Top 25 Capsules

Director of Scouting
Posted Feb 3, 2010

Here are the top 25 Team Recruiting Capsules, with a breakdown of each including headliners and analysis.

Avg. Star Rating of Top 20 Commits - 4.20
Headliner: #1 DE Ronald Powell - Rancho Verde, Calif.
Want to know the power for the Florida Gator recruiting machine? All five of Florida's 5-Star rated prospects announced for the Gators after Head Coach Urban Meyer went through his on-again / off-again retirement / leave of absence. Losing defensive coordinator Charlie Strong to Louisville was a blow, but new coach George Edwards is getting a huge transfusion of talent into the program with 15 defensive recruits including one of the best defensive line hauls in memory. Defensive end Ronald Powell (6-4/250) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (6-2/311) are the top players in the nation at each of his positions. Florida is also reloading in the defensive backfield with commitments from seven players slated to play either safety or corner. Athlete Matt Elam (6-1/205) headlines this group as Scout's #2 safety nationally. Elam could also be one of the nation's best running backs. One the offensive side of the ball, it's more speed for the Gators as running backs Mack Brown (5-11/195/4.38) and Travon Van (5-11/190/4.4) are dangerous open field runners that operate best in space, and wide receiver Chris Dunkley (5-11/170/4.43) is a run after the catch receiver capable of taking a short pass and turning it into a big play. Sound familiar?
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 4.10
Headliner: #6 RB Brennan Clay - San Diego, Calif.
Oklahoma and Texas battled to the end for the top spot in the Big 12. A signing day switch from 5-Star linebacker Corey Nelson (6-1/200) pushed the Sooners past the Longhorns on Signing Day. Oklahoma held the   No. 1 spot on Scout's Team Rankings for much of the season with early commitments from the likes of 5-Star quarterback Blake Bell (6-6/215) and 5-Star running back Brennan Clay (5-11/190/4.45). The top three teams on Scout's rankings have an interesting contrast of players. Florida is heavy on defensive backs. Texas is heavy on wide receivers, and both of them are light on the offensive line with only three linemen between them. Oklahoma is bringing in the #1 offensive line class in the country with five players ranked 4-Stars by Scout including powerful interior line prospects Bronson Irwin (6-5/315) and Adam Shead (6-4/320). The Sooners typically make a living in the state of Texas, but Oklahoma ventured out to the left coast to pluck three stars from the San Diego area. 5-Star wide receiver Kenny Stills (6-1/180/4.36) and hard hitting linebacker Tony Jefferson (6-0/210) join Clay to give Oklahoma three of the West Coast's top prospects and an influx of speed that could be put to use early at Oklahoma.
Avg. Star Rating of Top 20 Commits - 4.25
Headliner: #2 DE Jackson Jeffcoat - Plano, Texas
For the first time in years, the Texas Longhorns added some drama to January with a pair of late commitments from 5-Star defenders Jackson Jeffcoat (DE, 6-4/233) and Jordan Hicks (LB, 6-2/200). Texas is no stranger to the top of the recruiting rankings with four Top 10 finishes in the last five years, but the 2010 edition of the Longhorn class saw a later assault on the top spot than usual. Of Texas' six 5-Star commitments, only one (defensive end Reggie Wilson (6-3/238)) committed to the Longhorns before October 29th. By contrast, only two players of any rating committed to Texas that late in the season in the last two years combined. Jeffcoat and Wilson give Texas the most potent pair of ends in the nation, but it's the wide receiver position that is making the headlines in this class. While the Gators went heavy on defensive backs, Texas is bringing in six wide receivers including 5-Stars Mike Davis (6-1/175/4.38) and Darius White (6-4/195/4.60) as well as do-everything athlete Demarco Cobbs (6-2/205/4.50) who could see time at running back, safety, or wide receiver before his career is done at Texas. With over 400 players to choose from in the state of Texas alone, the Longhorns didn't exactly bring in a class from all over the country, but with three out of state players on the commitment list, that equals the amount Texas brought in from out of state in the last three years combined.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.95
Headliner: #1 CB Demarcus Milliner - Millbrook, Ala.
No pun intended, but the Crimson Tide continue to roll. Alabama is poised to finish with its third straight Top 5 Class on Scout, and with the results on the field to validate the recruiting pitch off of it, Alabama shows no sign of slowing down. Alabama looks to have locked up its quarterback of the future with Scout's #2 ranked, 5-Star quarterback Phillip Sims (6-2/215) of Chesapeake, Va.. Sims set the all-time passing record in Virginia and will look forward to throwing to a bevy of young receivers joining him in this class. Four receivers are a part of the Alabama class including Texas import DeAndrew White (6-0/170) who is ranked 13th in the country by Scout. Those accustomed to seeing Alabama's smothering defense won't be disappointed. Demarcus Milliner (6-1/185) has the size and hitting ability of a safety with the hip turn of a corner; fittingly, Milliner is ranked #1 by Scout at cornerback. Milliner is joined by Scout's #6 corner Johnavon Fulton (6-0/175) and 4-Star junior college transfer Dequan Menzie (6-0/180). Putting pressure on the quarterback up front is one of the more intriguing prospects in the nation in Adrian Hubbard (6-7/230) of Norcross, Ga.. Hubbard just joined the football team as a senior after spending much of his prep career on the hard court. Hubbard's natural athleticism was discovered quickly and he racked up scholarship offers by the bushel as a senior.
