Total signed: 26
Five-stars: 3. RB T.J. Yeldon (No. 12 overall), S Landon Collins (No.
17 overall), ATH Eddie Williams (No. 24 overall)
Four-stars: 14. WR Chris Black (No. 58 overall), WR Amari Cooper (No.
45 overall), DB Travell Dixon (No. 3 JUCO), ILB Reggie Ragland (No. 43 overall), ATH Cyrus Jones (No. 79 overall), ILB Dillon Lee (No. 105 overall), CB Geno Smith (No. 88 overall), OLB Ryan Anderson (No. 98 overall), OT Brandon Greene (No. 33 overall), ILB Denzel Devall (No.
122 overall), PLB Tyler Hayes (No. 151 overall), RB Kenyan Drake (No.
185 overall), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (No. 149 overall), DT Korren Kirven (No. 206 overall)
Average stars: 3.77
Instant impact: Yeldon. The top ranked prospect in the class is a versatile running back who likely won't start right away, but will make big plays in spot duty.
Bottom line:Nick Saban and Alabama walked away with the recruiting crown due to a strong class top-to-bottom. The Crimson Tide loaded up on linebackers, signing five. They also addressed a major need of big-play wide receivers grabbing two of the best from the Sunshine State in Black and Cooper.
Total signed: 23
Five-stars: 3. WDE Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 28 overall), OT D.J. Humphries (No. 2 overall), SDE Jonathan Bullard (No. 6 overall)
Four-stars: 11. RB Matt Jones (No. 190 overall), TE Colin Thompson (No. 187 overall), OG Jessamen Dunker (No. 108 overall), DT Damien Jacobs (No. 11 JUCO), TE Kent Taylor (No. 54 overall), S Marcus Maye (No. 70 overall), DT Dante Phillips (No. 120 overall), ILB Antonio Morrison (No. 204 overall), WR Latroy Pittman (No. 218 overall), CB Brian Poole (No. 80 overall), OLB Jeremi Powell (No. 220 overall)
Average stars: 3.70
Instant impact: Bullard. The North Carolina defensive end prospect was a dominating force at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and showed the ability to make an impact from Day 1.
Bottom line: Florida ended up with a very strong class but will look to address one remaining need, a big-play wide receiver as they continue to pursue five-star prospect Stefon Diggs who remains uncommitted. All in all though, Will Muschamp did a very good job in his first full recruiting cycle.
Total signed: 25
Five-stars: 2. WDE Adolphus Washington (No. 25 overall), WDE Noah Spence (No. 9 overall)
Four-stars: 14. ATH David Perkins (No. 159 overall), OT Taylor Decker (No. 221 overall), OT Kyle Dodson (No. 178 overall), RB Bri'onte Dunn (No. 138 overall), RB Warren Ball (No. 193 overall), DT Tommy Schutt (No. 64 overall), CB Armani Reeves (No. 219 overall), OT Joey O'Connor (No. 102 overall), OLB Josh Perry (No. 146 overall), WDE Se'von Pittman (No. 95 overall), ILB Camren Williams (No. 167 overall), S De'van Bogard, S Najee Murray[/db], WR Michael Thomas (No. 4 Prep)
Average stars: 3.72
Instant impact: Spence. Spence is a quick, physical defensive end who showed that he is above many of his peers during the Under Armour All-American Game. He has Urban Meyer and company very excited in Columbus.
Bottom line: Considering Ohio State began the year with more headlines because of the NCAA than their play, it is impressive they finish it so high in the recruiting rankings. Urban Meyer and company closed very strong and assembled a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. They also remain a player for Stefon Diggs' services.
Total signed: 22
Five-stars: 2. OT Andrus Peat (No. 32 overall), OT Kyle Murphy (No. 19 overall), DE Aziz Shittu (No. 27 overall)
Four-stars: 10. OG Joshua Garnett (No. 33 overall), S Alex Carter (No.
57 overall), OLB Noor Davis (No. 77 overall), RB Barry Sanders (No.
