Top 25 Recruiting Rankings

As the 2010 season winds down, here is a look at Scout's Top 25 Team Recruiting Rankings as we head into the final stretch to Signing Day in February.

No. 1 Texas (commitment list)
With the rare exception, Texas has been a mainstay in the Top 10 of Scout's recruiting rankings. While the Longhorns have


Malcolm Brown

stacked talent up and down the sidelines for years, one exception has been at running back. Over the last four years, Texas has signed one running back ranked higher than 15th nationally, Chris Whaley '09 who has since been moved to H-Back. That trend changed this year as Texas has a commitment from the No. 1 running back in the nation in Malcolm Brown (6-1/220) of Cibolo. Brown is bringing some help with him in the form of six offensive linemen headlined by 5-Stars Christian Westerman (6-5/295) of Chandler, Ariz. and Garrett Greenlea (6-7/285) of Klein.

No. 2 Ohio State (commitment list)
The Buckeyes' Class of 2011 is headlined by Scout's No. 1 quarterback Braxton Miller (6-2/190) of Huber Heights. Capable of running by most defenses, Miller has let his big arm do most of the talking this year as he's struggled with an ankle injury. Farther ahead as a passer than Terrelle Pryor, Miller should make a seamless transition into the Ohio State offense during the course of his career.

No. 3 Alabama (commitment list)
Alabama has been the gold standard of recruiting in the deep south the past three years with three straight Top 5 finishes. The Crimson Tide is poised for a fourth straight Top 5 finish as they've flexed their national muscle with commitments from difference makers such as Scout's No. 1 safety HaSean Clinton-Dix (6-2/200) of Orlando, Fla. and 5-Star linebacker Trey DePriest (6-2/230) of Springfield, Ohio. Alabama looks to reload on offense with four commitments from receivers headlined by Marvin Shinn (6-4/195) of Prichard.

No. 4 Oklahoma (commitment list)
Oklahoma finished with the No. 2 class in the country last year, and the Sooners are following up with a strong 2011


Kendal Thompson

campaign. As is typical for Oklahoma, the Sooners are dipping down into Texas for some of its best players. Scout's No.1 receiver Trey Metoyer (6-2/185) and 5-Star running back Brandon Williams (6-0/190) hail from Whitehouse, Texas and Pattison, Texas respectively. Quarterback Kendal Thompson (6-2/180) of Moore, Okla. is a bit of a wildcard for the Sooners as he's a much better runner than passer; a stark contrast from the signal callers we've come to see light up scoreboards in Norman.

No. 5 Florida (commitment list)
The Gators entered a rebuilding season in 2010, and it looks like they're
planning on reloading in the very near future. Florida finished with the No. 1 class in 2010, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them make a run for the top spot again (although Texas is going to be tough to beat). Florida currently has 18 commitments headlined by Scout's No. 2 quarterback Jeff Driskel (6-4/230) of Oviedo and are high on the lists of 5-Stars around the country including receiver Sammy Watkins (6-1/180) of Fort Myers and running back Savon Huggins (6-0/200) of Jersey City, N.J.

No. 6 Stanford (commitment list)
Two years ago we wrote of Stanford as being the surprise team in recruiting as the Cardinal finished 15th in Scout's recruiting rankings, and while Stanford probably won't finish with a Top 5 class once all the schools fill out their scholarship allotment, it's no longer a surprise to see them amongst the elite teams in the nation in recruiting. Afterall, they're certainly among the elite teams on the field now with a 7-1 record and a Top 10 national ranking. Stanford's reach is national; their 22 commitments come from 14 different states including 4-Star linebackers James Vaughters (6-2/232) of Tucker, Ga. and Antony Sarao (6-1/220) of Absecon, N.J.

No. 7 Notre Dame (commitment list)
Irish Head Coach Brian Kelly may be known as a spread offense aficionado, but he knows without big men, no offense works. Notre Dame's two highest rated recruits are both offensive linemen. Conor Hanratty (6-4/290) of New Canaan, Conn. is ranked the No. 3 guard in the nation, and Matt Hagerty (6-6/281) of Aztec, N.M. is the No. 7 tackle. 

No. 8 LSU (commitment list)
The top talent in the state of Louisiana is as good as it's been since the Class of 2004 that included future stars in receiver


Jarvis Landry

Early Doucet and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. As is typical in the Pelican state, the LSU is getting the Tiger's share of the best players including 5-Star linemen La'el Collins (6-4/275) of Baton Rouge and Anthony Johnson (DT, 6-2/300) of New Orleans. It's not all about the big men though as Jarvis Landry (5-11/190) of Lutcher is arguably the most college ready receiver in the nation.

