Scout.com's Top 25 Classes for 2015

Feb. 5 -- Now that Signing Day has come and gone, here's a look at the Top 25 College Football Recruiting Classes in the country...

1. USC

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Conference: Pac-12
Final Rankings Points: 4950
Avg Star Rating: 3.88

The Skinny: The Trojans close with a fury, adding five highly regarded players on National Signing Day and one, five-star defensive lineman Porter Gustin the night before. The nation's top cornerback Iman Marshall has instant impact all over him, as does running back Ronald Jones, especially with Javorius Allen headed to the draft. Gustin and Marshall are joined on defense by fellow five-stars Osa Masina and Rasheem Green for what should be a formidable bunch. Looking for a sleeper? Quick-footed receiver Deontay Burnett was once committed to Washington State, offered by several schools late and will come in as a blue-shirt, meaning he will be in scholarship in 2016.

2. Alabama

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 4768
Avg Star Rating: 4.04

The Skinny: The Tide lost their crown at the last second to the Trojans, but still haul in an outstanding class highlighted by five-star prospects like cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Minkah Fitzgerald, massive defensive tackle Daron Payne and wide receiver Calvin Ridley, an outstanding athlete who could pay dividends right away. Running back Damien Harris joins what has been an embarrassment of riches at that position the last several years, and handing off to him will be quarterback Blake Barnett, a five-star prospect from California. Nick Saban and his bunch continue to stockpile talent that will have them in the national title hunt consistently. Linebacker Joshua McMillon was one of several key Signing Day adds.

3. Auburn

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 4615
Avg Star Rating: 3.74

The Skinny: The Tigers class is highlighted by five-star defensive end Byron Cowart, who spurned in-state Florida to choose Auburn on Signing Day. Bruising running back Jovon Robinson and playmaking wide receiver Jason Smith are two JUCO prospects who should play immediately. Fellow wideout Darius Slayton is ultra-talented and could be a future star. Two lower end four-stars who could have a higher end impact are offensive lineman Kaleb Kim and fullback Chandler Cox, who will have an opportunity to see time early on.

4. UCLA

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Conference: Pac-12
Final Rankings Points: 4308
Avg Star Rating: 4

The Skinny: How about the way the Bruins closed? They landed the number one player at three positions on Signing Day, including the nation's top running back Sotonye Jamabo who has excellent size and an impressive package of all-around skills. The nation's top tight end Chris Clark figures into the mix from the moment he steps on campus. Wide receiver Cordell Broadus was projected to USC by many, but becomes a Bruin. Both he and Clark will have the nation's number one quarterback, Josh Rosen throwing to them. Five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South is among the standouts on defense in what was an impressive class. **This is still pending the commitment of Roquan Smith.

5. Tennessee

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 4281
Avg Star Rating: 3.59

The Skinny: When you talk Tennessee, you have to start with the nation's number one player, massive defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, who, assuming the year off of high school ball did not put too much rust on, has the tools to play right off the bat. He'll be joined by another talented defensive lineman in Kyle Phillips. Drew Richmond was a key late flip. Five-star receiver Preston Williams and five-star JUCO running back Alvin Kamara are big-time talents. The Volunteers raided the Midwest too, landing linebacker Darrin Kirkland, a one-time Michigan commit who enrolled early, and running back John Kelly, a tough, hard-nosed kid with great balance.

6. Georgia

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 4209
Avg Star Rating: 3.57

The Skinny: Georgia’s opponents will have fearsome defensive line group to deal with for the next few years, as this highly ranked Bulldogs class is led by some talented defensive linemen. The top dog is the nation’s number two overall player, in-state defensive tackle Trenton Thompson, who could be a high NFL Draft choice someday. He’s joined by Jonathan Ledbetter, D’Andre Walker, Natrez Patrick, Michael Barnett and Chauncey Rivers, all four-star prospects on the defensive line. On offense, highly regarded receiver Terry Godwin may play as a true freshman, and is joined by four-star JUCO running back Chris Carson. Cornerback Rico McGraw, a one-time Alabama commit, and offensive tackle Patrick Allen were key Signing Day additions.

