By Tyler Fenwick @Ty_Fenwick on June 25, 2014
The recruiting spices are about to flare up again as we grow anxious for the start of the 2014 season and desire something to get us our college football fix. As our attention now turns away from the 2014 class and towards the 2015 class, we can already see some teams are killing it on the recruiting trail. Here are the 10 hottest 2015 classes right now.
All stars and ratings courtesy of 247sports.com.
Florida is loading up on the defensive side of the ball in this class. Seven players currently committed land on the defensive side, and the talent is overflowing. Five-star safety Derwin James is the first-ranked safety in the nation, and his arrival is going to be heavily anticipated. With four four-star recruits standing behind him (all on defense as well), the Seminoles' future looks very bright.
Mississippi State's 2015 class is assembling quietly. As of right now, you really don't see any standout guys set to come in for the Bulldogs, but don't be fooled by any lack of dazzle; this class is going to be packed with solid ball players. The current headliner is athlete Malik Dear, who is going to provide a versatile spark to the Bulldog's offense, especially at wide receiver.
You can immediately see that the Irish are putting a special focus on the offensive line for this class with two four-star linemen in Tristen Hoge and Jerry Tillery. Hoge is currently the first-ranked center in the nation and first-ranked overall prospect in the state of Idaho.
South Carolina is stocking up on talent, and that shouldn't surprise you for an SEC school. Defensive end Shameik Blackshear is going to turn heads before he steps onto campus, and guys like Jalen Christian and Lorenzo Nunez will naturally draw a lot of attention. If this class keeps heading in the same direction, the Gamecocks are going to jump up in these rankings soon.
Tennessee's class has been getting hot as of late, and the talent pouring into this mid-level SEC program is phenomenal. Five-star wide receiver Preston Willis is going to be a great weapon for the Volunteers' offense to utilize in the seasons to come. Beyond that, the amount of athleticism found on both sides of the ball is going to be a prevalent theme in this class.
I know it's still a little early, but for Penn State to be the only Big 10 school on this list is a little worrisome for that conference, especially given its current place in the world of college football. But back to the Nittany Lions. Of Penn State's 17 current commits, only seven of them are not four-star prospects. You can see the incredible influence James Franklin is already having.
Welcome back to the SEC. Running back Javon Robinson is viewed as the future of this football team. As a five-star recruit and the No. 1 prospect in the nation, Robinson has many eyes on him, and the expectations are going to be tremendous. The only place to move from Robinson is down, but when looking at the rest of Auburn's 2015 crew, "down" doesn't mean much. This class is stacked.
Clemson is currently the far-and-away leader in the ACC, and you really can't wonder how or why. The Tigers are out there snagging some of the best talent in America all across the board. A good amount of it is coming on the offensive side of the ball, but they're not being selfish by any means. Overall, Clemson's 2015 class is top notch.
Texas A&M currently leads the nation with three five-star recruits: defensive end Daylon Mack, dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver Damarkus Lodge. Those are some monster grabs for coach Kevin Sumlin as his team heads into the post-Johnny Manziel days and a 2014 season that will probably resemble a rebuilding year for the Aggies.
Surprise, surprise. Alabama is ranked No. 1 in something. But as always, there's a good reason. Nick Saban is continuing his streak of bringing in excellent football players to play for him. All he really has to do is lay his championship rings out in the open and the deal is all but done.
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