No. 9 Arkansas (commitment list)
Head Coach Bobby Petrino's high flying Arkansas Razorbacks have gotten the attention of players from outside of their typical Southeast/Texas recruiting base and gotten commitments from players such as 4-Star receivers Quinta Funderburk (6-3/200) of Chesapeake, Va., and Keante Minor (6-2/195) of East Saint Louis, Ill. as well as 4-Star safety Kelvin Fischer (6-0/180) of Gilber, Ariz. Make no mistake about it though, Arkansas continues to recruit its area well, landing the nation's No. 4 ranked offensive tackle in Brey Cook (6-7/310) of Springdale, Ark.

No. 10 North Carolina (commitment list)
The Tar Heels may not have consciously focused on rebuilding the core of an offense, but one has to surmise that North Carolina is going to see some very talented players mature together as a unit. North Carolina has a pair of 4-Star quarterbacks committed in Everett Golson (5-11/170) of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Marquise Williams (6-3/215) of Charlotte. The quarterbacks make up two of North Carolina's five highest rated commitments. The other three? Offensive linemen. Including the No. 3 offensive tackle in the country Kiaro Holts (6-5/270) of Indianapolis, Ind.

No. 11 Florida State (commitment list)
Florida State closed the Class of 2010 with a flourish that reminded many recruitniks of the Seminoles of old adding four players after Thanksgiving ranked in the Top 10 at their respective positions including Scout's No. 2 linebacker and corner in Jeff Luc and Lamarcus Joyner respectively. Florida State has continued the momentum in to the Class of 2011 with one of its biggest coups in big athlete James Wilder (6-3/215) of Tampa. Wilder is being recruited to play running back, but it's a testament to his versatility that he's ranked No. 1 as an outside linebacker. Safety Karlos Williams (6-1/205) of Davenport, Fla. is the type of big defensive back typically associated with a rival in Florida that produced the likes of Ed Reed, Kenny Phillips and Sean Taylor.

No. 12 Georgia (commitment list)
After finishing outside of the Top 20 for the first time, Georgia has come back with renewed focus on taking care of its home state. 11 of Georgia's first 16 commitments are from the Peach State, and the Bulldogs still have their eyes on big prizes such as Scout's No. 2 running back Isaiah Crowell (6-0/210) of Columbus and the No. 1 tight end Jay Rome (6-6/240) of Valdosta. Battling the Crimson Tide for both players could go a long way in determining which SEC power finishes higher in the final rankings.

No. 13 Nebraska (commitment list)
The team of the '90s didn't fare as well in the '00s as Oklahoma and Texas took center stage in the Big 12, but a resurgent season on the field in '09 has led to big


Aaron Green

recruiting dividends off the field in '10 including Scout's No. 3 running back Aaron Green (5-11/185) of San Antonio, Texas. Head Coach Bo Pelini made his name with defense, but it's on the offensive side of the ball that the Huskers are scoring the most early wins including Green and a pair of talented quarterbacks in athlete Jamal Turner (6-1/170) of Arlington, Texas and Bubba Starling (6-5/190) of Gardner, Kan.

No. 14 Oklahoma State (commitment list)
It's a deep year for running backs in the state of Texas and Oklahoma State made sure they didn't miss out and grabbed Scout's No. 7 back nationally in Herschel Sims (5-9/190) of Abilene. The Cowboys also picked up a commitment from dual-threat quarterback J.W. Walsh (6-2/200) of Denton, Texas. Walsh is a perfect fit for what the Cowboys do on offense. He can run past most defenders on the front seven, and he has a strong enough arm to keep the safeties honest. Walsh should put up big numbers for the Cowboys before his career is done.

No. 15 Clemson (commitment list)
Clemson capitalized on the huge success of C.J. Spiller by recruiting two of the top running backs in the country to try and become the next Spiller. 4-Star Marlin Lane (6-0/205) of Daytona has been committed Clemson since before his junior season, which may have been the best thing for him. Lane missed his junior season with an injury and has struggled to get back to form as a senior. There's been no such worry with Scout's No. 3 running back Mike Bellamy (5-10/190) of Punta Gorda, Fla., a 4.3 forty rocket of a back.