7. Notre Dame

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Conference: Indep
Final Rankings Points: 4202
Avg Star Rating: 3.71

The Skinny: The additions of running back Dexter Williams and wide receiver Equanimious St. Brown helped the Irish retain their lofty ranking. The crown jewel of Brian Kelly’s class is five-star tight end Alize Jones, who flipped from UCLA late in the process and will continue the Irish’s tradition at the position. Offensive lineman Tristen Hoge and smart, instinctive in-state linebacker Josh Barajas were also highly rated, heavily recruited prospects. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush, a one-time Penn State commit, is an athletic passer who fits the Irish scheme. Wide receiver Miles Boykin comes in from the Chicagoland area off of an impressive senior season and has great size (6-foot-5, 210 pounds). The Irish also will bring in the nation’s top kicker, Justin Yoon.



8. Texas

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Conference: Big 12
Final Rankings Points: 4187
Avg Star Rating: 3.5

The Skinny: The additions of three Signing Day commits, with four-star running back Chris Warren among them, moved the Longhorns into the national top ten. Charlie Strong and his staff kept five-star Malik Jefferson, a linebacker with 4.4 speed, in-state and he should pay big dividends, possibly right away. He’s joined at linebacker by Dallas native Anthony Wheeler. JUCO offensive tackle Brandon Hodges may be able to help right away. Offensive lineman Patrick Vahe, a top 100 national prospect, should be a future stalwart on the offensive line for the Honghorns. In-state defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin gives Strong more beef up front.



9. Ohio State

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Conference: Big Ten
Final Rankings Points: 4134
Avg Star Rating: 3.52

The Skinny: The Buckeyes had a big Signing Day, adding offensive tackle Isaiah Prince and wide receiver K.J. Hill, but also keeping running back Mike Weber, who took a late visit to Michigan, and has an opportunity to be the back of the future in Columbus. In a year in which the Buckeyes played three quarterbacks, two signal-callers with impressive accolades, Torrance Gibson and Joey Burrow join the ranks. Linebackers Justin Hilliard, Jerome Baker and Nick Conner join defensive end Jashon Cornell in the defensive class. Late additions at defensive tackle Robert Landers and DaVon Hamilton could pay big dividends despite not being "on the radar" guys until late in their senior seasons. Four-star cornerback Denzel Ward also has big-time ability.

10. Texas A&M

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 4081
Avg Star Rating: 3.68

The Skinny: Defensive tackle Daylon Mack, a five-star, was a big Signing Day addition. After Johnny Manziel and then Kyle Allen, the Aggies continue their roll at quarterback with five-star Kyler Murray, who is not big (5-10, 178 pounds), but put up gaudy stats and can make all the throws. He will have some weapons at his disposal in five-star Christian Kirk and good-sized JUCO target Damion Ratley. He will also have highly regarded offensive tackle Connor Lanfear protecting him. Of course, the Aggies did not forget the defensive side of the ball as safety Justin Dunning and defensive end James Lockhart were ranked among the nation’s best at their position.

11. Florida State

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Conference: ACC
Final Rankings Points: 3884
Avg Star Rating: 3.86

The Skinny: Quarterback Deondre Francois, cornerback Marcus Lewis, and wide receiver Auden Tate, all four-star commits, picked Florida State on Mational Signing Day. The Noles have four five-star prospects including defensive end Josh Sweat, who was injured as a senior, but has major ability. Safety Derwin James was the top ranked player in Florida and the nation’s top safety. Cornerback Tarvarus McFadden has outstanding size and cover skills, and wide receiver George Campbell brings 4.3 speed in a 6-foot-3 frame. Physical 230-pound running back Jacquez Patrick and raw, but highly athletic offensive tackle Abdul Bello could be future pros and immediate impact may come in the form of JUCO linebacker Lorenzo Phillips.

12. LSU

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 3835
Avg Star Rating: 3.48

The Skinny: The Tigers have a dynamic duo at cornerback coming in with two five-stars, Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson. Toliver, a Florida native, has outstanding size and tools, while Jackson is a speedy all-around athlete with dynamic ability. The Tigers went down to Texas and picked up massive 6-foot-5, 346-pound road grading offensive lineman Maea Teuhema, who will pave the way for another top 50 national prospect, running back Derrius Guice, and two other four-star running backs, David Ducre and Nicholas Brossette. Wide receivers Tyron Johnson and Jazz Ferguson bring size and ability on the outside. Four-star offensive tackle Toby Weathersby was a big Signing Day commit as was wide receiver Derrick Dillon.

