Power Ranking Top 25 2016 College Football Recruiting Classes

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystNovember 16, 2015

Power Ranking Top 25 2016 College Football Recruiting Classes

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    Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) and Nick Saban (Alabama) each claim top-10 classes in the 2016 recruiting cycle.
    Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) and Nick Saban (Alabama) each claim top-10 classes in the 2016 recruiting cycle.Butch Dill/Associated Press

    There's plenty to sort through on the 2016 college football recruiting trail less than three months shy of national signing day. While a significant collection of top-tier high school talent still remains uncommitted, elite classes were established a while ago and continue to add quality pieces.

    Inevitable coaching staff changes and a frenzied span of official visits will ultimately help define the latter stages of this cycle, though we already have a strong indication of which programs are set to secure the country's most impressive prospect hauls in February.

    Here's a look at our latest 2016 recruiting class rankings, favoring teams that prefer value over volume. This list may evolve into something quite different by the time signing day arrives, but for now it provides an indication of where things stand as this season enters its final stretch.

    Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports composite rankings. 

25. Houston

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    Texas DL Ed Oliver
    Texas DL Ed OliverCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments18 (one 5-star; one 4-star)

    Best of the Bunch

    Houston is an outlier here as the only non-Power 5 program to crack this list aside from independent powerhouse Notre Dame. First-year head coach Tom Herman, who previously served as offensive coordinator at Ohio State, has done an outstanding job drumming up excitement among homegrown recruits. 

    His largest achievement in this capacity was a late spring commitment from local 5-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who chose the Cougars over LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and others. Fellow Houston area standout Courtney Lark, a 4-star wide receiver who previously pledged to TCU, followed suit with a November pledge.

    Junior college offensive tackle Na'Ty Rodgers, Louisiana wide receiver Marquez Stevenson and in-state quarterback Bowman Sells aren't necessarily on the national radar like Lark or Oliver, but they're quality additions who should help Houston in the near future. The Cougars remain unbeaten, so expect recruiting momentum to continue moving in a positive direction for Herman and company. 

24. Arkansas

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    Arkansas DE McTelvin Agim
    Arkansas DE McTelvin AgimCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments15 (four 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema locked up top in-state priorities earlier this year with commitments from defensive linemen McTelvin Agim and Austin Capps, listed No. 1 and No. 2 among Arkansas prospects in 2016. Agim is an absolute monster off the edge, able to blow up the backfield and bring down quarterbacks on a consistent basis, while Capps projects as a disruptive anchor at tackle.

    Additions in the trenches define the upper echelon of this Arkansas class, as fellow 4-star linemen Briston Guidry (Louisiana defensive tackle) and Jake Heinrich (Iowa offensive guard) are also on board. The Razorbacks are prepared to sign multiple dangerous perimeter players, including in-state athlete T.J. Hammonds, Texas wide receiver Kofi Boateng and Florida outside linebacker Alexy Jean-Baptiste.

    Louisiana quarterback Cole Kelley committed to this class in April. The 6'7", 230-pound senior is a compelling "high-ceiling" prospect.

23. Arizona State

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    Arizona ATH Chase Lucas
    Arizona ATH Chase LucasCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments15 (four 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    It took some time, but Arizona State finally found its recruiting groove during the first half of November. The Sun Devils secured commitments from a pair of premier in-state prospects during an eight-day span that started Nov. 2, potentially setting the tone for a strong final burst toward signing day in Tempe.

    Wide receiver N'keal Harry and defensive back Chase Lucas, rated No. 1 and No. 4 respectively in state rankings, greatly enhance this haul. They became the most notable additions since Texas quarterback and Elite 11 finalist Dillon Sterling-Cole pledged to the Sun Devils in July.

    Other pivotal pickups from beyond state borders include California offensive tackle Cohl Cabral, Maryland athlete Robbie Robinson and Louisiana running back Tre Turner. Defensive ends Christian Hill and Dougladson Subtyl are highly regarded junior college recruits.

22. TCU

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    Louisiana WR Isaiah Graham
    Louisiana WR Isaiah GrahamCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments16 (six 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    The Horned Frogs hold pledges from two of Texas' most versatile athletes. Sewo Olonilua, a compelling linebacker and running back, and D'Eriq King, a high school quarterback who could transition to wide receiver, provide options along the TCU depth chart.