Avg. Star Rating for Commits (18) - 4.06
Headliner: #1 WR Robert Woods - Gardena, Calif.
How has USC transitioned from the Pete Carroll era? How about the No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4 prospects in the country regardless of position? USC pulled in Scout's No. 1 prospect in the country on Signing Day in Seantrel Henderson (6-8/338) joining receivers Robert Woods (6-2/185) and Kyle Prater (6-5/205). Throw in Scout's Xavier Grimble (6-5/245), Scout's #1 tight end, for good measure, and USC is bringing in a lot of weapons to reload and grow with true freshman quarterback Matt Barkley. February additions of  Henderson, linebacker Hayes Pullard (6-2/220) corner Nickell Robey (5-7/165) wide receiver Markeith Ambles (6-2/190) and a late night Signing Day switch of 4-Star junior college transfer Marquis Jackson from UCLA to USC have vaulted the Trojans back into the Top 5.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.70
Headliner: #2 RB Michael Dyer - Little Rock, Ark.
Doing its part to make sure Alabama doesn't run off and hide in the SEC West, Head Coach Gene Chizik and staff took an adrenaline shot to Auburn's recruiting efforts in their first full year. Auburn's infusion of talent spans across its entire team. Auburn has 13 players rated 4-Stars or better by Scout, and those 13 players are spread across 10 different positions. No player personifies the versatility of this class better than 5-Star wide receiver Trovon Reed (6-0/180) of Thibodaux, La.. Reed filled a need at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl by volunteering to play corner during the week, a position he had very limited experience. By all accounts, he was the best corner in attendance. Scout's #2 running back Michael Dyer (5-10/195/4.49) should step in and see playing time right away. Auburn's front seven on defense also features several players that could be on the field as freshmen including 4-Star defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker (6-4/295) and any one of five linebacker commits including LaDarius Owens (6-3/230) and Jake Holland (6-1/228). Of all of Auburn's recruits though, none is being counted on to have an impact as great as Scout's #1 Junior College quarterback Cameron Newton (6-6/245/4.52). Newton offers a run/pass option that could be the difference between a good season at Auburn and a great one in 2010.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.50
Headliner: #4 S Eric Reid - Geismar, La.
Speaking of being no stranger to the Top 10 in recruiting, since Scout's first full year starting with the Class of 2003, LSU has only finished outside of the Top 10 once, in 2005 when the Bayou Bengals only signed 13 players. Safety Eric Reid (6-1/202) has the size of a linebacker with the speed of a defensive back. He looks to continue LSU's most recent tradition of fast, nasty defensive back play. Spencer Ware (5-11/215), Scout's #10 running back nationally, could see immediate time next year with the departure of leading rushers Charles Scott and Keiland Williams to graduation.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.50
Headliner: #3 RB Malcolm Jones - Westlake Village, Calif.
A team that may become more and more familiar with the Top 15, UCLA stood at #5 on signing day last year, and the Bruins vaulted back into the Top 10 in 2010. No longer content to go after the players that USC isn't, all five of UCLA's top rated prospect hail from the Los Angeles area. 5-Star running back Malcolm Jones is an inside bruiser that could also be a standout linebacker. UCLA added several prizes on Signing Day including 5-Star defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-4/240), 4-Star linebacker Josh Shirley (6-2/220), 4-Star safety Dietrich Riley (6-1/205) and 4-Star cornerback Anthony Jefferson (6-2/180).
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.80
Headliner: #1 LB Mike Hull - Canonsburg, Pa.
Anyone that doesn't follow recruiting religiously that has gotten a chance to see Scout's #1 linebacker Mike Hull (6-0/220) play, typically has the same comment, "Makes sense that kid is going to Linebacker U". Hull has size, speed, instincts and the drive to succeed that make him the top linebacker in the country this year. Making life easier for Hull will be Scout's #5 defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (6-4/300). Jones can occupy a double team or take the glory himself with his quick step into the backfield. The Nittany Lions are also bringing in a pair of highly ranked quarterbacks in 5-Star run/pass threat Paul Jones (6-3/225) and conventional dropback passer Robert Bolden (6-4/205 ranked #8 nationally).
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.45
Headliner: #2 MLB Jeff Luc - Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Shortly after Al Gore invented the internet, the business of tracking recruiting sprang to life. Even in its infancy, there was one rule in recruiting, if Florida State was on a kid, everyone else had an uphill battle. For the last several years that was no longer the case as uncertainty surrounded the Seminole program. But with Jimbo Fisher firmly in charge in Tallahassee, the rest of the country should take notice, Florida State is back. Within days of Fisher's announcement, Florida State added commitments from a pair of 5-Star defenders in linebacker Jeff Luc (6-1/240) and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (5-9/170). FSU staged a Signing Day assault on the Top 10 that reminded Seminole fans of past years including 5-Star wide receiver Christian Green (6-2/185), 4-Star linebacker Christian Jones (6-4/228) and 4-Star defensive end Bj√∂rn Werner (6-4/270). 

