The final CBS College Sports Research Rankings of the day are in and several California schools soared.
Southern California moved from No. 6 to No. 3, while California jumped from No. 20 to No. 13. The UCLA Bruins made the biggest leap, rising from No. 17 to No. 8.
Alabama fell from the No. 4 spot to No. 9. Georgia, which lost Da'Rick Rogers
and Nickell Robey
, dropped from No. 12 to No. 18.
6. Penn State
7. Notre Dame
15. Ohio State
16. Florida State
20. North Carolina
21. Miami (Fla.)
22. Michigan State
24. North Carolina State
* One of the day's biggest stories was Derek Dooley's ability to keep the Vols' class together and even snag a few new recruits. Dooley landed offensive offensive lineman James Stone
, quarterback Nash Nance
, and swayed Da'Rick Rogers
away from Georgia.
Three weeks ago, it seemed unlikely that Tennessee would be able to keep any top recruits, let alone secure new additions. Needless to say, Vols fans are happy with their haul.
* Iowa quietly landed a really solid class. No one talked about them much today, but they signed A.J. Derby
, Andrew Donnal
, and C.J.Fiedorowicz
, three difference makers at the next level.
* Auburn did an outstanding job closing. The computer rankings have the Tigers at No.11 and Alabama at No.9, but there are more than a few people who like Auburn has the superior class.
* It's amazing that LSU finished in the top five once again. Last year, Les Miles had a top five class and the Tigers are primed for the nation's No. 1 class in 2011. LSU continues to reload.
* It was definitely a quiet year for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a stronger recruiting class in 2010. Watch for them to bounce back next year, as they have already secured commitments from two top 100-caliber players.
* After beginning the day outside the Top 25, the Florida State Seminoles did a nice job rising to No. 16. They missed out on Demar Dorsey
and Corey Lemonier, but still had a solid day.