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December 2, 2011

Rankings update causes shift in team rankings

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Rivals.com's Chris Nee breaks down the team rankings moves inside the top 25 following the most recent updates to the prospect rankings.

Team rankings: Breaking down the moves
Team: Alabama
Change: Moved up from No. 5 in team rankings to No. 2
Movement: Two of the Crimson Tide's 20 commitments played a big role in their jump up in the rankings. Panama City (Fla.) Arnold safety Eddie Williams, a long-time Rivals100 member, gained a fifth star. Another significant move for future members of Nick Saban's team involved Daphne (Ala.) outside linebacker Ryan Anderson, who was named a new four-star.
More on Alabama: TideSports.com
Team: Florida State
Change: Moved down from No. 2 in team rankings to No. 5
Movement: With just 15 commitments, the Seminoles were impacted heavily by the change of one player - St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood weakside defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. Fowler Jr. was the only prospect in this update who stumbled from five-star status to four-star status. Also, De Funiak Springs (Fla.) Walton defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey slid out of the Rivals250, but remained a four-star.
More on Florida State: Warchant.com
Team: Miami
Change: Moved up from No. 11 in team rankings to No. 9
Movement: Miami saw a strong upward movement thanks to Miami (Fla.) Norland teammates Ereck Flowers and Randy Johnson both seeing upward movement. Flowers, an offensive tackle, gained a fourth-star and moved into the Rivals250. Johnson, an all-purpose back, saw a steady climb in the Rivals100 and a bump to the highest-level four-star designation. Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast outside linebacker Reggie Northrup also moved up, gaining four-star status.
More on Miami: CaneSport.com
Team: Oklahoma
Change: Moved down from No. 9 in team rankings to No. 11
Movement: With Miami's move up, someone had to stumble and the team that switched spots with the Hurricanes was Oklahoma. The Sooners fell just outside the top ten due in part to Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby tight end Laith Harlow losing his fourth star.
More on Oklahoma: SoonerScoop.com
Team: USC
Change: Moved up from No. 15 in team rankings to No. 14
Movement: The Trojans saw a minor jump due in part to Encino (Calif.) Crespi offensive tackle Jordan Simmons becoming their first five-star commitment in the class, seeing a slight bump from high four-star status. Also, Santa Margarita (Calif.) offensive tackle Max Tuerk moved up from being a low four-star to holding mid-level four-star status.
More on USC: USCFootball.com
Team: South Carolina
Change: Moved down from No. 14 in team rankings to No. 15
Movement: The Gamecocks dropped one spot as one of their four-star prospects was downgraded to a high three-star prospect. That prospect was Yulee (Fla.) tight end Kelvin Rainey. In addition to Rainey's drop, Decatur (Ga.) Columbia defensive end Jhaustin Thomas was also downgraded to a mid-tier three-star. A few prospects saw bumps up in the rankings, including Allentown (Pa.) Central Catholic dual-threat quarterback Brendan Nosovitch but it wasn't enough to prevent the slight drop.
More on South Carolina: GamecockCentral.com
Team: Ohio State
Change: Moved up from No. 19 in team rankings to No. 16
Movement: The Buckeyes move can be attributed to a pair of recent commitments. Cincinnati (Ohio) weakside defensive end Adolphus Washington moved up to being a high four-star, on the brim of five-star status. Also, Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Ricquan Southward went from previously unranked to being a high three-star who found himself in the thick of the wide receiver position rankings.
More on Ohio State: BuckeyeGrove.com
Team: Vanderbilt
Change: Moved up from No. 23 in team rankings to No. 18
Movement: Vanderbilt's five-spot jump can be attributed largely to the upgrade of Tucker (Ga.) weakside defensive end Josh Dawson, who was named a new four-star. Another future Commodore that received a significant upgrade this time around was Green Cove Springs (Fla.) Clay offensive tackle Will Holden who moved up to being a high three-star prospect.
More on Vanderbilt: VandySports.com
Team: Notre Dame
Change: Moved down from No. 16 in team rankings to No. 19
Movement: Notre Dame fell despite not a single prospect losing a star. One big mover in the wrong direction for the Irish was Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute defensive tackle Jarron Jones who fell outside the Rivals100. There were no significant moves up that made up for that one drop.
More on Notre Dame: IrishIllustrated.com
Team: Oregon
Change: Moved up from No. 21 in team rankings to No. 20
Movement: Oregon's move was due to a new commitment in the past week, as well as a previously committed prospect receiving his ranking. The new commitment was Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton safety Reggie Daniels, who is a high three-star. Strongside defensive end Terrence Daniel from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd was also given a ranking, being named a mid-tier three-star.
More on Oregon: DuckSportsAuthority.com
Team: Texas Tech
Change: Moved down from No. 18 in team rankings to No. 21
Movement: Texas Tech's stumble can be attributed to a parting of the ways. The Red Raiders and Houston (Texas) Westbury offensive tackle Christian Okafor, a three-star, are no longer committed to one another. His departure caused the slide suffered by Texas Tech in the rankings.
More on Texas Tech: RedRaiderSports.com
Team: Stanford
Change: Moved up from No. 25 in team rankings to No. 23
Movement: The Cardinal moved up two spots on the shoulders of Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy offensive tackle Graham Shuler who gained a star, moving to four-star status, and moved into the Rivals250.
More on Stanford: CardinalReport.com
Team: TCU
Change: Moved up from No. 27 in team rankings to No. 24
Movement: TCU added two three-star commitments in the past week, but its move up in the rankings had to do largely with Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson athlete Daje Johnson being pushed up to four-star status and moving into the Rivals250.
More on TCU: PurpleMenace.com
Team: Arkansas
Change: Moved up from No. 26 in team rankings to No. 25
Movement: Arkansas made a slight move up into the Top 25 with the addition of a junior college commitment this week - Scottsdale (Ariz.) Scottsdale Community College defensive tackle Mike Pennel - but also due to the upgrade of Prichard (Ala.) Vigor weakside defensive end JaMichael Winston who moved up from being a low three-star to a mid-tier three-star prospect in the latest update.
More on Arkansas: HawgSports.com


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