Football recruiting class rankings: LSU, Clemson and Oregon enter top 25

by Ricardo Gutierrez - LSU, Clemson and Oregon are new to the top 25, but they are still far below the likes of Notre Dame, Georgia and Penn State ... for now.

Football recruiting class rankings: LSU, Clemson and Oregon enter top 25

2023 college football recruiting class rankings: LSU, Clemson and Oregon enter top 25 7:00 AM ET Craig HaubertESPN Staff Writer Close National recruiting analyst and analyst for ESPNU More than a decade of college and pro coaching experience. Graduated from Indiana and Nebraska-Omaha With official visits permitted and college football coaches out on the road, offers are being spread around while commitments continue to steadily roll in. There is still much to be decided, though, with a larger wave of commitments expected in the next month, but activity has been brisk enough to shake up class rankings. A consistent presence among the top five, Ohio State has worked its way among that group again in part due to several four-star pickups out of Florida, namely ESPN 300 CB Dijon Johnson and top-10 RB Mark Fletcher , a big, physical back who should fit well in the Buckeye offense. Josh Heupel continues to spark optimism among the Tennessee fan base looking to return to past glory days. The Volunteers were able to break into the top 10, led by the key in-state addition of edge defender Caleb Herring , the No. 1 player in Tennessee with the tools to be a disruptive sideline-to-sideline defender. Coming off inking the top class in the 2022 cycle, Texas A&M continues to move up the rankings. Propelling its rise was the addition of two in-state speedsters who project to the secondary in top-10 athletes Jayvon Thomas and Bravion Rogers . LSU and Oregon enter this cycle with new head coaches, and while there is still plenty of work ahead, each has cultivated enough early success to break into the top 25. LSU coach Brian Kelly has several key in-state targets to try to secure but got a nice win out of Texas in ESPN 300 CB Ryan Yaites . Out West, coach Dan Lanning has been able to build a solid early foundation that includes a pair of four-star WRs that present big targets in the passing game in Jurrion Dickey and Kyler Kasper . 1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish ESPN 300 commits: 7 | Previous ranking: 1 Independent rank: 1 Top offensive commit: WR Braylon James (No. 46) Top defensive commit: DE Keon Keeley (No. 23) The Fighting Irish have inked two consecutive top-10 classes and are off to a strong start to extend that streak. New coach Marcus Freeman has his fingerprints all over this class with multiple key additions on the defensive side of the ball. Keeley is a lengthy edge defender who can be a disruptive pass-rushing presence. LB Drayk Bowen was a big in-state pickup as the top-rated player in Indiana. The Irish have multiple ESPN 300 commits in the secondary, including top-five S Peyton Bowen out of Texas and top-10 CB Justyn Rhett , a prospect with a good blend of size, explosiveness and foot quickness. There is also some promising offensive talent on board, led by ESPN 300 WR James, a lengthy vertical threat who posted a laser 4.47 40 this spring on the camp circuit. 2. Georgia Bulldogs ESPN 300 commits: 7 | Previous ranking: 2 SEC rank: 1 of 14 Top offensive commit: OT Bo Hughley (No. 100) Top defensive commit: CB Justyn Rhett (No. 63) The defending national champions are contenders to sign a seventh straight top-three class. Located in a talent-rich state, they are doing well at home with commitments thus far from three of the top 10 prospects in Georgia, including Hughley. They pulled WR Raymond Cottrell , a 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect with quick, strong hands out of Florida. During their title run, the Bulldogs got great production from freshman TE Brock Bowers and are now adding more young talent to that position with commitments from ESPN 300 TEs Pearce Spurlin and Lawson Luckie . Their championship defense was popular during the NFL draft, with five members selected in the first round, and the Dawgs are now working to restock that unit with talent. They're off to good start in doing so with commitments from a pair of top-10 CBs in Rhett and Marcus Washington . Coach Ryan Day helped the Buckeyes move from No. 7 to No. 3 in the recruiting class rankings. Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports 3. Ohio State Buckeyes ESPN 300 commits: 6 | Previous ranking: 7 Big Ten rank: 1 of 14 Top offensive commit: OT Luke Montgomery (No. 68) Top defensive commit: CB Dijon Johnson (No. 113) A staple near the top of the recruiting rankings, the Buckeyes are recruiting at a high level once again. ESPN 300 offensive linemen Montgomery and Joshua Padilla , along with high three-star Austin Siereveld , were key in-state keeps in the trenches. Ty Lockwood is a tight end with the tools to be a well-rounded player at the position. They pulled out of Florida strong secondary talent in No. 12 cornerback Johnson and athlete Cedrick Hawkins , who projects to that unit and can be an excellent player with his great feet and physical style of play. 4. Texas Tech Red Raiders ESPN 300 commits: 2 | Previous ranking: 5 Big 12 rank: 1 of 10 Top offensive commit: QB Jake Strong (four stars) Top defensive commit: S Brenden Jordan (No. 186) New coach Joey McGuire has been known as a strong recruiter and brings a high-energy style to the Red Raiders. Now with a full cycle to work, this is a team to watch in recruiting. The foundation of the class is built on in-state talent, including quarterback Strong, a passer who has continued to improve throughout his high school career and has good arm strength and accuracy. Jordan can be a sound tackler in the secondary, and four-star cornerback Calvin Simpson-Hunt is a smooth mover who can also be physical in run support. Edge defender Isaiah Crawford is a lengthy prospect with nice upside. 5. Penn State Nittany Lions ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: 3 Big Ten rank: 2 of 14 Top offensive commit: OG J'ven Williams (No. 45) Top defensive commit: DE Jameial Lyons (four stars) The Nittany Lions spent most of the 2022 cycle near the top of the class rankings, and early in the 2023 cycle, they're back near the top. They are doing a nice job in the offensive trenches with several talented OL pickups led by Williams, the top-rated player in the state and a mobile and physical blocker. They continue to find success in the Washington, D.C., area with multiple commits out of Virginia, including Alex Birchmeier , a flexible and aggressive blocker. TE Andrew Rappleyea was a nice flip from Michigan, as he is a productive receiving target with good hands and body control. 6. Arkansas Razorbacks ESPN 300 commits: 4 | Previous ranking: 4 SEC rank: 2 of 14 Top offensive commit: TE Luke Hasz (No. 64) Top defensive commit: DE Kaleb James (four stars) The Razorbacks are stacking up talent at tight end with three ESPN 300 commits. Hasz comes out of a winning program in Oklahoma and, as a receiving target, runs good routes and has sure hands. Shamar Easter was a home-state keep and is a lengthy target with a big catch radius and good hands. Jaden Hamm runs well and can be an aggressive blocker. LB Carson Dean is a name to watch in this class, as he is an active presence with good range and agility and could develop into a highly productive player in the mold of Arkansas LB Bumper Pool . 7. Louisville Cardinals ESPN 300 commits: 5 | Previous ranking: 6 ACC rank: 1 of 14 Top offensive commit: QB Pierce Clarkson (No. 137) Top defensive commit: CB Aaron Williams (No. 143) The Cardinals' 2022 class took a bit to come together, as they finished near the bottom of the ACC, but they are off to a much stronger start for 2023. Clarkson is a passer with a strong arm and background at the position, as he's the son of longtime quarterbacks coach Steve Clarkson. Receiver Jahlil McClain should have good synergy with Clarkson, as the two are high school teammates at St. John Bosco in California. DE Adonijah Green is a pickup with a high ceiling for development. He is a lean but lengthy player with good initial quickness and was among the top performers at a loaded Under Armour Camp in Atlanta this spring. Josh Heupel has Tennessee in the top 10 of the recruiting class rankings with four ESPN 300 prospects thus far. Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports 8. Tennessee Volunteers ESPN 300 commits: 4 | Previous ranking: 12 SEC rank: 3 of 14 Top offensive commit: QB Nicholaus Iamaleava (No. 13) Top defensive commit: LB Caleb Herring (No. 109) The Volunteers were able to score a big, early win on the recruiting trail with the commitment of ESPN 300 QB Iamaleava. Among the top QBs in the country, he is not only a talented passer, but he also moves well. While he is a player they can build this class around, TE Ethan Davis was among the first commits for 2023. A talented basketball player as well, he is still developing but has good ball skills and the ability to win contested matchups. The top-rated player in the state, Herring, an edge defender that can be a sideline-to-sideline presence, was another key addition for this rebuilding program. 9. USC Trojans ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: 9 Pac-12 rank: 1 of 12 Top offensive commit: QB Malachi Nelson (No. 2) Top defensive commit: S Christian Pierce (three stars) Lincoln Riley has assembled a small but talented offensive class so far. Two key in-state pickups who were planning to join Riley at Oklahoma flipped to their hometown school when Riley made the change. Nelson is the No. 2 QB in the class with a smooth release and the ability to make tough throws on the move. Makai Lemon is high school teammates with Nelson and has good hands and quickness. WR Zachariah Branch , out of Las Vegas, is one the fastest players in this class and can be an electrifying playmaker with the ball in his hands. 10. Baylor Bears ESPN 300 commits: 1 | Previous ranking: 8 Big 12 rank: 2 of 10 Top offensive commit: TE Matt Klopfenstein (four stars) Top defensive commit: LB Christian Brathwaite (No. 300) QB Austin Novosad is a smooth passer with good arm talent who reminds us of LSU quarterback Myles Brennan . Micah Gifford can be a productive receiving target, as he possesses good quickness and has shown he can make the tough play in contested matchups. Defensively, Brathwaite not only possesses good initial explosiveness, but good pursuit range as well. Athlete Javeon Wilcox projects to the secondary and brings an attacking style of play and should be a good special teams contributor early on. 11. Texas A&M Aggies ESPN 300 commits: 4 | Previous ranking: 16 SEC rank: 4 of 14 Top offensive commit: OT Colton Thomasson (three stars) Top defensive commit: ATH Jayvon Thomas (No. 124) The Aggies signed the top class for 2022, anchored by an outstanding haul along the defensive line, and are continuing to add talent to that unit for 2023. Anthony James is a player with a nice blend of size, initial quickness and agility, and DL Johnny Bowens displays a good get-off and strength. In the secondary, they added some elite in-state speed in Thomas and Bravion Rogers , who both project to defense and should also be strong special teams contributors. 12. Texas Longhorns ESPN 300 commits: 4 | Previous ranking: 17 Big 12 rank: 3 of 10 Top offensive commit: ATH Ryan Niblett (No. 96) Top defensive commit: CB Jamel Johnson (No. 110) Editor's Picks The next Sauce Gardner? Top 2023 recruits who remind us of current stars 4d Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert Arch Manning and more key 2023 college football recruits you need to know 35d Craig Haubert and Tom Luginbill 2 Related Early on, Texas has been able to land some top in-state defensive prospects led by Johnson, a defensive back with good ball skills and the size and toughness to support the run. Along the defensive line, ESPN 300 prospect Dylan Spencer gives the Longhorns an explosive player with a good motor in the trenches. Niblett was a key in-state addition on offense, as he can be a big-play threat with his outstanding speed. 