The ACC was the clear winner of the conferences during the early signing period. Seven teams from the conference rank among the top 25 recruiting classes in 2010, and 21 nationally ranked players signed with a school from the ACC.
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer breaks down and rank the recruiting efforts of each conference for the early signing period.
The ACC stands head and shoulders above the other power conferences on the recruiting front in 2010 with seven teams in the top 25. North Carolina leads the way in the ACC (No. 3 overall) after winning an intense recruiting battle for Harrison Barnes. He joins fellow five-star Reggie Bullock and highly ranked four-star Kendall Marshall. Duke has its top-10 prospect in Kyrie Irving. A balanced class with four four-star prospects has Wake Forest at No. 3 in the ACC. A couple of impact guards - Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown - have N.C. State at No. 4 in the conference. Tony Bennett's five-man balanced class, in his first year at the school, places Virginia at No. 5. Maryland's class is led by a couple of four-star prospects in Terrence Ross and Mychal Parker. Florida State also boasts a couple of four-star recruits in Okaro White and Ian Miller.
The Big East placed four teams in the national rankings. The top team in the conference, Syracuse, sits at No. 5 nationally with a four-man class. The group is led by the impressive inside/outside duo of Fabricio de Melo and Dion Waiters. Marquette, which is No. 2 in the conference and No. 13 nationally, brings in a strong perimeter class highlighted by five-star prospect Vander Blue. UConn's No. 16 class is led by forward Roscoe Smith. Villanova is the last nationally ranked team in the Big East. The Wildcats have a couple four-star prospects in Jayvaughn Pinkston and James Bell. Georgetown also has a couple of strong four-star recruits in Nate Lubick and Markel Starks. The other 12 teams in the conference combined for five four-star recruits.
There is not much separation between the No. 2-ranked conference through the No. 5-ranked conference, but the SEC gets the edge with four teams ranked nationally and a total of seven four-star recruits among the other eight schools. Tennessee holds the No. 1 spot in the conference with a class led by elite power forward Tobias Harris. Darrin Horn has put together an impressive five-man class at South Carolina, which comes in at No. 2 in the league. At No. 3 in the SEC, Florida boasts a pair of athletic four-star prospects in Patric Young and Casey Prather. LSU is the last nationally ranked SEC squad with a class headlined by a couple of four-star recruits. Ole Miss' class, which missed out on a national ranking, also has a couple of four-star recruits.
The Big Ten is impressive at the top with three teams in the top 10 nationally and another in the bottom half of the top 25. Outside those four teams, however, there are only two four-star recruits. Ohio State boasts an impressive six-man class with every recruit ranked in the Rivals150. Only Memphis has a better recruiting class nationally. Five-star prospects Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas are Ohio State's top recruits. Michigan State landed five-star big man Adreian Payne and takes the No. 2 spot in the conference and a No. 6 ranking nationally. Illinois, which is ranked in the top 10 nationally, is third in the Big Ten with a solid class of three four-star prospects. Purdue is the fourth Big Ten team ranked nationally (No. 19) with four-star guard Terone Johnson as its top recruit.
The Big 12 gained a third team in the national rankings during the early signing period when five-star forward Tony Mitchell signed with Missouri. The Tigers, which also have four-star point guard Phil Pressey, are the top team in the conference. Texas A&M (No. 2 in the conference) and Baylor (No. 3 in the conference) are also ranked nationally. The Aggies have a bevy of big men on the way, and Baylor has elite power forward Perry Jones headlining its class. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State just missed a national ranking but have strong classes. Texas also signed a five-star big man, Tristan Thompson, as its only recruit.
The Pac-10 only has two national ranked recruiting classes. At No. 9 nationally, Stanford has the top class in the Pac-10. Five-star big man Dwight Powell, who is loaded with potential, highlights the five-man class. UCLA, the No. 2 team in the Pac-10, only has two recruits, but Josh Smith and Tyler Lamb are two of the top West Coast players in the 2010 class. Just missing a national ranking, California has a quality four-man class. Arizona State landed five-star prospect Keala King, and Arizona secured four-star shooting guard Daniel Bejarano just prior to the early signing period.