Every Thursday for the next 14 weeks, TheInsiders.com will update the national team recruiting rankings. The total rank is based on two things - subjective opinion and player rankings by TheInsiders.com.
We have also added a few wrinkles to each team such as average star rankings, average prospect rank of commitment, the headliner commit thus far and the "big fish on the hook." The later represents the biggest name prospect out there that that team has a good chance of signing. Obviously, with three months until Signing Day, the numbers and names will change. Junior College commitments will be included and so will some soft commitments. The definition of a soft commitment is a prospect publicly committing to a school but openly considering others. If we feel secure that he will honor the commitment, despite taking trips, we will include them with that team's commitment list. This is part of the subjective rankings. There is a key of definitions below the Top 25 table.
In week one of our Top 25 rankings, the LSU Tigers grab the number one spot, just edging out Texas A&M. LSU's average commitment is a four-star prospect with an average ranking of just over 24. A&M is off to a terrific start, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Recruiting power Texas comes it at number three with Georgia and Alabama grabbing the number four and five slots. Notre Dame is one of the great stories this season in college football. Head Coach Tyrone Willingham is doing a masterful job both on and off the field. The Fighting Irish are setting themselves up for a banner year and they are sitting pretty at number six. The seventh ranked team this week is North Carolina, while football powers Miami, Oklahoma, and Michigan round out the top 10.
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