QUARTERBACKS - UCLA
Signees: Drew Olson, Matt Moore
Comments: With Cory Paus' status in question for next year, and not much depth on the roster at the QB position with Scott McEwan graduating and Ryan McCann transferring, QB was a major need for the Bruins. While they didn't get Ben Olson or Trent Edwards, their two top targets at the position, signing Drew Olson and Matt Moore, both amongst the top 15 QBs in the nation, was a major step forward. Both are strong-armed leaders at the position, and while Olson may have the edge early on due to his experience, Moore may be a better long-term prospect.
Next: Ohio State (Justin Zwick, Troy Smith); Florida (Gavin Dickey, Patrick Dosh)
RUNNING BACKS - FLORIDA
Signees: Ciatrick Fason, Jimtavis Walker, DeShawn Wynn
Comments: A very tough position to call, but Florida, with two Hot 100 prospects in Fason and Wynn and another very capable back in Walker, gets the nod. This was definitely a position of emphasis for Florida this year with the graduation of Robert Gillespie and only the injury prone Earnest Graham returning as a proven runner. Expect either Fason or Wynn or perhaps both backs to push Graham hard next year for serious playing time as both are big backs with solid speed and strength.
Next: Mississippi State (FB Bryson Davis, TB Jerious Norwood, TB Nick Turner); Tennessee (TB Jason Allen, FB Ruben Mayes, TB Gerald Riggs Jr.)
WIDE RECEIVERS & TIGHT ENDS - MIAMI
Signees: WR Darnell Jenkins, WR Akieem Jolla, TE Curtis Justus, WR Ryan Moore, WR Sinorice Moss, TE Eric Winston
Comments: This foursome of receivers has it all, speed with Moss, savvy with Jolla, size with Moore and quickness with Jenkins. When you add in Justus and Winston at the tight end position, this call is a no brainer. With Jeremy Shockey leaving, tight end was a need for the Canes and they brought in two of the nation's top four prospects at the position.
Next: Florida State (WR Chris Davis, TE Lonnie Davis, WR Dishon Platt, WR Lorne Sam, WR Chauncey Stovall); Auburn (WR Devin Aromashodu, TE Justin Bruce, WR Lee Guess, WR/TE Anthony Mix, WR Ben Obomanu, WR Montavious Pitts, WR Courtney Taylor)
OFFENSIVE LINE - TENNESSEE
Signees: Cody Douglass, Justin Harrell, Brandon Jefferies, Rob Smith
Comments: Not a big group in terms of numbers, but with two of the nation's best in Jefferies and Smith, it's high quality. The four signees should add depth to a Volunteer offensive line that's losing two starters from their 2002 Citrus Bowl team. And while it might be harder to play as a true freshman on the offensive line than at any other position, Jefferies and Smith might be talented enough to see some immediate playing time in the fall.
Next: Ohio State (Doug Datish, T.J. Downing, Nick Mangold, Derek Morris, Rob Sims); Michigan (Tom Berishaj, Mark Bihl, Mike Kolodziej, Rueben Riley, Gabriel Watson)
DEFENSIVE LINE - TEXAS
Signees: Larry Dibbles, Tully Janszen, Marco Martin, Bryan Pickryl, Chase Pittman, Lyle Sendlein, Kasey Studdard, Rodrique Wright
Comments: Some have called this the best defensive line class ever, and while it's too early to go that far, on paper this is one of the most impressive groups we've seen over the past decade at any position. Dibbles, Martin, Pickryl and Wright are all Top 100 players, but it's not just the big name talent that makes this group. The depth is incredible, as signees like Pittman and Studdard would be the top defensive line recruits at 95% of all other Division I schools.
Next: Georgia (Dale Dixson, Ray Gant, Kedric Golston, Preston Pannell, Aaron Scranton, Darrius Swain); Ohio State (Mike Kudla, Joel Penton, Quinn Pitcock, Jay Richardson, Tim Schafer)
LINEBACKERS - FLORIDA STATE
Signees: Darrell Burston, Buster Davis*, Nate Hardage, Sam McGrew, A.J. Nicholson, Kamerion Wimbley
Comments: Last year FSU loaded up on QBs, WRs and DBs and this year the linebackers were the focus. In Wimbley and Nicholson, the Noles are getting two of the best athletes in the country at the position as both are right around 6-3, 230 with 4.5 speed in the 40. If Buster Davis signs with FSU (as expected) that would give the Noles three out of the nation's top 10 LBs, but even without Buster, expect the tradition of standout linebackers at FSU to be maintained by this class.
Next: Virginia (Darryl Blackstock, Ahmad Brooks, Kai Parham); Texas (Aaron Harris, Marcus Myers, Brian Robison, Garnet Smith, Mike Williams)
DEFENSIVE BACKS - OKLAHOMA
Signees: CB Jason Carter, CB Michael Hawkins, CB Aaron Miller, S Brodney Poole
Comments: Can't think of many teams dominating at the cornerback position in the last few years like the Sooners did this year, signing three of the nation's top nine. Add in standout safety Brodney Poole and it's easy to see why the OU defense should continue it's recent dominance into the next four years. Miller solidified his status as one of the nation's best with an MVP performance at the CaliFlorida Bowl. Next: Miami (CB Travarous Bain, CB/FS/WR Devin Hester, DB Brandon Meriweather, CB Glenn Sharpe, CB Greg Threat, CB Terrell Walden); UCLA (CB Jebiaus Brown, CB Joe Garcia, S Eric McNeal, CB Idris Moss, S Mike Nixon, DB Jarrad Page)