134 overall), OG Brandon Fanaika (No. 201 overall), OT Graham Shuler (No. 207), DT Jordan Watkins (No. 208 overall), OT Nick Davidson, SDE Luke Kaumatule, WR Kodi Whitfield Three-stars: 9
Average stars: 3.73
Instant impact: Garnett. The big-bodied offensive lineman could play offensive guard or offensive tackle, but he has a better chance to make an easier transition at offensive guard. He is a tough player who does a great job of sustaining blocks and halting oncoming defenders.
Bottom line: Talking about Stanford's class begins with its remarkable offensive line haul led by the likes of Garnett as well as Andrus Peat and Kyle Murphy. No matter who takes snaps under center in the coming years, they will be well protected by the big men assembled in front.
Total signed: 15
Five-stars: 3. OT Zach Banner (No. 16 overall), OG Jordan Simmons (No.
29 overall), WR Nelson Agholor (No. 18 overall)
Four-stars: 10. SDE Leonard Williams (No. 53 overall), WR Darreus Rogers (No. 198 overall), OLB Jabari Ruffin (No. 40 overall), S Gerald Bowman (No. 1 JUCO), CB Devian Shelton (No. 211 overall), CB Kevon Seymour (No. 82 overall), OLB Scott Starr (No. 128 overall), OT Max Tuerk (No. 46 overall), TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (No. 156 overall), WDE Morgan Breslin (No. 14 JUCO)
Average stars: 4.07
Instant impact: Agholor. Despite a crowded depth chart, Agholor's ability to make a big play happen every time he touches the ball will give him a chance to play a key role early on at USC.
Bottom line: USC was limited in numbers due to NCAA sanctions, but it didn't matter as Lane Kiffin and his staff assembled an incredible crop of talent. Every signee in the Trojans' class is a quality player capable of contributing early in their career and numerous needs on both sides of the ball were addressed.
Total signed: 33
Five-stars: 2. APB Randy Johnson (No. 30 overall), CB Tracy Howard (No. 13 overall)
Four-stars: 8. S Deon Bush (No. 83 overall), OT Ereck Flowers (No. 205 overall), SDE Jelani Hamilton (No. 106 overall), ATH Angelo Jean-Louis (No. 116 overall), OLB Raphael Kirby (No. 94 overall), WR Malcolm Lewis (No. 186 overall), WDE Tyriq McCord (No. 92 overall), WR Robert Lockhart (No. 8 Prep)
Average stars: 3.36
Instant impact: Johnson. The versatile all-purpose running back can make plays in a variety of ways whether it is carrying the ball, receiving it out of the backfield or in the slot, or on special teams. He will be a sparkplug for Miami next season.
Bottom line: Miami needed to add both talent and depth and the first full class under Al Golden does just that. Golden made headlines closing with an incredible talent like Tracy Howard, another instant-impact player, but the truth is he addressed needs throughout the roster, especially with depth, in this class.
Total signed: 25
Five-stars: 1. WR Trey Metoyer (No. 1 Prep)
Four-stars: 11. WR Derrick Woods (No. 216 overall), OLB Eric Striker (No. 243 overall), RB Alex Ross (No. 144 overall), WR Durron Neal (No.
62 overall), WR Sterling Shepard (No. 131 overall), DQB Trevor Knight (No. 179 overall), OC Ty Darlington (No. 163 overall), OG John Michael McGee (No. 137 overall), TE Taylor McNamara (No. 189 overall), WR Courtney Gardner (No. 12 JUCO), OT Will Latu (No. 7 JUCO)
Average stars: 3.52
Instant impact: Metoyer. The top prep school prospect in the nation should arrive in Norman and immediately find a role on offense.
Bottom line:Bob Stoops and company had to do a lot of maneuvering down the stretch to finish up the class, but filled a lot of needs. The Sooners stacked up on receivers while also adding quality depth at a number of other positions.
