Top 25 Signing Day Wrap Up

Fitts pushes UCLA into Top 5

Here is a look at the Top 25 recruiting classes as National Signing Day for the Class of 2013 came to a close.

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As players feel the pressure to commit earlier and earlier in the recruiting process, we can expect to see more years like we did this year with the introduction of recruits beginning with "formerly committed to...".

We expected a day of change in the Top 25 and we weren't disappointed as Ohio State closed out the day with the Nation's No. 1 Class while Michigan and Alabama have a legit claim to the No. 1 spot.

Here's a look at the Top 25 Classes as Signing Day came to a close.

Previous ranking in parenthesis is from start of National Signing Day.

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 4.25
Headliner: No. 2 MLB Mike Mitchell
Urban Meyer and Ohio State took the Big Ten by storm in just a few short months last year before finishing with the No. 3 class in the country. The Buckeyes haven't let up and could bring in an even more impressive haul this year. It's a terrific year for running backs and Ezekiel Elliot (6-foot/200) of St. Louis, Mo., is ranked ninth but would push for No. 1 in most years. Linebacker Mike Mitchell (6-4/225) of Plano, Texas is a name who will have scouts salivating at the NFL Combine in a few years. He possesses a size/speed skill set that translates well to the next level. Percy Harvin did as much damage running the ball as he did catching it for Urban Meyer at Florida, and Jalin Marshall (6-1/190) of Middletown, Ohio, has the ability to play the Harvin role almost as good as Harvin. (1/31) Ohio State gets 4-Star wide receiver Corey Smith, moving the Buckeyes up and putting Michigan squarely in their sights. (2/4) Ohio State inched a little closer to the No. 1 Class in the nation with a commitment from the nation's No. 10 running back Dontre Wilson (5'10/180) of Desoto, Texas. (2/6) Ohio State took over the No. 1 spot in the rankings on Signing Day with a signature from 5-Star safety Von Bell (6'0/190) of Rossville, Ga., and for good measure to get some separation from the No. 2 team, Ohio State quickly added 4-Star receiver James Clark (5'11/170) of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 4.15
Headliner: No. 1 RB Derrick Green
Michigan had the No. 1 class for much of the year for the Class of 2012 but lacked the staying power to hold on to the top spot, eventually finishing an impressive fourth. Fast forward to the Class of 2013 and there have been several changes at the top, but Michigan may have solidified the No. 1 spot with a commitment from Scout's No. 1 running back Derrick Green (5-foot-11/220 pounds) of Richmond, Va., on Jan. 26. Green was Michigan's 19th player rated four stars or better including quarterback Shane Morris (6-3/205) of Warren, Mich., and safety Dymonte Thomas (6'1/180) of Alliance, Ohio. The one hole in Michigan's class may be at receiver, but overall the Wolverines have a strong case for the nation's No. 1 class.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 4.25
Headliner: No. 1 TE No. 1 LB Reuben Foster
Alabama doesn't so much recruit any more as they select. Winning three of the last four BCS Championships has its benefits, and reloading with talented players willing to wait their turn for championship hardware is one of them. Normally this time of year we talk about Alabama's defensive stars, but this year, the intriguing players are mostly on offense. The Crimson Tide isn't getting away from smash-mouth football any time soon, not with running backs Derrick Henry (6-3/240) of Yulee, Fla., Altee Tenpenny (6-foot/205) of North Little Rock, Ark., and Tyren Jones (5-9/200) of Marietta, Ga., all slated to play for Alabama. Henry is particularly interesting as the nation's all-time leading high school rusher in the body of a defensive end. Quarterback Cooper Bateman (6-3/205) of Salt Lake City, Utah, is a solid passer with 4.5+ speed, which could give the Tide an option they haven't had in recent years. Tight end O.J. Howard (6-5/230) of Prattville, Ala., is as good a pass-catching tight end as I've scouted in years. (2/5) Alabama began its annual assault on the No. 1 ranking with a commitment from the nation's No. 1 linebacker Reuben Foster (6'1/240) of Auburn, Ala. (watch here). (2/6) Alabama began its Signing Day surge with the aptly named defensive lineman Dee Liner (6'4/295) of Muscle Shoals, Ala. and finished with the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (6'4/305). With more Top 100 players than any other team in the country (14) Alabama has a legit claim to the best recruiting class in the nation.
Avg. Star Rating Top 20 Commits - 4.10
Headliner: No. 1 OLB Jaylon Smith
Notre Dame may have had a tough go of it at the BCS Championship Game, but sometimes the obvious gets ignored, they were one of only two teams playing for the championship. The Fighting Irish have recruited well the last several years, including the final years under former coach Charlie Weis, but now the talent is being put in position to win. Recruits are noticing. Linebacker Jaylon Smith (6-3/225) of Fort Wayne, Ind., is a home-state product that happens to be ranked the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country. Smith is a difference maker on defense who can drop into coverage or attack the quarterback. Notre Dame has a host of receivers coming in, but running back Greg Bryant (5-10/210) of Delray Beach, Fla., is special on offense. (2/6) The Irish added 5-Star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (6'3/300) of Auburn, Calif. late on Signing Day, from a rankings perspective it wasn't enough to hold off Alabama. From a player perspective, Vanderdoes was a huge pick up.

