National Signing Day 2012: College Football Recruiting Rankings 4 PM Update

Florida State and USC are charging hard, but it won't be enough to catch Alabama and Texas.

National Signing Day 2012 is in full swing, and several top college football recruiting juggernauts dominating. All of the signings, decommitments and flips have caused some major shakeups to the college football recruiting rankings. Here's an update as National Signing Day rolls on.

This is a composite of three of the four major scouting services (Scout, Rivals and 247Sports). ESPN has not updated recently and will be included in the next update.

The battle for the top spot continues between Alabama and Texas. Both have large classes full of blue-chip recruits, and both met their needs.

Ohio State seems destined to remain in the top five spots as well, thanks to a great effort by Urban Meyer and his staff.

Florida State and USC battle for the top class of fewer than 20 recruits. The 'Noles and Trojans have made major moves up the rankings in the last few hours. Stanford has also climbed the rankings with the unexpected commitment of offensive tackle Andrus Peat.

Team Commitments Scout Rivals 247
Alabama 26 2 1 1
Texas 28 1 2 3
Ohio State 25 3 4 5
Florida 23 5 3 4
Florida State 19 9 5 2
Michigan 25 4 6 7
Miami 33 7 8 9
Oklahoma 25 8 9 8
USC 15 15 7 10
LSU 22 6 16 11
Georgia 19 12 19 6
Stanford 20 15 10 12
Auburn 19 13 11 17
Oregon 21 14 15 14
Texas A&M 20 17 13 13

LSU has been a bit of a disappointment, as the Tigers have are 10th on the list, despite coming off an appearance in the BCS National Championship game, and taking 22 players. The loss of defensive end Torshiro Davis to Texas was particularly painful.

Florida's class is excellent overall, but the Gators failed to close strong, as UF lost out on linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons, offensive tackle Avery Young, defensive end Leonard Williams and receiver Nelson Agholor. Players who commit on signing day aren't better than those who commit on any other day, but signing day is a way to build momentum and excitement for a program. The Gators did not do that today.

Auburn started quite slow and were on the verge of having a disappointing day, but picked up the pace, signing receiver Ricardo Louis and offensive tackle Avery Young.

The winner of the "team that made the top ten because it took a ridiculous amount of players" award is Miami, with an amazing 33 commitments. Still, Al Golden brought in several quality players and has a plan for The U.

There is some serious disagreement in some of the rankings, as Scout, the clear oddball, chooses to focus more on quantity than quality. This is nothing new, however.

Looking for National Signing Day coverage of other teams or recruits? Head to SB Nation College Football Recruiting. Also, check out more local coverage at our many fine college football blogs.

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