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While college football coaches across the nation are still anxiously waiting by their fax machines, ESPN.com recruiting expert Tom Lemming offers up his Signing Day Top 20.

Lemming's Early Signing Day Top 20
Team Coach Catch Why it ranks
1. Texas Mack Brown Vincent Young, QB The most dominating DL class I've ever seen
2. Ohio State Jim Tressel Maurice Clarett, RB Commitments from 9 of Top 10 in Ohio
3. Miami Larry Coker Eric Winston, TE Nation's best group of skill position players
4. Tennessee Phil Fulmer Gerald Riggs Jr., RB Class composed of standouts from all over the South
5. Virginia Al Groh Ahmad Brooks, LB Greatest Virginia class ever!
6. FSU Bobby Bowden Lorenzo Booker, RB 'Noles follow familiar pattern: start slow, finish strong
7. UCLA Bob Toledo Marcedes Lewis, TE Bruins started fast, finished strong
8. S. Carolina Lou Holtz Ricardo Hurley, LB Nice JUCO, prep combination
9. Michigan Lloyd Carr Gabe Watson, OL Wolverines fill needs at OL, WR, QB
10. USC Pete Carroll Herschel Dennis, RB Landing 4 standouts from Long Beach Poly makes class special
11. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Jejuan Rankins, WR/DB Sooner class overshadowed by great Longhorn class, but Sooners manage to grab great class
12. Notre Dame Tyrone Willingham Travis Leitko, DL Considering the turmoil, an outstanding class
13. Georgia Mark Richt Kedric Golston, DL Georgia has great in-state success and got Texas, Florida stars too
14. Colorado Gary Barnett Sammy Joseph, DB Buffs sign 8 of top 10 in state, strength from Texas, California signings
15. Penn State Joe Paterno Brandon Snow, LB First time in 6 years, Lions wait for Blue Chips and nearly crack Top 10
16. Nebraska Frank Solich David Horne, RB 'Huskers sign 7 of top in state, plus Florida, Pennsylvania gems
17. Auburn Tommy Tuberville Brandon Cox, QB Auburn lands state's best prospect and top class.
18. Texas A&M R.C. Slocum Reggie McNeal, QB One of A&M's most athletic classes in recent years
19. Illinois Ron Turner James McGill, DB Best player McGill from JUCO ranks
20. Clemson Tommy Bowden Jeff Francoeur, DB Tigers a little lost in Holtz's shadow, but quietly built great class.




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