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Breakdown: Updated rankings bring changes to team rankings

The new 2016 rankings are out and there were some big movements in the final evaluation period. The movement in the prospect rankings definitely had an impact on the team rankings. The adjustments have been made and it is now time to take a look at the top 10.

1. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Keandre Jones
Keandre Jones

Total Commits: 21

ASR: 3.86

Total Points: 2,614

Overview: Urban Meyer’s 2016 class is headlined by a pair of five-star defenders and is one of only five classes with multiple five star standouts. Linebacker Keandre Jones recently joined longtime Buckeye commitment Nick Bosa, The Buckeyes also lead the nation with 14 four-star commitments, and have nine Rivals100 commitments in the class with Michael Jordan and Austin Mack moving into the final Rivals100.

2. LSU TIGERS

Total Commits: 22

ASR: 3.68

Total Points: 2,586

Overview: Linebacker Erick Fowler received his fifth star and steps to the front of the Tigers' class. LSU is tied with Ohio State at 14 four-star commitments, and Fowler is joined by Glen Logan, Saivion Smith, and Drake Davis in the Final Rivals100. LSU is represented by seven more commitments in the Rivals250 including most recent commitment Rashard Lawrence, and Andre Anthony and Caleb Roddy both received their fourth stars in the final round of rankings.

3. OLE MISS REBELS

Shea Patterson
Shea Patterson (Rivals.com)

Total Commits: 20

ASR: 3.55

Total Points: 2,286

Overview: Five-star quarterback Shea Patterson and offensive tackle Gregory Little make Ole Miss the only program with two top five commitments. Benito Jones was a big riser during this evaluation period, moving up 73 spots and into the top 50 of the Rivals100. The Rebels also saw running back commitment D'Vaughn Pennamon earn his fourth star and make his Rivals250 debut.

4. NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

Total Commits: 22

ASR: 3.59

Total Points: 2,274

Overview: Offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg and defensive end Khalid Kareem were the big movers for the Notre Dame class. Eichenberg earned his fourth star and moved into the Rivals250, while Kareem moved from just outside to a spot in the 250. Troy Pride also earned his fourth star, bringing the Notre Dame class to 13 prospects ranked four stars or more.

5. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

Total Commits: 22

ASR: 3.5

Total Points: 2,246

Overview: Michigan is led by two commitments in the Rivals100, and have 10 total in the Rivals250. Offensive guard Ben Bredeson is the headliner of the group at No. 60, but recent commitment David Long is not far behind at No. 81. This evaluation period did see Kareem Walker fall 140 spots and out of the Rivals100, but overall the Wolverine class held steady during the evaluation period with 12 commits holding a four-star ranking.

6. FLORIDA GATORS

Antonneous Clayton
Antonneous Clayton (Rivals.com)

Total Commits: 26

ASR: 3.38

Total Points: 2,227

Overview: Defensive end Antonneous Clayton earned his fifth star and moves to the front of the Gator class. Quarterback Feleipe Franks did drop in the ranks but he is safely in the Rivals100 with defensive back Chauncey Gardner. Wide receiver Josh Hammond moved into the Rivals250, Shavar Manuel moved up 20 spots and Freddie Swain rounds out the Gators in the 250. Overall the Gators class currently has 10 prospects ranked four stars or higher.

7. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES

Total Commits: 18

ASR: 3.72

Total Points: 2,137

Overview: Five-star cornerback Levonta Taylor headlines a star-studded group which includes four Rivals100 prospects and another five in the Rivals250. Defensive end Josh Brown is the biggest mover of the Seminole class as he moves from outside the 250 to the top 200. Amir Rasul earned his fourth star, and Josh Ball moved up 24 spots.

8. CLEMSON TIGERS

Dexter Lawrence
Dexter Lawrence (Rivals.com)

Total Commits: 17

ASR: 3.81

Total Points: 2,126

Overview: The Tigers have the smallest class inside the top 10, and they are also the only program with three five-star prospects. Dexter Lawrence is the highest-ranked committed 2016 prospect in the country at No. 2 overall. Lawrence and Rahshaun Smith give the Tigers two commitments in the top 10 of the country, and new five-star Tre Lamar makes Clemson the only program with three top 20 recruits. Cornell Powell, Xavier Kelly and Sean Pollard each saw some big movement in the rankings.

9. BAYLOR BEARS

Total Commits: 20

ASR: 3.4

Total Points: 2,018

Overview: There was not much movement for the Baylor recruiting class during the final evaluation period. Wide receiver Devin Duvernay is now at the top of the class at No. 52 overall after offensive guard Patrick Hudson slid to No. 62. The two are joined by Brandon Bowen in the Rivals100, and Tren'Davian Dickson, J.P. Urquidez and Kameron Martin add a Rivals250 punch to the class.

10. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS

Josh King
Josh King (Rivals.com)

Total Commits: 19

ASR: 3.47

Total Points: 2,011

Overview: Defensive end Josh King was the big mover in the Spartan class and jumped over newly committed Rivals100 receiver Donnie Corley to grab headlining honors. Six more Michigan State commitments earned Rivals250 status including quarterback Messiah deWeaver, and Trishton Jackson and Naquan Jones round out a quality four-star group.