylor for the No. 2 spot among Big 12 schools. Texas still leads the conference at the No. 13 spot.

Baylor fell from No. 17 to No. 19, and Oklahoma State moved up a spot from No. 24 to No. 23. Texas Tech and West Virginia remained at Nos. 38 and 39, respectively, to round out the national top 40.

Here is a more in-depth look at the Big 12 class rankings:


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

SPONSORED HEADLINES