Notre Dame the best of the non-BCS
Needs met across the board with upper-echelon offensive players such as QB Jimmy Clausen (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian), WR Golden Tate (Nashville, Tenn./Pope John Paul II) and WR Duval Kamara (Hoboken, N.J.). Unheralded DE Kerry Neal (Bunn, N.C.) can run like a deer. Our real concern is the lack of interior front-four depth at defensive tackle, with Ian Williams (Longwood, Fla./Lyman) being the only member of the class at that position, but every other area has been addressed. The Irish offensive class is elite, despite WR Greg Little (Durham, N.C./Hillside) switching to North Carolina. The defense landed good players, but the question is, is it enough? The two signing-day defections hurt.
The Cougars have a rich history at the quarterback position. QB Jason Munns (Kennewick, Wash./South Ridge), a nimble-footed pocket passer, could be the next in line. An offense that ranked fourth in passing also is reloading at wide receiver and tight end, with five signings from receivers and four from tight ends. BYU has never been flashy at the receiver position, but the Cougars usually are extremely productive. WRs Jordan Pendleton (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham) and Marcus Mathews (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge) fit that mold.
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SIGNING DAY 2007
When the fax machines across college football nation finally stopped humming, our analysts broke down the best of national signing day:
• Ranking the Top 25 classes