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November 21, 2008

Early signing period conference breakdown

MORE: Tigers, Bruins move up in team rankings | Top Dogs: Best signee at each position

The Big 12 was the clear winner of the conferences during the early signing period. Seven teams from the conference rank among the top 25 recruiting classes in 2009, and 27 nationally ranked players signed with a school from the Big 12.

Rivals.com recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer and Justin Young break down and rank the recruiting efforts of each conference for the early signing period.

Conference Rankings
1. Big 12 | 2. ACC | 3. Big East | 4. Big Ten | 5. SEC | 6. Pac-10

CONFERENCE RECRUITING BREAKDOWN
1. BIG 12
The Big 12 absolutely loaded up with talent this year with seven teams ranked in the top 25. Texas inked Jordan Hamilton and Avery Bradley, two of the four incoming five-star prospects to the Big 12. Kansas and Kansas State signed the other two. Power forward Thomas Robinson is headed to the Jayhawks while Kansas State locked up Wally Judge. In total, there are 27 Rivals150 players headed to the conference next year. That is tops among all conferences. Keep an eye on the incoming point guards. Elijah Johnson (Kansas), Raymond Penn (Oklahoma State), Tommy Mason-Griffin (Oklahoma), Nick Russell (Kansas State), A.J. Walton (Baylor), Michael Dixon (Missouri) and Chris Colvin (Iowa State) are all top 150 prospects.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Texas (2)
2. Kansas (5)
3. Oklahoma (11)
4. Oklahoma St. (12)
5. Kansas State (21)
6. Texas A&M (23)
7. Baylor (25)
8. Texas Tech
9. Nebraska
10. Iowa State
11. Missouri
12. Colorado

Top Dogs: Best at each position
Point guard: Elijah Johnson, Kansas
Shooting guard: Avery Bradley, Texas
Small forward: Jordan Hamilton, Texas
Power forward: Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Center: Keith Gallon, Oklahoma
-Top Dogs for every conference
2. ACC
There are four teams from the ACC that are ranked among the top 16 recruiting classes nationally. The conference is led by North Carolina, the top overall class in the country. The Tar Heels inked two of the five incoming five-star prospects in John Henson, the top incoming player in the conference, and Dexter Strickland, the top incoming point guard in the ACC. Florida State snagged five-star guard Michael Snaer out of California. Clemson landed one of the biggest in-state recruits in school history in Milton Jennings. Duke has a pair of skilled in-state big men coming to Durham next year in Ryan Kelly and Miles Plumlee. There are 24 Rivals150 prospects coming to the ACC next season.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. North Carolina (1)
2. Georgia Tech (9)
3. Duke (14)
4. NC State (16)
5. Florida State
6. Clemson
7. Miami
8. Wake Forest
9. Virginia Tech
10. Virginia
11. Maryland
12. Boston College

Top Dogs: Best at each position
Point guard: Dexter Strickland, North Carolina
Shooting guard:Michael Snaer, Florida State
Small forward: Ari Stewart, Wake Forest
Power forward: John Henson, North Carolina
Center: Cadarian Raines, Virginia Tech
-Top Dogs for every conference
3. BIG EAST
The Big East has four teams ranked within the top 25 after the early signing period while three other teams (Pitt, West Virginia and Georgetown) are just a hair outside. Villanova leads the charge as the Wildcats signed two of the four incoming five-star players. Power forward Mouphtaou Yarou and point guard Maalik Wayns are tops at their respective positions. Connecticut inked five-star center Alex Oriakhi while Pittsburgh landed Dante Taylor, the No. 24-ranked player nationally. There are 21 Rivals150 prospects joining the Big East next year. West Virginia signed the top shooting guard, Dalton Pepper, and the top sleeper, Deniz Kilicli. There are 20 Rivals150 players coming to the Big East next year.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Villanova (3)
2. Louisville (15)
3. UConn (17)
4. Marquette (18)
5. Pittsburgh
6. West Virginia
7. Providence
8. Rutgers
9. Georgetown
10. Notre Dame
11. Syracuse
12. St. John's
13. DePaul
14. South Florida
15. Cincinnati
16. Seton Hall

Top Dogs: Best at each position
Point guard: Maalik Wayns, Villanova
Shooting guard: Dalton Pepper, West Virginia
Small forward: Jeronne Maymon, Marquette
Power forward: Mouphtaou Yarou, Villanova
Center: Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut
-Top Dogs for every conference
4. BIG TEN
There are three Big Ten teams ranked within the top 25. Indiana checks in at No. 7 overall. The Hoosiers' class is led by four-star prospects Christian Watford, Maurice Creek and Derek Elston. Surprisingly, there is only one five-star player who signed with a Big Ten school this year. Minnesota was the winner as Royce White, an in-state player, is the No. 19 player overall in the class. Illinois locked up one of the best incoming backcourts in the nation with Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson and Joseph Bertrand. Nineteen Rivals150 prospects signed with a Big Ten school during the early period.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Indiana (7)
2. Illinois (10)
3. Minnesota (22)
4. Michigan
5. Purdue
6. Michigan State
7. Wisconsin
8. Penn State
9. Iowa
10. Northwestern
11. Ohio State

Top Dogs: Best at each position
Point guard: Darius Morris, Michigan
Shooting guard: Brandon Paul, Illinois
Small forward: Royce White, Minnesota
Power forward: Mike Bruesewitz, Wisconsin
Center: Garrick Sherman, Michigan State
-Top Dogs for every conference
5. SEC
There are three teams from the SEC ranked within the top 25. Florida leads the charge at No. 6 overall thanks to the strength of Kenny Boynton, one of the two incoming five-star prospects in the league. Boynton could be a player of the year candidate as a freshman in the SEC. Kentucky locked up the other five-star prospect, Daniel Orton. The Wildcats come in at No. 13 overall in the team rankings. Alabama rounds out the group with a solid five-man class led by former 2008 signee Tony Mitchell, who is taking a prep year this season. There are 15 Rivals150 prospects joining the league next year.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Florida (5)
2. Kentucky (13)
3. Alabama (24)
4. Auburn
5. South Carolina
6. Ole Miss
7. Vanderbilt
8. Arkansas
9. Tennessee
10. LSU
11. Georgia
12. Mississippi State

Top Dogs: Best at each position
Point guard: Ramon Galloway, South Carolina
Shooting guard: Kenny Boynton, Florida
Small forward: Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss
Power forward: Marshawn Powell, Arkansas
Center: Daniel Orton, Kentucky
-Top Dogs for every conference
6. Pac-10
After several years of major signings, the Pac-10 is in a down season for major players. Only two teams are ranked within the top 25 and only one five-star player signed with a Pac-10 school during the early period. Washington was the clear winner with Abdul Gaddy, one of the elite point guards nationally. UCLA is the team winner, coming in at No. 8 overall with a strong five-man class. The star power is lacking compared to year's past. Keep an eye on Oregon State. New coach Craig Robinson has reeled in a pair of Rivals150 prospects in Roberto Nelson and Joe Burton. There are 14 Rivals150 prospects joining the league at the moment.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. UCLA (8)
2. Washington (20)
3. Arizona State
4. USC
5. Oregon State
6. Wash. State
7. Oregon
8. California
9. Stanford
10. Arizona

Top Dogs: Best at each position
Point guard: Abdul Gaddy, Washington
Shooting guard: Roberto Nelson, Oregon State
Small forward: Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA
Power forward: Reeves Nelson, UCLA
Center: Joe Burton, Oregon State
-Top Dogs for every conference



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