With eight of the 12 programs in the conference landing a recruiting class inside the national top 30, the SEC tops the conference rankings. The Florida Gators are in a familiar spot at the top of that conference.
Rivals.com recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer and Justin Young break down and rank the recruiting efforts of each conference for the early signing period.
The SEC tops the conference rankings list, thanks in large part to eight of the 12 programs in the conference landing a recruiting class inside the national top 30. The Florida Gators lead the conference charge with the No. 5 overall class in the nation. Kentucky went to Chicago to land DeAndre Liggins, a top-25 prospect. LSU landed big man J'Mison Morgan late in the game, and Alabama will lean on motor man JaMychal Green inside Arkansas made a strong push in the signing period, adding four-star guard Rotnei Clarke and junior college prospect Daniel Payne.
Get ready for more star power in the Pac-10. USC landed the nation's second best player in Demar DeRozan, while UCLA inked Jrue Holiday - the nation's No. 3 prospect. Not to be outdone, Arizona landed L.A. native Brandon Jennings, another sure-fire McDonald's All-American. Oregon coach Ernie Kent kept his Chicago pipeline flowing. The Ducks inked three players from the Windy City in this class. Keep an eye on Tony Bennett's recruiting class at Washington State. No incoming freshman is nationally ranked, but the class is similar to those on the current WSU roster. The players will quickly warm up to Bennett's "us against the world" mentality.
The ACC has done something that no other conference has done in the early singing period. Each of the teams in the conference has landed a player ranked in the Rivals150. Wake Forest comes in with the top spot in the 2008 team rankings. Three five-star big men are heading to Winston-Salem, N.C. North Carolina landed a pair of five-star big men in Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis. Florida State continues to recruit well, and the Seminoles' class is headlined by Alabama big man Xavier Gibson. Virginia went to New York and secured Sylven Landesberg, one of the top prospects in the Big Apple. Florida State was the big winner on National Signing Day when top 35 prospect Chris Singleton inked with the Seminoles.
Louisville and Georgetown lead the pack in the Big East, and those two teams signed the three highest-ranked prospects in the league. Georgetown gets Greg Monroe - the No. 1 prospect in the country while Louisville landed Samardo Samuels (No. 7) and Terrence Jennings (No. 15) UConn will welcome four-star prospect Kemba Walker, who is the top point guard coming into the conference. Versatile small forward Mookie Jones (No. 40) is the jewel of the Syracuse recruiting class. Cincinnati's two-man class of Cashmere Wright (No. 75) and Yancy Gates (No. 82) just missed a top-30 national ranking. Rutgers landed four-star prospect Mike Rosario, the best incoming perimeter scorer in the Big East.
The rich get richer in the Big Ten, as Ohio State's lands its third consecutive top-10 national class. Elite post man B.J. Mullens and five-star shooting guard William Buford are the headliners for the Buckeyes. Indiana has another scoring machine, Devin Ebanks, ready to replace Eric Gordon if Gordon heads to the NBA as a one-and-done player. Delvon Roe headlines Michigan State's nationally ranked class. Wisconsin lands another solid recruiting class, with four-star post player Jared Berggren as the prize recruit... First-year Minnesota coach Tubby Smith landed two post players ranked in the Rivals150 in Ralph Sampson III and Colton Iverson. Guard Devoe Joseph, a top 100 prospect, inked on the last day of the signing period.
The Big 12 is having a down recruiting year, but a familiar name sits at the top of the conference recruiting rankings. Kansas is the only Big 12 team to make the national top-20 list. The Jayhawks are bringing in Mario Little, one of the top junior college prospects in the country. The KU class also features a trio of four-star prospects Oklahoma was the biggest winner in the early signing period when 5-star guard Willie Warren inked with the Sooners Texas A&M, which just missed out on the national top 30, has the second best recruiting class in the Big 12. Four-star prospects Dashan Harris and David Loubeau are set to play for the Aggies. Missouri and Colorado don't have any highly ranked prospects, but their classes are loaded with solid three-star prospects. Anthony Jones gives Baylor the only four-star prospect in the Big 12 not headed to Kansas or Texas A&M.
The mid-major schools are getting it done on the recruiting front, too. Three teams cracked the top 30 in our national team rankings. Nevada (No. 23), Southern Illinois (No. 25) and Xavier (No. 27) headline the mid-major classes. Remember these names, they are the next mid-major stars: Angel Garcia (Memphis), Luke Babbitt (Nevada), Anthony Booker (Southern Illinois) and Kenny Frease (Xavier). The Atlantic 10 placed seven teams into the top 20 mid-major rankings. The West Coast Conference isn't all about Gonzaga anymore. The conference saw Pepperdine and Saint Mary's make major upgrades.