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College Football Programs Already Building Impressive 2015 Recruiting Classes

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 16, 2014

College Football Programs Already Building Impressive 2015 Recruiting Classes

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    Anyone who thinks that college coaches will take some time off from recruiting after National Signing Day is sadly mistaken. Recruiting doesn't stop, in fact, it starts earlier and earlier every year.

    Although the 2014 recruiting cycle has yet to end, many programs have already started on the 2015 group. Yes, you heard right, classes are already being built for the next recruiting cycle. Although it's early, several schools already have impressive 2015 recruiting classes.

    An SEC program already has two 5-star commitments, while a Big Ten school has begun the process of signing yet another impressive group of prospects. Plus, a Big 12 team already has eight commitments.

    All recruiting totals are based on 247Sports

Clemson

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    Total commitments: Six

    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is a fantastic recruiter, so it's not a surprise that he's already started on 2015 recruiting.

    Clemson has six commitments, with three being 4-star recruits. Shadell Bell, a 4-star receiver, leads the way. Athlete Van Smith is a versatile 4-star prospect from Charlotte, while 4-star safety Tanner Muse is already 6'3" and 207 pounds.

    Look for the Tigers to finish high in the recruiting rankings again next year. 

Michigan

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    Total commitments: Five

    Although Michigan lost the commitment of 2015 5-star athlete George Campbell, the Wolverines are still doing well in 2015 recruiting.

    At this point, the headliner is 5-star running back Damien Harris, who hails from Kentucky. Head coach Brady Hoke also has two commitments from 4-star defensive backs, as Ohio natives Tyree Kinnel and Shaun Crawford have already pledged to play in Ann Arbor. 

    Jon Runyan Jr. is a 3-star offensive lineman who will provide great depth, while the leg of 2-star kicker Andrew David should help Big Blue win some games. 

Tennessee

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    Total commitments: Six

    The 2014 recruiting trail has been more than kind to Tennessee, as head coach Butch Jones is on the verge of signing one of the best classes in school history.

    Well, it doesn't seem like Jones is going to be a one-year wonder on the trail.

    He's already earned six commitments for the 2015 class, including one from 4-star receiver Preston WilliamsCecil Cherry is a 4-star inside linebacker from Florida who will help in Knoxville, while 4-star defensive end Andrew Butcher should also make some noise.

     

LSU

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    Total commitments: Five

    LSU has a class of five commitments that includes one 5-star prospect and two 4-star recruits. 

    At 6'2" and 185 pounds, 5-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II should be one of the nation's top recruits for 2015. Not far behind Toliver will be elite 4-star running back Nick Brossette, a Baton Rouge native. 

    Toliver will not be the only elite cornerback the Tigers sign in 2015, as 4-star defensive back Xavier Lewis is already set to cover receivers at LSU. Watch out for 3-star tight end Hanner Shipley, who is already 6'5" and 260 pounds.

Arkansas

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    Total commitments: Five

    A surprise team on this list is Arkansas, as the Razorbacks are not exactly known for their ability to recruit at a high level.

    However, things are changing under head coach Bret Bielema, evidenced by him already securing five commitments for 2015, with four being 4-star recruits. Ohio native and 4-star defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt leads the group, but 4-star quarterback Ty Storey could be the most important player in the class.

    Defensive end Jamario Bell is a 4-star prospect who is already 6'6", while 4-star guard Zach Rogers will be among the best players at his position in his region next season. 

Florida State

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    Total commitments: Six

    Winning a national championship is the ultimate recruiting booster, and Florida State will surely experience one over the next several recruiting cycles.

    The Seminoles already have six commitments for 2015, including a pledge from 5-star safety Derwin James. Cornerback Tyrek Cole, safety Calvin Brewton and offensive lineman Kendrick Norton make up the 4-star recruits of this class.

    All current six commitments in FSU's class are from the state of Florida. 

Texas A&M

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    Total commitments: Five

    Texas A&M is now one of the best recruiting programs in the country. The Aggies have a great 2014 class in the works, but that has not stopped them from starting on the 2015 class.

    Head coach Kevin Sumlin has five pledges from 2015 prospects. The headliner of the class is 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack, while 4-star running backs Jay Bradford and Rodney Anderson are also studs.

    Tight end Jordan Davis is a solid 4-star prospect, plus 4-star safety Justin Dunning should help make up for the loss of 4-star safety and 2014 recruit Dylan Sumner-Gardner to Boise State.

Texas

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    Total commitments: Eight

    The main culprit of why recruiting starts basically in a prospect's junior year nowadays is Texas.

    Former head coach Mack Brown revolutionized the process by extending early offers to juniors, which forced other schools to follow suit.

    Although Brown is no longer the leader of the Longhorns, that formula still seems to be working. Texas already has eight commitments for the 2015 class, which should give new head coach Charlie Strong a firm foundation.

    The class features four offensive linemen, including 5-star offensive tackle Maea Teuhema and 4-star guard Patrick Vahe. Running back Jordan Stevenson is a 4-star recruit who should be among the top players in Texas this fall. 

Alabama

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    Total commitments: Five

    Alabama has a class of five commitments that includes two 5-star prospects. The headliner of the group is going to be 5-star quarterback Ricky Town, who is from California.

    Mekhi Brown, a defensive end from Georgia, is also a 5-star talent. 'Bama also boasts commitments from 4-star prospects such as running back Desherrius Flowers, guard Dallas Warmack and safety Deionte Thompson.

    It's looking like Alabama will sign yet another exceptional recruiting class in 2015.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.


     

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