NCF On The Trail: 091813 class rankings

ACC class rankings analysis 

September, 18, 2013
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With several of the conference’s programs on a bye last weekend, coaching staffs were provided the opportunity to check out recruiting targets during Friday night at high school games. It didn’t result in any 2014 or 2015 commitments, but North Carolina coach Larry Fedora got an early start to a future class with 2016 commit Antonio Williams. Here's a look at how the ACC is faring in the class rankings.

Big Ten class rankings analysis 

September, 18, 2013
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Week 4 of the regular season is here and the Big Ten is licking its wounds after a less-than-stellar Week 3 on the field.

Here’s a look at the latest class rankings and some of the trends and things to watch within the conference recruiting landscape:

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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

September, 18, 2013
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There was movement from only one program in the newly-released 2014 class recruiting rankings, and it was a big jump forward for a Pac-12 heavyweight. The Stanford Cardinal moved up four spots to No. 24 overall, just one behind Pac-12 leader Arizona at No. 23. The conference still has just three teams ranked in the top 40, with Arizona State coming in at No. 35.

Trending up: Stanford. The Cardinal added defensive tackle Nifae Lealao (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian) last Friday and were rewarded with a big move in the rankings.


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Big 12 class rankings analysis 

September, 18, 2013
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None of the Big 12’s representatives in the ESPN class rankings made a move up or down. Texas is still No. 7, Baylor is No. 17, Oklahoma is No. 22 and Oklahoma State is No. 29. But a team outside of the rankings is making a move with its first commitment in almost two months. Here’s this week’s edition of the Big 12 class ranking analysis.

Trending up: Iowa State is on the up-and-up, at least momentarily, after its commitment from three-star athlete Dedric Brinson on Monday. It was the Cyclones’ first commitment since July 25. Brinson (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) had plenty of other offers, including from Duke, Indiana, Marshall, Massachusetts, Central Florida, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. But he chose to travel out of state to play for Paul Rhodes, and, in doing so, gives ISU another playmaker. The Cyclones already have commitments from ESPN 300 wide receiver Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale), three-star running back Tommy Mister (Chicago/Saint Rita), three-star RB Martinez Syria (Houston/Nimitz), three-star WR Orion Salters (Dallas/Jesuit), three-star tight end Scott Schaffner (Peculiar, Mo./Ray-Pec) and three-star WR Jauan Wesley (Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township).

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SEC class rankings analysis 

September, 18, 2013
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For the fourth straight week, there is very little change in RecruitingNation's class rankings. Thirteen of the 14 SEC teams are ranked in the top 40, including nine of the top 16, and top-ranked Alabama is holding a big lead over any and all pursuers.

Trending up: While Missouri still remains the only SEC team not ranked in the top 40 of the team rankings, the Tigers received big news on Tuesday night as two three-star prospects wide receiver Nate Brown (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett) and athlete Thomas Wilson (Buford, Ga./Buford) made their pledge to the Tigers.


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