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Top 25 Recruiting Classes

Trojans, Gators top Scout.com's list for Class of 2006

Posted: Tuesday January 31, 2006 7:42PM; Updated: Thursday February 2, 2006 12:21PM
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The rankings are based on commitment data and ratings compiled by Scout.com's analysts, including Jamie Newberg and Allen Wallace. Newberg breaks down the nation's top 25 classes below.

SI.com/Scout.com Top 25 Recruiting Classes
As of Noon, Feb. 2, 2006. Click on a team for analysis.
Click here for complete, team-by-team commit lists.

Top 25 Recruiting Classes of 2006
Rank Team (Click on team name for full commit list)
1

USC
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
RB Stafon Johnson (2), S Taylor Mays (2)
NEWBERG'S ANALYSIS: USC is sitting on 24 commitments, and 13 of those prospects are in the Scout.com National Hot 100: running back Emmauel Moody, running back/safety Johnson, wide receivers Vidal Hazelton and David Ausberry, OL/DL Butch Lewis, defensive tackle Derrick Simmons, linebackers Allen Bradford and Josh Tatum, cornerback Shareece Wright and safeties C.J. Gable, Mays and Antwine Perez. Hazelton is the nation's top receiver, while Ausberry is in the mold of Dwayne Jarrett. Gable, Mays and Perez make up the top safety class in the country; all are great athletes who can hit. This is a star-studded class and another example of the rich getting richer.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: WR Percy Harvin (Florida)
2

Florida
Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow (AP)
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
QB Tim Tebow (3), WR Percy Harvin (2)
NEWBERG'S ANALYSIS: In his second season -- and first full year to recruit -- Urban Meyer and his staff did a stellar job putting together the nation's No. 2 class. This is a deep, balanced group with lots of speed and athleticism, and it filled the Gators' needs all across the board. Tebow looks to be a perfect fit for Meyer's spread offense, and he'll have an array of wide receivers coming in with him -- Harvin, Justin Williams and Jarred Fayson. The O-line group is spearheaded by big Carl Johnson and Marcus Gilbert. Florida is just as stout on the defensive side, led by linebackers Brandon Spikes, A.J. Jones and Dustin Doe, defensive linemen Brandon Antwine and Jermaine Cunningham, and defensive backs Jamar Hornsby, Riley Cooper, Bryan Thomas and Jacques Rickerson. Top-20 running back Mon Williams was a big-time acquisition on Signing Day.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: OL Sam Young (Notre Dame)
3

Texas
Ken Beasley
Ken Beasley (Scout.com)
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
QB Jevan Snead (6), LB Sergio Kindle (1)
NEWBERG'S ANALYSIS: With the momentum gained from a national championship, the 'Horns are putting together a super class. Coach Mack Brown, one of the nation's top recruiters, secured more than 20 commitments before the season even started. They stole Snead from the University of Florida and signed another athletic signal-caller in Sherrod Harris. Texas is bringing in two smaller running backs in Vondrell McGee and Antwan Cobb, as well as wide receivers Phillip Payne and Montre Webber. Josh Marshall and J'Marcus Webb led their tight end and offensive line groups respectively. On the other side of the ball, the 'Horns are getting the nation's No. 1 defensive end and linebacker in Eddie Jones and Kindle, respectively. Dustin Earnest is also a top-notch middle linebacker. Don't be surprised if one of the gems of this class is Ken Beasley. He can do it all at both wide receiver and cornerback.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: QB Matthew Stafford (Georgia)
4

Georgia
Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford (Scout.com)
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
QB Matthew Stafford (2), DE Brandon Wood (4)
NEWBERG'S ANALYSIS: Quietly, the Dawgs have quietly become a regular in the recruiting top 10. Coach Mark Richt and his staff have a knack for getting blue-chip prospects from the South, and this year's bumper crop is led by the nation's No. 2-rated quarterback, Stafford. He is already on campus and will have an excellent chance to see significant playing time as a freshman. Stafford will have a big playmaker to throw to in wide receiver Tony Wilson, and a talented runner in New Jersey back Knowshon Moreno. UGA signed a whopping eight offensive linemen, led by Kiante Tripp and Justin Anderson, and stocked up on the D-line as well, with two very athletic ends in Demarcus Dobbs and Wood. The strength of the defense could be the linebacking corps, however: The Bulldogs will re-sign Darius Dewberry, and Akeem Hebron is one of the best 'backers in the country. Reshad Jones, the No. 13-rated safety, was a nice Signing Day pickup as well.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: RB Carlos Brown (Michigan)
5

Notre Dame
Sam Young
Sam Young (Scout.com)
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
OL Sam Young (2), CB Darrin Walls (7)
NEWBERG'S ANALYSIS: The strength of Charlie Weis' class is what could be the top O-line group in the nation -- Young, Matt Carufel, Danny Wenger and Chris Stewart. At the skill positions, quarterbacks Zach Frazer and Demetrius Jones offer two different looks; Frazer is a dropback passer, while Jones is an athlete. The Irish also signed running backs James Aldridge and Munir Prince, while Luke Schmidt is one of the country's top fullback prospects. Although ND didn't add a lot of speed at wide receiver, Barry Gallup, Robby Paris and Richard Jackson are all sure-handed. Tight end Konrad Reuland is a talent and should be a huge weapon in Weis' offense. Walls and Raeshon McNeil are both top-10 cornerback prospects. The Irish are only bringing in four prospects for their front seven on D, but Toryan Smith is one of the top middle linebackers from the South and Kallen Wade is a rangy defensive end prospect. Overall, this is the most talented Notre Dame class in years.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: DL Butch Lewis (USC)

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