Fiu, Cirminiello, Mitchell on TV - Campus Insiders | Buy College Football Tickets

Recruiting 2012 - Class Rankings 31 to 40

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 3, 2012


Ranking the recruiting classes from 1 to 124 ... 31 to 40

Recruiting 2012 ... CFN Rankings

Class Rankings No. 31 to 40


CFN 2012 Recruiting Rankings

- No. 1 to 10 | No.11 to 20 | No. 21 to 30
- No.  31 to 40No. 41 to 50 | No. 51 to 60
- No. 61 to 70 | No. 71 to 80 | No. 81 to 90
- No. 91 to 100 | No. 101 to 110 | No. 111 to 124 
- ACC Atlantic | ACC Coastal | Big East | Big 12 | Big Ten Leaders | Big Ten Legends
- C-USA East | C-USA West | Ind. | MAC East | MAC West | M-West
- Pac-12 North | Pac-12 South | SEC East | SEC West | Sun Belt | WAC
- 2011 CFN Recruiting Rankings | Recruiting 2012  

5 Recruits For Each Team You Must Know
- ACC Atlantic | ACC Coastal | Big East | Big Ten Leaders | Big Ten Legends
- Big 12 | C-USA | Ind. | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 North | Pac-12 South
- SEC East | SEC West | Sun Belt | WAC

40. Tennessee | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive front seven. The Volunteers were fine defensively, but not great. The offense needs a boost as soon as possible, but for the long haul the defense needs to beef things up on the line. There are good prospects waiting in the wings, but reinforcements are a must with a few stud defensive tackles a plus. The secondary is fine for the next few years, but players are needed to develop for 2014.

Team Concerns For 2012: The running game needs more pop. The Vols return loaded with experience and should be full or ready-made players across the board, but RB Tauren Poole is gone from a ground attack that didn’t do much of anything. It’s an easy sell for any running back prospect; there’s a chance to play immediately ad make an impact.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 10. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Derek Dooley did a tremendous job with a class that might bring Tennessee back to the level that everyone has been waiting for. JUCO transfer safety Byron Moore will be used right away, JUCO transfer defensive tackle Maurice Couch will step inside instantly, and linebacker A.J. Johnson is a stud, but the key to the class is the bulking up on the offensive line with two Signing Day pickups in Cameron Clear and Antonio Richardson. Clear needs a while to bulk up, but the athleticism is there to be special. 6-5, 290-pound Kyler Kerbyson is ready soon, and guards Marcus Jackson and Alan Posey are promising.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 11. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. The defense was hardly ignored in Derek Dooley's first class with three excellent linemen in JUCO transfer DT John Brown and ends Jacques Smith, and Corey Miller all good enough to see time right away. JUCO transfer Dave Clark needs to play a big role this year at one corner, while JaWaun James might be the SEC's best recruit for the O line. Before leaving, Lane Kiffin made a big deal out of securing the quarterbacks, and Dooley kept them around with Tyler Bray, a very big, very talented passer to go along with Nash Nance and JUCO transfer Matt Simms. Simms will be expected to compete for the starting job this offseason. Four terrific receivers were signed with Da'Rick Rogers, Justin Hunter, and Matt Milton all with next level skills.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 20. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The defensive line got a big boost with Jonathan Hollins and Rae Sykes likely to provide immediate help on the end, and the linebackers are strong with Jerod Askew with all the skills to be special. The secondary got the most help with six defensive backs, and they’re all fantastic. Safety Darren Myles might be the best prospect of the group, while Nyshier Oliver and corners Janzen Jackson, Mike Edwards, Eric Gordon and Marsalis Teague all have the potential to be stars.

39. Georgia Tech | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Georgia Tech recruits to a type, and while its classes won’t ever be high up on the lists, they work for what Paul Johnson is trying to do. The defensive line is a focus with a few excellent talents coming in, and the secondary is getting a few new prospects even though the 2010 class was loaded with DBs, but the key might be finding the next gamebreaking receiver to be the home-run hitter the offense needs. No Tech target will ever be a 100-catch playmaker, but Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas have made the school cool for wideouts.

