August 28, 2008

Now that the Class of 2008 is in school and preparing for the season, Rivals.com has recalculated its final team recruiting rankings to account for prospects who did not make it to campus with the rest of their classmates.

With the loss of several key recruits, including two four-star players to professional baseball, Alabama - the nation's No. 1 team on Signing Day - slides to No. 2. Notre Dame, which didn't lose a single recruit, pushes up to No. 1.

Three teams slid out of the top 25 because of academic casualties. Minnesota dropped from No. 17 to No. 35 after five prospects, including elite quarterback MarQueis Gray, didn't make it in. Auburn slipped from No. 20 and South Carolina fell out from No. 22.

Oklahoma State, which lost only Alfred Dupree, improved from 26th to 19th. Pittsburgh moved from 28th to 20th and Boston College climbed from No. 33 to No. 24.

Here is the enrolled top 25.

RANKINGS: 2008 Enrolled Team Rankings | 2008 Rivals250 | 2008 Signing Day Team Rankings

Enrolled Team Rankings Top 25
1. Notre Dame
SIGNING DAY RANK: 2nd
BIGGEST LOSS: None
The Irish class is fully intact, which is not a surprise. Notre Dame targets prospects who can make it both on and off the field. The Irish are going to count on several freshman – such as five-star WR Michael Floyd – to make an immediate impact.
2. Alabama
SIGNING DAY RANK: 1st
BIGGEST LOSS: DT Kerry Murphy
The Crimson Tide hit some snags getting several of their top prospects on campus. Four-star DT Kerry Murphy didn't make it in for the second consecutive year. The Tide also lost four-star prospects Melvin Ray and Destin Hood to pro baseball.
3. Florida
SIGNING DAY RANK: 3rd
BIGGEST LOSS: SS Dee Finley
The Gators signed 22 players, and all but four-star safety Dee Finley made it to campus. Several freshmen are expected to play quickly, including five-star athlete Will Hill - who eventually could start at strong safety.
4. Ohio State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 4th
BIGGEST LOSS: DT Shawntel Rowell
Three-star defensive tackle Shawntel Rowell was the only loss for the Buckeyes. All eyes in fall camp have been on the nation's No. 1 recruit, Terrelle Pryor, and his progress. Expect him and several other stars from this class to see the field quickly for Ohio State.
5. Miami
SIGNING DAY RANK: 5th
BIGGEST LOSS: OL Brandon Washington
The 'Canes lost four-star offensive linemen Brandon Washington, along with three-star linebacker Antonio Harper and two-star defensive back C.J. Odom. Even with the losses, all the big-time prospects made it in, and 13 true freshmen are running first or second team already.
6. Oklahoma
SIGNING DAY RANK: 6th
BIGGEST LOSS: Joshua Jarboe
The Sooners actually had all their recruits make it in, including late enrollee David Sims. But four-star wide receiver recruit Joshua Jarboe was booted from the roster; he landed at Troy.
7. Georgia
SIGNING DAY RANK: 7th
BIGGEST LOSS: DE Toby Jackson
After beating out Miami, USC, Alabama and others for four-star defensive end Toby Jackson, he failed to make it and ended up in prep school. Quite a few of the freshmen are expected to play early, including five-star wide receiver A.J. Green.
8. Florida State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 9th
BIGGEST LOSS: DB Travis Arnold
The Seminoles signed 32 players and three didn't make it academically. The biggest hit came with Travis Arnold, a four-star defensive back, and two-star prospects Debrale Smiley and Anthony McCloud also didn't make it in. Junior college transfers Corey Surrency, Markus White and Joe Tonga headline a large group of newcomers who will see plenty of action.
9. Michigan
SIGNING DAY RANK: 10th
BIGGEST LOSS: LB Marcus Witherspoon
The Wolverines lost a big one when four-star linebacker Marcus Witherspoon didn't make it to campus because of NCAA Clearinghouse issues. Quite a few true freshman are expected to see the field quickly. Star cornerback Boubacar Cissoko is already making waves.
10. Clemson
SIGNING DAY RANK: 12th
BIGGEST LOSS: DE Jarrett Crittenton
The loss of Jarrett Crittenton was frustrating because he is an impact junior college prospect. But he wasn't able to make it in and ended up at Middle Tennessee State. Several freshmen will see the field quickly, including punter Dawson Zimmerman.
11. USC
SIGNING DAY RANK: 8th
BIGGEST LOSS: DE Nick Perry
The Trojans lost four-star defensive end Nick Perry, a Michigan native who might end up closer to home after not making it in. They also weren't able to get four-star offensive lineman Daniel Campbell in, and he's bound for prep school. Three-star running back Curtis McNeal didn't make it in, either. Pete Carroll said around eight true freshmen could see the field.
12. LSU
SIGNING DAY RANK: 11th
BIGGEST LOSS: WR Deangelo Benton
