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Old 04-07-2001, 11:15 AM   #1
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College football is edging closer. I thought I'd freshen things up here by posting the top ten teams in recruiting this offseason. Opinions? FSU is No. 1 again, no suprise.
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With their usual Signing Day flair, the Florida State Seminoles have signed the No. 1 class of the 2000-01 recruiting campaign. Here are my top 20 classes:

1. FSU -- The Seminoles really filled their needs at almost every position and came on very strong at the end, landing QBs Joe Mauer and Adrian McPherson, RB Eric Shelton, DB Jerome Carter, and LB Willie Jones. They lost a lot of seniors, but have gained what's probably a better class than the group that just left.

2. Michigan -- The Wolverines are not too far behind FSU. They really needed RB help and got Kelly Baraka and David Underwood. They needed pass rushers and got Pat Massey and Pierre Woods. They needed secondary help and got Ernest Shazor and Marlin Jackson. All those are five-star players.

3. LSU -- The Tigers' signees are almost as good as those of the top two; this is their best class in years. They signed nine of the top 10 Louisiana prospects, including superstars such as WR Michael Clayton, TE Marcus Spears and DE Marquise Hill. From Texas they signed top OL Ben Wilkerson and one of that state's best athletes in RB Joseph Addai.

4. Texas -- The Longhorns addressed their needs at OL, landing seven of the top nine at that position in the state. They also got one of the nation's top RBs in Cedric Benson and maybe the best kick returner in Quan Cosby.

5. Tennessee -- The Vols did a great job at RB; though they lost Carnell Williams to Auburn, they gained Jabari Davis, Cedric Houston and Derrick Tinsley. They also brought aboard one of the nation's premier LBs in Kevin Simon, one of the top DBs in Robert Boulware and top WRs in Montrell Jones and Michael Collins.

6. Oklahoma -- The Sooners' best class in years. They raided Texas effectively, signing top DL Tommie Harris, RB Donta Hickson and WR Brandon Jones, and they also got every prospect they wanted in-state.

7. Miami -- The Hurricanes were a definite top 5 team until the coaching change, but Larry Coker and his staff rebounded well. They were able to keep a majority of committed players in the fold. They landed the nation's top LB in Leon Williams, a great DB in Antrel Rolle and a top-notch DT in Orien Harris.

8. Washington -- The Huskies signed two of the finest WRs in Reggie Williams and Charles Frederick. They also did a great job in-state and got everybody they wanted, including RB Ty Eriks. And they signed a blue-chip QB in Casey Paus and one of Alaska's top prospects in the past 10 years, DL Tui Alailefaleula.

9. Clemson -- No program signed more super WRs than the Tigers, and they didn't have go outside the state to do so. Roscoe Crosby, Airese Currie and Tymere Zimmerman will form a terrific trio, and they'll be complemented by blue-chip TE Ben Hall.

10. Wisconsin -- The Badgers did a great job of filling needs at every position, including QB (Owen Daniels), DT (Anttaj Hawthorne), and several in-state defensive linemen, as well as one of nation's top two CBs in Brett Bell.
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