Team Concerns For 2012: Gamebreaking receiver. It goes hand-in-hand with this recruiting class. The running backs are in place, and QB Tevin Washington has grown into his own, but the offense has to come up with a big play, 20-yard-per-catch target to replace Stephen Hill, who’s leaving early for the NFL. Also gone is fellow starting receiver, Tyler Melton.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Quarterbacks. The offense needs options to run the Paul Johnson attack, and while there’s an eye towards doing more for the passing game, Vad Lee, Demontevious Smith, and Jamal Golden are runners who’ll be moved around where needed. Broderick Snoddy was the only true tailback brought in, and while he’s not big, he’s fast enough to be a gamebreaker. Defensively, the bulk is at linebacker with Tremayne McNair and Anthony Harrell for the middle and three nice prospects for the outside in Jamari Hunt-Days, Nick Menocal, and Chaz Cheeks all athletic big hitters.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. Paul Johnson loaded up on linemen last year, he has a few solid quarterbacks in place to run his attack, and several other decent pieces are in place offensively. This year he wanted help for the secondary and he got it with seven defensive backs including Louis Young, a fine corner out of Maryland, and Ryan Ayers, a speedster with lockdown ability. Safety Isaiah Johnson has the build and the potential to be a difference maker, an All-ACC difference maker, while Fred Holton, speedy Synjyn Days, and Jake Skole beefed up the safety depth.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was Heavy On ... linemen. For Paul Johnson, success starts on the lines, and he recruited with that thought in mind. With both sides of the ball being hurt by graduation, the Yellow Jackets added four big bodies to the offense and five on defense. The front four returns just one starter, creating an opening for 345-pound tackle J.C. Lanier to avoid a redshirt and make a quick ascent up the depth chart.

38. Missouri | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Top-shelf players. Helping out the linebacking corps would be nice, and getting a few more defensive linemen to go with last year’s haul would be a plus, but with the move coming to the SEC the Tigers need to get far stronger and far better across the board. Head coach Gary Pinkel has a good-looking class coming in, but he needs to land as many four-and-five star prospects as possible with so many areas already looking good for the next few years.

Team Concerns For 2012: Defensive line. The 2011 class has to pay off quicker than can be reasonably asked, especially at tackle, while end Jacques Smith has to be replaced on the outside. There might not be much from this class that can help right away, but the depth needs to be beefed up.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 21. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The last two classes brought in the skill players, but Gary Pinkel didn’t ignore the stars this year with another great quarterback prospect in Corbin Berkstresser and big, Tiger-like targets in Wesley Leftwich and Brandon Hannah. The offensive line got stronger at guard, and the secondary got some reinforcements, but the strength is on the defensive front where JUCO transfer Sheldon Richardson will be an All-Big 12 star now, and end Shane Ray will soon be another Aldon Smith. Gerrand Johnson will be a monster of an inside presence once he hits the weights.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 39. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players. It was a bit of a strange class considering Gary Pinkel and his staff signed a slew of skill players last year, but this year's haul might be even more talented. Quarterbacks James Franklin and Tyler Gabbert will have years to work and develop behind Tyler's brother, Blaine Gabbert. WR Marcus Lucas won't fill the hole left by Danario Alexander, but he's another big, fast target with NFL upside. Up front, Nick Demien is a great offensive tackle prospect who should be the anchor by 2013. End Kony Ealy leads the defensive side as the team's top end prospect.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 39. That Class Was Heavy On ... offensive reinforcements. The defense was hardly ignored with DT Sheldon Richardson a sure-thing All-Big 12 talent and JUCO transfer Josh Tatum is a plug-n-play linebacker, but with all the superstars gone off the offense, head coach Gary Pinkel had to find a new wave of offensive prospects to develop. Blaine Dalton is a smallish quarterback who can move, while RB Kendial Lawrence and receivers Jaleel Clark and Kerwin Stricker are going to be counted on to shine by 2011.

