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Recruiting 2012 - Class Rankings 11 to 20

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Posted Feb 3, 2012


Ranking the recruiting classes from 1 to 124 ... 11 to 20

Recruiting 2012 ... CFN Rankings

Class Rankings No. 11 to 20


CFN 2012 Recruiting Rankings

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20. Notre Dame | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... A star quarterback. Head coach Brian Kelly brought in some nice options over the years, but he didn’t get anyone like Gunner Kiel, Scout.com’s No. 1 ranked quarterback, who switched from LSU to Indiana to the Irish. The talent level is quickly improving over the last two classes with the most noticeable difference on the lines from the last two years. This year, if everything goes according to plan, the secondary will provide the biggest boost with a few nice safety prospects and corner Tee Shepard out of Fresno to soon be the team’s shutdown coverman on one side.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 13. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Can Brian Kelly recruit? With this class, the early answer is absolutely. He got some big-time talents for the defensive line with Aaron Lynch, Ishaq Williams, and Stephon Tuitt all among the top end prospects in America, while Jarett Grace was a fantastic outside linebacker prospect. Ben Koyack might be the best tight end recruit in America while WR DaVaris Daniels was a nice early pickup. The bulk of the class, though is on the offensive front with five strong tackle prospect including Matt Hegarty and Conor Hanratty, who are both good enough to potentially see time right away, and Troy Niklas a special prospect who should shine after time in the weight room.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 19. That Class Was Heavy On ...
Quarterbacks. Brian Kelly did a good job of keeping some key prospects coming to South Bend after the canning of Charlie Weis, most notably WR Tai-ler Jones from Georgia and DT Louis Nix out of Florida, but the key was being able to sign four quarterbacks. One of them might get a chance right away if Dayne Christ's knee isn't 100%. Andrew Hendrix is the most talented quarterback of the lot, but Kelly is great at molding prospects into stars meaning Tommy Rees, Like Massa, and Derek Roback will all get long looks. If one of them can be good enough to handle the pressure early, Kelly won't be afraid to give a newcomer a shot.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 17. That Class Was Heavy On ... talent. There isn’t any one need here that needed a desperate filling, so Notre Dame went national and brought in some superior talents. Manti Te’o is widely considered to be the nation’s best linebacker prospect, Chris Watt might be the nation’s best offensive tackle, and guar Alex Bullard, RB Cierre Wood, and LB Carlos Calabrese are among the best at their respective positions.

19. Arkansas | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... The Hogs are loaded just about everywhere, but they need to start stockpiling numbers at running back for down the road and have to keep feeding the receiving corps with more and more options. An upgrade at corner isn’t a must this year, but it will be next season, and finding a few pass rushers is a priority. Overall, no matter what the position, Arkansas needs as many great prospects as possible to keep up the arms race with the other star programs in the West.

Team Concerns For 2012: Receivers, receivers, receivers. JUCO transfer Courtney Gardner could be and instant star, while Jalen Cobb and Keon Hatcher are studs for down the road. Bobby Petrino wanted running backs, and he’s getting them, led by Jonathan Williams out of Texas. It’ll be strength in numbers for the defensive ends with Deatrich Wise and Taiwan Johnson leading a terrific group.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 16. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive tackle. Last year’s class was the big one for Bobby Petrino, but this one isn’t all that far off. The defensive line got an infusion of talent with JUCO transfer tackle Robert Thomas might be an anchor right away, and the back seven got some help with safety Kelvin Fisher and corner Tevin Mitchel sure to be stars in a few years. The key to the class was the tremendous haul of receivers, including Quinta Funderburk and Keante Minor, and the tackles with seven prospects including Brey Cook, who’s destined to be an all-star, and promising Andrew Peterson and Mitch Smothers.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 31. That Class Was Heavy On ... Talent. Last season Bobby Petrino's class was heavy on live bodies to create more competition and to build better depth, especially on the defensive line. This year's class was about upgrading the overall talent level with the main focus on receiver. Marquel Wade and Julian Horton should thrive in Petrino's system, while QB Jacoby Walker will get a few years to groom to be ready to be in the mix by 2012. Calvin Barnett is the 305-pound defensive tackle prospect to work the line around, Brad Hefley will end up being the leader of the linebacking corps, and Eric Bennett is a nice looking corner.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 23. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The defensive line got a ton of bodies, but few of them were standout prospects. The offense got more players to fit the Bobby Petrino style with the line getting the biggest boost. However, the coaching staff mostly loaded up in the secondary with six nice prospects led by corner Darius Winston and JUCO transfers Anthony Leon, Rudell Crim and Andru Stewart.

