13. Ole Miss: The addition of Laquon Treadwell, who is the nation's best wide receiver, moved the Rebels up in these rankings. And if Hugh Freeze is able to land defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top overall player, this could turn out to be better than a Top 10 haul after fellow end Elijah Daniel committed to Ole Miss over Florida and Mississippi State on Sunday night. Not bad for a program that suffered through a disastrous 2011 campaign.
14. Oklahoma: The Sooners have compiled some strong offensive talent, led by running back Keith Ford and quarterback Cody Thomas. Meanwhile, safety Hatari Byrd is a great "get" for the secondary, but OU needs to continue to add depth in the defensive backfield.
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15. Clemson: The Tigers have commitments from three stud defensive ends: Ebenezer Ogundeko, Dane Rogers and Shaquille Lawson. Outside linebacker Dorian O'Daniel and inside linebacker Ben Boulware also have given their verbal pledges, and the Tigers would love to land the best defensive tackle remaining, Montravius Adams.
16. Texas: The Longhorns have focused on offensive linemen and have pledges from center Darius James, the best in the nation, as well as Top 10 offensive tackles Kent Perkins and Jake Raulerson. But the 'Horns have had two recent decommitments: running back Kyle Hicks and tight end Durham Smythe. Can Mack Brown and Co. close strong?
17. Auburn: Gus Malzahn's hire was supposed to help maintain some previous commits, but the Tigers have lost the pledges of top recruits such as linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive tackle Dee Liner. The big question is whether defensive end Carl Lawson will remain committed. For now, quarterback Jeremy Johnson, who was named Mr. Football in Alabama, remains pledged. And the Tigers have been working the JUCO route since Malzahn's arrival, too, which should provide immediate help.
18. Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer has managed to put together a strong class despite a rough 2012 campaign. The Hokies have focused on the secondary, led by cornerback Kendall Fuller, who may be the team's highest-regarded recruit since running back Kevin Jones. And dual-threat quarterback Bucky Hodges is an intriguing offensive player.
19. Vanderbilt: James Franklin continues to work wonders in Nashville, as he is putting together the best class in school history. It is led by defensive tackle Jay Woods and wide receivers DeAndre Woods and Carlos Burse. Can the Commodores land Nashville athlete Cornelius Elder to be an offensive playmaker?
20. Nebraska: Quarterback Johnny Stanton headlines Bo Pelini's class, while defensive end Randy Gregory is a JUCO who could be plugged in immediately. The linebacker corps also received help with Marcus Newby, Courtney Love and Josh Banderas.
21. South Carolina: Defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin and running back David Williams were nice snags by Steve Spurrier because they are out-of-state finds. Meanwhile, Larenz Bryant leads a nice linebacker haul, and the 'Cocks are the leaders for offensive tackle Na'Ty Rodgers.
22. North Carolina: Larry Fedora was able to snag out-of-state quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and he'll arrive with a nice group of receivers, including Jordan Fieulleteau, Ryan Jenkins and Ryan Switzer. Meanwhile, Lucas Crowley and R.J. Prince offer help along the offensive line.
23. Oklahoma State: The Pokes are primed to bring in some dynamic wide receivers, including Fred Ross, Ra'Shaad Samples and Marcell Ateman. Meanwhile, junior college transfer Sam Wren will bring help to the defensive line at end.
24. Mississippi State: Dan Mullen's haul is led by defensive end Chris Jones. But will he stay committed to the Bulldogs? Junior college wide receiver Jeremey Chappelle should pay immediate dividends, while dual-threat Cord Sandberg could be the quarterback of the future.
25. Miami (FL): Al Golden keeps bringing in very good talent to Coral Gables despite likely looming NCAA sanctions. Quarterback Kevin Olsen, who is the brother of former Hurricanes tight end Greg Olsen, leads the way. Defensively, end Al-Quadin Muhammad, safety Jamal Carter and cornerback Artie Burns are nice "gets."
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