Texas held steady at No. 2 in the latest ESPN recruiting class rankings behind Alabama. Florida State, Florida and Georgia round out the new top 5.
The Crimson Tide jumped to the top of the list thanks to verbal commitments from top safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown) and four-star athlete Cyrus Jones (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) during the Under Armour All-America Game.
Until last week, Texas had held down the top spot in the rankings ever since June. The Crimson Tide now has 26 verbal commits, including two five-star prospects, 15 four-stars and 12 in the ESPNU 150.
The fact Thomas Johnson backed out of his commitment didn’t help Texas’ chances of moving up, either. UT currently sits at 24 commits. Jonathan Gray is the class’s only five-star player, but 16 others are four-star recruits and a total of nine are in the ESPNU 150.
Of course, there are still a couple big, big fish out there for the taking. Texas does still have a chance to land the nation’s best 2012 class, but that’s going to require the signing-day additions of Mario Edwards Jr. and/or Dorial Green-Beckham.
Green-Beckham remains very tight-lipped about his recruiting process, though he did say he would trim his list of remaining schools down to three after he got home from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Edwards, of course, remains verbally committed to Florida State, but is still considering Texas and LSU.
Still, the caliber of prospects who are considering Alabama and third-ranked FSU means there will be a three-team race for the No. 1 spot.
As for the rest of the Big 12, Texas A&M (No. 9) and Oklahoma (No. 10) each dropped one spot as Cal made a big jump from the 19th spot to No. 8. Texas Tech remained ranked 17th and TCU dropped one spot to 22nd. Missouri and Baylor are both “on the cusp” of breaking into the top 25.