Posted: Thu February 7, 2013 12:53AM; Updated: Thu February 7, 2013 12:53AM

Alabama again leads Rivals' Top 25 team rankings

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Derrick Henry
Four-star standout Derrick Henry headlines an exceptional running back class for Rivals' No. 1, Alabama.
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Once again, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are the champions. For the fifth time in the last six years, Alabama has won the Rivals.com national recruiting title, led this time by three five-star prospects in defensive end Jonathan Allen, linebacker Reuben Foster and tight end O.J. Howard. Alabama wasn't the only SEC team to find success on the recruiting trail, however: the conference claimed six of the top 10 spots and 11 of the Top 25 in Rivals' class rankings. Here is the complete class breakdown:

RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
25 4 13 8 3.84 3,166
Instant impact: TE O.J. Howard. The Crimson Tide lose their top tight end from 2012, and Howard is far too talented not to compete for early playing time.

Bottom line: After falling behind Ohio State's class in the morning, the Crimson Tide finished Signing Day with a bang. Commitments from five-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, four-star defensive end Dee Liner and four-star running back Alvin Kamara capped Alabama's prized haul -- the top-ranked crop in the nation for the fifth time in the past six years.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
25 2 16 6 3.76 2,903
Instant impact: ATH Jalin Marshall. In landing the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Marshall, Buckeye'' coach Urban Meyer has a 2013 version of Percy Harvin.

Bottom line: Meyer started the cycle by locking up in-state prospects Marshall, Cameron Burrows and Evan Lisle, and then he broadened his scope to attract other touted national recruits. Ohio State completed its class by flipping Dontre Wilson from Oregon and capturing five-star defensive back Vonn Bell out of Georgia.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
24 4 14 6 3.92 2,893
Instant impact: LB Jaylon Smith. The Irish lose Heisman finalist Manti Te'o, but they gain Smith, one of the most athletic prospects in the nation at any position.

Bottom line: Notre Dame showcased its national pull by landing prospects from 15 different states and Washington, D.C. The Irish's undefeated regular season got the ball rolling, and nabbing five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes on Signing Day wrapped up a successful 2013 cycle.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
27 2 14 11 3.67 2,792
Instant impact: CB Vernon Hargreaves III. The nation's No. 2 overall prospect, Hargreaves has the potential to be a shutdown corner in the Gators' secondary.

Bottom line: With Hargreaves and five-star linebacker Alex Anzalone leading the way, Florida secured a top-four class with talent across the board. Will Muschamp and staff addressed many of the program's need, but they captured a haul that's exceptionally strong at defensive tackle, safety, wide receiver and linebacker.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
27 1 16 9 3.63 2,661
Instant impact: RB Derrick Green. In adding the top-ranked running back in this year's class, Michigan finally has the dynamic weapon it needs to return to its power-running roots.

Bottom line: Michigan started the 2013 class off very quickly, and it held the No. 1 spot in the team recruiting rankings for several months. Though a few schools passed the Wolverines down the stretch, Brady Hoke still secured Green, defensive tackle Henry Poggi and a star-studded all-around haul.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
26 2 15 9 3.73 2,643
Instant impact: CB Tre'Davious White. The five-star defensive back is one of the most explosive athletes in the country and should contribute immediately on special teams.

Bottom line: The Tigers' class is solid from top to bottom. Les Miles sewed up his quarterback of the future in Los Angeles product Hayden Rettig, and he surrounded him with playmakers at wide receiver and tight end. The Tigers also signed two elite defensive prospects, White and five-star end Frank Herron.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
27 3 9 15 3.56 2,496
Instant impact: WR Laquon Treadwell. The five-star wideout is one of the most college-ready receivers to come out of the high school ranks in several years. He should emerge as an immediate complement to junior Donte Moncrief.

Bottom line: Once No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche and Treadwell started naming Ole Miss as their leader, other prospects began to take notice. That resulted in the most memorable recruiting stretch of Rebels' history: Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil, Antonio Conner and Austin Golson joined an already highly regarded crop on Signing Day.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
24 2 9 13 3.54 2,384
Instant impact: DE Carl Lawson. There isn't a more disruptive edge rusher in the 2013 class than the 6-2, 253-pounder from Alpharetta, Ga.

