Class of '05: Top 10 Football Recruiting Classes

With the dust having settled on this year's National Signing Day, SchoolSports.com takes a look at the Top 10 football recruiting classes from the Class of 2005. Find out which team took home top honors this year.


Many of the nation's top programs did a tremendous job on National Signing Day this year. But out of all the schools, Tennessee was the one that earned our ranking as the No. 1 football recruiting class after picking up an incredible 10 recruits who are rated in the SchoolSports.com National Top 100.

While the Vols came away with the No. 1 class, recruiting juggernaut USC finished right behind with its nine Top 100 recruits. Any other year and the Trojans would have finished on top, but their class wasn't quite as deep as Tennessee's due to a limited number of scholarships. Other schools in our Top 10 include Iowa, Nebraska and Cal, which are programs that haven't been used to top recruiting classes in recent years.

Without further ado, here is SchoolSports.com's look at the Top 10 football recruiting classes of 2004.

Top 10 Football Recruiting Classes of 2005


1. Tennessee

Top 100 recruits:
No. 21 LaMarcus Coker, RB, Antioch (Tenn.)
No. 26 Demetrice Morley, DB, Miami Killian (Fla.)
No. 48 Todd Cox, LB, Harding Academy (Tenn.)
No. 61 Jon Crompton, QB, Tuscola (N.C.)
No. 71 Raymond Henderson, DL, Oak Creek (Wis.)
No. 82 Chris Scott, OL, Lovejoy (Ga.)
No. 90 Adam Myers-White, DB, Hamilton (Ohio)
No. 91 Andre Mathis, LB, Erie Cathedral Prep (Pa.)
No. 95 Rico McCoy, LB, St. John's (D.C.)
No. 96 Josh McNeil, OL, Collins (Miss.)

Other Recruits of Note: Montario Hardesty, DB, New Bern (N.C.); Jeff Cottam, TE, Germantown (Tenn.); Wes Brown, OL, Athens (Ala.); Lucas Taylor, DB, Carencro (La.); Slick Shelley, WR, Southside (Ark.); Gerald Williams, LB, Boyd Anderson (Fla.); Vladimir Richard, DL, Piper (Fla.); Josh Briscoe, WR, Burns (N.C.)


2. USC

Top 100 recruits:
No. 9 Mark Sanchez, QB, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
No. 11 Patrick Turner, WR, Goodpasture Christian (Tenn.)
No. 13 Luthur Brown, LB, Lakewood (Calif.)
No. 34 Averell Spicer, DL, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
No. 54 Brian Cushing, LB, Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
No. 62 Rey Maualuga, LB, Eureka (Calif.)
No. 70 Kyle Moore, DL, Houston County (Ga.)
No. 88 Walker Ashley, DL, Eden Prairie (Minn.)
No. 97 Kevin Thomas, DB, Rio Mesa (Calif.)

Other Recruits of Note: Will Harris, DB, Charter Oak (Calif.); Cary Harris, DB, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (Calif.); Charles Brown, TE, Diamond Ranch (Calif.); Michael Coleman, DB, Arroyo Valley (Calif.); Kaluka Maiava, LB, Baldwin (Hawaii)


3. Florida State

Top 100 recruits:
No. 2 Fred Rouse, WR, Lincoln (Fla.)
No. 16 Antone Smith, RB, Pahokee (Fla.)
No. 20 Callahan Bright, DL, Harriton (Pa.)
No. 42 Michael Ray Garvin, DB, Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)
No. 47 Eugene Hayes, LB, Madison County (Fla.)
No. 56 Derek Nicholson, LB, Mount Tabor (N.C.)
No. 76 Matt Hardrick, OL, Edgewater (Fla.)
No. 78 Matt Dunham, RB/LB, Pacelli (Ga.)

Other Recruits of Note: Neefy Moffett, LB, Palm Bay (Fla.); Clarence Ward, DB, Pensacola (Fla.); Justin Mincey, DL, Charlton County (Ga.); Jamie Robinson, DB, Northwestern (N.C.); Everette Brown, LB, Beddingfield (N.C.); Dan Foster, LB, Early County (Ga.); Kendrick Stewart, DL, Lakeland (Fla.)


4. Michigan

Top 100 recruits:
No. 24 Kevin Grady Jr., RB, East Grand Rapids (Mich.)
No. 36 Antonio Bass, QB/WR, Jackson (Mich.)
No. 53 Marques Slocum, OL/DL, West Catholic (Pa.)
No. 67 James McKinney, DL, Central (Ky.)
No. 80 Terrance Taylor, DL, Muskegon (Mich.)
No. 85 David Moosman, OL, Libertyville (Mich.)