#5 (5) UCLA Bruins

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 4.00
Headliner: No. 4 CB Priest Willis 
Urban Meyer and Ohio State got the national attention last year for putting together a terrific class in just a few short months, but Jim Mora and UCLA did the same out west, finishing 12th after being left for dead earlier in the season. Like Ohio State, UCLA has picked right up where it left off, taking advantage of a winning season and scholarship limits imposed on USC. The pass-happy Pac-12 may have to think twice when facing UCLA, which has commitments from four defensive backs rated four-stars or better including five-star cornerback Priest Willis (6-2/190) of Tempe, Ariz., and versatile safety tandem Tahaan Goodman (6-2/190) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Tyler Foreman (6-2/205) of Encino, Calif. It may not be flashy, but it's certainly necessary -- the Bruins have commitments from a whopping five four-star offensive linemen including Poasi Moala (6-5/265) of Moreno Valley, Calif. (2/5) UCLA got a Signing Day Eve present with a commitment from former USC commit Kylie Fitts (6'4/260), a 4-Star defensive end from Redlands, Calif. (2/6) A Signature from 4-Star linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea helped give UCLA its best class in years. 

#6 (6) LSU Tigers

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.95
Headliner: No. 5 DT Greg Gilmore
Going from Nick Saban to Les Miles, LSU has been the most consistent recruiting team in the nation over the last decade, and over the last decade no BCS program has a better winning percentage than the LSU Tigers. 2013 is no different as the Tigers look to lock in another top 10 class. The bulk of the talent LSU is bringing in is on the defensive side of the ball. Greg Gilmore (6-5/290) of Hope Mills, N.C., is a five-star defensive tackle looking to continue LSU's run of talented interior linemen. Defensive end Frank Herron (6-5/270) of Memphis, Tenn., is a versatile lineman who can easily be compared to the giant ends of the recent past, including Marcus Spears and Marquis Hill. It's not all defense for LSU though as the Tigers are bringing in a pair of four-star quarterbacks in Hayden Rettig (6-4/205) of Los Angeles and Anthony Jennings (6'2/202) of Marietta, Ga. LSU added former Auburn commit 4-Star defensive end Tashawn Bower (6'5/235) of Somerville, N.J. as a Signing Day surprise.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.90
Headliner: No. 1 WR Ricky Seals-Jones
Yes Texas A&M has 33 commitments and counting, but it's not the quantity of players that have the Aggies in such a lofty position, it's the quality. Texas A&M has 17 players rated four stars or better, and the receiver class is the envy of most teams in the country. The Aggies are bringing in a great receiving class headlined by the nation's No. 1 receiver in Ricky Seals-Jones (6'5/220) of Sealy, Texas. With Johnny Manziel coming off a Heisman Trophy season and having three seasons of eligibility left, it's no surprise that receivers are flocking to College Station, but the Aggies also have commitments from two four-star quarterbacks in Kenny Hill (6'0/205) of Southlake, Texas, and Kohl Stewart (6'2/190) of Houston. (2/6) Derrick Griffin was committed to the Aggies but will likely be headed to a junior college next year, but he was replaced on the commitment list with 4-Star defensive end Daeshon Hall (6'6/220) of Lancaster, Texas.
Avg. Star Rating for 20 Commits - 3.85
Headliner: No. 1 CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Florida's pass defense was pretty strong in 2012, and it shouldn't slow down with the addition of No. 1 cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (5-11/181) of Tampa, Fla. Hargreaves is as good in pass defense as any prospect in a long time. His coverage skills should free up hard-hitting safety Marcell Harris (6-2/200) of Orlando, Fla., to do what he does best -- hit opponents hard. The running game shouldn't miss a beat for the Gators either with the addition of one of the most prolific high school running backs in history in Kelvin Taylor (5-10/205) of Belle Glade, Fla. Ahmad Fulwood (6'4/200) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Demarcus Robinson (6'2/195) of Fort Valley, Ga., are two big receiving targets who should help to open up running lanes. (2/6) Florida closed the gap on the Top 5 when 4-Star defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick (6'4/270) of Port Saint Lucie, Fla. inked with the Gators.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.70
Headliner: No. 7 QB Brice Ramsey
Georgia was 10 yards from a spot in the BCS Championship Game, and the Bulldogs aren't going away any time soon. Georgia is bringing in a big class with several junior college transfers (four), so the Bulldogs are looking to make a run in 2013 with senior quarterback Aaron Murray. Wide receiver Jonathon Rumph (6-4/200) of Holmes Community College can be counted on right away. The Bulldogs are looking to re-stack the defense with a whopping 18 players committed on the defensive side of the ball, including junior college safeties Shaquille Fluker (6-1/205) of East Mississippi and Kennar Johnson (6-2/185) of Gulf Coast. Quarterback Brice Ramsey (6-3/200) of Kingsland, Ga., won't be counted on next year, but he is a terrific passer who could be in line for the starting job in 2014. (2/6) Georgia got a signature from 4-Star defensive end Davin Bellamy (6'5/225) of Chamblee, Ga. to finish a huge class of 32 signees.
Mississippi

