Who Could Move Up Rankings?

Arizona currently sits at the top of the team recruiting rankings, but a big shakeup could still happen when guys like Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad make their college choice. Kentucky and UCLA have good chances to move up dramatically...

With the newly updated Scout.com rankings for the 2012 class, the team rankings have also been revamped. Still the Arizona Wildcats are at the top of the chart, but with six five-star rated prospects still on the board, there could still be some big changes left.

Right now there is no debate at the top with Arizona. The Wildcats have three of the top 16 prospects in the country and another top 50 prospect. However with the top two prospects in the country still left to make a decision, they definitely could be caught.

The team with the most late action left on the table is Kentucky. The Wildcats are serious players for Anthony Bennett, Nerlens Noel, and Shabazz Muhammad. All three are top 10 prospects, and all three probably have Kentucky in their top three to five schools. Adding any two of the three would make Kentucky a runaway winner for the top class, and Noel and Muhammad alone would also put them in the top spot, and Bennett makes it very close, but they might slide in at No. 2.

Another school who could be a big winner is UCLA. The Bruins have put a lot of eggs in the basket of Muhammad, and they long have been seen as the team to beat. However they also have their iron firmly in the fire with Tony Parker. Adding both Muhammad and Parker would at worst put them at No. 2 depending on what happens with Kentucky and Arizona, but even one of the two would jump them up.

Muhammad makes them a top three class while Parker alone would put them right on the cusp of the top five and would give them two five-star prospects joining Kyle Anderson. For UCLA this could be the a defining class for them, and Parker and Muhammad hold a lot of cards to what their future will look like.

The final two schools that could make an impact on the top five would be Texas and North Carolina State. Texas has received a visit from five-star forward Devonta Pollard and they could jump Indiana in the rankings, and go even higher depending on what happens around them with some other top players. Also they do have a bit of an interesting X-factor in Cameron Ridley. Ridley is still very much committed to Texas, but the talk of him moving to the class of 2013 is still out there, so it is something to keep an eye on.

For the Wolfpack a lot depends on Amile Jefferson. If Jefferson ends up picking NC State over Duke, they could jump all the way as high as No. 2 in the team rankings, though they couldn't pass Arizona who like NC State would also have three five-star commitments. Also the on again off again recruitment of Torian Graham could have a big impact on the Wolfpack and where they end up.

A few other schools could also make big bumps, though moving into the top five might be difficult. One is the Kansas Jayhawks.

Kansas currently checks in with the No. 12 class, but Jakarr Sampson has a visit scheduled to the school. The two schools most consistently mentioned with Sampson have been Baylor and Kansas, and the Bears just landed a power forward in Ricardo Gathers.

If Sampson, who is visiting later this month, were to pick the Jayhawks they would likely climb into the top 10. That would be an incredible finish for KU who got off to a slow start in this class, but has been closing strong.

Also Duke is still lying in the weeds, but has a chance to rise up. Currently their one man class is outside of the top 25, but they are very much in the thick of things with Jefferson and also have some feelers out there to Noel.

Adding a five-star prospect along with Rasheed Sulaimon would put Duke into the top 20, and for a small class that is a very impressive feat.

Other prospects like Chris Obekpa if he were to pick a school such as Connecticut, Florida, Memphis, or Pittsburgh things could also be shaken up. Still his recruitment has been a very tough one to peg.

Overall there are a lot of different scenarios that could still play out, and the top 10 could really be impacted before these classes step foot on campus.

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