College Football Recruiting Week 10: Updated Class Rankings for the BCS Top 25

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 30, 2012

College Football Recruiting Week 10: Updated Class Rankings for the BCS Top 25

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    The new BCS Top 25 Poll has been out since Sunday, and of course, it's the main subject of college football discussion. The BCS is never short on controversy, and it will remain that way until the four-team playoffs begin in a few seasons.

    Looking at the Top 25 BCS teams this week, I want to add some "recruiting cheese" to this BCS burger. For this read, I am going to just very quickly give you where I rank each BCS Top 25 team's 2013 recruiting class right now.

    This should be a fun read, as it will show that sometimes getting the best recruits doesn't equal great success (Texas) and that even if you fail to sign a top 10 class year in and year out, you still can win (Kansas State).

25. Louisiana Tech

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Below Top 45

    Louisiana Tech has a 7-1 football team and has cracked the BCS rankings. Its recruiting has gone in typical fashion this year, as it likely won't land any elite prospects. Right now, Louisiana Tech has nine commits, and none are rated higher than three stars. 

24. Oklahoma State

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 30-35

    The Pokes have 16 commitments, and their 2013 recruiting efforts have been solidly rewarded. Their top prospect is WR Fred Ross, Jr., who should give Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh another talented pass-catcher. Mike Gundy also has picked up several good defensive prospects.

23. Texas

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 10

    Texas escaped an upset from Kansas on Saturday, pulling out a victory late. The Longhorns have a 6-2 football team and a top 10 incoming recruiting class. With 15 commitments, the class is led by OL Darius James, and Mack Brown's top remaining target is S Marcell Harris. 

22. Arizona

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 30-35

    Rich Rodriguez showed Tucson exactly why he was hired this past weekend, as his Wildcat squad beat USC. Rich-Rod has 26 commits so far in his first recruiting cycle in the desert, and his top prospect is ATH Samkie Grant. If Arizona can land DB Priest Willis, then this could be a top 25 class.

21. West Virginia

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 30-35

    Wow, what a dramatic reversal to a season. Just a few weeks ago, WVU was a dark horse for the BCS title game and Geno Smith was a shoe in for the Heisman. Now it's 5-2 and trying to get things right.

    Dana Holgorsen has 18 commitments, and his top incoming player is MLB Darrien Howard. The Mountaineers will likely stay close to where they are in my recruiting rankings.

20. Nebraska

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 40-45

    Big Red is 6-2, and their recruiting has a chance to rifle some up the board. The Cornhuskers have a chance to add talent like DB Priest Willis, CB Mackensie Alexander and DE Joe Mathis to their class of 13 commitments. QB Johnny Stanton is the headliner currently. 

19. Boise State

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Below Top 50

    Boise State is never among the top recruiting schools in the country, but it gets smart and versatile players to get coached up and play with a chip on their shoulder. Chris Petersen and his staff do a great job developing in their program, and this year, they have 12 players who fit their profile.

    OL Andrew Tercek and RB Aaron Baltazar are the top commitments. 

18. Texas Tech

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 40-45

    The Techsters thought they were upset-bound when they stormed out of the gate vs. Kansas State on Saturday, but Optimus Klein and the Wildcats came to their senses.

    However, Tommy Tuberville's team is still 6-2 and should make some more noise in the Big 12. Their 2013 recruiting class is average, as the Red Raiders have 19 commitments and the top player is QB Davis Webb. 

17. USC

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 1

    The Trojans' season has not gone nowhere near according to plan, and they could be the most disappointing team in the country. USC is 6-2, and its BCS bowl game hopes are just about done.

    Well, at least it still has a great 18-man recruiting class that is regarded as the best in the country this year. QB Max Browne, RB Ty Isaac, S Su'a Cravens and DT Kenny Bigelow are the headliners. 

16. Texas A&M

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 10-15

    The Aggies have had a solid season in their opening SEC campaign and are 6-2. This team really is a program on the rise, and things look to be bright for the future. Recruiting has gone well, as Kevin Sumlin has 28 commitments and his top player is WR/TE Derrick Griffin.

    If the Aggies land WR/TE Ricky Seals-Jones, then they will be entrenched in the top 10. 

15. Mississippi State

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 30-35

    Dan Mullen's class consists of 19 commitments, and the top two prospects are RB Kailo Moore and QB Cord Sandberg. Moore is a speedy back with big-play potential, while Sandberg is a dual threat field general from Florida that fits the Bulldogs' spread option offense well.

    If Mullen can score an upset and get S Antonio Conner to join his program, this could be a top 25 class.

14. Stanford

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 25-30

    This is a small class for the Cardinals, with only eight commitments. However, it has great quality and commitment value. The newest addition is 6'4", 245-pound ATH Greg Taboada, who can play TE, DE or OLB.

    The top prospect is QB Ryan Burns, and Stanford is not done for this year. If they can get WR Jordan Cunningham, OG Tyrone Crowder and CB Johnny Johnson, then this class could stick in the top 25. 

13. Clemson

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 15

    The Tigers have a 7-1 record, and their sights are set on the ACC title this year. Their recruiting has gone pretty well, with Dabo Swinney holding onto 19 commitments.