Other Recruits of Note: Mario Manningham, WR, Warren G. Harding (Ohio); Justin Schifano, OL, Webster (N.Y.); Tim McAvoy, OL, Bloomington (Ill.); Brandon Harrison, DB, Chaminade Julienne (Ohio); Jason Forcier, QB, St. Augustine (Calif.); Brandon Logan, DB, Lexington Catholic (Ky.); Cory Zirbel, OL, Murray (Ky.); Laterryal Savoy, WR, Mamou (La.); Mister Simpson, RB, Colerain (Ohio)


5. Nebraska

Top 100 recruits:
No. 41 Marlon Lucky, RB, North Hollywood (Calif.)
No. 63 Ndamukong Suh, DL, Grant (Ore.)
No. 81 Leon Jackson, RB, Pasco (Wash.)

Other Recruits of Note: Craig Roark, OL, Ada (Okla.); Harrison Beck, QB, Countryside (Fla.); Chris Brooks, WR, Hazelwood East (Mo.); Phillip Dillard, LB, Jenks (Okla.); Rodney Picou, OL, Canyon Springs (Calif.); Zach Potter, TE, Creighton Prep (Neb.); Jordan Congdon, K, St. Augustine (Calif.); Barry Turner, DL, Brentwood Academy (Tenn.)


6. Oklahoma

Top 100 recruits:
No. 14 Ryan Reynolds, LB, Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
No. 28 DeMarcus Granger, DL, Kimball (Texas)
No. 35 Malcolm Kelly, WR, Longview (Texas)
No. 55 Reggie Smith, DB, Santa Fe (Okla.)
No. 73 Curtis Lofton, LB, Kingfisher (Okla.)
No. 86 Jesse White, OL, Mullen (Colo.)

Other Recruits of Note: Keenan Clayton, DB, Sulphur Springs (Texas); Eric Huggins, WR, Conway (S.C.); Manuel Johnson, WR, Gilmer (Texas); Lamont Robinson, LB, Salem (N.J.); Nic Harris, LB, Alexandria (La.); Brian Jackson, DB, DeSoto (Texas)


7. Iowa

Top 100 recruits:
No. 25 Dan Doering, OL, Barrington (Ill.)
No. 43 Dace Richardson, OL, Warrenville South (Ill.)
No. 69 Anthony Moeaki, TE, Warrenville South (Ill.)
No. 75 Jake Christensen, QB, Lockport (Ill.)

Other Recruits of Note: Ryan Bain, DL, Bolingbrook (Ill.); Rafael Eubanks, OL, Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.); Tyler Blum, OL, Walnut (Iowa); Alex Kanellis, DL, West Senior (Iowa); Trey Stross, WR, Avon Lake (Ohio); Kalvin Bailey, RB, Armwood (Fla.); Corey Robertson, RB, Denison (Texas); Pat Angerer, LB, Bettendorf (Iowa)


8. Georgia

Top 100 recruits:
No. 23 C.J. Byrd, WR/DB, North Augusta (S.C.)
No. 40 Bryan Evans, DB, Ed White (Fla.)
No. 46 Darius Dewberry, LB, Peach County (Ga.)
No. 60 Kade Weston, DL, Red Bank (N.J.)
No. 98 Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Independence (N.C.)

Other Recruits of Note: Brandon Sesay, DL, Douglass (Ga.); Roderick Battle, DL, Douglass (Ga.); Joe Cox, QB, Independence (N.C.); Corey Moon, DL, Decatur (Ga.); Jeffrey Owens, DL, Plantation (Fla.); Tavares Kearney, LB, Tucker (Ga.); Mike Moore, WR, North Broward Prep (Fla.)


9. Miami

Top 100 recruits:
No. 10 Kenneth Phillips, DB, Miami Carol City (Fla.)
No. 12 DajLeon Farr, TE, North Shore (Texas)
No. 31 Reginald Youngblood, OL, Washington (Texas)
No. 39 Spencer Adkins, LB, Naples (Fla.)

Other Recruits of Note: Randy Phillips, DB, Glades Central (Fla.); Richard Gordon, TE/DL, Miami Norland (Fla.); Bruce Johnson, DB, Suwannee (Fla.); Courtney Harris, DL, Jupiter (Fla.); Antonio Dixon, DL, Milford Prep (N.Y.); A.J. Trump, OL, Central Catholic (Fla.); Chris Barney, OL, Miami Northwestern (Fla.); Demetri Stewart, LB, Northeast (Fla.)


10. California

Top 100 recruits:
No. 49 DeSean Jackson, WR, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
No. 74 Kyle Reed, QB, McClymonds (Calif.)

Other Recruits of Note: Syd'Quan Thompson, DB, Grant (Calif.); Kevin Bemoll, OL, Mission Viejo (Calif.); Anthony Felder, LB, O'Dea (Wash.); Jesse Canada, WR, Monrovia (Calif.); Robert Peele, DB, Fresno Edison (Calif.); Zack Follett, LB, Clovis (Calif.); Marcus Ezeff, DB, Montgomery (Calif.); Tad Smith, DL, Stockton St. Mary's (Calif.); Eddie Young, DL, Berkeley (Calif.); Jesse Brooks, DB, Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.)



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