NCF On The Trail: 100213-class-rankings



The momentum train continues to roll right along in Lubbock, Texas, where first-year Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has the Red Raiders off to a 4-0 start.

Their winning ways have benefited their recruiting efforts, too, as they have the No. 31 class overall in the latest ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings and have picked up three commitments in the last two weeks.

If they are to jump any of their conference foes in the rankings, it will have to be another week since there wasn’t any movement with the Big 12 schools.

Texas continues to lead the way with the No. 7 class, followed by Baylor at No. 17, Oklahoma at No. 22, Oklahoma State at No. 29 and West Virginia at No. 40.

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ACC class rankings analysis 

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A few of the warmest seats in the ACC have cooled through the first five weeks of the season, among them Maryland’s Randy Edsall. If the Terrapins’ third-year coach didn’t at least push for a bowl bid in 2013, Maryland brass might have moved in a new direction. The Terps are 4-0 so far, though, and it is having a positive impact on recruiting. Here's where the rest of the ACC stands in the 2014 class rankings.

Trending up: The Terps are undefeated and picking up momentum on and off of the field. Maryland had a bye last weekend but still came away with a win of sorts, landing a commitment from four-star athlete Juwann Winfree (Englewood, N.J./Dwight Morrow). Maryland made a consistent push for Winfree since the summer as the Terps were not in his initial top two. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Winfree wants to play receiver, and that is where the Terrapins will put him. He is the second-highest rated prospect among the Terps’ 12 commitments.

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From Wisconsin moving up in the polls to a few schools moving down, it was a busy week in the Big Ten and the class rankings reflect that.

Here’s a look at what conference recruiting writers Brad Bournival and Tom VanHaaren saw and some trends to follow in the upcoming weeks:

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SEC class rankings analysis 

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For the fifth straight week, there is very little change in Recruiting Nation'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: There isn’t a team in the class rankings that has the ability to ascend as much as LSU in the coming months. That march towards a possible top-3 class began Monday with a commitment by No. 216 overall Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine High).

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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

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There was no movement again from Pac-12 programs in the updated team recruiting rankings, as Arizona held firm with the top spot in the conference and the No. 23 class in the country. Stanford checks in right behind the Wildcats, at No. 24 overall, while Arizona State checks in at No. 35.

Trending up: Oregon

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