    Wide receivers Isaiah Graham and Taj Williams, the top-rated junior college pass-catcher, are 4-star additions downfield. In-state quarterback Brennen Wooten, a strong-armed pro-style passer, is probably better than his No. 22 rating at the position would indicate.

    Offensive tackle Austin Myers, King's teammate at Manvel High School, and defensive end Isaiah Chambers could both challenge for reps in the trenches as true freshmen. Chambers, in particular, looks prepared to become a pass-rushing factor from day one.

21. Oregon

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    Tennessee WR Dillon Mitchell
    Tennessee WR Dillon MitchellCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments16 (seven 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Expect the Ducks to make meaningful defensive strides with a 2016 class featuring five 4-star athletes who excel on that side of the ball. Texas cornerback Jared Mayden, California defensive end Bryson Young and California linebacker Darrian Franklin are committed to head northwest, while safety Brady Breeze and linebacker LaMar Winston are considered the top two overall recruits in Oregon.

    Of course, attention always seems to shift toward offense in Eugene.

    Seth Green, a 4-star talent who transferred high schools from Minnesota to Texas since committing last season, fits the mold of a rangy, dual-threat quarterback. Tennessee wide receiver Dillon Mitchell, Hawaii running back Vavae Malepeai and in-state tight end Cameron McCormick provide more offensive firepower.

20. Auburn

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    Alabama DE Marlon Davidson
    Alabama DE Marlon DavidsonCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments14 (one 5-star; four 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Auburn, sitting at 5-5, has been one of the major disappointments of this college football season. Still, the Tigers coaching staff has established a quality recruiting class with room for further growth. 

    Marlon Davidson, a 5-star defensive end whose brother won a national title with the 2010 Auburn team, is the face of this group. The 6'4", 260-pound prospect is joined by top-rated Alabama cornerback John Broussard and Georgia safety Marlon Character as key recruits slated to join Will Muschamp's defense.

    Quarterback Ervin "Woody" Barrett is a scintillating dual-threat talent from the Orlando area. Auburn hopes he can eventually spark its attack while competing with fellow Florida 4-star Eli Stove, a wide receiver still coveted by several SEC squads, and in-state running back Malik Miller.

19. Baylor

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    Texas WR Tren'Davian Dickson
    Texas WR Tren'Davian DicksonCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments16 (one 5-star; four 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Baylor regained a commitment from record-setting in-state wide receiver Tren'Davian Dickson in November when he flipped from Texas. The 6'0", 171-pound playmaker set an all-time national high school mark last season with 39 touchdown receptions as a junior. 

    Dickson offers big-play possibilities downfield, while fellow 4-star prospect Kameron Martin is among the most diverse running backs in this cycle. The Bears also hold pledges from a pair of top-25 offensive tackles in JP Urquidez and Patrick Hudson, a 5-star recruit rated No. 2 overall at the position.

    Texas quarterback Zach Smith should be allotted time to develop as the next young passer in Art Briles' high-octane offensive attack. There's still significant work to be done on defense, but linebacker Deonte Williams and tackle Bravvion Roy provide a solid start.

18. Tennessee

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    New Jersey QB Jarrett Guarantano
    New Jersey QB Jarrett GuarantanoCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments17 (six 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    New Jersey quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, an Elite 11 honoree, chose the Volunteers over fellow finalists Rutgers and Ohio State. He's an athletically gifted runner and thrower who provides peer leadership in a class that also features legitimate studs at running back (Carlin Fils-aime) and offensive tackle (Ryan Johnson). 

    Johnson is a paramount in-state pickup for head coach Butch Jones, who also landed top Tennessee linebacker Daniel Bituli during the summer. Bituli is joined by North Carolina cornerback Marquill Osborne and Georgia edge-rusher Chidi Okonya as 4-star members of the Volunteers' defensive haul.

17. Texas A&M

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    Texas WR Quartney Davis
    Texas WR Quartney DavisCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments17 (seven 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    The Aggies' current quarterback depth chart features a pair of underclassmen who are former 5-star recruits and will welcome Tate Martell, arguably America's top junior dual-threat talent, to campus in 2017. Naturally, offensive playmakers are intrigued by the situation.

    Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has capitalized on these assets, securing commitments from two of the state's top offensive talents in wide receiver Quartney Davis and running back Trayveon Williams. Texas offensive tackle Kellen Diesch, a 6'7" force, is also on board.

