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April 23
player grade - 4/23/2022 Texas logo RB Tre Wisner (DeSoto, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Wisner (5-11, 180) is a back who is going to go one of two ways in his senior year during this cycle. He is moving up in competition in Texas, transferring to DeSoto from Waco Connelly, where he was more of a rotational back who made a lot of big plays, averaging over 13 yards per carry, with limited work. He has played defensive back and wide receiver as well, so Wisner is a guy who could offer different options. He'll show this year whether he is a big-time back or more of an all-purpose athlete.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Tre Wisner's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/23/2022 Texas logo WR Ryan Niblett (Houston, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Niblett (5-10, 175) is one of the most dynamic players in the country with the ball in his hand. In high school, he'll play quarterback, running back, wide receiver, kick returner ... whatever it takes to get touches. As a receiver, Niblett is dangerous in space and after the catch. He is still somewhat raw at the position, but I think he'll get more reps there this fall, which will help with some of the development time. Niblett is an elite playmaker.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Ryan Niblett's Player Grade: A-


April 22
player grade - 4/22/2022 Penn State logo DE Jameial Lyons (Philadelphia, PA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Lyons (6-4, 255) already looks like a grown man, and I don't think he's close to filling out his true size. He is in more of a stand-up edge role, but in college, Lyons will have his hand in the ground. There are a lot of things to like with Lyons' game, especially his burst off the snap and the fact that he can play the physical game and fight through blocks to get to the football. Adding lower body strength will be the next step to Lyons' development.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Jameial Lyons' Player Grade: B




April 20
player grade - 4/20/2022 Colorado logo WR Isaiah Hardge (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Colorado  View Class


Hardge (5-11, 164) is a nice get for Colorado. He's a tough kid who will get out on the perimeter and block even though he is usually at a size disadvantage. Hardge has good hands, and he's going to be well developed coming from one of the top high school programs in the nation. He needs to get stronger, and that will help him catch more balls in traffic. I think he can get there.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Isaiah Hardge's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/20/2022 Cincinnati logo ATH Braedyn Moore (Hamilton, OH) commits to Cincinnati  View Class


Cincinnati has grown in stature under Luke Fickell by winning battles for local prospects. And with a future entry into the Big XII, landing solid in-state prospects like Moore (6-1, 190) is a big deal. Moore plays both wide receiver and defensive back in high school. I think he's going to be more of a corner/safety to start out, and he'll eventually become a full-time safety playing more of the deep role, where his length and ability to track the football will be most effective.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Braedyn Moore's Player Grade: B




April 19
player grade - 4/19/2022 Tennessee logo DE/OLB Caleb Herring (Murfreesboro, TN) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Herring (6-5, 211) is a classic tweener between being a stand-up edge rusher and possibly more of an off-ball linebacker who can offer up some different looks. His height and length provide so many different potential uses. Herring's speed rush is among the best I've seen so far in this class. He needs to add a few more elements to his pass-rush game, but the speed and explosion are so good, it can carry him for a while. Herring can drop back in coverage a bit, and if that part of his game improves, that will be even another dimension he offers a defense. Herring might not have a true position, but he has too much to not see the field in a variety of ways.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Caleb Herring's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/19/2022 Arkansas logo OL Luke Brown (Paris, TN) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Arkansas has quickly shown it can develop offensive linemen, and Brown (6-5, 300) is a player with some potential who will need time to gain strength and seasoning. I don't think he's a left tackle in college, especially in the SEC. Right tackle is certainly a possibility, but guard might be the best long-term fit for Brown. I like his footwork, and there's some athleticism and ability to play in space there. Brown bends well and shows good balance. As a blocker, he does the job, although he could be more of a finisher.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Luke Brown's Player Grade: C+


player grade - 4/19/2022 Notre Dame logo WR Braylon James (Round Rock, TX) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


James (6-2, 185) is a prototypical outside receiver who has the potential to be an elite recruit in this class. He is a tremendous three-sport athlete who really shines on the football field. James possesses all the physical tools and even shows the top-end speed that might surprise you from a player of his size. When James feels like he has a physical advantage, he will try to bully the defensive back. He can make the catches in traffic and high point the ball. There's a high ceiling with James.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Braylon James' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/19/2022 USC logo RB Quinten Joyner (Manor, TX) commits to USC  View Class


I think what USC does in recruiting this cycle is as interesting to me as any program. How much will Lincoln Riley and his staff focus on their old stomping grounds of the Southwest to go with a commitment to land the top prospects on the West coast. The successful recruitment of Joyner (5-10, 185) shows that Riley isn't conceding Texas in recruiting. Joyner runs very tough, and he'll lean and fight for every inch. He also runs track, and you see some of the breakaway speed. Joyner can show patience at the right time and explosion when he sees the opening. Improvements in pass catching would take him to the next level.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Quinten Joyner's Player Grade: B




April 18
player grade - 4/18/2022 UCLA logo WR Grant Gray (Norco, CA) commits to UCLA  View Class


Gray (6-3, 182) is a big-bodied receiver with good hands and the ability to move the chains. Speed isn't going to be Gray's claim to success, but he'll be a high-volume pass catcher and a big, safe target for his quarterback. Gray does everything well from a technical standpoint. He runs clean routes and sticks them at the end. Gray understands how to find openings in the defense, especially in the short game. And he'll use his size to fight for the yard marker.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Grant Gray's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/18/2022 Oklahoma State logo QB Zane Flores (Gretna, NE) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class


The first thing that will catch your eye with Flores (6-2, 185) is his numbers in high school. He threw for over 4,800 yards as a junior and threw well over 500 passes. That's a lot of volume in the passing game. Flores could develop into a class triggerman, and he has some of those attributes already. He likes to get aggressive throwing the ball, and he'll have even great fortune with more size and strength to put on those passes. Oklahoma State and coach Mike Gundy have done a good job with quarterbacks over the years. Flores appears to be a good fit.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Zane Flores' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/18/2022 Michigan State logo CB Eddie Pleasant III (Tampa, FL) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Pleasant (6-0, 175) seems to have put on some size since I last evaluated him, and it makes a difference because if he can cover slot and outside receivers, his skill set is even more appealing. Pleasant is a physical kid who likes to participate in defending the run, which will take on a greater impact at the next level with the size he has added on this offseason. From a technical standpoint, Pleasant is solid. His timing is good, and he knows when to be aggressive in going after the ball.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Eddie Pleasant III's Player Grade: B


April 17
player grade - 4/17/2022 Florida logo WR Tyree Patterson (Eustis, FL) commits to Florida  View Class


Patterson (6-2, 181) is a kid I saw last year at a prospect summer camp at Central Florida, and he was the best player at the camp. He does everything for his high school and is always the best player on the field. He is raw athlete who will have to learn the technical aspects of the position. But his size, speed, athleticism and competitive nature are exactly what you want from a potential big-time player.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Tyree Patterson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/17/2022 Ohio State logo CB Dijon Johnson (Tampa, FL) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Johnson (6-1, 180) is either at the bottom end of the blue-chip cornerbacks in this class or the top red-chip cornerback - and that could change after summer evaluations. What I like about Johnson is that you can trust him to lock down a side of the field. He will make a quarterback pay for throwing late to his side. As good as Johnson's athleticism is, I think his sudden movements and anticipation are really what drive his game.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Dijon Johnson's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/17/2022 Oregon logo WR Kyler Kasper (Gilbert, AZ) commits to Oregon  View Class


Kasper (6-5, 195) has such a large frame that you wonder if he'll stay at wide receiver or become more of a flex tight end when he stops growing. The size helps Kasper generate space in traffic for contested catches, but it's the hands that make it happen. Kasper is a long strider with short-space quickness and enough wiggle to make things happen in space. It's in this area that Kasper can continue to improve and become an even bigger playmaking threat at the next level.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Kyler Kasper's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 4/17/2022 Ohio State logo WR Bryson Rodgers (Zephyrhills, FL) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Rodgers (6-2, 170) has good upside as a big-bodied receiver. He is one of the better route runners among the pass catchers from Florida in this cycle. Rodgers is a very underrated prospect in the state because the Zephyrhills area doesn't produce a ton of prospects. But he is legitimate and has the skill set in terms of size and long speed that will blow the top off a defense and generate big plays. Rodgers might need a full year to develop and adjust to the speed, but I think Rodgers has a lot to offer in the long term.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Bryson Rodgers' Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/17/2022 Georgia logo DE Gabriel Harris (Valdosta, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


Harris (6-4, 235) looks great off the hoof. You can just envision what he's going to look like with another 25 pounds of muscle on him after a year in Georgia's strength program. Harris has a great burst off the snap, and even if he plays with his hand in the ground, I don't think his get-off will suffer. He is athletic enough to drop into coverage over a short area, but I think Harris' future is getting after the quarterback, whether that's in a stand-up role or as a traditional defensive end remains to be seen.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Gabriel Harris' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 4/17/2022 Colorado logo LB C.J. Turner (Star City, AR) commits to Colorado  View Class


One of my friends Chris Demarest, a former linebacker coach at Rutgers and N.C. State, loved recruiting running backs at athletes because they could end up playing running back, cornerback, safety or linebacker, depending on their size. Turner (6-1, 210) is a big running back who is being recruited as a linebacker. He plays both ways in high school, but his speed and agility will really serve him well as a linebacker in college because the position has become much more about lateral movement and playing in space than what it used to be. I think we'll see more of Turner on defense as a senior in high school, and I'll be curious to track his development because he's a good athlete.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
C.J. Turner's Player Grade: C+


April 16
player grade - 4/16/2022 LSU logo S Ryan Yates (Denton, TX) commits to LSU  View Class


Yates (6-1, 175) is listed as a safety, but he's going to spend some time at cornerback as well, and he offers excellent prospects at both positions. As a cornerback, Yates is excellent with his anticipation and timing. He can change directions quickly and make fluid movements across the field. Yates has a nose for the football and will come up on run defense. He'll have to get a little bigger to play the boundary in the SEC, but I doubt that will be a problem. His long-term prospects at safety look good with his ability to track the ball and his speed to cover half the field.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Ryan Yates' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/16/2022 Central Florida logo DE Isaiah Nixon (St. Petersburg, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class


Central Florida must start recruiting for its future in the Big XII, and landing Nixon, a solid red-chip player on the defensive line, is a great get to help with that transition as the Knights get into the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Nixon (6-4, 218) has length and burst, and he can bend around the edge. He comes from a very good program with a deep history of guys who perform in college. Nixon mostly works out of a stand-up role, but I think he's going to put on a lot of mass and line up like a traditional defensive end at the next level.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Isaiah Nixon's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/16/2022 Minnesota logo CB Zaquan Bryan (Savannah, GA) commits to Minnesota  View Class


You can see all the elements to Bryan's game on his film. He's a two-way player who shows more skill as a wide receiver than I expected. He is a competitive, twitchy athlete who has very good strength for his size (5-11, 178). Bryan plays a physical game for a defensive back. He is a good on press coverage and shows a willingness to come up on run defense. Bryan has some toughness, and he fits the profile of the prospects who have been going to Minnesota in recent years. This is a good program/prospect fit.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Zaquan Bryan's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/16/2022 Northwestern logo LB Nigel Glover (Clayton, OH) commits to Northwestern  View Class


Glover (6-3, 210) is the sixth prospect to commit to Northwestern in the 2023 class, and the Wildcats had to beat out most of their conference rivals for this commitment. He had been working as a safety, but Glover will be an outside linebacker in college and has started working out at the position during camps. Glover is pretty good in space and much better in coverage than I expected. It's going to take some time to transition to the new position, and it's smart for Glover to move there during his senior year in high school.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Nigel Glover's Player Grade: B


April 15
player grade - 4/15/2022 Boston College logo ATH Reed Harris (Great Falls, MT) commits to Boston College  View Class


Harris (6-4, 200), coming from the lightly recruited state of Montana, received his first Power Five offer from Boston College in February and committed to the Eagles. He is going to be an offensive athlete for the Eagles, most likely a tight end. Harris has played quarterback for his high school team, and most of his film is him throwing the ball. Obviously, there isn't much to go on for his athleticism, blocking or pass-catching ability. The clips of Harris scrambling and running are good. He is obviously going to be a project for the Boston College coaching staff, but Jeff Hafley has shown to have an eye for talent.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Reed Harris' Player Grade: C
player grade - 4/15/2022 Tennessee logo ATH Trevor Duncan (Knoxville, TN) commits to Tennessee  View Class


The Volunteers are doing a good job with their in-state targets early in this cycle. Duncan (6-5, 283) is another one of the local targets who the Tennessee coaching staff wanted to get in the fold before the summer period. The program is recruiting him as a defensive lineman, and he certainly fits some of the profile, but I think Duncan's better long-term prospect are at offensive tackle. He looks physically ready and has the necessary strength for either side of the ball. I wouldn't be surprised if Duncan starts his college career on the defensive side of the ball and moves to offensive line by 2024.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Trevor Duncan's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/15/2022 Kansas State logo TE Will Anciaux (Wichita, KS) commits to Kansas State  View Class


This is a very good class for tight end prospects, and Anciaux (6-5, 228) is another one who I think could develop into quite a nice player. He's more of a flex player at this point than a true multi-use tight end. Anciaux is going to put on size and need to show that he is a capable blocker to elevate his game. He does play on the defensive line as well, so there's some toughness there. As a pass catcher, Anciaux uses his body well. He can make catches in traffic and box out defenders in the red zone.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Will Anciaux's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/15/2022 Colorado logo S Adrian Wilson (Keller, TX) commits to Colorado  View Class


Colorado lands a verbal from a second Texas prospect in less than a week. Wilson (6-0, 170) is a two-way player, but he's most comfortable on defense and playing closer to the box. He can defend along the boundary, come up in run support and make tackles. Wilson plays wide receiver, but on his film, I don't see his ball skills translating to defense like I expected. He reacts well to the play, although he relies on being in the the right position over speed.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Adrian Wilson's Player Grade: C


April 14
player grade - 4/14/2022 Louisville logo CB Aaron Wiliams (Corona, CA) commits to Louisville  View Class


Louisville is winning recruiting battles in California at a major clip. Williams (6-1, 185) has the height and length that you see from the elite cornerbacks in the country. He has the size that lends itself to being honest in run defense. I love Williams' film. He has a level of swagger that is exciting. Williams is competitive and hungry to make plays. He can play sticky, physical coverage without needing to grab a jersey. Williams looks like a man in the defensive backfield, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him receive quality reps as a true freshman.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Aaron Wiliams' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/14/2022 Alabama logo DL Yhonzae Pierre (Eufaula, AL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Pierre (6-3, 220) received some high praise in the days before his commitment. He is a natural pass rusher who is a little raw, but very athletic and should eventually fit right into that hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker role in which many great Alabama defenders have been spotlighted. Pierre has the long arms and the burst to get around the edge. I would like to see him play at a better pad level. He comes in a little high at times and a little too low at others. It might take Pierre 2-3 years to really find his game, but the upside is worth the patience.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Yhonzae Pierre's Player Grade: B


April 13
player grade - 4/13/2022 LSU logo S Michael Daugherty (Loganville, GA) commits to LSU  View Class


The recruitment for Daugherty (6-1, 185) came down to LSU, Georgia and North Carolina, with the Tigers winning a rare battle over the Bulldogs for an in-state prospect. Daugherty's film has him playing the second level a lot, and that mentality will probably translate to him being more of a box defender in college. He will blitz a little and has great instincts in run defense. Daugherty's ball skills are there, and he can sit in space and play the ball. But Daugherty's physical play can be a tone setter for a defense.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Michael Daugherty's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/13/2022 Texas A&M logo CB Jayvon Thomas (Dallas, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Texas A&M's recent recruiting surge continues with the commitment of Thomas (5-11, 170), a top-150 player nationally. He is a two-way player with exceptional speed who should also be used on special teams in the return game. Thomas is a competitive player who will take on any assignment, be it an outside receiver or working inside against the slot. He is one of those players who you find a way to get on the field to use his speed and playmaking ability. The Aggies are off to another great start in recruiting.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Jayvon Thomas' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/13/2022 Clemson logo TE Reid Mikeska (Cypress, TX) commits to Clemson  View Class


Mikeska (6-6, 232) is an impressive, big athlete who I believe has an especially high ceiling as a tight end. He can line up all over the field - as an H-back, in the slot or possibly outside as a big wide receiver in certain situations. As Mikeska adds strength and mass, he'll also be a major part of the run game when he goes inline. He shows ability to work the seams and get open downfield. Mikeska has good hands and knows how to make himself an open target.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Reid Mikeska's Player Grade: B


April 12
player grade - 4/12/2022 Ohio State logo RB Mark Fletcher (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Fletcher (6-0, 219) is a prototypical big back with a power/speed combo that makes him a perfect fit for the Big Ten. He has great balance and quick feet. Fletcher runs strong and runs tough; he will burst through arm tackles. He has the speed to break chunk plays, but he is very comfortable in short-yard and goal-line situations, where he can just lower his shoulder and bully his way to the line needed. He might be the best big back in the 2022 class and definitely a top-10-12 running back overall.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Mark Fletcher's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/12/2022 Clemson logo QB Christopher Vizzina (Birmingham, AL) commits to Clemson  View Class


Vizzina (6-4, 205) is either on the fringe of the first tier of quarterbacks with prospects like Arch Manning, Malachi Nelson and Nick Iamaleava, or he's at the top of the second tier of signal-callers. Either way Vizzina is a legitimate top-8-10 quarterback in this class and major get for the Tigers. He can throw the ball well, and it comes off his hands cleanly. Vizzina is accurate and will go down the field. He can complete those deep corner routes that are in every coach's playbook. Vizzina has some timing issues when he feels rushed in the pocket. Overall, the tools are there, and Vizzina could be something special with a little more development time.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Christopher Vizzina's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/12/2022 Texas A&M logo CB Bravion Rogers (La Grange, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Rogers (5-10, 185) possesses a high level of athleticism. He is quick and explosive. Rogers moves with sudden quickness and can change direction on a dime. He is somewhat raw in terms of coverage and will need to really focus on the technical aspects of the position, but as an athlete, he grades out very highly. There is a possibility Rogers could play an offense. He is a very productive two-way player in high school. Defensive back, however, is probably where his highest ceiling is. Rogers also brings high value as a return specialist.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Bravion Rogers' Player Grade: B+


April 11
player grade - 4/11/2022 Colorado logo RB A.J. Newberry (Grand Prairie, TX) commits to Colorado  View Class


Newberry (5-11, 182) has some real quickness for his size, and it's no surprise to see that he also runs track. He is a playmaker who can do some things in space. If Newberry can improve as a receiver and a blocker, I believe he has three-down potential. I think he will make some strides as a tougher runner between the tackles too. There is some good upside here.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
A.J. Newberry's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/11/2022 Texas A&M logo P Tyler White (Southlake, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


White (6-3, 185) rates out as a five-star punting prospect and four-and-a-half star kicking prospect on the Kohl's kicking website. He has regularly booted punts of over 60 yards during showcase events.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Tyler White's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/11/2022 Tennessee logo DE Nathan Robinson (Greenbrier, TN) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Robinson (6-5, 254) has been a long-time target for Tennessee, and from the start, it felt like the feeling was mutual. He is a two-level defender who could easily play outside linebacker, but I think he's growing at a pace where he'll end up on the defensive line as a pass rusher. Robinson is still learning how to play with his increased size, and I don't think he's scratched the surface of what he's going to be in 3-4 years. His athleticism and length are things you can't teach.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Nathan Robinson's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/11/2022 Miami logo OT Frankie Tinilau (Miami, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


Tinilau (6-4, 315) is listed as a tackle, but I think his skill set will place him at guard in college. He has some athleticism though, and Tinilau plays with a nasty streak that probably excited Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal. Tinilau doesn't just try to win battles at the line; he wants to physically dominant and embarrass the guy standing across from him. Sometimes that aggression backfires, but overall, he's a solid line prospect who can offer from options on where he will line up.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Frankie Tinilau's Player Grade: B-


April 10
player grade - 4/10/2022 Auburn logo S Terrance Love (Fairburn, GA) commits to Auburn  View Class


There's been so much turmoil and drama surrounding the Auburn program this offseason that I'm sure coach Bryan Harsin was happy to have a spring game this past weekend and get back to recruiting. Love (6-2, 195) is a big safety who will continue to grow and could probably find himself as an outside linebacker. He is more of a coverage player than normal big safeties, and you can trust Love to secure his side of the field against downfield passes. He can run well for his size and is big enough to deal with tight ends.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Terrance Love's Player Grade: B+


April 8
player grade - 4/8/2022 Penn State logo QB Marcus Stokes (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) commits to Penn State  View Class


Stokes (6-2, 185) was a bit of a late riser as far as quarterbacks go, but after taking a tour of unofficial visits this month, he jumped back on a lot of radars. He is the definition of a feast-or-famine type of quarterback. Stokes really shines when the play breaks down, and he must move around and find open targets. He is somewhat of an unorthodox passer, but the ball generally comes out of his hands clean and finds the right spot. The downside to Stokes' style is the potential for turnovers, but trying to rein him in too much will take away from his effectiveness, in my opinion.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Marcus Stokes' Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/8/2022 Oregon logo DL Tevita Pome'e (Layton, UT) commits to Oregon  View Class


Pome'e (6-2, 310) is a big-bodied lineman who can eat up space in the middle of the defensive line and be a force against the run. Pome'e can provide a little bit of a pass rush on the interior, but his main job is to take on blockers, take on double teams and free up linebackers and defensive backs to clean up the mess. In that area Pome'e shows plenty of the potential. He is a battler up front who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Tevita Pome'e's Player Grade: C+


April 7
player grade - 4/7/2022 Baylor logo TE Matthew Klopfenstein (Scottsdale, AZ) commits to Baylor  View Class


Tight ends are just flying off the board during the early part of this recruiting cycle, and now Baylor gains a verbal commitment from Klopfenstein (6-5, 222). Baylor uses a lot of multiple tight end sets, and Klopfenstein is a good fit as one of the combo tight ends in those packages. He is already a competent blocker and should continue to improve in that role. Klopfenstein is a player who can be moved around from the inline to the slot to an H-back role.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Matthew Klopfenstein's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/7/2022 Wake Forest logo DL Chris Marable (Hilton Head Island, SC) commits to Wake Forest  View Class


Marable (6-3, 283) hasn't played a lot of football yet. He was injured as a freshman and had most of his sophomore year wiped out with COVID-19. But a very good junior season put Marable on the map with FBS programs. He is a natural interior guy who is comfortable taking on the double teams and fighting through them to make plays. Marable has some active hands, and he is just a physical player overall. I really like this prospect and think Wake Forest's staff will get the most out of him.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Chris Marable's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/7/2022 Wake Forest logo OL/DL George Steih (Franklin, TN) commits to Wake Forest  View Class


Steih (6-5, 260) is a two-way lineman who plays a lot on the defensive side. I could possibly see Steih working out as a 3-4 defensive end - a guy who would be primarily used to contain things on the perimeter. As an offensive lineman there might be more potential upside. Steih has a good body frame with long arms. He could be a potential fit at right tackle down the road. He is a player who is more of a developmental prospect, but Wake Forest has traditionally done very well with those prospects.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
George Steih's Player Grade: C


April 6
player grade - 4/6/2022 Ohio State logo S Malik Hartford (West Chester, OH) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Hartford (6-2, 172) is a little thin on the frame right now, but otherwise he checks off a lot of boxes. He combines height and length with very good athleticism and the range to track down the football. Hartford can line up in a deep role and close off half the field. Even though he is still a little underweight for his height, he'll jump in to defend against the run. Hartford is a good form tackler. He plays a smart game and does an advanced job of anticipation and reading the play.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Malik Hartford's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/6/2022 Louisville logo ATH/TE Jamari Johnson (Inglewood, CA) commits to Louisville  View Class


Johnson (6-5, 245) is the third prospect from California who has committed to the Cardinals during the spring period. I think Johnson was a quarterback at one time and now could work out on either side of the ball, but the Cardinals are recruiting him at tight end. He is a big body and someone who could probably get on the field early as a blocker. There's plenty of development to do, but the early results on Johnson are promising, and with a full year to play tight end in high school, he should only get better.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Jamari Johnson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/6/2022 Vanderbilt logo TE Julien Randolph (Ashburn, VA) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Randolph (6-5, 210) looked like he might be staying in state and choosing Virginia or Virginia Tech, but Vanderbilt came with an offer that the tight end jumped on. He is a big wide receiver now, and the assumption is Randolph will fill out his frame and become a tight end. Randolph's receiving skills should be the easy part of the transition, but he will have to make improvements as a blocker.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Julien Randolph's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/6/2022 Minnesota logo RB Darius Taylor (Walled Lake, MI) commits to Minnesota  View Class


Minnesota has done such a great job with running backs and the running game under P.J. Fleck, so I feel good trusting his evaluations. Taylor (5-11, 187) had a lot of Big Ten offers, meaning Minnesota beat out some close competition. Taylor is a converted wide receiver, which provides a lot of versatility and options in the passing game. He is a tough runner who doesn't shy from contact and does some good work in space. I think Taylor has some real upside.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Darius Taylor's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/6/2022 Oregon logo S Justin Johnson (Inglewood, CA) commits to Arizona  View Class


Right away, you like Johnson's size (6-1, 182) and his length. He plays more of a deep safety role, and in the early clips on his film, I like the way he comes up and makes plays on the ball. Nothing I see here shows me elite-level athleticism, but Johnson plays with some smarts. He will jump out in the slot and offer some snaps as a cornerback. Johnson has some toughness and will get up on the line of scrimmage and play the run.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Justin Johnson's Player Grade: B-


April 5
player grade - 4/5/2022 Penn State logo TE Andrew Rappleyea (Milton, MA) commits to Penn State  View Class


This is a solid class for tight end prospects, both natural tight ends out of high school and athletes who will become tight ends in college. Rappleyea (6-4, 228) committed to Michigan back in January, but flipped to Penn State a couple of weeks after taking an unofficial visit. I can't speak much for the competition where Rappleyea is, but his skill set is strong. He is an above-average pass catcher with some diversity in his route-running and soft hands. Rappleyea can get through the seams and break off some big downfield gains. As a blocker, I think he's best in short-yardage situations for now; he'll have to improve that aspect of his game.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Andrew Rappleyea's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 4/5/2022 Texas Tech logo DL Amier Washington (Orange, TX) commits to Texas Tech  View Class


Texas Tech is bringing in the numbers early in this recruiting cycle, with Washington (6-2, 256) being the 14th commitment in the class. New head coach Joey McGuire is a legend among Texas high school coaches and has quickly tapped into his network to re-stock the talent in Lubbock. Washington looks like a prospect who can play a few spots on the line. I think he's honest in his run defense. He plays with a good motor, and it shows on the backside pursuit. Washington may not be a star recruit, but one who will provide good snaps and high effort.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Amier Washington's Player Grade: C
player grade - 4/5/2022 Texas logo LB S'Maje Burrell (Fort Worth, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Burrell (6-0, 215) had some major offers out there, but Texas was able to get him wrapped up. Linebacker is a major position of need for the Longhorns. Maybe Burrell is a little shorter than you want for a linebacker, and he's probably too big to be a safety. But Burrell is a player who will set the tone for a team on defense. He's athletic and physical, and he'll be aggressive at playing downhill. I think Burrell will be a tough run defender and he's athletic enough to drop back in small areas of coverage in the middle of the field.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
S'Maje Burrell's Player Grade: B


April 3
player grade - 4/3/2022 Mississippi State logo OT Malik Ellis (Laurel, MS) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Ellis (6-5, 252) offers some tremendous upside as long as he can fill out his frame, which shouldn't be a problem in an SEC strength and conditioning program. He is a very athletic lineman who is good at the point of contact and plays with great balance and leverage. His ability to play with leverage is key, as he does often go up against bigger defensive linemen right now. Ellis' lateral movement is strong, and he can control his area in space. His bend is good, and he stays at the proper pad length. Ellis' technique is sound, and the size will come.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Malik Ellis' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 4/3/2022 N.C. State logo TE Javonte Vereen (Havelock, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class


I love what N.C. State has done during this cycle and in the last recruiting cycle. I think Dave Doeren has really elevated the overall talent of the program while also managing to keep a bit the edge in intensity that I don't see out of the program's main rival, North Carolina. Vereen (6-2, 210) is another great athlete who is currently more of a big wide receiver than the tight end he will become. He understands where the mismatches are and takes advantage of smaller defenders. Vereen provides a good target for his quarterback and will make tough catches. His ability to run after the catch is a bonus. As a flex tight end, Vereen's potential is high.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Javonte Vereen's Player Grade: B+


