9 takeaways from the current recruiting rankings

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 28, 2017

A dead period begins next Tuesday, as fall camps have begun across the country.

The focus turns to the current teams, but in-season recruiting will be more important than ever this fall. The new early signing period in December has sped the whole process up, so we’ve got an idea of how things are shaking out right now.

As we head to the dead period, here are nine things that stick out about the current recruiting rankings and numbers from 247Sports.

- Alabama only has 7 commitments.

Their streak of seven straight No. 1 classes may come to an end. The Tide’s class is ranked No. 47 (12th in the SEC), in large part due to its small size. Among the class, no player is in the top 95 nationally, and none is a 5-star. But this was partly expected. Alabama’s class was always going to be smaller than normal, as recent years have included larger classes. Nick Saban & Co. have been patient and picky, but they can’t miss out on too much, because…

- Only 41 of top 100 players remain uncommitted.

The early signing means this is all going to move quicker. Clemson has the top two players and three in the top 100, Ohio State has 11 top-100 players. There aren’t a large number of top players left. Speaking of the Buckeyes…

- Ohio State’s class is absolutely loaded.

The Buckeyes sit comfortably in No. 1 in the rankings. As mentioned, it includes seven top-50 players and 11 top-100 players, out of 16 total commitments, meaning they’ll likely stay at No. 1 as the class fills up. And those 16 players come from nine different states.

- Has Tom Herman already fixed Texas’ in-state problems?

In the class of 2017, the Horns got none of the top 19 players in the state. But right now, the Longhorns have four of the top five players in the state, and six of the top 11. Of the top 15 players in the state, only one is committed to an out-of-state-school (Nebraska). And Herman has yet to coach a game.

“A lot of people feel like they can — especially when Texas is down — smell blood in the water a little bit,” Herman said at Big 12 Media Days. “When we get Texas back, I don't think that you're going to … see not one team from the state of Texas (finish) in the top 25.”

- 18 of the top 19 pro-style quarterbacks and 33 of the top 34 dual-threat QB’s are committed.

I hope you have your quarterback. The only uncommitted pro-style QB in the top 19 is 5-star Tanner McKee from California, and the only uncommitted dual-threat is 4-star Gerry Bohanon of Arkansas.

QB’s commit the earliest, and the top ones are all but wrapped up.

- Several classes are nearly finished. Here are the schools with the most commitments:

No. 43 Purdue (21)
No. 3 Penn State (20)
No. 46 Houston (20)
No. 6 LSU (20)
No. 2 Miami (19)
No. 16 Virginia Tech (19)
No. 20 Mississippi State (19)
No. 26 Wisconsin (19)
No. 32 Minnesota (19)
No. 37 BYU (19)
No. 38 Boston College (19)
No. 41 Virginia (19)

Navy has 30 commits, but service academies operate differently. Jeff Brohm has been lighting it up recently, securing all 21 Purdue commits since the start of June.

- Some notable Power 5 teams with a small number of commits include:

No. 79 Arizona (8 commits)
No. 90 Stanford (4 commits)
No. 92 Kansas State (7 commits)
No. 96 Oregon State (5 commits)
No. 102 Utah (3 commits)

- Ed Orgeron wants to wall off Louisiana, but they haven’t pulled in the top players, yet.

Last year, LSU only signed three of the state’s top 10 players, after years of dominating the state. This year, LSU only has one of the top seven players in the state committed. Meanwhile, Kansas has two (!), and Florida and TCU have one. However, LSU has seven in-state commits among the players ranked 8-19. Orgeron knows there are still questions about how he’ll lead the LSU program, and he says only winning will fix it.

- Here are the top Group of 5 classes.

No. 37 BYU (19 commits) (independent)
No. 40 Cincinnati (16 commits)
No. 46 Houston (20 commits)
No. 49 UCF (14 commits)
No. 54 ECU (18 commits)
No. 59 Temple (16 commits)
No. 60 USF (13 commits)
No. 61 SMU (17 commits)

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.