18. Virginia Tech | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive skill players. Frank Beamer is always going after the next great running back, and he’s bringing in several options along with plenty of receivers with size and talent. This will be a class to boost up the offense for 2014 and beyond, while the defense will get the most help at linebacker. It’ll take a few years in the weight room, but this year’s class is big on speed and athleticism for the back seven.

Team Concerns For 2012: The Hokies bare on the offensive line with four starters gone. The 2010 recruiting class focused on the lines, but it’s asking a lot for the young players to be ready for primetime now; they’ll need another year, but they’ll provide the depth. The secondary lost corner Jayron Hosley and safety Eddie Whitley, but it’s a deep group that should be fine with a little bit of time.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive linemen. It’s a surprisingly mediocre class considering Virginia swooped up several key local players and Florida State and Clemson dominated the ACC, but there’s good bulk for the defensive line with Corey Marshall showing the potential to be the next great Hokie defensive end and Kris Hailey, a whirling dervish of a defensive tackle prospect. The stars of the class are at corner with Kyshoen Jarrett and James Farrow two big, talented defenders. The star skill prospects aren’t there, but the hope is for Michael Holmes to go from good to special once he gets into the program.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 32. That Class Was Heavy On ... The lines. The stars are in the secondary with Nick Dew, Brian Laiti, and Theron Norman very big and very good safety prospects, and Kyle Fuller and Detrick Bonner are going to be good corners in a few years. The quarterback situation will be interesting with Ricardo Young and Mark Leal each athletic enough to fit the Virginia Tech mold, while WR E.J. Smiling is big and fast. However, the class is all about the lines with Laurence Gibson a ready-made offensive guard with good athleticism and big-time upside. Zack McCray should be the next great Hokie pass rusher, while Derrick Hopkins and De'Antre Rhodes are pluggers for the defensive interior.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 43. That Class Was Heavy On ... backs. Even after watching redshirt freshman Darren Evans emerge as the feature back, the Hokies concentrated on further building depth at the position. Being brought to Blacksburg are three playmakers, which was missing from the offense a year ago. Two of those backs, David Wilson and Tony Gregory, are four-star gems with enough wiggle to make people miss in the open field. Both provide a nice complement to the north-south style of Evans.

17. Oregon | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Last year was the big class of top-shelf talent. This year the focus is on a line that needs pass rushers to help boost up the depth. With Terrell Turner and Brandon Hanna gone, Oregon needs as many options and bodies for the outside as possible, and this class will do it. The secondary will get a nice boost at safety for a few years from now; the Ducks are stocked for the near future.