April 2
player grade - 4/2/2022 Florida State logo WR Darren Lawrence (Sanford, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


There are two things I would like to see Florida State do more of under Mike Norvell. Recruit better in Florida, and recruit some tougher receivers on the outside. Lawrence (6-2, 192) might end up helping in both areas. He can stretch the field - another issue the Seminoles have struggled with - and he'll adjust make a play on the football. I think he can blow the top off a defense if the quarterback can get him the football. Lawrence comes from a good high school program that produces tough, physical kids.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Darren Lawrence's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/2/2022 Michigan logo RB Benjamin Hall (Kennesaw, GA) commits to Michigan  View Class


There's always going to be some diversity in the running back room at Michigan, and Hall (5-10, 220) hopes to be the Wolverines' big power back of the future. He is a tough runner who has real speed to break runs to the outside and enough agility and balance to be difficult in space. But when Hall gets the opportunity to lower his pad to finish a run ... look out because he's going to lay in a nice pop. Hall will also make plays out of the receiving game, showing some nice hands and the ability to catch on the move.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Benjamin Hall's Player Grade: B-


March 31
player grade - 3/31/2022 Rutgers logo DL JaSire Peterson (Union City, NJ) commits to Rutgers  View Class


Peterson (6-4, 268) was an early commit to Rutgers in the 2023 class over a year ago, but he backed away to check out some other programs after getting a series of offers from Power Five schools. It looked like West Virginia might have been in a position to land Peterson, but another trip to Rutgers secured the in-state prospect for the Scarlet Knights. He is being listed by some as an offensive line prospect, but I think Peterson will be on the defensive line, likely on the interior.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
JaSire Peterson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/31/2022 Vanderbilt logo LB Ethan Crisp (Mt. Juliet, TN) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Crisp's commitment to the Commodores marks the end of a long courting by the school of the in-state prospect. The game of projecting linebackers has gotten a lot harder, and one of the first things to look for in an evaluation is coverage, and Crisp can drop back and play in space. This isn't to say he'll take a running back on out of the backfield, but he can drop into zone and diagnose a pass play. Getting to the quarterback and getting into the backfield won't be an issue for Crisp. This is a prospect with some real upside.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Ethan Crisp's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 3/31/2022 Indiana logo OL William Larkins (Hollywood, FL) commits to Indiana  View Class


Indiana has had some pretty good fortune recruiting in the Miami/Broward area of Florida so far. Larkins (6-4, 300) is playing offensive tackle right now, but the expectation is that he'll move to the inside at the next level. He is pretty good off the snap and shows better-than-average leg drive. Larkins is much more advanced with his run blocking and looks to finish blocks instead of just leaning on defenders. Pass blocking is going to be a work in progress for him and something he'll need to improve before seeing regular snaps in college.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
William Larkins' Player Grade: C+


March 29
player grade - 3/29/2022 Indiana logo ATH/TE Sam West (Greensburg, IN) commits to Indiana  View Class


West (6-5, 205) was a big in-state target for the Hoosiers staff, and I am interested to see how this one turns out. West currently plays quarterback at his high school, and he could probably be a solid FCS prospect at quarterback with his size and athletic ability. But Indiana wants to turn him into a tight end. The athletic side is evident. He does a lot of running from the quarterback position and makes things happen. What we don't see is the pass catching and if West has the physical nature to stand in and block. But West is a good athlete with the frame to be a 240-pound tight end. This is prospect I will keep an eye on.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Sam West's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/29/2022 Syracuse logo TE David Clement (Albany, NY) commits to Syracuse  View Class


If Clement's size (6-7, 260) is close to accurate, I think there's a greater likelihood of him ending up at offensive tackle. Clement has been playing tight end and defensive end in high school. He'll need to focus on his blocking from this point on even if he stays at tight end, because he's going to be an inline player. Eventually, I think Clement will be a tackle, and it remains to be seen if his athleticism will translate to the position.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
David Clement's Player Grade: C


March 27
player grade - 3/27/2022 BYU logo DL Emmanuel Waller (Chelsea, AL) commits to BYU  View Class


Waller (6-4, 240) was basically BYU's top target in this cycle because he represented a bit of a recruiting unicorn for the Cougars' staff: a prospect from the Deep South with several Power Five offers who was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Waller was a must-get for BYU and a major commitment. He is a long, athletic defensive lineman who can play inside or outside. Waller is very good off the snap, and I'm eager to see how he develops at BYU with its high-quality strength and conditioning program.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Emmanuel Waller's Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/27/2022 Central Florida logo DE/LB Troy Ford (Savannah, GA) commits to Central Florida  View Class


These next two recruiting classes for Central Florida are going to be interesting. The Knights are in the dead center of the most talent-rich area in the nation. They are moving into the Big XII and must start landing prospects who have a higher ceiling. Ford (6-1, 235) looks more comfortable with his hand in the ground as a traditional defensive end. He has decent length for his height, but he isn't tall. I think Ford might work out better as a stand-up edge rusher over the long term, but I need to see more from him with lateral movement and playing in space.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Troy Ford's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/27/2022 Colorado logo OT Naquil Betrand (Philadelphia, PA) commits to Colorado  View Class


Colorado goes across the country for Betrand, a mammoth offensive lineman from the mid-Atlantic area. In pictures, Betrand looks even bigger than 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, maybe closer to 330 pounds. Betrand makes his presence known at the point of contact. I mean he lands a big shot almost every time. Betrand is aggressive and pretty nasty, but he struggles holding on to blocks because his weight comes forward too quickly, and on film, I see him stumbling at times against defensive linemen who are a little slick with their movements. He's a project for sure, but you can't teach size, so let's see where he is three years from now.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Naquil Betrand's Player Grade: C+


March 26
player grade - 3/26/2022 Utah logo QB Mack Howard (Oxford, MS) commits to Utah  View Class


Howard (6-2, 192) will leave SEC country for the West Coast and Utah's program. I expect the Utes are only taking one quarterback in the class, so Howard was their guy. Howard does his best work in the pocket, where he can see everything around him. The ball comes off his hand well with a fluid snap motion. Howard's release could be shorter, but he will work on that. He shows the ability to make the tough throws, especially those ones in the back corner of the end zone that the great passers are defined by. Howard understands speed control and has improved at throwing guys open. This is a great get for Utah, which won the Pac-12 and has now secured a top-12 quarterback in the 2023 class.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Mack Howard's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/26/2022 Rutgers logo RB Christopher Johnson (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Rutgers  View Class


Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano has always had a great affinity for prospects from Miami-Dade and Broward County in southern Florida. The kids are just tougher there. Johnson (5-11, 181) is a little underrated as far as I'm concerned, and he comes from a Dillard program that produces a lot of productive college players. He has great speed, running around a 10.7-second 100-meter dash. Johnson will have to get a little bigger and run between the tackles more. Right now, he is a little eager to break everything to the outside. But there's a lot of upside here and Johnson has a nice high ceiling.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Christopher Johnson's Player Grade: B-


March 24
player grade - 3/24/2022 Rutgers logo WR Yazeed Haynes (Lansdale, PA) commits to Rutgers  View Class


Haynes (6-1, 170) is a prospect who has gotten a lot of attention from major programs in the past month. Rutgers was one of a host of programs that extended scholarship offers to him in early March, and the Scarlet Knights have gotten the nod over West Virginia. Credit Rutgers' wide receivers coach, Tiquan Underwood, with grabbing this commit. Haynes is projected outside receiver who can high point the ball and move the chains. I want to see more from him as a gamebreaker, but as a consistent outside target, Haynes fits the bill.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Yazeed Haynes' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/24/2022 Miami logo ATH/WR Robby Washington (Miami, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


One of Mario Cristobal's plans for successful recruiting at Miami was to land some local targets early to focus resources on the other major targets over the summer and fall. Robby Washington (5-10, 170) and his twin brother, Bobby, were two targets who Cristobal wanted in the fold early. Robby Washington comes from great stock; his father, Bobby Washington, was one of the best running backs to come through Miami high schools.

Robby Washington is a unique athlete. I think he can do things at wide receiver, running back and in the return game early, but he'll eventually settle into being a wide receiver. A natural playmaker who is exciting in space, Robby Washington is a potentially impactful player.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Robby Washington's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/24/2022 Miami logo LB Bobby Washington (Miami, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


Bobby Washington (6-2, 205) is going to be looked at as the throw-in because his twin brother, Robby, is a nationally ranked prospect, but there are some things to really like about Washington. Bobby Washington's size is very good, and he'll get to 225-230 pounds in the Hurricanes' strength program. Miami isn't particularly big at linebacker, and even if Washington is a rotational player, he'll provide the size that the new coaching staff wants at the position.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Bobby Washington's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/24/2022 LSU logo TE Mac Markway (St. Louis, MO) commits to LSU  View Class


I wasn't sure whether Markway (6-4, 245) was going to be recruited as a tight end or a defensive end. To be honest, he's a Power Five prospect either way, but I think he has a little more upside as a tight end. That being said, LSU is going to land top tight ends under Brian Kelly.

Markway is a physical player who plays a heavy game. He isn't just a very good in-line blocker; he seems to embrace that physical nature of run blocking with the mentality a nasty offensive guard. Markway is a great athlete who also plays basketball. His skill set tells me he's going to develop into a major threat as a pass catcher in time. I have Markway as the No. 3 tight end in the country.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Mac Markway's Player Grade: A-


March 23
player grade - 3/23/2022 Illinois logo DE/LB Kaden Feagin (Arthur, IL) commits to Illinois  View Class


There is no better endorsement of Bret Bielema's commitment to recruiting in-state prospects than Feagin (6-3, 225), one of the top players in the state, ending his recruiting early and sticking with the local program over Iowa. Feagin being the first commitment in the class is a big message too - as Bielema is aiming for a top-25 class. Feagin is a small-school prospect, but a super-productive athlete as a 1,500-yard rusher and a linebacker with 100 tackles. Feagin is a tough competitor who will do whatever it takes to make the play. I think he'll eventually grow into more of a pass-rushing edge or a traditional defensive end with his hand in the ground.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Kaden Feagin's Player Grade: B


March 21
player grade - 3/21/2022 Tennessee logo QB Nicholaus Iamaleava (Long Beach, CA) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Tennessee has really been itching for a top performer at quarterback since the early 2000s, and Iamaleava (6-5, 197) represents the Volunteers' best chance to break that drought. It's a credit to Josh Heupel and staff for selling Iamaleava on their offensive vision. While Arch Manning is the clear top quarterback in the 2023 class, Iamaleava is part of a small group of throwers who might stake clainm to the No. 2 spot. And he can make all the throws. Iamaleava is a tremendous playmaker with the ability to run for chunk plays or throw down the field while on the run. He will put on the weight necessary to compete for a starting job as a freshman and more than anything his attitude is exactly what Tennessee needs on the field to compete with the top teams in the SEC.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Nicholaus Iamaleava's Player Grade: A
player grade - 3/21/2022 Duke logo RB Seth Davis (Katy, TX) commits to Duke  View Class


What Davis lacks in size (5-8, 172), he makes up for in production. Davis has amassed over 4,000 rushing yards going into his senior year. His speed is good, not great, but good enough to get yards consistently. When I watch Davis on film, I see a prospect who does everything in his power to make every touch a positive play, whether it's three yards in the pile or breaking a 50-yard touchdown. There's something to be said for a prospect who just gets the job done, and Davis is that type of player.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Seth Davis' Player Grade: C+


March 19
player grade - 3/19/2022 Boston College logo DL Jordan Mayer (Clairton, PA) commits to Boston College  View Class


Mayer (6-4, 230) was a target who Boston College was trying to get on board pretty early. He has a little bit of explosion on that first-step. I'm not sure about the competition where Mayer plays, but he's an active body who will get after the quarterback or chase the ball-carrier around. He plays a little high and plays with his head down more than he should, but as a prospect who can be developed and battle for playing time over the course of a few years, Mayer is going to a reliable player.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Jordan Mayer's Player Grade: C
player grade - 3/19/2022 Wake Forest logo DL Ka'Shawn Thomas (Brunswick, GA) commits to Wake Forest  View Class


Some people wonder why I'm so high on Dave Clawson as a recruiter and evaluator, and the case of Thomas (6-0, 308) is a perfect example. Many of the top-end Power Five programs are going to be a little scared off because of Thomas' height. But he's a hell of a player, and he dominates action in the middle of the line. There isn't a play on film where Thomas isn't double teamed, and he bursts right through it to make plays almost every time. If Thomas were two inches taller, he'd be a top-100 prospect in the nation.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Ka'Shawn Thomas' Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/19/2022 Boston College logo DL Eryx Daugherty (Bloomfield Hills, MI) commits to Boston College  View Class


Daugherty (6-4, 268) was one of two defensive line commits Boston College got over the weekend. He has some good film, and Boston College was good to jump on Daugherty early, because I think a ton of schools will be trying to get him on campus this summer to check him out. He can play as a defensive end in a 3-4 or move inside with even fronts. Daugherty plays on both sides of the ball and has the toughness needed to take on rushers in one sequence and become a pass rusher in another. This is a good commitment for Boston College and one who might be tough to hold on to.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Eryx Daugherty's Player Grade: B-


March 15
player grade - 3/15/2022 Texas logo DL Dylan Spencer (Houston, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Texas had one of the best defensive line classes in the nation during the 2022 cycle, and now the Longhorns can continue to build on that effort with the addition of a top in-state talent like Spencer (6-4, 245). I could see Spencer starting his career on the end and eventually moving to three-technique as he progresses through college. He has the frame to get to 280 pounds or bigger. Spencer has a good skill set and rates out at plus-level for first-step, inside pass rush and run defense. He looks like a very solid prospect.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Dylan Spencer's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/15/2022 Michigan logo DL Brooks Bahr (Wilmette, IL) commits to Michigan  View Class


Normally, when I see a prospect like Bahr (6-6, 267), I tend to think that offensive line might be in their future, but Bahr is probably going to stay on defense. His length helps him set the edge and hold strong against the run. Bahr can get to the quarterback, but he could stand to improve his release off the ball. He is a tough run defender with good strength who can fight through blocks.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Brooks Bahr's Player Grade: B-


March 13
player grade - 3/13/2022 Louisville logo WR Jahlil McClain (Bellflower, CA) commits to Louisville  View Class


McClain (5-10, 180) is a talented two-way player who could work out on either side of the ball. He is being recruited as a wide receiver, but I think there is a possibility he could be shifted to defense. McClain is a playmaker wherever you line him up. He is a natural fit as a slot guy and a player who can get the ball in space. McClain will offer opportunities on special teams in the return game as well. Louisville must step up its recruiting as head coach Scott Satterfield is sitting on the hot seat. McClain is very good prospect to build the 2023 class around.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Jahlil McClain's Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/13/2022 Stanford logo WR Ahmari Borden (Quincy, FL) commits to Stanford  View Class


Borden (6-3, 184) is a pass catcher with good size who could line up on the outside at the next level. He is moving to the Florida panhandle after playing his junior year at Bainbridge (Ga.). Borden is a sold route runner who does some good work out of the slot. He will also line up on the outside and get down the field. Borden is not a selfish player; he takes pride in his perimeter blocking to help the run game. He does the things on film that can win over teammates and a coaching staff.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Ahmari Borden's Player Grade: B


March 8
player grade - 3/8/2022 Miami logo OL Antonio Tripp (Owings Mills, MD) commits to Miami  View Class


Miami appeared to be the school to beat for Tripp (6-2, 290) as soon as the program extended its offer in mid-January. Tripp is a big body with a good build who will likely end up playing guard. He has a good base with good balance, and he gets across a good blow at the point of contact. Tripp has a strong lower body and generates his strength from the bottom up. He shows some decent movement in space, and I think he projects as a good, not great, pass protector.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Antonio Tripp's Player Grade: B


March 7
player grade - 3/7/2022 BYU logo DL Stanley Raass (Lehi, UT) commits to BYU  View Class


Raass (6-1, 285) is listed as an edge guy, but he's going to be an interior run stuffer or possibly move to the offensive side and play center. He has a good first-step and regularly takes on the double teams. Raass' competition in high school is a little questionable, so I wonder how much his interior pass-rushing skills will translate to the next level, but as a space eater and a run plugger, there is some potential.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Stanley Raass' Player Grade: C
player grade - 3/7/2022 Washington logo RB Tybo Rogers (Bakersfield, CA) commits to Washington  View Class


Rogers (5-11, 175) is more of the modern pro-style/spread kind of back. He isn't a guy who will get 20-plus carries a game in college, but he has a lot of upside as a receiver out of the backfield and has been productive in that role out of high school. Rogers has very good speed and can burst through an opening quickly to get to the second level. Rogers isn't particularly physical, and he needs to lower his shoulder more to add some toughness to his runs.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Tybo Rogers' Player Grade: C
player grade - 3/7/2022 Arkansas logo OLB Carson Dean (Carrollton, TX) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Dean (6-4, 233) could stay on the edge, but I actually think he's going to put on some weight and be a traditional defensive end with his hand in the ground. He can get to the quarterback and blow up the ball-carrier well. If Dean stays as an outside linebacker, I am not confident in his ability to cover backs in space. Dean, however, has plenty of upside as a pass rusher, and I think he's going to be pretty good against the run. Overall, Dean projects as at least a two-year starter.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Carson Dean's Player Grade: B-


March 6
player grade - 3/6/2022 Syracuse logo QB LaNorris Sellers (Florence, SC) commits to Syracuse  View Class


Sellers was committed to the Virginia Cavaliers back in July, but backed away from that commitment in January after Bronco Mendenhall left the program. Sellers has good size (6-2, 210), but there's a concern about the production. He was injured and missed much of his junior season, but showed improvements in his accuracy during the small sample size. Sellers is a clear dual-threat quarterback who can make plays and get in the end zone with his feet. The running is a good fit for Syracuse, but Sellers needs to have a big senior season to inspire long-term confidence.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
LaNorris Sellers' Player Grade: C+


March 5
player grade - 3/5/2022 Kentucky logo OT Malachi Wood (Richmond, KY) commits to Kentucky  View Class


You can't coach size, and Wood (6-8, 291) has plenty of it to offer. Wood is super long with a wide base and a lot of potential. He's pretty raw and has to work on several aspects of his game, especially his physicality, leg drive, and finishing his blocks. The Wildcats have done such a great job with their offensive lines over the past 3-4 seasons because they are good with projections and development. Wood had a lot of upside, and I'm curious to see how he projects in 2-3 years from now.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Malachi Wood's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/5/2022 Louisville logo CB Rayquan Adkins (Hialeah, FL) commits to Louisville  View Class


Adkins (5-10, 155) is a competitive athlete and a two-way player who is being recruited at cornerback. He is a natural fit for a slot corner. Adkins is pretty smooth and transitions from his backpedal well. He has good speed and will be able to help out on the return game too. Despite not being as big as he will become, I was pleasantly surprised by Adkins' willingness to tackle and play the run.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Rayquan Adkins' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/5/2022 Florida State logo DL Keith Sampson (New Bern, NC) commits to Florida State  View Class


Florida State's line coach Odell Haggins is just one of those guys you trust when it comes to evaluating the position. Sampson (6-3, 280) is a thick-bodied prospect who should project nicely as a three-technique. He has the quickness off the snap and the short burst to rush the pass from the inside, but Sampson is also tough enough to take on the double teams and fight through bodies to get to the football. He plays a little high right now, but those are things he can improve on with consistent coaching.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Keith Sampson's Player Grade: B


March 3
player grade - 3/3/2022 N.C. State logo OT Darion Rivers (Charlotte, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class


With former Wolfpack standout Ickey Ekwonu expected to be among the top picks in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, it's no surprise that offensive line prospects will have interest in the program. Rivers (6-7, 257) has a great frame with long arms. He has some nastiness to him, and N.C. State has become a program known for some nasty, physical players up front. Rivers has a good base, and he continues to get stronger. I like the way he will project in pass protection with his footwork and playing in space.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Darion Rivers' Player Grade: B


March 1
player grade - 3/1/2022 Stanford logo WR Tiger Bachmeier (Murrieta, CA) commits to Stanford  View Class


Bachmeier (6-1, 180) is the younger brother of Hank Bachmeier, who is going into his fourth season as the starting quarterback at Boise State. The younger Bachmeier is as tough as his older brother. He is a strong route runner with good hands and the ability to find openings in a crowd. I think Bachmeier will primarily work from the slot, but he's big enough to line up on the outside from time to time. Bachmeier is a natural playmaker who will contribute significantly in the passing game and on special teams.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Tiger Bachmeier's Player Grade: B-


Feb. 26
player grade - 2/26/2022 Boston College logo QB Jacobe Robinson (Henderson, TX) commits to Boston College  View Class


Robinson (6-3, 219) is a big pocket passer. Physically off the hoof, he reminds me of Jameis Winston. Robinson is a decent athlete. He isn't necessarily a runner and isn't one who will make a ton of plays with his feet, but he can move well and throw on the run or extend time in the pocket. He can absolutely spin it, and the deep ball is a strength in Robinson's game. His TD-to-INT ratio numbers are stellar, and even if that number is a little misleading, the fact is Robinson avoids turnovers. I think this is a good fit and a good quarterback.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Jacobe Robinson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/26/2022 Iowa logo OL Leighton Jones (Brownsburg, IN) commits to Iowa  View Class


Jones (6-4, 255) is a bit of a developmental prospect because he is growing from being a tight end to an interior lineman, but he has a nice foundation to build on. He's a two-sport athlete who wrestles in high school, and I love when linemen also wrestle. It tells me that they are in pretty good condition because of the running required and they are strong in the lower body. I think Jones has potential to be a starter at guard or center within a couple of years. He is strong at the point of contact and is willing to be physical.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Leighton Jones' Player Grade: B-


Feb. 22
player grade - 2/22/2022 Alabama logo CB Jahlil Hurley (Florence, AL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Alabama has officially entered the 2023 recruiting race with Hurley (6-2, 175), one of the top 3-5 cornerbacks in the class and a top-50 player overall. Hurley is a smooth operator in the defensive backfield. The way he runs almost looks like he's running on air. Hurley is a master with ball skills. He reads and recognizes the route quickly and is always in position to make a play on the ball. He has some physicality to his game and the speed to offer some options on special teams.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Jahlil Hurley's Player Grade: A
player grade - 2/22/2022 Arizona logo QB Brayden Dorman (Colorado Springs, CO) commits to Arizona  View Class


In the last cycle, Arizona signed a quarterback, Noah Fifita, who I believe could be one of the great surprises to come from that class. Now, the Wildcats add Dorman (6-4, 194), a legitimate top-12-15 quarterback. Arizona has quickly shown it will be a force in recruiting under Jedd Fisch. Dorman is a natural pocket passer who can make the throws and do it with accuracy. His upside will be realized with more reps and some more weight on the frame. Dorman shows a lot of the skill set necessary to be a top-level quarterback at a Power Five program.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Brayden Dorman's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 2/22/2022 Nebraska logo QB William Watson III (Springfield, MA) commits to Nebraska  View Class


As Scott Frost enters his fifth season at the head of the Nebraska program, he's had to re-tool his staff. Watson (6-0, 177) is a quarterback who new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has had a relationship with. He's a not a big quarterback by any means, but a good athlete and a playmaker who does a lot of good things with the football. I think the offense will have to be made over a little bit for Watson to fit. On the other hand, I think Watson has some upside.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
William Watson III's Player Grade: C+


Feb. 18
player grade - 2/18/2022 Iowa logo ATH Alex Mota (Marion, IA) commits to Iowa  View Class


Mota (6-1, 177) is a talented two-way prospect who is being recruited as a wide receiver but could easily move over to the defensive side. He has experience playing safety in high school, but he also plays quarterback, so any move elsewhere on offense is merely a projection. Mota is more of a running playmaker at quarterback, so could also end up as a running back. There are plenty of options here with a good football player.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Alex Mota's Player Grade: B-


Feb. 17
player grade - 2/17/2022 Ohio State logo OT Luke Montgomery (Findlay, OH) commits to Ohio State  View Class


It's a rare day when Ohio State let's a top in-state lineman get away from, and there was never much of a doubt that Montgomery (6-5, 270) would end up with the Buckeyes. Montgomery will have work to do in his development on the offensive line. I actually think his defensive line film is more impressive right now. In the long term, however, he has a great frame and a good physical edge to his play. Montgomery's physical tools are without question. When it all comes together, he'll be one of the best in the Big Ten.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Luke Montgomery's Player Grade: A-


Feb. 15
player grade - 2/15/2022 Arkansas logo DE Quincy Rhodes Jr. (North Little Rock, AR) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Rhodes (6-4, 250) is a nice-looking prospect off the edge who could end up playing traditional defensive end or maybe move inside. The good news is Rhodes moves around a lot in high school already. There's some film of him at the end and some playing linebacker and dropping into space. He also plays some tight end. I look at Rhodes as a talented piece of clay who will be molded in a good player, most likely on the defensive line. Rhodes has athleticism and is aggressive. Once, he is nailed down to a specific role, I believe he can flourish.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Quincy Rhodes Jr.'s Player Grade: B+


Feb. 13
player grade - 2/13/2022 Texas Tech logo S Brenden Jordan (Mansfield, TX) commits to Texas Tech  View Class


I am a little surprised Jordan (6-0, 185) made a pledge this early given that Ole Miss and Arkansas were really pushing for him. But Texas Tech was going to be more aggressive recruiting in this cycle, and getting a top in-state talent like Jordan is a good sign early. He's a tough, speedy, rangy defender in the box who will lay someone out. Jordan is the type of player who sets the tone for a defense. He plays hard and expects his teammates to match his intensity.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Brenden Jordan's Player Grade: B+


Feb. 11
player grade - 2/11/2022 Notre Dame logo LB Preston Zinter (Lawrence, MA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Zinter (6-3, 218) is an athletic kid who I thought could pan out as a tight end or a linebacker. Notre Dame made Zinter a target last year, and he is being recruited to play linebacker. Athletically, Zinter has the skill set to line up off the ball, maybe in a hybrid edge role. We'll see how Zinter fills out before making a final determination on if he's an off-ball defender or more likely to line up in the box.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Preston Zinter's Player Grade: B


Feb. 9
player grade - 2/9/2022 Oklahoma logo ATH Jamarrien Burt (Ocala, FL) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Burt (6-1, 181) was committed to Florida for much of the cycle but backed away from his pledge around the time Dan Mullen was fired. This move makes sense because Clemson was interested in Burt, and when Brent Venables left Clemson to take the head job at Oklahoma, this recruiting move seemed inevitable. Burt is probably going to play some defensive back, but he was a running back/wide receiver in high school so wherever there's an opening, he might fit in.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jamarrien Burt's Player Grade: B-

Previously Committed to: Florida 6/24/2021
player grade - 2/9/2022 Syracuse logo CB Greg Delaine (Fort Myers, FL) commits to Syracuse  View Class


A bit of surprise here as Delaine (6-1, 175) leaves Georgia Tech's class for Syracuse. He's a nice get for the Orange too because he is a solid physical corner with some length. Delaine was a little undervalued this cycle, likely because there's a question mark around his speed. But Delaine is a tough competitor, which I like.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Greg Delaine's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 2/9/2022 Miami logo DL Ahmad Moten (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


Miami missed out on a couple of defensive line targets, but Moten (6-3, 285) is a solid get. He is a big body with a decent first-step who can shed blocks and eat up some space. Moten can get into the backfield, but his best role in college is going to be as a run stuffer.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ahmad Moten's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 2/9/2022 Georgia logo RB Andrew Paul (Dallas, TX) commits to Georgia  View Class


Paul (5-11, 218) gives Georgia the big power back it was looking for to fill out the remaining holes in the class. He had a monster senior season with over 2,500 yards and 41 touchdowns. Paul's top-end speed isn't anything special, but he can churn up yards and take on a big workload. At worse, he's a quality option in short-yardage and goal-line situations.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Andrew Paul's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 2/9/2022 Oklahoma logo DE/LB Kevonte Henry (Lawndale, CA) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Henry (6-4, 225) was committed to Michigan, but after he didn't sign early, the expectations were that he would flip to Arizona. Oklahoma, however, was waiting in the wings and ended up with the versatile red-chip defender. Henry is a downhill, attack-first player who will likely work out as an edge rusher in college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kevonte Henry's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 2/9/2022 Florida logo WR Caleb Douglas (Missouri City, TX) commits to Florida  View Class


The Gators had to improve their wide receiver room after Jacob Copeland joined the line of departures. Douglas (6-3, 185) is a prospect who will be able to stretch the field. He was committed to USC at one time, and when former Trojans wide receivers coach Keary Colbert took the same job with Florida, he was able to pull Douglas.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Caleb Douglas' Player Grade: B