    The Aggies' ongoing efforts to improve defensive fortunes have led to multiple successes in this cycle. Defensive ends Justin Madubuike and Mark Jackson Jr. stand out in a haul that also includes 4-star cornerbacks Charles Oliver and Travon Fuller.

16. UCLA

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    California WR Theo Howard
    California WR Theo HowardCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments20 (six 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    The Bruins boast one of college football's rising stars in true freshman quarterback Josh Rosen, the top-rated passer last national signing day. Thus, it comes as no surprise young offensive playmakers are looking into the opportunity to join him in Los Angeles.

    UCLA carries commitments from a trio of 4-star California wide receivers with Darian OwensDymond Lee and former Oregon pledge Theo Howard on board. The 2016 offensive haul also includes all-purpose back Demetric Felton and supremely athletic Tennessee tight end Jordan Wilson.

    Homegrown defensive end Breland Brandt is the Bruins' top-rated recruit. He leads a group that features 4-star linebackers Lokeni Toailoa and Krys Barnes.

15. Clemson

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    South Carolina RB Tavien Feaster
    South Carolina RB Tavien FeasterCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments11 (one 5-star; six 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney took care of business early in a recruiting cycle that doesn't feature many open slots at Clemson. The program landed pledges from in-state running back Tavien Feaster, the nation's only 5-star rusher, and 4-star North Carolina wide receiver Cornell Powell last national signing day when they were just juniors.

    Those commitments came less than a week after fellow top-50 receiver Tavares Chase joined the class. Georgia quarterback Zerrick Cooper and Texas tight end J.C. Chalk are also expected to augment a Clemson offensive roster that's among America's deepest, though there's also a lot to like about this defensive group.

    Freakishly athletic Kansas defensive end Xavier Kelly and top-10 inside linebacker Tre Lamar headline the haul, while South Carolina tackle Nyles Pinckney and Georgia linebacker Jamie Skalski also have a chance to become special players. 

    This class may be small, but it packs quite a punch.

14. Michigan State

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    Illinois DE Josh King
    Illinois DE Josh KingCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments17 (six 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has developed a reputation as someone who can develop and maximize mid-tier recruits during their collegiate careers, essentially producing elite classes that didn't necessarily carry substantial clout on national signing day.

    The Spartans, on track for a third consecutive top-25 recruiting class, are now transitioning toward a team that molds and signs top talent. This latest effort features six 4-star prospects from five states, establishing the foundation for increased roster depth in East Lansing.

    Another strong cycle for Michigan State is headlined by wide receivers Justin LayneTrishton Jackson and Cam Chambers. This 4-star trio will join forces with Elite 11 quarterback finalist Messiah deWeaver, who previously committed to Michigan's past coaching staff.

    Defensively, the Spartans secured pledges from 4-star ends Auston Robertson and Josh King. Detroit standout Demetric Vance and Illinois product Kenney Lyke look like viable options at safety.

13. Miami

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    Florida WR Sam Bruce
    Florida WR Sam BruceCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments16 (seven 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Miami topped this list last winter, when the 2016 cycle remained in relatively infantile stages. The Hurricanes assembled 20 pledges quicker than any program in America, but another frustrating season and the firing of head coach Al Golden leaves this unraveling group in limbo.

    In-state quarterback Jack Allison, considered a top-10 prospect among pro-style passers, and explosive South Florida wide receiver Sam Bruce have been class mainstays throughout the ups and downs of an arduous cycle for the 'Canes. Gulliver Prep teammates Dionte Mullins (receiver), Joseph Jackson (defensive end) and Cedrick Wright (safety) also remain in this mix.

    Speedy running back Travis Homer, intimidating inside linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and Miami legacy Michael Irvin Jr. are pivotal in-state pledges the Hurricanes aim to keep grips on as things progress. The outcome in February will ultimately hinge on how university leaders handle a high-profile coaching search.

12. Notre Dame

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    Ohio OT Tommy Kraemer
    Ohio OT Tommy KraemerCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments17 (seven 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    The Fighting Irish have found several premier players to fill spots inside, setting the stage for increased accountability up front. Ohio prospects Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg could become reliable bookends at offensive tackle, where each ranks top-12 nationally, while Florida guard Parker Boudreaux warranted more than 70 scholarship offers.

