Class of 2011 Team Rankings
Who has the best class heading into National Signing Day 2011?
By: Braden Gall | 2/1/11, 1:00 PM EST
With less than 24-hours left until National Signing Day 2011, Athlon Sports takes a look at the top classes in the nation with a little help from national recruiting analyst JC Shurburtt of 247Sports.com. With the nation's No. 1 (Jadeveon Clowney) and No. 2 (Cyrus Kouandjio) players still left on the board - along with dozens of other Athlon Consensus 100 members - these rankings could still move plenty before the end of NSD 2011.
1. Florida State (25 total commits - 6 AC100)
No. 11: Karlos Williams, DB
No. 12: James Wilder, Jr., ATH
No. 26: Nick O'Leary, TE
No. 47: Bobby Hart, OL
No. 75: Kelvin Benjamin, WR
No. 93: Nick Waisome, DB
JC Shurburtt's take: Jimbo Fisher and company have corralled most of the top talent in the state of Florida in this class. It’s one of the best years on record for talent in the Sunshine State. Safety Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community) and tight end Nick O’Leary (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) are the two headliners, but there is more out there.
2. Texas (22 commits - 7 AC100)
No. 4: Malcolm Brown, RB
No. 23: Steve Edmond, LB
No. 38: Quandre Diggs, DB
No. 49: Sedrick Flowers, OL
No. 51: Desmond Jackson, DT
No. 59: Josh Turner, ATH
No. 98: Jaxon Shipley, WR
Shurburtt's take: Mack Brown and company had a losing season and plenty of coaching turnover, yet they suffered very little on the recruiting trail. Linebacker Steve Edmond (Daingerfield, Texas) and running back Malcolm Brown (Cibolo, Texas/Steele) are the two headliners. Guard Sedrick Flowers (Houston, Texas/North Shore) may be the best at his position in the country.
3. Alabama (21 commits - 5 AC100)
Shurburtt's take: Top to bottom, this is another outstanding class for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Defensive tackle Jesse Williams (Arizona Western) is the top junior college prospect in the country. Safety Hasean Clinton-Dix (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) was a huge pull out of Florida. National Signing Day and beyond will be big. The final chapter in the story of this class has not yet been written.
4. Auburn (23 commits - 7 AC100)
Shurburtt's take: The Tigers have another excellent class and swiped one of the top offensive line prospects in the country, Christian Westerman (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) from Texas down the stretch. Reese Dismukes (Spanish Fort, Ala.) is one of, if not the, top center prospect in the country.
5. Notre Dame (22 commits - 5 AC100)
No. 22: Aaron Lynch, DE
No. 27: Ishaq Williams, DE
No. 40: Ben Koyack, TE
No. 41: Matthew Hegarty, OL
No. 44: Stephon Tuitt, DE
Shurburtt's take: Fighting Irish have one of the top defensive line classes in the country. Aaron Lynch (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast), Stephon Tuitt (Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area) and Ishaq Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln) are three elite prospects tat that position. Linebacker Ben Councell (Asheville, N.C./A.C, Reynolds) saw his stock improve perhaps more than any other prospect in the Southeast this season.
6. LSU (22 commits - 4 AC100)
Shurburtt's take: The Tigers were dominant in-state this recruiting cycle. Offensive tackle La’El Collins (Baton Rouge, La./Redemptorist), wide receiver Jarvis Landry (Lutcher, La.) and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (New Orleans, La./O. Perry Walker) are among the top prospects at their position in the country. Defensive end Jermauria Rasco (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian) is still out there for LSU.
7. Georgia (23 commits - 5 AC100)
No. 14: Ray Drew, DE
No. 31: Jay Rome, TE
No. 55: Damian Swann, DB
No. 60: Christian LeMay, QB
No. 61: Malcolm Mitchell, ATH
JC Shurburtt's take: The Bulldogs are in the midst of a huge finish. Georgia did an excellent job in South Georgia this cycle. Athlete Malcolm Mitchell and teammate tight end Jay Rome (Valdosta, Ga.) and defensive lineman Ray Drew (pictured, Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central) are the three headliners. But make no mistake about it- signing day is going to be a huge day for this Georgia class.
JC Shurburtt's take: The Buckeyes have one of the best defensive line classes in the country. Defensive tackle Michael Bennett (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville), defensive ends Kenny Hayes (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer) and Steve Miller (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) versatile defensive lineman Chase Farris (Elyria, Ohio) are as good as any group heading to any school in the country. Quarterback Braxton Miller (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne) is potentially special. Linebacker Curtis Grant (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) remains.
JC Shurburtt's take: The Ducks have put together a great class that could get even better if five-star athlete De’Anthony Thomas (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw) switches his commitment from USC and signs with the Ducks. Devon Blackmon (Fontana, Calif./Summit) is an electric playmaker and versatile in-state jumbo athlete Colt Lyerla (Hillsboro, Ore.) can help in a number of ways.
JC Shurburtt's take: Lane Kiffin and staff continue to recruit at a high level. Should the Trojans lose Thomas it would certainly sting, but five-star receiver George Farmer (Gardena, Calif./Serra), defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and versatile running back/receiver Amir Carlisle are three of the best in the country. Watch out for quarterback Max Wittek (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) down the road, too.
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