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Recruiting 2012 - Ranking All The Classes

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Posted Feb 3, 2012


Ranking the recruiting classes from 1 to 124 ... The Top Ten

Recruiting 2012 ... CFN Rankings

Top Ten Class Rankings


CFN 2012 Recruiting Rankings

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10. Stanford | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Stanford was terrific over the last few years partly because the lines were strong, partly because Andrew Luck was Andrew Luck, and partly because Jim Harbaugh did a terrific job of recruiting. David Shaw brought in a nice class last year, especially for the defensive front, but he has to upgrade the athleticism and speed at receiver. He’s getting enough variety for the receiving corps to come up with a few instant options to help keep the Luck-less passing attack rolling.

Team Concerns For 2012: All the attention will be on Brett Nottingham and the quarterback race to replace Luck, but the bigger problem could be on the line with left tackle Jonathan Martin and right guard David DeCastro each leaving early for the NFL. The program is strong enough to come up with elite quarterbacks, but finding pro O linemen and a top tight end like Coby Fleener is a bit tougher. The defense loses safeties Michael Thomas and Delano Howell, putting the pressure on a few underclassmen to show they’re ready.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive linemen. The big splash will be about Kevin Hogan, with the hope that he’ll be ready to challenge for the starting job next year if and when Mr. Luck is done with his architecture career, and Remound Wright and Kelsey Young are dangerous backs who should add more flash than the Cardinal backfield has had in a while. David Shaw’s first class focused mostly on defensive linemen with two big, talented tackles in Lance Callihan and Anthony Hayes, and three good-looking defensive ends led by 6-6 Charlie Hopkins. The star of the defense, though, will either be middle linebacker James Vaughters or safety Wayne Lyons.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 25. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. Talk about being a salesman, not only did Jim Harbaugh successfully pitch top quarterbacks Brett Nottingham and Dallas Lloyd away from UCLA and Miami, respectively, but he also was able to sell them on Stanford even though Andrew Luck is the unquestioned starting quarterback for the next three years. Throw in the almost certain departure of Harbaugh to bigger and better things some time in the next five years, and it'll be interesting to see how this class progresses. The defense got the bulk with Blake Lueders a special end and Devon Carrington a safety who'll end up starring in the secondary sooner than later.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 21. That Class Was Heavy On ... pass-catchers. If the Cardinal is going to continue this forward push that started when Jim Harbaugh was hired, it needs to improve offensively. Like, now. This class provides some exciting weapons for whenever QB Andrew Luck takes over the offense. Stanford bagged a pair of four-star wideouts, Jamal Patterson and Jemari Roberts, to go along with easily the best collection of tight ends in the country. Both Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo are massive targets, who could have gone just about anywhere.

9. UCLA | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Jim Mora is doing a good job keeping many of Rick Neuheisel’s recruits coming in. The Bruins loaded up two years ago and had a smallish class last season, and now it’s about bringing in as many good prospects as possible across the board. The defense has been improved over the last several seasons, and now it’s time to work harder on the offense with QB Devin Fuller a major coup, even through Brett Hundley was the star of last year’s class. The defense is getting plenty of bodies for the secondary with a tremendous group of corners coming in.

Team Concerns For 2012: Offense. The defense was strong last year and it should be again even though starting tackles Justin Edison and Nate Chandler are done. The Bruins have to start putting points on the board and that starts with better quarterback play from Kevin Prince. If he can get the job done, there are a slew of terrific options waiting in the wings.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Brett Hundley. The 2010 class was the big one in the Rick Neuheisel area, so this one was about getting a few decent players here and there. There aren’t any stars, especially compared to last year, except for Hundley, a 6-4, versatile passer who can run as well as wing it around the yard. For a program desperate to get something going offensively, Hundley will be seen as a savior. For the Neuheisel era, he had better be. The hope will be for Devin Lucien to quickly develop into a consistent target, while the defense will look to tackles Kvin McReynolds and Brandon Tuliaupupu to soon become anchors inside.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 7. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defense. Last year's class was terrific, but this one is even better. RB Malcolm Jones is the centerpiece of the offensive class and Paul Richardson is a good-looking receiver, but the focus was defense, defense, defense. Getting safety Dietrich Riley away from USC was a major coup, but that was nothing compared to getting top end prospect Owamagbe Odighizuwa to put on the Bruin hat instead of USC or Nebraska. Cassius Marsh doesn't make up for the loss of Brian Price at defensive tackle right away, but it eventually will. Locking down the secondary will be Anthony Jefferson, Tevin McDonald, and Shaquille Richardson, three talented corner prospects.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 6. That Class Was Heavy On ... cornerbacks. In a Pac-10 that’s usually flush with quality passers, the Bruins wisely answered with a quartet of really good cornerbacks. All four earned no less than three stars and were ranked in the top 50 at the position. The best of the bunch is Marlon Pollard, who fielded a slew of offers, and has an enormous upside to match his leaping ability.

