Headliners: Star Jackson (QB), Mark Barron (LB)
What is there not to love about this class as Alabama signed a slew of versatile athletes and top notch prospects at just about every conceivable position. They wanted an athletic quarterback and got Star Jackson. They needed big time playmakers at wide receiver and got Melvin Ray, Chris Jackson and Destin Hood. Burton Scott could star on either side of the ball at receiver or cornerback. Mark Barron could star at receiver, safety or grow into a linebacker. Devonta Bolton could play either receiver or linebacker. The Tide did well in the trenches with a great one in Tyler Love (OT). On the other side of the ball they have committed seven defensive linemen, including 400 pounds tackle Junior College transfer Terrence Cody as well as some athletic ends in Courtney Upshaw, Michael Williams and Dont'a Hightower. Damian Square has a chance to be an outstanding outside linebacker and Alonzo Lawrence and Robby Green are two gems at cornerback. Incredibly, Alabama is still waiting on signing day decisions from Julio Jones (WR), Jerrell Harris (LB), T.J. Bryant (CB), Robert Quinn (DE), Mark Ingram (RB), and Marcel Dareus (DT).
The big fish that got away: Dee Finley (S)
2) Notre Dame
Headliners: Dayne Crist (QB), Ethan Johnson (DL)
Notre Dame got off to a blistering start in recruiting and has been the top rated team from our initial team rankings release back in the summer. Even their horrific 3-9 '07 season didn't set the Fighting Irish back. Charlie Weis has never had trouble signing offensive recruits and this season is no different as five-star prospects Dayne Crist (QB), Michael Floyd (WR) and Kyle Rudolph (TE) are all headed to South Bend. Also pencil in National Top 100 members Deion Walker (WR) and Trevor Robinson (OG). What separates this class from previous Notre Dame classes is what they did on defense. They finally landed players at all defensive positions with speed and athleticism led by Ethan Johnson (DL), Sean Cwynar (DL), Darius Fleming (LB), Steve Filer (LB), Jamoris Slaughter (S), Robert Blanton (CB) and Dan McCarthy (S). This class has balance and many will have a chance to make immediate contributions.
The big fish that got away: Omar Hunter (DT)
Headliners: A.J. Green (WR), DeAngelo Tyson (DT)
You can count on several things always happening, death, taxes and the Georgia Bulldogs always recruiting well. They have been arguably one of the most consistent teams in terms of recruiting for a while now and this season is no different. The Dawgs nailed it at just about every position but quarterback and that's okay. A.J. Green (WR) is one of the nation's finest prospects and he should make a big, early splash in Athens. So to could Tavarres King (WR), who is a big time playmaker. UGA hit the mother lode at running back with Richard Samuel, Carlton Thomas and Dontavius Jackson. Georgia always seems to do well at the line of scrimmage and this class is no different. Cordy Glenn (OT), A.J. Harmon (OT/OG), Ben Jones (C), DeAngelo Tyson (DT), Cornelius Washington (DE), Toby Jackson (DE) is as solid as they come. The back seven is talented too led by Marcus Dowtin (LB), Brandon Boykin (CB) and Baccari Rambo (S). Blair Walsh (K) is the nation's top rated place kicker.
The big fish that got away: Brice Butler (WR)
Headliners: Aldarius Johnson (WR), Marcus Forston (DT)
The Hurricanes landed their best class in years. This group of incoming freshmen should not only make a big impact next season but they should be the nucleus behind a Miami resurgence back to becoming a national power. Most of this class is from their backyard (Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties). The Hurricanes need immediate help at quarterback and they are bringing in three signal callers; Jacory Harris, Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith. All should push red-shirt freshman Robert Marve, although they are likely fighting to be his backup. Aldarius Johnson will see early playing time and could be in the starting lineup early in the '08 season. In fact, all the receivers have a chance to see early playing time. Both fullbacks, Patrick Hill and John Calhoun, should see the field early as well. On the other side of the ball, watch out. Marcus Forston (DT) is one of the nation's top prospects regardless of position while Arthur Brown (LB), Sean Spence (LB), Jordan Futch (LB), and Vaughn Telemaque (S), and C.J. Holton (S) all can get to the football in a hurry.
