Recruiting 2015 - What You Need To Know

Who are the top players? Which programs are surprising? Scout.com's Allen Trieu and Brandon Huffman answers.

Recruiting 2015 

What You Need To Know

 
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What's happening in the recruiting world? What do you really need to know? Here to answer some key questions are Brandon Huffman and Allen Trieu, two of Scout.com's recruiting gods/ scouts. Allow them to make sense of it all.

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1. Where's the Jadeveon Clowney, Robert Nkemdiche, Dorial Green-Beckham, Leonard Fournette of this year? Is it true that there isn't one be-all-end-all, consensus No. 1 guy at the top of the list? If not, who are your three key guys?

Allen Trieu: We feel pretty good about our number one guy, DT Kahlil McKenzie (Tennessee), but I would agree that he's not the no-doubt unanimous top dog like some of those guys were. To me, McKenzie and DT Trenton Thompson (Georgia) are the top two and future pros, and the third, and most analysts seem to agree, is OT Martez Ivey.

Brandon Huffman: There definitely isn’t that one “guy” this year like in year’s past, although I think that’s largely because Kahlil McKenzie had to sit out his senior year. But he’s our No. 1 guy, with another stellar defensive tackle in Trenton Thompson right behind him at No. 2 - and both are headed to the SEC: McKenzie to Tennessee, where his father, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and his uncle, Raleigh, both played, and Thompson to Georgia. Martez Ivey, the No. 3 player and No. 1 OL reminds me of former No. 1 national lineman and current Dallas Cowboy star Tyron Smith

2. The SEC has ten of the current Scout.com top 21 recruiting classes, and Alabama is dominating once again. From top to bottom, are any other conferences making any sort of a real dent in the talent gap?

Allen Trieu: Our top three classes are all from the SEC right now, so it's hard to say anyone is really making a dent there. Obviously Ohio State won the title and they're recruiting well yet again, but as a whole, the SEC is still bringing in more talent than the other conferences.

Brandon Huffman: The closest is the Pac-12, where Colorado has a solid class at the bottom and Oregon State should close well by the end under Gary Andersen. But it’s still a significant gap, top to bottom, from the SEC to the Pac-12, especially with Alabama signing as many Scout 300 guys as some conferences do.

3. What's the most interesting story to you this recruiting season?

Allen Trieu: The coaching changes have definitely made it interesting. Jim Harbaugh, Mike Riley, Jim McElwain, Paul Chryst, etc., all these new faces and big names in new places has led to some changing commits and a lot of shifting in terms of kids taking visits and looking at new schools.

Brandon Huffman: The explosion of quarterbacks this year, especially out West. There are plenty of terrific passers coming from California this year, including our No. 1 guy at the position, Josh Rosen, who’s headed to UCLA. Blake Barnett (Alabama) and Kyler Murray (Texas A&M), are two of the most athletic quarterbacks you¹ll find. The West was so loaded at quarterback this year that four made the Army Bowl and one of the California quarterbacks had to play for the East.

4. Which team outside of the top 25 is coming up with a big recruiting haul?

Allen Trieu: I like Michigan State's class. The Spartans have a smaller class, but seven of the 16 commits are four-stars. They've been known as a team that does more with less as far as past recruiting rankings, but they've been bringing in some very talented kids over the last couple classes. In this one, I think you'll see guys like running back L.J. Scott contribute early.

Brandon Huffman: Washington State is challenging for a Top 25 class and will have its Highest-rated class ever on Scout if it holds to form. The Cougars have four four-stars, all from California, and Mike Leach has done a remarkable job on the recruiting trail this year despite a miserable season and some turnover on his staff.

5. Which team is disappointing at the moment?

Allen Trieu: Florida is the easy pick. Obviously, there was a coaching change, so that affects the recruiting, but it's very rare to see Gators at No. 75 in the country with only nine commits. They have a chance to close strong, but right now they aren't where we're accustomed to seeing them.

Brandon Huffman: Right now, it¹s definitely Florida, with just eight commitments and ranked No. 73 in the country. Of course, that will all change by Signing Day, with the Gators potentially signing three Top 25 players. But for now, the turmoil with Will Muschamp has clearly stalled their recruiting efforts.

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