Previously Committed to: USC 8/15/2021
player grade - 2/9/2022 Alabama logo TE Danny Lewis (New Iberia, LA) commits to Alabama  View Class


Lewis (6-4, 250) made headlines before signing day with an amazing video of him and LSU coach Brian Kelly dancing. But dancing alone wasn't enough to keep Lewis in Louisiana. Alabama wins this SEC West recruiting battle, and Lewis is a very good blocker who can work out as an inline tight end or an H-back. I think he'll develop into a reliable pass catcher and consistent No. 2 tight end in the Crimson Tide's double-tight sets.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Danny Lewis' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 2/9/2022 Clemson logo DL Caden Story (Lanett, AL) commits to Clemson  View Class


Clemson continued a decent job of salvaging a class with Story (6-3, 280), a former Auburn commit who should develop into a major presence on the defensive line. He has some quick-twitch athleticism and a burst that can work on the interior or the outside. I think he'll settle in as a three-technique, but Story has good upside wherever he plays.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Caden Story's Player Grade: B

Previously Committed to: Auburn 8/9/2021
player grade - 2/9/2022 Oregon logo DE Emar'rion Winston (Portland, OR) commits to Oregon  View Class


Winston (6-3, 242) is yet another former Oregon commit who left the class when Mario Cristobal departed, looked around for a bit, and decided to come back to the class. One of the best prospects in the region, Winston is a edge rusher who plays with a purpose. He is athletic enough to drop in coverage as well. I love the way Winston attacks the football and seems to get in on every play.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Emar'rion Winston's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/9/2022 Vanderbilt logo CB Jameson Wharton (Hendersonville, TN) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Wharton (6-0, 170) is an in-state prospect who is probably known as much for his ability on the track as he is for football. He was going to push his eligibility back to 2023, but after a couple of late offers, including the one from Vanderbilt, Wharton was cleared to move back down to the class of 2022.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jameson Wharton's Player Grade: C
player grade - 2/9/2022 Houston logo TE Trent McGaughey (Conroe, Texas) commits to Houston  View Class


McGaughey (6-3, 230) was a rising star after his sophomore season, but he missed his junior year with injuries and became more of a Plan B prospect for a lot of programs after the early signing period. Houston will be heading the Big XII in two seasons, and grabbing a top-500-700-type player like McGaughey will be great for depth.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Trent McGaughey's Player Grade: C
player grade - 2/9/2022 SMU logo TE R.J. Maryland (Southlake, TX) commits to SMU  View Class


Maryland (6-3, 212) has a heck of a pedigree as his father, Russell Maryland, was one of the best college football players of the late '80s/early '90s. The younger Maryland has some really good upside as a flex tight end in what's going to be a wide-open offense under new Mustangs coach Rhett Lashlee. I think he could eventually develop into a top-end pass-catching tight end.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
R.J. Maryland's Player Grade: B-

Previously Committed to: Boston College 6/29/2021
player grade - 2/9/2022 Penn State logo OL Vega Ioane (Graham, WA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Ioane (6-4, 328) was a Washington commit, but backed away shortly before the early signing period. Physically, he looks like a grown man already with his thick lower body. Ioane can be nasty in the trenches and isn't afraid to get into a battle. He is a big, physical player, but Ioane can move a lot better than you think. I believe he'll be a starter for multiple seasons.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Vega Ioane's Player Grade: B-


Feb. 7
player grade - 2/7/2022 Michigan State logo QB Bo Edmundson (Austin, TX) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Edmundson (6-3, 192) showed a lot in his first year as a starter in high school. He throws a pretty ball, and it comes off his hands well. Edmundson is confident in the pocket - he will stand there and deliver the football with pressure all around him. He is a little bit of a throwback to the drop-back pro-style quarterbacks of the time. I think Edmundson has a lot of good football ahead of him and is a nice pickup.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Bo Edmundson's Player Grade: B-


Feb. 5
player grade - 2/5/2022 Georgia logo DL Christen Miller (Ellenwood, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


Miller, the No. 11 defensive tackle prospect, decided to look around a little longer than expected, but in the end, he ended up with the Bulldogs. Georgia signed three of the top-11 defensive tackle prospects in the nation as part of a class that finished No. 2 overall. Miller (6-4, 292) has put on good weight and looks like he'll be a guy who can play the three-technique or one-technique for the Bulldogs.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Christen Miller's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 2/5/2022 Oklahoma logo DL Gracen Halton (San Diego, CA) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


I can't think of a program that did more to help itself during the secondary period than Oklahoma. The Sooners went from a fringe top-15 class to a legitimate top-10 class with the addition of several solid red-chip players like Halton (6-3, 272). This is an athletic big body who moves laterally and has real explosive strength and movement. Halton is a legitimate top-25-30 defensive tackle.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Gracen Halton's Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: Oregon 1/27/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 Oregon logo CB Jahlil Florence (San Diego, CA) commits to Oregon  View Class


Oklahoma did the most to help itself, but Oregon did well to keep things stable after Mario Cristobal quit on the program in late November to go to Miami. Florence (6-1, 180) was one of the prospects who was committed to Oregon and opted not to sign with the Ducks in December. Instead, he looked around and received offers from LSU, Oklahoma and Florida while taking official visits to USC and Miami. But at the end of the day, Florence's final official visit to Oregon sealed his return to the program. He's a talented potential two-way player with speed and some real physicality who lands right outside the top 20.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jahlil Florence's Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: Oregon 8/16/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 Clemson logo LB T.J. Dudley (Montgomery, AL) commits to Clemson  View Class


Dudley (6-1, 220) was one former Oregon commit who wasn't going to stick because of the distance. He looked at Florida, Miami and Clemson before settling on the Tigers, and he was a much-needed get for the program. Dudley is a hit stick in the middle of that line. He can tackle and go sideline to sideline. Clemson needs a boost of athleticism in the middle of the defense, and Dudley has the chance to provide it.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
T.J. Dudley's Player Grade: B

Previously Committed to: Oregon 6/29/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 Oregon logo RB Jordan James (Murfreesboro, TN) commits to Oregon  View Class


There's a lot of Oregon in this update, and that's not by design - just a coincidence. Not sure what the deal was with James (5-10, 200) and Georgia, but he didn't sign in December and both sides seemed to be resigned to moving on. But James, the No. 13 running back prospect, is going to find a much friendlier depth chart in Oregon. He's a strong between-the-tackles runner who can dart through quicker than you would expect. James is a big-game performer who rushed for almost 2,000 yards in 2021.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jordan James' Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: Georgia 3/29/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 Miami logo OL Matthew McCoy (St. Augustine, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


McCoy (6-6, 285) is a tackle prospect with good length and size. He can be stashed and developed for a couple of seasons. McCoy could end up being a swing tackle, a right tackle or play guard. He doesn't have the flexibility, bend or footwork to play left tackle for any long period of time. McCoy is more of a pass blocker than a run blocker at this stage.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Matthew McCoy's Player Grade: C
player grade - 2/5/2022 Nebraska logo WR Janiran Bonner (Ellenwood, GA) commits to Nebraska  View Class


Bonner (6-1, 188) makes a late flip from Georgia Tech to Nebraska and gives the Cornhuskers another nice young playmaker. He is more quick in the open field than fast, and his top-end speed is good, but not elite. Bonner is a good route runner, and he can make guys miss in space. He is a big body who plays tough, and he'll get stronger. Bonner is a guy who will reward you with the more touches he gets.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Janiran Bonner's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 2/5/2022 Georgia logo LB E.J. Lightsey (Fitzgerald, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


I feel like I've been bigger on Lightsey (6-2, 210) than most of the recruiting services. The fact that the former Florida commit signed with the reigning National Champions lets me know I was on the right track. Lightsey has tremendous closing speed and can shed blocks quickly. He is a well-balanced linebacker who can work in space, rush the passer, and isn't scared to take on a receiver out of the backfield. He's going to be a good one.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
E.J. Lightsey's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/5/2022 Texas logo OL Devon Campbell (Arlington, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Campbell (6-3, 310), the top interior offensive line prospect in the class, seemed to be earmarked to Texas for several months despite LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma and even Jackson State trying to make a run for the big man. This is the cap to a top-five class for Steve Sarkisian at Texas. Will this be the group to turn around the Longhorns' fortunes? That remains to be seen, but if Sarkisian can stack top-five classes together, the wins would have to come, right?


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Devon Campbell's Player Grade: A+
player grade - 2/5/2022 Texas A&M logo S Jacoby Mathews (Ponchatoula, LA) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


It was impossible to ignore Texas A&M during this cycle because the Aggies were seemingly in on every top prospect. Mathews (6-2, 191), the top safety prospect in the nation, put an exclamation point on Texas A&M's class Wednesday night. The Aggies signed three of the top-seven safety prospects in the nation. It's a tall, rangy group led by Mathews, who has a perfect combination of size and speed and is built like a linebacker but has the athleticism to do so much more.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jacoby Mathews' Player Grade: A+

Previously Committed to: LSU 4/23/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 LSU logo LB Harold Perkins (Cypress, TX) commits to LSU  View Class


Perkins (6-2, 210), the No. 5 inside linebacker prospect, is one of the best athletes in this class and could've easily been ranked as a top-10-15 running back in the country as well. He could absolutely play offense in college, but I think he'll end up as a defensive weapon who can play on or off the ball and move around sideline to sideline or drop back in coverage and take on slot receivers or players out of the backfield. This was a tough recruitment that wasn't decided until early in the week, with LSU edging Florida and giving new coach Brian Kelly a massive recruiting win.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Harold Perkins' Player Grade: A
player grade - 2/5/2022 Texas A&M logo DL Shemar Stewart (Opa Locka, FL) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Stewart (6-5, 268), the No. 5 defensive tackle prospect, was a long-time lean to the Aggies, and although Miami made it interesting in the end, the final result wasn't a big surprise. How good is Texas A&M's defensive line class? The Aggies signed three of the top-five defensive tackle prospects in the nation. All three prospects are potential inside/outside guys. It's an incredible haul of talent that shouldn't be understated. Stewart has elite physical traits with only some injuries slowing him down at times over the past two years.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Shemar Stewart's Player Grade: A
player grade - 2/5/2022 Miami logo RB TreVonte' Citizen (Lake Charles, LA) commits to Miami  View Class


I thought Citizen would head to the sunshine state, but he would be a Florida Gator. There's already a strong running back room at Miami, led by anticipated starter Jaylan Knighton and highly touted backups Don Chaney Jr. and Thad Franklin. Now add Citizen, the No. 9 running back prospect, to that mix, and he provides another speed/power mix who can wear down a defense with carries or pop a big play. His production in high school is a bit of a question mark, but the upside is very clear.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
TreVonte' Citizen's Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: LSU 7/19/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 Oregon logo OL Dave Iuli (Puyallup, WA) commits to Oregon  View Class


Iuli (6-5, 315), the No. 12 interior offensive line prospect, is probably athletic to be a right tackle, but I think he is best when he can blow open holes on the interior. He is also well above average in pass protection and picking up late blitzes. Iuli committed to Oregon in the summer, but the late departure of Mario Cristobal kept him from signing early. Cristobal tried to get the big man to come to Miami, but distance worked in the favor of him staying in the Pacific Northwest.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dave Iuli's Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: Oregon 7/24/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 Oklahoma logo DE/LB R. Mason Thomas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Thomas (6-2, 212) is a borderline red-chip prospect who was one of the best members of Iowa State's class. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, Thomas did not sign in December amid interest from Miami and Oklahoma. Down the stretch, the Sooners were able to outlast the Hurricanes. Thomas is skilled pass rusher who has excellent timing and a first-step that makes up for a lack of natural speed. He is a player who will be especially useful on passing downs.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
R. Mason Thomas' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 2/5/2022 Georgia Southern logo RB Terrance Gibbs (Winter Park, FL) commits to Georgia Southern  View Class


Gibbs (6-0, 188) is an unfortunate victim of changes in recruiting, and that benefits the Eagles with one of their highest-rated signings in program history. The story with Gibbs is that he is a red-chip running back who had a major knee injury as a junior. He wasn't fully comfortable running as a senior, but both Texas and Florida were heavily interested. Florida changed coaches and Texas cooled off. Five years ago, Gibbs would have been a "take and stash" prospect for a top Power 5 program - a prospect who would take with a plan to redshirt and get into the school's strength/weight/rehab program to prepare for the following spring. These days, Gibbs is heading to Georgia Southern, where the belief is he'll try to prove himself over a couple of years and hit the transfer portal.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Terrance Gibbs' Player Grade: B

Previously Committed to: Florida 8/2/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 Florida logo DL Jack Pyburn (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Florida  View Class


A former Minnesota commitment, Pyburn (6-3, 255) played the recruiting game down the stretch and got the offer he wanted, using recent offers from Miami and Auburn as leverage. Pyburn could develop into a starter down the road, but at worse, he's a reliable rotational piece. He is a hard-nosed kid who plays to the whistle. I think Pyburn's athleticism is ok, not great, but his motor is solid.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jack Pyburn's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 2/5/2022 Clemson logo LB Kobe McCloud (Tampa, FL) commits to Clemson  View Class


McCloud (5-11, 218) has had some ups and downs during his recruitment, but he opted not to sign with Florida International during the early period and ended up with a Clemson offer. He will continue the legacy at Clemson that his older brother, Ray Ray McCloud, started. The younger McCloud is a downhill type of linebacker with some limited ability to work in space. His height and lack of agility keep McCloud from being considered a higher-end prospect, but he is productive and will work hard.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kobe McCloud's Player Grade: C+

Previously Committed to: Florida International 8/6/2021
player grade - 2/5/2022 Michigan logo RB Cole Cabana (Dexter, MI) commits to Michigan  View Class


Cabana (5-11, 175) has impressive speed - he runs around a 10.7 in the 100. He's probably not going to be an every-down back, but I could see Cabana getting 10-12 hand-offs while getting some work in the passing game and on special teams. I like Cabana's film. He runs behind his pads and isn't afraid to run inside and battle for yards without trying to break everything to the outside. Cabana shows patience and a great burst when he sees an opening.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Cole Cabana's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/5/2022 Penn State logo OT J'Ven Williams (Reading, PA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Williams (6-4, 280) is the best offensive line prospect in Pennsylvania and is arguably the best player in the state overall, which makes this is big get for James Franklin and staff. I think Williams is going to end up at right tackle, but he could slide inside and play guard as well. His tools are special. Williams is very technically sound with his hand placement and lateral foot movement, but he's also strong at the point of contact. Williams is a prospect who you build an offensive line class around.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
J'Ven Williams' Player Grade: A-


Feb. 4
player grade - 2/4/2022 Oklahoma logo WR Ashton Cozart (Flower Mound, TX) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Cozart (6-2, 190) is a rising prospect who emerged as a junior when he showed some productivity on the outside. He caught less than 40 passes last season, but a third of them went for touchdowns. Cozart has the speed necessary to stretch the field and take the top off a defense. He looks like a prospect who is on the cusp of a big breakthrough.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Ashton Cozart's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/4/2022 California logo S R.J. Jones (Bellflower, CA) commits to California  View Class


Jones (6-1, 187) is the first prospect to commit to California in its 2023 class, and the Bears had to get past Pac-12 foes Arizona and UCLA to secure the pledge. I like the physical way that Jones plays when he's asked to go in the box and play against the run. He has good secondary skills, especially the way he can track the ball in the air and make a play. Jones is an all-around guy who does everything well.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
R.J. Jones' Player Grade: B


Feb. 3
player grade - 2/3/2022 Cincinnati logo TE Khamari Anderson (Detroit, MI) commits to Cincinnati  View Class


Cincinnati has had back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, a playoff berth in 2021 and a full commitment from Luke Fickell with a bid into the Big XII on the horizon. So, expect recruiting to really pick up for the Bearcats in this cycle. Anderson (6-4, 225) is an athletic tight end who can be moved around on the offense to create some mismatches. He looks good off the hoof, and his play on defense makes me believe he'll be very effective as an in-line blocker when he is needed.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Khamari Anderson's Player Grade: B


Feb. 1
player grade - 2/1/2022 Arizona logo CB Canyon Moses (Midland, TX) commits to Arizona  View Class


Moses (5-9, 173) isn't going to blow anyone away with his size, but he has very good speed and is competitive. Arizona is doing well in this space - finding solid prospects with limited FBS options. Moses has been a very good player in high school and plays bigger than his size. Arizona built a top-25 class last cycle that was full of players with chips on their shoulders. Moses is another one of those types.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Canyon Moses' Player Grade: B-


Jan. 31
player grade - 1/31/2022 Alabama logo S Elliot Washington (Venice, FL) commits to Alabama  View Class


It's a family affair for Washington (6-1, 191), who will play at Alabama much like his father did in the '90s. The difference is his father, Elliot Sr., did his thing on the basketball court. The younger Washington is a great athlete, but there's no doubt that he is much more comfortable on the football field. He is a safety with some crossover skills that might give him opportunities to line up at cornerback. Washington is very fluid and smooth with his movement. He runs so smoothly it almost looks like he's gliding. Washington is battle tested and plays for one of the best programs in the region.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Elliot Washington's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 1/31/2022 Baylor logo LB Christian Brathwaite (Cypress, TX) commits to Baylor  View Class


The recruitment of Brathwaite (6-1, 225) continues the overall makeover of the Baylor roster to getting bigger on defense. It's worked well so far for new head coach Dave Aranda. Brathwaite projects to be more of an inside guy at the next level where he can play downhill. He hasn't been super productive in high school yet, but there is a lot of potential and upside there.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Christian Brathwaite's Player Grade: C+


Jan. 29
player grade - 1/29/2022 Miami logo WR Andy Jean (Miami, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


If you are looking for wide receivers in the 2023 class, Florida is the state to recruit. Jean (6-1, 180) showed that he was a big-game performer in his junior year and even recorded a 100-yard game against national powerhouse IMG. He is extremely competitive and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He doesn't have that elite track speed, but Jean has good hands and will make the important catches.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Andy Jean's Player Grade: B-


Jan. 28
player grade - 1/28/2022 Florida logo DL Andrew Savaiinaea (Graham, WA) commits to Florida  View Class


Savaiinaea (6-3, 266) was one of the most interesting defensive line prospects in the secondary period. Florida seemed to capture his attention after he didn't sign in December, and he made the Gators his official choice after a recent visit. Savaiinaea has played some end, but I think he's going to be more of an interior guy in college. He has the frame to be a 290-300-pounder. Savaiinaea shows some quickness to the ball and a little twitchiness that gives a good ceiling. I like this one.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Andrew Savaiinaea's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 1/28/2022 Virginia logo OT McKale Boley (Hattiesburg, MS) commits to Virginia  View Class


The tackle market is rather bare going into the final week, but Boley (6-5, 285) has some upside that's worth investing in. He moves well and is somewhat light on his feet. Boley is still growing into his body and will continue to fill out in a college strength program. He is still raw to the position, but Boley has played on the defensive line and has the pedigree from his father, Michael, who was a 9-year NFL pro. I think Boley could contribute after a redshirt year.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
McKale Boley's Player Grade: C
player grade - 1/28/2022 Georgia Tech logo WR Julian Lewis (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


I was a little surprised that Lewis (6-2, 206) made it past the early signing period. He has a big body that's prototypical of a physical outside wide receiver. Even though he played at a program without a good passing game, Lewis showed he could be a difference maker at times. He'll have to improve his catch radius and body control at the next level, but I think Lewis can be an early contributor.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Julian Lewis' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 1/28/2022 Florida logo QB Max Brown (Tulsa OK) commits to Florida  View Class




2022 College Recruiting Commit
Max Brown's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 1/28/2022 Washington State logo QB John Mateer (Little Elm, TX) commits to Washington State  View Class


Mateer (6-2, 200) was committed to Central Arkansas until he received a Washington State offer. After an official visit, Mateer made the flip. I am curious to see how Mateer handles a higher-volume passing attack than the one he had in high school. There are some mechanical issues with Mateer's release, and the ball doesn't come out of his hand cleanly. But Mateer has a decent foundation as a playmaker and a guy who will extend the play with timely movement. He could be someone to keep an eye on in 2-3 years.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
John Mateer's Player Grade: C
player grade - 1/28/2022 Virginia logo OL Noah DeMeritt (Kingsland, GA) commits to Virginia  View Class


DeMeritt (6-5, 350) is a massive offensive line prospect. He has a strong base and plants his feet to where he is not easy to move off his spot. DeMeritt is a mauler and plays for a good high school program that emphasizes physical play. He will try to knock a defensive lineman or linebacker out if they are in his sight line. Quickness is a major issue for DeMeritt, both downhill and laterally, and that's probably why he's slipped a bit.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Noah DeMeritt's Player Grade: C
player grade - 1/28/2022 Clemson logo S Kylon Griffin (Montgomery, AL) commits to Clemson  View Class


Griffin (6-1, 185) is a former Mississippi State commit, but backed away shortly before the early signing period. I have been questioning some of Clemson's recruiting takes, but Griffin is a solid get for this late in the process. I think he's got some nice skills in the defensive backfield with his ball tracking. Griffin will get big enough to have a role closer to the line of scrimmage as well. He is a competitive player with some nice physical traits.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kylon Griffin's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 1/28/2022 Penn State logo OT Anthony Donkoh (Aldie, VA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Penn State is going to try to tack on another top-10 recruiting class in 2023. Donkoh (6-5, 305) chose the Nittany Lions over West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke. He could be a guard or a tackle at the next level and has plenty enough athleticism to make the move outside. Donkoh has good leg drive and is strong at the initial point of contact. He needs to improve his bend and show more in pass protection to play tackle consistently.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Anthony Donkoh's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 1/28/2022 Louisville logo QB Pierce Clarkson (Bellflower, CA) commits to Louisville  View Class




2023 College Recruiting Commit
Pierce Clarkson's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 1/28/2022 Kentucky logo WR Shamar Porter (Nashville, TN) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Porter (6-3, 185) went to Kentucky for its junior day and decided he wanted to be part of the 2023 class. He has great size for a projected outside receiver and legitimate speed to stretch the field. Porter is exciting in space. He will try to hurdle defenders, and he always looking for a way to extending the gain and rack up yards after the catch. Porter is good in the red zone and uses his body well to provide a big target. He projects as a future WR1 who will line up on the outside.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Shamar Porter's Player Grade: B+


Jan. 26
player grade - 1/26/2022 Baylor logo S Alfonzo Allen (Miami, FL) commits to Baylor  View Class


Allen (5-11, 188) was one of the top prospects in Florida going into his senior season, but he was just ok as a senior. There were questions about his size and athleticism that came up, and some programs backed off. It doesn't help that Allen is a vagabond who has been to three different high schools in three years. He also backed away from a commitment to Arizona State back in late August. As a recruit during the secondary period, Allen is clearly one of the best available in the country. I still believe he has some good football ahead of him, but he will need to come into college with a chip on his shoulder and ready to work.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Alfonzo Allen's Player Grade: B-

Previously Committed to: Arizona State 3/13/2021
player grade - 1/26/2022 Arizona State logo DE Blazen Lono-Wong (Kailua, HI) commits to Arizona State  View Class


Lono-Wong (6-4, 240) is a late riser who was able to get offers from Hawaii and Arizona State after distributing his senior film. He has good size and a decent burst. Lono-Wong plays hard and shows some hustle. I don't see the raw strength that I am used to seeing from prospects out of Hawaii. Lono-Wong is more straight-line speed than quick, twitchy type of player. He could be developed, but it will take a few years.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Blazen Lono-Wong's Player Grade: C-
player grade - 1/26/2022 Indiana logo QB Brendan Sonsby (Lake Dallas, TX) commits to Indiana  View Class


I thought Sonsby (6-2, 200) was headed to one of the academies after Army and Navy before his first FBS offers about a week ago. But Indiana was interested and offered Sonsby on an official visit. He is a run-/pass-option quarterback who can make plays with his feet and knows how to protect the football. He is a spotty passer and will need to develop better mechanics and accuracy. I think his ceiling as a passer is limited, but Sonsby is athletic and should be a good fit in an RPO scheme.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Brendan Sonsby's Player Grade: C
player grade - 1/26/2022 Illinois logo S Matthew Bailey (Moline, IL) commits to Illinois  View Class


Bailey (6-2, 185) has good size and plays a decent game inside the box. His foot speed is nothing to write home about, and he struggles with change of direction and tracking the ball in the air. Bailey could grow into a linebacker, which might be a better overall fit for his game than the secondary. He is a developmental player who has a skill set that needs a lot of refining. Bailey will try to make a mark on special teams and see if he can work his way into a rotation on defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Matthew Bailey's Player Grade: D+
player grade - 1/26/2022 Florida logo TE Hayden Hansen (Weatherford, TX) commits to Florida  View Class


Hansen (6-5, 255) is very familiar with Gators head coach Billy Napier and much of his staff because he committed to them at La.-Lafayette several months ago. Napier circled back around to Hansen during this secondary period, as he was still a target. Hansen is going to be used primarily as a blocking tight end for many of the multiple-tight end sets that Florida is expected to run. Anything as a receiver he offers will be a plus, with most of it likely coming in red-zone and short-yardage situations. Hansen is a physical kid who will block and chip and will emerge to have greater role in pass protection.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Hayden Hansen's Player Grade: C
player commitment - 1/26/2022 Virginia logo OT Houston Curry (Simpsonville, SC) commits to Virginia  View Class


Curry (6-7, 260) is a very intriguing big body who could pay off dividends down the road with the right development. He showed a lot of improvements as a senior with his hands and footwork. Curry looked more comfortable pass blocking and being physical in general. He needs to continue making strides with his strength and putting on good weight. Curry will need to be quicker to round out as a left tackle - he's sufficient as a right tackle, but I believe his ceiling is higher. I like this fit with him and Virginia.



Jan. 24
player grade - 1/24/2022 Oklahoma logo QB Jackson Arnold (Denton, TX) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Oklahoma grabs one of the big names off the quarterback board in Arnold (6-1, 195), who had Baylor, Alabama, Stanford and a few others in his top group. He's a very accurate passer who threw for almost 4,000 yards as a junior. Arnold displays the functional mobility to be a great fit as an RPO quarterback. He is comfortable in the pocket and understands speed control. Arnold has a big-enough arm to throw about every necessary pass in a modern offense. He will have to bulk up a little bit to handle the physical play of FBS football.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Jackson Arnold's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 1/24/2022 Duke logo QB Grayson Loftus (Gaffney, SC) commits to Duke  View Class


The first thing new Blue Devils head coach Mike Elko wanted to do was recruit a quarterback, and Loftus (6-2, 200) will be his guy. Loftus doesn't have the gaudy individual numbers, but he comes from a powerhouse program that wins and produces a lot of talent. He is most comfortable throwing in a medium range. Loftus steps up in the pocket well, and he can go downfield, but he needs to tighten up his throwing motion.


