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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.