37. TCU | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Time to develop. It’s a positive that the big question mark around TCU is whether or not it can keep on winning after bringing in several top talents, after years of cranking out big seasons by developing prospects no one else wanted. TCU isn’t getting a Texas-like class of players, but it’s getting more of the four-star types than normal and it’s paying off in the passing game. This year, Gary Patterson is able to look towards the future rather than fill in a ton of holes, and now he gets to sell the idea of playing in the Big 12.

Team Concerns For 2012: Safety. The passing game will be as effective as any in the Big 12, and the backfield is beyond loaded with terrific rushing options to help keep pace in shootouts. However, a leader of a linebacker has to step up in place of Tank Carder, and safeties need to emerge to replace Johnny Fobbs and Tekerrein Cuba. Finding another good corner to replace Greg McCoy is a must.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … The passing game. Call this a training year before going to the Big East, and the fantastic prospects for the passing attack will get time to work. The Horned Frogs went heavy on quarterback last year, but they still got three interesting passers this year with runner Trevone Boykin and 6-5 bomber Dominic Merka to get their chances. This class is loaded, loaded at receiver with Ladarius Brown, Brandon Carter, Cameron White, and David Porter all good enough to play anywhere in the Big 12. This is a big class good enough to rank with anyone in the new league … next season.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 61. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterback. Andy Dalton isn't going to be around forever, and Gary Patterson and his staff have brought in three interesting quarterback prospects to wage a battle for the starting job, possibly, in 2011. Sam Carter is the best of the three with excellent all-around skills, while Matt Brown and Antonio Graves are also good athletes who'll get their shot to shine. Linebackers Marcus Mallett and Blake Roberts fit the Horned Frog mold, but as always, don't assume that any TCU recruit will stick with his original position. Patterson is a master at moving around the talent to the right spots.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 55. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive tackle. The Horned Frogs got commitments from a few very nice running backs like Jurell Thompson and Matthew Tucker, and someone has to pave the way for them. The interior of the line wasn’t ignored, Eric Tausch is a good prospect at either guard or center, but the tackles got the attention with three tall, athletic options in Ty Horn, James Dunbar, and John Wooldridge.

36. Utah | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

2012: What’s Needed Now: The offensive line is the target, even though only one player is gone off the 2011 two-deep depth chart. The Utes are building up for three years from now, and this is the class to do it. However, a few JUCO transfers like Junior Salt and Marc Pouvave are massive-bodied blockers who’ll push for time in the rotation right away. The offense isn’t exactly ignored, but there isn’t a big need for prospects with the 2011 class so strong on receivers.

Team Concerns For 2012: It’s all about getting QB Jordan Wynn healthy. Jon Hays proved he could get the job done as a fill-in, but Wynn is the star with the ability to take the program to a Pac-12 title. Defensive end is the team’s biggest hole with three players in the rotation done, meaning JUCO transfer Sione Tupouata will have the spotlight n from the start.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Receivers. The move to the Pac 12 was a big, BIG boost for a strong class. The running backs are the stars of the class with Harvey Langi a 215-pound workhorse of a prospect and JUCO transfer John White a sub-4.4 speedster to bring some flash to the equation. The bulk, through, is at receiver where the hope is for 6-6 JUCO transfer Anthony Denham to become Jordan Wynn’s go-to receiver as soon as possible. Quinton Pedroza, Travis Still, and Nate Fakahafua are big, physical targets.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 58. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive back seven. The Utes got plenty of help for the passing game over the last two recruiting classes, and the shelves should remain stocked for the next five years with the addition of solid receiver prospects Drew Anderson and Kenneth Scott. JUCO transfer John Cullen should be in the rotation at offensive tackle right away, and fellow JUCOer Star Lotulelei will make a difference on the defensive front, but the bulk of the class is in the defensive back seven with DBs Damian Payne, Lucky Radley, and Terrell Reese all fast and all good enough to have gone somewhere else. Brian Blechen leads a strong linebacking haul.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 54. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. The Utes loaded up on receivers big-time last year, but apparently that wasn’t enough with even more targets coming in this year, including JUCO transfers Antoine Smithson and Ray Magee, to help an offense that loses all the starting receivers. Jamal Smith should be the best of the bunch, but he might not emerge for a few years. Meanwhile, JUCO transfer Terrance Cain will make a push for Brian Johnson’s open quarterback spot.

