2008 total commits: 21 Headliner: Rahim Moore 2007 class rank: 38
The Bruins have done what they've been hoping to do for a long time - become a more dominant player in their own back yard. Only one of UCLA's 21 commitments comes from outside California, and 13 pledges are four-star prospects.
2008 total commits: 20 Headliner: D.J. Monroe 2007 class rank: 5
The Longhorns have done another masterful job of landing some great in-state talent while also luring players from other parts of the country. The addition of Nolan Brewster from Colorado is a prime example. The depth of this early class comes from great players like DeSean Hales, D.J. Monroe, Aaron Williams and Dan Buckner. Those are skill players any school would love to have.
2008 total commits: 16 Headliner: Kyle Rudolph 2007 class rank: 8
The Irish have assembled a great offensive class. Elite 11 quarterback Dayne Crist and five-star tight end Kyle Rudolph are already in the fold. Depth along the defensive line was also a need area, and Notre Dame has secured five commits from defensive tackles or ends.
The Sooners have definitely raided Texas. Five-star running back Jermie Calhoun is the top player in the Lone Star State. Five-star offensive lineman Stephen Good and five-star defensive end R.J. Washington are also from Texas. In all, 11 of the Sooners' 15 commits are from Texas. OU also got a pledge from EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback Landry Jones.
2008 total commits: 16 Headliner: A.J. Green 2007 class rank: 9
UGA's great start is a result of its ability to protect its own back yard and also do well in the region. The Bulldogs have nine in-state commits, including five-star defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson. Five-star receiver A.J. Green from South Carolina is also a special player.
2008 total commits: 12 Headliner: E.J. Manuel 2007 class rank: 19
Florida State has been much more aggressive early than in years past. The effort has paid off with a great foundation for a truly special class. Five-star quarterback E.J. Manuel is a big boost for the Seminoles' group. FSU also has to be excited about five-star linebacker Nigel Bradham and four-star linebackers Nigel Carr and Vincent Williams.
2008 total commits: 8 Headliner: Tyron Smith 2007 class rank: 2
It never seems to end for Pete Carroll. The Trojans have eight pledges now, and six of the eight are ranked in the Rivals250. Three of the eight are five-star players who are also ranked in the top four in California. The leaders in the class have to be five-star offensive tackles Matt Kalil and Tyron Smith. USC quarterbacks should be safe with those two up front.
The Buckeyes have put together what has to be one of the best offensive line classes in the nation. Five-star offensive tackle Michael Brewster is about as special as they come. J.B. Shugarts and Mike Adams are also quite impressive. The one player that doesn't get talked about enough is four-star athlete Devoe Torrence.
The Cornhuskers are No. 10 despite having three of their 13 commitments not ranked – the Huskers have commitments from three junior college players. Nebraska's great early class is bolstered by standouts like five-star offensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler and four-star quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
The Hurricanes have five-star cornerback Patrick Johnson on the list, but USC definitely is making a strong push for him. However, this Miami class is made up of much more than just Johnson. Four-star prospects like linebacker Jordan Futch, offensive lineman Brandon Washington and defensive tackle Jeremy Lewis are all highly regarded players.
2008 total commits: 9 Headliner: Matt Branch 2007 class rank: 4
The Tigers – as always – have done a great job in Louisiana. Seven of their nine commitments are from the Pelican State. Tight end Matt Branch and offensive linemen Brandon Taylor are the early headliners, but even lower ranked guys like P.J. Lonergan and Ryan St. Julien are talented prospects.
The Badgers' run over the past few weeks has been amazing. Wisconsin is up to 13 commitments, with nearly half of those coming since June 15. Defensive end Tyler Westphal is the top-ranked prospect to commit, but receiver Wes Kemp and offensive linemen Peter Konz have the potential to be special, too.
2008 total commits: 7 Headliner: Lucas Nix 2007 class rank: 25
Five-star offensive tackle Lucas Nix was a huge pickup for the Panthers. He will get a chance to open up holes in the future for four-star running back Chris Burns. Pittsburgh defensive line coach Greg Gattuso has also done a masterful job so far.
The Wildcats have done well early, and it's no surprise that a lot of the success can be attributed to players from California and Arizona. Wildcats recruiting coordinator Tim Kish has done a great job pulling in two Rivals100 prospects – cornerback Robert Golden and athlete Gerell Robinson.
The Bears never seem to grab the headlines like USC or UCLA, but Jeff Tedford has again put together a great class. Tight end Spencer Ladner and offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee are the top-ranked prospects on the commit list. Quarterback Beau Sweeney could be great in the Bears' offense.
2008 total commits: 4 Headliner: Mike Yancich 2007 class rank: 27
The Nittany Lions are red-hot after picking up two of their four commitments in the last week. Linebacker Michael Mauti was a very good get from Louisiana, and the addition on Tuesday of four-star linebacker Mike Yancich was huge for Penn State. The Lions still have a long way to go in this class, and have a chance to move up as signing day draws closer.
2008 total commits: 8 Headliner: Aaron Douglas 2007 class rank: 3
The Vols are certainly one team that is likely to climb in the rankings. Tennessee has only eight pledges thus far. Tight end Aaron Douglas is the headliner for UT. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder is ranked a 5.9 on the Rivals Rating Scale.
2008 total commits: 8 Headliner: Matt Hall 2007 class rank: 30
Arkansas has a star average of 3.0, and that doesn't include a junior college player that has yet to be ranked. The headliner of the Arkansas class so far has to be four-star offensive lineman Matt Hall.
2008 total commits: 12 Headliner: Kody Spano 2007 class rank: 28
The Cowboys have done a solid job early on, and haven't been noticed much nationally because of the starts by Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. This OSU class does have some talented players. Linebacker Alfred Dupree is a great get from Dallas Skyline.
2008 total commits: 7 Headliner: Josh Haden 2007 class rank: 45
With the coaching change for the Eagles, Boston College is definitely one of the early national surprises. Landing four-star running back Josh Haden was huge, plus guys like defensive end Nick Halloran and running back Isaac Johnson are solid gets.
GEORGIA TECH – With only four commits at this point, Tech will definitely move up the charts.
ILLINOIS – Ron Zook recruits with the best of the best. While they're just outside the top 25 now, don't count on the Illini to be here for long. Illinois is involved with a lot of big-name kids that could put them in the top 25.
MARYLAND – The Terrapins are in competition for the top talent in their region.
MICHIGAN STATE – The Spartans have already become a force under Mark Dantonio. If they can get Jonas Gray and others locally, they could be one of the national surprises.