#11 Washington Huskies

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.40
Headliner: #4 DT Sione Potoae - Lakewood, Wash.
It would stand to make sense that Washington's recruiting really took off after beating USC on September 19th, but that would be a disservice to the recruiting job that Steve Sarkisian and staff had already done to that point. Of the Huskies' eight 4-Star rated recruits, five of them were already on board the Washington bandwagon before beating the Trojans. With three 4-Star offensive linemen led by #5 guard Erik Kohler (6-5/285) as well as #4 defensive tackle Sione Potae, the Husky class may not be flashy, but more importantly, it's big and athletic in the trenches. 
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.45
Headliner: #5 QB Devin Gardner - Inkster, Mich.
With his third straight 20+ member class, Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez should have the tools to run his system that served him so well at West Virginia. While Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson started at quarterback as a true freshmen, they'll be pushed hard by a bigger, more physical Devin Gardner (6-4/205). Gardner represents a middle ground between the Forcier in a bigger package. Gardner doesn't throw like Forcier, but he's a more dangerous runner. He doesn't run like Robinson, but he's a better thrower. Looking to improve on the defensive front, Michigan is bringing in six linemen, the most highly rated is Ohio import Jibreel Black (6-2/260).
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.40
Headliner: #4 RB Lache Seastrunk - Temple, Texas
The term "recruiting to a system" gets thrown around a lot, but rarely has there been a running back more ideally suited for a system than the nation's best open field runner Lache Seastrunk (5-10/183/4.4). Seastrunk is lethal in the open field, and gives the Ducks another weapon in its spread offense. Fellow 5-Star, defensive end Curtis White (6-4/240) is an edge rusher that is lethal in any system. Oregon leaped in the rankings on Signing Day with commitments from 4-Star defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli and 4-Star safety Erick Dargan.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.40
Headliner: DL Wayne Dorsey - 5-Star JC.
Ole Miss made a Signing Day run into the Top 25 that was as strong as any in the country. While it might not be the mad dash that it was last year that saw the Rebels sign a whopping 37 players, Ole Miss is back on the rise on Signing Day with the headliner being 4-Star wide receiver Vincent Sanders (6-3/180).
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.40
Headliner: #6 OT Juwan James - Suwanee, Ga.
It's been a crazy ride for Tennessee fans for the Class of 2010. What could have been a disastrous season could turn out to be the group of players that pushes the Vols back to the top of the SEC. 4-Star offensive tackle Juwan James (6-6/285) has the type of skills that were a hallmark of the great Tennessee teams of the '90s. Big wide receivers Justin Hunter (6-4/185) and Matt Milton (6-6/208) are matchup nightmares for defensive backs. As if those two weren't enough to send shivers down the spins of defensive coordinators, Tennessee plucked Georgia's top commitment on Signing Day in 5-Star receiver Da' Rick Rogers (6-3/190).

