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Top 25 Recruiting Classes (cont.)

Posted: Thursday February 8, 2007 12:56AM; Updated: Thursday February 8, 2007 2:21PM
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SI.com/Rivals.com Top 25 Recruiting Classes
As of 7 p.m., Feb. 7, 2007.
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Top 25 Recruiting Classes of 2007 (continued)
Rank Team (Click on team name for full commit list)
11

Oregon
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
DT Myles Wade, CB Anthony Gildon
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: Oregon's defense gave up a lot of points last season, including 38 in a loss to Brigham Young in the Las Vegas Bowl. Head coach Mike Bellotti made it a priority in the offseason to improve on that side of the ball, and he landed a lot of talent. Starting up front, the Ducks picked up ends William Tukuafu and Kenny Rowe. Wade is a top 10 tackle, and he'll be paired with Simi Fili. In hopes of slowing down other Pac-10 offenses, the Ducks added quality in the backfield, too. Gildon and Todd Doxey will supply good depth. Speedy receiver Drew Davis and talented offensive linemen Darrion Weems and Carson York should boost the offense. This class is easily one of the best for the Ducks in years.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: QB Kellen Kiilsgaard (Stanford)
12

Michigan
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
QB Ryan Mallett, CB Donovan Warren
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: Although the Wolverines struggled in their home state, Lloyd Carr pulled in a class with a lot of quality and depth. Michigan acquired some significant help on both sides of the ball, especially at key positions on offense. Michigan landed the No. 4 prospect in the country in Mallett. Catching the ball from him in the future will be three athletic wide receivers: Toney Clemons, Junior Hemingway and Martell Webb. After being burned in the Rose Bowl, Michigan's defense will get a boost from Warren, the nation's No. 3 cornerback. Joining him on defense in Ann Arbor is top 15 safety Michael Williams, athletic defensive end Ryan Van Bergen and speedy junior college linebacker Austin Panter. However, Michigan didn't sign any of the state's top nine prospects.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: WR Ronald Johnson (Southern Cal)
13

Nebraska
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
WR Niles Paul, OG Jaivorio Burkes
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: Nebraska's rise back to prominence has helped efforts off the field. A talented recruiting class is headed to Lincoln. The Cornhuskers picked up plenty of help on defense. End William Yancy and tackles Joseph Townsend and Kevin Dixon are part of the next wave of Blackshirts. Backing them up is a quality group of speedy linebackers led by Blake Lawrence. There is also depth in the defensive backfield with Larry Asante and Armando Murillo. Coach Bill Callahan also added some quality talent and speed on offense. Paul could be one of the best wide receivers to play at Nebraska before he's finished. Quarterback Zac Lee, Burkes and running back Quentin Castille are solid four-star prospects.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: Bo Williams (Florida)
14

Oklahoma
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
LB Mike Reed, LB Austin Box
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: After a year in which the Sooners rode their defense to a Fiesta Bowl bid, Oklahoma further solidified that unit. Leading the charge are two of the best linebackers in the country, Reed and Box. Reed is the No. 2 junior college player in the nation. Box is the No. 3 outside linebacker overall. They will be helped out by two top 15 defensive backs, cornerback Jamell Fleming and safety Desmond Jackson. The offense struggled some last year, and coach Bob Stoops focused on things up front. Phil Loadholt, Alex Williams, Jason Hannan, Donald Stephenson and Kody Cooke are all fine offensive line prospects. They probably will be blocking for Keith Nichol, the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Nichol was a key pickup at a position where the Sooners lack depth.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: OL Matt Romine (Notre Dame)
15

Ohio State
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
S Eugene Clifford, RB Brandon Saine
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: Ohio State's class may be small (15 signees), but the Buckeyes' haul features a tremendous amount of talent -- especially on defense. Leading the way for the Buckeyes is Clifford, the No. 4 safety in the land. Joining him in the defensive backfield are top 20 corners James Scott and Donnie Evege. Top 20 safety Nate Oliver will also help in the secondary. The Buckeyes added standout linebackers in Jermale Hines and Brian Rolle and talented linemen Solomon Thomas and Cameron Heyward. With the departure of Ted Ginn and Troy Smith, Ohio State added some help on offense, too. Top five running back Saine is obviously a great player, and Taurian Washington is a standout receiver.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: DE Ben Martin (Tennessee)

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