Recruiting Stock Up, Down or Level for Every College Football Team in AP Top 25

Alex CallosCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2013

Recruiting Stock Up, Down or Level for Every College Football Team in AP Top 25

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    Recruiting has become more of a priority for college football teams in recent years, and with national signing day on the horizon, it is time to look at which teams have stock on the rise and those whose stock is falling.

    Some of the top commits have yet to make an official decision, so a lot will come down to what happens on February 6, National Signing Day.

    For now, we can check in on how the final AP top 25 teams have fared since the season ended. Let's see which squads have stock going up and which teams are falling or standing pat as signing day approaches.

    *All rankings are according to 247sports.com

25. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Stock: Level

    Nebraska is on the brink of putting together a top-20 recruiting class, and even though Bo Pelini's squad might have dropped down a spot or two in recent weeks, there is still an excellent chance to move back up come signing day.

    There are some big names in the class, including running backs Terrell Newby and Adam Taylor. This group is deep and talented.

    A few more linemen on both sides of the ball will help solidify a solid class for Pelini and the Nebraska staff.

24. Michigan Wolverines

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    Stock: Level

    Michigan has a recruiting class that is likely to finish in the top 10 come National Signing Day.

    The Wolverines did just lose tight end Durham Smythe to Notre Dame, but that is not enough to warrant the stock going down too much.

    The class is very heavy along the offensive line and includes a 5-star commit with 17 4-star recruits. Not many teams in the country have more 4-star recruits than the Wolverines at this point.

    It could be a banner day on February 6 for head coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.

23. Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Stock: Up

    The Vanderbilt Commodores are making a huge push to up their recruiting and are currently on the brink of the Top 30 in the 247sports.com rankings.

    Head coach James Franklin has done an excellent job both on and off the field. This class will show just how much progress the program has made. 

    While the class is on the rise mostly because of 23 commitments, including 21 3-star players, there are also two 4-stars who have made a commitment to the Commodores.

22. Northern Illinois

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    Stock: Down

    Despite the success from the previous season, Northern Illinois is one of many teams who had to transition to a new coach this offseason.

    That is never a good thing as far as recruiting is concerned, and right now the class for Northern Illinois ranks No. 108 in the nation.

    New head coach Rod Carey will have his hands full trying to get this group up a few notches. With 11 commits and only two 3-star recruits, he has a long way to go.

21. San Jose State Spartans

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    Stock: Down

    San Jose State has nowhere to go but up as the class is ranked No. 126 out of the 127 on 247sports.com

    The Spartans have just nine commits and only three 3-star recruits. With the amount of success the team has had on the field, it is hard to imagine the class could be this bad.

    One of the reasons could be the fact that there is a coaching transition going on here with Ron Caragher taking over.

    That is never a good thing as far as recruits are concerned.

20. Oregon State Beavers

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    Stock: Level

    Oregon State is another team that does not have as high of a class as it would like. It is currently ranked No. 46 according to 247sports.com and has been around that number for quite some time now.

    There are 20 3-star recruits and one 4-star.

    The biggest names in the class are defensive backs Dashon Hunt and Steven Nelson. The secondary should be strong for years to come with these two.

    A few key recruits come National Signing Day could have this class moving up in the coming weeks.

19. Texas Longhorns

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    Stock: Level

    Texas has another solid class but nowhere near its past successes. There are two 5-star recruits in the mix including defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson and guard Darius James.

    There are also eight 4-star recruits. This class is currently ranked No. 10 and has the potential to move up in the rankings in the coming weeks.

    With only 15 commitments and no running backs in the fold as of now, this class could vault up come February 6.

    Head coach Mack Brown is never afraid to make a splash on signing day.

18. Boise State Broncos

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    Stock: Up

    Even though Boise State has a class that ranks No. 57 on 247sports.com, the Broncos have recently secured a commitment from wide receiver Tanner Shipley.

    This comes on the heels of losing fellow wide receiver Jack Austin to California.

    The Broncos currently have 23 commitments, 20 of those 3-star recruits.

    There is a long way to go for this class, but it seems to be heading in the right direction.

