Commentary

Top 25 classes for the early signing period

Originally Published: November 13, 2008
By ESPN.com

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We're one day into the signing period, and many top-ranked recruiting classes are beginning to come together. Some schools are still waiting on letters of intent from prospects who have verbally committed. In most cases, verbals lead to signatures, but there are always a couple of players who change their minds.

As of today, six of the top 10 players in the ESPNU 100 have not signed, which could dramatically change these rankings. For instance, when either of our top two players -- No. 1 Xavier Henry (Memphis or Kansas) or No. 2 Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech or Georgia) -- makes his decision, it could change the rankings. Our final rankings for the early signing period will be released Wednesday.

Currently, UNC leads the way with a super class filled with talent, size and skill. Texas, Florida, Duke, Villanova, Oklahoma, Indiana, UCLA, Minnesota and Marquette round out the top 10.
-- Paul Biancardi

Preliminary class rankings for the early signing period

1. North Carolina, five ESPNU 100 commits (John Henson, Dexter Strickland, Leslie McDonald, David Wear and Travis Wear)
2. Texas, three ESPNU 100 recruits (Jordan Hamilton, Avery Bradley and Shawn Williams)
3. Florida, three ESPNU 100 recruits (Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and DeShawn Painter)
4. Duke, two ESPNU 100 recruits (Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly)
5. Villanova, three ESPNU 100 commits, (Maalik Wayns, Mouphtaou Yarou and Isaiah Armwood)
6. Oklahoma, four commits, three ESPNU 100 commits (Tommy Mason-Griffin, Andrew Fitzgerald and Steve Pledger)
7. Indiana, six commits, three ESPNU 100 commits (Christian Watford, Bawa Muniru and Maurice Creek)
8. UCLA, four commits, three ESPNU 100 commits (Tyler Honeycutt, Reeves Nelson and Brendan Lane)
9. Minnesota, four commits, two ESPNU 100 commits (Royce White and Rodney Williams)
10. Marquette, five commits, three ESPNU 100 commits (Junior Cadougan, Jeronne Maymon and Erik Williams)
11. Louisville, four commits, two ESPNU 100 commits (Peyton Siva and Rakeem Buckles)
12. Washington, four commits, two ESPNU 100 commits (Abdul Gaddy and Clarence Trent)
13. Connecticut, two ESPNU 100 commits (Alex Oriakhi and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel)
14. Pittsburgh, four commits, two ESPNU 100 commits (Dante Taylor and Lamar Patterson)
15. Oklahoma State, six commits, two ESPNU 100 commits (Karron Johnson and Roger Franklin)
16. Kansas State, four commits, one ESPNU 100 commit (Wallace Judge)
17. Memphis, three commits, one ESPNU 100 commit (Nolan Dennis)
18. Georgetown, two ESPNU 100 commits (DaShonte Riley and Hollis Thompson)
19. North Carolina State, three commits, two ESPNU 100 commits (Lorenzo Brown and Richard Howell)
20. Georgia Tech, four commits, two ESPNU 100 commits (Kammeon Holsey and Mfon Udofia)
21. Kansas, two ESPNU 100 commits (Thomas Robinson and Elijah Johnson)
22. Illinois, four recruits, two ESPNU 100 commits (D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey)
23. West Virginia, four commits, one ESPNU 100 commit (Deniz Kilicli)
24. Texas A&M, four commits, three ESPNU 100 commits (Naji Hibbert, Khris Middleton and Kourtney Roberson)
25. Clemson, three commits, one ESPNU 100 commit (Milton Jennings)