8. LSU | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterback. Zach Mettenberger was the key pickup last year after transferring from Georgia, but the Tigers need more talents in the stable for depth and more options. However, that doesn’t appear to be coming. Upgrading the defensive front seven is a bit of a must, and Les Miles is bringing in a solid group of linebackers that should shine in a few years. This is a good looking class, but it might not be a special one.

Team Concerns For 2012: The offensive line. Three starters are gone from a group that dominated everyone but Alabama. After years of loading up on the defensive front, and with last year’s class focusing on the passing game, this year some reinforcements for the offensive side will be a must. The defensive back seven, though, will get the most attention.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 12. That Class Was Heavy On ... the passing game. The Tigers came up with a quietly sensational class with the most noise coming well before February 2nd. QB Zach Mettenberger, the one-time promising Georgia Bulldog, could challenge for the starting job right away, and he or Jordan Jefferson will get instant help from Jarvis Landry, a phenomenal five-star talent, and speedy Odell Beckham. Protecting the passer will soon by La’el Collins, the next great LSU offensive tackle. Defensively, end Jermauria Rasco was the big get on Signing Day, while Anthony Johnson might be the nation’s best tackle.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 8. That Class Was Heavy On ...
Defensive lineman. The secondary got an infusion of talent with Eric Reid and Tharold Simon giving the Tigers two very big, very NFL-looking safeties, and Tyrann Mathieu has good skills and could be a strong corner in time. RB Spencer Ware could be the star of the running game in the near future and Kadron Boone was a great get to be the team's No. 1 WR soon. The biggest stars are at linebacker, led by Justin Maclin, but the biggest part of the class is on the line with Ego Ferguson one of the nation's top tackle prospects and Jordan Allen and Travis Dickson a dangerous end pair.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 4. That Class Was Heavy On ... the defensive front seven. Russell Shepard has star potential in some way, shape or form either at quarterback or receiver, and WR Rueben Randle and S Craig Loston will make a ton of money someday, but the stars are on the lines with Chris Davenport, Joshua Downs, and Sam Montgomery for the defensive front, with JUCO transfer Akiem Hicks ready to come in right away and play, while Chris Faulk and Stavion Lowe will be starting on the offensive front sooner than later. 

7. Miami | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Apparently, someone forgot to tell the excellent Miami recruiting class about the Nevin Shapiro situation. While this might not be a special haul, it’s looking like a strong job done by Al Golden to keep bringing in enough NFL caliber prospects to keep the expectations high. Golden wants to upgrade the passing game, and it shows with a load of receivers coming in of all shapes and sizes. At least three quarterbacks are going to be signed, and they’ll be expected to be the main backups behind Stephen Morris sooner than later.

