With 2006 nearing its end, recruiting classes are beginning to take shape. Teams are making pushes and landing big commitments, so it's time to update my class rankings.
Notre Dame moves to No. 1 because they are meeting needs at crucial positions like cornerback, defensive end, wide receiver and quarterback. All are areas of concern for the Fighting Irish heading into the 2007 season. Wide receiver Greg Little (Durham, N.C./Hillside), quarterback Jimmy Clausen (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian), defensive end Kerry Neal (Bunn, N.C.) and cornerback Gary Gray (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast) all will have a significant opportunity to contribute as freshman.