17. Northwestern Wildcats

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    Stock: Level

    After a season that finally saw a bowl victory, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald is in the midst of putting together a solid recruiting class.

    The group features 19 commitments with one 4-star and 17 3-star players.

    This class has been hovering near the 50 mark in the 247sports.com rankings and should end up right there.

    Even though it is not at the top of the Big Ten, it is not at the bottom either.

16. Utah State Aggies

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    Stock: Down

    Simply put, the Utah State recruiting class is not up to par as of now.

    Former head coach Gary Anderson left for Wisconsin, and that could be part of the reason why the class is lacking.

    Matt Wells has been promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, and he has his hands full trying to fill out the recruiting class.

    Nowhere to go but up for the Aggies who currently have 11 commits with only four 3-stars.

15. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Stock: Level

    Oklahoma is putting together another solid recruiting class, concentrating specifically on defense.

    Head coach Bob Stoops has a group on the brink of the Top 10 with six 4-star recruits and 13 3-stars.

    Since the end of the season, the Sooners have continued to stockpile some talent and have not had a drastic move up or down the rankings but remain near the Top 10.

14. LSU Tigers

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    Stock: Up

    Les Miles has done it again, putting together a potential Top 5 class for LSU. The Tigers continue to rise up the recruiting rankings and are on the brink of breaking into the Top 5.

    Recent commitments by 4-star athlete Kendell Beckwith at the Under Armour All-American Game and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain during practice leading up to the game did nothing but help the cause for the Tigers.

    While it might not be a top-five class quite yet, it has the potential to get there once National Signing Day rolls around.

13. Louisville Cardinals

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    Stock: Up

    Winning the Sugar Bowl did nothing but help the Louisville Cardinals when it comes to recruiting. They have continued to climb up the rankings and now are near the top 40.

    They were  receiving commitments and climbing up the rankings even before the Sugar Bowl.

    Quarterback Brett Nelson was a huge commit during that time. The quarterback is a JUCO who has the potential to be a top-notch backup for Teddy Bridgewater.

    The Cardinals were also recently able to secure a commitment from 3-star safety Richard Benjamin. Even though it is not a great class, it should rise even more in the coming weeks. 

12. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Stock: Down

    Kansas State is not a team that typically has top-notch recruiting classes, and the 2013 group will be no different.

    It is currently sitting just inside the top 50 but has some solid commitments, including one recently from 4-star JUCO quarterback Jake Waters. Waters has the potential to step in right away and replace the departed Collin Klein.

    Other big-time recruits include defensive end Devon Nash and linebacker Nick Ramirez.

    Head coach Bill Snyder and his staff are not done yet.

11. Clemson Tigers

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    Stock: Level

    At one point Clemson had a commitment from No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche, but that is no longer the case.

    That being said, head coach Dabo Swinney has more than made up for it and gotten this class inside the top 20.

    Recent commitments from 3-star Ebenezer Ogundeko during the Under Armour All-American Game helped immensely, and that was necessary considering the Tigers lost former commit Demarcus Robinson to the Florida Gators.

10. Florida State Seminoles

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    Stock: Up

    Jimbo Fisher can recruit with the best of them and even though his 2013 class is not as highly touted as some others, the group is still close to the Top 10.

    One reason that stock is up in recent weeks is the news that 5-star defensive end DeMarcus Walker spurned Alabama to join up with the Seminoles.

    While the Seminoles have lost a few players in recent weeks, including Tony Stevens to Texas A&M and Leon McQuay III to USC, there is still a lot to gain for Jimbo Fisher come National Signing Day. 

    Look for him to make some noise on February 6.

9. Florida Gators

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    Stock: Up

    Will Muschamp has made an impact with this 2013 recruiting class. The Gators are currently sitting at No. 2 according to 247sports.com.

    With two 5-star commits along with 12 4-stars and 11 3-stars, this class is absolutely loaded.

    While the class has been on the rise for more than a few weeks, one reason the stock is up is the sudden switch of 4-star linebacker Alex Anzalone, who decommitted from Notre Dame and committed to Florida.

    A few players have stepped away from the Gators, but overall stock is way up for this class.

8. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Stock: Level

    South Carolina is quietly putting together a top 20 class, but there is a lot more work for Steve Spurrier and his staff in the coming weeks.

    What the group is missing is that big-name recruit. There are currently no 5-stars in the mix and only four 4-stars committed.

    The commitment of 4-star running back David Williams in recent weeks was huge for the Gamecocks, and he will help soften the blow with the early loss of running back Marcus Lattimore to the NFL draft.

7. Stanford Cardinal

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    Stock: Down

    Despite the success Stanford has had on the field in recent years, the success along the recruiting circuit has not come to fruition with the 2013 group.

    The class currently ranks No. 59 according to 247sports.com, and there are not many signs that it is going to rise too much come national signing day.

    Over the past month, the Cardinal have only secured two commitments, both from 3-star recruits, including center Thomas Oser and defensive end Austin Hooper.

    Not exactly a reason to be excited for Cardinal fans.

5. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Stock: Up

    Texas A&M had an excellent season and is following that up with a top-notch recruiting class.

    Since the end of the season, head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies received a commitment from 4-star wide receiver Sebastian LaRue. LaRue is one of the top receivers in the country and one of the best players in the entire state of California.

    He will be a huge complement for quarterback Johnny Manziel.

    Fellow 4-star wide receiver JaQuay Williams joined the fold in the middle of December; he ranks as the No. 2 wide receiver in the nation.

    Sumlin also secured a pair of commits from two 4-star linebackers back in December.

5. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Stock: Up

    Georgia is currently sitting right on the brink of producing a Top 10 recruiting class, and there is still plenty of work to do for head coach Mark Richt and his staff.

    The Bulldogs already have six 4-stars enrolled at the university in quarterback Brice Ramsey, defensive tackle John Atkins, cornerback Reggie Wilkerson, defensive end Reginald Carter, linebacker Ryne Rankin and safety Tray Matthews.

    There has also been a multitude of 3-star recruits enrolled in recent weeks, making this class on the rise as much as any in college football.

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Stock: Up

    The fact that head coach Brian Kelly hung around Notre Dame is nothing but good news for the Fighting Irish and their fans as far as recruiting goes.

    Currently the class ranks No. 6 on 247sports.com and has had a lot of positives in recent weeks.

    Even though Notre Dame lost 4-star linebacker Alex Anzalone to Florida, that did not stop it from getting a big commitment in recent days from 4-star tight end Durham Smythe.

    Add in the fact that the Fighting Irish had a bevy of 4-star players enroll for classes on January 15, and there is no question that this group will be the best Brian Kelly has produced since his arrival on campus.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Stock: Up

    In head coach Urban Meyer's first full season to put together a solid recruiting class, there is no question he has done just that.

    The group ranks No. 3 according to 247sports.com and has been climbing up the rankings in recent weeks.

    One of the most recent commitments since the season ended was 4-star athlete Christopher Worley who gave his verbal to Ohio State on January 11.

    Urban Meyer and his staff also received excellent news when 4-star linebacker Trey Johnson decommitted from Florida and pledged his allegiance to the Buckeyes earlier in January.

2. Oregon Ducks

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    Stock: Down

    It is hard for a team like Oregon to have its stock going up with former head coach Chip Kelly departing for the NFL.

    With that being said, it will still be a solid recruiting class for this group.

    It currently ranks No. 15 according to 247sports.com, and there have been a few solid commits in recent weeks, including 4-star wide receiver Devon Allen. He is one of the most high-profile names in the class and a huge get for Oregon despite the departure of Kelly.

    The biggest name in the class is 5-star running back Thomas Tyner. No question he will be next in a line of very talented backs to come through Oregon.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Stock: Up

    It is hard to argue that the stock is anything but up for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    The class is currently ranked No. 1 in the country according to 247sports.com, and just in the past few weeks, head coach Nick Saban has secured a commitment from 4-star defensive end Tim Williams.

    On January 8, a pair of 5-stars enrolled with the university, including athlete Derrick Henry and tight end O.J. Howard.

    Saban is doing his thing once again and will likely make a big splash come National Signing Day.