Miami is waiting on decisions from Jamie Harper (RB), Tommy Streeter (WR), Tay Odoms (WR), LaRon Byrd (WR), Brandon Harris (CB), T.J. Bryant (CB), Benjamin Jones (OT), and Corey Liuget and others.
The big fish that got away: Matt Patchan (OT)
Headliners: Jordan Jefferson (QB), Patrick Johnson (CB)
What does LSU do to follow up their National Championship season? They reel in one of the country's finest recruiting classes. Jordan Jefferson (QB) is a terrific quarterback prospect that is athletic and raw. He has great upside and has a chance to develop into something quite special for Les Miles. Kellen Theroit (FB) is the nation's top fullback prospect. The Tigers will sign some home grown talent at receiver with Chris Tolliver, Timothy Molton, DeAngelo Peterson, and Jhyryn Tylor and tight end with Lavarr Edwards, Tyler Edwards and Matt Branch. LSU is bringing in some mammoth tackles on the offensive line and two athletic ends in Chancey Aghayere and Chase Clement. Ryan Baker (LB) and Kyle Prater (LB) run as well as anyone. The secondary will get a big boost from Karnell Hatcher (S), Rocky Duplessis (S), Patrick Johnson (CB) and Brandon Taylor (CB). The Tigers are still waiting on T.J. Bryant (CB).
The big fish that got away: DeAndre Brown (WR)
6) Florida State
Headliners: E.J. Manuel (QB), Nigel Bradham (DT)
The ‘Noles needed an influx of talent at the skill positions and that's exactly what they have done. The gem of this class is E.J. Manuel (QB), the nation's No. 2 rated signal caller. Manuel has all the makings to be an outstanding quarterback at the next level. Just be patient with him if you love the garnet and gold. Manuel is surrounded by plenty of weapons in running backs Jermaine Thomas, British Footman, wide receiver Corey Surrency and Avis Commack and tight end JaBaris Little. Florida State is also addressing their offensive line needs with some mammoth (4) offensive tackles averaging 6-6. Defensively, FSU has always recruited well and this class is no different. This group is led by Moses McCray (DT), Anthony Hill (DT), Everett Hawkins (DE), Nigel Bradham (LB), Nigel Carr (LB), Vincent Williams (LB), Travis Arnold (S), Nick Moody (S) and Terrance Parks (CB). Can the ‘Noles steal Julio Jones (WR) away from Alabama? They are also waiting on Josh Jenkins (OG) and T.J. Bryant (CB).
The big fish that got away: Keith Wells (DE)
Headliners: Matt Patchan (OT), Will Hill (S)
Florida hit all their needs, although the Gators failed to land a big time running back again. Secondary was a huge priority and UF Head Coach Urban Meyer is bringing in the nation's top safety in Will Hill. Hill has fantastic range and will light you up. He should make an immediate impact at free safety in Gainesville. Dee Finley (S), Janoris Jenkins (CB), Jeremy Brown (CB), and Adrian Bushell (CB) will all have a chance to push for quick playing time as well in the Florida secondary. The linebacker position got a dose of speed with Ramon Buchanan and Lerentee McCray while Brandon Beal is a guy that plays with a ton of aggression. Up front Earl Okine (DE), Omar Hunter (DT), Troy Epps (DT), and William Green (DE/LB) all bring something different to the table. Hunter should get a chance to work his way into the tackle rotation from the get go. Byron Jones and Sam Robey could play on either side of the ball while Matt Patchan (OT) could begin his career for the Gators first playing defensive end. The offense is also getting a dose of speed with Jeff Demps (RB/WR), who just may be the fastest player in the nation. Carl Moore (WR) is a physical wide out with size while T.J. Pridemore (FB/LB) could be the next Billy Latsko (former UF FB) for the Gator offense. This is Meyer's third big time recruiting class in a row.
