College Football Recruiting Rankings: 10 Teams That Could Make Biggest Jump

    College football recruiting rankings with 10 teams that could make the biggest jump on National Signing Day.

    January 22, 2016

    Ten teams that could make the biggest jump in the college football recruiting rankings.


    If you’re on the outside looking in on the rally car race that is college football recruiting, you have a little less than two weeks left of panning your head from left to right. The final lap is here, and college coaches are fighting for pole position of the 2016 season.

    LSU and Ohio State have been exchanging blows like heavyweight fighters over the past couple weeks. The Tigers have landed a solid combination over the past two days to take control of the No. 1 class ranking, securing commitments from 4-star offensive tackle Willie Allen and 5-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence.

    But there are other programs planning on making their own statements down the home stretch.

    Below are 10 teams that could make the biggest jump in the college football recruiting rankings on National Signing Day.

    Note: 247Sports Composite rankings utilized in this article.


    10. Mississippi State Bulldogs – No. 46 Class

    Defensive end Marquiss Spencer is Mississippi State’s only four-star commit, but Dan Mullen is hot on the trail of 5-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons. Four-star wide receiver A.J. Brown is also a main target, and the Bulldogs are the favorite to land 4-star defensive tackle Raekwon Davis. Mullen is aiming at bumping up his class into the top 40 — maybe even top 35.


    9. Nebraska Cornhuskers – No. 34 Class

    Four-star quarterback Patrick O’Brien, 4-star offensive guard John Raridon and 4-star safety John Raridon headline the Cornhuskers’ 2016 class. Commitments from 4-star offensive tackle Matt Farniok and 4-star wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick could help Nebraska sneak up into the top 30 in the rankings.


    8. Texas Longhorns – No. 33 Class

    Charlie Strong’s job certainly hasn’t been easy. He’s been on the hot seat for a while and the Longhorns aren’t winning like they’re used to. Strong has 4-star quarterback Shane Buechele and 4-star wide receiver Collin Johnson on campus already, but if he can land 4-star safeties Brandon Jones and Deontay Anderson, Strong can get Texas into the top 30.


    7. Virginia Tech Hokies – No. 39 Class

    It’s sort of weird to think of Frank Beamer no longer being the head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies. But Justin Fuente is bringing a lot of momentum with him from Memphis. Four-star quarterback Jerod Evans is already enrolled, and now Fuente is going after 4-star offensive tackles Landon Dickerson and Jauan Williams. Landing both of them would go a long way toward finishing in the top 30.


    6. South Carolina Gamecocks – No. 31 Class

    Will Muschamp has always been a tenacious recruiter, but he certainly has his work cutout for him in Columbia, S.C. He has 4-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain and 4-star wide receiver Bryan Edwards already enrolled at South Carolina. But if Muschamp can haul in 4-star safety Brandon Jones and 4-star defensive tackle Karamo Dioubate, the Gamecocks might be able to finish in the top 25.


    5. Oregon Ducks – No. 23 Class

    It was a big deal for Oregon to flip 4-star quarterback Tristen Wallace from Ohio State. But Mark Helfrich is aiming at bringing in 4-star cornerback Nigel Knott and 4-star defensive ends Connor Murphy and Prince Sammons. If he can land them, Helfrich might be able to lock in his first top 15 class and the Ducks’ first top 15 class since 2012.


    4. Oklahoma Sooners – No. 25 Class

    The last couple of days have been kind to Oklahoma. The Sooners secured commitments from 4-star defensive end Amani Bledsoe and 3-star outside linebacker Kapri Doucet. Bob Stoops is targeting 4-star cornerback Jared Mayden, 4-star defensive end Maxs Tupai and 5-star outside linebacker Caleb Kelly. If he lands all three, Oklahoma will make a significant jump.


    3. Miami Hurricanes – No. 19

    It’s been a while since people threw up “The U” and were actually excited about it. Mark Richt is trying to restore that excitement. With Ohio State trying to flip 4-star wide receiver Sam Bruce, the Hurricanes need to do everything in their power to retain him. Richt will be hosting 4-star safety Romeo Finley and 4-star wide receiver Kelvin Harmon at Miami. A few 4-star commitments can slide the Hurricanes up the board.


    2. USC Trojans – No. 16 Class

    The Trojans are, once again, heading in a new direction with Clay Helton at the helm. Oluwole Betiku, Josh Imatorbhebhe and Michael Pittman are atop USC’s class, but Helton has his eye on defensive end Jonathan Kongbo, the nation’s No. 1 JUCO recruit. Rashan Gary, the No. 1 recruit in the nation, is also considering the Trojans. There’s a scenario here that lands USC in the top 10.


    1. Georgia Bulldogs – No. 7 Class

    The Kirby Smart era is off to an unbelievably great start. Georgia landed some big-time commits in Jacob Eason, Ben Cleveland and Isaac Nauta. But Smart isn’t done yet. The Bulldogs are going after a few five-star recruits: Demetris Robertson, Mecole Hardman Jr., Lyndell Wilson and Derrick Brown. There’s a strong chance they land at least two of those, and that could launch UGA into the top three.


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