Over the past week or so, Scout.com has revised its individual prospect rankings and that is the question that keeps coming up. We have made the revisions and ranked each position deeper, some down to the top 100. This is not the final version of the player rankings, but we are getting close, as it's an ever evolving process until National Signing Day, February 1.
There is a domino effect of the individual prospect rankings that flows through to the team recruiting rankings. As you move these players up or down, add stars or take them away, it modifies and changes the team recruiting rankings. Below is a list of the current top 10 college football programs when it comes to recruiting for the Class of 2006 according to Scout.com. These rankings are updated automatically each and every day, now through Signing Day.
Lastly, after our revisions of the prospect rankings Scout.com has a new national No. 1 prospect, who will be revealed on Tuesday. Our preseason No. 1 was safety Myron Rolle (Princeton, N.J.). Our list of candidates for the post-season top spot are receiver Percy Harvin of Virginia Beach, Va.; receiver Vidal Hazelton of Chatham, Va.; running back/safety Stafon Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif.; linebacker Sergio Kindle of Dallas, Texas; offensive lineman Andre Smith of Birmingham, Ala., and running back Chris Wells of Akron, Ohio.
Tuesday, we will release our new national Hot 100. On Wednesday, Scout.com will release the new regional Hot 100s.
The Longhorns amazingly had 20 commitments by mid-June. The headliners include defensive ends Eddie Jones (Kilgore, Texas) and Brian Ellis (Grand Prairie, Texas), linebackers Sergio Kindle (Dallas, Texas) and Dustin Earnest (Texarkana, Texas), running back Vondrell McGee (Longview, Texas), cornerbacks Ken Beasley (Orange, Texas) and Chykie Brown (Galena Park, Texas), offensive tackle Ja'Marcus Webb (Mesquite, Texas), defensive tackle Lamarr Houston (Colorado Springs, Co.), wide receivers Phillip Payne (Garland, Texas) and Montre Webber (Hearne, Texas), and quarterback Sherrod Harris (Arlington, Texas). All of these prospects are ranked in the top 20 in their respective positions. This class got even better with the addition of Jevan Snead (Stephenville, Texas). Snead, the Scout.com No. 8 quarterback, had previously been committed to Florida. This is a super group headed to Austin and it's well balanced as well.
The Bulldogs have been stuck at No. 2 since Scout.com unveiled the team recruiting rankings in October. Like Texas, Georgia has been consistent in recruiting and the Dawgs got off to a fast start. Headed to Athens are top prospects like quarterback Matthew Stafford (Dallas, Texas), offensive linemen Kiante Tripp (Atlanta, Ga.) and Justin Anderson (Ocilla, Georgia), linebacker Akeem Hebron (Wheaton, Md.), defensive ends Demarcus Dobbs (Savannah, Ga.) and Brandon Wood (Tallapoosa, Ga.), and wide receiver Tony Wilson (Daytona Beach, Fla.). The Dawgs will have recruits like Stafford enrolling early and they will oversign and have a huge class. They have a chance to catch Texas.
3) Notre Dame
Surprise, surprise. The Fighting Irish are back in more ways than one. Charlie Weis and Notre Dame are hot. Some big-time recruits are headed to South Bend include quarterback Zach Frazier (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), running back James Aldridge (Merrillville, In.), offensive linemen Chris Stewart (Klein, Texas), cornerback Darrin Walls (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and safety Sergio Brown (Maywood, In.).
Urban Meyer will do very well in his first full year recruiting for Florida. They are off and running with some good ones headed to Gainesville. Among them are wide receivers Jamar Hornby (Jacksonville, Fla.), Justin Williams (Folkston, Ga.), Jarred Fayson (Tampa, Fla.), Bryan Thomas (Zephyrhills, Fla.) and Damien Williams (Springdale, Ark.), offensive lineman Carl Johnson (Durham, N.C.), defensive tackle Corey Hobbs (Oviedo, Fla.), linebacker Dustin Doe (Jasper, Fla.) and cornerback Jacque Rickerson (St. Augustine, Fla.).
The beat goes on in Baton Rouge, whether it's Nick Saban or Les Miles. The Tigers are a recruiting power and well on their way to another big-time recruiting class. The headliners include running backs Charles Scott (Jonesboro, La.) and Richard Murphy (Rayville, La.), defensive tackle Al Woods (Elton, La.). linebackers Jacob Cutrera (Lafayette, La.), Kelvin Sheppard (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Perry Riley (Stone Mountain, Ga.), and Shomari Clemons (West Monroe, La.), and tight end Richard Dickson (Ocean Springs, Miss.).
Surprise No. 2 is the Panthers. National Hot 100 prospects such as tight end Nate Byham (Franklin, Pa.), defensive tackle Jason Pinkston (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and wide receiver Dorin Dickerson (Imperial, Pa.) are committed to Dave Wannstedt and the Panthers. Running back Kevin Collier (Churchville, N.Y.), offensive lineman Joe Thomas (Lakewood, Ohio), linebacker Nate Nix (Clairton, Pa.) and defensive tackle Joe Maleki (Murraysville, Pa.) are all big-time four-star prospects headed to Pitt. as well. Wow.
The Bruins are capitalizing on their big season and are off and running in recruiting. Fullback Chane Moline (Mission Viejo, Calif.), defensive tackle Darius Savage (San Diego, Calif.), and offensive lineman Sean Sheller (Walnut, Calif.) are headed to UCLA. The Bruins have loaded up on the lines of scrimmage and with a good finish they will land in the top 10.
8) Florida State
Safety Myron Rolle is the nation's top prospect and he's headed to Tallahassee to play for the Seminoles. Quarterback/ safety D'Vontrey Richardson (Leesburg, Ga.), quarterback Chris Ponder (Colleyville, Texas), and tight end Caz Piurowski (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) are Florida State commitments as well. The ‘Noles will also re-sign great prospects such as defensive tackle Callahan Bright, defensive end Justin Mincey and offensive lineman Matt Hardrick. And of course, FSU will close with a flurry.
9) Ohio State
The Buckeyes are sitting at No. 8 with only nine commitments. Despite the low number compared to the teams ranked above, there is great quality headed to Columbus like the nation's No. 1 running back and arguably the nation's top prospect in Chris Wells (Akron, Ohio), the No. 5 offensive lineman in Conner Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio), the No. 4 rated tight end in Jake Ballard (Springboro, Ohio), and the No. 9 linebacker in Ross Homan (Coldwater, Ohio). Quarterback Antonio Henton (Fort Valley, Ga.) is a solid quarterback prospect headed to Ohio State as well.
This Wolverine class is led by the nation's No. 2 linebacker prospect, Brandon Graham (Detroit, Mi.). Justin Boren (Pickerington, Ohio) is one of the nation's 10 best offensive linemen and cornerback Steve Brown (Columbus, In.) is one of the top prospects at his positions. Michigan will also resign five-star d-tackle Marques Slocum, one of the top defensive prospects in the nation last season. The Wolverines also received a commitment this past weekend from one of the top wide receivers from the state of Florida in Greg Matthews (Orlando, Fla.).