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January 28, 2011

Team rankings stock report

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Alabama overtook the top spot in the team recruiting rankings from Texas last week, but can the Crimson Tide sustain their lead through Signing Day? Teams like Florida State, LSU, Georgia, and Auburn are making a charge for the top.

Team Rankings Top 25
1. Alabama
Stock:
Total commits: 21
Alabama's class is led by a pair of five-star prospects, one on each side of the ball, in safety Hasean Clinton-Dix and all-purpose back Demetrius Hart. Nick Saban has shown in his time in Tuscaloosa that the Crimson Tide will close strong and they are aiming to do that one again in 2011. The top target likely to announce for Alabama between now and Signing Day is offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
Top remaining targets: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, DE Jadeveon Clowney, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Nickolas Brassell
2. Texas
Stock:
Total commits: 22
As has become routine, Mack Brown and Texas have this class nearly completed with less than two weeks remaining before Signing Day. The crown jewel of the class is five-star running back Malcolm Brown. Texas did not retain the commitment of offensive tackle Christian Westerman as he made the switch to the National Champion Auburn Tigers on Friday. With not much space left and the teams immediately on their heels looking to add more, it will be tough for the Longhorns to retain the No. 2 spot in the rankings.
Top remaining targets: DE Brandon Alexander, DE Jermauria Rasco
3. Florida State
Stock:
Total commits: 24
Jimbo Fisher and company did a very good job stocking up their class during the early portion of the process, specifically when they brought in five-star running back James Wilder Jr. and five-star safety Karlos Williams. Down the stretch they have a legitimate shot to land a few more major targets, led by five-star linebacker Tony Steward.
Top remaining targets: LB Tony Steward, DE Jermauria Rasco, DT Timmy Jernigan, DE Jadeveon Clowney, DE Tre Jackson
4. LSU
Stock:
Total commits: 22
LSU has a trio of five-stars topping its class, all of whom are in-state prospects - offensive tackle La'El Collins, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, and wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The remaining focus of the class will be on the defensive side of the ball, specifically the front seven, and coach Les Miles is looking to land a few of the nation's best in those spots. This past week the Tigers added defensive tackle Mickey Johnson.
Top remaining targets: DT Timmy Jernigan, DE Jermauria Rasco, LB C.J. Johnson, OT Antonio Richardson
5. USC
Stock:
Total commits: 25
Lane Kiffin and company haven't allowed NCAA sanctions to put a cramp in their recruiting. The Trojans are once again assembling a top class which is currently led by wide receiver George Farmer and athlete De'Anthony Thomas. The Trojans have cast a wide net in hopes of adding a few more pieces to their class down the stretch.
Top remaining targets: ATH Marqise Lee, WR Junior Pomee, CB Ryan Henderson, OG Cyrus Hobbi, OT Troy Niklas
6. Auburn
Stock:
Total commits: 22
The National Champions are likely to have a furious closing where they steal many headlines like they did during the 2010 season. In recent weeks, Gene Chizik and company already landed five-star linebacker Kris Frost and stole away Brent Calloway from Alabama. They were able to pull Christian Westerman away from Texas and down the stretch they will look to snag Texas Tech commitment Marcus Roberson, as well as others. This week, they snagged three more commitments moving them from No. 8 to No. 6. The commitments came from tight end Brandon Fulse, linebacker Tre Mason, and linebacker Devaunte Sigler.
Top remaining targets: CB Marcus Roberson, DT Gabe Wright, S Erique Florence, OT Antonio Richardson
7. Georgia
Stock:
Total commits: 23
The Bulldogs have talked throughout the process of landing a 'Dream Team', largely consisting of Peach State products. So far, they have kept talent such as defensive back Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome, Damian Swann and Sterling Bailey home, That haul was strengthened on Friday with the addition of five-star defensive end Ray Drew. Now Mark Richt will turn their focus on landing five-star running back Isaiah Crowell. Georgia saw a lot of movement in the last week, going from No. 10 to No. 7 in the team rankings.
Top remaining targets: LB Kent Turene, RB Isaiah Crowell, DE Johnathan Jenkins
8. Oregon
Stock:
Total commits: 23
Oregon's class is strong at the top, led by five-star athlete Colt Lyerla. The Ducks also did a good job of going into California to snag wide receiver Devon Blackmon and defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. With Chip Kelly's squad looking to return to the national title game, they are looking to add even more depth and talent over final week.
Top remaining targets: LB Lamar Dawson, DT Delvon Simmons, ATH Marqise Lee, DT Christian Heyward, DE Branden Jackson
9. Notre Dame
Stock:
Total commits: 23
Brian Kelly's class at Notre Dame got a shot in the arm recently when the Irish were able to swing two former commitments back their way - defensive end Aaron Lynch from Florida State and defensive end Stephon Tuitt from Georgia Tech. The class is led by their haul on the defensive front, which in addition to Lynch and Tuitt also includes five-star Ishaq Williams. With their class nearly complete, they will look to add one or two more pieces before Signing Day most likely.
