2018 Final Recruiting Class Rankings & What You Need To Know

2018 Final Recruiting Class Rankings & What You Need To Know

2018 Recruiting

2018 Final Recruiting Class Rankings & What You Need To Know

Ranking all the 2018 recruiting classes for all 130 teams. How do they all look after the signings are in?


70. Western Michigan Broncos

What You Need To Know: The Broncos landed as many star talents as most of the other MAC teams combined, starting with OT prospect Antwan Reed. There are holes – no linebackers and little for the O line – but it’s a great class.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: QB Kaleb Eleby
Strongest Position: Defensive Back
Recruiting Class Breakdown

69. Oregon State Beavers

What You Need To Know: It might not be a special class in terms of talent, but it’s not awful for new head coach Jonathan Smith. He got a lot of athletes who can move around – he went for speed over any specific spot.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: QB Jake Dukart
Strongest Position: Tight End
Recruiting Class Breakdown

68. Duke Blue Devils

What You Need To Know: The Blue Devils didn’t do much with this smallish class, but it tries to fill in a few gaps in the secondary and on the lines.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: DT Taj Rice
Strongest Position: Offensive Line
Recruiting Class Breakdown

67. Virginia Cavaliers

What You Need To Know: The linebackers should be decent, and there’s hope for a playmaker in Brennan Armstrong at quarterback. There’s not a lot of sure-thing talent, though.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: LB Javar Garrett
Strongest Position: Offensive Line
Recruiting Class Breakdown

66. Boston College Eagles

What You Need To Know: Getting a few good offensive linemen and great pass rushing linebacking prospects fills what the program needs, but if the guys for the O line don’t work out, uh oh.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: OG Finn Dirstine
Strongest Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Recruiting Class Breakdown

65. Toledo Rockets

What You Need To Know: The Rockets loaded up to keep all the success going. They landed a few nice quarterbacks, a loaded group of receivers, plenty of good O linemen, and a fantastic crop of defensive backs.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: WR Jalynn Williams
Strongest Position: Wide Receiver
Recruiting Class Breakdown

64. Northwestern Wildcats

It’s a smallish class without a lot of star power. The bulk is on the lines, but the team needs Jason Whittaker to look like the the program’s next solid quarterback.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: DE Devin O’Rourke
Strongest Position: Tight End
Recruiting Class Breakdown

63. Kansas State Wildcats

It’s not just a light class, there aren’t any stars, either. As always, Kansas State recruits to a type, picking and choosing nationally for an okay group of linebackers and O linemen.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: CB Darreyl Patterson
Strongest Position: Defensive Backs
Recruiting Class Breakdown

62. South Florida Bulls

What You Need To Know: Charlie Strong signed a few quarterbacks and several offensive linemen, but the goal was to beef up the defensive front. The linebackers are solid, but the pass rushers are terrific and the tackles have the right size.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: DE Stacy Kirby
Strongest Position: Defensive Line
Recruiting Class Breakdown

61. Illinois Fighting Illini

The young team didn’t have a whole lot of room to make any noise, and it showed with a mediocre class. Fortunately, Lovie Smith nailed it on two big blockers – Verdis Brown and Reuben Unije – to help the offense right away.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: DT Calvin Avery
Strongest Position: Quarterback
Recruiting Class Breakdown

60. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The woeful passing game got a few new parts, but overall, head coach Chris Ash did what he could to keep the best local players around. He’ll need more of them.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: WR/CB Daevon Robinson
Strongest Position: Defensive Backs
Recruiting Class Breakdown

59. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Forget about the defensive side, the Red Raiders went after a whole slew of offensive talent with a loaded group of linemen and plenty of interesting skill prospects.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: QB Alan Bowman
Strongest Position: Wide Receivers
Recruiting Class Breakdown

58. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

What You Need To Know: As always, Wake Forest has to recruit to a type, but there are some good ACC prospects coming in to add a little more pop to the class. The D is getting the most overall help.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: OT Michael Edwards
Strongest Position: Defensive Back
Recruiting Class Breakdown

57. Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks went to the JUCO ranks again loading up on the secondary, the offensive line, and more help for an attack that needs a lot more pop.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: CB Corione Harris
Strongest Position: Defensive Backs
Recruiting Class Breakdown

56. Syracuse Orange

What You Need To Know: With a few nice receivers signed on, and the ground game getting some help, the Orange are working on the offense. There’s not a whole lot for the D, though.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: QB Chance Amie
Strongest Position: Wide Receiver
Recruiting Class Breakdown

55. Arizona Wildcats

What You Need To Know: It’s a bad first class under Kevin Sumlin, but there’s nothing to get into a twist over – he was thrown into a late, bad situation. Even so, he came up with a few nice gets on National Signing Day, and brought in plenty of nice receivers.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: DE Adam Plant
Strongest Position: Receivers
Recruiting Class Breakdown

54. Arkansas Razorbacks

What You Need To Know: Chad Morris had almost no time to work, but he still went after a decent class. He hit on a few defensive backs, but the real star – in the new high-powered offense – might turn out to be QB Conor Noland.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: LB Bumper Pool
Strongest Position: Defensive End
Recruiting Class Breakdown

53. Stanford Cardinal

What You Need To Know: There can’t be any misfires. The quarterbacks are coming, and there are a few nice-looking defensive backs, but overall, it’s a thin class that has to hit on most of its signings for this all to work.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: DE Adam Plant
Strongest Position: Receivers
Recruiting Class Breakdown

52. Vanderbilt Commodores

What You Need To Know: There are a few nice SEC parts to the puzzle, but as always, it’s about recruiting to a type. It’s not a deep class with almost no room for any major misses.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: LB Alston Orji
Strongest Position: Defensive Back
Recruiting Class Breakdown

51. Iowa State Cyclones

How did the big season translate to the recruiting world? It didn’t. The passing game came up with a few nice quarterback options and a few excellent receivers, but there’s not a lot for the defense.
Best Prospect Name You Should Know: WR Joseph Scales
Strongest Position: Wide Receiver
Recruiting Class Breakdown

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