2023 College Recruiting Commit
Grayson Loftus' Player Grade: C+


Jan. 21
player grade - 1/21/2022 Oregon logo WR Justius Lowe (Lake Oswego, OR) commits to Oregon  View Class


Lowe (6-1, 185) is a two-way athlete who had been committed to Utah for a month, but decided not to sign early and eventually got a second look from Dan Lanning and the new Oregon staff. It appears the Ducks are recruiting Lowe as a wide receiver, and that makes sense because they need some more bigger bodies on the outside. With the changes Oregon is likely to make on offense, Lowe became a bigger target than he was under the old staff. He isn't the fastest wide receiver around, but Lowe is a physical player with pretty good hands.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Justius Lowe's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 1/21/2022 Connecticut logo QB Zion Turner (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Connecticut  View Class


The Connecticut program is looking for a fresh start under new coach Jim Mora and the best way to establish a new regime is with a new quarterback. Turner (6-0, 185) has a chance to be a good one for the Huskies. He comes from the storied St. Thomas Aquinas program and led the Raiders to another state championship in their Florida classification. He is a smart player who was battled tested in high school and is a proven leader. More than anything, Turner is a winner and has been surrounded by winners. His attitude and work ethic will be appreciated at Connecticut. He was a good pickup.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Zion Turner's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 1/21/2022 Nebraska logo S Javier Morton (Stone Mountain, GA) commits to Nebraska  View Class


With most schools using the transfer portal to fill holes, Nebraska is leaning a little more to the junior colleges to help re-build some parts of the roster. Morton (6-2, 200) is a big body in the secondary who will likely do most of his work in the box. A couple of years ago, Morton was a highly regarded talent coming out of high school who was committed to Alabama. He was a rotational guy at Garden City College in Kansas with 20 tackles and a sack over nine games. Morton has three seasons to continue to develop and hopefully expand his role over time.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Javier Morton's Player Grade: C


Jan. 19
player grade - 1/19/2022 Oregon logo OT Kawika Rogers (Kapaa, HI) commmits to Oregon  View Class


Many of the prospects taken during this final stretch of recruiting are going to be developmental types, and as a developmental offensive lineman, Rogers (6-6, 322) isn't a bad take. I think he could fill in as a swing tackle or potentially a guard. Rogers' ceiling is more of a third tackle than an every-down starter in my opinion. But he has some size and strength and is a big body. One thing new head coach Dan Lanning is going to want to do is build Oregon's lines in the mold of an SEC program.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kawika Rogers' Player Grade: C
player grade - 1/19/2022 Nebraska logo RB Anthony Grant (Buford, GA) commits to Nebraska  View Class


I was a big fan of Grant (5-11, 202) when he signed with Florida State back in 2018. He was used mostly on special teams in his only season with the Seminoles and decided to transfer during the transition from Willie Taggart to Mike Norvell. Grant started out at Garden City Community College, but a transfer to New Mexico Military was what he needed to rush for over 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns. Nebraska is completely retooling its running backs room and offense in hopes of salvaging the Scott Frost experiment. I think Grant is going to be a major piece of this new look.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Anthony Grant's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 1/19/2022 Florida logo S Miguel Mitchell (Oxford, AL) commits to Florida  View Class


Mitchell (6-1, 200) has been one of the bigger names out of this secondary recruiting period with Florida, USC, Oregon and Tennessee all extending offers to the former Vanderbilt commitment. Florida had an advantage because head coach Billy Napier had recruited Mitchell while he was at La.-Lafayette. Mitchell offers scheme versatility - I think he might grow into a linebacker. He isn't super athletic, but he's a heady player who tends to be in the right place when he needs to be.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Miguel Mitchell's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 1/19/2022 Clemson logo WR Cole Turner (Birmingham, AL) commits to Clemson  View Class


I don't know how to describe Clemson's recruiting this cycle. It's been erratic, I guess. The Tigers have serious depth concerns and have gotten killed by the transfer portal. Head coach Dabo Swinney's general refusal to use the portal leaves the Tigers short on numbers. Swinney also doesn't toss a wide net with scholarship offers, so he must get these evaluations right during the secondary period. Turner (6-2, 180) is a taller receiver who has some athleticism. He's relatively young in football experience, so there's going to be a real learning curve.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cole Turner's Player Grade: C
player grade - 1/19/2022 Clemson logo CB Myles Oliver (Douglasville, GA) commits to Clemson  View Class


The Tigers, already short on numbers, needed a third cornerback in their class. Oliver (6-0, 173) is a late-riser who received an offer after he was invited on a visit for the Clemson coaches to get a better look at him. His ceiling is likely as a slot corner, but I think Oliver is more of a rotational piece and maybe a high-end special teams guy. He plays the ball well, but his burst and athleticism are lacking.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Myles Oliver's Player Grade: C-
player grade - 1/19/2022 Syracuse logo DE Francois Nolton (Miami, FL) commits to Syracuse  View Class


Nolton (6-4, 225) is one of the higher-end pass rushers still on the market. He's raw, but supremely talented, having his best football ahead of him. Nolton has the size and length to turn into a dominating presence off the edge. I think he will get into a weight program and in 2-3 years we'll see a 265-pound pass-rushing machine. Nolton is going to need some work and development, but there is a lot to work with, and I wouldn't be surprised if he is an all-conference type of player by his junior year.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Francois Nolton's Player Grade: B

Previously Committed to: Florida 2/5/2021


Jan. 12
player commitment - 1/12/2022 Jackson State logo WR Kevin Coleman (St. Louis, MO) commits to Jackson State  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Ohio State logo OL Carson Hinzman (Hammond, WI) commits with Ohio State  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Florida logo RB Trevor Etienne (Jennings, LA) commits to Florida  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Georgia logo OL Earnest Greene (Bellflower, CA) signs with Georgia  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 USC logo WR C.J. Williams (Santa Ana, CA) signs with USC  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Miami logo DE Cyrus Moss (Las Vegas, NV) signs with Miami  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Vanderbilt logo LB Daniel Martin (Marietta, GA) signs with Vanderbilt  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Texas logo S Larry Turner-Gooden (Mission Hills, CA) signs with Texas  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Arizona logo RB Rayshon Luke (Bellflower, CA) signs with Arizona  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Mississippi logo CB Davison Igbinosun (Union, NJ) commits to Ole Miss  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Ohio State logo DL Hero Kanu (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) signs with Ohio State  View Class

player commitment - 1/12/2022 Michigan State logo WR Germie Bernard (Henderson, NV) signs with Michigan State  View Class



Aug. 22
player grade - 8/22/2021 North Carolina logo DL Travis Shaw (Greensboro, NC) commits to North Carolina  View Class


Shaw (6-5, 318) is, by far, the top prospect from the Carolinas, and one could make a case that he is the top prospect in the Class of 2022, or at least the top defensive prospect in the class. Shaw is one of the most athletic, big-bodied defensive line prospects you'll see. Despite his size, Shaw is explosive enough to play a traditional defensive end role if he wants to. Shaw possesses tremendous feet and strong as a bull, allowing him to push offensive linemen around and completely drive a blocker into the backfield. He can play on the edge and will bend around the corner with ease despite his height. Size, strength, speed, production, backside pursuit, pass rushing, run stopping ... you name it; Shaw does it all.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Travis Shaw's Player Grade: A+
player grade - 8/22/2021 Duke logo S Nathan Vail (Kennesaw, GA) commits to Duke  View Class


Vail (6-2, 192) gives you some size, range and length in the back end of your defense. His length and ability to cover plenty of ground are big assets in defending the passing game. Vail has very fluid hips and changes direction out of his backpedal well. He also has the range to line up in a deep safety in college and be very effective. Vail can play on the hash, and his speed and quickness will allow him to cover half the field. His ball skills are ok, but I think he can work on improving them to create more turnovers.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nathan Vail's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/22/2021 Oregon logo ATH Jalil Tucker (San Diego, CA) commits to Oregon  View Class


Tucker (6-0, 175) is a speedy athlete with legitimate track credentials. He could play on either side of the ball, and it's hard to tell where he'll end up at in college because he brings plenty to the table as a receiver or a defensive back. Tucker's speed stands out on film - when he has an opening it looks like he was shot from a cannon. He is agile too and can move well in space. Tucker is a speedy corner, but he'll play physical football, and he'll get right up in a wide receiver's grill. There is no question about Tucker's competitive mindset when he's on the football field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jalil Tucker's Player Grade: A-


Aug. 21
player grade - 8/21/2021 Arizona logo LB Sterling Lane (Westlake Village, CA) commits to Arizona  View Class


Despite being one of the worst, if not the worst team, among the Power Five conferences, Jeff Fisch and his staff have done a great job at recruiting and have a class inside the top 40. Lane (6-4, 238) is going to likely grow into a traditional defensive end and put his hand in the ground. He can get up the field quickly and has some experience playing outside linebacker, so he's not completely overmatched when left in space to defend on the boundary.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Sterling Lane's Player Grade: B


Aug. 20
player grade - 8/20/2021 Auburn logo ATH Omari Kelly (Trussville, AL) commits to Auburn  View Class


Kelly (6-2, 185) is a two-way athlete who I believe will end up on offense in college out of need. He is a physical player whether on offense or defense and has some strength to his game. Kelly will line up on the outside and high point the ball or battle for positioning in the red zone to grab a touchdown pass. He has speed, but not the type of speed that can just blow the top off a defense. I think he's going to make a mark as a physical ball catcher who can move the chains and make big plays on third down and in the red zone.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Omari Kelly's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/20/2021 Auburn logo S Tre Donaldson (Tallahassee, FL) commits to Auburn  View Class


Donaldson (6-1, 191) is the next in a line of quality defensive backs to come out of the Florida High program in Tallahassee. He is a natural free safety who has the range, reaction skills and ball skills to monitor the deep part of the field. Donaldson reads the plays well and will lock in on a quarterback's tendencies. His ball skills are top end, and he is quick to jump on mistakes, especially balls thrown late over the middle. Donaldson is a good tackler, albeit not a physical player at this stage. He is more of a thinking man's defensive back.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tre Donaldson's Player Grade: B


Aug. 19
player grade - 8/19/2021 Iowa logo RB Jazuin Patterson (Deerfield Beach, FL) commits to Iowa  View Class


Patterson is a well-built running back prospect with a thick lower body. He draws his strength from his legs, and that makes it very difficult for defenders to take him down with an arm tackle. He will remind you a little of Devonta Freeman with the way he runs and his forward lean to gain extra yards. Patterson might not always give you the big play, but he is consistent on the ground and will move the chains and extend drives. He is always going forward and downhill. Patterson doesn't dance around in the backfield and rarely makes cuts behind the line of scrimmage.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jazuin Patterson's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/19/2021 Florida logo OT David Conner (Deerfield Beach, FL) commits to Florida  View Class


Conner (6-6, 285) has some potential. He is big, long and athletic; probably athletic enough to play on the defensive side of the ball as a three-technique. Conner is a late riser and an interesting fit for Florida, because he's continuing to find his way as a lineman. He has some considerable physical tools, but he is going to need time and reps to get the most out of them. I think of the sleeper prospects on the line, Conner has one of the highest ceilings, but he may have the longest way to go. He has a reputation of working hard and being coachable. That's a good thing.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
David Conner's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/19/2021 Georgia Tech logo DL Alton Tarber (Deerfield Beach, FL) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Tarber (6-1, 305) is a wide body on the defensive line and likely a future nose guard. He is more than willing to get his hands dirty in the trenches, and he'll rip and pull and hand fight with offensive linemen until he wears them down. Tarber's best when he's being used as a run stopper and someone who will occupy blockers and create space for linebackers to get in the gaps. He has some pass-rush skills as well and can get into the backfield if given the opportunity.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Alton Tarber's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/19/2021 Stanford logo DL Zach Rowell (Encinitas, CA) commits to Stanford  View Class


USC and Miami seemed like they were both in a good spot for Rowell (6-4, 265), but when he cleared Stanford's academic counsel and got an official offer, the Cardinal moved to the top of the list. He currently plays on the inside, but his skill set can have him on the end in odd and even-man fronts. I would expect Rowell to grow more and get moved to the inside at times, even if it's for passing downs. Rowell can get to the passer from the edge or the interior. He is capable against the run, but he could be more consistent in setting the edge.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Zach Rowell's Player Grade: C+


Aug. 18
player grade - 8/18/2021 Texas A&M logo ATH Deyon Bouie (Bainbridge, GA) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Bouie (5-11, 190) is probably the top-rated athlete in Georgia and a type of player who can do everything you ask on a football field. He can line up on either side of the football and make an impact. Bouie's speed is top level, with his burst allowing him to get to the edge and then outrun a defense to the end zone. Some are projecting Bouie as a defensive back, but when you have his type of speed and quickness most coaches want the ball in your hands, so I think Bouie might end up at wide receiver. Even if he does play defense, Bouie will have to get involved in the return game.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Deyon Bouie's Player Grade: A
player grade - 8/18/2021 Georgia Tech logo S Jaylin Marshall (Miami, FL) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Marshall (6-3, 191) is a natural hybrid and big enough that he could grow into being a linebacker. He is big, long and athletic, along with being very physical. Marshall is tough, and he'll jump up on the line to play run support in a heartbeat. He is a good tackler and a consistent presence on the field. Marshall seems to be wherever the ball is. I think he offers a ton of scheme versatility and can offer productive play at linebacker, safety or possibly boundary cornerback. Marshall is a pure football player and a playmaker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaylin Marshall's Player Grade: B-

Previously Committed to: Arizona State 2/17/2021
player grade - 8/18/2021 Central Florida logo OT Leyton Nelson (Orlando, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class


Nelson (6-7, 283) is one of the more athletic offensive linemen in this class, and he's still growing into his body. Early on film, Nelson shows his potential ceiling when he gets all the way to the third level of the defense to take out a defensive back in space. Nelson has very good technique and moves well both north-south and laterally. He is great off the snap and makes sure to deliver the first punch at the point of contact. Nelson's length and size are the physical tools that will take his game up another notch.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Leyton Nelson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/18/2021 TCU logo WR D.J. Allen (Gladewater, TX) commits to TCU  View Class


Allen (5-11, 185) is a classic athlete who plays multiple sports year round and shows a little bit of everything when he puts it together on the football field. He offers big-play opportunities with his speed, especially when lined up in the spot. Allen can blow the top off a defense and is dangerous going down the middle on a play-action pass, but he doesn't get the separation you'd expect on other routes. He can play on special teams as well. Allen needs to work on becoming a more complete receiver with his route running and showing consistent hands. But as a playmaker, Allen has all the tools.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
D.J. Allen's Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: Rutgers 6/6/2021


Aug. 16
player grade - 8/16/2021 Oregon logo ATH Jahlil Florence (San Diego, CA) commits to Oregon  View Class


Florence (6-1, 182) is a talented athlete who plays several different sports. He has legitimate track speed, running under a 10.8 in the 100-meter dash. Florence is being recruited as a cornerback, but I'm not ready to declare that as his future position yet. He has some serious skill for offense and could easily be a bigger slot receiver at the next level. Florence is dynamic in the open field and shows long speed as well, which would be an asset on either side of the ball. His ball skills are above average as well, and that too could be an asset on either side of the ball. My guess is Florence will get a look on defense, but his explosive speed and dynamic ability with the ball in his hands will convince the Oregon coaches to play him on offense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jahlil Florence's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/16/2021 Miami logo S Markeith Williams (Orlando, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


Williams (6-1, 170) is a rangy defensive back who grades out very well in pass coverage. He can line up on the hash and cover one half of the field with his range. Williams is a little lean, but he has good length and the athletic ability to be among the best safeties in the class. Williams is a capable tackler and more than willing to help in run support. He will have to put on some mass to continue to play that style in college, but I fully expect that to happen. Williams is a combo safety who can be used in a variety of ways to stop a spread offense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Markeith Williams' Player Grade: B


Aug. 15
player grade - 8/15/2021 USC logo WR Caleb Douglas (Missouri City, TX) commits to USC  View Class


Douglas (6-3, 185) was committed to Baylor for about six weeks before making the flip to USC. A former quarterback, Douglas is still relatively new to the wide receiver position. He projects an as outside receiver with his size, length and wide-catch radius. Douglas has some athletic ability, but he's pretty raw. It's hard to guess how good his hands are or how well he can run routes until he gets consistent reps in his senior year of high school. On film, Douglas has some quickness, but I don't see elite speed there. I think he's a big, possession receiver - a player who can move the chains.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Caleb Douglas' Player Grade: C


Aug. 14
player grade - 8/14/2021 Stanford logo LB Benjamin Hudson (Las Vegas, NV) commits to Stanford  View Class


Hudson (6-2, 213) is a developing linebacker with good size and some natural physical tools. He works well in the box and makes plays between the tackles. Hudson shows good field awareness and can quickly figure out where the play is going. He isn't fully comfortable in coverage, but Hudson's tools suggest he'll have a place on the field in passing downs. Hudson is more of a thumper than a natural tackler at this stage. He is often in the right spot, but I would like to see him play with a little more urgency and start flying around the football. Hudson has toughness, but he needs to trust his instincts more.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Benjamin Hudson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/14/2021 Notre Dame logo WR C.J. Williams (Santa Ana, CA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Williams (6-2, 196) is a big-time prospect who is one of the top outside wide receivers in this class. Despite his size and projection, Williams can work in the slot because he's quick off the ball. Williams can get separation and has some long speed, but it all comes with his ability to get off the line. He doesn't have "track" speed that can just blow the top off a defense. Williams has great hands and catches nearly everything that comes his direction. He elevates for the 50-50 balls and turns them into 80-20 balls. Williams' route running is nearly as good as his hands. He has a big catch radius and knows how to get open and provide a big target for his quarterback.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
C.J. Williams' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 8/14/2021 Michigan State logo ATH Jaden Mangham (Franklin, MI) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Mangham (6-2, 190) is a promising two-way athlete who also runs track. He could play either wide receiver or end up in the secondary when he gets to college. Michigan State has a great history with bigger wide receivers, so it wouldn't surprise me to see Mangham get an opportunity on offense. Mangham has very good ball skills, and he uses his physical tools to his advantage on both sides of the ball. Mangham has plenty of range to play on defense as a deep safety, but he is big enough to grow into a hybrid role. He can run well enough to play cornerback as well. Mangham is talented enough on the field to offer plenty of options in how to use him.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaden Mangham's Player Grade: B


Aug. 13
player grade - 8/13/2021 West Virginia logo LB Travious Lathan (Miami, FL) commits to West Virginia  View Class


Lathan (6-1, 205) is another of the new breed of linebackers. He is very athletic, including playing both ways in high school, and can make big plays as a wide receiver. Lathan's biggest strength is his speed - he can flat-out run. He gets off the ball and shows the skills of a high-end pass rusher with his ability to get to the quarterback. As he gets more acclimated to a full-time role as a linebacker, I believe Lathan has a high ceiling that could be as an edge rusher or a more traditional outside linebacker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Travious Lathan's Player Grade: B+


Aug. 12
player grade - 8/12/2021 Tennessee logo LB Kalib Perry (Georgetown, KY) commits to Tennessee  View Class


For Josh Heupel's first class at Tennessee, it's not going to be about filling holes so much, but rather finding prospects who can play while they are being developed and prospects who offer some scheme versatility. Perry (6-3, 219), a long athlete with good range, is a player who could be a linebacker who plays on or off the ball or possibly grow into being a traditional defensive end. He has worked in space and shows some ability to cover. Perry's lateral movement concerns me a little. He might be a little too stiff to cover backs out of the backfield. But I think Perry has some upside as a defender in the box. He'll find his way on the field and do some good things.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kalib Perry's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/12/2021 Texas logo DE/LB Derrick Brown (Texarkana, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Brown (6-3, 220) probably won't grade out as an elite pass rusher, but he has the potential to be very good. He is athletic enough to work out as an outside linebacker because he can make some place on the back end. But I believe Brown will be a better fit as an edge rusher because he looks most comfortable around the line of scrimmage. He doesn't necessary get off the ball as well as I'd like to see, but he is active with his hands, whether it's working through traffic or knocking down passes. Brown can bend around the edge and maintain his balance and speed. There is some work to be done, but he has a decent amount of upside too.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Derrick Brown's Player Grade: B-


Aug. 11
player grade - 8/11/2021 Notre Dame logo WR Tobias Merriweather (Camas, WA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Merriweather (6-4, 191) has a great frame to develop an outside wide receiver and a future No. 1 target in the passing game. He is a big target in the passing game who can go up and grab the ball at its highest point, turning a 50-50 ball into one with a higher percentage of completion. Merriweather runs decent routes too and will continue to add on to his tree. He is most dangerous in the red zone and on third downs to move the chains. Merriweather doesn't show many signs of stiffness when he's moving on the field. He is still a little light and will have to pack on some size and muscle to fight against the physical cornerbacks he'll face.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tobias Merriweather's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/11/2021 Texas logo LB Eoghan Kerry (Santa Ana, CA) commits to Texas  View Class


Kerry (6-3, 231) decides to head to Texas over Pac-12 suitors UCLA and Colorado. Currently, he is being labeled as an inside linebacker, but it appears more likely he'll grow out of that role and either become more of a traditional defensive end with his hand in the ground or possibly a three-technique. I think Kerry will try to stay on the end. Kerry runs well and plays with a lot of effort and a high motor. He has some functional athleticism and can handle himself in space. Kerry could develop into a solid pass rusher, especially if he improves his explosion off the snap. Although Kerry's future position is undetermined, he has the physical tools necessary to play at a few spots and brings the effort that will get him on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Eoghan Kerry's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/11/2021 Auburn logo ATH Ja'Kobi Albert (Fairfield, AL) commits to Auburn  View Class


Albert (5-11, 181) is the classic style of all-purpose athlete who will find his way on the field. Offense is a possibility for Albert with his speed and due to the way he can make things happen with the ball in his hands. More times than not, however, players like this end up on defense, and Albert reminds me a little of a former Auburn safety Robenson Therezie. Albert is a speed prospect, but he has some real toughness too and shows a willingness to get physical in the secondary and jump up close to the line of scrimmage to play against the run. Playing slot corner also seems like a possibility for Albert. Albert is a quality in-state pickup for the Tigers, and a prospect who will make an early impact on special teams and find a more defined role in time.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ja'Kobi Albert's Player Grade: B-


Aug. 10
player grade - 8/10/2021 Georgia logo WR Dillon Bell (Houston, TX) commits to Georgia  View Class


Bell (6-2, 200) is a bigger wide receiver who currently plays several positions for his high school, including running back and in the secondary. He is being recruiting as a wide receiver, but in all honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if he grew into being a tight end or even a linebacker. Bell can run and has the physical tools to fit in at several spots on the field. He has played wide receiver in high school and has been productive at the position, so there wouldn't be as much of an adjustment time as someone who was completely new. Still improvements in all areas - route running, speed, hands, etc. - will be necessary for Bell.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dillon Bell's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/10/2021 Tennessee logo OL Addison Nichols (Norcross, GA) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Nichols is a big, athletic lineman who can move around on the line a bit. He lines up at left tackle in high school, but he could easily end up on the right side or playing guard. Nichols' technique is what stands out, and it's at a very high level for what I'm used to seeing from high school offensive linemen. He stays low and holds a strong base that makes it tough for him to get off balance. Nichols uses his hands and feet together so well that I wonder if he has a little bit of a basketball background. Nichols also shows very good lateral quickness, ppssessomg a good slide step that can get him to the second level or to help on a double team. Nichols is one of the best linemen in the 2022 class and a major get for Tennessee.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Addison Nichols' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 8/10/2021 Florida State logo OL Jaylen Early (Duncanville, TX) commits to Florida State  View Class


Early (6-4, 320) continues Florida State's push to improve its porous offensive line through recruiting. He is a big body who should fit in well as a guard at the next level. Early is a natural mauler who enjoys run blocking and brings a good level of nastiness while doing it. He has some athleticism and shows good consistency at getting to the second level. Early is strong at the point of contact as well. He plays high a little too often for my tastes, and his base and leverage suffer for it. A few tweaks here and there will make Early a top candidate for early playing time in Tallahassee.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaylen Early's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/10/2021 Mississippi State logo LB Javae Gilmore (Amite, LA) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Gilmore (6-4, 200) is a good athlete with great length, size and frame that would allow him to play at all three levels of defense now. I think he'll be an outside linebacker or possibly an edge rusher. Gilmore's athleticism and coverage ability jump out on film. He is smart when playing coverage and stays in his area - defending the perimeter and cutting off the underneath routes. Gilmore has the necessary long speed to get down the field, but I am uncertain about his burst. He is a good tackler who can play inside and be very productive. Gilmore offers a lot to like, and I think he can make his mark as a player who can be slotted in several spots on a defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Javae Gilmore's Player Grade: C+


Aug. 9
player grade - 8/9/2021 Auburn logo DL Caden Story (Lanett, AL) commits to Auburn  View Class


Story (6-4, 265) is the quintessential type of defensive lineman who the big programs are always looking for. He has the size and strength to play on the interior, but also has some freakish length that could see him playing as a traditional defensive end in an even- or odd-man front as well. Story is quick off the ball and plays a quick game. He can chase down ball-carries in pursuit and get in the backfield to blow up a play. Story is versatile and productive as a pass rusher, but he plays an honest game and is more than capable in run defense. He reminds me a lot of the great linemen who Auburn has had in the program over the past 20 years.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Caden Story's Player Grade: B


Aug. 8
player grade - 8/8/2021 Penn State logo S Kevin Winston (Hyattsville, MD) commits to Penn State  View Class


Winston (6-1, 195) is a bigger secondary prospect who could grow into a linebacker, but he is more likely to take on a role of a hybrid guy who can defend in the box. Winston is capable in coverage, especially when he can get physical and press, but I wouldn't put him in positions where long speed comes into play. Winston is at his best going downhill, playing from a deep role and making plays in between the tackles. He is a hitter, but he can walk the line between being aggressive and dirty. Winston is a tough competitor and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He has a chance to be a difference-maker for Penn State.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kevin Winston's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/8/2021 North Carolina logo LB Sebastian Cheeks (Evanston, IL) commits to North Carolina  View Class


The successful recruitment of Cheeks (6-3, 210) shows how North Carolina is extending its reach, pulling one of the top players in the heart of Big 10 country. Cheeks is aggressive off the snap, and he's going to go wherever the ball-carrier is. Cheeks is quick enough to shoot the gaps and shed blockers. He can easily defend the run on the perimeter and stretch plays out. With Cheeks' speed and length, outside linebacker seems like the best fit. There will be some question marks about Cheeks' ability to cover based on the lack of opportunities he has had in high school.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Sebastian Cheeks' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/8/2021 Iowa State logo RB Quaron Adams (Chandler, AZ) commits to Iowa State  View Class


Adams (5-8, 152) is going to have to be more of an all-purpose athlete than a running back at the higher levels of college football because he lacks size. He is quick and very good in open space. I could see Adams making his biggest impact as a kick and punt returner. He is not as good of a pass receiver as I expected, and he'll need to get a lot better to see the field regularly. I don't think Adams is an every-down player, but he'll be good in situations where he can line up in a spread offense or play in the slot.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Quaron Adams' Player Grade: C


Aug. 6
player grade - 8/6/2021 Florida International logo LB Kobe McCloud (Tampa, FL) commits to Florida International  View Class


McCloud (6-1, 211) is a physical middle linebacker who has made his mark as a hard, tough tackler. Regarding his tackling, McCloud needs to be careful because some of the plays I've seen on tape may be deemed as targeting. McCloud doesn't need to lower his head so much. You can line him up anywhere needed on defense, as he's played in the secondary as a big safety and on the end for his high school. McCloud is probably at his best in the middle, but he is athletic enough to play either of the outside positions. He is a good enough athlete to help cover and make plays in pass defense. He'll likely be the centerpiece on defense for Florida International's recruiting class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kobe McCloud's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/6/2021 Utah logo RB Jaylon Glover (Lakeland, FL) commits to Utah  View Class


Glover (5-7, 211) is a short, but stout, prospect with a thick, strong lower body. He has some explosion; he is most comfortable making one cut and going rather than dancing around in the backfield. Glover gets stronger as the game goes along and is extremely productive, having rushed for over 250 yards in three consecutive games this season already. He can get to the edge or run between the tackles. Glover will lower his shoulder to end a run and is strong enough to take a high volume of carries. He is of the best running backs in the southeast this cycle.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaylon Glover's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/6/2021 Texas A&M logo S Bryce Anderson (Beaumont, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Texas A&M beat out Texas and Alabama in a tough recruiting battle for Anderson (6-0, 190), one of the gems among the secondary prospects in Texas. Anderson is tremendous athlete who plays quarterback in high school, and I think he could end up in the secondary or at wide receiver. Anderson has track speed, and it translates well to the football field. Without a ton of snaps on defense, it's hard to evaluate the individual skills. But Anderson is a special athlete who has all the physical tools necessary to see the field in a variety of ways. He's going be put in the secondary first, but if it doesn't work out, Anderson will be an asset on offense and special teams.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Bryce Anderson's Player Grade: A-

Previously Committed to: LSU 9/1/2019


Aug. 5
player grade - 8/5/2021 TCU logo RB Ajay Allen (Monroe, LA) commits to TCU  View Class


Allen (5-11, 191) is a good-looking running back prospect who might have slid through the cracks a bit. He made smooth cuts and is big enough to run through arm tackles. Allen shows a nice consistent burst, and while he doesn't have breakaway speed, I was happy with the top-end speed he has shown. Overall, Allen grades out well with his vision and agility. He will continue to add weight on his frame and run with even more authority. My biggest questions would be where Allen fits in the passing game as a pass protector and his ability as a receiver out of the backfield.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ajay Allen's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/5/2021 Georgia logo OL Griffin Scroggs (Loganville, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


Scroggs (6-3, 310) is an aggressive interior offensive lineman who loves to get his hands on someone. He will come off one block and then get onto another defender. Scroggs is a natural run blocker, and it's really where he looks most comfortable. There isn't a ton of flash to his game - simple drive blocking with a hat on a hat is how he gets down. Scroggs has a strong base with good strengh in his lower body, so moving him off the ball is not easy. He's stronger than what I see from most linemen at this stage of his development. Scroggs' feet are a little heavy. He's not the most athletic or fleet on foot, but he'll put you on the ground.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Griffin Scroggs' Player Grade: B-


