As the college and high school football seasons approach, recruiting fans look forward to this time of year for an additional reason: team rankings. The first edition of the Rivals.com 2011 team rankings is set for release next week, but we have a sneak peek for the diehards. Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns have the most commitments of anyone in the Top 20, but does that mean they are No. 1? Has Alabama, LSU or another traditional heavyweight pushed to the top?
Rivals.com will release its Top 50 schools next week and the pecking order certainly can shift with seven days of commitments to be had. However, as of the middle of this week, here is your Top 25 in order with each school's top commitments and top remaining targets.
The Longhorns check in at No. 1 and have done so numerous times over with years with early commitments and a nearly full class by the end of the summer. But can Texas hold off the competition until Signing Day? Texas has by far the most four-star commitments with 16 and has met almost all of its needs.
Biggest gets: RB Malcolm Brown, LB Steve Edmond, OLChristian Westerman Top remaining targets: DE Jermauria Rasco, RB Aaron Green
Bob Stoops had a rough year on the field last season as injuries mounted, but he's having little trouble off the field recruiting. It's doubtful the Sooners can overtake Texas in the national or Big 12 rankings, but can they make it a pair of Big 12 teams in the Top 5 come Signing Day? They are the only other team aside from the Longhorns with double-digit four-star commitments.
Biggest gets: WR Trey Metoyer, RB Brandon Williams, DT Marquis Anderson.
Top remaining targets: ATH Ladarius Brown, LB Anthony Wallace, DB Charles Jackson
Florida State recruiting never went away, but it is certainly at a higher level than it has been in previous years. Last year's class was impressive but this year's class has a chance to push near the top. With only 15 commitments, there is plenty of room to fill the class and jump some other teams. Biggest gets: ATH James Wilder Jr., S Karlos Williams, OL Bobby Hart Top remaining targets: LB Tony Steward, DE Ray Drew, TE Nick O'Leary
The Bulldogs have been the model of consistency over the last decade, always finishing in or around the national Top 10. However, things didn't end well in the 2010 recruiting class so a big year is a must for Mark Richt in 2011. So far so good, but they'll need some more four stars and possibly a five to stay this high.
Biggest gets: QB Christian LeMay, DE Sterling Bailey, OL Zach DeBell Top remaining targets: DE Ray Drew, RB Isaiah Crowell, ATH Damian Swann
Amid an NCAA investigation, head coach Butch Davis still has managed to put together one of the best classes in the country so far, and it could get even better. If the Tar Heels need a few of their 11 three stars to move up to four and keep some studs in state, this will be a Top 15 class in the end.
Biggest gets: ATH T.J. Thorpe, OL Landon Turner, OL Jarrod James Top remaining targets: DE Jadeveon Clowney, LB Curtis Grant, ATH Kris Frost
The Panthers are not only dominating the Big East in 2011 recruiting but they are also dominating in-state rival Penn State when it comes to head-to-head battles, something that doesn't occur often. Pitt has a chance, with a strong finish, to push toward the Top 10, unheard of by a Big East team since Miami left.
Biggest gets: DT Marquise Wright, CB Kyshoen Jarrett, RB Jameel Poteat Top remaining targets: OL Cyrus Kouandjio, RB Savon Huggins, ATH Darius Jennings
The Huskers will be taking their program to the Big Ten after this season and recruiting could shift, but for now they are killing it in the places they recruit best, such as Texas, areas of the Southeast and the rest of the Midlands. With only 12 commitments, there is plenty of room in this class and a chance to move up the charts if they finish strong.
Biggest gets: OL Tyler Moore, QB Bubba Starling, CB Tevin Mitchel Top remaining targets: RB Aaron Green, OL Cyrus Hobbi, DT Mickey Johnson
Auburn could have been categorized as the biggest surprise of the 2010 recruiting year, finishing fourth in the nation overall and ahead of the national champion Crimson Tide. But now Gene Chizik and his crew won't be sneaking up on anyone. With plenty of room left in the class, they will push Ole Miss, Georgia and possibly others in the SEC before Signing Day.
Biggest gets: CB Jonathan Rose, QB Kiehl Frazier, WR Jaylon Denson Top remaining targets: DE Ray Drew, ATH Kris Frost, CB Marcus Roberson
Tommy Tuberville brings a different approach and reputation to recruiting for the Red Raiders and it's clearly working. To be fourth in the Big 12 right now in recruiting, following last year's eighth-place finish, shows marked improvement. Tuberville and his staff are backfilling 2010 while focusing on 2011 and beyond. Things are looking up in Lubbock.
Biggest gets: TE Jace Amaro, OL Tony Morales, RB Kenny Williams Top remaining targets: ATH LaDarius Brown, LB Anthony Wallace, ATH Dominique Petties