35. Baylor | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. Maybe it’s time Baylor started playing a little defense. You can’t win in the Big 12 if you can’t score, and as the Bears figured out last year, you can’t win big unless you can come up with a few stops. After years of keying on offensive firepower, with wildly successful results, head coach Art Briles is going hard after defensive prospects with the line getting a little bit of attention and the secondary getting a host of speedy options.

Team Concerns For 2012: The loss of Robert Griffin III Might not be as devastating as it might seem. Nick Florence can play, and even with Kendall Wright gone and without Terrance Ganaway to hand off to, the offense should be explosive. The defense that didn’t stop anyone last year has to get by without Tracy Robertson and Nicolas Jean-Baptiste on the defensive interior, but most of the back seven is back and all the pass rushers on the outside return.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Running backs. With Jay Finley gone, Baylor might be hoping one of its young new recruits can shine right away. B.J. Allen, Jermichael Selders, and Anthony Webb aren’t thumpers, but they’re slick speedsters who can tear off yards in chunks. The passing game got a big pickup with Jonathan Lee, a big target who has No. 1 potential. The instant help is for the secondary with three JUCO transfers and good-looking prep safety Jermarcus Johnson all to be thrown into the rotation immediately.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 51. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Art Briles was looking to build up on the front lines and signed a few nice defensive line prospects in tackle Dominique Jones and end Kedrick Dial. On the offensive side, tackle Troy Baker needs to be a starter within three years, while JUCO transfer Robert Griffin will be needed at tackle to protect the other Robert Griffin, the team's star quarterback. Guard Xavier Ruben is a good athlete for his size and could be the unsung signing for the offense. Helping out the passing game will be Eddie Johnson, a tall, talented wide receiver, and Antwan Goodley, a speedy target who'll get time to develop.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 42. That Class Was Heavy On ... the passing game. Being in the Big 12 South with all the big-time passing attacks, head coach Art Briles wasted no time in going hard after defensive backs, bringing in several decent safeties, but his reputation as a top offensive head coach helped land a ton of really good, really surprising prospect. Do the receivers want to play with star sophomore QB Robert Griffin? Oh yeah. Darius Jones is a smallish, quick playmaker who could be a No. 1 target right away, but Skyler Scott, Tevin Reese, Willie Jefferson and Glasco Martin are all good enough to emerge as future stars in the system. QB Bryce Petty will be a superstar in a few years.

34. Washington | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. Everything is fine for the moment with Keith Price firmly entrenched as the main man, and with a good pecking order behind him, but the coaching staff is looking ahead to 2014 while upgrading the depth. Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles are big passers who fit what Steve Sarkisian wants to do with his offense, and the receivers will be in place with a good haul last year and a few good prospects coming in this season.