The big fish that got away: Michael Brewster (C)
Headliners: Aundre Dean (RB), Rahim Moore (S)
What a roller coaster ride it has been for the Bruins the past few months. First, they put together a super recruiting class under the guidance of Karl Dorrell. Then he gets fired and things head south for UCLA. They hire Rick Neuheisel, who keeps defensive coordinator Dwayne Walker (a super recruiter and key to keeping this class together) and then they go out and get Norm Chow to run their offense. Things may have been dicey for a while but it all worked out great for the Bruins. Offensively five-star JuCo quarterback Kevin Craft is headed to UCLA, as is wide receivers Nelson Rosario, Jerry Johnson and Antwon Moutra. Aundre Dean (RB) just re-committed to the Bruins and he is a big time back from Texas. They are looking good on the other side of the ball with Rahim Moore (S) and E.J. Woods (S). The Bruins have solid linebackers with Patrick Larimore and Donovan Carter while Anthony Dye (CB) is one of the top cover guys in America. Up front, Damien Holmes (DE) is one of the country's finest pass rushing prospects. Jeff Locke could be a gem at punter and kicker. He is outstanding in both and may be the nation's top overall kicker.
The big fish that got away: Uona Kaveinga (LB)
9) Texas A&M
Headliners: Cyrus Gray (RB), Kyle Mangum (LB)
Kudos to new Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman and his staff for a job well down. Anytime you have a short recruiting window like he and his staff have had and finish in the top 10 overall you did an amazing job. Tommy Dorman (QB) is a signal caller that can beat you with his arm and legs. Cyrus Gray (RB) is one of the country's top backs who has great quickness and speed and is deadly in space. Jeffrey Fuller (WR) is one of the most coveted wideouts in the Southwest. He is blessed with outstanding size and versatility. So is Sedrick Johnson (WR). You have to love what A&M did both sides of the lines of scrimmage with Joe Villavisencio (OT), Briant Thomas (OG), Rod Davis (DT), Adren Dorsey (DT), Kapron Lewis-Moore (DE), Tony Jerod (DE) and others. They are bringing in 12 linemen. Kyle Mangum (LB) leads the linebacker corps while Keon Furtch (S), Trent Hunter (S), and Jordan Fields (CB) are all standouts in the secondary. Texas A&M is still waiting on a few big names to make it official with Aundre Dean (RB) and Aaron Boyd (WR).
The big fish that got away: J.B. Shugarts
Headliners: Kavario Middleton (TE), Everette Thompson (DE)
The Huskies were one of a few recruiting surprises this season. Washington will sign a big name recruit at just about every position with Chris Polk (RB), Jermaine Kearse (WR), Kavario Middleton (TE), Senio Kelemete (OT), Alameda Ta'amu (OG), Everette Thompso (DE) and Craig Noble (DT). They are bringing in a ton of skilled players; three quarterbacks, four running backs, three receivers and a tight end. Washington also has committed six offensive line prospects. Defensively, the Huskies are getting help in the secondary with six defensive backs headed their way. When it's all said and done Washington will finish with one of the top classes from the West Coast. What is this, 1990?
The big fish that got away: David DeCastro (C)
Headliners: Justin Johnson (RB), R.J. Washington (DE)
Once again the Sooners raided the Lone Star State, getting commitments thus far 10 prospects including big time recruits in Justin Johnson (RB), Jermie Calhoun (RB), R.J. Washington (DE), James Hanna (TE), Britt Mitchell (OT), Stephen Good (OG), and Joseph Ibiloye (S). You got to love what Oklahoma did at receiver, getting Josh Jarboe, Jameel Owens and DeJuan Miller, three outstanding playmakers. Good, Ben Habern (C), Stacey McGee (DT), David King (DE) and Washington led a strong group of both sides of the ball along the lines of scrimmage. Daniel Franklin (LB) is a very good prospect flying a little bit under the radar while Ibiloye is one of the nation's top safeties. OU also went the JuCo route to get help in their back seven for the Sooner defense. Then there is Landry Jones (QB), one of the nation' top signal callers, who has pledged to Oklahoma.
