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November 17, 2011

Conference rankings: ACC tops for new talent

MORE: Team recruiting rankings | 2012 Rivals150

The ACC was the recruiting winner of the conferences following the early signing period for the 2012 class. Five teams from the conference rank among the nation's top 25 recruiting classes. Surprising N.C. State currently has the conference's top class.

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

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

1. ACC
The ACC edged the Big East for the top 2012 recruiting conference following the early signing period, largely behind the efforts of rivals N.C. State and North Carolina. N.C. State, ranked No. 4 nationally, has two five-star recruits in Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren. North Carolina is without a five-star recruit but has four four-star recruits, placing UNC at No. 7 nationally.

Georgia Tech, Florida State and Virginia are the other nationally ranked teams. Georgia Tech's prize recruit is low post scorer Robert Carter. Florida State has a couple four-star prospects at the head of its class. And Virginia's class is led by four-star wing Justin Anderson.

Wake Forest, Maryland, Duke and Virginia Tech missed on the national rankings but all four landed four-star prospects.

Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. N.C. State (4)
2. North Carolina (7)
3. Georgia Tech (14)
4. Florida State (18)
5. Virginia (21)
6. Wake Forest
7. Maryland
8. Duke
9. Clemson
10. Virginia Tech
11. Miami
12. Boston College

Top signees at each position
PG Marcus Paige (North Carolina)
SG Rodney Purvis (North Carolina State)
SF T.J. Warren (North Carolina State)
PF Robert Carter (Georgia Tech)
C Shaquille Cleare (Maryland)
Providence is the star of the second-best 2012 recruiting conference, the Big East. Elite backcourt prospects Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn will both be Friars.

Pittsburgh joins Providence in the top 10 of the national rankings behind elite post prospect Steven Adams.

Also in the national ranking from the Big East are Syracuse, Villanova, Notre Dame and Georgetown. Syracuse, Villanova and Georgetown all have a couple four-star prospects in their classes, while Georgetown has five-star D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera at the head of its class.

Other four-star prospects coming into the conference are Elijah Macon (West Virginia), Omar Calhoun (Connecticut) and Darrick Wood (St. John's).

Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Providence (6)
2. Pitt (9)
3. Syracuse (15)
4. Villanova (16)
5. Notre Dame (17)
6. Georgetown (22)
7. West Virginia
8. Connecticut
9. Marquette
10. USF
11. St. John's
12. DePaul
13. Louisville
14. Seton Hall
15. Cincinnati
15. Rutgers

Top signees at each position
PG Kris Dunn (Providence)
SG Ricardo Ledo (Providence)
SF Cameron Biedscheid (Notre Dame)
PF Steven Adams (Pittsburgh)
C DaJuan Coleman (Syracuse)
As top five national classes, Indiana and Michigan lead the way for the No. 3 conference, the Big Ten. Indiana's second-ranked national class boasts a couple five-star recruits in Hanner Perea and Kevin Ferrell. Michigan's class includes elite post player Mitch McGary.

Joining Indiana and Michigan in the national rankings are Michigan State and Purdue. Five-star prospect Gary Harris joins a trio of four-star prospects in Michigan State's class. Purdue doesn't have a five-star prospect, but all four of its prospects are ranked in the Rivals150.

Iowa's class, which includes two four-star prospects, just missed the national rankings. Sam Dekker, who signed with Wisconsin is a five-star prospect coming to the Big Ten.

Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Indiana (2)
2. Michigan (5)
3. Michigan State (11)
4. Purdue (23)
5. Iowa
6. Wisconsin
7. Northwestern
8. Nebraska
9. Minnesota
10. Penn State
11. Illinois
12. Ohio State

Top signees at each position
PG Kevin Ferrell (Indiana)
SG Gary Harris (Michigan State)
SF Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)
PF Mitch McGary (Michigan)
C Adam Woodbury (Iowa)
4. BIG 12
Just slightly behind the Big Ten, is the Big 12. The only top 10 team is Texas, which registers at No. 8 nationally. Committed, but unsigned, center Cameron Ridley headlines a five-man class.

The other nationally ranked teams in the conference include Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. Baylor has an elite big man in Isaiah Austin. Texas A&M has a four-star duo of backcourt prospects. And five-star versatile workhorse Marcus Smart headlines Oklahoma State's class.

Just outside the national rankings, Kansas boasts five-star forward Perry Ellis, while Oklahoma has a pair of four-star perimeter scorers.

Iowa State and Kansas State each have a four-star prospect in their recruiting classes as well.

Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Texas (8)
2. Baylor (13)
3. Texas A&M (20)
4. Oklahoma State (25)
5. Kansas
6. Oklahoma
7. Iowa State
8. Kansas State
9. Missouri
10. Texas Tech

Top signees at each position
PG J-Mychal Reese (Texas A&M)
SG Alex Caruso (Texas A&M)
SF Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
PF Isaiah Austin (Baylor)
C Robert Upshaw (Kansas State)
5. Pac-12
The Pac-12 lands at No. 5 among the conferences, but has the No. 1 recruiting class nationally in Arizona. All four of Arizona's recruits are in the top 50, and post players Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski are five-star prospects.

UCLA is the only other nationally ranked team from the conference, with a No. 10 ranking. Elite 6-foot-8 point guard Kyle Anderson is the star of this class.

Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, Washington State, California and USC missed on the national rankings, but all of their classes include four-star prospects.

Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Arizona (1)
2. UCLA (10)
3. Colorado
4. Oregon
5. Stanford
6. Washington State
7. California
8. USC
9. Oregon State
10. Utah
11. Arizona State
12. Washington

Top signees at each position
PG Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
SG Gabe York (Arizona)
SF Jordan Adams (UCLA)
PF Brandon Ashley (Arizona)
C Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona)
6. SEC
Not with the No. 1 recruiting class yet, Kentucky did enough damage during the early signing period to take the No. 3 spot nationally. Five-star prospects Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress combine with promising four-star 7-footer Willie Cauley.

The only SEC school joining Kentucky in the national rankings is Florida. The Gators bring in even more talented guards with two of them ranked in the four-star range.

Mississippi State falls just outside the national rankings and has a couple four-star prospects in its class.

Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU are the other teams in the conference with four-star prospects in their classes.

Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Kentucky (3)
2. Florida (19)
3. Mississippi State
4. Auburn
5. Arkansas
6. Georgia
7. Ole Miss
8. LSU
9. South Carolina
10. Vanderbilt
11. Tennessee
12. Alabama

Top signees at each position
PG Braxton Ogbueze (Florida)
SG Archie Goodwin (Kentucky)
SF JaCorey Williams (Arkansas)
PF Alex Poythress (Kentucky)
C Willie Cauley (Kentucky)

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