College Football Recruiting Rankings 2012: The Best Class from Every Conference

John PattonContributor IJanuary 30, 2012

College Football Recruiting Rankings 2012: The Best Class from Every Conference

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    National signing day for college football is Wednesday, and there are a lot of moving parts still needing to find their places.

    However, based on who has offered non-binding verbal commitments and who has enrolled in school early, we probably can go ahead and predict which programs will win the recruiting battles in each conference.

    Here is a look at the early winners which, as always, are subject to change until everything is official.


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    Current leader: Alabama

    Total commitments so far: 27

    5-star commits: 3

    4-star commits: 12

    3-star commits: 12

    Could pass the Tide: Florida

    Why the Gators should be feared: UF already has a top-five class nationally, and coach Will Muschamp and his staff remain heavily in the mix for coveted, undeclared OT Avery Young, DT/DE Leonard Williams, WR Nelson Agholor, ATH Stephon Diggs, CB Tracy Howard and a couple of others.

Big 12

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    Current leader: Texas

    Total commitments so far: 26

    5-star commits: 2

    4-star commits: 14

    3-star commits: 9

    2-star commits: 1

    Could pass the Longhorns: Probably no one, but Oklahoma could close the gap

    Why the Sooners should be feared: OU has been a national player in recruiting, and athletes from 10 different states have announced their intentions to be Sooners. Oklahoma may not end up with a class of more than 20 or 22, but it will have quality.


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    Current leader: UCLA

    Total commitments so far: 25

    5-star commits: 1

    4-star commits: 6

    3-star commits: 14

    2-star commits: 4

    Could pass the Bruins: Oregon

    Why the Ducks should be feared: Already just a slot or two behind UCLA, Oregon added elite defensive end/offensive tackle prospect Arik Armstead on Sunday. That could domino, as one of Armstead's close friends is undecided safety Shaq Thompson. If Thompson follows Armstead and everything else stays the same, the Ducks will slip by the Bruins and win the Pac-12 recruiting battle for 2012.

Big Ten

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    Current leader: Ohio State

    Total commitments so far: 24

    5-star commits: 2

    4-star commits: 14

    3-star commits: 8

    Could pass the Buckeyes: Michigan

    Why the Wolverines should be feared: As of early Monday afternoon, ranks Ohio State third nationally and Michigan fourth. Like OSU, the Wolverines have 23 commitments and are in it for a couple of potential quality additions.


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    Current leader: Miami

    Total commitments so far: 32

    5-star commits: 1

    4-star commits: 9

    3-star commits: 22

    Could pass the Hurricanes: Clemson and/or Florida State

    Why the Tigers should be feared: As of early afternoon on Monday, Miami is ranked sixth nationally by, while Clemson sits 12th. The Tigers always seem to close strong, something that seems to have started when they ripped C.J. Spiller away from Florida six years ago.

    Why the Seminoles should be feared: Scout has FSU ranked 15th nationally, less than 48 hours before national signing day. Should the Seminoles be able to lure another big name or two (Tracy Howard? Eddie Goldman? Avery Young?), they could rise comfortably into the top five or so.

Big East

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    Current leader: Cincinnati

    Total commitments so far: 33

    5-star commits: 0

    4-star commits: 1

    3-star commits: 27

    2-star commits: 5

    Could pass the Bearcats: West Virginia

    Why the Sooners should be feared: Like Cincinnati, West Virginia is ranked between 20th and 30th in the national recruiting rankings. However, unlike the Bearcats, the Mountaineers remain in the running for a few elite prospects. Should any of them decide to sign on with Dana Holgersen, it could lift West Virginia to the top of the Big East's recruiting rankings.