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February 3, 2012

Position recruiting ranking: Offense

MORE: Top 25 teams | Signing Day Central

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.

Offensive Position Recruiting Rankings
QUARTERBACK
Sean Maguire
Jameis Winston
1. Florida State

Any concern about Jameis Winston flipping to Stanford or any other program is now moot since he signed with the Seminoles. It is a humongous relief for Florida State fans but he still might never play college football if he gets drafted high enough by Major League Baseball. Winston is a phenomenal quarterback who is an outstanding pocket passer. He can pretty much do it all. Maguire is also a nice addition who could be one of the sleepers in this class.
Jeff Lindquist
Cyler Miles
2. Washington

The Huskies landed the top quarterback class in the nation but Miles nearly switched to USC so it was close to not happening. Miles was outstanding at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Lindquist shined at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Both are fantastic passers who can also run when forced out of the pocket.
Gunner Kiel
3. Notre Dame

Kiel, a five-star prospect, is the top-rated pro-style quarterback in the class by Rivals.com. He had been committed to Indiana, then flipped to LSU and signed with Notre Dame, which is a huge pickup for the Irish. Kiel has all the tools to be a special college quarterback.
Austin Appleby
Aloyis Gray
Bilal Marshall
4. Purdue

The Boilermakers signed three quarterbacks and the numbers not only provide depth in coming year, but healthy competition as well. All three are three-star prospects and Marshall is the highest-rated among dual-threat quarterbacks.
Jeff Lockie
Jake Rodrigues
5. Oregon

Rodrigues had a fantastic senior season, throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns. However, he broke his leg and his rehab will be important this off-season. He fits in well in Oregon's offense. Lockie could be one of the sleeper quarterbacks in this class.
RUNNING BACK
Todd Gurley
Quayvon Hicks
Keith Marshall
1. Georgia

The Bulldogs loaded up at running back with Gurley and Marshall, two outstanding prospects who are difficult to tackle, and then Hicks at fullback. Georgia's running back machine should be well-oiled for years to come if Gurley and Marshall pan out.
Kenyan Drake
T.J. Yeldon
2. Alabama

Yeldon, a five-star former Auburn commit, is the prize in this class. Every time he touches the ball something special could happen. Drake is a four-star prospect who has surprising speed and can be a game-breaker as well.
J.C. Coleman
Drew Harris
Chris Mangus
3. Virginia Tech

Coleman is a little pint of dynamite and put up impressive numbers throughout his high school career. Harris is another four-star who had outstanding statistics but he's taller and bigger, giving the Hokies a different look. Mangus could be a surprise in this class.
Danny Dillard
Randy Johnson
4. Miami

Johnson is a superstar who can make people miss maybe better than anyone in the 2012 class. The five-star is fun to watch because he can do special things with the ball in his hands. Dillard is a big back who's difficult to bring down.
Sione Houma
Drake Johnson
Dennis Norfleet
5. Michigan

Houma should be used in a fullback role and Johnson is a big, powerful back necessary in the Big Ten. Norfleet was a late addition and it could be a big one. The four-star is very fast and difficult to bring down, and he adds an extra dimension to Michigan's offense.
WIDE RECEIVER
Courtney Gardner
Trey Metoyer
Durron Neal
Sterling Shepard
Derrick Woods
1. Oklahoma

The Sooners loaded up at wide receiver with one five-star in Metoyer, a 2011 recruit who spent the season at Hargrave Military Academy, and four four-star prospects. Neal was solid at the Army Bowl and Shepard, from Oklahoma City (Okla.) Heritage Hall, is the top-rated player in the state.
Drae Bowles
Jason Croom
Alton Howard
Cordarrelle Patterson
2. Tennessee

The Volunteers kept Bowles and Croom in their recruiting class since the summer and then landed Patterson on National Signing Day. He could be a game-changer in Knoxville because the 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect is ready to step on the field immediately.
Jontavious Carter
D'Mauri Jones
Malcolm Lewis
Robert Lockhart
Herb Waters
3. Miami