Top remaining targets: RB Savon Huggins, OT Troy Niklas
10. Clemson
Stock:
Total commits: 24
Clemson is looking to reload its roster in 2011 and they have done that with their recruiting class, especially at certain offensive positions. At wide receiver the class is led by Sammy Watkins. An equally electric player to Watkins is running back Mike Bellamy, a fellow five-star. Down the stretch, Dabo Swinney and company are hoping to add some five-star firepower on defense as well with Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward leading that charge.
Top remaining targets: DE Jadeveon Clowney, LB Stephone Anthony, DT Phillip Dukes, LB Tony Steward, LB Brandon Ellerbe, TE Jerell Adams
11. Ohio State
Stock:
Total commits: 21
The Buckeyes 2011 signing class will be led by a trio of high ranking four-star prospects - quarterback Braxton Miller, defensive tackle Michael Bennett, and defensive back Doran Grant. It could be capped off by the addition of one of the nation's elite prospects, linebacker Curtis Grant. The five-star inside linebacker is very high on Florida and Ohio State, with North Carolina and Virginia also in the picture. The Buckeyes look good to land offensive line Aundrey Walker and are trying to get Florida commitment, wide receiver Ja'Juan Story to make the switch.
Top remaining targets: LB Curtis Grant, ATH Darius Jennings, OG Aundrey Walker, QB Cardale Jones, WR Ja'Juan Story
12. Oklahoma
Stock:
Total commits: 16
Bob Stoops once again dipped into Texas and landed a few of the nation's best prospects, specifically wide receiver Trey Metoyer and running back Brandon Williams, both of whom have been awarded five-star status. The Sooners were recently dealt a blow when Brandon Carter switched his commitment to TCU. At this time, it seems the 2011 class may be completed for the powerhouse based in Norman.
Top remaining targets: None
13. California
Stock:
Total commits: 19
The Golden Bears have loaded up on in-state talent to put together a solid list of commitments. Amongst their best prospect are defensive tackles Mustafa Jalil and Viliami Moala, defensive end Todd Barr, and running back Brendon Bigelow. Out of state, Jeff Tedfordsnagged the likes of defensive end Brennan Scarlett from Oregon, defensive back Avery Walls from Virginia, and offensive lineman Matt Williams from North Dakota. An addition or two is possible, but not more than that.
Top remaining targets: CB Kameron Jackson
14. North Carolina
Stock:
Total commits: 22
The Tar Heels have loaded up on a class of 22 prospects, with a focus in-state and out-of-state. The in-state haul was led by quarterback Marquise Williams, wide receiver T.J. Thorpe, defensive tackle Devonte Brown, and linebacker Travis Hughes. Butch Davis also went to Virginia to land offensive lineman Landon Turner and Indiana for offensive lineman Kiaro Holts. The Tar Heels hope to bring in a few more players before the dust settles as well.
Top remaining targets: RB Savon Huggins, CB Samuel Smiley, LB Stephone Anthony, LB Curtis Grant, DT Phillip Dukes, DE Max Issaka, LB Keeon Virgile, DE Jadeveon Clowney
15. Ole Miss
Stock:
Total commits: 28
Houston Nutt has successfully kept four of the top in-state prospects home, landing wide receivers Donte Moncrief and Tobias Singleton, as well as offensive lineman Aaron Morris and athlete Cody Prewitt. This week that trend continued with the addition of five-star linebacker C.J. Johnson. Johnson was joined by defensive back Floyd Raven and defensive tackle Uriah Grant in committing to the Rebels. Those three commitments helped move Ole Miss from No. 22 to No. 15 in the rankings. They are not likely done either.
Top remaining targets: LB Cedrick Cooper, DT Donald Pennington, WR Nickolas Brassell, WR Josh Pinkston, ATH Joe Price, DT Walton Taumoepeau
16. Texas Tech
Stock:
Total commits: 24
The Red Raiders got huge news earlier this week when four-star defensive back Marcus Roberson committed. Now, they just have to stave off the efforts of Auburn and others to change his mind. Roberson is joined at the top of the class by tight end Jace Amaro. Roberson isn't the only commitment they must work to retain, four-star running back Kenny Williams and other commitments are also looking at options down the stretch. Also, look for Tommy Tuberville and company to try to add some more on defense especially after losing defensive tackle James Castleman to Oklahoma State this week.
Top remaining targets: LB Kent Turene, LB Shaun Ward, DE Branden Jackson, DT Delvon Simmons, DE Desimon Green, DE Bryant Dubose
17. Nebraska
Stock:
Total commits: 16
Offensive lineman Tyler Moore and running back Aaron Green headline the Cornhuskers haul in 2011. The Huskers best chance of landing another highly ranked player is likely defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr.. In addition to Peat, they are in the thick of things with numerous other targets who can help strengthen the overall haul brought in by Bo Pelini and staff.