Total signed: 19
Five-stars: 2. ATH Josh Harvey-Clemons (No. 31 overall), OT John Theus (No. 23 overall)
Four-stars: 6. WDE Josh Dawson, WDE Leonard Floyd (No. 177 overall), RB Todd Gurley (No. 42 overall), WDE Jordan Jenkins (No. 56 overall), APB Keith Marshall (No. 48 overall), DT Jonathan Taylor (No 72
Average stars: 3.47
Instant impact: Jenkins. While he will need to make gains in strength and bulk, Jordan Jenkins has an engine that never stops and the ability to be a disruptive force off the edge for the Bulldogs defense.
Bottom line: Georgia's class moved up when the signing of Josh Harvey-Clemons became official on Thursday, as of Wednesday evening that wasn't official. The Bulldog offense will be able to do big things in the coming years with the addition of offensive tackle John Theus and a pair of great running backs in Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.
Total signed: 19
Four-stars: 11. WR JaQuay Williams (No. 90 overall), TE Ricky Parks (No. 123 overall), RB Jovon Robinson (No. 136), WR Ricardo Louis (No.
183 overall), OT Avery Young (No. 74 overall), CB Joshua Holsey (No.
180 overall), OT Shane Callahan (No. 212 overall), OT Patrick Miller (No. 225 overall), OLB Cassanova McKinzy (No. 245 overall), OLB Javiere Mitchell, DT Tyler Nero Three-stars: 8
Average stars: 3.58
Instant impact: Williams. The talented receiver is the top-ranked prospect in the class and the most likely to make an immediate impact.
His talent will be tough to keep off the field.
Bottom line: Auburn didn't close with quite the bang they had hoped, missing out on the likes of defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and cornerback Ronald Darby, but they did land some great talent down the stretch including offensive tackle Avery Young. Gene Chizik weathered coaching changes to still assemble a near top ten class.
Total signed: 27
Five-stars: 1. DT Ellis McCarthy (No. 21 overall)
Four-stars: 8. ATH Devin Fuller (No. 37 overall), WR Jordan Payton (No. 93 overall), CB Ishmael Adams (No. 117 overall), WR Javon Williams (No. 227 overall), OT Lacy Westbrook (No. 238 overall), CB Marcus Rios, WDE Jeremy Castro, OLB Aaron Porter Three-stars: 14
Average stars: 3.22
Instant impact: McCarthy. The 6-foot-5, 311-pound defensive tackle can walk in and compete for a starting role early in his UCLA career. He isn't just a big body, as he can get off the line and make a lot happen when in pursuit.
Bottom line:Jim Mora came into UCLA and immediately turned its recruiting class around. Nearly two-thirds of the signing class was attained after his hire including a number of top-tier prospects that he was able to flip from other programs. UCLA won't immediately turn around because of one class, but it is a great start for the new coach and his staff.
Total signed: 20
Four-stars: 9. DT Carlos Watkins (No. 104 overall), WR Germone Hopper (No. 75 overall), S Travis Blanks (No. 60 overall), DQB Chad Kelly (No. 150 overall), ATH Zac Brooks (No. 202 overall), DT Kevin Dodd (No. 7 Prep), OT Isaiah Battle (No. 5 Prep), S Ronald Geohaghan, WDE Shaq Lawson Three-stars: 11
Average stars: 3.45
Instant impact: Blanks. The talented defensive back is an early enrollee at Clemson. He provides great size and versatility in the defensive secondary and after getting a spring under his belt will be able to compete for playing time in the fall.
Bottom line:Dabo Swinney and Clemson assembled another strong class coming off a solid 2011 campaign. The staff is very high on quarterback Chad Kelly being a great fit for their offense. They also added a few defensive prospects that could make an early impact in Blanks and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins.
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Total signed: 19
Five-stars: 1. RB Trey Williams (No. 15 overall)
Four-stars: 6. OC Mike Matthews (No. 132 overall), WR Thomas Johnson (No. 34 overall), DQB Matt Davis (No. 119 overall), CB DeVante Harris (No. 69 overall), ATH Edward Pope (No. 213 overall), OLB Jordan Richmond Three-stars: 12
Average stars: 3.42
Instant impact: Johnson. Dallas Skyline wide receiver Thomas Johnson is a blazing-fast wideout who does a great job of making plays after the reception.
