The latest release of the Rivals.com team football recruiting rankings for the class of 2006 shows quite a bit of movement for an update occurring just one week after the inaugural release.
With prep school and junior college rankings and stars assigned, many teams rode the high ratings of those prospects into a higher slot.
Nebraska, which has four junior college prospects rated three stars or higher on its commit list, was No. 29 last week. The Cornhuskers jumped 16 spots to No. 13 after stars were assigned to those players. Five-star defensive back Andre Jones from Fresno (Calf.) City College leads the way, followed by four-star defensive end Rulon Davis from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Jones' teammate, linebacker Steve Allen and Compton (Calif.) Community College defensive tackle Brandon Johnson received three-star ratings.
With prep school prospects Callahan Bright, Justin Mincey and Matt Hardrick now rated five, four and four stars, respectively, Florida State jumped into the top 10, up six spots to No. 5. Also, the Seminoles picked up four-star lineman Paul Griffin from Butler (Kan.) Community College.
Alabama vaulted in to the top 10 as prep school running back Mike Ford was given a five-star rating. Itawamba (Miss.) junior college wide receiver Nikita Stover (four stars) and Northwest (Miss.) defensive end Jerami Holifield (three stars) receiving rankings also helped the Tide's cause.
With three junior college prospects on the commitment list, Oklahoma moved into the top 10 as stars and rankings were assigned. Linebacker Chris Patterson (four stars), defensive end Tim Johnson (three stars) and defensive tackle Jeremy Gibbs (three stars) helped the Sooners, who previously were ranked No. 16, move up.
After making its debut at No. 27, Ole Miss vaulted into the top 20 with help from five-star prep school defensive tackle Jerrell Powe and his Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy teammate John Jerry, an offensive lineman. A pair of three-star junior college prospects, offensive lineman Aubrey McFadden and defensive tackle Korey Raymond, both from East Mississippi Junior College, also contributed.
Maryland also moved into the top 25 with help from Hargrave Military five-star defensive end Melvin Alaeze and his teammate, four-star running back Morgan Green, both of who were previously unrated.
Thanks to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College defensive end Walter Fisher (four stars) and Hargrave offensive lineman Darius Myers (four stars) getting their ratings, Tennessee moved into the top 25.
Rivals.com will update the class of 2006 team rankings every Tuesday at Noon Eastern.