    North Carolina edge-rusher Julian Okwara and former Alabama defensive end commit Khalid Kareem can add more tenacity to a formidable Irish defensive front. Tennessee cornerback Donte Vaughn and California safety D.J. Morgan present options in the secondary.

    IMG Academy (Florida) teammates Tony Jones Jr. (running back) and Spencer Perry (safety) provide further evidence of Notre Dame's national recruiting reach. Irish efforts actually become international when you factor in 4-star Canadian athlete Chase Claypool, a 6'5", 205-pound specimen who could play wide receiver, safety or linebacker in college.

11. Florida

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    Florida CB Chauncey Gardner
    Florida CB Chauncey GardnerCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments22 (seven 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    First-year Florida head coach Jim McElwain continues to make remarkable strides on and off the field. The Gators, a potential playoff contender at 9-1, enjoyed an impressive late recruiting push toward signing day last winter and haven't slowed since.

    There's a lot to like about where this Florida defense is headed, and a compelling class of prospects should further enhance the attack in coming years. In-state cornerback Chauncey Gardner and Georgia weak-side defensive end Antonneous Clayton are both considered top-10 talents at their respective positions, while Alabama linebacker Jeremiah Moon is a versatile threat in the front seven.

    Freddie Swain, a 4-star in-state wide receiver, pledged to the Gators this season. He figures to compete for early reps in an improving offense next fall, alongside multi-dimensional running back McArthur Burnett and top-ranked junior college rusher Mark Thompson.

10. USC

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    Georgia WR Josh Imatorbhebhe
    Georgia WR Josh ImatorbhebheCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments15 (10 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    USC hasn't enjoyed an easy road this season after losing three of six to start and dismissing head coach Steve Sarkisian in dramatic fashion. The Trojans suffered immediate recruiting repercussions following that highly publicized move, losing commitments from elite linebackers Daelin Hayes and Mique Juarez.

    Despite uncertainty swirling around the program, pieces are still in place for a potential top-five class.

    Wide receiver is a serious position of strength for USC in this cycle, serving as a testament to the efforts of position coach Tee Martin. Tyler Vaughns and Trevon Sidney—4-star teammates at Bishop Amat High School in California—join fellow in-state receiver Michael Pittman and dynamic Georgia prospect Josh Imatorbhebhe to create a promising crop of incoming pass-catchers.

    Los Angeles County quarterback Matt Fink, an athletic 6'3" playmaker, could someday benefit from this stacked group of downfield targets. Local offensive tackle Frank Martin and Florida defensive lineman Keyshon Camp have the ability to enhance competition in the trenches

9. Stanford

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments19 (nine 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Stanford is laying the groundwork for sustained offensive success with a quality recruiting haul. K.J. Costello, the top-ranked 2016 California quarterback and No. 3 overall pro-style passer, committed to the Cardinal in March.

    The 6'4", 213-pound prospect has completed 59 percent of pass attempts since 2013, per MaxPreps, resulting in 6,948 yards and 54 touchdown tosses. He's expected to join forces in Palo Alto with 4-star Utah wide receiver Simi Fehoko, in-state running back Beau Bisharat and Texas tight end Kaden Smith, the nation's No. 2 prospect at his position.

    Stanford's defensive efforts will also receive a boost. California defenders David Long and Curtis Robinson are considered top-10 recruits at cornerback and outside linebacker, respectively.

    Pledges from Virginia offensive tackle Clark Yarbrough and Texas defensive lineman Michael Williams, both 4-star talents, provide further evidence of the university's nationwide notoriety.

8. Ole Miss

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    Florida QB Shea Patterson
    Florida QB Shea PattersonCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments19 (one 5-star; seven 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Elite 11 MVP quarterback Shea Patterson spearheads an impressive group of future Rebels. The 5-star IMG Academy (Florida) leader has 9,720 total offensive yards, 140 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions as a four-year high school starter, per MaxPreps.

    Ole Miss has assembled a solid supporting cast around him, headlined by Rebels legacy DeKaylin Metcalf. The wide receiver's father is former All-American offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf, and he committed more than two years ago.

    Tight end Octavious Cooley, tackle Bryce Mathews and running back Justin Connor are each 4-star talents ready to contribute for Ole Miss' offensive staff. Georgia edge rusher Charles Wiley, Texas cornerback Jaylon Jones and former Alabama defensive tackle pledge Benito Jones are set to become new members of the "Landshark" attack.