Team Concerns For 2012: The NFL bus left with several key underclassmen on it, and now Golden needs to find veteran playmakers early on who can win the close games that last year’s team couldn’t. Three starters are gone off the offensive line, RB Lamar Miller will be missed, and targets Travis Benjamin and Tommy Streeter are done. The defense has to replace Sean Spence in the middle and pass rusher Olivier Vernon on the outside.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive linemen. New head man Al Golden only brought in four defensive line prospects, but two are among the best in America with Jalen Grimble a shocking get out of Las Vegas, taking him away from any big-time program you can name, and snagging pass rushing terror Anthony Chickillo for one end. The receiving corps got some help with Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott two good-sized speedsters who can stretch the field. Kevin Grooms has No. 1, lockdown corner potential, while Dallas Crawford and Thomas Finnie aren’t far behind.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 18. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive back seven. Randy Shannon signed a ton of defensive back talent last year, and there wasn't much of a need for too many safeties. Instead, Shannon upgraded the cornerback talent with four fantastic prospects taking Keion Payne away from Florida, Florida State, and Ohio State, and getting Kacy Rodgers out of ... Texas?! As if Miami doesn't have enough talent in its own backyard, it went and got a ready-for-right-now defender away from Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State. There weren't any superstar linebacker prospects, but the five brought in can run. Offensively, Eduardo Clements is the speed back who'll be a weapon early on.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 18. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. Never at a shortage for quality defensive backs, Randy Shannon is making sure it stays that way with this class. All four of this year’s additions are ranked no lower than No. 40 nationally at their position. S Ray Ray Armstrong is a 6-3, 210-pound beast in the mold of former ‘Cane Sean Taylor. Corners Brandon McGee and Jamal Reid are a couple of top 10 talents, who were hotly pursued by schools in the ACC and SEC.

6. Florida State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... This might not turn out to be the class last year’s was, but head coach Jimbo Fisher is playing with the biggest of big boys when it comes to bringing in the talent. He’s loading up on the lines, especially defensive end, with Mario Edwards the top end prospect in America, and Chris Casher and Dante Fowler not far behind. He’s looking for instant help from the JUCO ranks for the offensive line that needs a few more options, and he’s going hard after a few top quarterback prospects to be ready to fight for a job when E.J. Manuel is done next year.

Team Concerns For 2012: Playing up to the talent level. There’s no excuse this season to not be in the national title chase with a few outstanding recruiting classes setting the expectations high, and now the skill and experience are both in place to come up with a huge season. Improving the running game will be a priority, and developing Manuel into a top NFL prospect is a must, but that’s nitpicking. Everything is in place to do big things.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … High expectations. Florida State has done its normally strong job of recruiting over the past several years, but now with the transition of power well in the rearview mirror, the program is rocking on the recruiting trail. Jimbo Fisher did a nice job last year, but that was nothing compared to the haul he brought in this season led by defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, safety Karlos Williams, outside linebacker James Wilder, and offensive tackle Bobby Hart. They’ll be expected to be All-ACC stars in the near future, while JUCO transfer defensive tackle Cornellius Carradine is ready for right now. Position-wise, the defensive line got the most attention with a jaw-dropping group of players who should make the Noles a brick wall for the next four years. There might have been a few stunning losses here and there, including linebacker Stephone Anthony to Clemson, but this the program’s best class in a long, long time.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 12. That Class Was Heavy On ... Jimbo Fisher's ability. Any worries now that Florida State couldn't recruit quite as well without the Bobby Bowden touch? The transition turned out to be a plus as Fisher was able to sell stability to a slew of tremendous prospects that upgraded the team's talent level in a hurry. WR Christian Green was a steal from Florida and Georgia, while Kenny Shaw is the type of target to get excited about even if Green didn't sign. DT Darious Cummings was taken away from Florida and Auburn, defensive end Bjorn Werner was a key get for the line, and Jeff Luc is an NFL-ready defender who'll be the next great Seminole linebacker. Throw in star corner prospect Lamarcus Joyner and safety Greg Dent, and FSU did more than just fine.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 16. That Class Was Heavy On ... safeties. With their secondary going through a bit of an overhaul, the Seminoles focused on that unit, specifically the safeties. Florida State has signed four of them, two who rank among the ten best in the country at the position. Willie Downs and JaJuan Harley are outstanding talents, whose families won’t be traveling far on Saturdays. Both teens hail from Tallahassee, and decided some time ago to remain close to home.

5. Florida | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive firepower. The Gators haven’t had a superior running game in years, and the offense sputtered and coughed throughout last season. QB Jeff Driskel was the star of last year’s class and could be the franchise, but he’ll have to battle for the job and he’ll need more playmakers. However, that’s not coming with this class that’s full of next-level defensive prospects.

