The SEC was the winner of the conferences during the early signing period. Seven teams from the conference rank among the nation's top 25 recruiting classes. Eight five-star prospects and 26 players ranked in the Rivals150 signed with a school from the SEC.
Rivals.com recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer and Eric Bossi break down and rank the recruiting efforts of each conference for the early signing period.
The SEC is the top 2011 recruiting conference with seven teams in the top 25 and two teams that fall just outside the top 25. Kentucky once again has the top recruiting class in the country with four five-star prospects: Marquis Teague, Mike Gilchrist, Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer. The top prospect coming into the conference and not going to Kentucky is shooting guard Bradley Beal, who is headed to Florida.
Arkansas has an impressive class, which ranks No. 5 nationally. B.J. Young and Ky Madden headline the Razorbacks' class. Five-star prospect Rodney Hood is the jewel of Mississippi State's nationally ranked class, while Levi Randolph is the best prospect in Alabama's nationally ranked class.
Despite being overshadowed by St. John's, Rutgers has a nationally ranked class with five ranked prospects out of its seven-man haul. Georgetown, Villanova, DePaul, West Virginia, Marquette and Connecticut landed outside the national top 25 but each will bring four-star prospects into the conference.
As is typically the case, Duke and North Carolina stand above the rest of the ACC on the 2011 recruiting front. Ranked No. 3 nationally, Duke landed the No. 1 prospect in the country, Austin Rivers, to go with four-star prospects Quinn Cook, Michael Gbinije and Marshall Plumlee.
Right behind Duke at No. 4 is North Carolina with the five-star inside/outside tandem of James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston. Versatile forward Dorian Finney-Smith is the top prospect in Virginia Tech's nationally ranked class. Florida State also made the national rankings with a four-man class that includes three four-stars.
Give Rick Barnes and his staff at Texas a lot of credit. Having already lost five-star DeAndre Daniels, the Longhorns rallied to lock up five-star point guard Myck Kabongo when he wavered. Kabongo teams with three four-star prospects from within the Lone Star State to give Texas the top class in the conference and one that ranks 8th nationally.
For No. 12 Oklahoma State, LeBryan Nash is a top-five player nationally and junior college transfer Karron Johnson is likely the top juco player in the country. Scott Drew and Baylor land at No. 13 nationally with a class that is headlined by five-star Quincy Miller.
Texas A&M has one four-star and one three-star, while Kansas State signed a pair of three-stars. The only other school in the conference to land a ranked player is Kansas, which signed four-star point guard Naadir Tharpe.
It's been a slow signing period for the Pac-10. As a whole, the conference schools only signed 11 players in the Rivals150 for 2011. Leading the way is Arizona, which signed the nation's ninth-ranked class featuring five-star Josiah Turner and two solid four-stars in Nick Johnson and Sidiki Johnson.
At No. 19 nationally, Oregon and new coach Dana Altman were able to sign the other five-star headed to the Pac-10 in California native Jabari Brown.
At No. 3 in the conference and No. 21 nationally, Washington was the only other conference program to ink multiple ranked players by landing high four-star Anthony Wroten and high three-star Hikeem Stewart. Arizona State, UCLA and Stanford were each able to land one four-star prospect, while USC was the only other conference program to land a ranked player in three-star wing Byron Wesley.