Team Concerns For 2012: Sarkisian has a good-looking team returning, but the offense needs some skill help with receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar gone and workhorse back Chris Polk leaving early. Finding a few big bodies for the lines with 301-pound left tackle Senio Kelemete and 333-pound defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu off to the NFL.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Receivers. Jake Locker would’ve loved to have had this group to throw to. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a tall, talented tight end who might could be special very, very soon. Kasen Williams isn’t a blazer, but he’s a big, physical receiver who’ll the team’s No. 1 target when he’s ready. Josh Perkins and Jamaal Jones aren’t going to break any stopwatches, but they’ll fight for the ball. Bishop Shankey could be an interesting back to work into the mix right away. Defensively, the strength is on the defensive front with Taniela Tupou leading a big group.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 10. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebackers. Steve Sarkisian, with a full year to work, came up with a phenomenal class with the type of infusion of talent to make Washington a player in the Pac 10 race for the next few years. The key piece to the puzzle is Sean Parker, an NFL-caliber safety who was given the full court press by USC, Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee, but will be the sheriff of the Dawg secondary. Nick Montana, Joe's son, will get a year to groom behind Jake Locker, and Deontae Cooper is the running back the program has been missing. Underappreciated was the pickup of two future All-Pac 10 guards, Eric Kohler and Colin Porter, and DT Sione Potoae, a sure-thing NFL run plugger. Seven linebackers were signed including Chris Young, a big-hitting outside defender, and Victor Burnett, a pure inside linebacker who should become the leader in the middle.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was Heavy On ... defense. Steve Sarkisian spent almost all of his recruiting muscle trying to rebuild a defense that allowed more than 38 points a game a year ago. Every level of the defense received attention, with special concentration going to the defensive tackles and cornerbacks. Linebackers Tim Tucker and Andru Pulu, in particular, might be good enough to dodge a redshirt year and contribute on special teams and defense right away.

33. Colorado | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Lots and lots and lots and LOTS of bodies. This will be a huge class with a little something for all spots, especially for a defensive line that has to be the cornerstone of the program’s resurgence. If all goes according to plan, this might be the Big 12’s best class of defensive tackles, while the ends aren’t too shabby with three-star prospects the norm. The offense doesn’t need pass catchers after loading up in previous classes, but a few solid prospects are expected to sign on.

Team Concerns For 2012: The 2012 comes at the right time with defensive line the team’s biggest concern. Three starters are gone off a decent front, and while there are plenty of young prospects waiting in the wings, the goal will be to use as much of a rotation as possible. Most importantly, the offense has to score more points. QB Tyler Hansen is finally done as is top tailback Rodney Stewart, opening up the competition in spring ball for both jobs.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Linebackers. New head coach Jon Embree is a linebacker guy, and his first class reflects where he wants his program to be with an upgrade in speed and athleticism. Will Harlos, Woodson Greer, and K.T. Tuumalo are smallish, safety-sized linebacker prospects who can fly, but Brady Daigh is a pure middle linebacker. The quarterback situation could be interesting with Stevie Dorman and JUCO transfer Brent Burnette two big passers, while Paulay Asiata should eventually be the type of offensive tackle who becomes an anchor to keep the passers clean.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was Heavy On ... Tight ends. Dan Hawkins is recruiting someone else's players as he's all but gone without a sensational season. He didn't get any instant impact help, but RB Tony Jones might be inserted as a third down back early on. The next head man (assuming Hawkins really will be gone) will be loaded at tight end with four tall pass catchers signed on. Kyle Slavin is a big wide receiver, while Harold Mobley and Justin Favors will get their chances over the next few years to be focal points of the passing game.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 52. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. Head coach Dan Hawkins and his staff brought in a few nice safeties, signed two good quarterbacks, and landed superstar DE Nick Casa, but the spotlight will mostly be on the three receivers who’ll be asked to contribute early on. JUCO transfer Andre Simmons has the size and the potential to be a No. 1 target from the start, while Terdema Ussery and Jarrod Darden both very big, very good targets.

32. Iowa | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players. The stars of the last two classes were on the defensive line, and this year the stars appear to be the tackles. The offense is set at quarterback for a while, and will have to be addressed next year, but the Hawkeye running back situation that always seems to be full of drama needs more options. The receiving corps might not have any superstar prospects, but there are enough decent ones to develop for 2014.