Team Concerns For 2012: A go-to receiver. Quarterback will be in the spotlight, but finding a steady running back and a star receiver is a must early on. There are plenty of four-and-five star players to go around, but now they have to produce. The defense is about to be special with the 2010 recruiting class about to mature, and there’s a whole bunch of superior talent on the way to provide an instant push for playing time.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 21. That Class Was Heavy On ... Jeff Driskel. The 2010 Florida recruiting class was so phenomenal that there wasn’t anything that Will Muschamp could do, or needed to do, to try to upgrade the overall talent level. However, being Florida, the stars still signed with several terrific defensive backs including safety Marcus Roberson and corner Valdez Showers, a great running back in Mike Blakely, and a top punter in Kyle Christy. But the class will most likely be remembered for anything that top quarterback Jeff Driskel does. While he’s extremely mobile, under the tutelage of Charlie Weis he’s expected to be something special. No one’s expecting him to be another Tim Tebow, but … let’s just say the expectations are through the roof.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 1. That Class Was Heavy On ... NFL players. Yeeeeeeeesh. Everything worked for the terrific Florida class as Urban Meyer's health concerns didn't turn out to be  a problem in any way. The Gators got 13 players (but it's probably over 15) that would be the crown jewel in the class of roughly 110 other programs including Mack Brown, a lightning fast back who might finally be the one to give Meyer the feature back he's been searching for. Chris Dunkley, Adrian Coxson, and Solomon Patton might have started, or at least would've seen time, at wide receiver last year and should be key parts of this year's team, offensive tackles Chaz Green and Ian Silberman will be starting at the next level if they can effectively add 20 pounds of muscle, and Sharrif Floyd out of Philadelphia and Dominique Easley from New York City might be the nation's two best defensive line prospects. And then there's the secondary. Matt Elam and Jonathan Dowling are tall, talented safeties, and Jaylen Watkins, Joshua Shaw and Cody Riggs are special corner prospects.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 13. That Class Was Heavy On ... quality over quantity. While there were a few misfires with the Gators not getting everyone they were hoping for, especially after the national title season, the stars they did get were top-shelf. Xavier Nixon might be the nation’s best offensive tackle prospect, Jelani Jenkins is arguably the top linebacker, Gary Brown is among the best defensive tackles, Nick Alajajian and Jonotthan Harrison are among the best guards, and Andre Debose is a top receiver. There aren’t a lot of prospects for each spot, so if the stars bust, there isn’t a lot to fall back on.

4. Michigan | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Next level talents. Now this is the class Michigan is used to bringing in. This is a class that’s the base of a special team. It’ll be a total shock if the Wolverines don’t have one of the nation’s top linebacking corps in a few years after this haul, while the speed and athleticism on the defensive front is as good as any class in over a decade. Head coach Brady Hoke has the offensive tackles for the future, while the defensive line is loaded with top-shelf pass rushers.

Team Concerns For 2012: The defensive line loses heart-and-soul tackle Mike Martin and two other starters. This year’s class isn’t going to fill in the gaps right away, but a few of the top ones will get a look for the rotation. Center David Molk is a huge loss, as is the departure of right tackle Mark Huyge and tight end Kevin Koger, but the offense will be explosive as long as Denard Robinson is healthy.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive backs. At the very least, Brady Hoke can sell the fan base on the idea that he tried to fix the team’s biggest issue by throwing bodies at the problem. The young secondary of last year will get its chance to mature, but corner Blake Countess might be too good to not find a spot right away. Delonte Hollowell, Greg Brown and Raymon Taylor might not be safeties, but they’re athletic enough to move around. The linebacking corps got more athletic with this class with Antonio Poole and Kellen Jones both fast and agile. Running back Justice Hayes might be the focal point of the running game soon, at least when Denard Robinson isn’t handling the work.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 9. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. If Rich Rodriguez was in trouble, you wouldn't know if from this fantastic class. The offense got more options with Devin Gardner a 6-4 playmaking quarterback to give Tate Forcier a push, while RB Austin White is a dangerous running back prospect with speed and good all-around skills. RichRod also stepped up the receiving corps with Ricardo Miller and Jerald Robinson leading the way. But for all the good things about this class, nothing was bigger than pulling off a shocker with the signing of Demar Dorsey out of Florida on Signing Day to join Josh Furman and Marvin Robinson as some of the team's new safety stars. Cullen Christian out of Pittsburgh is one of the nation's best corner prospects with NFL size and quickness.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 15. That Class Was Heavy On ... QB Tate Forcier. Last year, head coach Rich Rodriguez put all his eggs in the Terrelle Pryor basket, and the plan backfired. The quarterback situation last year was a liability at best, an utter disaster at worst, and something had to be done. Now it’s all about Forcier, a small, quick athlete from San Diego who fits the mold of the type of quarterback needed to take the program out of the doldrums. He might be asked to start from day one.

