The Top 10
Tray Allen
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 21, 2006
Jamie Newberg, TheInsiders.com National Recruiting Analyst


Here is a little sneak preview of the Scout.com Top 10. We will unveil our team recruiting rankings in the next two weeks after we go through a rankings revision and rank each position deeper. Those changes will obviously have implications on the overall team rankings.

1) Texas (23 commitments)
It's Texas in a landslide. But that's right now in September. I doubt things will stay this way with the Longhorns No. 1 on National Signing Day. I am sure Mack Brown could care less because regardless of where they finish Texas will bring in another great haul to Austin that includes quarterback John Brantley, wide receivers John Chiles and Malcolm Williams, tight end Blaine Irby, offensive linemen Tray Allen and Michael Huey, defensive tackle Andre Jones, defensive end Russell Carter, and cornerbacks Ben Wells and Curtis Brown.

2) USC (9)
Depending on how the (scholarship) numbers shake out could determine whether the Trojans win the mythical recruiting national championship once again. Then again, the numbers may not matter if USC keeps this pace. Five of their nine commitments are from five star prospects and the other four are four star prospects. That's star power. The list includes quarterbacks Aaron Corp and Samson Szakacsy, running backs Marc Tyler and Broderick Green, offensive linemen Martin Coleman and James Wilson, defensive end Michael Reardon, linebacker Chris Galippo and safety Marshall Jones.

3) Michigan (13)
The key to the Wolverine's recruiting run this season will be how they handle their own state, as it is the deepest year I can ever remember in the state of Michigan. That said the maize and blue have 13 commitments and only four from their backyard – fullback Vince Helmuth, wide receivers Martell Webb and James Rogers, and defensive end Ryan VanBergen. Also headed to Ann Arbor up to this point is quarterback Ryan Mallett, wide receiver J.R. Hemingway, center Dave Molk and safety Jerimy Finch.

4) Florida (14)
The Gators have recruited as good and as consistent as anyone in the country. They check in at No. 4 and are only about 50% complete, as they once again have big scholarship numbers. Quarterback Cam Newton, wide receivers Joe Haden and Chris Rainey, tight end Aaron Hernandez, offensive linemen Michael and Markice Pouncey, defensive tackle Torrey Davis, and cornerback Ahmad Black are all some big time recruits headed to Gainesville.

5) Notre Dame (9)
Charlie Weis is going to finish with a very good class and this group will be led by quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Wide receiver Duval Kamara, tight end Mike Ragone, defensive end Justin Trattou, and cornerback Gary Gray are some other standouts headed to South Bend.

6) Georgia Tech (15)
Every year there is a surprise in the team recruiting rankings and this season it will be the Yellow Jackets. They may not finish in the top five but they will finish well. Georgia Tech should only bring in around 18 prospects or so, so they are just about done. Quarterbacks Josh Nesbitt and Steven Threet, running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Roddy Jones, offensive lineman Nick Claytor, defensive tackle Jacoby Monroe, linebacker Brad Jefferson and safety D.J. Donley are all headed to Atlanta.

7) Georgia (18)
The Dawgs will load up once again with players like quarterback Logan Gray, wide receiver Israel Troupe, tight end Aron White, offensive linemen Antwane Greenlee and Trinton Sturdivant, linebacker Rennie Curran and safety John Knox.

8) Virginia Tech (25)
The Hokies surpassed the Longhorns with the most commitments and Virginia Tech got most of them within a month over the summer. This group headed to Blacksburg is led by quarterback Tyrod Taylor, running back Darren Evans, offensive tackle Will Alvarez, linebacker Hunter Owens, and safety Davon Morgan.

9) UCLA (7)
The Bruins don't have many scholarships this season but the Bruins will certainly bring in some great quality like quarterback Chris Forcier, running back Raymond Carter, tight end Nate Chandler, defensive tackle Brian Price, defensive end Akeem Ayers, linebacker Steve Sloan and cornerback Courtney Viney.

10) Ole Miss (17)
The Rebels exploded out of the gate and will once again land a top 15 class. Ole Miss is led by running back Robert Elliot, linebacker Chris Strong, defensive tackle Ted Laurent, and cornerbacks Leroy Diggs and Jamison Hughes.


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