The race for the nation’s top class is nowhere near over. LSU has had a stranglehold on the top spot for several months now over Ohio State, but there are several teams with enough players left on their boards to push the Tigers for the top spot.
LSU also has plenty left on its board, especially if it can reel in Randle and Richardson and/or pull another surprise or two. That might be enough to keep the Tigers at No. 1.
Ohio State and Texas are virtually done, especially now that Devon Kennard is off the board for the Longhorns. That leaves Alabama, USC and Florida as the biggest threats to make a run at No. 1.
The Trojans surely will get a bounce after adding Kennard on Tuesday, and they could get another huge bump if five-star linebacker Manti Te’o comes aboard. The Trojans also are still involved with Jarvis Jones, Jawanza Starling, Orson Charles and Frankie Telfort.
Florida still is in the mix for Jenkins, Jones, Telfort, Charles, Denard Robinson, Joshua Evans and Marlon Brown. Alabama still has big-timers such as Randle, Reid, Eddie Lacy, Bobby Massie, Barkevious Mingo, Brandon Moore, Kendall Kelly, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darren Myles on its board.
Logjam at top of Mountain West
While most of the nation’s focus has been on the intense recruiting battles going on in the SEC, one of tightest races is at the top of the Mountain West Conference. Right now, there is not a huge separation among Utah, TCU and BYU for the top three spots in the conference.
Utah is on top now with a class that includes defensive end James Aiono – the nation’s No. 1 junior college player – two four-star prospects and 13 three-star recruits. TCU has four four-star pledges and 11 three-star commitments. BYU also has a great group coming in, with two four-star commitments and 14 three-star players.
Overall, Utah is ranked No. 39 in the nation, ahead of “Big Six” programs such as Wisconsin, Colorado, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech. TCU checks in at No. 43 and BYU at No. 49. Utah is in position to strengthen its hold of the top spot in the conference if it’s able to reel in Rivals100 offensive lineman Xavier Su’a Filo of Provo (Utah) Timpview.
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