3. Alabama | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... The Tide loses a slew of good defensive starters, but there are more waiting in the wings. The stockpiled depth after years of great recruiting classes is amazing, but it would be nice if a stud No. 1 receiver could come in and take over a big role early on. The Tide needs a boost for the receiving corps after the start of the last few classes for the defensive side, and the stars appear to be coming.

Team Concerns For 2012: Cyrus Jones and Amari Cooper are considered two of the nation’s best receiver prospects and could be factors right away. The rich are getting richer on defense with Reggie Ragland an NFL inside linebacker spending a few years in college, and safeties Landon Collins and Eddie Williams each special.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 5. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. With yet another phenomenal class, the rich get richer ... while also sticking it to Auburn with OT Cyrus Kouandijo verbaling to the Tigers and signing with the Tide. The receiving corps is awesome with 6-4 Marvin Shinn and 6-2 Danny Woodson bringing the size, and Bradley Sylve providing the speed. Ha’Seaon Clinton-Dix might be the nation’s best safety prospect, and Trey DePriest is Scout.com’s No. 1 ranked middle linebacker, but the key to the class could be up front on defense with JUCO transfers Quinton Dial, a 6-5, 310-pound future NFL draft pick, and 6-4, 340-pound Jesse Williams, ready to clog the inside. Xzavier Dickson fits the Bama scheme perfectly at one end, and Jeoffrey Pagan whould be a strong pass rusher with a little bit of time.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 5. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. How good is Nick Saban and his staff when it comes to recruiting? The Tide didn't have a ton of needs with so many great classes brought in over the last few years, and the monster class that capitalizes on the national title is supposed to come in next year, but that doesn't mean that several top players available this season didn't want to come wear the Crimson uniform. Phillip Sims is by far the most talented quarterback prospect the Tide has had in several years, and the receiving corps will be loaded with DeAndrew White, Ronald Carswell, Blake Sims and Keiwone Malone would all be No. 1 targets at just about anywhere else. The defensive backfield is amazing with the best class in America led by top corner prospect Demarcus Milliner and big-time safety Jarrick Williams. Johnavon Fulton has NFL corner speed and JUCO transfer Dequan Menzie could see time immediately.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 2. That Class Was Heavy On ... linemen. Nick Saban and his staff brought in yet another loaded class that is among the best in the country with RB Trent Richardson leading the way, but the bulk is up front. From JUCO transfer James Carpenter, who might get a starting spot on the offensive line right away, to Darrington Sentimore, Chris Bonds, and Anthony Orr, who’ll load up the defensive front, the Tide secured the lines for the next several years.

2. Ohio State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Welcome to Urban being Urban. Meyer appears to have a renewed energy, and it shows with a typically great Ohio State recruiting class. Even with almost no time to work, he’s getting just about everyone he wants from Ohio and has been able to get a few key players from outside the state. In just a short time he’s putting together a monster that’s as good as any class in the country, particularly on the defensive front where he’s loading up with the best prospects for any line in America. The skill positions aren’t being ignored, but the Buckeyes need to keep building up the defense. Meyer will go more for the offensive side next year.