Aug. 4
player grade - 8/4/2021 Miami logo CB Trequon Fegans (Alabaster, AL) commits to Miami  View Class


Fegans (6-1, 185) is arguably the top cornerback prospect in Alabama, and it's a major recruiting win for the Hurricanes to beat out the in-state SEC programs. Fegans played 7-on-7 with a group of athletes from south Florida, and that may have played a big part in his recruitment. He likes to play tight coverage and press down on a wide receiver. Fegans is alpha dog with an ultra-competitive nature. He wants to take on the biggest challenge every time. Fegans' physical tools are very good, as he has the length, size and physicality of a safety with the speed of a cornerback. Fegans likes getting his hands dirty and will make plays in the running game.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Trequon Fegans' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 8/4/2021 LSU logo OL Emery Jones (Baton Rouge, LA) commits to LSU  View Class


Jones (6-4, 344) is a big hulking offensive lineman who plays a lot of tackle, but I believe he'll get slotted to guard once he's in college. He is a pretty athletic offensive lineman, especially for his size. Jones is light on his feet and can move laterally. He has good, not great length, and more than likely that will contribute to him moving to the inside. Jones plays at the proper pad level and is strong at the point of contact. He will also continue to get stronger and possibly a little leaner. Jones could see time on the field early with LSU's need for immediate help up front.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Emery Jones' Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/4/2021 Clemson logo ATH Jaren Kanak (Hays, KS) commits to Clemson  View Class


Kanak (6-2, 200) is a speedy athlete who will likely play one of the linebacker positions for the Tigers. He also plays some tight end and wide receiver on offense and could easily be developed into more of a flex tight end. Kanak's speed should translate well to covering tight ends on short routes and running backs out of the backfield. He has impressive physical tools, but he will need some refining when it's time for him to focus on a position. Kanak is a prospect who can run around and make things happen, force turnovers and get in the backfield - he'll find a role on defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaren Kanak's Player Grade: B


Aug. 2
player grade - 8/2/2021 Alabama logo OT Dayne Shor (Alpharetta, GA) commits to Alabama  View Class


Shor (6-6, 290) is another high-ceiling tackle prospect in this year's class. He attended IMG Academy as a junior before moving back to Georgia for his senior year. Shor has good technique and is strong at the point of contract. He plays with leverage and has excellent bend. Shor can fire off the ball and lay in the first punch in one fluid motion. Shor has quick, light feet that he can slide laterally in protection. He has also adequate strength and will take a defender off the line once he gets his legs churning. Shor is more of a run blocker, but his skill set should translate to pass protection.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dayne Shor's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/2/2021 Florida logo RB Terrance Gibbs (Winter Park, FL) commits to Florida  View Class


Gibbs (6-0, 195) is a bigger running back who offers power, speed and quickness. He can break runs to the outside and beat you with speed or go between the tackles and battle linebackers for extra yardage. Gibbs missed most of his junior year with an injury, but he showed full recovery during his performances at summer camps. His vision is pretty good, and he shows the necessary patience to let the play develop. Gibbs has good balance and forward lean as well. He is strong in the legs and rarely gets knocked off his feet.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Terrance Gibbs' Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/2/2021 Oklahoma logo DL Cedric Roberts (Pflugerville, Texas) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Roberts (6-3, 275) was committed to Baylor, but re-opened his recruitment in May and had a nice run of offers from programs before keying in on Oklahoma. I think he's going to be a player who can move between three-technique and nose guard. Roberts is great off the snap and at the point of attack. He has length much greater than his 6-foot-3 height would indicate. Roberts needs to get low and play with more leverage. He tends to get stood up a little easier than he should. Adding more lower-body strength will help cure some of those issues. I think Roberts has value as an inside pass rusher and could be a starter down the road.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cedric Roberts' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/2/2021 Miami logo WR Isaiah Horton (Murfreesboro, TN) commits to Miami  View Class


The Hurricanes are in need of a real outside receiver who could develop into a No. 1 option, and Horton certainly has that potential to be that guy. He has skill on the outside with the necessary speed to be a downfield threat and potential take the top off a defense. Horton has very good hands and shows off several one-handed grabs on his highlight reel. He has used his ball skills to play on defense at high school, but I think he'll be a full-time wide receiver in college. Horton continues to learn how to use his size to gain position and assist him in battling for contested balls. He is a major threat in the red zone. Overall, Horton will likely get looks as a true freshman and work his way into a starting role.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Isaiah Horton's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/2/2021 Clemson logo CB Jeadyn Lukus (Mauldin, SC) commits to Clemson  View Class


Lukus (6-2, 185) is one of the top cornerbacks in the country and rated by many as the best overall prospect in the Carolinas. He has safety size and physical tools such as cornerback speed, skill and insticts. He just moves so much smoother and fluidly than most other cornerback prospects. Lukus transitions from backpedal to straight-ahead running is flawless, and he flips his hips easily. He displays elite ball skills and quickly turns into a receiver when he's properly tracked a ball in the air. Lukus has a football player's mentality and will come up and play strong defense against the run. Lukus is a top-end athlete who has great chance to see the field early.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jeadyn Lukus' Player Grade: A
player grade - 8/2/2021 Georgia Tech logo K Aidan Birr (Kennedale, TX) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Birr (6-1, 190) received his first, and only, offer after participating at the Georgia Tech camp. He hit nearly 70 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone and went 10-of-16 for field goals in his junior season.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Aidan Birr's Player Grade: C


Aug. 1
player grade - 8/1/2021 Texas A&M logo DL Jadon Scarlett (Argyle, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Scarlett (6-2, 260) was an early target for the Aggies and someone they wanted to get committed during the summer. Scarlett has the body to put on more mass and work his way into being an interior guy who can play the three-technique or possibly the nose guard. He is a decent interior pass rusher who will make a mark on passing downs. Scarlett is good with his hands and has quick feet. He will gain strength as he ages, and that will assist him in fighting through blocks at the next level. I think Scarlett can work himself into a starting role or at least a consistent presence in a rotation of interior linemen.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jadon Scarlett's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/1/2021 Indiana logo RB Gi'Bran Payne (Cincinnati, OH) commits to Indiana  View Class


Payne (5-10, 190) is a good athlete who continues to grow into a potential role as a three-down back at the next level. He is a natural playmaker who likes to hit the hole fast and go. Payne can catch passes and will prove to be quite the weapon in the passing game, especially in hurry-up situations. He is continuing to grow as a running back and learning how to use his agility more and show more patience to let the play develop. I believe much of Payne's best football is ahead of him and in 2-3 years he could be an every-down running back.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Gi'Bran Payne's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/1/2021 Penn State logo CB Cam Miller (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Penn State  View Class


Miller (6-0, 187) is a big athlete playing in the secondary, there's a possibility that he could grow into a linebacker. Very physical on the outside, Miller is a defensive back who will mix it up with his hands and does not let a wide receiver get a free release. His game is more suited for safety or a hybrid role in college. When Miller plays safety, he shows good instincts and reaction time coming off the top and assisting the cornerback. Miller is a high-effort prospect who plays to the whistle.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cam Miller's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/1/2021 Michigan State logo WR Antonio Gates Jr. (Dearborn, MI) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Gates Jr. (6-1, 191) will try to carry on his father's name. Much like his dad, the younger Gates is a very good athlete, but he probably won't grow into being a Hall of Fame tight end. Gates Jr. could play on either side of the ball and offers several position options as an athlete. I think he's a wide receiver, and the one thing he picked up from his father, a former college basketball player, is boxing out and using physical tools to get the football. Gates Jr. has great strength and a thick body that is tough to cover. He's projects to be a threat on the outside and particularly in the red zone. Gates Jr. doesn't have breakaway speed, but the physical tools are good enough to make him a "possession-plus" level receiver.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Antonio Gates Jr.'s Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/1/2021 SMU logo S Pierre Goree (Duncanville, TX) commits to SMU  View Class


The successful recruitment of Goree (6-1, 218) continues to boost SMU's best recruiting class since recruiting rankings began. He is a big safety, basically a linebacker at this stage, and there's plenty reason to believe he might outgrow the secondary. Verified track times of 10.6-seconds in the 100-meter dash make him one of the fastest players around. Goree grades out at plus levels in instincts, physicality and versaility. He can come off the edge and has the athleticism to cover as an outside linebacker, potentially giving him three levels of usage on a defense. I see Goree as a unique piece on a defense who could play multiple positions and be moved around the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Pierre Goree's Player Grade: B


July 31
player grade - 7/31/2021 LSU logo TE Mason Taylor (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to LSU  View Class


Taylor has a tremendous pedigree. His father is Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Jason Taylor. The younger Taylor might very well play defensive end at the next level as well, but he seems settled in as a tight end. He can run very well, almost like a big wide receiver, and he wins most matchups against linebackers. Taylor is technically sound with his route running, and he catches nearly everything thrown his direction. Taylor is at one of the top football programs in the nation and is receiving excellent coaching. He is a prospect who is tough enough to line up inline and block for the running game, but athletic enough to be flexed out wide. Taylor is one of the best at the position in this class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Mason Taylor's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/31/2021 Penn State logo S Cristian Driver (Argyle, TX) commits to Penn State  View Class


Driver (5-11, 185) is a two-way athlete, but he's completely built like a defensive back and a safety for the next level. He could conceivably play either safety position, but wide receiver might be a possibility because his father, Donald Driver, played the position in the NFL for well over a decade. Cristian Driver's ball skills from playing wide receiver make for an interesting deep safety who can help over top of the cornerback and control the deep passing game. But Driver is also strong and physical. He is a willing tackler who will come up to the line of scrimmage and make plays in run defense. He plays with great effort and doesn't do careless things in pursuit to take himself out of the play.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cristian Driver's Player Grade: B+


July 30
player grade - 7/30/2021 Alabama logo WR Kobe Prentice (Calera, AL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Prentice (5-10, 175) is a speed receiver, and his recruitment speaks to the type of changes Alabama has made in its passing game over the past few years. The Crimson Tide continue to go to the quick passing and getting guys in space, which is where a prospect like Prentice excels. He will take the quick slant or short post, make a move and go to the house. Prentice is a big-play receiver who averages well over 20 yards a catch in high school. He is dynamic in space and has a nose for the end zone. His 10.8-second speed in the 100 meters is plus-level, and it shows on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kobe Prentice's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/30/2021 Kentucky logo ATH Jordan Anthony (Tylertown, MS) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Anthony (5-10, 160) is a speedy athlete who can play on either side of the ball. It looks like he'll get a shot on offense first, and that makes sense because Anthony is lightning in a bottle. One of the fastest players in the southeast, Anthony is a track star in Mississippi and has run a verified 10.25-second 100-meter dash. Not surprisingly, he has been an explosive playmaker in high school football. Anthony can get to the end zone on kick returns, punt returns, catches, runs, jet sweeps ... you name it. His speed is a true difference maker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jordan Anthony's Player Grade: B


July 29
player grade - 7/29/2021 Alabama logo LB Shawn Murphy (Manassas, VA) commits to Alabama  View Class


Murphy (6-2, 218) has the potential to be a complete stopper in the middle. He is a big hitter and a tackling machine who does a lot of his work inside the box. Murphy can get off blocks quickly and find his way to the ball-carrier. He brings another dimension to his game when he gets close to the line and comes in on the run blitz. Murphy is a dynamic defender when he's going north and south, and less so when asked to go east and west. As box defenders and natural middle linebackers go, Murphy is among the best in the class. Unfortunately, his skill set doesn't allow for much versatility beyond that unless he improves in some areas.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Shawn Murphy's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/29/2021 Florida State logo OT Daughtry Richardson (Miami, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


Richardson (6-5, 280) has the talent to play college football at a very high level, but he needs to gain more experience. I believe he could work out as an offensive tackle, but he might be better suited as a guard in the long run. He has good size, length, footwork and athletic ability, but he is very raw and needs to improve his technique. Richardson tends to come off the ball a little high and needs to work on his bend and overall flexibility. If Richardson is going to play tackle in college, his footwork must improve.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Daughtry Richardson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/29/2021 Florida State logo DL Daniel Lyons (Homestead, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


Lyons (6-4, 270) is a defensive lineman who can move around up front and has been very difficult to block along the interior or on the end in an odd-man front. He is so big, strong and athletic that most high school offensive linemen who compete against him tend to struggle to stay upright. Lyons is a ferocious pass rusher from the interior, and if he has a favorable matchup, he will spend the entire game hunting in the backfield. Lyons has great moves and uses several moves as part of his repertoire.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Daniel Lyons' Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/29/2021 Duke logo DL Vincent Anthony Jr. (Durham, NC) commits to Duke  View Class


Anthony (6-5, 238) is an interesting prospect who could move around on the line. He continues to improve with his speed and explosion, which are far better than his reported testing times. Despite that, I still believe that Anthony would be better off getting into the 270-pound range and becoming a three-technique. Anthony has good hands and plays with a lot of effort. There is some upside to his game, and I'm interested to see how he'll find the defensive line.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Vincent Anthony Jr.'s Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/29/2021 Iowa State logo RB Xavier Townsend (Tampa, FL) commits to Iowa State  View Class


Townsend (5-10, 175), like most listed running backs, could easily find himself playing as a wide receiver or in the secondary. He has very quick feet and does not waste much motion getting into the open field on offense. Townsend has great acceleration once he's in the open field. He is always a threat to make a big play. Townsend offers plenty of rewards as he gets touches. In the receiving game, he is not afraid to go against bigger corners and fight for the football.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Xavier Townsend's Player Grade: C+


July 28
player grade - 7/28/2021 Auburn logo RB Damari Alston (Atlanta, GA) commits to Auburn  View Class


Alston (5-10, 198) is a bigger back who has produced some big numbers in high school so far. He makes plays in the backfield as a running back or in the return game on special teams. He does a great job of keeping his feet moving after contact. Alston has gained strength, and he can break arm tackles and get into the open field. He is a back who is not going to lose yards dancing around in the backfield. Alston has quick feet and can cut on a dime. He has shown some signs of being a capable receiver in the passing back as well. Alston has the skill set to be a three-down back.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Damari Alston's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/28/2021 Stanford logo OT Fisher Anderson (Franklin, TN) commits to Stanford  View Class


Anderson (6-7, 270) is a big prospect who is still growing and might get over 6-foot-8 by the time he starts playing in college. He is a skilled blocker who moves far better than his testing times. The offense that Anderson plays in asks for a lot of movement and blocking on the move. This works when Anderson is asked to lead block on a running play and looks a little less normal when he's moving around in pass protection. Anderson's skill set looks like it can transition to a more traditional-style tackle with his hand in the ground with a little time and possibly a redshirt season of reps.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Fisher Anderson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/28/2021 Georgia Tech logo DL Horace Lockett (Atlanta, GA) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Lockett (6-5, 300) is a big, physical kid who could make a name for himself on the middle of the defensive line. He can shoot the gaps and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. While Lockett is taller than many three-techniques and nose guards, he does a great job of staying low and firing off the ball. Lockett moves well in a straight line going downhill. He can make plays laterally, but his comfort zone is going north and south. Lockett uses his hands very well and has very good strength. It would not shock me to see him play on the offensive line in college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Horace Lockett's Player Grade: B-


July 27
player grade - 7/27/2021 Miami logo LB Justin Medlock (Manvel, TX) commits to Miami  View Class


Medlock (6-1, 210) is a middle linebacker prospect who comes from a football family. His older brother, Jayce, is a tight end for Connecticut and his father, Jason, was a linebacker for Texas A&M. Justin Medlock is a pure middle linebacker who will pile up the tackles and defend the box area. He has some speed, though I'm not sure if you would call him a sideline-to-sideline player at the next level, but he can move. Sometimes, he can get caught with blockers, so he'll have to improve his ability to stack and shed. Medlock looks like he'll be a good reliable defender for Miami.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Justin Medlock's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/27/2021 Arizona logo CB Zeke Berry (Concord, CA) commits to Arizona  View Class


Arizona has gotten some nice players in this class, and the staff went to a traditional powerhouse program, De La Salle, to grab Berry (6-0, 185). I looked at Berry on a couple different games, and he's a very good athlete who can play both sides of the football. In my opinion, Berry could be an excellent running back, but as a cornerback, he is going to make things happen. Berry runs like a cornerback, but has the mentality of a safety. He is physical and a great tackler. Berry can run and has long speed to stick on man coverage. I think Berry can offer several options in the secondary, and he's a centerpiece for Arizona's 2022 recruiting class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Zeke Berry's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/27/2021 West Virginia logo LB Raleigh Collins III (Philadelpia, PA) commits to West Virginia  View Class


Collins (6-3, 200) is an intriguing linebacker prospect who originally started his high school football run as a cornerback until he outgrew the position. His coverage skills and speed bring some special intangibles to outside linebacker. Collins has great length, and he might continue growing in the next 12 months. The athleticism isn't a question for Collins. He can run; he can cover; and he has good ball skills. But the physical elements of linebacker are still a question mark. If Collins can tackle and provide defense against the run, this move will work out.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Raleigh Collins III's Player Grade: C+


July 26
player grade - 7/26/2021 Penn State logo DL Dani Dennis-Sutton (Owings Mills, MD) commits to Penn State  View Class


Dennis-Sutton (6-5, 253) is one of the top defensive line prospects in the nation and a player who can line up anywhere along the front four and play at a high level. He is a very explosive player with quick-twitch muscles and length. Dennis-Sutton has a dynamic first-step off the snap and is strong at the point of contact. He also is really good with his hands. They are quick and strong hands, and he uses them to deliver a good punch. Dennis-Sutton can get around the edge quickly and shows great technique with his bend. He wins battles at the line and shows a strong foundation. Dennis-Sutton is an elite athlete who can drop into coverage and make plays down the field. He is a top-end prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, regardless of position.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dani Dennis-Sutton's Player Grade: A
player grade - 7/26/2021 Georgia logo RB Branson Robinson (Madison, MS) commits to Georgia  View Class


Robinson (5-10, 218) is a running back who is built like a grown man. He is one of the top-eight running backs in the class. Robinson's physique isn't a front; he runs with power and churns his legs for those extra yards. He will run through arm tackles regularly and delivers as many hits as he takes. Robinson is a high-volume back, but he has plenty of agility to make defenders miss in the open field. His speed is a question mark and more indicative of a move-the-chains running back than a big-play guy. Robinson's strength and physical style translate well in pass protection and will allow him to be on the field in a three-down role.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Branson Robinson's Player Grade: A-


July 25
player grade - 7/25/2021 Arizona State logo S Tristan Dunn (Sumner, WA) commits to Arizona State  View Class


Dunn (6-3, 192) is listed as a safety, but I think he's going to outgrow that position and end up as a linebacker. His coverage skills are good for either position. Dunn is comfortable taking on a running back out of the backfield or lining up against a receiver in the slot. He has plus-level athleticism that should help him in an off-ball role. Dunn must improve his play against the run and show more willingness to play close to the line when necessary. He offers a lot of versatility to a defense based on his unique skill set.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tristan Dunn's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/25/2021 Wake Forest logo DL Eli Hall (Shelby, NC) commits to Wake Forest  View Class


Hall (6-2, 250) is a nice pick up for Wake Forest, which had to beat out Minnesota and Virginia in this recruiting battle. Wake Forest tends to be a little smaller and quicker on the defensive line, so I expect Hall to line up at three-technique or possibly one-technique. He has good inside moves and shows signs of developing into a good interior pass rusher. Hall is even stronger than his size and shows off his short-space strength while in the trenches and trying to stop the run. He is a good line prospect who will work out in an odd or even front and provide a lot of quality snaps.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Eli Hall's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/25/2021 Michigan State logo DL Chase Carter (Minneapolis, MN) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Carter (6-6, 218) has elite height and length, but he's very young to football and will take some patience and developing to reach his potential. I think Carter will end up as an edge guy in a three-man front or a traditional end with his hand in the ground in an even front. He's quick off the ball, but still learning how to bend when coming around the edge. Carter plays with a lot of effort and tries to run all over the field. Sometimes, it works out, but at other times, he runs himself out the play. Carter will have to continue to learn from his successes and mistakes as his grows and gains more experience in football.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Chase Carter's Player Grade: C


July 24
player grade - 7/24/2021 Iowa State logo WR Greg Gaines (Tampa, FL) commits to Iowa State  View Class


I have Gaines (6-2, 181) as the top outside receiver prospect in Florida, so this is a major get for Matt Campbell and the staff at Iowa State. Gaines is an impressive looking prospect in person, possessing great height and length. He shows some aggressive tendencies on the outside and will get up and attack the football in the air. Gaines could get stronger, but he isn't afraid to body up and box out a cornerback, especially down in the red zone. Gaines is a natural playmaker in the passing game. He can move the chains or take the top off a defense. Gaines is a very well-rounded wide receiver.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Greg Gaines' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/24/2021 Oklahoma logo TE Kaden Helms (Bellevue West, NE) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Helms (6-4, 225) is an athletic tight end who is growing into a tight end role. I think he's going to be more of a flex player as a tight end. Helms plays more of a wide receiver role in high school, as he'll line up in the slot and move to the outside in red-zone situations. Helms has strong hands, and he'll go up and grab the ball. Helms can run and has some long speed. He needs to be more dangerous in the open field. Helms is more of a receiver than a true tight end. He will have to continue to gain strength and show that he can contribute as a blocker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kaden Helms' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/24/2021 Miami logo OT Falentha Carswell (Sandersville, GA) commits to Miami  View Class


When Carswell (6-7, 277) took the field for his high school in the late summer, it was his first taste of football. He has played a lot of basketball and is finally making the transition. There is practice footage of Carswell on the line as he attended a lot of camps over the summer and drew plenty of attention. He is a big, physical, athletic kid who has pretty good technique for a young guy. Carswell does need to get a little better bend in the waist and learn how to play with leverage. You can see his athletic ability, but Carswell is a little stiff. He is most likely going to have to play right tackle or move inside to guard.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Falentha Carswell's Player Grade: C
player grade - 7/24/2021 Oregon logo OL Dave Iuli (Puyallup, WA) commits to Oregon  View Class


The Puyallup area in Washington has put out some pretty good offensive linemen over the past few years. Josh Garnett, who won the Outland Trophy in 2015 with Stanford, is from the same school. Iuli (6-5, 315) isn't as good as Garnett was at this stage, but he's still a very solid prospect. Additionally, I trust Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal when it comes to recruiting offensive linemen. Iuli is very mobile for his size and has college-ready strength right now. I think he's a guard at the next level and one who is going to be more of an advanced pass protector than most guards coming into a program.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dave Iuli's Player Grade: B


July 23
player grade - 7/23/2021 North Carolina logo DE Bryson Jennings (Midlothian, VA) commits to North Carolina  View Class


Jennings (6-6, 215) is a long, twitchy prospect who brings the heat off the edge. From a size standpoint, a lot of Tar Heels fans will want to compare him to Julius Peppers. Jennings' burst is pretty good, not at the level of an elite player like Peppers, but it's pretty good. With his height, I think Jennings does an okay job of bending around the edge. He can pop up a little bit early, but that's expected. I want to see Jennings create more chaos beyond pass rushing. He needs to be more active with his hands and at knocking down balls. The physical tools and upside are off the charts, but Jennings is still missing some elements that keep him from being a blue-chip prospect right now. He's very good and should get a lot better.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Bryson Jennings' Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/23/2021 Rutgers logo LB Moses Walker (Brooklyn, NY) commits to Rutgers  View Class


When Walker (6-2, 220) saw his recruitment pick up, the general belief was that he was going to fit into more of a safety/linebacker hybrid role. That ship, however, has completely sailed because Walker is over 215 pounds and will be a linebacker at the next level. He could play off the ball, but I have some concerns about Walker covering out the backfield. I have far less concerns about Walker's athleticism, his sideline-to-sideline play, and his ability to track down a ball-carrier. Walker can also put in some time as an edge rusher because of his running ability. He's grown stronger and is beginning to show much more comfort playing linebacker. Walker is a big-time get for Rutgers.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Moses Walker's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 7/23/2021 Cincinnati logo CB J.Q. Hardaway (Phenix City, AL) commits to Cincinnati  View Class


Hardaway (6-3, 190) might be a tough commit for Cincinnati to hold on to, but as of right now, the Bearcats are definitely getting a prospect who I believe is a upper-tier Power Five prospect. Hardaway has tremendous height and length and has played on both sides of the ball. He is a good athlete who can play anywhere in the secondary. I expect Hardaway will play outside corner on the early downs and shift into a deep safety role when the defense goes into its sub packages. Hardaway isn't a burner, but he's a long strider with long arms who can make up for a lot of speed issues.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
J.Q. Hardaway's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/23/2021 Notre Dame logo CB Benjamin Morrison (Phoenix, AZ) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Morrison (6-0, 175) is a classic cover cornerback who comes from a good pedigree as his father, Darryl, was an NFL safety in the mid-'90s. Morrison plays the ball exceptionally well and has the ball skills to make a quarterback pay for a mistake. Even on well-thrown balls, Morrison has the timing and the reaction speed to make a play. He's a good tackler too. Morrison is stronger than his weight suggests and isn't afraid to jump in and help against the run. He is a well-skilled prospect will improve any secondary.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Benjamin Morrison's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/23/2021 Virginia Tech logo OL Gunner Givens (Daleville, VA) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


Givens (6-5, 273) is continuing the transition from tight end to offensive line, and so far, it's been a good transition. The athleticism, footwork and movement that he developed as a tight end is on display. Givens can get off the ball quickly and make the punch at the point of contact or get into his base for pass protection. Givens has good hands, and he understands how to play low and play with leverage. He's continuing to learn the intricacies of the position, and sometimes something won't connect, but the good with Givens far outweighs the bad.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Gunner Givens' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/23/2021 Stanford logo CB Joshua Thompson (Washington, DC) commits to Stanford  View Class


Thompson (6-2, 185) is a big cornerback who plays like a big athlete. What I like about him is that he's all over the field right away. Thompson is covering the top receiver, but he'll move up on the line of scrimmage to play the run as well. It's hard to get a real indication of Thompson's speed, but he's a long strider and he uses his legs, arms and body to keep close tabs on the receiver. Thompson is good at disrupting the downfield passes, but he hasn't developed the ball skills yet to turn those pass deflections into turnovers.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Joshua Thompson's Player Grade: B


July 22
player grade - 7/22/2021 Iowa State logo DL Hunter Deyo (Council Bluffs, IA) commits to Iowa State  View Class


Deyo (6-3, 275) is a two-way lineman who could either work out as a guard on the offensive line or a defensive tackle/nose guard on defense. He is an aggressive lineman who plays hard, plays to the whistle, finishes blocks and shows great overall effort. With just the effort alone, Deyo jumps out on the film, but he can run well too. He's more athletic than you expect to see and has some active fast-twitch muscles. Deyo has some work to do with his technique, especially on the defensive line, but the physical tools are strong and worth investing in.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Hunter Deyo's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/22/2021 TCU logo S D'Arco Perkins-McAllister (Nashville, TN) commits to TCU  View Class


Perkins-McAllister (6-1, 185) is an athletic defensive back who offers a lot of scheme versatility for a defense. He has the range and height to be a good, reliable deep safety, but Perkins-McAllister can also run well, and that offers opportunities at cornerback against outside receivers. Once he gains more mass and strength in a college weight program, Perkins-McAllister will be a matchup for tight ends who line up in the slot. He is a physical player who will throw his body around a bit.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
D'Arco Perkins-McAllister's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/22/2021 LSU logo OL Fitzgerald West (Lafayette, LA) commits to LSU  View Class


As a defensive lineman, West (6-3, 325) fits the mold of a classic nose guard who will eat up space, hold the fort against the run and take on double teams. But West might be moving to the offensive line, and it looks like LSU likes him as a center. If that's the case, there will be a good bit of a learning curve with West learning arguably the most difficult of the line positions. West is a big, physical prospect with some good short-space strength and tools worth developing.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Fitzgerald West's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/22/2021 West Virginia logo ATH Christion Stokes (Harper Woods, MI) commits to West Virginia  View Class


Stokes (6-0, 180) is an intriguing athlete in the new world of position-less football. I think he might end up being a running back, but wide receiver is certainly a possibility as is ending up as a hybrid athlete who splits time at both positions. Defense is also a possibility for Stokes. He could play safety. Stokes is a play-maker, and he can generate some electricity with the ball in his hands. Whether that's just on special teams or also on offense, I think Stokes can be a dangerous threat on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Christion Stokes' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/22/2021 SMU logo S Chace Biddle (Garland, TX) commits to SMU  View Class