13. Oklahoma Sooners ESPN 300 commits: 2 | Previous ranking: 10 Big 12 rank: 4 of 10 Top offensive commit: QB Jackson Arnold (No. 39) Top defensive commit: N/A The Sooners took a hit when five-star QB Malachi Nelson decommitted and followed Lincoln Riley to USC. The new staff rebounded quite well, though, by landing Arnold, the No. 6-ranked QB in the class, who has a smooth, compact delivery, as well as good pocket mobility. The Sooners also have a promising target in the passing game on board in Ashton Cozart , who is a lengthy receiver with big-play speed. 14. Michigan Wolverines ESPN 300 commits: 2 | Previous ranking: 11 Big Ten rank: 3 of 14 Top offensive commit: RB Cole Cabana (No. 108) Top defensive commit: LB Raylen Wilson (No. 56) Early on, the Wolverines secured a commitment from one of the top in-state prospects in Cabana, a slashing runner who can also be a productive receiving target out of the backfield. In-state WR Semaj Morgan has a compact build but a strong lower body to break tackles. Wilson, a powerful linebacker with good range, was a big out-of-state pickup. 15. Florida State Seminoles ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: 13 ACC rank: 2 of 14 Top offensive commit: QB Chris Parson (No. 181) Top defensive commit: DT Keith Sampson (No. 209) The Seminoles are working to add more talent to their quarterback room. After signing ESPN 300 QB A.J. Duffy in 2022, they have added another top-300 signal caller in Parson. A player with the mobility to create problems as a runner, he can also be a dangerous big-play threat as a passer with a strong arm and impressive deep ball. The Seminoles added some strong additions to their defensive line in Sampson, who can be a stout presence, and Lamont Green Jr ., a lengthy defender who runs well and has good upside. 16. Michigan State Spartans ESPN 300 commits: 2 | Previous ranking: 14 Big Ten rank: 4 of 14 Top offensive commit: OG Johnathan Slack (No. 296) Top defensive commit: DE Andrew Depaepe (No. 207) The Spartans are working to notch a second straight top-20 class and are off to a good start. Offensive guards might not get fan bases fired up, but Slack is a very good in-state pickup, as he's a blocker with good feet and excellent functional strength. The Spartans went into rival Big Ten country to land DE Depaepe out of Iowa, a player with good strength and motor. They went into Texas to land a powerful thrower at QB in Bo Edmundson . After taking over at LSU, Brian Kelly has the Tigers in the top 25 of the recruiting class rankings for the 2023 cycle. John Korduner/Icon Sportswire 17. LSU Tigers ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: unranked SEC rank: 5 of 14 Top offensive commit: TE Mac Markway (No. 122) Top defensive commit: CB Ryan Yaites (No. 140) A key for Brian Kelly will be keeping the Tigers an in-state recruiting power. Many of the state's top players remain uncommitted, but they landed top-10 prospect Omarion Miller , a receiver with a nice blend of size and quickness to win contested balls and make plays after the catch. Texas is also an important recruiting ground for the Tigers, and they pulled ESPN 300 CB Yaites, a defender with good length and tremendous quickness. 18. Alabama Crimson Tide ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking 25 SEC rank: 6 of 14 Top offensive commit: N/A Top defensive commit: CB Jahlil Hurley (No. 18) The Crimson Tide have only three commits, but two are among the top 50 nationally and top three at their respective positions. Hurley is an agile and smooth corner with good length, and safety Elliot Washington has good range, can change directions well and is a physical presence in the back end. Yhonzae Pierre may not be among the most touted names in this class, but he was a very strong in-state pickup, as he is a quick, flexible defender who can develop into a disruptive edge defender. 