Overall: Despite a losing record and a coaching staff in turmoil, Clemson landed a top-10 class. Coach Dabo Swinney and his staff closed with a vengeance, picking up two 5-star players -- LB Stephone Anthony and LB Tony Steward. Throw in the top RB and WR from Florida in Mike Bellamy and Sammy Watkins, respectively, and this might be the best class in Clemson history.
Quarterback: Tajh Boyd is essentially the only scholarship quarterback on campus, so this was a point of emphasis for the Tigers. Clemson signed three QBs.
Running Back: Clemson recruited only one RB in this class, but they got a great one in Bellamy. He was the top RB out of Florida and rushed for more than 7,000 yards and scored 110 TDs during his career. He'll battle for playing time with former Berkeley star Andre Ellington.
Receivers: The Tigers lacked a big-play receiver a year ago, but that shouldn't be an issue in 2011. Watkins, Charone Peake and Martavis Bryant, a leftover from the 2010 Tigers class, all have big-play potential. Watkins is the top-ranked WR in the nation. Porter-Gaud's Stanton Seckinger might be the sleeper in this class.
Offensive Line: The offensive line wasn't a huge need for the Tigers in this class. They signed five offensive linemen, but none are considered marquee players. Morgan Roberts, who is expected to play guard, is the highest ranked lineman and had originally committed to Auburn before signing with Clemson.
Defensive Line: The Tigers missed out on Phillip Dukes and are waiting to hear from South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney. They picked up DE Corey Crawford, who is already on campus and will compete for a starting job this spring. Clemson got Roderick Byers after he had verbally committed to Oregon.
Linebackers: This might be the best linebacker class of all time at Clemson. Anthony and Seward are both 5-star prospects. Seward is the nation's No. 1 ranked OLB and Anthony is the No. 3 ranked OLB, according to several services. Throw in Marlboro County's Lateek Townsend and this is the makings of an all-star linebacking corps.
Secondary: Not a huge need for Clemson this season as the Tigers picked up just two players in the secondary. Woodland's Robert Smith, who had more than 11,000 yards in total offense during his career, is expected to move to safety.
Overall: South Carolina is still waiting to hear from South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney is considered one of the top DE prospects in more than a decade. Clowney would make an already very good class at South Carolina into a great one. Getting OT Brandon Shell, DT Phillip Dukes and WR Damiere Byrd make this a top-20 class, but adding Clowney will make it a top-15 class.
Quarterback: This will be Stephen Garcia's final season at South Carolina, and the Gamecocks needed to add some depth at the position. ATH Tanner McEvoy played one season at QB, but threw for 2,200 yards and 32 touchdowns, and rushed for another 1,000 yards.
Running Backs: When you've got Marcus Lattimore coming back for at least two more seasons, this wasn't a huge need. RB Shon Carson was among the top rushers in the state, but he's considered a high draft pick in June's Major League Baseball draft, so he might never play a down for the Gamecocks.
Receivers: WR Damiere Byrd might have the biggest impact in 2011 just in the return game. He's one of the fastest players in the nation. South Carolina signed three TEs, picking up Jarrell Adams a couple of days before signing day. WR Shamier Jeffery is the younger brother of Alshon Jeffery.
Offensive Line: Many consider Goose Creek's Shell to be the best offensive line prospect to come out of the state in 20 years. His great uncle, Art Shell, is an NFL Hall of Famer. Rivals.com has Shell as the nation's No. 4 OT. He could play this fall. USC signed six offensive linemen in this class, which will add some much needed depth.
Defensive Line: Even if the Gamecocks don't land Clowney, this is still a strong class of defensive linemen. The Gamecocks landed two of the top DTs in Dukes and Kelcy Quarles. Dukes picked the Gamecocks over Alabama and Clemson. Quarles spent last season in prep school, but was the nation's No. 3 DT in 2010. Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr., will provide depth.
Linebackers: USC missed out on Marlboro County's Lateek Townsend, who signed with Clemson, but still managed to land five LB prospects, all from the state of Georgia. The Gamecocks had to hold off the likes of Arkansas and Mississippi to keep Cedrick Cooper. Edward Mulrdrow could be a sleeper in this bunch, but will need some work in the weight room.
Secondary: Brison Williams is another holdover from the 2010 class. He was ranked as the No. 6 DB prospect in 2010 by Rivals. Sheldon Royster was one of the top players in New Jersey and the 10th best safety in the nation. Kadetrix Marcus and Ronnie Martin are athletic, and Ahmad Christian can play either CB or S.