Team Concerns For 2012: Offensive backfield. Most programs would be crippled by the loss of players like QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James, but head coach Chip Kelly has done a phenomenal job of upgrading the talent level enough so that it’s simply a matter of putting in the next guy. Kenjon Barner is good enough to be another James, while Bryan Bennett has to show he can be the leader Thomas was. A few key stars from the defense – end Terrell Turner, LB Josh Jadu, and safety Eddie Pleasant – will be missed.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Lots and lots of talent. Oregon hasn’t exactly struggled in the recruiting world over the last few years, but it hasn’t made a national splash like this with big-time prospects all across the board. The receiving corps got a mega-boost with JUCO transfer Rahsaan Vaughn ready to be a No. 1 guy right now, while the offensive line got some special talents in Tyler Johnstone, Jake Fisher, and Andre Yruretagoyena. The mega-coup, though, was ripping the heart out of USC by taking away the nation’s No. 1 corner, DeAnthony Thomas, at the last second.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 13. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. The stars are elsewhere, but the numbers are in the secondary as corner Dior Mathis and safety Erick Dargan lead a fast and talented group. DE Curtis White and guard Nick Rowland will be all-stars before their done, and JUCO transfer Ryan Clanton will be part of the offensive tackle rotation right away. The real excitement is over Lance Seastrunk, another talented runner to add to the equation choosing Oregon over Texas, Florida, LSU and Oklahoma. QB Bryan Bennett doesn't quite fit the normal Duck norm, but he's a great athlete who'll add more passing to the offense.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 29. That Class Was Heavy On ... special teams. The Ducks made an investment in their future on special teams with the signings of P Jackson Rice and PK Mike Bowlin. Both were ranked in the top 3 at their respective positions, and will have an opportunity to become the cornerstones of the unit now that P Josh Syria and PK Matt Evensen are gone. Rice and Bowlin won’t get the attention of, say, a Cliff Harris or Boseko Lokombo, but that doesn’t they won’t play an integral role down the road.

16. USC | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... The bull’s-eye. USC will be in everyone’s preseason top five, and maybe even No. 1 overall, but there’s part of the equation that recruiting experts are quick to point out: the effects of the sanctions are about to kick in. The program might have gotten through the storm, but the scholarship reduction part of the penalty is going to hurt even with a ton of players redshirted and waiting in the wings. Lane Kiffin can sign just 15 players in each of the next three seasons meaning there’s no margin for error whatsoever. Anyone being signed now has to be a starter at some point in the next few years, or else.

Team Concerns For 2012: The defensive line is the only area of real concern with end Nick Perry leaving a year early and with the tackle situation in need of an overhaul. There are terrific prospects waiting to show what they can do, and there’s enough depth at the moment for a good rotation. Finding a left tackle to take over for Matt Kalil is the only other major question mark.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive linemen. Considering the limitations the Trojan coaching staff has to deal with, this was a phenomenal class with a little something for every spot. While it would’ve been a jaw-dropping haul had top corner DeAnthony Thomas not done an about face and picked Oregon at the last second, it’s still impressive thanks mostly to the defensive front. End Greg Townsend leads a fast, aggressive group of ends, while tackle Christian Heyward was a strong get out of San Diego. Offensively, the spotlight will be on the battle for the future starting quarterback spot between Max Wittek and Cody Kessler, while Amir Carlisle has all the makings of the next great Trojan running back.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 6. That Class Was Heavy On ... A Pete Carroll-like class. Lane Kiffin might not have gotten every player he wanted, but he sure came up with his share of star players to stop the bleeding. Dillon Baxter and D.J. Morgan are the type of do-it-all backs who can be like other star Trojan runners and play right away. Robert Woods might be the nation's No. 1 receiver recruit, and if he's not, Kyle Prater probably is. Xavier Gimble is one of the nation's top tight ends and Giovanni Di Poalo is one of the best centers, but the real prize is Seantrel Henderson ... maybe. One of the nation's top three all-around recruits, the sure-thing offensive tackle is waiting to make sure the NCAA isn't going to crush the Trojan program before officially signing on. JUCO transfers George Uko and linebacker Glen Stanley are ready to step in and start tomorrow, while the four defensive backs signed are strong enough to grow into starters down the road. In other words, don't assume USC is dead quite yet.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 5. That Class Was Heavy On ... defense. Ever wonder why the Trojans always have one of the toughest defenses in the country? This class will give you a hint. USC continued its annual tradition of loading up on some of the nation’s premier defenders, landing a top 10 player at each level on the field. S T.J. McDonald and DE Devon Kennard look as if they could move into the lineup from Day 1 if there wasn’t so much talent already ahead of them.