The big fish that got away: Lynn Katao (LB)
Headliners: Dan Buckner (WR), Aaron Williams (CB)
This is a very well balanced class minus the quarterback position (like Georgia) for Mack Brown and his Longhorns. Texas nailed just about every position. UT has got quality at running back with Jeremy Hills and Tre Newton and quality and quantity at receiver with Dan Buckner, DeSean Hales, Derrick Grant, and Antoine Hicks. In fact, it's one of the better wide receiver classes in the nation. Texas will get three super o-linemen in David Snow, Mark Buchanan, and Luke Poehlmann. Meanwhile, the Longhorns did well up front on the other side of the ball with Jarvis Humphrey (DT) and Kheeston Randall. Texas got a good trio of linebackers in Ryan Roberson, Emmanuel Acho and Dravannti Johnson. Aaron Williams (CB) headlines a good group in the secondary with D.J. Monroe (CB) and Nolan Brewster (S). The only thing missing from this class is a pass rusher or two. The Longhorns will get a big boost if they can pull Darrell Scott (RB) on National Signing Day.
The big fish that got away: R.J. Washington (DE)
Headliners: Sam McGuffie (RB), Boubacar Cissoko (CB)
Wow, this is an impressive recruiting class for new Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez. At running back, the explosive Sam McGuffie should be a perfect fit at this position in the spread attack. Daryl Stonum is one of the nation's top receivers and he has speed to burn and makes big plays. Kevin Koger is just a terrific big athlete that is good enough to play on either side of the ball at tight end or defensive end. Like Koger, Christian Wilson is another solid two-way guy that projects as a tight end. Dan O'Neill (OT), Elliot Mealer (OT), and Kurt Wermers (OG) lead a solid offensive front. Mike Martin (DT) is their lone defensive line commitment to date. J.B. Fitzgerald and Marcus Witherspoon (LB) are two very athletic linebackers while Brandon Smith (S) and Boubacar Cissoko (CB) are as good as they get in the secondary. The Wolverines have got to land a quarterback or two and all eyes are on Terrelle Pryor? Can Michigan beat Ohio State and everyone else for the nation's top prep player? Will they sign more than one? Can they land in-state star defensive end Nicolas Perry (DE)? The Wolverinesjust landed a big one from Texas in Terrence Robinson.
The big fish that got away: Jamoris Slaughter (S)
14) Arizona State
Headliners: Gerrell Robinson (WR), Lawrence Guy (DT)
It's been quite a year for Dennis Erickson and his Sun Devils. They were one of the surprises on the field in '07 and their success on the gridiron ha helped them off the field in recruiting. ASU has one of the top recruiting classes west of the Mississippi. This group is led offensively by Jack Elway (QB), the son of legendary quarterback John Elway. Ryan Bass (RB) is one of the top running back prospects on the west coast. They turned Gerrell Robinson (WR) away from Arizona. He is a splendid athlete that could help out Arizona State on either side of the ball. Robinson isn't he only big time playmaker headed to ASU as Kemonte Bateman (WR), Jarrell Barbour (WR) and Steven Figueroa (TE) all have great potential. Bateman was previously committed to UCLA. Perhaps the strength of this class could be up front led by Zach Schlink (OT). Defensively, Lawrence Guy (DT) heads the class, as he is widely regarded as the top defensive tackle prospect out west. Staying here, the Sun Devils are loading up at this position with Specner Gasu, Zeb Togiai, Toa Tuitea, and Otis Jones. Defensive end Eugene Germany is one of the top JuCo prospects in the nation. In all, ASU is bringing in 11 total linemen. The Sun Devils also went the JuCo route in the secondary.
