The SEC was the recruiting winner of the conferences in 2011. Seven teams from the conference rank among the nation's top 30 recruiting classes. Nine 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 30. 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 Brad Beal, who is headed to Florida.
Alabama and Arkansas have impressive classes, which rank No. 5 and No. 7 nationally. Trevor Lacey, a five-star prospect, leads a trio of top 50 prospects from Alabama that headline the Tide's class. 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 elite shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is responsible for Georgia's No. 25 ranking.
Florida and Vanderbilt are the other two SEC teams who are nationally ranked.
Despite being overshadowed by St. John's, Rutgers has a nationally ranked class with four ranked prospects out of its six-man haul. West Virginia has the final nationally ranked class out of the Big East.
Villanova, Cincinnati, DePaul and Marquette landed outside the national top 30, but each will bring four-star prospects into the conference.
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 suffered through the recruiting saga of 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. 14-ranked Baylor, Quincy Miller is an top 10 prospect and four-star Deuce Bello is one of the most athletic prospects in the country. Oklahoma State lands right behind Baylor at No. 15 with elite five-star prospect LeBryan Nash and four-star scoring guard Cezar Guerrero.
On the strength of several spring signings, Kansas is the final nationally ranked team from the Big 12.
Outside of the nationally ranked classes, Texas A&M is the only Big 12 team with a four-star prospect in its class.
Leading the way for the Pac-12 is Arizona, which landed an impressive four-man class that is ranked No. 4 nationally. Five-star prospects Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson are the top point guard and shooting guard entering the Pac-12. A couple four-star interior prospects round out the class.
Outside of Arizona, the Pac-12 experienced limited recruiting success in 2011. Washington (No. 20) and Oregon (No. 21) are the only other nationally ranked teams from the Pac-12. Both have dynamic five-star prospects in their classes with Washington landing power point guard Tony Wroten and Oregon landing sharp shooter Jabari Brown.
Arizona State, UCLA and Stanford were each able to land a four-star prospect, while conference newcomer Colorado registers in the top half of the conference rankings with two ranked prospects in its four-man class
In East Lansing, Tom Izzo has landed a five-star prospect in Branden Dawson and has his team in the national rankings. Indiana is the other nationally ranked team from the Big Ten and has the highest ranked prospect entering the conference with in-state star Cody Zeller.
Michigan landed a four-star prospect, and Minnesota signed two ranked three-star prospects.