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Edited by Craig Neff
February 26, 1990
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February 26, 1990


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9) North Carolina. Surprise of the year. Despite two straight 1-10 seasons, coach Mack Brown signed most of the top in-state talent and some plums from Illinois and Oklahoma.

10) Nebraska. Got California's best quarterback, Todd Gragnano of Fountain Valley, and promising runner Calvin Jones of Omaha.

Wallace ranked national champion Miami only 11th but noted that while the Hurricanes "found themselves in second place with some major kids, this is a fantastic defensive class, with the offensive tools they'll need to score points through the air." He chose Oklahoma 12th, Syracuse 13th, Alabama 14th and Stanford 15th.

Wallace's losers of the year:

1) Boston College. Pitt, Michigan, Syracuse and Miami all beat the Eagles for key New England recruits.

2) LSU. Florida State, Michigan and Nebraska swept through Cajun country and took out the best talent.

3) Texas. Got some blue-chippers, especially at quarterback, but overall the Longhorns were whipped by Texas A&M and by Arkansas, which did well despite a late coaching change.

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