Team Concerns For 2012: How quickly will the offense adjust to what Meyer wants to do? Top receiver DeVier Posey is gone, as is RB Dan Herron, but Braxton Miller might be the perfect quarterback for Meyer’s attack. The problem is on the offensive line with three starters gone including both tackles and center Mike Brewster. The defense should be experienced up front, but the most talented linemen will be in coming in the fall.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … the defensive front seven. All eyes will be on Braxton Miller, who might be the quarterback and the key to the start of the 2011 season, but the Buckeyes will be loaded for years to come thanks to the pickup of several amazing defensive players. The Signing Day coup of Curtis Grant, the nation’s top outside linebacker, was the icing on the cake for a class that came up with NFL talents in Michael Bennettat defensive tackle and Steve Miller on the outside. Ejuan Shazier will be the team’s next great inside linebacker, while brother Ryan Shazier will be a star on the outside.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 20. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Predictably, Ohio State didn't come up with its normal jaw-dropping haul of NFL talents after coming up with the nation's top class last year. But that didn't mean that a few key prospects weren't signed led by superstar offensive tackle prospect Andrew Norwell, who'll be great once he hits the weight room. The receivers aren't the sure things of past classes, but Corey Brown, James Louis and Tyrone Williams can move. Roderick Smith is a freakishly talented running back who could've gone anywhere in the Big Ten and got a big push from Georgia and Oklahoma.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 1. That Class Was Heavy On ... everything. Name the position and about 100 other teams would be ecstatic to do as well overall as Ohio State did in any one area other than quarterback (and Kenneth Guiton isn’t a bad prospect). Running back? Jaamal Berry and FB Carlos Hyde are the stars of a good group. The receiving corps, led by Cris Carter’s son, Duron, is special, the offensive tackles are all prototypes, the defensive tackles big and quick, the linebackers fast, and the defensive backs even faster. This class has it all.

1. Texas | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Production. Mack Brown opens the door and gets any in-state five-star talent he wants, but considering the top five-caliber recruiting classes year after year after year, the wins have to start coming. This year’s haul has no shortage of can’t-miss prospects with the secondary getting the most talent. The safeties will be strong, but the corners will be even better a slew of prospects coming in that would be instant starters for just about anyone else.

Team Concerns For 2012: Linebacker. The recruiting class is bringing in the normal allotment of killers, but the linebacking corps needs to be replenished from last year’s class. Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho are done, meaning Tevin Jackson, Steve Edmond, and Kendall Thompson – three top gets from 2011 – have to step up. Overall, this was a young, YOUNG, team that needed a year to rebuild and reload. Now everything should be in place.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Malcolm Brown. It’s Texas, so there’s the normal dizzying array of four and five-star talents across the board – the secondary, defensive line, and receiving corps are LOADED with this class - but the two things that truly matter are 1) the offensive line and 2) Malcolm Brown. The running back-by-committee thing hasn’t worked too well since Jamaal Charles left, and the hope is for the 220-pound Brown to be the fast thumper who can take over the ground game. Will the Longhorns finally have the front five to pave the way? Garrett Greanlea and Sedrick Flowers aren’t going to be ready right away, but they’ll need to be anchors as soon as possible. Fun stat: every recruit is from Texas.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 2. That Class Was Heavy On ... Phenomenal talent. The Texas haul of players would've been gushed over even more if it wasn't for Florida's epic class. The offensive backfield got a few players, but there's superstar power everywhere else with Mike Davis and Darius White leading a terrific group of six receiver recruits. DE Jackson Jeffcoat was the big pre-Signing Day story picking the Longhorns over Florida, Oklahoma and USC, while Reggie Wilson is every bit the star end prospect. Mack Brown stole Ohio linebacker Jordan Hicks away from Ohio State, Florida, USC, and Alabama, and got Tulsa safety Demarco Cobbs from Alabama and Oklahoma's clutches. Corner Adrian White should be in the NFL in five years.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 3. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive linemen. The Longhorns loaded up with elite players all across the board with the bulk of the star power coming on the defensive front. Alex Okafor will be a killer after he spends a few years in the weight room, and Calvin Howell and Derek Johnson will battle it out for the honor of being the next great Longhorn defensive tackle. Kyle Kriegel is a potential pass rushing terror, while Dominique Jones is a tweener who’ll see time on an All-Big 12 team before he’s through.