7. Penn State

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    Maryland DE Shane Simmons
    Maryland DE Shane SimmonsCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments19 (11 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Penn State has plucked impressive talent away from several states while handling itself well on home turf. The Nittany Lions claim commitments from five of Pennsylvania's top nine 2016 prospects, including No. 1 (offensive tackle Michal Menet) and No. 2 (running back Miles Sanders). 

    Interior offensive lineman Connor McGovern, safety Andrew Pryts and defensive tackle Karamo Dioubate are other 4-star in-state pickups for Penn State. No other Big Ten team has managed to secure a top-10 recruit from Pennsylvania.

    Head coach James Franklin is enjoying substantial success in the Mid-Atlantic, headlined by four 4-star Maryland defenders (linebacker Cameron Brown, cornerback Zechariah McPhearson, tackle Ellison Jordan and edge-rusher Shane Simmons). The Nittany Lions also swiped prized prospects from the backyard of Big Ten rivals Michigan/Michigan State (Detroit cornerback Lavert Hill) and Rutgers (New Jersey offensive lineman Will Fries).

    New York quarterback Jake Zembiec, who competed at national Elite 11 finals, is a highly efficient passer. He's completed 67 percent of attempts for 2,059 yards and 27 touchdowns through 10 games this season, per MaxPreps.

6. Michigan

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    Indiana QB Brandon Peters
    Indiana QB Brandon PetersCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments21 (10 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Indiana quarterback Brandon Peters provided Michigan with much-needed 2016 recruiting momentum when he committed in April and has exceeded expectations since. The 4-star standout shined at Elite 11 finals in July and established career-highs across the board (3,103 passing yards, 41 total touchdowns, per MaxPreps) as a senior while leading Avon High School to a state semifinal appearance.

    The 6'5", 205-pound passer should be well-protected in Ann Arbor, as head coach Jim Harbaugh claims four commitments from 4-star offensive linemen. That stable of blockers is led by top overall Wisconsin prospect Ben Bredeson and beastly Detroit product Michael Onwenu.

    The Wolverines are set to welcome a slew of New Jersey recruits to campus next season. Athlete Ahmir Mitchell, wide receiver Brad Hawkins and defensive end Ron Johnson are each among the Garden State's finest. Colorado defensive end Carlo Kemp and Indiana running back Chris Evans are other key pledges from beyond Michigan.

5. Georgia

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    Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield
    Georgia RB Elijah HolyfieldCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments17 (one 5-star; eight 4-star)

    Best of the Bunch

    The Peach State perennially produces a significant portion of America's top-tier prospects, so it's imperative for Georgia to capitalize on homegrown talent. Despite dealing with the disappointment of three defeats in October, head coach Mark Richt has his program well on its way toward another strong recruiting class loaded with local athletes.

    The Bulldogs claim a trio of 4-star in-state defensive linemen with Julian Rochester, Tyler Clark and Chauncey Manac, while top Georgia offensive tackle Ben Cleveland has the makings of a plug-and-play contributor. Cornerback Chad Clay and linebacker Jaleel Laguins are other particularly compelling in-state defenders.

    Richt reached out to the West Coast for an early commitment from 5-star Washington quarterback Jacob Eason, an Elite 11 finalist. Rated No. 5 overall in the 2016 class, Eason has thrown for 8,427 yards and 89 scores since his sophomore season, according to MaxPreps.

    The Bulldogs are working to assemble a strong supporting cast around the potential true freshman starter. Running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of legendary boxer Evander Holyfield, and wide receiver/tight end hybrid Charlie Woerner are 4-star standouts from Georgia.

4. Alabama

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    Texas QB Jalen Hurts
    Texas QB Jalen HurtsCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments18 (one 5-star; nine 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    As usual, Alabama is handling itself well in the trenches. The Crimson Tide carry commitments from three offensive linemen considered top-10 prospects at their position, headlined by 5-star California tackle Jonah Williams.

    Kendell Jones, a 6'5", 375-pound Texan, and Raekwon Davis, a 6'7", 315-pound Mississippi product, bring plenty of beef to the defensive front. Maryland receiver/defensive back Trevon Diggs, the younger brother of breakout Minnesota Vikings rookie Stefon Diggs, provided another big commitment from beyond state borders in early November.

