Michael LaPlante at ESPN wrote up an article on the top non-BCS classes in the country today and VCU made the list and was the sole CAA representative. George Mason also received an honorable mention with two solid recruits of their own (credit to vcu_dan on the VCURamNation boards for the find). LaPlante gave VCU a "B" for the recruiting class overall placing it in the 5-10 range (since schools outside the top 25 with the same grade were placed alphabetically). Here's what he had to say about VCU's five man class:
In recent years, VCU has had an outstanding run with three different coaches and coach Shaka Smart has kept the talent level flowing with the addition of another strong recruiting class. Juvonte Reddic (Winson-Salem, N.C./Quality Education Academy) could be a major steal as he develops in the low post, while Reco McCarter (Goldsboro, N.C./Wayne Country Day) gives Smart a smooth, versatile scoring wing that should help continue the successful trend at VCU.
The Rams continue to gain accolades as the CAA's best recruiting class for 2010 and recruiting analysts seem to agree that Juvonte Reddic and Reco McCarter are the headliners of the class, reflecting the opinion of Ram fans in the Recruiting Report poll. With 2011 already having gotten off to a good start with Kasey Wilson (ESPN 91, Rivals 3 star) and Pierria' Henry (ESPN 90, Rivals 3-star) having committed already for 2011, the Rams look to continue their great recruiting under Shaka Smart for years to come.