Florida takes top spot

Originally Published: January 22, 2007
By Tom Luginbill | Scouts Inc.

This will likely be one of the final revisions to the top ten before national signing day. With so much action taking place over the last two weeks, it was time to shake things up a bit, and there are some changes at the top and bottom.

Last week, I evaluated Bert Reed (Panama City, Fla./Bay), a Florida commit and one of the most unheralded, terrific prospects in this class in athlete, and No. 1 OG James Wilson (St. Augustine, Fla./Nease) defected from USC to Florida. As I looked at Florida's class as a whole, I realized just how impressive from top-to-bottom it really is. Thus, a move up the ranks to the No. 1 spot is warranted.

Obviously South Carolina and Illinois have been surprising thus far but not all that surprising when you consider who is at the helm at each school. Illinois has a fine "sleeper" athlete in Anthony Morris (Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township), who we project at wide receiver. South Carolina added yet another wide receiver in Dion LeCorn (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic) and is now starting to add depth in this class of 30 prospects.

Auburn jumped back into the top 10 with more offensive line help, a significant need, with the addition of OT Lee Ziemba (Rogers, Ark.). Expect Auburn to stay in the top 10 for good, barring any defections.

(previous top-ten rank in parenthesis)
number of ESPN 150 prospects updated Feb. 1

1. (5) Florida
ESPN 150 prospects: 12

2. (1) Notre Dame
ESPN 150 prospects: 10

3. (2) Texas
ESPN 150 prospects: 11

4. (4) South Carolina
ESPN 150 prospects: 8

5. (3) USC
ESPN 150 prospects: 8

6. (7) Tennessee
ESPN 150 prospects: 7

7. (6) LSU
ESPN 150 prospects: 6

8. (-) Auburn
ESPN 150 prospects: 5

9. (8) Georgia
ESPN 150 prospects: 7

10. (10) Illinois
ESPN 150 prospects: 4

Dropping out of top ten: Georgia Tech.

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Tom Luginbill is the national director of recruiting for Scouts Inc. Tom is a college football and recruiting studio analyst for ESPNU.