Bottom line: Texas A&M landed some great offensive weapons in addition to Johnson, including running back Trey Williams and quarterback Matt Davis. On defense, the class was led by cornerback DeVante Harris. The Aggies also addressed a major need at defensive end by adding depth with five signees.
Total signed: 22
Four-stars: 9. WDE Danielle Hunter, OLB Kwon Alexander, WR Travin Dural, OT Derek Edinburgh, CB Dwayne Thomas (No. 168 overall), OLB Lorenzo Phillips, ATH Lamar Louis (No. 231 overall), WR Avery Johnson (No. 247 overall), OG Vadal Alexander (No. 234 overall)
Average stars: 3.36
Instant impact: Louis. The talented in-state athlete will have a chance to make his own home on the field due to his versatility. Great size-to-speed ratio makes him a weapon Les Miles won't hesitate to use.
Bottom line: LSU had a good class but it lacked a headline-grabbing superstar, which is a bit surprising coming off a National Championship appearance. Don't be fooled though, LSU isn't going to fall off with this class that has a great group of linebackers as well as a nice group of talent on the offensive line.
Total signed: 20
Four-stars: 10. CB Deion Bonner (No. 229 overall), PQB Nathan Peterman, WR Drae Bowles (No. 130 overall), WR Jason Croom (No. 246 overall), WR Alton Howard, ATH Davante Bourque (No. 196 overall), DT Daniel McCullers (No. 6 JUCO), S Ladarrell McNeil (No. 86 overall), DT Danny O'Brien (No. 161 overall), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (No. 4 JUCO)
Average stars: 3.40
Instant impact: Patterson. The junior college transfer is a huge wide receiver who will provide an instant outside target to help stretch the field. He put an immediate smile on the face of Derek Dooley and company with his signing.
Bottom line: Tennessee was forced to scramble down the stretch due to some defections, such as Dalton Santos to Texas, but they still are bringing in a talented group. They loaded up at wide receiver, led by Patterson. Another position with some top-tier talent in the class is defensive tackle where they landed Daniel McCullers from the junior college ranks as well as Danny O'Brien, a talented high school big man.
Total signed: 25
Four-stars: 8. ATH Jerell Adams (No. 3 Prep), S Jordan Diggs, S Chaz Elder, WR Jody Fuller (No. 230 overall), OG Joe Harris, RB Mike Davis (No. 63 overall), WR Shaq Roland (No. 66 overall), OT Brock Stadnik Three-stars: 15
Average stars: 3.24
Instant impact: Davis. While South Carolina has Marcus Lattimore and others returning in the offensive backfield, Davis will be able to play an immediate role at running back.
Bottom line: The class is headlined by a nice group of offensive additions such as running back Mike Davis, wide receivers Shaq Roland and Jody Fuller, as well as offensive linemen Joe Harris and Brock Stadnik.
Total signed: 25
Five-stars: 1. S Shaq Thompson (No. 4 overall)
Four-stars: 5. CB Brandon Beaver (No. 143 overall), ATH Jaydon Mickens (No. 142 overall), DQB Jeff Lindquist (No. 250 overall), WDE Pio Vatuvei (No. 145 overall), DQB Cyler Miles (No. 35 overall)
Average stars: 3.08
Instant impact: Thompson. The top player in Washington's class should be able to make an immediate impact. He is a hitman in the defensive secondary who brings a physical presence that can change an offense's approach.
Bottom line: Washington continues their positive up-swing with another good recruiting haul. Thompson and defensive end Pio Vatuvei are big gets on that side of the ball while Jeff Lindquist and Jaydon Mickens are a pair of offensive weapons that should help to put up points down the road.