#10 (12) Ole Miss Rebels

Avg. Star Rating for 19 Commits - 3.80
Headliner: No. 1 Overall Robert Nkemdiche
Who is the surprise team of the year? That's a common question in this business and never has the answer been as easy as it is this year: Ole Miss. The Rebels are knocking on the door of the top 10 with commitments from national stars such as five-star receiver Laquon Treadwell (6-3/190) of Crete, Ill., tight end Christian Morgan (6-4/255) of Plano, Texas, and arguably the nation's No. 1 junior college prospect in defensive lineman Lavon Hooks (6-4/295) of Northeast Mississippi Community College. Ole Miss as is typical has signed its share of stars from within the state borders, including four-star quarterback Ryan Buchanan (6-4/210) of Jackson and four-star running back Kalio Moore (5-11/185) of Rosedale.  (2/4) Ole Miss lost a pair of commitments in running back Peyton Barber (5'11/225) of Alpharetta, Ga. and junior college defensive end Jarran Reed, but added 4-Star running back Jordan Wilkins (6'1/210) of Cordova, Tenn. (2/6) Ole Miss finally added long time commit Robert Nkemdiche (6'4/260) of Loganville, Ga. the defensive end who is the nation's No. 1 overall prospect as well as the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in Laremy Tunsil (6'6/295) of Lake City, Fla.
Nebraska
Avg. Star Rating for Top Commits - 3.45
Headliner: No. 17 RB Terrell Newby
Nebraska's move to the Big Ten generated the question "what will be Nebraska's recruiting strategy?". I didn't have an answer at the time, and last year it appeared Nebraska didn't either as the Cornhuskers finished 50th in the nation on Signing Day. Now it looks like Nebraska has settled in and figured it out. Rather than focus on a specific region, the Huskers have fanned out across the country and gotten commitments from 12 states and two countries (Canada). Two of Nebraska's highest-profile recruits come from California in quarterback Johnny Stanton (6-2/225) of Rancho Santa Margarita and Terrell Newby (5-10/180) of West Hills. Stanton is a power running option spread quarterback with a good arm, and Newby is a speed back who attacks the line of scrimmage like a much bigger back. Newby can provide the lightning to Katy, Texas, Adam Taylor's (6-foot/210) thunder. (2/4) Nebraska added commitments from defensive end Dimarya Mixon (6'4/265) of Mequite, Texas and junior college transfer offensive lineman Chongo Kondolo (6'4/300).
Clemson