No. 16 Texas Tech (commitment list)
The list of running backs that Red Raider Head Coach Tommy Tuberville has sent to the NFL is long and distinguished dating back to his days at Ole Miss, and two of Texas' finest have cast their lot with Texas Tech. Kenny Williams (5-10/206) of Pflugerville and Bradley Marquez (5-11/185) of Odessa are both rated 4-Stars by Scout.

No. 17 South Carolina (commitment list)
A recent addition, but familiar team, to the Top 25 are the South Carolina Gamecocks. A November 1st commitment from 5-Star offensive tackle Brandon Shell (6-7/310) of Goose Creek, S.C. can bring a team out of the 30s quickly. South Carolina has done some of its best work following a good start to the football season. Its three highest rated commitments including Shell, 4-Star receiver Damiere Byrd (5-10/16) of Erial, N.J. and 4-Star running back Shon Carson (5-9/195) of Lake City, S.C. have all occurred after October 1st.

No. 18 Pittsburgh (commitment list)
Pittsburgh has been the most consistent recruiter in the Big East the past several seasons, and it looks like the Class of 2011 will be no different. The only Big East member ranked in Scout's Top 30, the Panthers have rolled up a balanced class that includes five 4-Star players playing five different positions including wide receiver Bill Belton (5-10/190) of Atco, N.J., defensive tackle Marquise Wright (6-3/260) of Paramus, N.J., and  safety Terrell Chestnut (5-10/180) of Pottstown, Pa.

No. 19 USC (commitment list)
For those that argue average star rank per player is the only thing that matters, remove USC's two special teams commitments and the Trojans have average a whopping 3.72 stars for its remaining 11 commitments, third only behind Texas and Ohio State. What the Trojans lack in numbers, they're making up for in talent including the most exciting player in the country Scout's No. 1 cornerback DeAnthony Thomas (5-10/175) of Los Angeles. Thomas could make an impact at literally every skill position on the field from defensive back to running back to wildcat quarterback and return man.

No. 20 Auburn (commitment list)
A testament to the talent on Auburn's commitment list is that of the teams in the Top 25 only USC (12) has less commitments than the Tigers (13). A surprising run at a


Jonathan Rose

BCS Championship and a Heisman Trophy candidate could play major dividends for Auburn heading in to the final stretch of the recruiting season, adding to a talented core of commitments including quarterback Kiehl Frazier (6-3/215) of Springdale, Ark. and cornerback Jonathan Rose (6-2/180) of Leeds.

No. 21 Mississippi State (commitment list)
Speaking of teams heading in the right direction, Head Coach Dan Mullen has his Bulldogs ranked in the Top 25 this late in the season for the first time in years, and recruits are taking notice. Maybe the biggest surprise of the recruiting season in the deep south was the commitment of Scout's No. 8 receiver Nickolas Brassell (6-1/180) of South Panola High School, an Ole Miss stronghold for years.

No. 22. Washington (commitment list)
While the rebuilding process at Washington hit a speed bump in 2010, the recruits across the country have seen enough of the Huskies to know they're headed in the right direction long term. With a limited home state recruiting base, it's paramount that the Huskies keep its top in state talent home, and so far so good as Washington has secured commitments from tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-7/245) of Gig Harbor and receiver Kasen Williams (6-3/215) of Sammamish, both rated 5-Stars by Scout.

No. 23 Ole Miss (commitment list)
Not that the Rebels have given up on trying to bring Brassell to Oxford, but should he decide to stick with Mississippi State, the receiver position should remain in good hands with Donte Moncrief (6-3/212) of Raleigh, Miss. Moncrief is rated 4-Stars by Scout and has steadily risen in the rankings through the spring and summer as he's dominated his competition.

No. 24 Michigan State (commitment list)
The Spartans scored early with a spring commitment from 5-Star linebacker Lawrence Thomas (6-4/230) of Detroit. Thomas is the nation's No. 2 ranked outside


Lawrence Thomas

linebacker and he has the size and versatility to play a multitude of roles for the Spartans including edge pass rusher or moving inside to play a big run stuffer in the middle. He has the size of a defensive end but has the type of exceptional athletic ability that has characterized Alabama's big backers the last several years.

No. 25 Tennessee (commitment list)
Head Coach Derek Dooley and his staff have done a remarkable job taking over a volatile situation in Knoxville and bringing a stabilizing force to Tennessee that has the Vols currently ranked No. 25. Quarterback Justin Worley (6-4/197) of Rock Hill, S.C. is a heady signal caller that has thrown for a couple of miles worth of yards in the Palmetto State.

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