13. Penn State

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Conference: Big Ten
Final Rankings Points: 3825
Avg Star Rating: 3.52

The Skinny: The Nittany Lions have 12 commits in the Scout 300. Cornerback John Reid is a fantastic athlete with the speed and footwork to play on an island. The class’ highest ranked commit is defensive end Kamonte Carter, an edge-rusher from Virginia. Offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins is raw, but has the tools and 6-foot-8 frame to play on Sundays. James Franklin and company have also brought in some offensive firepower in the form of three four-star receivers Brandon Polk, Irvin Charles and Juwan Johnson and two four-star running backs, Saquan Barkley and Andre Robinson.

14. Oklahoma

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Conference: Big 12
Final Rankings Points: 3430
Avg Star Rating: 3.46

The Skinny: The Sooners went near and far for this class. Three of the top commits are Ricky DeBerry a five-star from Virginia, athletic defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, who will come all the way down from Canada, and offensive tackle Dru Samia, a California native. Of course, the Sooners stuck to the Midlands too, landing highly ranked offensive lineman Bobby Evans and big, physical cover-corner P.J. Mbanasor, both from Texas and four-star safety Will Sunderland from their home state. JUCO wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who led the nation in receiving at Blinn College. Safety Prentice McKinney was a Signing Day grab from Texas.

15. Clemson

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Conference: ACC
Final Rankings Points: 3384
Avg Star Rating: 3.33

The Skinny: The Tigers have a strong class, particularly at the top, where five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt leads the way. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is one of the nation’s best, and showed it with a strong performance at the Under Armour All-American Game. Wide receiver prospect Deon Cain is a high school quarterback with explosive athleticism. Mark Fields is one of the nation’s top cover corners. Four-star wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud picked the Tigers on Signing Day and has open field ability and return skills.

16. Mississippi

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 3298
Avg Star Rating: 3.5

The Skinny: The JUCO ranks were kind to the Rebels, as they add several potential difference makers. Cornerback Tony Bridges has great size (6-2, 190 pounds) as well as physicality and ball skills. He is expected to step in and not only start, but become one of the conference’s best. Quarterback Chad Kelly will have an opportunity to compete for the job right away, and defensive tackle D.J. Jones chose Ole Miss over Alabama and Florida State. Offensive linemen Javon Patterson is a talented addition. Wide receiver Van Jefferson, a one-time Georgia commit, has NFL bloodlines and comes in with sure-hands and plenty of polish. He looked at other schools late, keeping him in the fold was key. He and five-star Demarkus Lodge, who committed on Signing Day, add major star power to an already talented position.

17. Michigan State

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Conference: Big Ten
Final Rankings Points: 3137
Avg Star Rating: 3.48

The Skinny: The Spartans closed with a flurry and flipping Kentucky commits David Dowell and Andrew Dowell while adding four-star Cassius Peat moved the class way up. Ten Scout 300 commits for Mark Dantonio including outstanding offensive linemen Kyonta Stallworth and Noah Listermann. Four-star linebacker Tyriq Thompson, a Michigan legacy, is already on campus, and Dantonio has compared quarterback Brian Lewerke, who put up huge stats as a senior, to Kirk Cousins. Running back L.J. Scott, the class' top commit, may play as a freshman and look out for athletic defensive tackle Raequan Williams, who has pro potential.

18. Mississippi State

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 3128
Avg Star Rating: 3.25

The Skinny: The Bulldogs did well in-state, picking up four four-star prospects from within state lines. That group is led by the nation’s third ranked safety Jamal Peters and athletic defensive tackle Fletcher Adams. They also did a great job in the JUCO ranks, landing offensive tackle Martinas Rankin, wide receiver Donald Gray, linebacker Traver Jung and defensive end Jonathan Calvin. Rankin is expected to compete immediately for the left tackle job. Four-star linebacker Leo Lewis was a big Signing Day addition.