#12 (19) Clemson Tigers

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.50
Headliner: No. 6 OLB Jayron Kearse
It seems like ancient history, but it was only roughly 12 months ago that Clemson's defense gave up 70 points to West Virginia. Not surprisingly the Clemson commitment list is stacked with 12 defensive players of its 18 commitments including 4-Star linebackers Jayron Kearse (6'4/205) of Fort Myers, Fla., Ben Boulware (6'1/226) of Anderson, S.C., and Dorian O'Daniel (6'2/205) of Olney, Md. Even one of Clemson's top targets on offense, 4-Star running back Wayne Gallman (6'1/200) of Loganville, Ga. is a spectacular linebacker as well. (2/6) Clemson continued to address its needs on defense with a signature from the nation's No. 7 cornerback Mackensie Alexander (5'11/185) of Immokalee, Fla. A late signature from 4-Star offensive guard Tyrone Crowder (6'3/340) gave Clemson a quiet surge into the upper half of the Top 25.

#13 (21) Auburn Tigers

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.50
Headliner: No. 7 DE Carl Lawson
Few teams have experienced the up and down yo-yo on and off the field like Auburn. The Tigers' recruiting class was top 10 early in the season, fell out of the top 25 after the football season, and is currently headed back in the right direction as we approach Signing Day. Adding weapons at quarterback in athlete Nick Marshall (6-3/200) of Garden City Community College and prep star Jeremy Johnson (6-6/210) of Montgomery, Ala., should help provide the rudders to steer the Tigers back in the right direction. Auburn is also looking for immediate help on the defensive line with junior college transfer Ben Bradley (6-3/315) of Hutchinson and a pair of highly recruited ends in Carl Lawson (6-2/255) of Alpharetta, Ga., and Tashawn Bower (6-5/235) of Somerville, N.J. (2/4) Auburn got big running back Peyton Barber to join teammate Lawson. (2/6) Auburn got big news with signatures from former Ole Miss commitment Elijah Daniels, a 4-Star defensive end from Avon, Ind. and the big catch in 5-Star defensive tackle Montravius Adams (6'3/300) of Vienna, Ga. Auburn kept up its good work with a signature from 4-Star running back Jonathan Ford (5'11/200) of New Hope, Ala.
Washington
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.40
Headliner: No. 10 QB Troy Williams
Washington is putting together another strong class after three straight top 25 classes under head coach Steve Sarkisian. As is typical for teams on the West Coast, the bulk of the Huskies' star power comes from California. Of Washington's nine commitments rated four stars or better, eight of them hail from the Golden State, including quarterback Troy Williams (6-3/200) of Harbor City and big receiver Demorea Stringfellow (6-3/215) of Moreno Valley. Receiver John Ross (5-11/175) of Long Beach, Calif., may be the most under-appreciated four-star receiver on the West Coast. Generating little buzz among fans who had their focus on other prospects, Ross seemingly went under the radar. Ross will change that on the big stage of college football. He is a dynamic playmaker on offense and as a return man. (2/6) The Huskies lost 4-Star offensive lineman Cameron Hunt (6'4/290) to Oregon but gained a signature from linebacker Keishawn Bierria (6'1/210) a teammate of Williams.

#15 (13) Oklahoma Sooners

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.45
Headliner: No. 5 RB Keith Ford
Oklahoma isn't accustomed to being in the teens on Signing Day, but the Sooners are bringing in one of the most talented running backs in the country in Keith Ford (5-11/195) of Cypress, Texas. After having such success going west to get oversized safety Tony Jefferson in 2010, the Sooners are trying their luck again with Hatari Byrd (6-2/210) of Fresno. Byrd is built like an outside linebacker but runs like a defensive back. The Sooners are looking to get bigger on the defensive line and have commitments from three defensive tackles, including junior college product Quincy Russell (6-4/310) of Trinity Valley who should push for immediate playing time. (1/31) Oklahoma continues to make a run at the big men with a commitment from defensive lineman Matthew Romar (6'2/255) of Port Arthur, Texas. (2/6) Oklahoma got a signature from Byrd's teammate 4-Star cornerback L.J. Moore (6'1/175) to keep Oklahoma in the Top 15.
Florida State
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.55
Headliner: No. 2 CB Jalen Ramsey 
Jimbo Fisher helped make Florida State a player on the national recruiting stage again after year of the Seminoles being THE player on the national stage. Fisher flipped former Alabama commitment Demarcus Walker (6'4/250) of Jacksonville, Fla. to Tallahassee a few weeks ago. On Signing Day eve, the Seminoles got maybe an even more impressive switch when the nation's No. 2 cornerback Jalen Ramsey (6'0/190) of Brentwood, Tenn. switched from USC to Florida State. Ramsey and Walker join a solid nucleus of players including playmaking running back Ryan Green (5'10/190) of St. Pete. (2/6) Florida State continued its ascent up the charts on Signing Day with a signature from 5-Star linebacker Matthew Thomas (6'4/210) of Miami, Fla. and 4-Star defensive tackle Keith Bryant (6'2/307) of Delray Beach. The Seminoles were outside of the Top 25 just two days before Signing Day.
 

