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Posted: Wednesday February 1, 2012 7:42PM ; Updated: Thursday February 2, 2012 12:15AM

'Bama, Ohio St., Rutgers, Stanford lead Signing Day league breakdown

Story Highlights

Despite losing Greg Schiano, Rutgers put together the best class in school history

Urban Meyer added to OSU's impressive haul with Kyle Dodson and Jamal Marcus

Stanford tops the Pac-12 behind five-stars Kyle Murphy, Andrus Peat, Aziz Shittu

By Rivals.com staff, Special to SI.com

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National Signing Day storylines
National Signing Day was full of surprises. From flip-flopping recruits to schools' rising stocks, Andy Staples breaks it all down.

Rivals.com offers a quick glance at the BCS leagues as of late afternoon Wednesday. Check back at Rivals.com on Thursday for an in-depth look at each league.


1. Florida State: Finished strong with commitments from five-star Eddie Goldman and four-stars Reggie Northrup and Ronald Darby. Still waiting on Jameis Winston and lost Dante Fowler Jr.

2. Miami: Closed strong with commitments from defensive tackle Dequan Ivery and linebacker Jewand Blue but five-star cornerback Tracy Howard was the big addition.

The Seminoles boast the ACC's best class, which includes five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman.
The Seminoles boast the ACC's best class, which includes five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman.
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3. Clemson: As many expected, three-star defensive tackle and two-sport star D.J. Reader signed with Clemson on Wednesday.

4. Virginia Tech: In-state prospects Joel Caleb and Ken Ekanem, both rated four-stars, give the Hokies a big late boost. Losing Korren Kirven to Alabama stings.

5. Virginia: Didn't have any work to do given all their summer commitments. The Cavaliers were able to hold onto everyone so there was no drama here.

6. North Carolina: Rivals250 wide receiver Quinshad Davis really helps this class. Still waiting on Davonte Neal after National Signing Day.

7. Maryland: Terps were hoping to steal D.J. Reader but lost out. Can Stefon Diggs cause Maryland fans to forget about that next week?

8. Duke: Coach David Cutcliffe had a huge day with commitments from three-stars Jela Duncan, who had been favoring ECU, and Keilin Rayner.

9. N.C. State: Lost James Summers near the end of the process and don't have any work left to do.

10. Georgia Tech: Linebacker Beau Hankins is a solid late addition.

11. Boston College: The late additions of David Dudeck and Michael Giacone were solid pickups but losing Jaxon Hood, the only defensive tackle, really hurts.

12. Wake Forest: Tough signing day for the Deacs, losing out on some guys they wanted. Did manage to keep their guys on board.

Big East

1. Rutgers: Topping off the best class in school history, the Scarlet Knights grabbed five-star Darius Hamilton Tuesday night, plus three-star wide receiver Ian Thomas and three-star athlete Jevon Tyree Wednesday.

2. Louisville: While it was another strong, deep class at Louisville, no signing day fireworks occurred this year as is now expected with coach Charlie Strong's reputation.

3. West Virginia: While the Mountaineers were unable to steal Joel Caleb at the end, they continued to stockpile their offensive roster with athletic playmakers from Florida like Torry Clayton, Devonte Mathis and Devonte Robinson.

4. Pittsburgh: Despite some initial struggles after their most recent coaching change, the Panthers pulled it together, and were helped by their newest four-star commitment, Deaysean Rippy, earlier Wednesday.

5. USF: The Bulls were able to fend off numerous programs in recent weeks for both Sean Price and D'Vario Montgomery, which was a big victory for the program.

6. Cincinnati: Losing four-star Dennis Norfleet to Michigan was a big blow to the class, but coach Butch Jones was still able to bring in plenty of depth and athleticism.

7. Syracuse: The Orange continued to regain their recruiting foothold in the state of New York with this recruiting class, which included the signing day commitment of three-star defensive back Wayne Morgan.

8. Connecticut: The Huskies lost two Floridians on signing day, but were able to fill the void with sleeper defensive end Omaine Stephens from New Jersey.

Big Ten

1. Ohio State: Urban Meyer added four-star offensive tackle Kyle Dodson and three-star linebacker Jamal Marcus on Wednesday to an already impressive class.

2. Michigan: The late addition of Rivals250 running back Dennis Norfleet capped a strong first full class for head coach Brady Hoke.

3. Nebraska: Losing out on five-star Andrus Peat hurt, but the Cornhuskers did add four-star athlete Alonzo Moore and three-star defensive tackles Aaron Curry and Vincent Valentine on National Signing Day.

4. Purdue: The Boilermakers landed a surprise addition in three-star Kentucky offensive lineman Joey Warburg on Wednesday and now have 15 states represented in this class.

5. Michigan State: Signing Day week additions of wide receiver Monty Madaris and Demetrious Cox have the Spartans ending 2012 on a high note.

6. Iowa: The Hawkeyes thought they had four-star offensive lineman Alex Kozan locked up, but he has yet to sign and is reportedly still struggling with his decision.

7. Penn State: New head coach Bill O'Brien was trying to hold the Nittany Lions' class together despite also being in preparation for leading the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

8. Northwestern: The Wildcats finished 2012 with 21 signees, and one important transfer: former five-star wide receiver Kyle Prater, who comes back home from USC.

9. Illinois: Another program that went through a coaching change in the last couple months, Illinois finished with the addition of three-star cornerback V'Angelo Bentley on signing day.

10. Wisconsin: As expected, the Badgers lost four-star commitment Kyle Dodson to Ohio State, but did replace him with three-star offensive tackle Jake Meador on Wednesday.

11. Minnesota: A couple of the Gophers' state of Florida commits have not signed, or will not sign, but head coach Jerry Kill did clean up in-state.

12. Indiana: It was a quiet National Signing Day in Bloomington, with no late additions, but the Hoosiers sign a class of 25 prospects, eight of whom are from the state of Indiana.

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