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February 7, 2009
Position recruiting breakdown: Offense
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Rivals.com has broken down how the teams did overall on National Signing Day, and now here's a look at which teams fared best, position-by-position, on offense.
The Tigers landed two quarterback prospects headlined by five-star dual-threat Russell Shepard. But three-star prospect Chris Garrett could be a steal as a sleeper.
The Trojans only landed one quarterback but it was a doozy of signing – Matt Barkley, the nation's No. 1 pro-style quarterback.
The Longhorns landed their quarterback of the future in Garrett Gilbert, who shattered about every passing record in the Lone Star State. He finished as Texas' high school career leader in passing yards (12,540) and second in passing TDs (138).
The Bulldogs signed two four-star quarterbacks, including Rivals100 selection Aaron Murray.
The Tigers signed three quarterbacks in the class, including four-star dual-threat quarterback Tyrik Rollison, who rivals Texas-bound Gilbert as the Lone Star State's best.
This is dependent on Bryce Brown, the nation's overall No. 1 prospect, following through on his commitment and signing with the Hurricanes.
Trent Richardson is enough to help Alabama finish No. 2 at the position, but he's not the only star back in the class. Eddie Lacy and Mike Marrow have chances to be big-time players for the Tide.
3. Ole Miss
The Rebels have an extremely deep running back class with five signees. This includes four-star prep-school player Darius Barksdale.
4. Ohio State
The Buckeyes landed four-star prospect Jaamal Berry, and also signed two quality fullback candidates.
The Tigers signed four backs, including two four-star prospects – Dontae Aycock and Onterio McCalebb. They also remain in the running for David Oku, the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back.
WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END
The Tide's receiver/tight end group is really special, potentially giving them numerous threats to complement Julio Jones. Alabama signed four four-star receivers.
The Tigers landed only one true receiver, but it was the best one in the nation. Rueben Randle will have a shot at being an immediate impact player.
3. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs signed nine – yes, nine – receivers. Four-star prospects Chris Smith and Chad Bumphis are the headliners.
4. West Virginia
WVU signed four receivers, including three four-star prospects. Stedman Bailey and Logan Heastie should be exciting in the Mountaineers' offense.
5. North Carolina
UNC landed four quality receivers and a future starter at tight end. Four-star receivers Joshua Adams and Jheranie Boyd should excel in the Tar Heels' offense.
The Longhorns scored the nation's best offensive line class based on a tremendous effort in their backyard. Five-star prospect Mason Walters is special, and four-star players Garrett Porter and Thomas Ashcraft look like future stars for the Longhorns.
The Tide's line class is headlined by future star D.J. Fluker, the nation's best offensive tackle. The Tide also expect junior college transfer James Carpenter to contribute quickly, and the addition of four-star Brandon Moore was a good one on National Signing Day.
3. Michigan State
The Spartans' line class is the best in the Big Ten and features a great combination of interior and edge prospects. Tackle David Barrent was the top player in Iowa, and Spartans coaches believe three-star prospect Micajah Reynolds was a steal.
The Gators scored five quality line prospects, including three four-star recruits. Xavier Nixon is one of the nation's best line prospects, and when healthy, Nick Alajajian also can be special.