Bottom line: New coach Gus Malzahn may have a reputation as an offensive guru, but he cleaned up on the defensive side of the ball on Signing Day. No team in the country locked in a more talented front seven, as five-star Montravius Adams, four-star Elijah Daniel and four-star Ben Bradley will join Lawson on the line.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
21 2 9 9 3.57 2,352
Instant impact: CB Jalen Ramsey. The five-star cornerback flipped to the Seminoles late in the process, but he should see the field for Jimbo Fisher's squad early.

Bottom line: Once in danger of falling out of the top 20, Florida State summoned some Signing Day magic. Fisher not only landed five-stars Ramsey and Matthew Thomas, but he retained linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr., a standout who was seriously considering a move to Tennessee.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
31 0 15 15 3.45 2,332
Instant impact: WR JaQuay Williams. Having a post-grad year under his belt should allow the 6-3, 205-pound target to add another element to Kevin Sumlin's high-flying attack.

Bottom line: An impressive debut season in the SEC and a Heisman-winning quarterback in Johnny Manziel certainly helped the Aggies on the recruiting trail. Behind four-star athlete Ricky Seals-Jones and four-star defensive tackle Justin Manning, A&M pulled in a more acclaimed class than former Big 12 rival Texas.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
23 0 16 6 3.65 2,283
Instant impact: CB Johnny Johnson. He may not be the most highly ranked prospect in this yea''s crop, but Johnson has the combination of speed and athleticism to make an impact right away.

Bottom line: The Bruins were one of the top stories on Signing Day, landing dual-threat quarterback Asiantii Woulard and holding onto offensive lineman Christian Morris and linebacker Myles Jack. UCLA also signed a group of prized defensive backs headlined by Johnson and four-star Tahaan Goodman.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
32 0 15 17 3.47 2,211
Instant impact: S Tray Matthews. The Bulldogs could use a hard-hitter in their secondary, and Matthews was arguably the most physically impressive safety at this year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Bottom line: Georgia hoped for more on Signing Day, but it still secured a class of 32 that includes 15 four-star prospects. Mark Richt bolstered the linebacking corps with the additions of Johnny O'Neal and Tim Kimbrough, and he landed Aaron Murray's possible successor in promising signal-caller Brice Ramsey.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
12 5 7 0 4.42 2,193
Instant impact: DT Kenny Bigelow. The Elkton, Md., native already boasts an NFL frame. He could wreak havoc in the Pac-12 if he can emerge as an every-down lineman.

Bottom line: At one point, USC held what appeared to be an insurmountable lead in the team recruiting rankings. As Signing Day approached, however, the Trojans suffered through a wave of decommitments. Lane Kiffin finished with a very small class, but -- thanks to Bigelow, Max Browne and Su'a Cravens -- it is still a very talented one.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
23 0 10 10 3.30 2,131
Instant impact: CB Mackensie Alexander. A Signing Day addition, Alexander figures to compete for a starting job in the secondary from day one.

Bottom line: Alexander and offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder were the biggest Signing Day commits, but three-star defensive backs Adrian Baker, Korrin Wiggins and Ryan Carter could all help the Tigers' defense. Linebacker Dorian O'Daniel, a star at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Md., should also factor into Brent Venables' gameplan.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
24 0 7 14 3.17 2,068
Instant impact: RB Keith Ford. The Sooners have depth in the backfield, but Ford is the type of freshman who may be too talented to redshirt.

Bottom line: Oklahoma had a slow start to the 2013 class, but it rallied in the final months to climb up the team recruiting rankings. The Signing Day addition of four-star defensive back L.J. Moore should provide Bob Stoops and Co. with momentum heading into spring practice.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
22 0 8 14 3.36 1,962
Instant impact: RB David Williams. Following Marcus Lattimore's departure to the NFL, the Gamecocks could use immediate help in the backfield.

Bottom line: South Carolina landed four-star linebacker Skai Moore on Signing Day, and he may prove to be the biggest pickup in this year's class. He still needs to develop physically before he reaches his full potential, but the four-star linebacker simply knows how to make plays. Steve Spurrier added six linebackers in all, addressing a major position of need.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
25 0 5 19 3.16 1,921
Instant impact: RB Terrell Newby. The explosive athlete's versatility should translate into a good deal of early playing time in Lincoln.

Bottom line: Nebraska quietly pieced together a very solid class, outpacing every team but Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten. The Huskers made their biggest additions at running back, where Newby and Adam Taylor each bring something different to the table. Four-star linebacker Josh Banderas also possesses the talent and drive to contribute early.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
24 0 7 17 3.29 1,906
Instant impact: WR Damore'ea Stringfellow. Standing at 6-2 and 205 pounds, Stringfellow is strong and physical enough to make his presence felt as a pass-catcher.

Bottom line: The recruiting landscape in the Pac-12 appears to be shifting, and coach Steve Sarkisian has assembled an ace recruiting staff to take advantage. Tosh Lupoi may be the most savvy recruiting assistant in the country, and the addition of linebackers coach Peter Sirmon was pivotal in locking up a top-20 class.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
26 0 5 20 3.15 1,870
Instant impact: LB Zach Cunningham. The 6-4, 205-pound linebacker amassed 194 tackles and 43 tackles for loss as a high school senior.

Bottom line: Vanderbilt continues to try to build its brand on the recruiting trail, and the Commodores' 2013 haul only furthered that cause. James Franklin signed several key offensive playmakers, including quarterback Johnathon McCrary, wide receiver Jordan Cunningham and tight end Mitchell Parsons.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
21 0 5 15 3.19 1,820
Instant impact: WR Marquez North. When he's healthy and focused, the 6-3, 205-pounder has the natural talent to be as dominant as any receiver in this class.

Bottom line: The Volunteers didn't make as big of a Signing Day splash as they hoped, but landing quarterback Joshua Dobbs could be a difference-maker in Knoxville. For a program that suffered through a rough 2012 campaign and endured a drawn-out coaching search, Tennessee should be thrilled to finish in the top 20.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
19 1 7 7 3.26 1,778
Instant impact: RB Thomas Tyner. Know for his game-breaking speed and big-play ability, Thomas should thrive in the Ducks' up-tempo offense.

Bottom line: Oregon's class took its lumps following Chip Kelly's exit to the NFL, highlighted by Dontre Wilson's late flip to Ohio State. But Mark Helfrich signed some quality prospects in 2013, and the addition of four-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot came as one of the biggest surprises of Signing Day.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
19 1 3 15 3.26 1,758
Instant impact: CB Kendall Fuller. The five-star cornerback is a Hokies' legacy who has the skill to see the field immediately in Blacksburg.

Bottom line: The top of Virginia Tech's 2013 crop is stacked: Fuller, four-star defensive back Holland Fisher and four-star defensive end Wyatt Teller. But Frank Beamer and company rounded out their class nicely, signing 15 prospects from the state of Virginia.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
23 1 2 17 3.04 1,742
Instant impact: DE Chris Jones. The five-star defensive end was a disruptive force all season, and he wowed scouts at this year's Under Armour All-America Game.

Bottom line: While in-state rival Ole Miss grabbed the majority of Signing Day headlines, Mississippi State quietly landed some very key prospects. Dan Mullen's squad nabbed four-star wide receiver Fred Ross, four-star quarterback Cord Sandberg and Jones, the pass-rushing demon who could become the centerpiece of the Bulldogs' defense.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
15 0 9 6 3.60 1,737
Instant impact: OT Kent Perkins. The four-star lineman's versatility could help him become a rare true freshman contribute on Texas' offensive front.

Bottom line: The Longhorns are accustomed to finishing in the top five of the team recruiting rankings, so a No. 24 finish has to come as something of a disappointment. Still, Mack Brown secured some talented prospects in Perkins, linebacker Deoundrei Davis, defensive Jake Raulerson and center Darius James.
 
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL COMMITS 5-STAR 4-STAR 3-STAR AVG. STARS POINTS
28 0 2 22 2.96 1,722
Instant impact: WR Shelton Gibson. One of the nation's most electrifying prospects, Gibson could help immediately both in the passing and return game.

Bottom line: With just two four-star recruits in this year's class, the Mountaineers don't boast an eye-popping group. But what Dana Holgorsen's crop lacks in star power, it makes up for in quality. Linebacker Darrien Howard is one of the standouts, a big, athletic presence who could also take snaps on the defensive line.
 
For more recruiting coverage, check out SI.com's running Signing Day analysis and NSD Storify, Rivals' Top 100 recruits and team-by-team commitment lists and much more.
 
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