#17 (18) Oregon Ducks

Avg. Star Rating for 19 Commits - 3.47
Headliner: No. 2 RB Thomas Tyner
Oregon's world was turned upside down recently with the departure of head coach Chip Kelly to the NFL, but the Ducks seem to be doing a good job of hanging on to a small but talented group of players. The small class (15) means there are less targets to lose to poachers, but the loss feels outsized. One player the Ducks can count on is running back Thomas Tyner (6-foot/215) of Beaverton, Ore. Tyner is a legitimate track star in the body of a big running back. Tyner had never had to run through tackles before, he could simply run by them at his high school, but he showed more than enough ability to go between the tackles when facing the tough competition of the Army All-America Bowl. Oregon's high-powered attack will need to stay high powered -- the Ducks have only three players committed on defense. (1/31) Oregon continues to fill out its class by adding commitments from athletic quarterbacks including Damion Hobbs (6'3/225) of Cedar Hill, Texas. (2/5) Oregon lost running back 4-Star Dontre Wilson to Ohio State, but don't expect much sympathy for the team bringing in Thomas Tyner. (2/6) Oregon got a much anticipated signature from former 4-Star offensive lineman, Cal commitment Cameron Hunt (6'4/290) of Corona, Calif. as well as a signature from former USC commit 4-Star defensive end Torrodney Prevot (6'4/205) of Houston, Texas. 
USC

