NCF On The Trail: 101613-class-rankings

American recruiting class rankings 

October, 16, 2013
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The American is led by a pair of teams on their way out of the league. Rutgers, who will move to the Big Ten, leads the conference with a class that is headlined by four in-state ESPN 300 prospects. Louisville, who will leave for the ACC, is close behind the Scarlet Knights in both the top 40 and AAC ranks. The USF Bulls, who recently picked up three-star ATH Kendall Sawyer, are at No. 3.

1. Rutgers, 24 commits: The Scarlet Knights sit at No. 18 in the class rankings with a class that includes four ESPN 300 prospects. Rutgers is loading up at the skill positions with wide receivers No. 113 overall Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) and No. 136 Adonis Jennings (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek Regional), along with running back and No. 286 Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep). Three-star playmaker Isaiah McKenzie (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and wide Kendrick Edwards (Miami/Norland) are two out of the Sunshine State the Scarlet Knights covet.

ACC recruiting class rankings 

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The conference's three highest-rated teams in the AP are also currently the league's leaders on the recruiting trail. Florida State, which boasts the nation’s No. 2-rated class nationally, leads the pack, followed by Miami, whose class ranks in the top five in the nation as well. The Hurricanes recently strengthened their highly-rated class with a commitment from four-star WR Braxton Berrios. Clemson sits third in the rankings with a class that features top rated QB-DT Deshaun Watson and a pair of top-15 wide receiver prospects. Virginia sits at No. 5 with a smaller class that features a pair of in-state five-star defenders in Andrew Brown and Quin Blanding.

1. Florida State, 24 commits: The Seminoles have the top class in the ACC and the No. 2 class nationally. The class includes 10 ESPN300 prospects, including a trio of linebackers Kain Duab (Jackonsville, Fla./Sandalwood High), Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby High) and Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic High). The Semionles could close with a bang with up to 31 or 32 possible in the class. No. 6 Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra High), No. 13 Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen High), No. 22 Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara High), No. 28 and Florida commit Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead High) and a number of others make up the wish list.

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Big 12 recruiting class rankings 

October, 16, 2013
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Texas coach Mack Brown may be under some fire, but the Longhorns are coming off a big win in the Red River Rivalry and still lead the Big 12 class rankings. Baylor has impressed recruits with its potent offense, resulting in the Big 12’s second-ranked class. The Bears are recruiting more offensive firepower with commits like WR K.D. Cannon. West Virginia recently slipped out of the national rankings but still sit at No. 6 in the conference.

1. Texas, 24 commits: The Longhorns check in at No. 7 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with the headliners being No. 79 overall Derick Roberson (San Antonio, Texas/Williams J. Brennan High), No. 119 Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City High) and No. 138 Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer High). Texas, which currently has seven ESPN300 commits, has its sights set on No. 31 overall Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell High), No. 13 Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen High) and No. 25 Jamal Adams (Lewiville, Texas/Hebron High).

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Big Ten recruiting class rankings 

October, 16, 2013
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The Big Ten conference is led by a pair of familiar names, with Michigan and Ohio State in the top two spots. The Wolverines and Buckeyes not only sit atop their conference but also have classes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Despite dealing with ongoing NCAA sanctions, Bill O’Brien has kept Penn State competitive on the recruiting trail and it sits at No. 3 and coming off a big win. After another big recruiting weekend, the Nittany Lions could be tough to move out of the conference’s top three.

1. Michigan, 15 commits: The Wolverines are No. 6 in the RecruitingNation class rankings, which includes nine ESPN300 prospects -- among them headliner and No. 2 overall Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic High). Michigan could make a move into the top-5 by winning the race for No. 4 Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High). Defensive tackle and No. 67 Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mi./Southfield High) is another top target still in play. No. 41 overall John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic High) will visit Nov. 29, and is another top target remaining.

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Pac-12 recruiting class rankings 

October, 16, 2013
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The Pac-12 saw the most movement in the conference rankings this week. Oregon, which recently picked up a verbal from four-star WR Jalen Brown, moved into the top-40 nationally and up a spot in the conference rankings as well at No. 4. It’s a tight battle at the top of the conference with Arizona and Stanford right next to each other in the top 40. The Wildcats' class is led by four ESPN 300 prospects, and Stanford’s class features the nation’s top rated QB-PP Keller Chryst.

1. Arizona, 24 commits: The Wildcats check in at No. 23 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with a class that includes four ESPN300 commitments, including No. 120 overall Marquis Ware and No. 185 Jamardre Cobb of Salesian High in Los Angeles. Arizona will take its shot with No. 17 overall Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), and teammate Dae'Juan Funderburk (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) in December.


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SEC recruiting class rankings 

October, 16, 2013
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The top class in the SEC is also the top class in the nation. Alabama leads a conference where 13 of the 14 members have classes ranked in the top 40 nationally. Tennessee, which recently added a verbal from in-state ESPN 300 DE Derek Barnett, joins Georgia in the top five of the national rankings. Those two are second and third in the SEC. As a conference, the SEC has more than 80 ESPN 300 prospects committed to its member programs.

1. Alabama, 21 commits: The Crimson Tide sit atop the RecruitingNation class rankings with a class that features 15 ESPN 300 prospects, including most recent commitment Ronnie Clark (Calera, Ala./Calera), the No. 96 overall prospect. Alabama remains in the hunt for several five-star prospects, including No. 1 overall Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) and No. 9 Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover).


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