In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Shaquelle Evans, No. 40 in 2009 class

Evans picked Notre Dame in November of 2008 coming out of Inglewood (Calif.) taking only one official visit, to South Bend, despite offers from USC, UCLA, Oklahoma and a number of others. He was a member of a Fighting Irish 2008 class that included tight end Tyler Eifert, tackle Zack Martin, running back Theo Riddick, linebacker Manti Te'o and guard Chris Watt.

Evans saw action in six games for the Fighting Irish catching seven passes for 61 yards. He elected to transfer home after the 2009 season, and enrolled at UCLA.

Evans sat out the 2010 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but made his mark quickly in 2011. He played in 13 of 14 games for the Bruins including five starts. He finished the season with 19 catches and two touchdowns.

The 2012 season was when Evans began to show that he had a future in the NFL. In 14 starts, Evans caught a team leading 60 passes for 877 yards earning All-Pac 12 honorable mention by the league coaches.

Evans again led the Bruins in receptions as a senior catching 47 passes for 709 yards and nine touchdowns earning All-Pac 12 honors for a second straight season.

He capped his career catching a pass in his last 28 games, and made 32 career starts. In total he had 126 receptions for 1,895 yards for UCLA.

Evans was selected in the fourth round, No. 115 overall, in the 2014 NFL draft by the New York Jets.

Honorable mention: Byron Maxwell, No. 40 in 2006 and Travis Rudolph, No. 40 in 2014. Maxwell currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks after a standout career at Clemson. Rudolph has emerged as a key receiver for Florida State headed into the College Football playoff. He played like a player with an NFL future during the last half of the 2014 season.

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Arizona State gained another big piece for its 2015 class during the holiday season in ESPN 300 guard Zach Robertson. Read on for more about his future with the Sun Devils:

In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Joe Adams, No. 41 in 2008 class

Adams was long considered a smart pick to sign with home state Arkansas coming out of Central Arkansas Christian in Little Rock, but the USC Trojans made quite the push before the playmaker announced for the Razorbacks on signing day in 2008 due to the offense of then head coach Bobby Petrino and offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. Adams was part of an Arkansas class that included quarterback Tyler Wilson and Greg Childs.

Adams was the third leading receiver for the Razorbacks in 2008 as a true freshman hauling in 31 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

As a sophomore, Adam was again the team's third leading receiver, but made the most of his opportunities catching 29 passes for 568 yards and seven scores.

Adams' junior campaign would be his best at Arkansas in terms of receiving yards recording a team-leading 813 yards and six touchdowns with 50 catches.

Adams flirted with the NFL following the season, but chose to return for his senior season. He delivered on the field in 2011 to the tune of 54 receptions for 652 yards and three scores. It was his all-around play that impressed the most. Adams totaled 1,112 all-purpose yards including four punt return touchdowns earning All-American and All-SEC first-team honors.

Adams finished his career at Arkansas with 3,352 all-purpose yards, 2,410 receiving, and 24 touchdowns.

Adams was selected in the fourth round, No. 104-overall, by the Carolina Panthers in the 2012 NFL draft but has struggled to stick in the league.

Honorable mention: Terrence Austin, No. 41 in 2006, and John Martinez, No. 41 in 2009 class. Austin was a multi-year starter for UCLA and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft. Martinez was a three-year starter at guard for the USC Trojans and is currently playing in the Arena League.
Nebraska is currently working its way through a coaching transition with newly-hired coach Mike Riley from Oregon State. With little time until signing day, Riley and his staff are still looking to add on to the already established class for 2015. If the new coaches can add a few more pieces, they could position themselves very well for the near future.


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James Franklin has given the Penn State Nittany Lions new life on the recruiting trail with his energy and passion for recruiting. His aggressive style of recruiting mirrors what he did when he was in the SEC at Vanderbilt, and it has paid off with a class that should stick in the top 20 all the way to signing day.


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The Eagles have been in and out of the ESPN Class Rankings for much of the 2015 recruiting cycle, but BC currently finds itself just outside of the top 40. That doesn’t matter, because the 2015 class is shaping up to be one of the better efforts for the Eagles in quite some time. Steve Addazio’s style of developing players and not chasing stars doesn’t lend itself to scoring big in recruiting rankings, but know that his class is widely respected by fellow ACC coaches.


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Recruit and return: Duke Blue Devils 

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Under David Cutcliffe, Duke has transformed itself into a contender in the ACC and a real threat on the recruiting trail. Gone are the days when Duke fans only go to football games as something to do before the start of basketball season.


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Recruit and return: Miami Hurricanes 

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In most seasons, Miami’s top-20 recruiting class would be generating a lot of headlines, but with the success Florida State has had and with Florida under a new coach, it seems like a lot of folks have forgotten about the Hurricanes. They shouldn’t. Miami’s class ranks as one of the best in the ACC and is full of offensive difference-makers.


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A strong season hit a few stumbling blocks to close the year, with losses to Oregon State and Arizona keeping the Sun Devils from a repeat trip to the Pac-12 championship game. But it's obvious that Arizona State has found its groove under head coach Todd Graham and Sun Devils fans are hoping the program can continue reloading through recruiting.


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Recruit and return: USC Trojans 

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USC lost an opportunity to play for the Pac-12 title with a late-season loss to UCLA, but it has a chance to finish off the final year of NCAA-imposed sanctions with a nine-win season, which would give the Trojans a boost heading into the first signing day since 2011 in which they are able to sign a full allotment of 25 prospects.


