How Are the Top 10 CFB Recruiting Schools of All-Time Doing in 2011?

Michael PintoSenior Writer IAugust 20, 2010

How Are The Top 10 CFB Recruiting Schools Of All Time Doing In 2011?

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    SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: The USC Trojans enter the field against the Boston College Eagles during the 2009 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park on December 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    A couple months ago we ranked college football's top 10 recruiting schools of all-time, but as all things in life, college football is fluid and forever changing. 

    Dominating the recruiting scene for a long stretch of time doesn't mean the trend continues indefinitely. All giants have down years, and in every season one powerhouse always seems to come up short when it comes to putting together their recruiting class.

    So how do these recruiting dynasties stack up in 2011? 

    Are they still the kings of the game or have they lost their touch?

    Check out the 2011 recruiting grades of the college football's top dogs. 

10. Miami

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: 33rd

    Five-Star Commitments: 1
    Four-Star Commitments: 1
    Three-Star Commitments: 4

    Miami doesn't have much on the books right now, but unlike a lot of the schools this far back in the recruiting race, the Hurricanes have the potential to shoot way up the rankings in the coming months partially due to their only five-star recruit, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

    Bridgewater is doing his best to recruit more talent to the program, and along with coach Randy Shannon, they have a lot of five-star talent teeming with interest in the program. So consider this a "soft" grade with the chance to improve dramatically.

    Grade: C

9. Nebraska

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: 18th

    Five-Star Commitments: 0
    Four-Star Commitments: 6
    Three-Star Commitments: 5

    Nebraska has a solid bunch of offensive linemen lined up with Ryne Reeves at center, Tyler Moore at tackle, and Ryan Klachko at guard; all three of them are rated in the top 10 at their respective positions.

    Add in Bubba Starling and fellow four-star quarterback Jamal Turner, and the Cornhuskers have some solid offensive pieces. The problem is Starling might end up playing Major League Baseball and bypassing his collegiate eligibility; that means Turner is arguably the more valuable of the two.

    Grade: B

8. FSU

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: 10th

    Five-Star Commitments: 2
    Four-Star Commitments: 3
    Three-Star Commitments: 10

    FSU jumps into the top 10 recruiting classes now that they have James Wilder, and the Seminoles are still in the running for some of Florida's best talent beyond their newest addition.

    So far they have some of the best athletes in the country committed, and fans should be excited for it.

    With 5-star safety Karlos Williams, 4-star offensive tackle Bobby Hart, 4-star receiver Rashad Greene, and 5-star defensive end Terrance Smith on board, FSU has five of the top 100 commitments to this point.

    That's of course including Wilder, the 5-star native of Tampa who instantly becomes the top prospect of FSU's class.

    Grade: B

7. Texas

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: First

    Five-Star Commitments: 7
    Four-Star Commitments: 9
    Three-Star Commitments: 7

    Texas' 2011 recruiting class is really just amazing and the addition of Malcom Brown, the No. 1 running back in the country, turns this monster recruiting class into a near invincible one. 

    Just look at these names: Malcolm Brown (RB), Christian Westerman (OT), Desmond Jackson (DT), Sheroid Evans (S), Garrett Greenlea (OT), Leroy Scott (CB), Steve Edmond (LB), Josh Turner (CB), Sedrick Flowers (OG), Quincy Russell (DT), Quandre Diggs (CB), and Cedric Reed (DE).

    What do all these players have in common? They're all ranked in the top eight at their respective positions.

    Grade: A+

6. Ohio State

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: Second

    Five-Star Commitments: 2
    Four-Star Commitments: 10
    Three-Star Commitments: 5

    Ohio State is one of the few teams in the nation that is close enough to the Longhorns to challenge them for the 2011 recruiting crown. They've got a solid mix of offensive and defensive talents, which is evidenced by their top two recruits, quarterback Braxton Miller and defensive end Steve Miller.

    Miller is an especially good addition, as he is a top-10 prospect and the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. He'll slide in nicely behind Terrelle Pryor and take the reins to the offense no later than 2012.

    Grade: A

5. Michigan

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: 27th

    Five-Star Commitments: 0
    Four-Star Commitments: 3
    Three-Star Commitments: 7

    The Wolverines had only five commitments prior to June with Brennen Beyer the only 4-star talent of the bunch. Since then, they've added four more names to the docket, but in this case it really comes down to the last two players to commit. 

    Offensive tackle Jake Fisher and linebacker Kellen Jones. 

    Both of these 4-star prospects committed in the last two weeks of July and are arguably the top two names in Michigan's recruiting class. Jones is an especially good grab that this program sorely needed in what was turning out to be a very poor recruiting class. 

    Grade: C+

4. Alabama

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: Fourth

    Five-Star Commitments: 3
    Four-Star Commitments: 7
    Three-Star Commitments: 7

    Alabama has put together one of the best recruiting classes in the country to this point, headlined by five-star recruits Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix at safety, Brent Calloway at outside linebacker, and most recently Trey DePriest at middle linebacker.

    The Tide also have a solid cast of offensive weapons, including playmaking receiver Marvin "Marvelous" Shinn. Fans will quickly grow to love this kid.

    Grade: A

3. Notre Dame

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: Eighth

    5-Star Commitments: 1 
    4-Star Commitments: 7 
    3-Star Commitments: 7 

    Notre Dame has been busy the last few days, with four commitments over the last week, including 4-star running back Justice Hayes, rated as the No. 3 APB on Rivals, as well as 4-star defensive end Aaron Lynch, rated top 10 at his position.

    Expect the Irish to continue to rack in the talent and don't be surprised if they end up as a top five rated class when it's all said and done.

    They're one of the finalists for Kasen Williams, the No. 1 receiver in the country, and have a shot to bring in a few other 5-star talents as well.

    Grade: B+

2. Oklahoma

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: Fifth

    Five-Star Commitments: 2
    Four-Star Commitments: 7
    Three-Star Commitments: 9

    For a while the Sooners didn't have any recruits for 2011 that had received five-star grades, but that recently changed when running back Brandon Williams and wide receiver Trey Metoyer were finally elevated from their ranks among the four-star talent.

    Add in four-star talent at quarterback, running back, tight end, defensive tackle, defensive end, linebacker, and safety, and things are looking very good for Oklahoma.

    Grade: A

1. USC

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    2011 Recruiting Class Rank: 17th

    5-Star Commitments: 2 
    4-Star Commitments: 5 
    3-Star Commitments: 2 

    Sanctions or no sanctions, USC is still recruiting well. Their 2011 class is headlined by De'Anthony Thomas, who would likely be the top prospect in the country if he wasn't listed a 5'9" and 165 lbs.

    Thomas lines up at running back and cornerback and aspires to continue doing this at the college level on his way to a Heisman. He's joined by two of the best quarterbacks in the class in Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, as well as an electric 4-star receiver by the name of Victor Blackwell. 

    With two defensive lineman rated top 10 at their position in Jalen Grimble and Antwaun Woods at defensive end and tackle respectively, the Trojans might not have too many names committed, but they certainly have some serious talent.

    Grade: B


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