Five-star receiver Deangelo Benton wasn't able to make it in on time and is taking classes this fall in order to qualify. Benton would have made an immediate impact. Also missing is three-star defensive back Rockey Duplessis, who will greyshirt, but there still is plenty of big-time talent for Les Miles to work with.
13. UCLA
SIGNING DAY RANK: 13th
BIGGEST LOSS: None
The Bruins suffered no academic losses, and don't be surprised if you see quite a few young players from this group of 23 recruits see the field early. Four-star wide receiver Nelson Rosario could be one of the biggest keys in helping UCLA's offense get off the ground.
14. Texas
SIGNING DAY RANK: 14th
BIGGEST LOSS: ATH Antoine Hicks
Three-star athlete Antoine Hicks couldn't get into Texas and ended up at TCU. Mack Brown has said that upward of 12 true freshmen could play early. Safety Blake Gideon has quickly climbed the charts.
15. Colorado
SIGNING DAY RANK: 15th
BIGGEST LOSS: ATH Paul Vigo
The Buffs lost only two-star athlete Paul Vigo. The rest of the 21-member class made it in, and several will be counted on to play quickly.
16. Texas A&M
SIGNING DAY RANK: 16th
BIGGEST LOSS: ATH Derrick Hall
The Aggies lost four-star athlete Derrick Hall to junior college and three-star defensive end Blake Chavis, too. Some true freshmen appear on the Aggies' two-deep, including defensive tackle Eddie Brown, receiver Jeff Fuller and offensive lineman Brian Thomas.
17. Illinois
SIGNING DAY RANK: 23rd
BIGGEST LOSS: ATH Patrick Nixon
Three-star athlete Patrick Nixon was the only academic loss, which is impressive considering coach Ron Zook signed 28 players. Freshmen running backs Jason Ford and Mikel Leshoure could see plenty of playing time.
18. Virginia Tech
SIGNING DAY RANK: 18th
BIGGEST LOSS: WR D.J. Coles
The Hokies suffered a high number of losses in their class of 31 signees but still didn't fall. The biggest name not to make it was four-star receiver D.J. Coles, who is prep school-bound. The Hokies also lost three-star recruits Tony Gregory, Ben Barber, Derrick McCoy, Peter Rose, Leon Mackey and Kendrick Pressley. Still, there are plenty of true freshmen who will see the field in some capacity.
19. Oklahoma State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 26th
BIGGEST LOSS: LB Alfred Dupree
The Cowboys moved up after losing only three-star linebacker Alfred Dupree. Expect quite a few junior college recruits to make an immediate impact, including three-star safety Lucien Antoine - who is one of the hardest hitters on campus.
20. Pittsburgh
SIGNING DAY RANK: 28th
BIGGEST LOSS: None
The Panthers made a nice move up the rankings after all 19 signees made it to campus. Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin and offensive tackle Lucas Nix are a couple of the true freshmen battling for spots on the two-deep.
21. Oregon
SIGNING DAY RANK: 19th
BIGGEST LOSS: DT Justin Thompson
Four-star junior college defensive tackle Justin Thompson didn't make it in, but everybody else did. The Ducks have a nice infusion of young talent and depth from some junior college prospects. Wide receiver Garrett Embry appears to have an inside track to seeing early action.
22. Washington
SIGNING DAY RANK: 24th
BIGGEST LOSS: DT Craig Noble
The Huskies lost three three-star prospects to academics, including defensive tackle Craig Noble. Also not making it were quarterback Dominique Blackman and running back Demitrius Bronson, but they weren't being counted on for immediate playing time. One of the biggest surprises in camp so far has been two-star running back David Freeman. Star running back recruit Chris Polk also should get plenty of action.
23. Arizona State
SIGNING DAY RANK: 21st
BIGGEST LOSS: DB Jarrell Barbour
The Sun Devils did suffer three losses: four-star safety Jarrell Barbour is bound for junior college, four-star receiver Kemonte Bateman didn't qualify and three-star defensive end Eugene Germany was released from his letter-of-intent. Several freshmen, including star running back recruit Ryan Bass and cornerback Josh Jordan, could see the field early.
24. Boston College
SIGNING DAY RANK: 33rd
BIGGEST LOSS: RB Eric Reynolds
The Eagles lost only one player, three-star running back Eric Reynolds, who ended up at Temple. Boston College will look to a few young players to make an immediate impact, including four-star running back Josh Haden. He is expected to start the opener.
25. Missouri
SIGNING DAY RANK: 25th
BIGGEST LOSS: TE Rolandis Woodland
Rolandis Woodland has been tied up with Clearinghouse issues and still might enroll, but all in all, the Tigers' recruiting class still is largely in place. Coach Gary Pinkel said freshman wide receiver Wes Kemp definitely will see action this season.
Dropped out of top 25:
MINNESOTA (35), Signing Day Rank: 17th
AUBURN (33), Signing Day Rank: 20th
SOUTH CAROLINA (29), Signing Day Rank: 22nd