    He could join a collection of offensive recruits that includes elite North Carolina running back B.J. Emmons and Texas quarterback Jalen Hurts, a dual threat who tallied 20 total touchdowns in his final three regular-season games this fall. Alabama's in-state recruiting push features pledges from wide receiver T.J. Simmons, linebacker Riley Cole and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

3. Florida State

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    Virginia CB Levonta Taylor
    Virginia CB Levonta TaylorCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments18 (one 5-star; 10 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Baveon Johnson, America's No. 1 offensive center recruit, and monstrous defensive end Janarius Robinson are enforcers in the trenches. They're joined up front by fellow 4-star linemen in Virginia offensive tackle Josh Ball and hometown defensive tackle Cedric Wood.

    Meanwhile, Florida State may have the most scintillating perimeter playmaker in this recruiting cycle. Levonta Taylor, an explosive 5-star cornerback, has scored six times on defense and special teams since 2014, according to MaxPreps.

    It's been a tumultuous past year for quarterback Malik Henry, who expected to play for former Seminoles star Chris Weinke at IMG Academy but ultimately ended up back in California months after Weinke left for an NFL opportunity. The 6'3", 185-pound passer landed on his feet quite well, throwing for 1,410 yards, 16 touchdowns and just one interception in seven games at Long Beach Poly High School, per MaxPreps.

    Henry lost a potential premier target this summer when top-ranked tight end Isaac Nauta decommitted from Florida State, but Jimbo Fisher's staff moved swiftly to beat out Michigan for 4-star Philadelphia tight end Naseir Upshur.

    The Seminoles also secured a commitment from former Miami Hurricanes pledge Amir Rasul, who is considered Florida's top 2016 running back.

    Fellow Miami product Jamel Cook could eventually inhabit the "star" position that helped propelled Jalen Ramsey to national prominence. Louisiana cornerback Kyle Meyers and North Carolina linebacker Josh Brown are key out-of-state pickups on defense.

2. LSU

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    Florida CB Saivion Smith
    Florida CB Saivion SmithCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments19 (two 5-stars; 11 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    The notion that LSU is "DBU" should only increase with this next influx of athletes. Florida cornerback Saivion Smith and Texas safety Eric Monroe committed to the Tigers well before their senior seasons and will add to a deep secondary in Baton Rouge alongside 4-star in-state standouts Andraez Williams and Cameron Lewis.

    A revamped defensive staff has also collected several top-tier prospects to utilize throughout the front seven. 

    Michael Divinity, rated No. 1 among Louisiana linebackers, pledged in October, pairing up at the position with Lone Star State native Erick Fowler. Local defensive linemen Glen LoganEdwin Alexander and Caleb Roddy help solidify things inside.

    The offensive haul is highlighted by 4-star Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks, an Elite 11 finalist who stands 6'5", 220 pounds. His projected targets include Texas wide receiver Dee Anderson and New Orleans tight end Jamal Pettigrew.

    "It's really cool being part of such an elite class. It's a great feeling knowing you have so many people coming in at the same level as you," Roddy told Bleacher Report this summer. "We're going to win championships for sure—multiple maybe."

1. Ohio State

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    Florida defensive end Nick Bosa
    Florida defensive end Nick BosaCredit: 247Sports

    Total Commitments18 (two 5-stars; 12 4-stars)

    Best of the Bunch

    Ohio State is set to enhance its defensive front for years to come with a pair of 5-star prospects on the line. Florida end Nick Bosa, the younger brother of current Buckeyes star Joey Bosa, and in-state edge-rusher Jonathan Cooper are both among America's best.

    The recent loss of coveted New Jersey running back Kareem Walker is offset well by former Wisconsin commit Antonio Williams, a North Carolina product capable of commanding high-volume carries. Captivating Ohio prospect Demario McCall figures to be in the mix for Buckeyes H-back reps as an underclassman.

    Head coach Urban Meyer has laid the foundation for a potent future aerial attack with pledges from dual-threat Texas quarterback Tristen Wallace, sure-handed Indiana wide receiver Austin Mack and the 4-star tight end tandem of Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann. Mack, McCall and Hausmann joined forces to secure a seven-on-seven tournament title this summer at The Opening.

    "We won a championship here, and I think we can do the same thing in college," Mack told Bleacher Report afterward. "It's been an amazing experience and gave us an opportunity to bond before we all head to Columbus."


    Quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake.