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College Football Recruiting

recruiting recruiting College Basketball Recruiting Top 25 recruiting wrapup

UCLA edges Michigan for nation's best class

Posted: Tue February 10, 1998 at 5:04 AM ET

Dennis Johnson ATLANTA (CNN/SI) -- The UCLA Bruins parlayed their success on the football field last season into what PrepStar ranks as the nation's finest recruiting class for 1998. The Bruins signed 11 of PrepStar's Top 100 Dream Teamers and 11 prospects that earned high school All-America honors. Added to the mix are two JUCO All-Americans, giving UCLA depth and balance across the board.

Michigan led our Top 25 recruiting rankings at the end of January. But two late "decommits" in Greg Moore (wide receiver) from Bartow, Florida, and Damian James from Carencro, Louisiana, hurt them a bit in the closing days. Moore was a PrepStar All-American who signed with Florida State and James was a PrepStar Dream Teamer who signed with Louisiana State.

But the real story wasn't what happened to Michigan -- it was what UCLA was able to pull off in the closing days. What really put UCLA over the top was Wednesday's signing of PrepStar's No. 3-rated running back, DeShaun Foster of Tustin, California. The only missing link to this year's UCLA class was a franchise type running back and Foster fits the bill.

The SEC as a conference enjoyed the nation's finest recruiting year with six teams making our final Top 20 rankings. Leading the SEC were the Georgia Bulldogs, who had a remarkable recruiting year, out-dueling the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide for top honors.

The biggest surprise of the year is Kentucky. The Wildcats picked up the state's biggest gem since landing quarterback Tim Couch from the class of '96, signing PrepStar's Defensive Player of the Year Dennis Johnson from Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Johnson is a defensive end.

However, the 1997-98 recruiting year saw many of the usual powers claim much of the nation's top talent -- schools like FSU, Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State, Alabama, Nebraska, Texas and Tennessee. Here is how PrepStar magazine rates the Top 25 classes as of February 5th.

No. 1 UCLA

The UCLA Bruins overtook the Michigan Wolverines on the last day of the recruiting year to claim the national recruiting title for 1997-98 recruiting season. UCLA scored big at every position, claiming 11 PrepStar Dream Teamers and 11 more who made PrepStar All-America honors this past season. When you evaluate the Bruins' class based on the overall talent and how these outstanding prospects will meet their immediate recruiting needs, it has to be rated one of the better recruiting classes we have seen in the past 10 years!

Head coach Bob Toledo told PrepStar that their primary goal was to fill needs at every position as they had 26 scholarships to give and they wanted to take advantage of that opportunity. They certainly met their objectives, signing 24 outstanding prep athletes with two more coming from the JUCO ranks.

When DeShaun Foster announced on signing day that he would become a Bruin, it catapulted UCLA to our No. 1 spot. If Foster wasn't their biggest recruit, he certainly was the most important. Up until signing day, the only missing link to the Bruins' class was a top-rated RB prospect and Foster certainly fits the bill! He was rated the No. 3 RB prospect in the nation after rushing for 3,400 yards and scoring 59 TDs this past season.

The Bruins also scored huge on defense with the signings of two of PrepStar's top 10 defensive linemen -- Ken Kocher (No. 10) from San Diego and Sean Phillips (No. 6) from Ft. Bend, Texas. At the linebacker position the Bruins had the No. 1 rated prospect in Robert Thomas from Imperial, California and Rob Kolaczynski (No. 11) from Canon, Pennsylvania.

In the secondary, the Bruins were awesome with the signing of the nation's No. 2 rated DB in Lovell Houston from Denver. Houston is also one of the nation's premier return specialists.

The Bruins were able to attract two of the nation's top-10 QB's in Corey Paus (No. 6) from New Lenox, Illinois, and Ryan McCann No. (9) from Agoura, California. But QB's aren't anything without someone to catch the ball, so the Bruins went out and signed the nation's No. 4-rated wide receiver prospect in Paul Nelson from San Bernadino, California.

But the parade of PrepStar Dream Teamers doesn't end there. UCLA added the nation's No. 2-rated OL prospect, Mike Saffer from Tucson, Arizona, and the No. 6-rated OL, Blake Worley from Mission Viejo, California.

From top to bottom, this class has talent, balance and depth at every position. Don't be surprised if UCLA is fighting for a national championship a few years down the road!

No. 2 Michigan

Big Blue led our recruiting charts from late December right up to national signing day, before being edge by the UCLA Bruins on the final day. Michigan signed nine PrepStar Dream Teamers and seven high school All-Americans. Overall, Michigan will add 19 new players to its roster when school begins next fall.

The big story with this class is at the skill positions. Michigan signed the nation's No. 1-rated RB (Justin Fargas), the No. 2- (Marquise Walker) and No. 3- (David Terrell) rated wide receivers, the No. 3 rated QB (Drew Henson) and the No. 3 (Cato June) and No. 9-rated (Larry Foote) defensive backs. The Wolverines also signed the nation's No. 1 (Hayden Epstein) rated place kicker.

Justin Fargas, from Sherman Oaks, California, was a huge coup for the Wolverines as they came out west and stole the nation's top-rated RB prospect from UCLA and USC, both of which recruited Fargas very hard.

Quarterback Drew Henson is also one of the nation's top baseball prospects and may go in this spring's major league draft. That would hurt the Wolverines if he does. Cato June is a terrific cover corner and Foote may grow into an outstanding outside backer.

The only weakness with this class is in the trenches, but that wasn't a priority for the Wolverines as they had an outstanding freshmen class of linemen last year. However, they did sign PrepStar Dream Team DL-FB, Dave Armstrong from Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Overall, this class is outstanding as the staff from Ann Arbor took advantage of their National Championship!

No. 3 Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish rebounded nicely from a sub-par performance on the football field with a terrific recruiting class this year. Once again, the Irish showed why they are one of the nation's recruiting powers, drawing top high school talent from coast to coast! Notre Dame signed players from 13 different states, spreading their wings from California and Washington in the west to New Jersey in the east and Texas in the south.

Leading their list are nine PrepStar Dream Teamers and 10 high school All-Americans, helping make this class one of the nation's finest. They almost scored Dennis Johnson from Harrodsburg, Kentucky, who was rated PrepStar's No. 1 DL in the nation and possibly the finest overall recruit at any position.

Even with the loss of Johnson, the Notre Dame fans still have lots to feel good about as the Irish wanted to add playmakers to their roster, and that's what they did! Leading the way are David Givens (ATH) from Humble, Texas and Javon Hunter from Detroit. Givens is an explosive player who will project as a WR for the Irish. David was rated the 5th-best overall athlete in the nation. Hunter was rated the 5th-best wideout in the nation and is another big-play type guy.

Notre Dame also scored big in the offensive backfield with the nation's No. 5-rated RB prospect, Terrance Howard, from Mt. Holly, New Jersey, and the nation's No. 13-rated RB in Mike McNair from Santa Ana, California. But the Fighting Irish class wouldn't be complete without the big boys up front so Notre Dame signed three of the nation's finest in Jordan Black (No. 8) from Dallas, Ryan Scarola (No. 9) from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, and Jeff Roehl (No. 13) from Orland Park, Illinois.

The Irish also signed the nation's top run-pass QB in Arnaz Battle from Shreveport, Louisiana. Another huge get for the Irish was the signing of John Day-Owens from Hyattsville, Maryland who was rated by PrepStar as the nation's 2nd-best TE in the country.

From top to bottom the Irish scored big with speed and outstanding talent across the board. The only missing link with this class is depth on defensive line.

No. 4 Georgia

One of the surprise recruiting stories this year came from Athens, Georgia. The Peach State was loaded with quality prep talent and the Georgia Bulldogs cleaned house with 18 of their 23 signees coming from their home state! Included in the mix are six PrepStar Dream Teamers and eight high school All-Americans. But that doesn't completely tell the Georgia success story. Included in that group are three former PrepStar Dream Teamers, two of whom attended prep school at Virginia Fork Union this past fall and one who comes from the Chicago Cubs organization.

The former Dream Teamers are QB Quincy Carter, RB Jasper Sanks and DL Tyrone Robertson. Carter was rated the 2nd- best QB in the nation behind Tim Couch his senior year and originally signed with Georgia Tech but opted for the baseball route with the Cubs. Sanks, many scouts felt, was the No. 1 RB prospect in the nation two years ago. PrepStar only rated Sanks lower because of his academic situation. Robertson was rated the 3rd best DL prospect in the entire nation in 1996. He signed with VT but was forced to attend prep school due to his grades. All three of these young men have the ability to step in and play for the Dogs right away.

From the class of '98 the stars include Jessie Miller (LB) from Sandersville, Georgia; William Witherspoon (LB) from Springfield, Florida; Terrence Edwards from Sandersville, Georgia; and Terin Smith (DE) from Folkston, Georgia.

Georgia especially helped itself defensively, signing the nation's best group of linebacker prospects, but this class has speed and talent across the board! Great recruiting job for coach Jim Donnan and staff.

No. 5 FSU

The Seminoles made their usual top-five appearance, as they have with PrepStar for the past eight years! FSU signed four Dream Teamers and 11 PrepStar All-Americans to their roster.

Florida State always recruits the best athletes it can get at any position and team speed is also a must. Once again, the Seminoles have met those objectives. The 'Noles signed PrepStar's No. 1-rated WR prospect (Talmon Gardner) and No. 1-rated DB prospect (Chris Hope) in the nation. Gardner is from New Orleans and was offered a scholarship by everyone who saw him play. He's a great receiver who has yet to reach his full potential. Hope was unquestionably the nation's finest defensive back prospect, a position FSU has had great success at.

Also adding depth in the secondary is Stanford Samuels from Miami, who was rated the 8th-best DB in the nation. Brett Williams, an offensive lineman, from Kissimmee, Florida, was among the nation's top players at his position.

The 'Noles even traveled out west to Washington to pick up their QB of the future in Jarred Jones from Walla Walla. Jarred is a Charlie Ward-type who is bigger, stronger and faster than the 1993 Heisman Trophy winner.

No. 6 Florida

The Gators did a tremendous job recruiting that will help keep Steve Spurrier and company in the national championship hunt for years to come, signing five Dream Teamers and outstanding talent across the board!

The Dream Teamers are David Jorgensen (OL) from Avon, Connecticut, Mike Pearson (OL) from Seffner, Florida, Chris Reynolds (DL) from Tallahassee, Florida, James McGriff (ATH) from Melbourne, Florida and Robert Cromartie (DB) from Atlanta.

Jorgenson sat out his senior year due to circumstances out of his control. Still, he was offered over 30 scholarships from Division I schools. PrepStar rated Pearson as the No. 4 OL prospect in the nation. Reynolds was ranked as the nation's No. 18 DL prospect. PrepStar selected McGriff as the No. 6 rated athlete prospect and Robert Cromartie was PrepStar's No. 5 rated DB.

The QB position wasn't a top priority this year as Florida signed two Dream Team signal callers a year ago. But that didn't stop Steve Spurrier from signing the state's top QB prospect in Donald Caldwell from Tampa. Some say Caldwell is good enough to make a push for the starting nod early in his career.

No. 7 Penn State

Penn State had a very early head start over the rest of the pack, locking up one of the nation's finest offensive line classes before the first kickoff of the 1997 season. Coach Joe Paterno and staff then stayed relatively quiet until after the bowl games before kicking things back in high gear.

And high gear they hit as Penn St. ended the recruiting season with a flurry of activity that saw the Nittany Lions climb back into PrepStar's Top 10. PSU finished with six PrepStar Dream Teamers, eight All-Americans and perhaps the sleeper of the year in Michael Haynes (DL) from North Burlington, New Jersey.

Possibly the biggest surprise was when PrepStar Dream Team LB Shammar Finney ended up in Happy Valley. Finney, PrepStar's No. 2-rated LB prospect visited the Penn State campus back in October and came away unimpressed. The word on the street was that it was coming down to Ohio State and Florida State for his services. But Coach Paterno pulled out his magic recruiting wand as he has done so many times in the past and convinced Finney that his future was best suited in Happy Valley. This one was a huge commit for Linebacker U.

Also watch for Ed Drummond from Wheeling, West Virginia, the nation's No. 4-rated RB prospect and R. J. Luke from Aurora, Illinois, who is rated by PrepStar as the nation's top TE prospect. Both of these young men are impact players who should see playing time (PT) early in their college careers.

No. 8 Alabama

Alabama knew that it had to have a top-10 recruiting class this year to get back on track and the Crimson Tide did just that, taking a giant step forward with an outstanding group of football talent. Assistant coach Ronnie Cottrell, one of the nation's finest recruiters, was one of 'Bama's top gets this recruiting season. Cottrell is a native of Alabama and the Tide called him home from FSU, where he had spent the last eight years as the recruiting coordinator for the Seminoles.

Leading the charge for the Tide is Dream Team QB Tyler Watts, who was PrepStar's No. 4-rated signal caller in America. They also raided neighboring Tennessee to steal two more outstanding recruits in Kindell Morehead (DE) from Memphis and athlete Eric Locke from Murfreesboro. Locke has been compared to a bigger, stronger and faster version of ex-'Bama great David Palmer, now with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Tide also signed two of the nation's finest FB prospects in Marvin Constant from Tuscaloosa and Marvin Brown from Hyattsville, Maryland. From the JUCO ranks, Alabama traveled to San Francisco City College and nabbed two of the nation's top junior college players. One of them, Canary Knight (LB) is said to already have NFL ability, according to many scouts who have seen him play. This class is loaded with talent and depth across the board.

No. 9 Tennessee

The Vols started very slow this recruiting season, even though they had their top recruit (John Henderson) before the season began. Tennessee landed three PrepStar Dream Teamers, 11 high school All-Americans and two All-Americans from the JUCO ranks.

Henderson was the nation's No. 2-rated defensive lineman, ranking just a notch behind PrepStar's Defensive Player of the Year, Dennis Johnson. Henderson is the best recruit out of the Volunteer State since the great Reggie White came out of Chattanooga.

Coach Phillip Fullmer's class has balance and depth on both sides of the ball, but the real strength was on defense, and that was one of Tennessee's top priorities. In addition to Henderson, the Vols traveled to familiar stomping grounds in Texas and Kentucky, landing two more outstanding defensive players. Willie Miles from Ft. Worth was rated the 7th-best DB in the nation and Bernard Jackson from Louisville was rated the 8th-best LB in America.

The Vols are still waiting on Donte Stallworth from Sacramento, California, who committed to the Vols but has waited to sign his letter of intent due to a late bid for his services by ASU. Stallworth is one of the western region's top WR prospects. A player who will provide immediate help for the Vols is JUCO All-American Judd Granzow (LB) from Moorpark Community College in California.

No. 10 Nebraska

Same old story with the Cornhuskers. Solid talent across the board with players who may be a bit underrated but will help them compete for a national championship down the road.

As usual, Nebraska dominated in-state recruiting by signing the state's top nine recruits. The Huskers added two PrepStar Dream Teamers and nine high school All-Americans to their list of 20 recruits this year. Where the Cornhuskers really scored big was in the defensive backfield, signing two of the nation's finest in Dream Teamers Deantae Grixby from Omaha, Nebraska, and DuJuan Groce from Lakewood, Ohio. Groce was rated No. 4 nationally at his position and Grixby was rated No. 10.

Probably the greatest asset of the Nebraska program is that it continually takes its share of marginally rated, or sleeper-type prospects, and develops them into college All-Americans. However, you won't find many sleepers this year as Nebraska's class of incoming prospects is loaded with talent!

No. 11 LSU

The Tigers just missed our Top 10 but if they sign Dream Team DL Kendrick Allen from Bogalusa, look for LSU to move up. Allen was an LSU commit but for some reason, he has yet to sign on the dotted line. You may remember, Kendrick had also committed to the Tar Heels the night before Mack Brown left town for Texas. After Brown's departure, Allen switched his allegiance to LSU, but it appears that the crew from Chapel Hill are making things interesting once again.

LSU signed two Dream Teamers and six PrepStar All-Americans plus one Dream Teamer from a year ago that didn't qualify who will now join its roster. Heading the list is Dream Team LB Adam McConathy from West Monroe, Louisiana, who was rated the 2nd-best linebacker in the south and 6th best overall in the nation. Damian James from Carencro, Louisiana, was rated by PrepStar as the nation's No. 3 athlete. James was originally a Michigan commit but will go Baton Rouge and play DB for the Tigers.

The Dream Teamer from the 1996 season is Melvin Richey from Decatur, Georgia, who is an outstanding defensive line prospect.

No. 12 Ohio State

The Buckeyes signed a small but talented collection of athletes. Included in their group of 15 signees are three PrepStar Dream Teamers and six high school All-Americans. The Dream Teamers are Steve Bellisari (ATH) from Boca Raton, Florida, Kenny Peterson (DL) from Canton, Ohio, and Ryan Pickett (DL) from Zephyrhills, Florida.

The Blue Grass State of Kentucky certainly helped the Buckeye cause with the signatures of Scott Kuhnhei (OL) from Ft. Thomas and Julius Yeast (DL) from Harrodsburg, who was a teammate of Dennis Johnson.

Another one to watch is Derrick Ross (ATH) from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Ross is a tremendous athlete who is slated to play DB for the Buckeyes.

No. 13 Miami

Coach Butch Davis and staff finally had a chance to recruit without the limitations of probation and took full advantage of the opportunity. The 'Canes ended up with two PrepStar Dream Teamers and five high school All-Americans. In addition, Davis needed immediate help in the trenches and he met that need nicely by signing two outstanding JUCO transfers who can step right in and play.

However, the stars of this class are Howard Clark (LB) from Pennsauken, New Jersey, and Mike Rumph (DB) from Delray, Florida. Clark was rated the nation's 4th-best linebacker and Rumph was the 6th best nationally at his position. The JUCO transfers are DL Michael Boireau from N.E. Mississippi and OL Greg Leffere from Butler Community College, Kansas. They also signed one of the nation's top JUCO linebackers in Torrance Marshall from Kemper Military, Missouri.

"For the first time I've been at the University of Miami we have had the full compliment of 25 scholarships to offer," said Davis. "I truly believe that the prospects we have signed fill our needs and that the Hurricanes will compete at the highest level."

Miami's recruiting objectives going into the season were to meet its immediate position needs and, as Davis has stated, the 'Canes did an excellent job in fulfilling that goal.

No. 14 Texas

New Longhorn coach Mack Brown has already started the rebuilding process for the renowned Texas program with his first solid recruiting class. Coach Brown realizes the importance of a solid front line so he went out and signed the state's top offensive lineman in Antoine Kirk-Hughes from Waxahachie, Texas. Kirk-Hughes was rated as the nation's 3rd best player at his position. In addition to Kirk-Hughes, Texas signed eight PrepStar All-Americans. Adam Dunn from New Caney, Texas will be the quarterback of the future.

The Longhorns recruited versatility, claiming three of the region's top athletes, led by Ahmad Brooks from Abilene, Texas, Montrell Flowers from Dallas and Ervis Hill from Texas City. Al three are outstanding athletes who can help at a number of skill positions for the Horns.

No. 15 North Carolina

Even with the departure of Mack Brown, the Tar Heels still came away with a Top 20 recruiting class, adding 10 PrepStar All-Americans and one Dream Teamer to their roster. The new staff did a great job salvaging this class, which looked like it was on the brink of disaster shortly after Brown's departure. Julius Peppers from Bailey, North Carolina, rated the 2nd-best athlete in the nation, heads the list of 18 freshmen and one JUCO signees. UNC nabbed one of the nation's finest signal callers all the way out west in Luke Huard, the brother of Brock Huard (Washington) from Puyallup.

No. 16 Kentucky

The big story with the Wildcats was the signing of Dennis Johnson, who was PrepStar's Defensive Player of the Year and quite possibly the nation's top recruit at any position. Kentucky also signed one other Dream Teamer in Bobby Blizzard (TE) from Hampton, Virginia and four PrepStar All-Americans. Kentucky signed 28 players, giving it one of the school's best recruiting years ever. With players like this coming into Lexington, the Wildcats will soon be known for more than their basketball program.

No. 17 USC

Coach Paul Hackett had his work cut out for him when he arrived in Los Angeles, trying to salvage a disintegrating USC class. Despite some defections, USC still landed a solid class with three PrepStar Dream Teamers and six All-Americans. The Trojans scored big at the QB position with the addition of Carson Palmer, the nation's No. 5-rated signal caller from Santa Margarita, California, and Jason Thomas, the nation's No. 8-rated QB from Compton, California.

With the defection of Justin Fargas to Michigan, Sultan McCullough has the opportunity to step right in and play RB for the Trojans. Sultan was rated the 3rd-best RB in the west and No. 8 nationally. The Trojans also added five JUCO transfers, hoping to get immediate help in the trenches. However, the top transfer signed by USC is WR Windrell Hayes, who originally signed with San Jose State out of high school.

No. 18 Colorado

Many Buff fans were a bit disappointed with this year's haul, but this is the type of recruiting class that may turn those frowns into smiles. The biggest area of concern was the exodus of most of the state's top talent to other football powers. As a matter of fact, the Buffs only signed one in-state prospect in Justin Bates (OL) from Arvada, Colorado. However, CU did a great job in Texas and California, taking advantage of the abundance of high school talent these states had to offer.

Neuheisel, known as an outstanding QB coach, received two excellent signal callers with this year's class in Taylor Barton from Beaveton, Oregon, and Zach Colvin from San Antonio, Texas. PrepStar All-American LB Jashon Sykes from Los Angeles may push for early PT with the Buffs. Sykes was the western region's No. 4-rated prospect at his position. One area where Colorado fans won't be disappointed in is the kicking game. The Buffs reached into the Sunshine State to grab Tallahassee's Mark Mariscal, one of the nation's top kickers.

No. 19 Stanford

The Stanford Cardinal signed a solid class from top to bottom, led by PrepStar's No. 4-rated DL prospect in the nation, Matt Leonard from Palmdale, California. Another Dream Teamer signed by the Cardinal was Eric Heitman (OL) from Katy, Texas. Coach Tyrone Willingham signed 21 players overall, with two PrepStar Dream Teamers and seven high school All-Americans.

"I'm very pleased with this group of recruits," said Willingham. "What is special, however, with this class is its depth. I feel we increased the overall quality of players at each position."

No. 20 Arizona

Coach Dick Tomey and his Arizona Wildcats signed one of their better recruiting classes in recent years. The Wildcats inked eight PrepStar All-Americans and five JUCO All-Americans, giving them talent and depth on both sides of the football. Heading the high school list is super star RB Leo Mills from Humble, Texas. Another outstanding RB is local hero Antrel Bates from Tucson.

Running backs are nothing without big guys up front to open holes, and the Wildcats helped themselves in the trenches with three PrepStar All-Americans and perhaps the best JUCO lineman in the country. The high school standouts are Rockne Frietas from Honolulu; Aaron Higginbotham from Yacaipa, California; and Chris Redding from Galena, Texas. The JUCO standout is Manu Savea from San Francisco City College.

No. 21 Michigan State

The Spartans made noise in the recruiting wars, signing three PrepStar Dream Teamers. They are QB Ryan Van Dyke from Marshall, Michigan, Josh Thornhill (LB) from Lansing, Michigan, and Little-John Flowers from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

In any other year Van Dyke would be the state's top QB prospect (2nd to Henson) and rated No. 10 nationally. Thornhill follows a family tradition, as his father, Mad Dog Thornhill, was a an All-American for the Spartans under coaching legend Duffy Daugherty. Flowers was rated the state's top RB prospect and was 11th nationally.

No. 22 Oklahoma

Coach Jeff Blake and the Sooners brought in enough talent to earn a top-25 spot and with a few more classes like this, OU will be back in the national spotlight. Heading their list are PrepStar Dream Teamers Trent Smith (TE) and DE Frank Romero, both from the home state.

No. 23 Baylor

The big name here is PrepStar's No. 2-rated RB prospect in the nation, Ben Gay from Spring, Texas. The Bears added 24 players to their roster, with one of the nation's strongest class of JUCO transfers (8).

No. 24 Texas A&M

The Aggies scored big with the region's top run-pass QB in Chip Ambres from Beaumont, Texas. Throw in the region's top drop-back QB in Vance Smith and the Aggies have already improved their firepower.

No. 25 Syracuse (Tie)

Another solid Orangeman class filled with athletic players. Leading this year's group is athlete David Tyree from Montclair, New Jersey, DB Maurice McClain from Elizabeth, New Jersey, and DE Dwight Freeney from Bloomfield, Connecticut. Syracuse signed nine PrepStar All-Americans and five players who earned All-Regional honors. They also added two outstanding JUCO All-Americans in Eric Downing (DL) and Ronald Moore (DL).

No. 25 ASU (Tie)

ASU scored nicely with in-state talent and added some top JUCO talent to its booty. Coach Bruce Snyder and staff signed one PrepStar Dream Teamer and six high school All-Americans. Kyran Jones from Peoria, Arizona, was rated the nation's 12th-best RB prospect and was a key get for the Sun Devils. They also picked up Ralph Zarate from Tucson, who was a top-rated offensive lineman two years ago but had to sit out a year to improve his grades.

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