Alabama and Ohio State continue to lead the pack as the start of the early signing period rapidly approaches, but behind them is significant movement, including within the top-five.
LSU is positioning itself for a second straight top-five class as it bumps up to No. 3. The Tigers, who recently added a verbal from the top-rated safety in-state, Sage Ryan, also landed the No. 1 ranked safety in the nation in Derrick Davis Jr., a fast, physical player who can be a multi-faceted defensive weapon for them.
Georgia, which sat outside the top-10 at the start of October has been able to surge up the rankings and into the top-five. The Bulldogs, who have strung together four-straight top-three classes, have been able to ascend with vital in-state commitments like OT Amarius Mims and most recently Smael Mondon, the top-rated prospect in the Peach State. The five-star is a lengthy and athletic prospect with a high ceiling for development.
While Cincinnati battles for a College Football Playoff berth, the Bearcats are working on the top-rated class among all Group of 5 programs. Sitting at No. 45, recent commits include high three-star DE Zeiqui Lawton, a strong player with quick feet and active hands who also had several Power 5 offers.