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ACC class rankings analysis 

August, 28, 2013
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The college football season is just hours away, but several high schools already began playing games this past weekend. With the focus back on the field, recruiting is taking a back seat. That will change in a few days, though, as several ACC schools are playing in marquee Week 1 games that will catch the eye of prospects up and down the East Coast.

Trending up: The ACC is trending up with its scheduling for the opening weekend, as five schools open their season in a game with big recruiting implications. Clemson will host Georgia, and the Tigers have really made big strides in securing Peach State talent. Pitt hosts Florida State, and the Panthers’ four biggest targets all plan to attend the Labor Day game. Although it is at a neutral site, Virginia Tech can make a statement with a win over two-time defending champion Alabama. And Syracuse will play Penn State, a program the Orange routinely recruits against.

Big 12 class rankings analysis 

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Spikes by Arizona and North Carolina didn’t do much damage to Big 12 teams in the latest ESPN class rankings, but two teams did drop one spot.

Arizona skyrocketed from No. 32 to No. 23, and No. 20 North Carolina rose three spots to crack the top 20. While Texas and Baylor stayed put at the No. 7 and No. 17 spots, respectively, Oklahoma (No. 22) and Texas Tech (No. 31) each fell one spot. Oklahoma State remained at No. 29.


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SEC class rankings analysis 

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Once again 13 out of 14 SEC teams were ranked in the Recruiting Nation team recruiting rankings. Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri all picked up commitments but there weren’t many changes in this week's updated class rankings.

Trending up: Alabama strengthened its hold on the No. 1-ranked class with the addition of ESPN 300 wide receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish). Sims, the No. 6-ranked wide receiver in the country, gives the Crimson Tide 13 commitments that are ranked in the ESPN 300.

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Big Ten class rankings analysis 

August, 28, 2013
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The latest version of the ESPN class rankings is out, and there are seven Big Ten teams within the top-40 classes.

With movement happening across the board, there are trends and stories developing, so Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival give you a look at what to watch within the conference:

Trending up

Brad Bournival: Interest in Ohio State after Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer created his own Twitter account. At the urging of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, @OSUCoachMeyer was created. In 12 hours, the account has three tweets -- one an introductory tweet and the other two a bible verse. In those 12 hours, the two-time national champion picked up over 24,000 followers. Incidentally, it looks like the first person Meyer followed drives the keys to the Buckeyes’ Mercedes (@BraxtonMiller5).


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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

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The same four Pac-12 teams -- Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford and USC -- are represented in this week’s recruiting class rankings, and two of those programs made the biggest jump, as it was more of the same from the two programs in the state of Arizona. Also, as the opening weekend of college football is finally here, keep an eye on several programs hosting home openers, as visitor lists begin taking shape.

Trending up: The Arizona schools

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