The votes still are being counted, but it’s clear this week that some programs didn’t perform as well as they wanted. Based on this fall’s results, what are some schools have a lot of work to do in the spring?
Evan Daniels: I think the answer to this one is fairly simple. Of the big six schools left, N.C. State, Michigan, Colorado, California, Seton Hall and St. John’s are the ones that don’t hold a commitment from anyone in the 2015 class.
Now that could change during signing week, however, as St. John’s and California are involved with players that could possibly commit. But all of these schools I would put into this category.
Josh Gershon: Some of that answer depends on who commits this week, but since we're basing this on results and not commitments, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan and Kentucky are the main elite schools really trying to add high level commitments between now and the spring signing period.
Rob Harrington: Kansas and Kentucky stand to me at the top of this list, as those programs comprise arguably the top two recruiting forces in today’s college game. That said, they’re both involved with elite prospects — and there remain several on the board — so I expect they’ll both make out okay in the spring, if not sooner.
Meanwhile, given the fact that the ACC fared very well at the top, you’d expect to see North Carolina, Virginia and N.C. State make additional gains by the conclusion of the cycle.
Brian Snow: St. John's is the school right now that has the most work to do in my mind. The Red Storm have in the neighborhood of six scholarships to give, and at the moment they have zero commitments. If you are Steve Lavin and company that isn't exactly a comforting feeling. Things could change starting with Isaiah Briscoe today, but it is a dangerous game to be big game hunting in the spring when you have so much to add to the roster.Lavin historically has been a good recruiter and has found ways to close on prospects he has really needed, but it is getting to the point of panic. Landing Briscoe, Brandon Sampson (pictured above, and who could potentially sign early) or Cheick Diallo (likely will go late) would calm a lot of fears, but until that happens they are the school with the most work to do.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report