Total signed: 28
Four-stars: 7. OLB Deon Clarke (No. 162 overall), APB J.C. Coleman (No. 101 overall), OLB Trey Edmunds (No. 217 overall), OLB Ken Ekanem (No. 209 overall), RB Drew Harris, ATH Joel Caleb (No. 84 overall), CB Donaldven Manning (No. 140 overall)
Average stars: 3.18
Instant impact: Coleman. He is on the small-side, at just 5-foot-7,
169 pounds but when he touches the ball he just makes people miss while making yards disappear. He will be utilized by Frank Beamer and company early on.
Bottom line: Virginia Tech's classes never end up ranked very high, but they always produce wins and results. This class should be no different. It is another solid class top-to-bottom that will help to sustain the Hokies history of success.
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Total signed: 16
Five-stars: 1. PQB Gunner Kiel (No. 20 overall)
Four-stars: 7. RB William Mahone (No. 197 overall), OT Ronnie Stanley (No. 176 overall), DT Sheldon Day (No. 244 overall), DT Jarron Jones (No. 199 overall), ATH Keivarae Russell (No. 124 overall), CB Tee Shepard (No. 76 overall), S Elijah Shumate (No. 113 overall)
Average stars: 3.50
Instant impact: Shepard. The California native is a great player at a position of need for the Irish. He is a great mix of size and athleticism at the cornerback spot and should find a role early on.
Bottom line: Notre Dame's class high-point was likely landed the services of five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel in January. Kiel, along with Ronnie Stanley and William Mahone headline the offensive haul. Shepard and Elijah Shumate are big impact players in the defensive secondary.
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Total signed: 19
Five-stars: 1. SDE Darius Hamilton (No. 11 overall)
Four-stars: 4. ILB Quanzell Lambert, WR Leonte Carroo (No. 166 overall), OT J.J. Denman, OT Chris Muller (No. 100 overall)
Average stars: 3.26
Instant impact: Defensive end Darius Hamilton is the top recruit heading to the Big East and a huge get for the Scarlet Knights. He should be able to earn a spot in the rotation early on.
Bottom line: Despite having to weather a last-minute coaching change with the departure of Greg Schiano to the NFL, Rutgers didn't see its class fall apart. In fact, the Scarlet Knights closed with a bang adding Hamilton. The group includes a nice haul on the offensive line with the likes of J.J. Denman and Chris Muller.
Total signed: 17
Four-stars: 7. LB Michael Barton, ATH Cedric Dozier (No. 152 overall), QB Zach Kline (No. 44 overall), WR Kenny Lawler (No. 222 overall), WR Darius Powe (No. 226 overall), OT Freddie Tagaloa (No. 181 overall), WR Bryce Treggs (No. 81 overall),
Average stars: 3.35
Instant impact: Treggs. The talented receiver stands out for a number of reasons, specifically his advanced route running, speed, and athletic ability. He can instantly be inserted into an offense and relied upon as a consistent target.
Bottom line: Cal's class is led by the homegrown quarterback, Zach Kline, but the biggest strength on offense is the talented wideouts being brought in for him to throw to. In addition to Treggs, Cal also landed the services of Kenny Lawler, Darius Powe, and Chris Harper. Linebacker Michael Barton is the top defensive signee.
Total signed: 17
Four-stars: 6. SDE Greg McMullen (No. 192 overall), OLB Zaire Anderson (No. 13 JUCO), ATH Alonzo Moore, CB Mohammed Seisay (No. 8 JUCO), OT Paul Thurston (No. 147 overall), WR Jordan Westerkamp Three-stars: 11
Average stars: 3.35
Instant impact: Seisay. The junior college cornerback is already on campus and preparing for the coming season. He brings great size and ability to the cornerback spot and should make a smooth transition from the junior college ranks.
Bottom line: A couple losses at the end kept the Huskers from finishing on a high note, led by offensive tackle Andrus Peat deciding on Stanford, but the class still had a lot of talent in it. Seisay and linebacker Zaire Anderson are junior college players that should be upgrades on defense.