Florida heads into signing day at No. 1
As national signing day and the end of a long recruiting season looms, USC has verbal commitments from eight prospects rated in the top five at their positions, and Notre Dame has seven. Texas secured enough commitments by the beginning of the summer to warrant a high ranking, and the late addition of ESPN 150 S Christian Scott (Dallas/Skyline) has solidified the Longhorns' class among the top five. At South Carolina, coach Steve Spurrier put together his best class to date, finding talented skill-position players who fit his system.
All have had tremendous success with the Class of 2007, but with two days to go -- and a couple of key prospects still uncommitted -- we have to put Florida in the No. 1 spot, having ridden its national championship victory to a handful of important late additions to its class.
Within the last month, the Gators have secured verbal commitments from ESPN 150 prospects DE Carlos Dunlap (North Charleston, S.C./Fort Dorchester), DT John Brown (Lakeland, Fla.), S Major Wright (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), OG James Wilson (St. Augustine, Fla./Nease) and DE Justin Trattou (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco). Florida heads into signing day with commitments from 12 players who rank in the ESPN 150 and 11 who rate in the top 10 at their positions.
Here's a look at how the top classes look heading into Wednesday:
Pre-signing day Top 25
5. Notre Dame
11. Georgia Tech
13. Virginia Tech
14. Texas A&M
16. Miami (Fla.)
19. Ohio State
20. Penn State
21. North Carolina
Tom Luginbill is the national director of recruiting for Scouts Inc. Tom is a college football and recruiting studio analyst for ESPNU.
ESPN TOP HEADLINES
- Hall, Sherman exchange barbs via Twitter
- Lions retain Pettigrew with 4-year contract
- Redskins sign Hatcher away from Cowboys
- Thunder fire back to rout Lakers in rematch