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The 2014 season has been one to forget for Virginia Tech -- after the huge win at Ohio State, which seemed to set the table for a run in the ACC. On the recruiting front, the bad losses and questions surrounding the future of the program have certainly hurt the Hokies' efforts. Not to mention, programs such as Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Penn State are working the state of Virginia very hard. With that said, the Hokies currently have a Top-40 class with the ability to close with some pop led by five-star tackle Tim Settle.


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Prior to the season, Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks were hoping for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoffs, but a bad opening day loss to Texas A&m derailed those plans. Instead, the Gamecocks will play in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl against Miami. Fortunately for South Carolina, it has put together a solid recruiting class and is hoping to round out the class with a strong finish.


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In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

William Gholston, No. 42 in 2010 class

Gholston played in high school at both Mumford High and Southeastern High in Detroit, Michigan. He ultimately chose Michigan State after in June of 2009 after considering offers from Michigan, USC, Ohio State, Alabama and Florida. He was part of a Michigan State class that included NFL first round selection Darqueze Dennard, running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker Max Bullough.

Gholston’s career at Michigan State got off to a slow start recording 13 tackles in 2010 in 10 games before a shoulder injury cut short his season.

His sophomore season would prove to be the exact opposite of his freshman campaign. He became a full-time starter for the Spartans and recorded 70 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and five sacks earning All-Big 10 second team honors.

Gholston would again take home All-Big 10 second team honors in 2012 recording 59 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gholston wrapped up his career at Michigan State with 142 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 36 games, including 24 starts.

Gholston chose to forgo his final year of eligibility in East Lansing and was selected in the fourth round, No. 126 overall, in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Honorable mention: Michael Brewster, No. 42 in 2008 class. Brewster was a huge win for Ohio State over Florida out of Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater High. After a standout career in Columbus, Brewster went undrafted in 2012, but signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

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The following is a list of commitments made to FBS programs from Dec. 19-26:

ACC
Clemson
Sean Pollard OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 301
Positional Rank: N/A (2016)
Stars: 3

NC State
Nyheim Hines RB
HT: 5-9 WT: 181
Positional Rank: No. 16 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 150)

North Carolina
Mike Hughes ATH
HT: 5-10 WT: 181
Positional Rank: No. 39 ATH
Stars: 4

Syracuse
Qaadir Sheppard TE-H
HT: 6-3 WT: 239
Positional Rank: No. 18 TE-H
Stars: 3

Virginia Tech
Houshun Gaines DE
HT: 6-3 WT: 216
Positional Rank: No. 64 DE
Stars: 3

Big 12
Baylor
Jarrett Stidham QB-DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Positional Rank: No. 3 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 39)
Under Armour All-American

Oklahoma
Ricky DeBerry DE
HT: 6-2 WT: 235
Positional Rank: No. 13 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 122)

Kahlil Haughton S
HT: 6-1 WT: 180
Positional Rank: No. 27 S
Stars: 4

Texas
Malik Jefferson OLB
HT: 6-3 WT: 220
Positional Rank: No. 3 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 35)
Under Armour All-American

DeAndre McNeal ATH
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Positional Rank: No. 28 ATH
Stars: 4

Texas Tech
Darreon Jackson S
HT: 6-0 WT: 179
Positional Rank: No. 112 S
Stars: 3

Big Ten
Michigan State
Raequan Williams DT
HT: 6-5 WT: 280
Positional Rank: No. 38 DT
Stars: 3
Purdue
David Rose CB
HT: 6-0 WT: 175
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona State
Paul Lucas RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 180
Positional Rank: No. 42 RB
Stars: 4

Cal
DePriest Turner QB-DT
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Positional Rank: No. 55 QB-DT
Stars: 3

Washington State
Kyle Sweet ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Tennessee
Kendall Bussey RB
HT: 5-9 WT: 195
Positional Rank: No. 49 RB
Stars: 3

Independents
Army
Kenneth Brinson DE
HT: 6-2 WT: 220
Positional Rank: No. 65 DE
Stars: 3

Michael Johnson OG
HT: 6-3 WT: 280

Navy
Elijah Jones CB
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Positional Rank: No. 135 CB
Stars: 2

Notre Dame
Mykelti Williams S
HT: 5-11 WT: 193
Positional Rank: No. 71 S
Stars: 3

American
East Carolina
Emmanuel Olenga DE
HT: 6-4 WT: 240

SMU
Ben Hicks QB-PP
HT: 6-2 WT: 194
Positional Rank: No. 22 QB-PP
Stars: 4

South Florida
Jordan Reed WR
HT: 5-10 WT: 165

C-USA
Louisiana Tech
Oshea Dugas OT
HT: 6-5 WT: 290

Marshall
Damien Dozier OLB
HT: 6-3 WT: 210
Positional Rank: No. 102 OLB
Stars: 3

North Texas
Elex Woodworth OG
HT: 6-3 WT: 265

Tulsa
Chad President WR
HT: 6-3 WT: 195
Positional Rank: No. 31 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 274)

Mid-American
Eastern Michigan
Kezio Snelling WR
HT: 6-0 WT: 180

Mountain West
Nevada
Dominic Christian WR
HT: 6-0 WT: 175

UNLV
Will Kreitler OC
HT: 6-0 WT: 285

Kurt Palandech QB-PP
HT: 6-2 WT: 200

Wyoming
Josh Allen QB-DT
HT: 6-4 WT: 215

Sun Belt
Georgia State
Tre Campbell S
HT: 6-0 WT: 190

Louisiana-Monroe
Derion Ford DT
HT: 6-1 WT: 260

New Mexico State
Garron Nash TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 220

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