15. South Carolina | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... The Gamecocks need skill players to load up for the future. The last two classes have been about the superstars up top, with Jadeveon Clowney the big get last year and Marcus Lattimore the star of 2010, but there’s work needing to be done to get the offensive playmakers in place for 2013 and beyond. The receiving corps needs to be addressed, but there isn’t one glaring weakness.

Team Concerns For 2012: The passing game has to be better. The defense should be a killer with one of the nation’s best pass rushes, and the running game should be terrific if and when Lattimore returns, but QB Connor Shaw has to be better down the field and a top target has to emerge with Alshon Jeffery gone. There’s an opening for a newcomer to step in and shine right away.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 11. That Class Was Heavy On ... the secondary. Getting Jadeveon Clowney is the crown jewel, but he's hardly the only key part of the class. While there are big-time stars all across the board, led by top offensive tackle Brandon Shell, running back Shon Carson, and lightning fast receiver Damiere Byrd, the secondary got the most help with several terrific prospects including safety Sheldon Royster, who might be thrown on the field right away, and Brison Williams, who’s ready-made to make an instant impact after spending last year at Fork Union Military Academy. Throw in corners Ahmad Christian and Ronnie Martin, the defensive backfield that struggled so much last year should be better soon.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 28. That Class Was Heavy On ... Marcus Lattimore. Steve Spurrier focused mostly on the secondary with five defensive back prospects signed who need to develop quickly. There isn't a star of the lot, but Victor Hampton with his tremendous speed comes close. The passing game got a little help with QB Connor Shaw and a few decent receivers including Ace Sanders, a 5-7 speedster, but the entire class, and especially the offense, revolves around Lattimore, Scout.com's No. 1 ranked back. The 6-0, 207 pounder picked the Gamecocks over Auburn, Florida State, and Georgia, among others, and he'll be the centerpiece of the Spurrier offense very, very soon.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 9. That Class Was Heavy On ... linebacker. The Gamecocks loaded up at wide receiver with Alshon Jeffrey and Lamar Scruggs excellent prospects, and the safeties are tremendous with Stephon Gilmore and Quin Smith stars for the future. The stars are at linebacker with Devonte Holloman and Damario Jeffery safety-sized defenders who could blow up after a little bit of time in the weight room, while JUCO transfers Tony Straughter and Josh Dickerson looking to see time early on.

14. Auburn | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Not much. The Tigers and Gene Chizik came up with a whopper of a 2011 class and doesn’t have any glaring needs this year. Skill players were the priority in 2010 – led by a decent get named Newton – and the defensive back seven was strong last year. This was a young team that’s maturing and should be coming into its own.

Team Concerns For 2012: Consistent quarterback play is a need, but Cam Newton was a once-in-a-millennium find; it’ll be up to Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier to carry the load. Offensive tackle will be the biggest concern coming into spring ball with improved defensive consistency No. 2.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 4. That Class Was Heavy On ... the defensive back seven. Even without Cyrus Kouandijo, all the attention will be paid to an offensive line that features the nation’s best guard prospect, Christian Westerman and top center, Reese Dismukes. Getting defensive tackle Gabe Wright was a nice pickup on Signing Day, but the real teeth in this class is in the defensive back seven. Justin Garrett is a safety-sized linebacker who should be a disruptive force, and Kris Frost has big-time upside. Safety Erique Florence can play anywhere in the secondary, and corners Jonathan Rose, Jermaine Whitehead, and Rubensen Therezie are big, strong talents on the outside. QB Kiehl Frazier and running backs Quan Bray and Tre Mason will stock up the backfield in a few years.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 4. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill stars. The class went big on defense coming up with a whale of a group for the line led by tackles Jeffrey Whitaker and Kenneth Carter, and coming up with a key signing getting end Corey Lemonier out of Florida. LB LaDarius Owens will be an All-SEC performer before he's done, and enough good defensive backs were brought in to secure the secondary for the next few years. As good as the defensive class is, the stars signed on offense should make a bigger impact as offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has his players to work with. Cameron Newton is a 6-6, 245-pound quarterback with a live arm, Trovon Reed and Antonio Goodwin are special receiver prospects, and Michael Dyer could've gone anywhere as, arguably, the nation's top running back recruit. If he wasn't No.1, he was in everyone's top five. Throw in all the help on the line, including JUCO transfer tackle Roszell Gayden and top guard Eric Mack, and the Tiger offense should be fantastic.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 19. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. After the problems on offense over the last few years, Gene Chizik and his staff went hard after players who can put points on the board. Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn needs bodies, and he got them with QB Tyrik Rollison a player for the future, Onterio McCalebb a nice running back prospect, and a whole slew of receivers to finally get the passing game going. Travante Stallworth and Emory Blake are the best of a good lot, while tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen could be a centerpiece of the passing game in a few years.