The Mustangs have two blue-chip prospects in their current recruiting class, which could put them in a position to compete for a conference title in 2022 and beyond. Wide receiver Jordan Hudson was the first big-time commitment, and his high school teammate, Biddle (6-0, 190) is the second. Biddle is a major prospect in the secondary, with the potential to become an elite player. He is one of the fastest players in this recruiting class, with a confirmed 10.7 time in the 100-yard dash. Quick feet and great reaction time are the two real intangibles that stand out for Biddle. He continues to gain confidence in coverage and tackling, which bode well for more development. Biddle has the skill set and should continue to improve his overall game in his senior year.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Chace Biddle's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 7/22/2021 Indiana logo WR Omar Cooper (Indianapolis, IN) commits to Indiana  View Class


One of the areas that Indiana head coach Tom Allen had to focus on in this recruiting class was getting more playmakers. Cooper (6-1, 185) fits the bill, and he is an in-state prospect who the Hoosiers had to put priority No. 1. Cooper is big enough to play on the outside, but I think his quick feet and agility make him an interesting prospect for the slot as well. He is a very good athlete who also plays basketball. Cooper goes up and attacks 50-50 balls and good, strong hands. His speed is better-than-average, and while it's hard to tell his long speed, his burst on film looks decent.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Omar Cooper's Player Grade: B


July 20
player grade - 7/20/2021 Indiana logo S Phillip Dunnam (Miami, FL) commits to Indiana  View Class


Dunnam (6-1, 183) has some decent size and length. He has been used a lot as a wide receiver, and he runs solid routes while displaying good, reliable hands. Dunnam is a smooth wide receiver and doesn't make a lot of wasted motions. That being said, I have Dunnam projected to play in the secondary and he should grade out well as a safety. Dunnam can attack the ball in the air, and that will translate well to the defense. He competes at a very high level and plays with tremendous effort. There might be an initial learning period to get Dunnam's athletic skills and physical tools transitioned to the secondary, but in the long term, I think he will be a player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Phillip Dunnam's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/20/2021 S Carolina logo S Keenan Nelson Jr. (Philadelphia, PA) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Nelson (6-1, 195) has very good size, almost at the point where he might grow into a linebacker at the next level. Nelson has played a lot at cornerback in high school, so he is a natural fit in the secondary. He has very good feet and good movement the let him transition from his backpedal smoothly. He's physical and will get up in a wide receiver's grill. Nelson will challenge for the ball, and he can create turnovers. He can run like a cornerback, and that offers him usage at all three levels on the defense. Nelson is a tough competitor and will challenge the best player on offense. He looks like a standout in South Carolina's recruiting class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Keenan Nelson Jr.'s Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/20/2021 Auburn logo WR Jay Fair (Rockwall, Texas) commits to Auburn  View Class


Fair (5-10, 177) is a very athletic offensive playmaker who will likely project out to being a slot receiver at the next level. He is a speed receiver who posted outstanding numbers during his junior year in high school, with over 70 catches, 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns. Fair is also a track athlete who runs sprints and participates in the long jump. If Fair can be a little more physical, I wouldn't be surprised to see him play on the outside a little bit. He is dangerous in open space, but also has the long speed to take the top off a defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jay Fair's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/20/2021 Georgia Tech logo S Clayton Powell-Lee (Atlanta, GA) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Powell-Lee (6-2, 175) has some impressive height and length for the position. His arms are long, and that helps him to defend the pass playing in that deep safety position, where his range is most useful. Powell-Lee's range allows him to get his hands on some passes that other guys can't. He's going to generally play a deep safety role, but he can get up on a receiver and challenge them. Powell-Lee will also play some off coverage and then bait the quarterback. Powell-Lee will need to add some size to his frame, which will help him get more physical in the run game.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Clayton Powell-Lee's Player Grade: C+


July 19
player grade - 7/19/2021 LSU logo RB TreVonte' Citizen (Lake Charles, LA) commits to LSU  View Class


LSU needs to get back to being one of the best programs for running backs in the nation. The LSU that I know can roll out multiple high-end back during a season. Citizen (6-0, 220) projects out to be a power back who has the size to be ready for snaps as a true freshman. He plays both ways in high school and brings physicality at running back and linebacker. Citizen has good feet and runs hard. He finishes his runs and will try to deliver the blow on a defender. Citizen has very good speed, and he can accelerate through an opening quickly. He needs to improve in the passing game as a receiver and a blocker in order to be a three-down back. Citizen has college-ready size and high upside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
TreVonte' Citizen's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/19/2021 Wake Forest logo RB Demond Claiborne (King William, VA) commits to Wake Forest  View Class


Claiborne (5-10, 180) is a speed back who I believe will end up playing some wide receiver and participating in the return game. He has a verified 10.82-second time in the 100-meter dash, which puts him almost in the elite category of speed. Claiborne is a natural home-run hitter and will do it in a variety of ways. I don't think he will be in the backfield on all three downs, but he'll be on the field. Claiborne is dangerous in open space and a player who can get to the perimeter and make things happen one-on-one. Wake Forest will use him a lot on jet sweeps and wheel routes and other plays that can get him out in space.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Demond Claiborne's Player Grade: C+


July 18
player grade - 7/18/2021 Stanford logo LB Tevarua Tafiti (Honolulu, HI) commits to Stanford  View Class


Tafiti (6-3, 223) is arguably the top player from Hawaii in the class. He is built to eventually be an edge rusher and maybe put on the size to eventually put his hand in the ground. But as an outside linebacker, Tafiti fits the bill. He is big and long, but also has good feet and shows some ability to handle himself and make the play in open space. He is still more of a hitter than a tackler, but Tafiti reads plays well and can diagnose the action and where it's headed. Tafiti plays hard above all and doesn't take a second of a play off. He can cover up his mistakes with his effort.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tevarua Tafiti's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/18/2021 Utah logo WR Adarrius Harshaw (Canton, GA) commits to Utah  View Class


Harshaw (5-10, 155) looks like he could be one of the bigger surprises in this class. I think he's a little underrated as a wide receiver, probably because he's a little small on the frame. Regardless of that, I love Harshaw's skill set. He runs precise routes and does a good job of setting the defensive back up and making the cut to get open. Harshaw always seemed to find the open space in the film that I watched. He is very elusive and agile. I'm not completely sure of his long speed, but as a player who can cut on a dime and maneuver in open space, Harshaw passes the test. He seems like a good fit for the Pac-12.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Adarrius Harshaw's Player Grade: B


July 16
player grade - 7/16/2021 Oklahoma logo K Gavin Marshall (Frisco, TX) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Marshall (6-2, 190) gets a five-star rating as a kicker from Kohl's kicking website, which has him at No. 25 overall. He also has a four-star rating as a punter. The website goes on to say that Marshall "has one of the best legs we have seen in the 2022 class by hitting multiple 55-yards field goal attempts. He is a very good specialist and is able to do things on the football field that other good players cannot."


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Gavin Marshall's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/16/2021 Alabama logo OT Tyler Booker (Bradenton, FL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Booker (6-5, 319) is a grown man who happens to be playing high school football. How special is Booker's size, speed, athleticism, etc.? Well, I've seen him line up at running back and not look out of place. Booker just has physical tools that just jump off the page. He gets off the ball so rapidly and is so quick with his initial blow at the point of contact that many defenders are caught off guard. Booker's technique is sound; his hands are good; and his feet are super quick. There just aren't too many flaws to his game. Booker is an elite prospect at the tackle position and a plug-and-play guy with All-American and first-round draft-pick type of potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tyler Booker's Player Grade: A
player grade - 7/16/2021 Penn State logo RB Kaytron Allen (Bradenton, FL) commits to Penn State  View Class


Allen (5-11, 216) is a well-rounded back who has college-ready size and looks like he could be a Day 1 starter at the next level. Despite his size and power, Allen is very light on his feet. His vision is superb, as he'll see the opening and explode through the hole for a big gain. Allen runs with power and easily gets through defenders who try to arm tackle him. What I like about Allen is that he'll run in between the tackles, and he can bounce the play to the outside, but he is also comfortable running in the open field and making defenders miss. Allen is a three-down back with high upside and a potential Sunday player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kaytron Allen's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 7/16/2021 Tennessee logo OL Maurice Clipper Jr. (Alpharetta, GA) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Clipper (6-4, 299) has very good size and a promising frame, but he needs to get stronger off the ball and develop a better initial punch at the point of contact. He also needs to work on his technique and gain a stronger foundation. I was surprised to see some defenders get into his chest and push him backward. If he can stay lower and get stronger in his lower body, Clipper would be able to flip that script easily. He has the length you want in a tackle prospect and could play on either the right or left side. Clipper must become more athletic, too. He struggles with speed rushers at time, but he has the size that's hard to get around. He needs some time to develop, but I think he projects as a future starter, probably on the right side.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Maurice Clipper Jr.'s Player Grade: C+


July 15
player grade - 7/15/2021 Miami logo ATH Chris Graves (Fort Myers, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


Graves (6-1, 175) is a fast-rising prospect and for good reason. He is a kid who can make an impact on offense, defense or special teams, but I like him to be an offensive playmaker for the wide receiver-needy Hurricanes. Graves plays some quarterback and wide receiver in high school because he is so dynamic with the ball in his hands. He can take a bubble screen, make a quick cut and dart up the field for a chunk play. Graves has very good size too. He could play in the slot or develop into an outside receiver if he stays on offense. Defense is always a possibility, where I expect he would play more of a deep safety role.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Chris Graves' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/15/2021 TCU logo DL Joseph Adedire (Arlington, TX) commits to TCU  View Class


Adedire (6-2, 250) decides to stay in state after taking visits to California and Michigan. He is a solid player who offers plenty of scheme versatility. I think he could be an defensive end in an odd-man front and slide into playing three-technique in a four-man alignment. Adedire can get in the backfield, and he showed it as a junior with double-digit sacks and over 20 tackles for loss. Adedire can set the edge as well and provide a sturdy run defense. I don't think you can pinpoint an exact role for him, but he is a player who will find his way on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Joseph Adedire's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/15/2021 Central Florida logo CB Nikai Martinez (Apopka, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class


Prospects that come from Apopka, a community a few miles north of Orlando, are generally tough kids. Martinez (5-10, 175) is no different. He is a physical defensive back who wants to get his hands on a receiver and push them around. Martinez has good instincts and reads the field well. He seems to know where the ball is going and does a good job of keeping an eye on the quarterback and adjusting appropriately. Once again, Central Florida gets a player who I believe is a Power Five kid.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nikai Martinez's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/15/2021 Virginia Tech logo RB Ramon Brown (Midlothian, VA) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


Brown (5-11, 200) has the potential to be one of the best power/speed combo backs to come out of this class. He has legitimate 4.55-second 40 speed and seems even faster in the open field. Brown moves his feet work and can weave in tight spaces and quick change his direction. The power is there as well. Brown can fight his way through the hole and grind out yards well necessary. He also has the vision and patience to let the play developed as designed. I think he could be the centerpiece of Virginia Tech's class on offense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ramon Brown's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 7/15/2021 Ohio State logo OT George Fitzpatrick (Englewood, CO) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Fitzpatrick (6-6, 282) has good size and length, giving him the frame to likely get to around 310-315 pounds or more. He looks to be fairly athletic with good feet. Fitzpatrick moves well in general and shows adequate quickness in his lateral movement. He keeps a natural wide base that serves him well in pass protection. It's hard to tell where Fitzpatrick is with his strength, but I'm sure he'll need to get stronger in the upper body. Fitzpatrick is a little more of a developmental player than the tackles Ohio State has taken recently, but the physical tools are there, and his upside is high.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
George Fitzpatrick's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/15/2021 Washington logo DE/LB Lance Holtzclaw (Mesa, AZ) commits to Washington  View Class


Holtzclaw (6-4, 200) is long and lean, and depending on how his frame takes to weight, he could be an outside linebacker/edge rusher or put his hand in the ground as a defensive end. He is a pure speed rusher right now who can run and gets after the ball-carrier. Holtzclaw isn't particularly developed as a pass rusher from a technique perspective, but he is explosive off the ball, and he can bend. Holtzclaw plays with high effort and appears extremely coachable. He is an explosive, twitchy athlete with very good upside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Lance Holtzclaw's Player Grade: B-


July 14
player grade - 7/14/2021 Texas logo S Austin Jordan (Denton, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Jordan (6-0, 190) is a big commitment for the Longhorns, who had to get in a major recruiting battle with Oklahoma for his pledge. He is a corner/safety type who should be able to take on bigger receivers in the slot and play more of a deep safety role otherwise. Jordan has plus-level speed and the long speed to defend the over-the-top vertical routes. He has adequate length, maybe a little greater than his height would suggest. Jordan wants to make the play on defense, and at times, he may gamble a little to go for the interception or the strip, but in this case, the risk might be worth the reward. He moves well, very fluidly. Jordan needs to shore up his tackling because he often comes up high and sloppy. Still, his upside is very high and he'll be a multi-year contributor.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Austin Jordan's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/14/2021 Vanderbilt logo DE Darren Agu (Rabun Gap, GA) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Agu (6-6, 235) committed to Notre Dame in the spring, but both sides backed away from that pledge in recent days. Originally from England, Agu has a lot of raw talent and physical tools. He could work out on the defensive line or at tight end. High effort has gotten Agu this far, and he will continue to develop his moves and technique. I think he has significant upside and growth potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Darren Agu's Player Grade: B-

Previously Committed to: Notre Dame 4/10/2021
player grade - 7/14/2021 Boise State logo DL Mason Graham (Anaheim, CA) commits to Boise State  View Class


It looked like Oregon State was going to win out on Graham (6-3, 275) after he took his official visit there, but Boise State earned this solid recruiting win. Graham looks like he'll be a natural three-technique at the next level. He has a grinder mentality and isn't afraid to take on the double teams to get where he needs to get on the field. Graham plays with good effort, and he will not give up on a play. He could get off the ball a little better, and if he improves on that, there will be more opportunities in the backfield. Graham is a prospect who shows a lot of toughness and some skill. I think he'll fit in well at Boise State.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Mason Graham's Player Grade: C
player grade - 7/14/2021 Nebraska logo DL Hayden Schwartz (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Nebraska  View Class


Schwartz (6-4, 241) is versatile defensive line prospect who is currently playing defensive end, but will likely end up on the interior or as a swing lineman who will play both outside and inside. He has a very good first-step and wins many of his battles right off the snap. Schwartz knows how to set the edge and defend the run. On film, he has several clips of him stretching run plays out wide and keeping the back from cutting up the field. Schwartz has some pass-rushing skills and has shown that he can get to the quarterback consistently. He has some good tools and a promising skill set.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Hayden Schwartz's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/14/2021 Texas A&M logo K Ethan Moczulski (Mead, WA) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Moczulski (5-11, 185) gets a five-star rating from Kohl Kicking and a rare six-star rating by Chris Sailer's kicking website. Sailer's site also has him as the top-ranked kicker in the nation. The website says Moczulski "gets the ball up quick off the ground and easily has 55+ yard range. His kickoffs are amongst the best in the country, FBS read. Moczulski is a big-time competitor that thrives under pressure."


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ethan Moczulski's Player Grade: B


July 13
player grade - 7/13/2021 Liberty logo OT Reed Collins (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Liberty  View Class


Collins (6-5, 285) is a prospect qho also gets the job done academically, carrying around a 4.0 GPA. On the field, he plays the position with quickness and good footwork, plus he makes sure to deliver the first blow on a defender. Collins has sufficient leg drive and can push a defender off his base. He is strong in the run-blocking game and can be very aggressive. In pass protection, Reed is a little shakier, especially when it comes to facing stronger rushers. He must learn how to strengthen his base and not get pushed back.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Reed Collins' Player Grade: C
player grade - 7/13/2021 Missouri logo DL Jalen Marshall (Overland Park, KS) commits to Missouri  View Class


Missouri continues to do a good job strengthening the lines, and here the program grabs an interesting prospect in Marshall (6-5, 275). Marshall is a big, stout defensive lineman who could play on the strong side end in an odd-man front and set the edge to defend the run. He could also play on the interior and be a space eater who will occasionally run into a sack. But in my opinion, Marshall will end up on the offensive line, either at a guard position or playing right tackle. I think he's a hard-working athlete who will play hard on every snap. He's going to be a little raw on either side of the ball at first.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jalen Marshall's Player Grade: C+


July 12
player grade - 7/12/2021 Michigan logo LB Micah Pollard (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Michigan  View Class


Pollard (6-3, 205) could end up as an outside linebacker or an edge rusher. He will need to put on considerable weight to be a traditional defensive end with his hand in the ground. Pollard is a natural pass rusher who can do it off the edge or in a blitz package. He can get up the field and set the edge as a run defender as well. The one question mark for Pollard is his ability to play in coverage. If he can shore up that area of his game, Pollard offers a complete skill set.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Micah Pollard's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/12/2021 Notre Dame logo LB Jaylen Sneed (Hilton Head Island, SC) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Notre Dame dips into South Carolina and grabs one of the top players in the area with Sneed (6-2, 216). He plays defensive end in high school and will probably transition to more of an outside linebacker role in college. Sneed plays with terrific effort and has a motor that stays consistent over four quarters. He has a combination of size, speed and strength that plays him at an elite level among linebackers. Sneed is comfortable playing in space and taking on an offensive player one-on-one in an area. He rarely gets broken down and is a skilled tackler. When Sneed is on the edge, he has an explosive burst off the ball and will consistently get in the backfield.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaylen Sneed's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/12/2021 Indiana logo OL Demon Moore (Fort Wayne, IN) commits to Indiana  View Class


I think Moore (6-5, 322) looks like more a prototypical right tackle. He is an aggressive run blocker who likes to get physical and put a defender into the ground. Moore has considerable upper body strength and is more of a mauler as a run blocker than a guy who likes to get to multiple levels. He has improved as a pass blocker from his sophomore film to his junior film, and he still has plenty of room for development. Moore does tend to be a bit of a leaner and lean on guys a little too much. He must clean that up.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Demon Moore's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/12/2021 Tennessee logo WR Cameron Miller (Memphis, TN) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Tennessee must bring two good classes of young receivers to get that position back to what it once was. Miller. (6-0, 185) is a nice prospect who could end up on the outside or in the slot. There isn't any junior film on Miller because he missed the season with an injury, so his size in unconfirmed. I like the quickness I see on film. Miller seems to be willing to do whatever is necessary on the field to get touches. His speed looks decent, but nothing elite. Overall, if he can get back in the swing of things his senior year, I think we'll get a better idea of Miller's true upside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cameron Miller's Player Grade: C+


July 11
player grade - 7/11/2021 Pittsburgh logo DL Bradley Mann (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


Mann's size (6-6, 265) means that a move to offensive tackle could be coming once he gets into a program. If he stays on defense, there are plenty of things to like about what Mann offers as a strong-side defensive end. Mann has a nice burst off the ball and quick hands. He can get pressure on the quarterback with a simple interior move or raw strength on the rush. Mann is technically sound and knows how to use his hands and short-space strength to win tough battles. With that being said, Mann could just as easily develop into a Sunday player ... as an offensive tackle.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Bradley Mann's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/11/2021 Northwestern logo RB Joseph Himon II (Little Rock, AR) commits to Northwestern  View Class


Northwestern and Louisville were the final two programs for Himon (5-9, 175), and in the end, Northwestern's academics and playing in the Big Ten won out. Himon has been part of one of Arkansas' top high school programs at Pulaski Academy, which won the state's top classification championship in 2019 and 2020. Himon probably isn't an every-down back; he'll be best served in a rotation. He provides value as a player who can be used in the passing game as a slot receiver and on the return game in special teams.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Joseph Himon II's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/11/2021 Mississippi logo OT Timi Gagophien (Houston, TX) commits to Ole Miss  View Class


Gagophine (6-6, 285) is a guy who could play on the left or right size, but I think he's more comfortable on the right side. He has sufficient length and good quickness. Gagophien plays with a good motor - he'll drop one defender and quickly try to jump on a second guy down the field. He just overmatches a lot of his competition, but he gets stood up and pushed off a few times by comparable talent, so Gagophien will need to improve his upper-body strength. Gagophien is a big, athletic offensive tackle with some upside and should end up as a contributor with proper development.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Timi Gagophien's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/11/2021 Oregon logo WR Isaiah Sategna (Fayetteville, AR) commits to Oregon  View Class


Sategna (5-11, 170) is one of the top slot prospects in the class and big enough to where he could conceivably take some snaps on the outside as he fills out his frame. He is a natural athlete who runs track and has some good long speed. More of an athlete right now than a football player, so a lot of Sategna's skills must be developed like his hands and overall consistency with running routes and getting off the line. Sategna's athletic profile, however, is high, and when he gets the ball in his hands, he is fun to watch. Sategna might make an early impact as a return specialist and grow into a receiver role.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Isaiah Sategna's Player Grade: B

Previously Committed to: Texas A&M 3/10/2021


July 10
player grade - 7/10/2021 Auburn logo TE Micah Riley-Ducker (Bellevue, NE) commits to Auburn  View Class


New Auburn coach Bryan Harsin has generally stuck to Auburn's recruiting footprint for his first class, but grabs Riley-Ducker (6-6, 238) out of Nebraska. Riley-Ducker has the size to be a combo tight end, and he has legitimate receiving skills. He can run a little and does a good job on his routes and presenting a good catch radius. I think Riley-Ducker is a good enough receiver to be used as a flex player. He can block as well and is going to be used as an inline player as well. Riley-Ducker adds another big, atheltic body to the tight end room. He could a factor in both the run and pass game.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Micah Riley-Ducker's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/10/2021 Michigan logo CB Myles Pollard (Brentwood, TN) commits to Michigan  View Class


Pollard (6-2, 184) is a long, athletic cornerback prospect who has top-end size and good feet. He is a good strider with active hands and fluid movement. I think Pollard grades out well in coverage, a little better than some of the guys he is rated above. As a big cornerback, Pollard is not particularly physical, and at times, he allows himself to get "bodied out" by wide receivers. That's unacceptable for an outside guy with his size. Strength must be the primary area for Pollard to work on if he wants to see the field early. The upside here is very high, but there are things Pollard needs to work on.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Myles Pollard's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/10/2021 Oklahoma logo OT Jake Taylor (Las Vegas, NV) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Taylor (6-6, 291) gives Oklahoma another legitimate top-25 offensive tackle prospect in the program. He has some football blood in the family as his brother, Beau Taylor, is an offensive lineman at UCLA. The younger Taylor is good off the ball and at the initial point of contact. He has good length and good feet, which gives him a nice wide base that's hard to get around. His strength looks about where it should be at this stage, although Taylor will get stronger. His bend is a bit inconsistent - at times Taylor tries to anticipate what the defensive end is going to do instead of just being in a position to stop his progress. Taylor looks like a future starter, likely on the right side.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jake Taylor's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/10/2021 Alabama logo LB Jeremiah Alexander (Alabaster, AL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Alexander (6-2, 227) is one of the elite defensive prospects in the 2022 class. He has the elite speed and physical tools necessary to become one of the top college football players during the next cycle. As impressive as Alexander's physical tools are, the first thing I notice on his film is his ability to read and track the game play. He has a high football IQ and is rarely caught out of position or in a spot where he can handle a blocker and get to the ball-carrier. As a pass rusher, Alexander shows next-level burst and speed off the edge. He is a playmaker who goes for the strip on the sack and tries to create turnovers. Alexander is the type of prospect who keeps Alabama at the top.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jeremiah Alexander's Player Grade: A+
player grade - 7/10/2021 Tennessee logo WR Marquarius White (Pinson, AL) commits to Tennessee  View Class


What White (5-9, 157) may lack in size, he makes up for with some good speed. Frankly that's what Tennessee needs. The offense the Volunteers will run under Josh Heupel will have a lot of double slot formations and plays designed for the slot guy. White is a prospect who will be good in space. He has potential to be a dynamic run-after-catch wide receiver. White's fast enough to go downfield as well and hit the deep play. Obviously, White will have to fill out some and add strength, but the speed component is legitimate and very important for Tennessee.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Marquarius White's Player Grade: B-


July 9
player grade - 7/9/2021 Michigan State logo TE Jack Nickel (Alpharetta, GA) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Michigan State dips into the southeast for a Nickel (6-4, 225), one of the best tight ends in the region. One of the first plays on film shows Nickel running wide open 50 yards down the field, displaying some speed. I think he's going to be the kind of combo tight end who is going to cause major problems in college. Nickel is a very good downfield blocker and isn't afraid to play inline and get his hands dirty. You can use him like an extra tackle on run plays, and he'll be a factor in the ground game. Nickel is a guy who can slip out into the open and just wreck a defense. His hands are very good. You can throw him the ball anywhere and he will come down with it.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jack Nickel's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/9/2021 LSU logo LB DeMario Tolan (Orlando, FL) commits to LSU  View Class


Tolan (6-2, 200) is an impressive athlete off the hoof. He possesses a sturdy build, and he can run. Tolan has the size and the length you want in a linebacker who will be expected to handle coverage situations. He can work in space and cover a tight end or a big receiver coming out of the slot. Tolan has a rugged side to him and will lay the big hit when the opportunity presents itself. His speed and quickness are plus level and put him among the better linebackers in the nation.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
DeMario Tolan's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/9/2021 Virginia logo K Will Bettridge (Miami, FL) commits to Virginia  View Class


Bettridge (5-10, 160) is the sixth-rated kicker in the nation according to Kohl's kicking website. The site goes on to say that Bettridge "development athletically has made him competitive on field goals and kickoffs with the best in the country. He is a clean ball striker who has the mental make-up to do well at the next level."


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Will Bettridge's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/9/2021 Auburn logo S Caleb Wooden (Lawrenceville, GA) commits to Auburn  View Class


Wooden (6-2, 187) is another one of those big Georgia safeties, with a frame that could have him growing into a linebacker. He can run. Wooden has good ball skills and is comfortable playing in the deep role and providing help in the pass defense. He also displays good, natural football instincts. Wooden does a good job of reading a quarterback's eyes and making them pay. His range is good, and he can play in space. With Wooden's size, it's easy to envision him playing closer to the line of scrimmage and helping in run support. He could be a little more aggressive and show better form as a tackler.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Caleb Wooden's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/9/2021 Arkansas logo TE Tyrus Washington (Leesburg, GA) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Washington (6-4, 234) is another physically gifted tight end in a deep year in Georgia for the position. I think he's a combo tight end who can catch some passes and be trusted to stay in and perform blocking duties. Washington has some impressive blocking plays of film. He will crash down and wipe out a defensive end on a run play. Washington also has some good athleticism, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him flexed out as a receiver from time to time. He should provide a lot of versatility and develop into a three-down player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tyrus Washington's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/9/2021 Northwestern logo OT Austin Firestone (Niceville, FL) commits to Northwestern  View Class


Firestone (6-5, 254) might be a little lighter than you would expect at this stage, but he has good upper body strength and a strong leg drive. He is a good athlete that plays with a mean streak that will serve him well in the Big Ten. Firestone is quick off the ball and gets into a defender immediately, then he will release and take on a block at the second level. Firestone moves well enough to be effective on pulls.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Austin Firestone's Player Grade: B-


July 8
player grade - 7/8/2021 Oklahoma logo DL Derrick Moore (Baltimore, MD) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Moore (6-4, 255) is another top prospect to come out of the St. Frances Academy program. He will provide a lot of scheme versatility because of size/speed combination that could allow a move to the inside as a three-technique or see him stay on the outside as a strong-side defensive end. Moore has tremendous feet, and his quickness is a problem for any offensive lineman. He can play low and has the speed to close in on a play or chase a play down from the backside. Moore has the frame to be a powerhouse, but he is more of a speed guy at this stage. I think he will be a primary performer on defense, especially as he adds strength.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Derrick Moore's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/8/2021 Wisconsin logo S Austin Brown (Johnston City, IL) commits to Wisconsin  View Class


Brown (6-1, 190) is a good athlete who plays on both sides of the ball and will be converting from quarterback/running back over to full-time defense in college. He is a big-framed athlete and looks like a future strong safety/hybrid type of player. Brown has plus-level speed and moves with good fluidity. He has some cornerback traits, but he hasn't really learned the art of coverage yet. Brown is a man among boys at his level of high school football, so he will have to deal with a significant step up in competition.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Austin Brown's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/8/2021 Oklahoma State logo CB Dylahn McKinney (Colleyville, TX) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class


McKinney (6-0, 177) is a projected cover cornerback with a track-heavy background. The physical skills he has developed as a sprinter and hurdler in track should serve him well as a cornerback. McKinney shows a lot of good things on film, and the one thing that really stands out is his ability to challenge the catch. He gets impressive height on his jumps and gets his hands in the way. As McKinney continues to develop his ball skills, he'll turn those passes defended into turnovers.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dylahn McKinney's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/8/2021 USC logo OT Keith Olson (Napevine, WA) commits to USC  View Class


Olson (6-6, 295) is an interesting case. He's still developing as a football player, both in terms of on-field skills and the general mentality of being a football player. Olson has been more of a basketball player, but his size and footwork make him an interesting future prospect on the offensive line. He's not a great athlete or anything, but he has very good length and the sort of foot quickness to work out at tackle. Olson is a project and a long-term play for USC. We'll see how it works out.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Keith Olson's Player Grade: C
player grade - 7/8/2021 Cincinnati logo CB Kalen Carroll (Greenwood, IN) commits to Cincinnati  View Class


Cincinnati has been recruiting well this cycle, and the Bearcats are going to challenge Central Florida, Houston and SMU for the top recruiting class in the American - and the top class among all Group of Five schools. Carroll (6-1, 175) is a smooth coverage cornerback who will eventually be the guy to take on the opposition's top receiver. On film, you can see that Carroll is comfortable playing on an island. He is technically sound and scores well with his anticipation and timing. Carroll isn't the fastest corner, but he's a long strider who has good size and plays with proper technique. He looks like a multi-year starter who could turn into a Sunday player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kalen Carroll's Player Grade: B


July 7
player grade - 7/7/2021 Auburn logo K Alex McPherson (Fort Payne, AL) commits to Auburn  View Class


McPherson (5-10, 155) had offers from nearly all the programs in the SEC. He is the No. 1-rated kicker in the nation according to Kohl's Kicking. The website adds, "McPherson separated himself from everyone else by winning multiple competitions and hitting a 65-yard field goal with ease. He has a quiet confidence, which should help him throughout his career."