#16 Pittsburgh Panthers

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.35
Headliner: #6 DE T.J. Clemmings - Paterson, N.J.
Pittsburgh has been the most consistent recruiting force in the Big East since Head Coach Dave Wandestadt arrived on the scene in 2004. With a nine win season in 2008 followed by a 10 win season in 2009 including a bowl win, Pittsburgh has continued to recruit well while the team keeps improving. The Panthers have quietly put together one of the best defensive line classes in the country with commitments from 5-Star defensive end T.J. Clemmings (6-6/260), 4-Star end Bryan Murphy (6-3/235) and 4-Star tackle Aaron Donald (6-1/280).
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.20
Headliner: #1 C Brandon Linder - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
While the top two classes in the county have only three offensive linemen between them, Miami is bringing in seven linemen in this class including Scout's #1 center Brandon Linder (6-6/290) from local powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. The Hurricanes filled a need at corner with four players including 4-Stars Kacy Rodgers (6-2/183) and Keion Payne (6-0/175), and scatback Eduardo Clements (5-11/185) could see time in the defensive backfield as well.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.25
Headliner: #7 OLB Shaun Lewis - Sugar Land, Texas
The Cowboys look to be another team getting serious about playing defense in the wide open Big 12 as the top three players on their board are defenders. Outside linebacker Shaun Lewis (6-1/210) is joined by 4-Star defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (6-3/305) and 4 Star linebacker Caleb Levy (6-3/211) as the future of the Oklahoma State defense. The Cowboys are definitely getting bigger on signing day with 10 offensive and defensive linemen.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.15
Headliner: #2 OG Christian Lombard - Palatine, Ill.
A transition year for Notre Dame sees the Irish with its lowest ranking since 2005. While former Head Coach may have had his drawbacks in other aspects of the position, the man could recruit. Enter new Head Coach Brian Kelly who has spent the last several years making a mockery of recruiting classes at Cincinnati rolling up a 34-6 record with a high water mark of a 51st ranked recruiting class in 2008. The Irish are still bringing in several big time prospects include Scout's No. 2 guard Christian Lombard (6-5/280) and No. 4 tight end Alex Welch (6-5/225). But the biggest recruit of the year was Kelly himself, and after years of solid recruiting under Weis, Kelly is going to find more talent to work with than he ever had at Cincinnati.
Avg. Star Rating for Commits (18) - 3.61
Headliner: #2 OT Andrew Norwell - Cincinnati, Ohio
While 5-Star offensive tackle Andrew Norwell (6-6/255) is the highest rated player in the Ohio State Class of 2010, it's the skill position players that should leave the biggest mark on this class. Running back Roderick Smith (6-2/215) is ranked #8 in the country at his position, and three wide receivers are coming to Columbus rated 4-Stars including Corey Brown (5-11/170/4.45),  James Louis (5-11/180/4.45), and Tyrone Williams (6-5/185/4.65).
Avg. Star Rating for Commits (17) - 3.53
Headliner: #3 OLB Alec Ogletree - Newnan, Ga.
Georgia has taken a hit late in the process with defections of 4-Star cornerback Nickell Robey (5-7/165) to USC and 5-Star wide receiver Da' Rick Rogers (6-3/190) to Tennessee, but there is still talent in this class including athlete Alec Ogletree (6-3/220, #3 OLB). A Signing Day decision from 4-Star defensive tackle Michael Thornton to Georgia helped ease the pain from the Rogers announcement.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.30
Headliner: #1 QB Jake Heaps - Issaquah, Wash.
The highest rated of the Non-BCS Schools, BYU got off to a solid start with Scout's #1 ranked quarterback Jake Heaps (6-2/205). Big 4-Star wide receiver Ross Apo (6-4/190) should be one of Heaps' favorite targets for years to come. On the defensive side of the ball 4-Star linebacker Zac Stout (6-2/220) and 4-Star defensive end Bronson Kaufusi (6-6/220) will add balance to a potent Heaps led Cougar attack for years to come.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.15
Headliner: #18 DE Corey Crawford - Columbus, Ga.
Dabo Swinney's first full class as head coach is heavy on the defensive side of the ball with 13 of 21 commitments residing on that side of the ball. It's not just raw numbers on defense though, four of Clemson's five 4-Star prospects are cornerback Deandre Hopkins (6-2/174), safety Breshaud Breeland (6-2/190), defensive end Corey Crawford (6-6/250), and defensive tackle Josh Watson (6-4/253).
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.35
Headliner: #10 DE Blake Leuders - Zionsville, Ind.
Last year's #15 finish by the Stanford Cardinal surprised many around the country. With a second consecutive Top 20 class, fans of recruiting should no longer be surprised. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh cemented the Cardinal's spot as a recruiting power by remaining at Stanford during a year that several "higher profile" jobs opened up. Stanford shored up some questions on defense with its three highest rated players coming on that side of the ball in 4-Star defensive end Blake Lueders (6-5/250), 4-Star cornerback Louis Young (6-0/180), and 4-Star linebacker Jordan Zumalt (6-4/220).
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.35
Headliner: #1 OG Jake Matthews - Missouri City, Texas
The Aggies had offense figured out in 2009, finishing fifth nationally in total offense, and they're adding a dose of blue collar to that side of the ball with this class. Of Texas A&M's five players rated 4-Star or higher, four of them are offensive linemen or tight ends. A&M lost its highest rated defensive player, 5-Star linebacker Corey Nelson (6-1/200) of Dallas, to Oklahoma on Signing Day.

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