    None are bigger than DE Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's best prospect. If he stays committed and Clemson lands CB Mackensie Alexander, OG Tyrone Crowder and DT Montravius Adams, then we could be talking a definite top 10 class here. 

12. Oklahoma

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 15-20

    OU dropped a home game this weekend to Notre Dame, as the Irish defense did a solid job on the Sooners' high-powered offensive attack. On the recruiting trail, this hasn't been the most dominant recruiting cycle for OU neither.

    Bob Stoops has just 12 commitments, but RB Keith Ford is his headliner followed by QB Cody Thomas and D.J. Ward. The Sooners are still gunning for DT Justin Manning, DT Maquedius Bain and LB Mike Mitchell.

11. Oregon State

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Below top 45

    The Beavers are still in the BCS conversation with a 6-1 record, but their recruiting is not going great right now. Oregon State has just 10 commits and probably will not land any elite prospect. Don't look for the Beavers to be major players on the recruiting trail this year. 

10. Louisville

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Below Top 40

    The Cardinals have an 8-0 record and really dodged a bullet last Thursday night. Charlie Strong has done a good job with this program, but he needs to increase his nine commitments for 2013 recruiting. Strong is still after WR James Quick and OLB Matthew Thomas as his top two remaining targets.

9. Florida State

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 10-15

    The 'Noles are 8-1 this year and still have an outside chance to get into the BCS title game. They're more likely to get to the Orange Bowl perhaps, but don't count them out just yet.

    With 16 commitments, Dabo Swinney has a top-tier class and he's still in the hunt for OLB Matthew Thomas, CB Mackensie Alexander, OT Laremy Tunsil and DE Tim Williams. FSU could have a potential top 10 class with two of those players in the fold. 

8. South Carolina

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 15

    My heart dropped when I saw Marcus Lattimore get hurt this past weekend, as he's one of the most respected players in the SEC. The Gamecocks will have to march their 7-2 record onward without the talented RB.

    Recruiting has been steady for Steve Spurrier, as he's on a top 15 class pace. He has 21 commitments and this is a very good group. RB Greg Bryant and OG Tyrone Crowder are Spurrier's top remaining targets. 

7. Florida

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 5

    The Gators lost their first contest of the season on Saturday to Georgia and fall to 7-1. They have become an elite program once again under Will Muschamp, and that is thanks to great recruiting.

    Muschamp has sold 20 players on playing in the Swamp, led by CB Vernon Hargreaves. If he can land a combination of OT Laremy Tunsil, DT Montravius Adams, WR Stacy Coley and S Marcell Harris, then this could be a No. 1 class.

6. Georgia

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 10

    The Bulldogs topped Florida and are now 7-1 this year. Mark Richt has 27 commitments and undoubtedly a top 10 recruiting class. He is working on OT Laremy Tunsil, OLB Matthew Thomas, RB Greg Bryant and RB Alvin Kamara to crack the top five.

5. LSU

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 15

    LSU is preparing for another big-time tussle with Alabama this weekend, and it should be another physical SEC game. The Tigers will come into the game with a 7-1 record and will be looking for revenge from last year's BCS title game.

    On the recruiting front, LSU has 23 commitments this year, and their class is very solid. CB Jeryl Brazil is the headliner, and the Tigers are trying to convince DE Tim Williams, ATH Kendell Beckwith and DB Priest Willis to join them. 


4. Oregon

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 25-30

    Chip Kelly isn't too fond of the computers right now, but all Oregon can do is continue winning games. It rolls into the Coliseum this weekend looking to avenge USC beating it in Eugene last year. Chip Kelly has only 11 commitments for 2013 recruiting, however, and could be flirting with not landing a top 25 class.

    Oregon is looking at S Leon McQuay III, WR James Quick, RB Derrick Green and LB Mike Mitchell. 

3. Notre Dame

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 10

    The Irish are still unbeaten at 8-0 and looked pretty good vs. Oklahoma last Saturday. They have enjoyed a great recruiting cycle thus far and have 21 commitments. OLB Jaylon Smith is their top prospect, and CB Mackensie Alexander, DB Priest Willis and S/ATH Max Redfield are their top targets.

2. Kansas State

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Below Top 50

    Kansas State hasn't been impressive on the recruiting trail at all recently, but still, here it is at No. 2 in the BCS rankings. Bill Snyder has a Heisman candidate in Colin Klein, and the Wildcats could win the Big 12 and go to the BCS title game.

    Recruiting still is not going too well in Manhattan, as K-State possesses just seven pledges. 

1. Alabama

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    2013 Recruiting Class Ranking: Top 5

    'Bama is the best team in the country, and it's not too close. It has an NFL OL unit, and its defense is still perhaps the best in the country. Nick Saban is recruiting once again at an elite status this year, as his 20-commit class is ranked within the top five on my board.

    If Saban can reel in DB Vonn Bell, RB Alvin Kamara, OT Laremy Tunsil, OLB Matthew Thomas and WR Robert Foster in some sort of combination, it's not out of the question that he could have another No. 1 recruiting class.

    Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to, and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.