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Alex McPherson's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/7/2021 Mississippi State logo CB DeCarlos Nicholson (Petal, MS) commits to Mississsippi State  View Class


Nicholson (6-3, 200) is one of the top junior college prospects in the 2022 class and is rated as the top cornerback. He played quarterback in his freshman year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before switching to defense. Nicholson chose Mississippi State over Kentucky, Florida State and Baylor.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
DeCarlos Nicholson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/7/2021 Vanderbilt logo CB Caleb Coley (Warner Robins, GA) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Coley (6-0, 185) is a cornerback who brings a physical edge like a safety. He will knock you into next week if given the chance. The physical tools and tackling ability should project Coley as a boundary corner. You can bring him close to the line of scrimmage so he can help in run support. Coley is a very good open-field tackler, especially good at being the first to run in to defend perimeter screens. He has good range and gets in on the play more times than not.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Caleb Coley's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/7/2021 East Carolina logo OT Jacob Sacra (Baltimore, MD) commits to East Carolina  View Class


Sacra (6-5, 305) is a big tackle prospect with high upside, and he goes to one of the top programs in the nation. All together, he's a very nice get for East Carolina. Sacra has college-ready size, which is a nice addition for a Group of Five school. He has also moved around on the line and could immediately fill a glaring hole as he continues to develop. Sacra gets off the snap well and is good as the point of contact. He moves his legs and grades out well as a run blocker. His pass blocking is a work in progress, but he'll get a lot better quickly playing at a FBS pipeline like St. Frances Academy.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jacob Sacra's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/7/2021 Penn State logo RB Nicholas Singleton (Reading, PA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Singleton (5-11, 207) is in the mix as the best running back in the 2022 class and becomes a major centerpiece of Penn State's top-10 recruiting haul. He is a big play waiting to happen, possessing plus-level burst and top-end speed. Singleton has vision and runs with good balance and toughness. He can consistently get past the first tackler and runs through lazy arm tackles. Singleton fights for extra yardage and has a good forward lean. At times, I think Singleton bounces the play to the outside too quickly and would be better served trying to work in space at the second level. But his weaknesses are minor when looking at the total package. Singleton is a top-end prospect with Sunday potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nicholas Singleton's Player Grade: A


July 6
player grade - 7/6/2021 Michigan logo DE Mario Eugenio (Tampa, FL) commits to Michigan  View Class


Eugenio (6-3, 242) is another very gifted defensive end in a loaded group of them for the state of Florida. His first-step stands out above all else, and he gets off the ball quickly. Eugenio has strong hands, hands like a grown man, and he can be difficult to block once he gets those hands moving around. He may be one of those hybrid-type defensive ends who could also play linebacker, but at this stage, I think he'll have his hand in the ground more times than not. With his size and speed, it will be interesting to see if Eugenio plays on the interior somewhat in college as well.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Mario Eugenio's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/6/2021 West Virginia logo RB Justin Williams (Dallas, GA) commits to West Virginia  View Class


Williams is quite different than the sort of running backs we've seen at West Virginia over many years. He's much more of a North/South runner than a guy who needs to get to the perimeter and work in space. Williams wants to go downhill, and he has some very good top-end speed once he gets rolling. He can produce the big plays and pull away from defenders. Williams has good vision and can diagnose how he's going to attack the second level of a defense before he gets there. There's a lot to like here.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Justin Williams' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/6/2021 Vanderbilt logo LB Bryce Cowan (Tallahassee, FL) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Cowan (6-3, 200) was originally listed as a safety, but he packed on at least 20 pounds in the offseason and now is much more in line with being an off-ball linebacker. Because Cowan has some experience in coverage, moving to the outside linebacker role might work out best. He has some real good physical tools, and now is going to be the time to hone them in and get Cowan focused on the right position. There is some considerable upside with Cowan, but it could take a couple years for him to reach his potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Bryce Cowan's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/6/2021 Coastal Carolina logo ATH Matthew McDoom (Winter Garden, FL) commits to Coastal Carolina  View Class


If McDoom (5-7, 161) were three inches taller, he would probably be a major Power Five prospect and considered among the top-25 cornerbacks in the nation. But Coastal Carolina has reached top-25-poll status with prospects thought to be too small to compete at the highest level. McDoom is a tremendous playmaker and offers great potential on either side of the ball and in special teams. If he is given the ball in space, he will turn it into a chunk play. McDoom can also be a heck of a slot cornerback. He is a natural ball hawk. The speed he possesses puts him at another level compared to most. Just get him the football to make magic happen.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Matthew McDoom's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/6/2021 S Carolina logo DL Felix Hixon (Jackson, GA) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Hixon (6-4, 285) is another prospect who looks like he's physically close to ready for college already. He has a quick first-step off the ball and plays with a lot of effort and determination. Even when the offensive lineman has him blocked, Hixon never stops, forcing the lineman to work much harder to contain him. Hixon is very good against the run and has some traits that make him a natural space eater. He is a guy who also has very good strength in his upper body. Hixon will fight off a block and use a bull rush to knock over a lineman and make a play behind the line of scrimmage. Hixon is not one who will be pushed backward.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Felix Hixon's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/6/2021 Ohio State logo WR Kojo Antwi (Suwanee, GA) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Ohio State is not afraid to go into the Southeast and fight for a big fish in recruiting. Antwi (6-0, 190) is widely considered a top-100 recruit regardless of position. He can run fast and run long, and he's just smooth and clean with his movement. Everything looks natural, like he's gliding. Antwi has good hands and already seems to be able to get additional yards after the catch just because he knows how to find space between him and the defender. He can stretch the field with his impressive long speed. Antwi's hands are strong, and despite not being a huge receiver, he is physical and will fight for the football. He could be the next in a very long line of great receivers to play at Ohio State.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kojo Antwi's Player Grade: A-


July 5
player grade - 7/5/2021 West Virginia logo CB Jacolby Spells (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to West Virginia  View Class


Spells (5-11, 175) is a very physical defensive back despite not having elite size. He has the ability to dislodge the ball from a receiver on every hit. Spells has a great feel for the game, and it shows on both sides of the ball. He's a natural playmaker and has been one on offense for a while. Spells just made the move to defense recently and already shows high level skills as a defensive back. His instincts and reaction time are as good as anyone you'll see on film. If Spells had stuck to playing receiver, Spells would be ranked amongst the best on that side of the football. As it is he's a player that can legitimately go both ways in college and I wouldn't be surprised to see if a coaching staff is creative enough to figure out how to do it.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jacolby Spells' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/5/2021 Indiana logo CB James Monds III (Vero Beach, FL) commits to Indiana  View Class


Monds (5-10, 182) is one of the more physical corners on the board and someone that will take on the challenge of bigger receivers regularly. This kid likes to mix it up with receivers and the tougher the matchup, the better he is. Monds will try and out physical a receiver and get in their head and sometimes he can go a little overboard. He has the skill set to be a very good player in college and he's a fearless competitor. That alone will appeal to head coach Tom Allen. There is no question that Monds can also be a star on special teams as a gunner, kick blocker and even with the ball in his hands.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
James Monds III's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/5/2021 Notre Dame logo S Devin Moore (Naples, FL) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Moore (6-2, 190) has been on the radar since his freshman season and comes from a great program at Naples that has consistently produced well-coached prospects. He has size, speed and a very high football IQ. Those are the traits that all the secondary players at Notre Dame possess, making this a very good program fit. Moore has very good hands and excellent ball skills. You will see him play some wide receiver and bring down passes that other receiver can't. He has good coverage skills and won't get overmatched when he's asked to defend in space. Moore has some crossover skills that will allow him to be used at corner in some situations.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Devin Moore's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/5/2021 Oregon logo OT Kelvin Banks (Humble, TX) commits to Oregon  View Class


Not only did Oregon walk into Texas and pull another prospect, but Banks (6-5, 300) is arguably the top offensive lineman in the country. He has ridiculous wingspan, one that's comparable to a basketball center, and when he hinges properly, there's just no way around him. Banks' footwork looked average in his early junior film and looked above average in the later games I watched, as he grew more active with his movement, and it should continue to improve. He has great lower-body strength, and it shows when he engages with defenders and drives them out of the play. As Banks currently sits, he's almost a plug-and-play type of player or at least the first guy off the bench, but as he continues to develop, I expect him to be a top-end player with All-American potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kelvin Banks' Player Grade: A

Previously Committed to: Oklahoma State 10/1/2019
player grade - 7/5/2021 Penn State logo DL Kaleb Artis (Fresh Meadows, NY) commits to Penn State  View Class


Artis (6-4, 287) had a lot of interest from schools in the southeast, most notably Auburn and Florida State. I wouldn't be surprised if those schools were quietly looking at him as an offensive lineman. I think Penn State, however, will use him on defense, and that's fine because Artis is a good enough athlete that I could see him playing well enough at both positions. Despite his height, Artis does a good job of playing low, and he has the lower-body strength to push offensive linemen off their bases. He can shed blocks and shows good speed in pursuit. Artis gets double-teamed a lot and is savvy enough to get past them even when brute strength doesn't work. I think he could be a three-technique or a nose guard in an even front.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kaleb Artis' Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/5/2021 SMU logo WR Jordan Hudson (Garland, TX) commits to SMU  View Class


Hudson (6-1, 182) is a major commitment for SMU, and the American Conference in general. It's rare that one of AAC schools can land a legitimate talent who is a top-25 player at the position. Hudson is a high-end talent and playmaking machine that could conceivably do it on either side of the ball. Looking at him as a wide receiver, Hudson has a thick-build and looks as physical as he plays. He will fight for the football in the air and isn't afraid to fight through contact to get to the ball. Where Hudson separates himself from the good is with his long speed and ability to get separation down the field. He is a threat to beat anyone deep in a one-on-one situation. If Hudson stays in SMU's class, he might be the best offensive player to play for the Mustangs since Emmanuel Sanders.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jordan Hudson's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 7/5/2021 Michigan logo TE Colston Loveland (Gooding, ID) commits to Michigan  View Class


The state of Idaho produces a small handful of FBS prospects from year to year, although rarely someone on the level of Loveland (6-5, 230), who is a legitimate top-20 tight end. Loveland has been a wide receiver, but he put on considerable weight and now fits the bill of a flex tight end. He has very good hands and uses his size to easily dominate the competition he faces. Loveland is a good athlete, and if he improves his blocking, I could see him being flexed or used as an h-back. Obviously, his competition is a concern in evaluating him, but Loveland's physical tools are worth investing in.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Colston Loveland's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/5/2021 Georgia Tech logo DL K.J. Miles (Jersey City, NJ) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Georgia Tech gets a nice defensive line prospect a little outside of its normal recruiting footprint with Miles (6-3, 290), who chose the Yellow Jackets after official visits to Wisconsin and Texas. Miles gets a good jump off the snap and is strong at the point of contact. He has some considerable upper-body strength and is comfortable plugging the holes and generally taking up space. When Miles gets into the backfield, he will make it count and shows good effort in pursuit. I don't think he's explosive enough to be a three-technique, but as a nose guard, Miles has the traits necessary to be a quality space eater.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
K.J. Miles' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/5/2021 Illinois logo LB Jared Badie (Oswego, IL) commits to Illinois  View Class


Badie (6-4, 215) is the type of prospect who Bret Bielema is looking for at Illinois. Badie has a lot of potential and some very appealing physical tools, but he has a way to go. If Illinois can get Badie on the right program and he shows patience and trusts the process, he has the physical tools to be a very good pass rusher three years from now. Badie is a quick-twitch kid with a great first-step and natural quickness. He'll have to put on some weight and learn how to play with his hand in the ground some of the time. Those are all things that can be taught. Badie has the get-off and the bend that all great pass rushers possess. Now, he just needs to grow and develop his technique.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jared Badie's Player Grade: C+


July 4
player grade - 7/4/2021 Vanderbilt logo ATH K.D. Hutchinson (Hamilton, GA) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Hutchinson (5-7, 170) needed to go somewhere an undersized player is going to see an opportunity beyond being a returner on special teams. He could play slot receiver or slot corner, but look for him to be recruited for his return skills as well because he is dynamic with the ball in his hands. Hutchinson can create big plays on offense or special teams. He can run very fun and has short-space quickness with a nice burst. The team that gets Hutchinson will have to be creative in how to use him in on offense. You can put him in the backfield, have him come on jet sweeps, and run some screens for him. Hutchinson needs to be given the ball in space, where he can break defenders down one-on-one.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
K.D. Hutchinson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/4/2021 North Carolina logo QB Conner Harrell (Alabaster, AL) commits to North Carolina  View Class


Harrell (6-1, 192) chose North Carolina after taking official visits to Michigan, Arizona State and Northwestern, and he will most likely be the only arm the Tar Heels take in the 2022 class. The best way to describe Harrell is a mobile pocket passer. He can pick a secondary apart in the pocket. Harrell throws a pretty ball with a nice release. He is very accurate on the short and intermediate throws. Harrell is a natural leader and a winner. He led his high school to a state championship in 2020, when he threw for over 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns. Harrell can run and escape pressure. He has some very exciting and dynamic qualities. Harrell will need time to add weight and strength. It might take him two seasons to get on the field, but the wait could be worth it.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Conner Harrell's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/4/2021 Iowa State logo TE Andrew Keller (Waumakee, WI) commits to Iowa State  View Class


Keller (6-6, 215) might not show everything right now that I think he will be able to at the next level. He has some ability to be used as a flex player - he can catch the ball and shows nice hands and the ability to challenge for contested balls in the air. But Keller is also going to be able to put his hand in the ground, line up on the inline and be a major factor in the run game. He blocks very well. Keller is a competitor and has a lot of toughness. He is a good athlete who also plays basketball and moves well laterally. I think Keller has potential to be a three-down player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Andrew Keller's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/4/2021 Alabama logo ATH Antonio Kite (Anniston, AL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Kite (6-1, 190) is a two-sport athlete who has legitimate interest from Division I schools to play basketball. He is going to be a corner/safety in college, and his natural fit is at free safety. Kite has high-level ball skills. He isn't just playing the football for a deflection on a breakup; Kite is looking for the turnover and making a big play on defense. He has a great frame and looks like he'll easily be able to carry 200 pounds. Kite moves well with no real signs of stiffness, and that should make him available for some cross training at cornerback. I think he could be a very good boundary cornerback and play the short-side passes or come up and help in run support. Kite is a versatile player who could fit at any one of several positions in the secondary.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Antonio Kite's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/4/2021 Penn State logo DL Zane Durant (Orlando, FL) commits to Penn State  View Class


Durant (6-1, 255) is not the tall, long and rangy type of defensive end who we normally see. He is built more like a tank with a powerful lower body. Durant is not short, but a little undersized, and will probably play at over 260 pounds in college. He is a guy who will line up on the strong side in college and should be excellent at setting the edge. Durant is a very good athlete who participates in track and wrestling. He plays with a high motor and is always running toward the football. Durant is very strong and powerful with good upper-body strength and excellent at the point of contact. He is a guy who may eventually grow into a defensive tackle. Durant's strength comes from his powerful hands, he can shed a block and blow a play up in the backfield.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Zane Durant's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/4/2021 Texas Tech logo RB Maurion Horn (Broken Arrow, OK) commits to Texas Tech  View Class


Horn (5-11, 181) surprised quite a few people when he chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma, but I think the deciding factor came down to Horn's desire to play offense. He could play on either side of the ball, but the Red Raiders really need some playmakers and Horn offers plenty of options as a running back and potentially a wide receiver. Right now, Horn doesn't have the ideal size to be a full-time back, but if he gets to the 200-pound mark, that might change. I wouldn't be surprised if he sticks as a hybrid type of player who plays in the slot a lot but could also take snaps in the backfield. He can run and break big gains out of the backfield with his burst and acceleration. Horn averaged nearly 15 yards per catch, so he's not unfamiliar to participating in the passing game. I think he will find ways to get the football.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Maurion Horn's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/4/2021 Missouri logo RB Tavorus Jones (El Paso, TX) commits to Missouri  View Class


Jones (5-11, 200) is an offensive athlete who plays some quarterback and wide receiver in high school along with being a running back. He projects to be a feature back in time and one who offers three-down versatility. Jones is an exceptional pass catcher out of the backfield and someone who can be split out wide in certain situations as well. He is a fluid, smooth runner with good vision and more breakaway speed than you would expect. Jones is a competitor who will line up anywhere you ask and has a nose for the end zone when the ball is in his hands. He is good in space and can be shifty when going one-on-one with a prospective tackler. Jones is very good player who could develop into an elite running back.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tavorus Jones' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/4/2021 California logo RB Jaydn Ott (Las Vegas, NV) commits to California  View Class


Ott (5-11, 190) is the classic type of West Coast offense running back who can burst through open lanes with quickness and agility while also offering something in the passing game. With everything Ott can do, he is a triple-threat guy, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Ott on punt returns or kick returns. Ott has good size, but his long legs make him seem even taller. He has speed and is a long strider who can separate from second- and third-level defenders. Ott has quickness and can maneuver through tight spaces. Sometimes he's a little too quick to get the hole and would be better served showing some patience. Overall, Ott is a quality back, one of the top 30-35 in the 2022 class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaydn Ott's Player Grade: B


July 3
player grade - 7/3/2021 Rutgers logo CB Davison Igbinosun (Union, NJ) commits to Rutgers  View Class


Igbinosun (6-3, 185) took official visits to Ole Miss, Duke and Pittsburgh, but at the end of the day, he decided to stay in New Jersey and add his name to the Scarlet Knights' impressive class. Igbinosun has great length and the size to be used as an outside corner or in one of the safety positions. He is a technically sound player who can work on either side of the ball. He's a reliable route runner who can move the chains as a receiver and a big, mobile defensive back who plays the ball well and moves with fluidity. Igbinosun's speed does not stand out, and he needs to get stronger. How he develops his physical tools will determine his ultimate success in college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Davison Igbinosun's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/3/2021 S Carolina logo S Emory Floyd (Powder Springs, GA) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Floyd (6-0, 170) has the frame and length you want at the safety position, with plenty of room to put on more mass and grow into his body. He could be an interesting matchup guy who has the quickness to take on players out of the backfield. Floyd is aggressive, and he gets after it on every snap, at times that can be a problem because he'll take himself out of position or get a little too eager and draw a flag. There is some risk/reward with Floyd's game, and he needs to play with more patience and trust his skills. Floyd can make the tackles from the safety position and help with run defense, but at times, he looks awkward and doesn't take the right angles.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Emory Floyd's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/3/2021 Oregon State logo DL Quincy Wright (Duncanville, TX) commits to Oregon State  View Class


Wright (6-2, 265) is one of the more underrated players from a Duncanville program that's loaded with top prospects. He is a natural interior guy who can shed blocks and get in the backfield or take on a double team and free up a linebacker to clean up the mess. Wright is a hard worker with a good motor and a player who will do whatever is asked. Oregon State needs defensive linemen, and Wright is a player who can offer snaps as a freshman. I'm not sure how much upside there is with Wright, but he should be a stable, productive player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Quincy Wright's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/3/2021 Penn State logo LB Keon Wylie (Philadelphia, PA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Wylie (6-1, 210) is a very athletic defensive player who offers a few possibilities. He plays defensive end on most of his film, but he doesn't have the height or length to do that in the Big Ten. As a linebacker, however, Wylie can play the Mike position or line up off the ball. He offers sideline-to-sideline play and can double as an edge rusher because of his previous experience. Wylie can play low and is excellent off the snap. He uses his hands productively and can get himself off blocks quickly. Playing linebacker will offer some familiarity for Wylie and some changes. He'll have to prove he can play in space and drop in coverage to be on the outside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Keon Wylie's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/3/2021 Oklahoma logo OT Jacob Sexton (Edmond, OK) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Sexton (6-5, 285) had quite the battle brewing with official visits to Texas A&M, Alabama and Texas, but he's been on Oklahoma's radar since he was a freshman and the Sooners' persistence eventually paid off. He has the size that should put him at either tackle position, but I wouldn't be surprised if he plays guard. Sexton is a drive blocker who shows good lower body strength and plays with leverage. He has a real mean streak and a finisher's mentality. From looking at his film, the way he approaches defenders makes it easy to see his wrestling background. Sexton has pretty good feet and plays with a lot of effort. He looks like a prospect who loves football and enjoys battling in the trenches.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jacob Sexton's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/3/2021 Arkansas logo CB Jaylen Lewis (Brownsville, TN) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Lewis (5-11, 175) has bigger length and a large defensive radius in relation to his height. He is a competitor who routinely takes on bigger wide receivers and generally holds his own through both athleticism and the willingness to get physical and challenge for the ball. Lewis has quickness and is better than average when it comes to reaction time. His overall speed is average, and I can't get a good grasp on his long speed. I like Lewis as a slot cornerback because of his feet and quickness, so he should be able to defend those short routes. Lewis' ability to challenge for the ball also makes him a good defender in the red zone.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaylen Lewis' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/3/2021 Texas logo OL Cole Hutson (Frisco, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Hutson (6-5, 317) is a stout interior offensive lineman who comes from a run-heavy offense in high school and likes to get his hands dirty. He seems to be most comfortable as a zone blocker and has much better feet than I had expected. Hutson can move and get to the second level quick enough to take on multiple guys off the snap. Hutson has decent lower-body strength, but he could stand to improve his upper body strength and overall short-space strength. He has a good football IQ and is likely to end up as a center when it's all said and done. Hutson has some areas to improve, especially with his hands, but he could project out to be one of the best centers in this class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cole Hutson's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 7/3/2021 Missouri logo OL DeShawn Woods (Omaha, NE) commits to Missouri  View Class


Woods (6-4, 265) is an athletic offensive line prospect who could grow into a tackle position or just be a super athletic guard for the Tigers' fast-paced offense. He is a tough competitor and looks like a prospect with good balanced strength, and Woods combines that with some excellent movement and footwork. The more I look at the film, the more I think Woods could be a heck of a center in college. The way he gets off the ball reminds me of a smaller Cam Irving. And Irving was a converted defensive lineman. Woods has the hands and plays at the proper pad level. He is good at the point of contact and plays with a bit of a mean streak, but he is more of a guy who just wants to finish each block.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
DeShawn Woods' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 7/3/2021 Notre Dame logo CB Jayden Bellamy (Oradell, NJ) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Bellamy (5-11, 175) is a prospect who has shown he can offer opportunities at safety or cornerback in the secondary. He has the ideal size for cornerback, and I would guess he'll rotate between the slot and the outside. Bellamy plays on both sides of the ball and is a natural playmaker, so there might be some interest in him playing wide receiver or at least getting the ball in his hands on kick or punt returns. He is a smart football player. He can read the field, read the quarterback's eyes, and moves instinctively. Bellamy plays the ball well and shows plus-level anticipation. The big questions are his long speed and if he can improve his strength. Sometimes, Bellamy relies too much on anticipation.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jayden Bellamy's Player Grade: B


July 2
player grade - 7/2/2021 Florida State logo TE Jerrale Powers (Duncanville, TX) commits to Florida State  View Class


Florida State continues to try to address the tight end position with numbers. Powers (6-4, 235) is the sixth tight end or athlete the Seminoles staff is converting to tight end over the past three classes. Powers looks great, possessing a tremendous physique and some physical tools. He has good hands and seems to do a good job in one-on-one situations that favor his skill set. Powers lacks explosion and long speed, which I believe will take away the ability to be a regular flex. My other concern is the lack of blocking film. Powers obviously has the size to be an inline player, but he's going to have to improve his blocking. He is a project with some upside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jerrale Powers' Player Grade: C
player grade - 7/2/2021 Oregon logo OT Cameron Williams (Duncanville, TX) commits to Oregon  View Class


They don't get much bigger than Williams (6-5, 360), as Oregon shows off its national recruiting footprint by going into Texas. Williams is a guy who could play the tackle position on either side, and he projects to be an absolute wall of protection for the offensive weapons. He has a good wide base and gets his hands out in front of him well on pass blocking. Williams can be a little inconsistent getting to the second level, but when he gets there, he is putting a defender on the ground. Williams will need to get his feet moving better and develop more athleticism, but his size is something you can't teach.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cameron Williams' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/2/2021 Tennessee logo OT Masai Reddick (Detroit, MI) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Reddick (6-5, 325) is a good selling point for how camps can help a prospect. He obviously has the size you can't teach, but Reddick used the camp season to take in coaching and improve his overall presentationm so when he went to the summer prospect camps, he earned Power Five offers. He is still growing as an aggressive blocker. Reddick has decent feet with the pass protection, and he has some upper body strength and good hands. There's a lot of development to be done, and using the teachings he learned this offseason for a strong senior year is a good start.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Masai Reddick's Player Grade: C
player grade - 7/2/2021 Penn State logo OT J.B. Nelson (Pittsburgh, PA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Nelson (6-5, 315) is a Pittsburgh native who will come to Penn State from Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College. He is rated as one of the top-five offensive line prospects from the junior college ranks. He could play tackle or guard on the line and will have three years of eligibility remaining when he arrives at Penn State.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
J.B. Nelson's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/2/2021 LSU logo K Nathan Dibert (Hartland, MI) commits to LSU  View Class


Dibert (5-11, 190) has earned a five-star rating as a kicker and four-and-a-half star rating as a punter by Kohl's Kicking. Their evaluation for him states, "Dibert has a big leg in both kicking and punter. The lefty was able to hit many of the biggest kickoffs in the country. His field goals were impressive, he made 24 out of 25 kicks at one point in camp."