19. Clemson Tigers ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: unranked ACC rank: 3 of 14 Top offensive commit: QB Christopher Vizzina (No. 79) Top defensive commit: DE David Ojiegbe (No. 246) Trevor Lawrence set a high bar, and replacing him is not easy, but the Tigers continue to add talented options under center. They signed the No. 2 overall quarterback in the 2022 cycle in Cade Klubnik and now landed ESPN 300 signal-caller Vizzina, a strong-armed, accurate and poised passer. Nathaniel Joseph has the tools to be a dangerous weapon, as the diminutive target is an explosive and shifty player who can win footraces and make defenders miss. 20. Cincinnati Bearcats ESPN 300 commits: 0 | Previous ranking: 21 Group of 5 rank: 1 Top offensive commit: TE Khamari Anderson (three stars) Top defensive commit: LB Trevor Carter (four stars) The Bearcats are showing they are ready for a move to the Big 12 with their play on the field and their ability to recruit among the better classes in the country. Four-star LB Carter was a big in-state win, and interior OL Evan Tengesdahl was another strong, home-state pickup as he took home positional MVP honors this Spring at the Under Armour Camp in Ohio. Anderson can be a productive target in the passing game, as he is a smooth runner with good hands. 21. Colorado Buffaloes ESPN 300 commits: 0 | Previous ranking: unranked Pac-12 rank: 2 of 14 Top offensive commit: QB Ryan Staub (four stars) Top defensive commit: DE Kam Bizor (three stars) The 2023 ESPN 300 There are many talented college football recruits beyond Arch Manning in the 2023 class. The complete ESPN 300 » While USC works to reestablish itself as a dominant recruiting force in the Pac-12, Colorado is making some noise of its own on the recruiting trail, working to sign one of the top classes in the conference. They went into California to secure their QB in the four-star Staub, a passer with a quick release and gunslinger's swagger. Edward Schultz and Isaiah Hardge , a quick playmaker who can be dangerous in space, have the tools be develop into productive weapons. A nice get out of Philadelphia is massive and aggressive OL Naquill Betrand . 22. Oregon Ducks ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: unranked Pac-12 rank: 3 of 14 Top offensive commit: WR Jurrion Dickey (No. 200) Top defensive commit: CB Cole Martin (No. 183) New head coach Dan Lanning led Georgia's championship defense last year, but now focuses on trying to build a similar type unit with the Ducks. ESPN 300 CB Martin is a good place to start; he is a player with good feet and upside. They landed two big targets for their passing attack in Dickey and Kyler Kasper , who both check in at more than 6-foot-2 and can win contested matchups. 23. Iowa Hawkeyes ESPN 300 commits: 0 | Previous ranking: 15 Big Ten rank: 5 of 14 Top offensive commit: QB Marco Lainez III (four stars) Top defensive commit: DE Chase Brackney (three stars) Not surprisingly, the Hawkeyes' class is not real flashy, but it has a very solid foundation. QB Lainez is a consistent, smooth and accurate passer who looks like a nice fit for Iowa's offense. Known for its eye for and developing offensive lineman, Iowa landed top-five center Leighton Jones . Defensively, Brackney displays good power to collapse the pocket and set the edge vs. the run. 24. Miami Hurricanes ESPN 300 commits: 1 | Previous ranking: 18 ACC rank: 4 of 14 Top offensive commit: ATH Robby Washington (No. 280) Top defensive commit: LB Bobby Washington (three stars) Mario Cristobal is establishing himself as one of the elite recruiting head coaches and is tasked with rebuilding his alma mater. Twin brothers Robby and Bobby Washington are good in-state pickups. Robby is projected to the offensive side of the ball, where he brings speed and can be dangerous with the ball in space. Antonio Tripp is an out-of-state pickup for the Hurricanes and is an interior OL with good body quickness. 25. West Virginia Mountaineers ESPN 300 commits: 0 | Previous ranking: unranked Big 12 rank: 5 of 10 Top offensive commit: QB Raheim Jeter (three stars) Top defensive commit: LB Josiah Trotter (four stars) Neal Brown landed a potential anchor for his defense over the coming season in Trotter. In the mold of his All-Pro father Jeremiah, Trotter can be a tough, productive presence between the tackles. Offensively, they secured their QB in Jeter, a big, strong-armed passer. They also are adding to the backfield a talented three-star RB in Jahiem White , who displays good vision and the ability to produce after contact. Dropped out: Kentucky (19), Rutgers (20), Northwestern (22), Nebraska (23), Stanford (24)