Top remaining targets: DT Todd Peat Jr., DE Joseph Carter, LB Keeon Virgile, K Mauro Bondi, DE Akeem Gonzales, WR Robert Lockhart, CB Dion Bass
18. Tennessee
Stock:
Total commits: 23
Derek Dooley and his staff have added four major additions since the start of November, all four prospects are considered four-star talent - offensive lineman Marcus Jackson, defensive tackle Maurice Couch, wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett, and athlete Izauea Lanier. As far as current commitments, the Vols are in a fight to retain the services of linebacker A.J. Johnson, who the Florida Gators are pursuing heavily. The Vols will look to add even more pieces down the stretch with a lot of open prospects still on their radar.
Top remaining targets: LB Lamar Dawson, DE Leon Mackey, LB Curt Maggitt, DT Gabe Wright, S Byron Moore, OL Cameron Clear, OT Antonio Richardson
19. Florida
Stock:
Total commits: 15
After undergoing a drastic change to their coaching staff since the conclusion of the 2010 season, the Gators have done a fair job of retaining their commitment list. The class is led by the top quarterback in the nation, Jeff Driskel, and a versatile offensive athlete in running back Mike Blakely. Over the final two weeks, Will Muschamp will look to work a little magic and close strong with his first class in Gainesville.
Top remaining targets: DT Timmy Jernigan, CB Marcus Roberson, DE Johnathan Jenkins, DE Tevin Westbrook, OT Jacob Fisher, WR Junior Pomee, LB A.J. Johnson, LB Stephone Anthony, LB Curtis Grant, DT Elkino Watson
20. Washington
Stock:
Total commits: 26
Steve Sarkisian is becoming a royal pain to USC, UCLA, Cal and others in California, while also doing a good job at keeping in-state talent at home. A recent switch of defensive end Stephan Nembot from Washington State and commitment from WR Marvin Hall were big gets. This week they moved up five spots in the rankings due to the additions of four-star running back Bishop Sankey, as well as the three-star foursome of offensive lineman Paulay Asiata, defensive backs Marcus Peters and Kameron Jackson, as well as quarterback Derrick Brown.
Top remaining targets: OG Akeem Gonzales, QB Jacoby Brissett, RB Malcolm Creer
21. South Carolina
Stock:
Total commits: 30
Steve Spurrier is once again bringing a lot of prospects into Columbia. The class is led by two trenchmasters, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and offensive lineman Brandon Shell. With nearly a loaded class, spots will be limited down the stretch but the Gamecocks are still likely to land the No. 1 prospect in the nation, Jadeveon Clowney, and another prospect or two.
Top remaining targets: DE Jadeveon Clowney, DT Phillip Dukes, TE Jerell Adams, LB Cedrick Cooper, DT Leon Mackey
22. Arkansas
Stock:
Total commits: 28
Arkansas has already loaded up for 2011, landing 28 commitments. Despite that hefty number of commitments the staff is still welcoming numerous prospects on campus over the final two weekends and adjustments will happen in the class. The top of the group includes two in-state commitments, quarterback Brandon Allen and offensive lineman Brey Cook. They also did well in the Lone Star State luring away tight end Chris Barnett and defensive back Tevin Mitchel. This past week they added the services of wide receiver Kane Whitehurst.
Top remaining targets: ATH Desmond Roland, ATH Brandon Swindall, LB Kiero Small, TE Dillon van der Wal, TE Jerell Adams, TE Andrew Peterson, RB Tarek Odom
23. Stanford
Stock:
Total commits: 18
Jim Harbaugh's departure from Palo Alto led to a couple bits of bad news for Stanford on the recruiting front, as USC raided The Farm and stole outside linebacker Anthony Sarao and all-purpose back Amir Carlisle. Despite those losses, the Cardinals still have a Top 25 class behind the strength of linebacker James Vaughters, safety Wayne Lyons, offensive lineman Brendon Austin, defensive end Charlie Hopkins, and wide receiver Ty Montgomery. They will look to fill the spots made void by departures over the next week.
Top remaining targets: CB Ronnie Harris, OT Troy Niklas, CB Jermaine Whitehead
24. Oklahoma State
Stock:
Total commits: 26
The addition of a pair of three-star defensive tackles - James Castleman who switched from Texas Tech and Alex Villareal who switched from Houston - helped move Oklahoma State into the Top 25 this week. Mike Gundy's class is led by a pair of four-star prospects on offense in quarterback J.W. Walsh and running back Herschel Sims. At this point, Oklahoma State's class is likely done.
Top remaining targets: DE Brandon Alexander
25. TCU
Stock:
Total commits: 25
Texas Christian surged to the Top 25 this past week with some big news. Four-star defensive tackle Chuck Hunter committed. Then three-star defensive tackle Jon Lewis switched from Texas Tech to the Horned Frogs. The switching wasn't over as three-star defensive back Brandon Carter (Oklahoma) and three-star offensive lineman Carter Wall (SMU) also made the move. As for the remainder of their class, look for the Horned Frogs to possibly add one more prospect.
Top remaining targets: DE Brandon Alexander



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