Only two of Miami's five wide receiver pledges are four-star prospects, but it's a solid haul with loads of potential. Lewis is small and shifty, while Lockhart is tall and lean. Both could end up being special players.
Chris Harper
Kenny Lawler
Darius Powe
Bryce Treggs
4. California

For all the talk that Cal's recruiting class collapsed, the Golden Bears fared pretty well at wide receiver with three four-star recruits. Treggs is the star in the group since he catches everything. Harper could be the sleeper since he's a three-star. He dominated at Encino (Calif.) Crespi this season.
Nelson Agholor
Darreus Rogers
5. USC

Agholor is special and could be an immediate addition to an already outstanding receiving corps. In the mix with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Agholor could catch a lot of passes. Rogers is a nice, solid addition as well. He might not play immediately but he should in time.
TIGHT END
Kent Taylor
Colin Thompson
1. Florida

The Gators landed two studs at tight end and should be set for years. Taylor is a big target who shined at the Army Bowl. Thompson weighs about 35 pounds more and could be used for blocking but can definitely catch the ball as well.
Evan Baylis
Pharaoh Brown
2. Oregon

Coach Chip Kelly raved about both players and said they were the Ducks' top two targets at the position. Baylis is big, strong and runs well. Brown was outstanding at the Offense-Defense Bowl. Both could see early playing time.
Darrion Hutcherson
Ricky Parks
3. Auburn

Parks moved up to second in the tight end rankings by Rivals.com and is impressive physically. As No. 123 in the 2012 class, Parks should be expected to make an early contribution at Auburn. Hutcherson is huge at 6-foot-7 and 247 pounds.
Sam Grant
Brandon Green
Laith Harlow
Taylor McNamara
4. Oklahoma

The Sooners loaded up with four tight ends so they should be set for the coming years. McNamara is the top-rated player in the group and he could split out to become a mismatch problem against linebackers.
Caleb Smith
Dustin Stanton
5. Oregon State

Smith, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound prospect, had Arkansas and UCLA knocking down his door in recent weeks but he stuck with the Beavers. He can have an immediate impact. Stanton is big and lean so he could be a mismatch in the passing game.
OFFENSIVE LINE
Johnny Caspers
Nick Davidson
Brandon Fanaika
Joshua Garnett
Kyle Murphy
Andrus Peat
Graham Shuler
1. Stanford

The Cardinal had an amazing haul along the offensive line, led by five-star tackles Murphy and Peat, who had also been considering USC. Peat's brother plays at Nebraska but he turned down the Huskers. Garnett, a guard, was one spot away from five-star status. Keeping Fanaika was important, too, since he was considering a flip to Utah.

Zach Banner
Jordan Simmons
Max Tuerk
2. USC

USC only signed three offensive linemen but it is ranked so high because all three are phenomenal players. Banner, a tackle, and Simmons, a guard, are both five-stars. Tuerk is a mauler, a tough, hard-nosed prospect who shined at the Army Bowl. The Trojans missed out on Murphy and Peat but still have an outstanding class.
Blake Bars
Ben Braden
Kyle Kalis
Erik Magnuson
3. Michigan

Kalis is the star in this class, especially after playing well at the Army Bowl. He's the five-star recruit and has the ability to play early. Magnuson and Bars are four-star prospects who could be special in time.
Kennedy Estelle
Donald Hawkins
Camrhon Hughes
Curtis Riser
4. Texas

The Longhorns signed four four-star prospects along the offensive line and they're all special. Riser is a tough kid who thrives on competition and is among the top offensive guards in the class. Estelle is a top 10 offensive tackle. Hawkins is a junior college prospect who could be ready to make an impact.
Gavin Andrews
Grant Bays
Chase Eldredge
Stanley Hasiak
Josh Mitchell
Isaac Seumalo
Garrett Weinreich
5. Oregon State

Seumalo is the star in this class. The four-star offensive guard was being heavily pursued by USC but decided to stick in Oregon State's class. He's a phenomenal player. The rest of the Beavers' offensive line haul is talented and tough, blue-collar prospects who mean business. That's just how coach Mike Riley likes them.

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