Ten teams off to fast starts for 2017
Ohio State is off to a fast start for 0 as Urban Meyer continues to light up the recruiting trail. The usual suspects are on this list at this early date, but there is one surprising newcomer out of the Big . Here is a breakdown of where these programs stand with rising juniors.
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Josh Myers is the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation.
By the end of January, the Buckeyes already held commitments from four 01 prospects. Ohio-native and quarterback Danny Clark was the first to give the Buckeyes' his pledge, and he was followed by Floridians Bruce Judson and Shaun Wade in early January. The Buckeye capped January with the addition of the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle, Josh Myers. Rivals0 cornerback Marcus Williamson decided to keep his talents in state, as did three-star running back Todd Sibley. Most recently, the Buckeyes added out-of-state Rivals0 talent Jake Moretti, who chose Ohio State over Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, Oregon, and several others.
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Miami jumped out to the fastest start in the country and currently sits at seven commitments, all from Florida. The group is headlined by hometown Rivals20 wide receiver Kemore Gamble. Tight end Tre McKitty gives the Hurricanes two commitments in the top 200 in the country. Running back Robert Burns and linebacker Tyler Dunning round out the four Cane commitments in the Rivals20. Three-star linebackers Waynmon Steed and Aundre Ricardo-Kearney and three-star running back Bentavious Thompson add more punch to the Hurricane class.
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Surprise, surprise, the Alabama Crimson Tide are off to one of the hottest starts in the 201 class. The Tide continue to reach far and wide as Nick Saban and his staff work to secure top talents from across the country. California five-star running back Najee Harris was the first commitment of the class when he chose Alabama in mid-April. The big push came as prospects earned scholarship offers after strong camp performances. Netori Johnson, the nation's No. 1 offensive guard, was joined by Rivals20 offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, and Rivals20 athlete D.D. Bowie.
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It has almost been a year since defensive end Ja'len Parks and D.J. Matthews jumped on the Seminole train. Matthews comes in just outside the five-star rankings at No. 1 and he is the nation's No. 2 receiver. Parks is also a Rivals0 prospect at No. 4. Outside linebacker Vandarius Cowan joins Parks and Matthews in the Rivals 0, and three-star Zaquandre White joined the fold in March. All four prospects are from the Sunshine state and Cowans is the most recent addition.
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Steve Sarkisian and the USC Trojans have a strong class of three. All three prospects are ranked in the Rivals250 and two arrive in the top 50 in the country. All-purpose back Stephen Carr is the highest ranked at No. 32 in the country and he was the first to give the Trojans his commitment. The Trojans' most recent pledge, Thomas Graham, arrives at No. 41 in the current rankings. The Trojans also received a nice boost from Rivals250 wide receiver Amari Rodgers.
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Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs are off to one of the strongest recruiting starts in program history. The class received a big boost when Rivals0 quarterback Shawn Robinson chose the Horned Frogs over offers from across the country. Robinson is joined in the Rivals0 by versatile offensive lineman Wes Harris, who committed to TCU in late May. The first commitment of the class was three-star athlete Roshauud Paul. All three are from the state of Texas, with Robinson and Harris just minutes away from the TCU campus.
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The lure of Baton Rouge remains strong, and LSU is off to another strong start. The Tigers only have two commitments for 2017, but they are two very big commitments. Athlete Dylan Moses comes in as the No. 2 prospect in the country and defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin enters the rankings at No. 3 in the nation. Moses gave the Tigers his pledge in September of 2013 and Shelvin added his commitment in the spring. Both also give the Tigers' class a strong Louisiana flavor.
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Florida recently received a couple of big boosts. First was the addition of Rivals0 quarterback and Rivals Quarterback Challenge champion Jake Allen. Then the Gators flipped Rivals250 offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort from Miami on Wednesday. They join three-star Lavarus Tigner, who committed to the Gators in June. New head coach Jim McElwain continues to tap into the deep Sunshine state talent pool with the offensive duo, and received a big kick of momentum with Allen and Telforts's commitments in July.
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Notre Dame has always had a long reach on the recruiting trail and the Irish continue that trend in the 2017 recruiting class. Texas Rivals0 tight end Brock Wright out of the Houston area chose Notre Dame shortly after a visit to South Bend. He chose the Irish over Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, and several others. Wright joins three-star Florida offensive tackle Dillan Gibbons, who committed to the Notre Dame in early April.
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Auburn may only have one commitment, but it is a big one. Five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley chose the Tigers over Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, and others. He gave his pledge to the Auburn coaching staff while in town for the Tigers' Big Cat event at the end of May. Ashley makes his appearance at No. 9 and he is the nation's No. 2 offensive tackle prospect.