The big fish that got away: Dion Jordan (TE)
Headliners: Andre Ellington (RB), Daquan Bowers (DL)
Wow. This is quite a class for Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden and arguably his best group on paper to date. This Tiger contingent is led by Daquan Bowers (DE), who is the top defensive prospect in America regardless of position. Barring injury he should have provide a nice impact for the Clemson defense. Throw in Brandon Thompson (DT) and you have a very nice one-two punch up front. The Tiger incoming linebackers are solid and you have to really like what they did in the secondary with Spencer Adams (S) and Xavier Brewer (CB). They are both outstanding athletes with versatility. Offensively, Kyle Parker (QB) looks like he will fit the Clemson scheme quite well. He is an accurate thrower with mobility. Speaking of fitting the system, Ellington (RB) is perfect for that offense. He is great in space and is effective in the passing game. Ellington has big play capability every time he touches the ball. Branden Ford (WR) gives them good size at receiver. Speaking of size, the Tigers did well up front, specifically the interior of the offensive line with Dalton Freeman (OG) and Kenneth Page (OG). Things are looking very bright in Clemson, as a few members of this class could help the Tigers to a potential ACC title next season.
The big fish that got away: A.J. Green (WR)
Headliners: Tyron Smith (OT), Armond Armstead (DT)
So what has happened to USC? Has the talent the Trojans have acquired over the last five recruiting seasons has finally caught up with Southern Cal? They finished No. 2 (2007), No. 1 ('06), No. 6 ('05), No. 1 ('04) and No. 1 ('03). That is an absolutely extraordinary run. One thing is certain, this USC class is strong up front, especially along the offensive line with three of the nation's top offensive tackles in Tyron Smith, Matt Kalil and Matt Meyer. The Trojans also have two terrific interior guys in Daniel Campbell and Khaled Holmes. Blake Ayles (TE) is potentially a future superstar that can do it all from the tight end position. Southern Cal is bringing in a big time play maker in D.J. Shoemate and a terrific receiver in Brice Butler. Curtis McNeal (RB) may be small but pound for pound he is one of the top players in the country. Defensively, Armstead (DT) is solid in the middle and Wes Horton (DE) is good off the edge. Maurice Simmons is one of the fastest linebackers in the nation. How will USC close between now and National Signing Day? They are still waiting on some big time recruits like T.J. Bryant (CB), Nicholas Perry (DE), Jerrell Harris (LB) and others.
The big fish that got away: Chris Polk (RB)
17) Ohio State
Headliners: Mike Adams (OT), Etienne Sabino (LB)
Now this is a heck of a recruiting class by Jim Tressel and his Ohio State Buckeyes. They have perhaps one of the best offensive line units in recent memory with Mike Adams (OT), Michael Brewster (C/OG) and J.B. Shugarts (OT). Adams in the nation's No. 2 tackle and Shugarts is ranked No. 7 while Brewster is the top rated center. The Buckeyes could also close with the nation's top offensive guard in Josh Jenkins. Lamarr Thomas is an exciting running back with excellent speed and quick while DeVier Posey is a physical receiver with size. Jacob Stoneburner will likely grow into an athletic tight end and he should cause some serious matchup problems for opposing defenses. Ohio State always does well defensively. This group is led by Garrett Goebel (DT), Willie Mobley (DT), Nathan Williams (DE), Etienne Sabino (LB), Andrew Sweat (LB), Travis Howard (CB). The Buckeyes could close like a sledgehammer, as they are awaiting decisions from Terrelle Pryor (QB), Brandon Harris (CB), Keith Wells (DE) and Jenkins.
The big fish that got away: Michael Floyd (WR)
Headliners: A.J. Jenkins (WR), Reggie Ellis (DT)
Ron Zook is at it again and you can bet that as long as he's in charge of this program that they will be a fixture in the top 20 recruiting rankings. The Illini grabbed a solid signal caller from the south in Jacob Charest (QB) and some quality backs in Mikel Leshoure, Jason Ford and Deries Hodge. They also landed some top flight players on the edge in A.J. Jenkins (WR) and Cordale Scott (WR). They should compliment Arrelious Benn very nicely in Champaign. Hubie Graham should develop into a quality tight end. Across the offensive front, Illinois is bringing in four OLs, including one of the better tackle prospects from the Midwest in Graham Pocic. Reggie Ellis (DT), Corey Liuget (DE) and Glenn Foster (DE) lead this defensive class. Donsay Hardemann (S) is one of the top JuCo defensive backs in the nation. Illinois would love to close with Jamie Harper (RB) away from the Sunshine State.