13. Clemson | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Lowered expectations. Head coach Dabo Swinney appears to be putting together another terrific class, but it’s asking for way too much to come up with an instant game-changer like Sammy Watkins. Even so, this receiving corps is about to get even better with a few good four-star types to be ready to roll when Watkins bolts for the NFL as soon as humanly possible. The defensive line will get the most attention and should be the strongest part of the haul.

Team Concerns For 2012: Consistency. After the awful last part of the season – outside of the ACC championship – the team needs to bring the effort and production week in and week out. That might be hard early on with three starters gone off the defensive front and three new starters on the offensive line. There’s an interesting blend of terrific young talents and decent veterans, and it all needs to blend fast in what could be another title run.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … The passing game. After a few yeas of focusing mostly on the defense, the Tigers came up with something for the offense that struggled last year with three new quarterback prospects and several dangerous receivers with Sammy Watkins, a five-star talent with next-level upside, and Charone Peake and Martavis Bryant, two big, strong receivers who could be involved immediately. Eric MacLain is one of the nation’s top tight ends. Defensively, Corey Crawford isn’t Da’Quan Bowers, but he’s a pass rusher who might make some noise this year.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 21. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. Dabo Swinney did a nice job loading up on defense, while also getting a few key pieces for the offense including receiver Martavis Bryant and tackle Reid Webster. Josh Watson and Corey Crawford should quickly become terrors for the defensive front, and Jake Nicolopulos Justin Parker will be key starters in the linebacking corps by 2012, but the strength is in the secondary where corners DeAndre Hopkins and Darius Robinson are speedy defenders with All-ACC potential. Bashaud Breeland is the key safety signing with excellent size and great range.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 45. That Class Was Heavy On ... ends. Even with Ricky Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers bringing quickness off the edge, Clemson had little luck getting to the quarterback in 2008. Malliciah Goodman and Spencer Shuey have been brought in to push the starters and kickstart a tired pass rush. Once he sharpens his fundamentals and adds a few more pounds, Goodman has the blazing speed and long arms to be a real nuisance to ACC quarterbacks.

12. Georgia | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Patience for last year’s class to mature. No one helped themselves more than Georgia last year with terrific transfers coming in to blend with young stars like Isaiah Crowell. Mark Richt has loaded up on the offensive line over the last few seasons, and now it’s time to fortify the talent across the board. There isn’t any one glaring need.

