Signing Day: The nation’s top 10 recruiting classes

FILE - In this April 3, 2017, file photo, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams cuts down the net after the championship game against Gonzaga at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

1. North Carolina: A consensus top 10 player, 6-7 Nassir Little, heads the class that features two in-state four-star guards –– Coby White and Rechon Black. Tar Heels still in the mix for heralded Zion Williamson as well.

2. Kansas: An important class isn’t finished off yet, but it’s off to a great start with five-star point guard Devon Dotson. There is size in 6-9 Silvio De Sousa and 6-9 David McCormack, a pair of top 50 recruits.

3. Michigan State: There is quality and quantity as Tom Izzo restocks the cupboard with a five-player class, including four top 100 prospects and four in-state players. The headliners are 6-9 Marcus Bingham and 6-7 Gabe Brown.

4. LSU: Rugged 6-10, 230-pound Nazreon Reid, a top 20 prospect in the country, and combo guard Ja’Vonte Smart, a local boy from Baton Rouge, heads a stellar class with three top 100 players.

5. USC: A trio of four-star recruits all ranked in the top 100 -– 6-8 wing Taeshon Curry, 6-4 point guard Elijah Weaver and 6-5 shooting guard Kevin Porter –– gives the Trojans a second straight impressive recruiting class.

6. Maryland: Homegrown Jalen Smith, a 6-10 forward from Baltimore and top 30 prospect, is the prize of the class. Combo guard Eric Ayala and 6-6 Aaron Wiggins are both top 100 recruits.

7. Michigan: There is strength in numbers in this five-man class, including four ranked in the top 150. The Wolverines landed a top 50 forward in versatile Ignas Brazdeikis and stole 6-8 Brandon Johns out of East Lansing.

8. Duke: No class has a better 1-2 punch so far than what Coach K has secured. Cam Reddish is a 6-7 do-it-all from Pennsylvania and the No. 3 ranked player in the country. Point guard Tre Jones is a top 10 prospect. But this class could rise to the top with addition of 6-7 R.J. Barrett, the nation’s No. 1 player who will announce Friday and is said to be leaning to Duke.

9. Wake Forest: Jaylen Hoard, a 6-8 star with an I.Q. and obvious physical tools, is a top 25 prospect nationally, while 6-8 Isaiah Mucius and point guard Jamie Lewis are a pair of four-star prospects.

10. Texas: Shaka Smart has lined up a strong recruiting class for the third straight year. The four-player class includes consensus top 50 prospects in 6-9 Kamaka Hepa and 6-6 wing Gerald Liddell.

3 comments

  • Wut?

    UNC proving so long as banners stay up, 20 years of institutionally sanctioned and orchestrated academic fraud doesn’t actually matter.

  • Elsie Jimerson

    Good morning. Ms. Long. You recently interviewed my son over the phone on November 4th or 5th (Denver Warren). Will you please advise me of the actual day the artical will be printed? I would live to get a copy of it. Thank you.

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