Kenny Tate (WR)
Headliners: DeRon Furr (QB), Andre Wadley (DE)
Perhaps the top recruit for Auburn for the Class of 2008 is not a player but a coach, as Tiger Head Coach Tommy Tuberville went out and landed offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. He will open up the Auburn offense and that will help attract more playmakers. In fact, it's already started. Barrett Trotter, Chris Todd and DeRon Furr all appear to be good a fit at quarterback to battle Kodi Burns. The Tigers needed receivers and landed their share with Jarmon Forston, Damion Allen, Harry Adams, Darvin Adams and Philip Piere-Louis. Running backs Reggie Hunt and Eric Smith both bring something different to the table in terms of running styles. Can Auburn hang on to Enrique Davis (RB)? Auburn got two big time defensive ends in JuCo transfer Raven Gray (DE) and Andre Wadley (DE). T'Sharvan Bell (S) leads a solid secondary headed to the plains. Auburn could close strong as they are awaiting the decisions of Jerrell Harris (LB), Marcel Dareus (DT), Antoine McClain (OT), and others.
The big fish that got away: Mark Barron (LB)
Headliners: Jonathan Baldwin (WR), Shayne Hale (DE)
For the third consecutive season the Panthers have landed a top 25 recruiting class. Pitt finished eighth last season and 11th in 2006. They landed four big name recruits in Chris Burns (RB), Jonathan Baldwin (WR), Lucas Nix (OT), and Shayne Hale (DE). This quartet are all regarded among one of the best at their respective positions. Burns is a big play back while Baldwin is just a big and dominant wide receiver. Nix is a nasty and explosive offensive line prospect while Hale is one of the most athletic big men in the country. Also headed to the Panthers are Cameron Saddler (RB), Mike Cruz (TE), Ryan Turnley (OT), Manny Williams (S), Jared Holley (CB) and Antwaun Reed (CB). Pitt is bringing in a trio of quarterbacks including JuCo transfer Greg Cross.
The big fish that got away: Terrelle Pryor (QB)
21) Virginia Tech
Headliners: Ryan Williams (RB), Bruce Taylor (LB)
This is a huge recruiting haul for Frank Beamer and his Hokies. They got a little of bit of everything and a lot at running back, wide receiver, linebacker and defensive backs. Virginia Tech landed running backs Ryan Williams, Dyrell Roberts and Tony Gregory and wideouts D.J. Coles, Xavier Boyce, Derrick McCoy, Jarrett Boykin, Kendrick Pressley, and Austin Fuller. Williams has a chance to be a great one in Blacksburg while Coles leads this wide receiver corps. Vinston Painter (OL) is one of the nation's top offensive line prospects and he could end up at either tackle or guard. The strength of this Hokie defensive class is their back seven. This group is led by linebacker Bruce Taylor (MLB), safety E.J. Whitley and cornerback Lorenzo Williams. Virginia Tech would love to close with Leon Mackey (OL/DL).
The big fish that got away: Bobby Massie (OT)
Headliners: Baker Steinkuhler (OG), Will Compton (LB)
If you follow Nebraska recruiting then you will certainly need a little break after National Signing Day because the past few months have not been for the faint of heart. Former head coach Bill Callahan was actually pulling in a nice class. But since their on-field '07 collapse and his firing there was a mutiny of sorts. Committed players Shaun Mohler (LB), Doug Rippy (LB), Bryce Givers (OT), and Josh Williams (DE) all decommitted from Nebraska and committed to Colorado. Now, Williams is headed back to Lincoln. Trevor Robinson (OT) is now headed to Notre Dame, Darius Parish (DT) is now headed to Kansas, Adrian Hilburn (WR) is now headed to Kansas State, Blaine Gabbert (QB) is now headed to Missouri, Eric Harper (LB) is now headed to Louisiana Tech, D.J. Wood (WR) committed to West Virginia then to Cincinnati, Riley Reiff (DE) is headed to Iowa, Eddie Brown (DT) is headed to Texas A&M and Jonas Gray (RB) is headed to Notre Dame. Did you get all that? Nebraska lost a dozen prospects. Through it all there is still some quality prospects headed to Lincoln like Kody Spano (QB), Collins Okafor (RB), Antonio Bell (WR), Ben Cotton (TE), Baker Steinkuhler (OG), Brandon Thompson (OT), Josh Williams (DE), Will Compton (LB), Sean Fisher (LB), and David Whitmore (CB). Nebraska and Bo Pelini are not done and waiting on decisions on about at least nine players.
