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College Football Recruiting 2013: According to ESPN 150, Who's Dominating Early?

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 17, 2012

College Football Recruiting 2013: According to ESPN 150, Who's Dominating Early?

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    With the ESPN 150 now released for the Class of 2013 recruits, I figured we'd hit you with any piece that gears toward the list from the folks in Bristol. However, this one will focus more on college programs and commitments.

    Nabbing a player is one thing, but nabbing a player who is highly ranked means a program is adding a talented prospect to the roster. For this read, I'm going to give you the programs that are already dominating the ESPN 150 list.

    Let's get started. 

12. Notre Dame

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 2

    The Irish have gotten themselves two of the top 150 players in the country, per ESPN. Both prospects, Colin McGovern and Hunter Bivin, are OL prospects who both stand at 6'6" and 290 pounds.

    Look for the Irish to try snatching up a couple more players off the ESPN 150. 


11. Florida State

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 3

    This likely will increase, as FSU has been a juggernaut on the recruiting trail. The Noles have three ESPN 150 guys already, with 6'5", 285-pound DT Maquedius Bain being their highest-ranked commit. 

10. Oklahoma

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 3

    A quiet recruiting assassin, Oklahoma has itself three prime-time prospects in the ESPN 150.

    RB's Greg Bryant and Keith Ford are two of the best in the country, and DE D.J. Ward is the one of the best pass-rushers in the Midlands region. 

9. USC

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 4

    The Trojans won't sign a big class this year due to scholarship sanctions, but they're still going after quality, as evidenced by their four commitments from the ESPN 150 so far. 

    Led by QB Max Browne and DL Kenny Bigelow, USC has two of the top 15 players in the nation already. More of this will be needed if the Trojans want to finish high in the class rankings this year. 


8. Auburn

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 4

    Auburn has proven to be a force on the trail under Gene Chizik. That's a fact, folks.

    This year, the Tigers have four ESPN 150 players headed to The Plains, and more are likely to follow. DE Carl Lawson is the top-ranked player in the Tigers' class, per ESPN; he is ranked No. 5 overall.


7. Texas A&M

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 5

    Remember the hot start Mike Sherman got off to last year for A&M?

    Well, I think Kevin Sumlin did a great job of holding onto the class at the finish.

    This year, Sumlin is off to a great start himself. He has five ESPN 150 commitments, led by WR/TE Derrick Griffin and QB Kohl Stewart.


6. Ohio State

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 5

    Urban Meyer is off to a great start recruiting in Columbus, with five pledges already inside the ESPN 150.

    CB Eli Woodard from New Jersey is the Buckeye's top-ranked player, as he sits at No. 12 overall on the ESPN 150 board. 


5. Georgia

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 6

    Mark Richt is getting it done yet again on the trail. The Bulldogs come into this season feeling pretty good about their chances in the SEC, and that's helped in recruiting.

    UGA has six prospects off the ESPN 150 board, with 6'3", 240-pound RB/ATH Derrick Henry as their top-ranked player. Tramel Terry, Shaq Wiggins and QB Brice Ramsey are other names to watch out for. 


4. Alabama

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 6

    You knew The Tide would be high up on this list since Alabama has become an elite standard program on the recruiting trail. Nick Saban already has six ESPN 150 prospects, and the total will increase as we move forward.

    Obviously, the headliner is 5-star LB Reuben Foster. 


3. Texas

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 7

    Texas is another top-notch recruiting school, and it's no shock to see them on this list and at this spot. Mack Brown holds seven ESPN 150 commits, and the Longhorns are yet again on the road to another Top Five or Top 10 class.

    WR Ricky Seals-Jones is the top-ranked Longhorns pledge, with QB Tyrone Swoopes not far behind. 

2. Florida

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 7

    Will Muschamp is showing that he and his staff can follow up on what Urban Meyer and his staff did on the trail in Gainesville. The alpha Gator has seven ESPN 150 prospects, and his class as a whole is fantastic thus far.

    DT Caleb Brantley is the top-ranked Gator on the board, with RB Kelvin Taylor not far behind. 

1. Michigan

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    Number of ESPN 150 Commits: 11

    What can you say? Michigan is clearly the most dominant team on the trail right now at this point in 2013's recruiting cycle. The Wolverines have snatched 11 ESPN 150 prospects, and the total will only increase before next February.

    I'm excited about QB Shane Morris, OG Patrick Kugler, LB Mike McCray, DB Dymonte Thomas and countless other players in this class.

    They easily take the top notch right now. 

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