Top 5 sleeper recruiting classes

Groups outside the top 10 that will outperform their class ranking

Updated: May 2, 2013, 11:40 AM ET
By Reggie Rankin | ESPN RecruitingNation

We've spent much of the 2013 recruiting cycle focused on the teams at the top of the class rankings, in particular Kentucky's historic haul of talent. But a top-ranked class doesn't necessarily translate to NCAA tournament success -- just ask UCLA and UK, which finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the 2012 class rankings.

Likewise, landing a class ranked outside the top 10 doesn't mean your team's hopes are doomed. Finding the right fit, meshing players and developing talent all play a role in how recruiting classes grow and excel at the college level. With that in mind, we've identified five sleeper recruiting classes -- defined here as any class ranked outside the top 10 in our 2013 class rankings -- most likely to outperform their ranking.

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1. Marquette (No. 11 class)


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Reggie Rankin

College Basketball Recruiting