Never too early for 2011 recruiting

Signing Day is approaching. Sure, it's doing it at the same speed as the other 364 days of the year, but it's approaching nonetheless. And ESPN.com's Gerry Hamilton broke down the top early recruiting classes for next season. (That link'll cost ya.) A friendly reminder: verbal commitments are non-binding, of course, and these players won't be able to sign with their respective schools until next February, 10 months from now.

Texas is sitting atop the Big 12 with 19 commits, after its most recent commit, defensive tackle Quincy Russell of San Antonio, got cold feet and de-commited from the Longhorns a day after pledging to the burnt orange. Though Russell reneged yesterday, offensive lineman Christian Westerman committed, giving the Longhorns another ESPNU 150 member.

Of those 19 commits, 14 made the ESPNU 150, a list of the top 150 recruits in the country.

Two players, defensive tackle Desmond Jackson and athlete Quandre Diggs are also Under Armour All-Americans.

Oklahoma sits in second with seven total commits, but six who belong to the ESPNU 150. Six of those commits hail from Texas, but one, quarterback Kendal Thompson, comes from just a few miles to the north of Norman, Southmoore High in Moore, Okla.

Hamilton puts Texas Tech third on his list, after the Red Raiders snatched four commits at a junior day recently. That gave Tommy Tuberville seven 2011 commits, and two are members of the ESPNU 150.

The Red Raiders, already stacked at running back, will add to their depth with ESPNU 150's Kenny Williams of Pflugerville, Texas.

Nebraska is fourth, with five total commits, and two ESPNU 150 recruits, athlete Jamal Turner and offensive lineman Ryne Reeves.

Missouri will hope to recoup 2009 commit Sheldon Richardson, who went the juco route after not qualifying academically, but left high school two seasons ago as the No. 8 defensive tackle in the country, and as No. 108 on the ESPNU 150. Missouri has seven total commits.