The big fish that got away: Blaine Gabbert (QB)
23) Boston College
Headliners: Josh Haden (RB), Kaleb Ramsey (DE)
The Eagles are thriving in recruiting after their stellar '07 campaign. Matt Ryan (QB) is gone and Boston College is looking for his replacement down the line. BC is bringing in four quarterbacks including Justin Tuggle and JuCo transfer Codi Boek. Tuggle is athletic in the pocket with a lively arm. The Eagles are looking for a home run threat at running back and they are hoping Josh Haden is their guy. He's strong and explosive. BC did well up front, especially with Patrick Neumann (OT) and Mike Goodman (OT). Defensively, Ramsey (DE) leads a pretty balanced unit. He is an outstanding athlete blessed with all the attributes to be a good lineman for the Eagles. Okechukwu Okoroha (S) and Junior Okpara (CB) are two very good secondary prospects. Okpara had previously been committed to Arkansas. Boston College would love to land the versatile Terrence Robinson (Ath) from the state of Texas to cap off this class.
The big fish that got away: Brendan Beal (LB)
Headliners: MarQueis Gray (QB), Traye Simmons (CB)
Minnesota is ranked fifth in the Big 10 recruiting rankings and that's amazing considering they only won one game. And that also goes to show you just how good this staff is in terms of recruiting. Heading this Minnesota class is quarterback is MarQueis Gray. He is the Juice Williams for the Golden Gophers. This is a player that Brewster can certainly build his future offense around, just like the Illini did with Williams. Gray is athletic and can beat a defense with his arm and legs. Wide receiver Brandon Green (Chicago, Ill.) is another one to watch on offense. In fact, all the receivers will have to chance to contribute next season, especially Green and Vince Hill. Minnesota landed a trio of backs including local star Shady Salamon. The Gophers are only bringing in one offensive lineman. This '08 recruiting class is top heavy on defense, with many players at all positions that are speedy and athletic and many will have a chance to make an impact next season. Tim McGee (DT), Brandon Kirksey (DT), Tracey Robertson (DE) and D.L. Wilhite (DE) are all on the athletic side with a chance to make a splash in '08. The Gophers landed a dozen recruits in their back seven including Traye Simmons (CB), Jonathan Dandridge (CB), Kevin Whaley (CB), Rex Sharpe (LB), Sam Maresh (LB), and Spencer Reeves (LB).
The big fish that got away: Willie Mobley (DT)
Headliners: Peter Konz (OT), Tyler Westphal (DE)
The Badgers have quietly put together a good group of recruits for their Class of 2008. There's some beef coming to Madison, as Wisconsin is bringing in ten linemen, four on offense and six on defense. Leading this group is defensive end Tyler Westphal. He plays with a ton of energy, is deceptively quick off the edge and a very good pass rusher. Anthony Mains and Brendan Kelly both have great size (6-6 and 6-7 respectively) and can both get after the quarterback. Between them Mains and Kelly recorded 29 sacks this past season. Offensive tackles Peter Konz and Joe Schafer and guards Jake Current and Kevin Zeitler are four very solid offensive line prospects. Curt Phillips is a very productive quarterback that threw for 2,263 yards and 17 scores and rushed for 1,885 yards and 40 touchdowns. Erik Smith has a chance to be another very good back in Madison. He hits the hole hard and quick and can break away from the pack. Their back seven is led by linebackers Leonard Hubbard and Dex Jones, cornerback Marcus Cromartie and safety Kevin Claxton.
The big fish that got away: Jon Major
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