Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher speaks to during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Texas A&M among the six schools ranked ahead of Texas in national recruiting rankings

Posted December 15th, 2019

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Texas’ 2020 class ranks seventh in the nation and first in the Big 12 entering the final days before the 72-hour early signing period begins on Dec. 18. Prospects electing not to sign during the early period must wait until the first Wednesday in February. Texas’ class consists of 16 members with the Longhorn hoping to add a few pieces to the 2020 class before focusing on the next batch of targets in 2021.

Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers takes the field prior to the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Here are breakdowns of the six recruiting classes currently ranked above the Longhorns. 

Clemson

No. of commits: 22

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Current rank: 1

Top prospects: DT Bryan Bresee, DE Myles Murphy, QB DJ Uiagalelei 

Clemson’s reign over the ACC is highlighted by its recruiting dominance. Clemson holds commitments from a staggering six five-star commitments. The defensive line continues to reload with Breese and Murphy. Breese is the top-ranked player in the 2020 class, per 247Sports composite rankings. Uiagalelei is the top-ranked pro-style quarterback in the class and the heir apparent to Trevor Lawrence. Seven of Clemson’s commitments rank inside the top-30 in national rankings. 

Alabama

No. of commits: 25

Current rank: 2

Top prospects: QB Bryce Young, DE Chris Braswell, ATH Drew Sanders

Alabama missed the College Football Playoffs for the first time since its inception. The Crimson Tide continue to reload in recruiting with another stacked class. Young is the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Sanders ranked in the top-five of the 2020 Fabulous 55 and is destined for a future at defensive end or outside linebacker. Seven of Alabama’s top-eight ranked players in the class project to the defensive side of the football.  

LSU 

No. of commits: 23

Current rank: 3

Top prospects: TE Arik Gilbert, CB Elias Ricks, WR Rakim Jarrett 

No school owns its state better than LSU, though only six prospects from Louisiana are pledged to Ed Orgeron’s program. The Tigers won’t have trouble recruiting offensive talent after a year showcasing a new, high-paced playbook in Baton Rouge. The class consists of talent from across the southeast and two members of the Fabulous 55 with outside linebacker Josh White and cornerback Lorando Johnson. Eight of LSU’s commitments are considered national top-100 talents. 

Ohio State 

No. of commits: 25 

Current rank: 4

Top prospects: WR Julian Fleming, OT Paris Johnson Jr., WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Ohio State is a national program and the recruiting class reflects the reach of the Buckeyes brand. Twelve different states are sending at least one player to Columbus. The Buckeyes reached back into Texas for another star wide receiver in Smith-Njigba a year removed from snatching five-star Garrett Wilson. The current Ohio State roster is littered with Texas talent, including future NFL draft picks Jeff Okudah and J.K. Dobbins. 

Texas A&M

No. of commits: 20 

Current rank: 5

Top prospects: WR Demond Demas, S Jaylon Jones, QB Haynes King

Texas A&M is still riding the momentum of bringing in Jimbo Fisher. It’s helped the Aggies reach beyond the state’s borders for talent. Demas and Jones are top-five talents inside of Texas, while King is in the discussion for the state’s top quarterback prospect. The class is similar to Texas’ in 2019 in that Texas A&M is out-of-state heavy entering the final weekend with nine commitments from outside of Texas. 

Florida

No. of commits: 24 

Current rank: 6

Top prospects: DT Gervon Dexter, OLB Derek Wingo, CB Jahari Rogers

Florida dipped into Texas to land Fabulous 55 members Jahari Rogers and Avery Helm, as well as former Texas commit Ethan Pouncey to form a strong trio of cornerback commitments. It’s clear the Gators wanted an influx of talent on defense, and they’ve achieved that with Dexter and Wingo. Florida found its quarterback, Anthony Richardson, in Gainesville. 

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