#18 (14) USC Trojans

Avg. Star Rating for 12 Commits - 4.42
Headliner: No. 1 QB Max Browne
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That USC only has half a class (13 commitments) and still cracks the top 10 as late as the week before Signing Day is one of the most amazing developments I've ever seen. USC has more five-star players committed (six) than any team in the country. With so few scholarships to give, USC put a premium on early commitments and made each scholarship more valuable. While the early pressure cooker can cause some headaches in January with de-commitments, USC is still bringing in the nation's No. 1 quarterback -- Max Browne (6-5/215) of Sammamish, Wa. -- and the No. 1 safety -- Su'a Cravens (6-1/205) of Murrieta, Calif. Of USC's commitments, all of them are rated at least four stars, and 10 of them are ranked in the top 10 at their respective positions. That's an unprecedented level of success on the recruiting trails in the teeth of harsh NCAA sanctions. (2/5) Losing 5-Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey (6'0/190) of Brentwood, Tenn. to Florida State was a blow to a small, but talented class. The news got worse as 4-Star defensive end Torrodney Prevot (6'4/205) of Houston, Texas finally went public with his decommitment while former Trojan pledge Kylie Fitts announced for rival UCLA. (2/6) USC got some much needed good news with a signature from former Florida commitment 4-Star linebacker Quinton Powell (6'2/200) of Daytona Beach, Fla.
Vanderbilt
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.20
Headliner: No. 18 CB Ryan White
In any other year that Ole Miss isn't crashing the top 10, Vanderbilt would be considered the surprise team of the year as the Commodores are looking for their highest finish in recruiting ... ever. It wasn't too long ago that it was surprising to see Stanford in the top 25, and now the Cardinal is a perennial top 25 team on the field as well. Vanderbilt is hoping to have similar success and solidify the lines of scrimmage with four-star prospects such as offensive lineman Delando Crooks (6-4/277) of Atlanta and defensive tackle Jay Woods (6-2/275) of Jackson, Ga., is a good start. (2/6) Vanderbilt got a nice win over Stanford with the signature of receiver Jordan Cunningham (6'1/175) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and also added 4-Star linebacker Zach Cunningham (6'4/205) of Pinson Valley, Ala. for the Commodores highest finish ever on FOX Sports Next.
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.35
Headliner: No. 2 DE Chris Jones
Mississippi State and Dan Mullen have turned in three straight winning seasons in Starkville and look to turn in a second consecutive top 25 recruiting class after finishing 18th in 2012. Without a doubt the highest profile recruit in this class is defensive end Chris Jones (6-6/255) of Houston, Miss. Jones comes from a town of roughly 3,500 people and relatively speaking was late to the recruiting scene. A big senior year followed by an impressive All-American performance at Under Armour vaulted Jones to the No. 2 defensive end. On the offensive side of the ball, running back Ashton Shumpert (6-2/210) is a big, powerful back. The Bulldogs have seven wide receivers on their commitment list, but lost the most highly rated of them in Corey Smith to Ohio State the week before Signing Day. (2/6) The Bulldogs helped get over the loss of Smith by plucking 4-Star receiver Fred Ross (6'0/180) of Tyler, Texas off of Oklahoma State's commitment list.
South Carolina
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.20
Headliner: No. 7 OLB Larenz Bryant
South Carolina is another team that has become a mainstay in the top 25. The Gamecocks have been quieter on the recruiting trail this year, and that may be because there's no Jadeveon Clowney or Marcus Lattimore in state this year. In fact the Gamecocks went north to get a running back commitment from David Williams (6-1/200) of Philadelphia. South Carolina has made itself at home in Georgia though with commitments from seven players from the Peach State, including defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin (6-2/300) of Hoschton, Ga. (2/6) South Carolina jumped back into the Top 25 with a signature from linebacker Skai Moore (6'3/210) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Pittsburgh
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.15
Headliner: No. 12 S Tyler Boyd
Pittsburgh is looking to shore up a defensive secondary and has five players committed who project as safeties. Some of those players -- such as Tony Harper (6-4/200) of Toledo, Ohio -- have the frames to grow into outside linebackers. It's a safety though in Tyler Boyd (6-1/175) of Clairton, Pa., who headlines the Panther recruiting class. The cafeteria could take the biggest hit at Pittsburgh as the Panthers look to get considerably bigger along the lines of scrimmage. Pittsburgh has commitments from 13 players at tight end, offensive line, and defensive line, including four-star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson (6-6/275) of Belle Vernon, Pa.

#23 (22) Texas Longhorns

Avg. Star Rating of 15 Commits - 3.67
Headliner: No. 2 OT Kent Perkins
Texas has always recruited talent consistently, where they become inconsistent is with the size of their classes, and this year looks to be a smaller year for the Longhorns after signing 50 players in the last two. Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes (6-4/220) of Whitewright can throw it a mile and run like a deer. If he can develop consistency and harness his talent, he can be special. As is typical for a Longhorn class, every one of Texas' commitments played high school football in Texas. (2/4) The loss of the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (6'4/305) hurt Texas in the recruiting rankings, and more importantly, that's a big hole to fill on the defensive line.
Oklahoma State
Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.20
Headliner: No. 23 WR Fred Ross
Oklahoma State has quickly earned a reputation as a haven for skill players on offense and of the Cowboys' five four-star rated recruits, not surprisingly two of them are wide receivers. There is a good mix with Marcell Ateman (6-4/190) of Wylie, Texas, fitting the big role, and Ra'Shaad Samples (5-10/170) of Dallas fitting into the slot. (2/4) The Cowboys added a commitment from defensive end Vili Leveni (6'4/260) of Hurst, Texas. (2/6) the Cowboys were stung by the loss of their highest rated commitment, receiver Fred Ross (6'0/180) of Dallas, Texas to Mississippi State on the eve of Signing Day.
Baylor

#25 (NR) Baylor Bears

Avg. Star Rating for Top 20 Commits - 3.20
Headliner: No. 2 WR Robbie Rhodes
Baylor has become a popular place for big time offensive players, and the Bears add another one in the Nation's No. 2 wide receiver Robbie Rhodes (6'1/190) of Fort Worth, Texas. But Baylor also addressed a need on the defensive line with a Signing Day pledge from 4-Star defensive tackle Andrew Billings (6'1/305) of Waco, Texas. Billings joins 4-Star safety Austin Jupe (6'1/185) of San Antonio to lead the Baylor defense of the future.
Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.
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