19. Arizona State

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Conference: Pac-12
Final Rankings Points: 3023
Avg Star Rating: 3.41

The Skinny: Landing four-star defensive tackle Joseph Wicker on Signing Day moved the class up several spots. The Sun Devils will get instant impact from five-star JUCO linebacker Davon Durant, a big, physical prospect who could see time at a few different positions. Four-star quarterback Brady White is an smart, accurate passer who will have a 240-pound running back to handoff to in Virginia native Jaason Lewis. ASU pulled quick-footed cover man Stanley Norman and linebacker Khaylan Thomas, both Scout 300 prospects, out of California.

20. South Carolina

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 2873
Avg Star Rating: 3.11

The Skinny: The Gamecocks signed the nation’s top JUCO prospect, defensive end Marquavius Lewis, whose complete package of skills along with his strength make him a good bet to make a big impact next Fall. Coming in with him is in-state product Shameik Blackshear, a long, athletic kid with great upside. Of course, head coach Steve Spurrier never forgets offense, and wide receiver Jalen Christian and running back A.J. Turner both have the speed and athleticism to excel in his offense. Two other JUCO prospects, defensive ends Dante Sawyer and 6-foot-7 Ulric Jones should see the field next year as well.

21. Oregon

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Conference: Pac-12
Final Rankings Points: 2818
Avg Star Rating: 3.36

The Skinny: The Ducks picked up seven Scout 300 prospects, including athletic quarterback Travis Waller, who has the skill set to be successful in their offensive scheme. He will have a couple of weapons in speedy Georgia native Taj Griffin and big, physical wideout Alex Ofodile from Missouri. The top prospect in the class is Hawaiian defensive end Canton Kaumatule, a five-star and top 20 national prospect. Hard-hitting Fotu Leiato, a late add, will be a head-hunter at linebacker or safety and on special teams. One of the last additions to the class was Kirk Merritt, a fast slot who can play in the backfield and catch passes. He should also serve as a return man.

22. Arkansas

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Conference: SEC
Final Rankings Points: 2775
Avg Star Rating: 3.25

The Skinny: The Razorbacks and head coach Bret Bielema made sure the top in-state talents stayed at home, landing four-star quarterback Ty Storey, who will have the state’s top prospect, big, athletic tight end Will Gragg to throw to. Another in-stater, 6-foot-6 defensive end Jamario Bell has major upside as well. Florida was also kind to Bielema as they landed guard Jalen Merrick and defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt. Froholdt is already on campus. Another four-star prospect, center Zach Rogers, comes over from Texas.

23. Washington

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Conference: Pac-12
Final Rankings Points: 2717
Avg Star Rating: 3.21

The Skinny: Head coach Chris Petersen has had some good quarterbacks over the years, and he signed a top 100 national prospect in Jake Browning, a smart, accurate passer who comes in from California. They Huskies did well in-state too, landing defensive end Benning Potoae shortly before Signing Day and grabbing 6-foot-6 offensive tackle Henry Roberts out of storied Bellevue. His bookend will be another big in-state prospect, 6-foot-7 Trey Adams. The beneficiary of having those big bodies up front will be running back Myles Gaskin.

24. North Carolina

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Conference: ACC
Final Rankings Points: 2555
Avg Star Rating: 3.42

The Skinny: Picking up four-star defensive end Jason Stowbridge just before Signing Day boosted the class into the top 25. The top five recruits in the class, defensive end Jalen Dalton, defensive tackle Aaron Crawford, offensive tackle William Sweet and center Tommy Hatton are all in the trenches. The beneficiary of those big offensive lineman is athletic quarterback Anthony Ratliff-Williams. A sleeper to watch is cover-corner Corey Bell.

25. Stanford

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Conference: Pac-12
Final Rankings Points: 2548
Avg Star Rating: 3.18

The Skinny: The top two players in the class come from in-state. Wide receiver Trent Irwin catches everything thrown his way and should be a fan favorite. Safety Frank Buncom is a good-sized kid with excellent ball skills. He's joined by a similarly talented safety, Justin Reid, who comes in from Louisiana. Bruising 210-pound running back Cameron Scarlett is a hammer who could see early time. He will be joined by h-back Reagan Williams who the Cardinals had to stave off a late offer from Michigan on. He and hard-nosed fullback Houston Heimuli along with Scarlett bring some serious battering ram short-yardage potential to Palo Alto.


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