Team Concerns For 2012: Running back. With Marcus Coker dismissed and backup Jason White gone, the Hawkeyes have to find someone to take the heat off QB James Vandenberg. Iowa always find Cokers, and Shonn Greenes, and backs who can take over and make the offense shine, but the options are slimmer than normal this year. Finding a No. 1 target to replace Marvin McNutt is also a must.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive linemen. The controversy off the field didn’t make much of an impact in recruiting as Kirk Ferentz and his staff came up with one of the program’s better classes in a while. The lines got tremendous help with guard Jordan Walsh a special prospect and Austin Blythe a good-looking guard. Darian Cooper has all the talent to be the team’s next great defensive lineman, while Riley McMinn and John Raymon are strong pass rushers. Iowa also loaded up on tight ends, getting three nice once including 6-5, 230-pound pass catcher Ray Hamilton.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 36. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. After a mediocre class last year, Iowa came up with a strong haul of talent this recruiting season starting with several great prospects for the defensive line. Carl Davis is one of the bigger tackles the defense has had in a while, checking in at 300 pounds, while ends Mike Hardy and Louis Trinca-Pasat have good size. On the offensive side, tackle Andrew Donnal is the key to the class with NFL size and the frame to get a lot bigger. The openings will be there among the skill players to step up and shine next ear, and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz could be too good to keep off the field.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 71. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. Keenan Davis was one of the Big Ten’s best wide receiver recruits and might be needed sooner than later. There weren’t any other major stars, but Jordan Cotton and Josh Brown will be factors by 2011 and three tight ends, led by Anthony Schiavone, were brought in. Iowa does a great job of developing tight ends.

31. North Carolina | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On ... New head coach Larry Fedora hasn’t have any time to work, and he has to deal with the pressure of a new gig and trying to live up to the expectations of past UNC recruiting classes. For good and bad, the program has been a factory for pro talent over the last few years, and while there aren’t any jaw-droppers in this class, there’s talent at linebacker and a few good-looking defensive backs on the way. Next year’s class will have to load up on skill players.

Team Concerns For 2012: The pieces are in place for a terrific year with the shelves still stocked with talent, but Fedora has to try to replace the production of Quinton Coples – the possible top end taken off the board in the 2012 draft – and Zach Brown, who might be the fastest linebacker at the Combine. Donte Paige-Moss and Tydreke Powell are also gone off a rebuilding defensive front, while two good starters in Charles Brown and Jonathan Smith are gone from the secondary.

The 2011 Class Was Heavy On … Defensive tackles. This is yet another strong class brought in by Butch Davis, and while it’s not the deepest group, the star power is terrific at the top led by a pair of NFL defensive tackles. Once Delvon Simmons hits a weight room and fills out his 6-5 frame, he’ll be a dream of a 3-4 one-gap defender, while JUCO transfer Sylvester Williams could be the anchor of the front four tomorrow. 318-pound Devonte Brown is going to be a rock on the inside. Marquise Williams is the most talented quarterback the program has had in a long, long time, while Travis Hughes might turn out to be the best middle linebacker prospect in America. 2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking:

24. That Class Was Heavy On ...
Defense. Considering Tar Heels are going to be splashed all over the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, Butch Davis had an easy sell to load up on the defensive side. Brandon Willis could grow into a smallish, quick tackle with a little work or a tough end right away. Kareem Martin is a 6-6 athlete who'll be a speed rusher on the outside, while Ty Lingon, Darius Lipford, and P.J. Clyburn are interesting players who should be a key part of the 2012 team. Offensively, QB Gio Bernard is small, checking in at 5-9, but he's a baller and a talented playmaker. The best recruit was James Hurst, a sure-thing offensive tackle who'll be an All-ACC performer within three years.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 7. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. Carolina’s response to losing Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate, and Brooks Foster to the NFL was to sign a half-dozen receivers, headed by four-star stud Jheranie Boyd. No returning wideout caught more than 11 passes a year ago, meaning Boyd and his classmates will get every opportunity to play right away in September. In fact, they’ll be counted on to do so.