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Top 25 Recruiting Classes

Gators, Trojans top Rivals.com's list for Class of '07

Posted: Thursday February 8, 2007 12:56AM; Updated: Thursday February 8, 2007 2:21PM
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The rankings are based on commitment data and ratings compiled by Rivals.com's recruiting guru Mike Farrell.

SI.com/Rivals.com Top 25 Recruiting Classes
As of 7 p.m., Feb. 7, 2007.
Click here for complete, team-by-team commit lists.

Top 25 Recruiting Classes of 2007
Rank Team (Click on team name for full commit list)
1

Florida
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
DE Carlos Dunlap, DT Torrey Davis
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: After concluding the season with a national championship, the Gators went out and pulled in the top recruiting class in the country. Of their commitments, 16 are four-star prospects and four are five-stars. Leading the way on offense are two quarterbacks, Cameron Newton and John Brantley. Joining them on the offensive side of the ball is James Wilson, the No. 1 guard in the nation. Wilson, along with twin guards James Pouncey and LaShawn Pouncey, will pave the way for Florida in the future. Running behind them will be talented running backs Bo Williams and Chris Rainey. Williams and Rainey have the potential to be a thunder-and-lightning duo. Meanwhile, the talented and aggressive Florida defense will be as strong as ever. The Gators added a slew of talented linemen including Dunlap, the No. 5 player overall. Davis is the No. 9 overall player, and four-star prospects John Brown, Jerry Howard and Justin Trattou are also standouts. The Gators added further talent at linebacker and defensive back with Brandon Hicks, Lorenzo Edwards, Jerimy Finch and Major Wright. There's no question the No. 1 team in the land got the No. 1 recruiting class this year.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: WR Ronald Johnson (USC)
2

USC
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
RB Joe McKnight, DE Everson Griffen
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: Although it's a relatively small class for Southern Cal (18 signees), the Trojans once again stocked up on outstanding talent. USC pulled in six five-star commitments, starting with running back McKnight, the No. 2 player in the nation. In addition, they added Ronald Johnson, the nation's top receiver. The No. 3 guard in the country, Kristofer O'Dowd, and running back Marc Tyler, No. 2 at his position, give the USC class great depth. The defense added two five-star talents in No. 1 outside linebacker Chris Galippo and Griffen, the No. 1 strongside defensive end. USC added further help up front with linemen Christian Tupou, Michael Reardon and Da'John Harris. The defense is rounded out by safety Marshall Jones and linebacker Jordan Campbell. While they didn't finish on top for the first time in three years, this group is as talented as any class in the Pete Carroll era.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: QB Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)
3

Tennessee
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
CB Eric Berry, LB Chris Donald
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: Tennessee had easily one of the best recruiting hauls this season, pulling in five five-star prospects. Phillip Fulmer picked up plenty of quality talent on defense with the addition of cornerbacks Berry, DeAngelo Willingham and athlete Gerald Jones. Berry is the No. 3 prospect in the country. The defense will be strong up the middles as well led by Donald, the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation. Tennessee added standout defensive end Ben Martin, the No. 2 strongside end in the country. Fulmer did well to pull Martin out of Ohio. On offense, the Volunteers hauled in versatile receivers in Brent Vinson and Kenny O'Neal. Each can make something happen anywhere on the field, and Vinson could also be a lockdown corner.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: WR Dwight Jones (North Carolina)
4

LSU
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
WR Terrance Toliver, ATH Chad Jones
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: Expect very little slowdown for LSU in the near future, even without JaMarcus Russell. The Tigers pulled in a large class that is easily one of the best in the country. Reloading the offense starts with top 10 quarterback Jarrett Lee. He'll have plenty of options in the air led by Toliver, wide receivers DeAngelo Benton and Demetrius Byrd, and big tight end Jordon Hammond. In front of all this talent is a star-studded offensive line. Josh Dworaczyk, T-Bob Hebert, Jarvis Jones and Ernest McCoy are strong blockers. Defensively, the Tigers are led by Chad Jones, the No. 1 athlete in the country. Jones could have a professional baseball career. The defensive recruits are led by ends Kentravis Aubrey and Sidell Corley and tackles Drake Nevis, Will Blackwell and Joseph Barksdale. Top-five safety Stefoin Francois rounds out the extremely talented group for the Tigers. This class should keep LSU among the elite in the SEC for years to come.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: RB Joe McKnight (Southern Cal)
5

Texas
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
OG Tray Allen, CB Curtis Brown
FARRELL'S ANALYSIS: Following up a national championship last season, Mack Brown pulled in one of the nation's top recruiting classes again this year. The group headed to Austin is very talented on both sides of the ball. Eighteen of the Longhorns' 24 commitments are four-star or five-star players. Brown's offensive line class -- with Allen, Kyle Hix, Michael Huey and Aundre McGaskey -- is among the best in the country. In addition to the linemen, Texas added plenty of offensive talent. Athlete John Chiles, tight end Blaine Irby, running backs Cody Johnson and Foswhitt Whittaker, and receivers Malcolm Williams and James Kirkendoll should contribute down the road. The defense got help as well, led by linemen Russell Carter and Andre Jones and linebacker Keenan Robinson. Ben Wells and Brown are two of the top 10 corners in the nation.
BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY: QB John Brantley (Florida)

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