Team Concerns For 2012: Kicker and punter. The Bulldogs are loaded with a team good enough to be in the national title discussion, but long time punter Drew Butler and kicker Blair Walsh are gone. Enter Marshall Morgan, a kicker out of Fort Lauderdale who’ll get every shot to instantly take over the starting job. Punter Collin Barber is a good prospect who’ll be asked to push for the gig from Day One.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 8. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive tackle. The dream class should change around Georgia football over the next several years with superstar prospects like QB Christian LeMay, RB Isaiah Crowell, and DE Ray Drew all with the potential to be major national figures, but for all the flash for the offense and for all the good things done in the secondary, the key should be on the offensive front with rock-solid prospects for the interior in David Andrews and Chris Mayes, and top tackles in Watts Dantzler, Zach DeBell, and Xzavier Ward to bank on by 2014 to provide next-level talent on the outside.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 16. That Class Was Heavy On ... The lines. After signing a ton of skill players last season, Georgia needed the building blocks this year. The team's best recruit was Alec Ogletree, a guided missile of a linebacker who was the key to the defensive haul several months ago. Up front, head coach Mark Richt inked Brent Benedict out of Jacksonville, one of the nation's top tackle recruits, and also got the very promising Kenarious Gates. On the defensive side, Garrison Smith spurned Alabama, Florida State, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC to be the leader of the Dawg line in the near future. T.J. Stripling will be a terror on the end after hitting the weighs and adding at least 25 pounds, while Michael Thornton is a ready-made tackle who's good enough to see time right away.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 10. That Class Was Heavy On ... skill players. This isn’t a big class, but it’s a class full of talent with a few top-shelf skill players looking to be the next big thing now with Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno gone. Aaron Murray is the receiver to combine with A.J. Green to potentially give the Dawgs the SEC’s best 1-2 receiving punch, while QBs Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger should wage an interesting battle for the starting spot in the near future. Only one running back, Washaun Ealey, signed on, but he’s a good one. 

11. Oklahoma | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Oklahoma isn’t slipping under Bob Stoops, but it’s having to work a bit harder lately to not only bring in the four and five-star types, but keep everyone happy. The Sooners need running back help, and now. Everything was supposed to be set, but Jermie Calhoun, Jonathon Miller, and Brandon Williams all bolted and Dominique Whaley is coming off an injury. The receivers are flocking to Norman with the biggest boost to come when Trey Metoyer, a top recruit last year, is ready to roll after spending a year at the Hargrave Military Academy.

Team Concerns For 2012: Defensive back. The inconsistencies against Baylor and Texas Tech were costly, and while the secondary only loses corner Jamell Fleming, the pass D has to be tighter. With Landry Jones coming back and with a few terrific recruiting classes about to mature, OU doesn’t have any major worries.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive linemen. It’s more about quality than quantity across the board with some of the nation’s top prospects at most of the key positions. Kendal Thompson isn’t the typical OU star passer, but he has good skills. Brandon Williams might be the nation’s best running back in the 2011 class, and if Trey Metoyer isn’t the No. 1 receiver, he’s in the top three. Defensively, the line is loaded with some special prospects led by 6-5, 300-pound Jordan Phillips for the inside and pass rushing terror Nathan Hughes on the end. Dan Tapko will be a part of the end rotation soon, while Jordan Wade could be a special tackle with a little bit of time in the weight room.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 3. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive talent. Bob Stoops went after defensive backs last season, and this year he was out to step up the skill positions. Blake Bell will sit and wait his turn at quarterback with Landry Jones the likely starter for the next few seasons, but when it's his time, he should become a star. Brennan Clay and Roy Finch are runners who can fly, and Kenny Stills and Justin McCay lead an all-star cast of receivers who should bring in more firepower in the next few seasons. Defensively, OU came up with a big early story on Signing Day getting top linebacker Corey Nelson to change his commitment from Texas A&M. The Nelson signing overshadowed the addition of Tony Jefferson, a speedy outside linebacker from California who could've gone anywhere and played running back if he wanted.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 8. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. Everyone in the Big 12 went heavy on the secondary, seeing it as a must after the offensive explosion of this year, but Oklahoma got the best ones of the bunch. Gabe Lynn might be the nation’s best corner, and Marcus Trice isn’t all that far behind. Javon Harris and Kevin Brent will be starting safeties by 2011, while Demontre Hurst and Marshall Musil are interesting prospects.