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nathan Dibert's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/2/2021 Texas logo OL Connor Robertson (Austin, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Robertson (6-3, 295) is listed as a tackle by some, but more recent measurements would seem to solidify the projection of him as an interior guy. He plays right tackle in high school, but that's not unusual. Robertson's skill set, however, is that of a guard who is a bit of a road grader. I love the way Robertson plays - he takes no prisoners and is always ready to battle at the point of contact. Robertson, at times, might go hunting for a body a little bit too much, but that's a good problem to have. He's a steady pass blocker and shows signs of being one of those linemen who is good at everything that can set the tone physically for the unit.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Connor Robertson's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/2/2021 S Carolina logo ATH Nick Emmanwori (Columbia, SC) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Emmanwori (6-3, 205) is a big athlete who might have outgrown the safety position with a spurt over the summer. He has good athleticism, which might be a little underrated in the rankings. On film, Emmanwori can run and cover a lot of ground. He offers sideline-to-sideline coverage and a motor that shows itself when he's in pursuit. If Emmanwori puts on a lot of weight, it's conceivable to see him ending up as an edge rusher. He is a physical hitter, but he could be better with his technique when he comes to tackling and wrapping up the ball-carrier. Emmanwori's ability to cover and play the football are traits he has carried over from his time in the secondary.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nick Emmanwori's Player Grade: B
player grade - 7/2/2021 Oregon logo WR Nicholas Anderson (Katy, TX) commits to Oregon  View Class


Oregon dips into Texas again to grab outside receiver prospect Anderson (6-3, 192), who chose the Ducks over USC, Penn State and Notre Dame after taking official visits to all four schools. Anderson is an interesting prospect because he projects as a future No. 1 or No. 2 receiver, but he doesn't have particularly great numbers in high school because of the offense. He catches most everything that comes in his direction. Anderson has some long speed and the size to win physical matchups in the secondary. He looks most comfortable running routes that move the sticks, and he will occasionally catch a defense in a vulnerable position for a deep shot. Anderson's upside is fairly high, and he could be very good in an offense that asks more of him.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nicholas Anderson's Player Grade: B


July 1
player grade - 7/1/2021 Mississippi logo DL Zxavian Harris (Madison, MS) commits to Ole Miss  View Class


Harris (6-7, 331) is a monster-sized defensive line prospect, and naturally when you see the 6-foot-7 height, there is a desire to suggest a move to offensive tackle. I'm not saying that wouldn't happen here, but Harris looks like a potentially dominant defensive tackle who could play on Sundays. There's nothing on film to suggest that he can be capably blocked one-on-one, and even double teams have a hard time with him. Harris could play nose guard and take on two blockers every snap or play three-technique and show up some very intriguing skills as an interior pass rusher. He is explosive off the ball and surprises linemen with how quick that first-step is. My only concern might be Harris staying in shape. Otherwise, he is a top-flight defensive line prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Zxavian Harris' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 7/1/2021 Tennessee logo DL Jordan Phillips (Ocoee, FL) commits to Tenneesse  View Class


Phillips (6-2, 295) is a prospect who has the physical traits you look for in a defensive tackle. He is a good athlete who is a state qualifier in wrestling and weightlifting. Phillips' wrestling ability shines through on film because he plays low, plays with leverage, and knows how to take people down. He has a quick first-step that allows him to get through the line of scrimmage, and he makes his presence known at the point of contact. Phillips shows some good technique, and he can get off a double team because he uses his hands well. He is stout against the run as well. Phillips is a tough, gritty player, and Tennessee needs more of those guys.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jordan Phillips' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/1/2021 Washington logo ATH Emeka Megwa (Keller, TX) commits to Washington  View Class


Megwa (6-1, 218) is a big running back who would fit the mold of a high-volume, bruising tailback. Washington has expanded its recruiting footprint quite a bit in the past two years, and the program now dipped into Texas for one of the better players out of the state. Megwa offers three-down usage because he can catch the ball out of the backfield and he's big enough to be functional in pass protection. Despite Megwa's size, he doesn't have a real physical style, and I'd say he avoids contact a little too much, breaking to the sidelines when he should be going downhill. Megwa's speed is good, but not great. He can break a big one, but he is more reliable for moderate gains and moving the chains.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Emeka Megwa's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/1/2021 Oklahoma State logo WR Talyn Shettron (Edmond, OK) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class


Shettron (6-3, 195) and his brother, Tabry, committed to the Cowboys at the same time. Talyn Shettron had previously been committed to Oklahoma. He is a big, outside receiver heading to a program that has done very well by players with his skill set. Shettron is a big-play guy who gets vertical and has long speed. He can stretch a defense and has the straight-line speed to separate from most defensive backs. Shettron is a good athlete who also plays basketball. He plays like a big receiver; he can high-point the 50-50 balls and will use his body to box out defenders in red-zone situations. Shettron's physical tools compare favorably to any wide receiver in this class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Talyn Shettron's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 7/1/2021 Oklahoma State logo TE Tabry Shettron (Edmond, OK) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class


Shettron (6-3, 215) is a little bigger than his twin brother, Talyn, and projects as more of a tight end. Tabry Shettron can catch some passes, but I'm not sure if he will be a flex guy. I think he might offer more value as an h-back, because he can block a little and seems to have enough upper-body strength to improve as a blocker. Shettron is a player who is going to need to be developed and get some time in the weight room to be the player who Oklahoma State envisions he'll be.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tabry Shettron's Player Grade: C
player grade - 7/1/2021 S Carolina logo WR Landon Samson (Southlake, TX) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Samson (6-0, 185) was thought to be a lean to Nebraska for a while, but some new offers came through in the spring and summer, and Samson surprised a few by choosing South Carolina. He could play on the outside, but his best fit in my opinion is in the slot. Samson is an advanced route runner. He knows where he needs to be on the field. If it's a third-and-eight, he doesn't run a six-yard route and assume he can get the yards after the catch ... he runs the routes to the sticks. Samson has great hands. He's a solid prospect who projects as a reliable No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Landon Samson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/1/2021 Louisville logo OT Izaiah Reed (Jackson, TN) commits to Louisville  View Class


Reed is an offensive line prospect with a good, ideal size (6-6, 288). He is a decent athlete and plays on defense as well. Reed has good feet and shows some signs of functional lateral movement. He is aggressive for an offensive tackle. Reed gets off the snap well, and he's good at the point of contact, delivering that initial punch. I see some talent as a drive blocker, and he moves well enough to protect the edge, although Reed leaves himself open for the inside move. Reed has some great physical tools. I could see him really emerging as a top lineman on the team after a couple of years.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Izaiah Reed's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 7/1/2021 SMU logo DE Michael Ibukun-Okeyode (Rowlett, TX) commits to SMU  View Class


Right now, I have SMU's potential class hovering around the top-40, which is very impressive for an American Conference team, especially one not named Houston or Central Florida. The Mustangs have a couple of blue-chippers on the vine, and while Ibukun-Okeyode (6-4, 235) isn't quite there, he is a very good pass-rush prospect with a ton of Power Five offers. Ibukun-Okeyode is twitchy with a big frame. I think he offers some different opportunities along the line from being a natural edge rusher to growing and playing some three-technique.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Michael Ibukun-Okeyode's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 7/1/2021 Syracuse logo LB Mekhi Mason (Opa Locka, FL) commits to Syracuse  View Class


Mason (6-1, 215) can play middle linebacker or play on the outside. His ability to play in space makes him capable of playing on the outside, but his size and physicality are a natural for playing the Mike position. Mason offers sideline to sideline coverage, and he has the motor to track down any play that happens in his sightline. He is very active on defense and offers a lot of scheme versatility - you don't see him line up at the same position. Mason can help in run support or drop into coverage and play the pass.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Mekhi Mason's Player Grade: C+


June 30
player grade - 6/30/2021 Ohio State logo CB Terrance Brooks (Little Elm, TX) commits to Ohio State  View Class


All the big guns in the nation were after Brooks (5-11, 185), one of the top cornerbacks in the country, but Ohio State came out the winner in this recruiting battle. Brooks' length makes it seem like he's a 6-foot-2 cornerback. He has some long arms and reach to challenge any pass thrown in his direction. Brooks possesses elite-level ball skills, and he is a guy who takes pride in creating turnovers and negative plays for the offense. He's not afraid of contact and will come up on the perimeter to make tackles. Brooks is explosive with good speed, but his deep speed could get better. Overall, he's a dynamic, fast-twitch athlete who projects as one of the top players in the class regardless of position.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Terrance Brooks' Player Grade: A
player grade - 6/30/2021 Stanford logo OT Lucas Heyer (St. Paul, MN) commits to Stanford  View Class


Stanford has been fairly quiet in recruiting so far, which isn't a surprise, but the Cardinal staff goes into the Midwest to pluck Heyer (6-5, 300), one of the best offensive line prospects in the region. He is a two-way lineman in high school, but I expect he'll go to full-time offense in college, and he could play somewhere on the offensive line other than left tackle. I don't think Heyer has the feet for the left tackle position. If I had to guess, I'd say left guard is Heyer's future position, but he could be a swing tackle. Heyer's a good run blocker and gets his power from the bottom up. He plays at the proper pad level and shows the necessary physical traits to be a starting lineman in college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Lucas Heyer's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/30/2021 Central Florida logo DL Keahnist Thompson (Lakeland, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class


I really like what Central Florida is doing in recruiting, especially what the staff is doing on both sides of the line. Thompson (6-3, 255) is a good athlete; he is playing defensive end and tight end in high school. As a tight end, he is a physical blocker who plays inline and is a major asset to the run game. On defense, Thompson gets around the corner with ease against most of the high school players he goes up again. Thompson, however, is probably going to be a three-technique at the next level, and I think he has the skill set to be a dynamic pass rusher on the interior. There is some scheme versatility with Thompson, and I expect Central Florida will move him around on the line to find the favorable matchup.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Keahnist Thompson's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/30/2021 North Carolina logo CB Marcus Allen (Marietta, GA) commits to North Carolina  View Class


Allen (6-2, 163) has size and length, and he'll get a little heavier on the frame than what he is right now. He can play corner or safety in college, and I expect he'll play deep safety most of the time and move into an outside corner position when the scheme calls for it. Allen's length allows him to move receivers off their routes. As Allen adds size, I expect he'll be much more effective at being physical with pass catchers. His ability to get his head around at the right time and knock passes down is nice. Allen isn't afraid to stick his head in the fray and will come up and help in run support.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Marcus Allen's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/30/2021 Stanford logo OT Kenji Swanson (Chatsworth, CA) commits to Stanford  View Class


Stanford grabbed its second prospect on the offensive line in the day when Swanson (6-6, 305) chose the program over Oregon. Injuries kept Swanson off the field as a junior, but he spent some time on the camp circuit this summer to reassure teams that were interested in him. Swanson is more of a natural tackle with his length and footwork. On his sophomore film, Swanson shows great athleticism - He gets about 40 yards down the field on one clip as a lead blocker. Swanson has quick, shifty feet and uses his hands well. He is physical and finishes blocks with emphasis.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kenji Swanson's Player Grade: B


June 29
player grade - 6/29/2021 Boston College logo ATH R.J. Maryland (Southlake, TX) commits to Boston College  View Class


Maryland (6-4, 217) is a big wide receiver who will likely grow into being a flex tight end and part of a newer, updated offense that head coach Jeff Hafley is developing with his recruiting classes. Maryland comes from a great football pedigree. His father, Russell Maryland, is a former No. 1-overall pick of the Dallas Cowboys and star of the Miami Hurricanes. Ironically, Boston College beat out Miami after Maryland took official visits to both schools.

Maryland is a big-play machine from the tight end position, with 30 catches for 736 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging a remarkable 24.5 yards per catch. As Boston College tries to open up the offense, a pass-catching tight end will have a major role in the future. Maryland is hoping to be that guy.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
R.J. Maryland's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/29/2021 Wisconsin logo OT Joe Brunner (Milwaukee, WI) commits to Wisconsin  View Class


Brunner (6-5, 300) is a legitimate top-10 offensive line prospect in the 2022 class and is exactly the type of prospect who has made Wisconsin one of the premier destinations for offensive linemen for two decades. He checks off all the toughness boxes - he's mean, nasty and ready to get into a trench battle. But he's also technically sound. Brunner's footwork is plus level. He plays with leverage and at the right pad level. Brunner is a guy who takes pride in putting a defender on their behind. He is a drive blocker who jumps off the ball and is ready for that initial contact. Pass protection could improve, but the upside there is also very good. We will see Brunner as one of the anchors on the Badgers' line in a few years.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Joe Brunner's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 6/29/2021 Mississippi logo TE Kyirin Heath (Mansfield, TX) commits to Ole Miss  View Class


Heath (6-4, 233) is a player who I could see Lane Kiffin doing some interesting things with. He's a good enough receiver to be used as a flex guy and a mismatch, but Heath is also an aggressive blocker who enjoy that aspect of playing tight end, giving him three-down usage. Heath is athletic, but not necessarily a burner. He does, however, have a good catch radius and knows how to physically take a defender out of the play in one-on-one situations. I like Heath's fit at Ole Miss with Kiffin designing the plays.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kyirin Heath's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/29/2021 Indiana logo TE Ryan Miller (Chagrin Falls, OH) commits to Indiana  View Class


Miller (6-6, 218) is another big receiver who will eventually grow into a tight end. He has a big frame and can get to the 250-pound mark or bigger, in my opinion. Miller can make plays after the catch and shows a little elusiveness in space. He will also get downfield if the deep safety isn't paying attention. Miller is a decent blocker on the perimeter, but he's hasn't shown much in terms of being effective in-line. In a two-tight end set, Miller would be the wild card, but I'd like to see what happens when he fills out and can be a blocking/receiving threat in-line.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ryan Miller's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/29/2021 Oregon logo LB T.J. Dudley (Montgomery, AL) commits to Oregon  View Class


Oregon went into the heart of SEC country to snag Dudley (6-1, 212), showing the program's recruiting reach under Mario Cristobal remains strong. Dudley is a guy who could play in the box or offer plenty of snaps off the ball. I think he'll end up on the inside because he's a physical, rugged player whp invites contact. Dudley is a converted running back, and one who ran with power. As a linebacker, he shows the ability to attack the gaps and get to the ball-carrier. Dudley is a good athlete and offers sideline-to-sideline coverage. He is explosive off the ball and could also find a role as a blitzer.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
T.J. Dudley's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/29/2021 Purdue logo RB Kentrell Marks (Cleveland, OH) commits to Purdue  View Class


Marks (6-1, 180) is listed at running back, but I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up as a wide receiver or a defensive back. He has played wide receiver on the camp circuit and has been given high marks for his hands. Marks proved to be a very productive player out of the backfield, gaining almost 1,500 yards and scoring over 20 touchdowns for Valley Forge High as a junior. He runs a little high, but the footwork is smooth, and Marks is a natural athlete. I think a position change is in the works for college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kentrell Marks' Player Grade: C+


June 28
player grade - 6/28/2021 Texas logo RB Jamarion Miller (Tyler, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Miller (5-9, 192) offers a major injection of speed to the backfield. He has a verified track time of 10.71 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and it shows on the field, where he is a bona fide home run hitter. Miller is a sturdy, well-built prospect who clearly spends time in the weight room and runs with more power than you would expect from a speed back. He can catch passes out of the backfield or line up at wide receiver, showing multi-purpose usage in an offense. Miller is natural at running between the tackles and exploding through openings. His vision, feet and agility are all plus level. This is one of the top-15-20 running backs in the nation.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jamarion Miller's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/28/2021 Virginia Tech logo TE Daequan Wright (Perry, GA) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds Wright is one of the bigger receivers on the board, and he could easily grow into a tight end. He has a powerful looking body with a lot of functional strength, and he smartly uses his size and frame to help him get open. Wright lacks great speed and will need to improve his first-step off the snap. You will see him line up in the slot and to the outside, and if he transitions to tight end, expect Wright to be a flex tight end almost exclusively. I think Wright could improve his burst off the line of scrimmage. He will be effective inside the red zone and on third down.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Daequan Wright's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/28/2021 Stanford logo QB Ashton Daniels (Buford, GA) commits to Stanford  View Class


Daniels (6-3, 200) has good size. He also is a pretty good athlete who also plays lacrosse, which is an interesting sport for a future quarterback. Daniels is a natural runner, and a player who can beat you with his legs. His arm strength is pretty solid, and the ball generally comes off his hands pretty well. Daniels still needs to develop as a passer and improve his overall passing tree. He is another quarterback who needs to trust his ability. Daniels' accuracy is a question mark, as he will wait until a receiver gets open to throw to them. What I do like is Daniels' ability to play under center or out of the shotgun. Most quarterbacks struggle playing under center, but Daniels can and can execute the necessary drops.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ashton Daniels' Player Grade: C
player grade - 6/28/2021 Michigan State logo QB Katin Houser (Bellflower, CA) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Houser (6-3, 200) is a former commit to Boise State. He is quickly establishing himself among the best quarterbacks in the nation after an appearance in the Elite 11 showcase. Houser has a good body and a good frame that can take on more weight. He is very poised and comfortable in the pocket. Houser can sling it with accuracy and puts the ball on the money consistently, even on the deeper routes. He can stand in the pocket and keep his eyes on the target even if the rush is bearing down on him. Houser is athletic enough to get outside the pocket and pick up yards on a scramble as well. I am really impressed with Houser. He looks like a top-20 quarterback.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Katin Houser's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/28/2021 Virginia logo OT Brody Meadows (Bluefield, VA) commits to Virginia  View Class


Meadows (6-6, 278) and Virginia have been linked together for a few years now, and his commitment was made after a recent official visit. He's big and nasty with a large wide frame and a base that's perfect for an offensive tackle. Meadows is a tough blocker, the kind of a bully who will put a defensive lineman on the ground and then go searching for another victim. Meadows must get more athletic and improve his footwork. He will also need to improve his bend. But Meadows is a solid line prospect who could develop into a multi-year starter.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Brody Meadows' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/28/2021 Wisconsin logo DL Curtis Neal (Cornelius, NC) commits to Wisconsin  View Class


Neal (6-1, 290) is going to be a nose guard at the next level and is a good fit for Wisconsin's 3-4 alignment. He is strong off the snap and always manages to get in the first blow during trench warfare. Neal is an active big body in the middle; he's always moving his feet and his hands and trying to split the blockers to penetrate into the backfield. Neal isn't particularly a great athlete, but he plays with a high motor and a lot of effort. He can shed blockers, but he needs to be more consistent with it. He isn't afraid to of contact and is always willing to battle offensive linemen.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Curtis Neal's Player Grade: C+


June 27
player grade - 6/27/2021 Clemson logo LB Jihaad Campbell (Bradenton, FL) commits to Clemson  View Class


Campbell (6-6, 220) is a fast-twitch defensive end with exceptional length and quickness around the corner. He is quick off the ball and can put pressure on the quarterback consistently. Campbell also has the ability to drop into coverage and make plays defending the passing game as an off-ball linebacker. He is a long and athletic with the ability to bend around the edge despite his height. He also displays tremendous body control. hWith the spread offenses all over college football, you need guys who can move in space. Campbell is very athletic, continues to pursue the play, and can run all over the field. He is explosive off the ball.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jihaad Campbell's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 6/27/2021 Kansas logo CB Jalon Peoples (Cedar Hill, TX) commits to Kansas  View Class


This is big recruiting win for Kansas, which dipped into Texas to grab Peoples over offers from Baylor, Texas Tech and Iowa. Peoples has ideal size (5-11, 175) for a cornerback. He is a good strider with pretty long arms. Peoples uses his hands well off the snap to divert wide receivers off their routes. It looks like he has some very good strength, and he plays with a physical intent. Peoples can run, but he's more of a technique cornerback who plays routes and uses his instincts and anticipation over raw athleticism.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jalon Peoples' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/27/2021 Washington logo DL Ben Roberts (Salt Lake City, UT) commits to Washington  View Class


One thing you can say about Washington's football program is that it usually has some tough, physically imposing players in the trenches. Roberts (6-3, 290) looks the part and has some real athleticism, as he's played tight end in 7-on-7 play around the circuit. He is explosive off the snap and is a total pain in the butt for blockers to handle. Roberts is technically sound and occasionally violent with his hands. He is tough and sturdy against the run and can get gap penetration to generate some interior pass rush.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ben Roberts' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/27/2021 Mississippi logo S Taylor Groves (Cross Plains, TN) commits to Ole Miss  View Class


Groves (6-2, 180) is one of the top defensive backs in the region and a definite centerpiece of the secondary class that Ole Miss is putting together. A former Michigan commit, Groves is the type of player who can play some deep safety or come up and provide defense in the box. Groves can run well enough to play some corner against bigger outside receivers. His ball skills are still a little undetermined, but his athleticism is legitimate, and he should be able to help the Ole Miss defense several ways.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Taylor Groves' Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: Michigan 2/5/2021
player grade - 6/27/2021 Pittsburgh logo WR Camden Brown (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


Brown (6-3, 190) is quickly moving up the ranks. He may end up one of the top-two to three wide receiver prospects in the state if he continues to improve at this rapid pace. He has the size to be physical and the speed to run by most defensive backs. The size-speed combination isn't as prevalent in Florida this year as year's past. Brown can take the quick slant and turn it into a chunk play. He also has some deep speed to stretch out a defense. Brown has good hands, but sometimes he can look the ball in. He just needs to clean up some things for you to expect him to excel in college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Camden Brown's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/27/2021 S Carolina logo S Anthony Rose (Miami, FL) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Rose (6-3, 190) is a two-way player who is all but certain to end up on defense at the next level. With his size and range, he should project as a deep safety or rover, but he could always put on some weight and end up as a box defender playing more of a safety/linebacker hybrid role. Even at safety, Rose is comfortable enough to come up to the line of scrimmage and snuff out the run game. Rose will also keep his eyes wide as a pass defender and sniff out screen passes. He is quick enough to get under the block of an outside receiver as well. Rose's size, range and athletic ability make him a prospect who could be developed into something special.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Anthony Rose's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/27/2021 Cincinnati logo TE Marcus Peterson (Lake City, FL) commits to Cincinnati  View Class


Depending on how you look at Peterson he will either grow into being a tight end or stay as a big, outside receiver. He is a great athlete. Peterson can line up anywhere on the field and make an impact, but he'll have to show some improvement as a blocker before he can be trusted to play inline. He runs routes where he knows how to get separation. Peterson can adjust to the football when it is in the air and use his body to box out defenders. He can work as a possession receiver who will move the sticks.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Marcus Peterson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/27/2021 East Carolina logo OL Ethan Lang (Bradenton, FL) commits to East Carolina  View Class


Lang (6-3, 317) is quite an unfinished product, but spending a year at IMG Academy should help him work on the areas that need improvement. He moves well laterally and shows some active footwork, even though he can get a little careless with his feet at times. Lang's technique is pretty good, surely a byproduct of the coaching he has received at IMG Academy. He is a solid prospect, but has limited upside and I don't think he can offer much in the way of tackle depth - Lang is a pure interior player. He does have pretty good strength.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ethan Lang's Player Grade: C
player grade - 6/27/2021 North Carolina logo OL Justin Kanyuk (Bethlehem, PA) commits to North Carolina  View Class


Kanyuk (6-5, 285) is a big body who could play right tackle or either of the guard positions. He has shown an improved body and good footwork during camp season, which has him rising on a lot of boards with Power Five programs. His junior film shows some areas that need work, like his bend and ability to play with leverage. Kanyuk probably doesn't have the lateral movement to play tackle with any regularity. I think he's a guard, and he could be a good one with time and development.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Justin Kanyuk's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/27/2021 Arkansas logo DL Nico Davillier (Maumelie, AR) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Davillier (6-3, 272) is an athletic, versatile defensive lineman who can offer a lot of options. He played some goal-line wildcat quarterback in his earlier high school days, which showed off some of his athleticism. I think Daviller's natural position in college will be as a three-technique, but he could move around and generate mismatches. Daviller has some good strength, and he plays with effort and intensity. He is pretty raw from a technique standpoint, but that's an area he can improve in time. Daviller could also be better with his hands and play with a little more leverage.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nico Davillier's Player Grade: B-


June 26
player grade - 6/26/2021 Maryland logo ATH Perry Fisher (Tallahassee, FL) commits to Maryland  View Class


Fisher (6-2, 183) plays quarterback for his high school, but he will be an athlete in college, likely on the defensive side of the ball. He is a creator at quarterback and a player who understands how to get the ball to the right guys - the playmakers. He is a great athlete, and a lot of his skills should translate to defensive back or possibly wide receiver. I expect he'll transition into more of an athlete role in his senior year in high school to get needed reps on the defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Perry Fisher's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/26/2021 Florida State logo DL Bishop Thomas (Orlando, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


Thomas (6-2, 300) played his first years of high school football in New Orleans, at St. Augustine High School, but he has moved to Orlando and will play for Bishop Moore High School as a senior. He has a quick first-step and is violent with his hands. Thomas has the ability to line up at defensive end and come around the corner or set the edge, but he'll likely spend the majority of his snaps on the inside. He is very active with a consistent motor. Thomas plays with effort and intensity. He is relentless in trying to get to the backfield and get to the ball-carrier.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Bishop Thomas' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/26/2021 Notre Dame logo OT Ashton Craig (Lawrenceburn, IN) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Craig (6-5, 280) is a solid in-state offensive line prospect who has put on about 25 pounds during the past year and really looks the part. He is a good athlete and moves his feet well in a shuffle and laterally. Craig can slide well in pass blocking and advance to the second level with run blocking. He is a "good body" kid who can bend well and hold his stance. Craig plays tackle and has the size to work out as a right tackle, but he is a more natural fit at guard. Notre Dame is apparently looking at him as a center. At worst, Craig provides versatility because he can lineup at several different positions.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ashton Craig's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/26/2021 UCLA logo ATH Mekhi Fox (Pasadena, CA) commits to UCLA  View Class


Fox (6-1, 192) is a talented, tough two-way player who could offer some intriguing opportunities in the secondary at the next level, but might get his start on offense first. As a wide receiver, Fox is a big, physical kid who has strong hands. He isn't a big speed guy, but he can make tough catches, break tackles and get to the sticks. I love Fox's mentality on offense - he doesn't give an inch and he'll fight for the football. He turns 50-50 balls into 80-20 balls with his ability to battle for the catch.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Mekhi Fox's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/26/2021 Central Florida logo LB T.J. Bullard (Tampa, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class


Bullard (6-1, 185) has put on some weight and grow into looking like more of a linebacker. He is a decent athlete who can drop into space and make plays. Bullard comes from a pedigree - his father, Thaddeus Bullard, played defensive line at Florida in the mid-late '90s and is now a profession wrestler known by the name "Titus O'Neil". The younger Bullard can run, and he has a good football IQ - he can recognize a play and make the necessary adjustments.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
T.J. Bullard's Player Grade: C
player grade - 6/26/2021 Kentucky logo OT Nikolas Hall (Austin, TX) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Kentucky rarely recruits in Texas, but Hall (6-6, 300) is the son of former Wildcats lineman Antonio Hall. The elder Hall was a Parade All-American in the Class of 2000 and eventually developed into a First-Team All-SEC performer at Kentucky. Nikolas Hall has very good size and length, but he is much more of an unfinished product. He gives very good effort and shows signs of being a solid blocker and pass protector. Hall has good feet and shows improvement in his hands as I go through his film. He'll need to get more athletic and more comfortable with physical play. These are things that can be improved with more reps and time.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nikolas Hall's Player Grade: C
player grade - 6/26/2021 Mississippi logo LB Reginald Hughes (Tunica, MS) commits to Ole Miss  View Class


Hughes (6-2, 230) is playing at Northeast Mississippi Community College. He could be linebacker or an edge rusher at Ole Miss. He had 23 tackles and 3.5 sacks in a JUCO season shortened because of the pandemic. Hughes also had seven tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. He will have three years to play two seasons when he enrolls at Ole Miss in January.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Reginald Hughes' Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/26/2021 Texas A&M logo LB Ish Harris (Pilot Point, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Harris (6-3, 195) is a two-way player in high school and had a few programs interested in using him as a running back or possibly an outside wide receiver. But defense is more likely to be Harris' calling, and I think he could work out as an off-ball linebacker or a standard middle linebacker. He could also work as a safety/linebacker hybrid who will defend in the box. Harris is an aggressive, and that will serve him well as he goes to defense full time. He has length and is good enough in space that playing on the weak side looks like a natural fit.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ish Harris' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/26/2021 Florida State logo OL Kanaya Charlton (Brunswick, GA) commits to Florida State  View Class


Charlton (6-3, 354) is a big, strong and physical offensive lineman. You can see him use his hands, and he is very violent for a big guy. He will hit a defender and move them backward. Charlton plays with a defined mean streak - he'll finish blocks and he'll get into the occasional shoving match after the whistle. Kanaya gets on a defender and fights with them to the sound of the whistle. He comes off the ball low and has pretty good leverage. He moves well for a big guy, but he's not a super athlete. His weight is a concern; he has dropped some from 365 pounds, and he'll have to continue to show commitment and get down to the 330-pound range.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kanaya Charlton's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/26/2021 Duke logo OL Steven Nahmias (Atlanta, GA) commits to Duke  View Class


Nahmias (6-3, 285) is a good fit for Duke. He is a quality player and an exceptional student who carries a 4.3 GPA and a 33 ACT. Nahmias is a smart kid with a high football IQ who is going to understand complicated blocking schemes. I love the way this kid fires off the ball and goes right after the defender. He plays with a bit of a mean streak and isn't going to stand down from a challenge. Nahmias is athletic enough to drive a guy backward, get onto another defender and then block them. He stays low and plays with good leverage.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Steven Nahmias' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/26/2021 Florida State logo OT Qae'shon Sapp (Leesburg, GA) commits to Florida State  View Class


Sapp (6-5, 320) looks massive, and he's a natural right tackle at the next level. When he his mitts on the defender, he can quickly neutralize the rush and end the threat. Sapp is a big, wide-bodied offensive tackle with a good wingspan. He moves well, but he's not as athletic as some of the guys ranked ahead of him and doesn't fire off the snap like I would like to see. Sapp is a little stiff in the lower body. He is a good run blocker, but I would like Sapp to be more of a dominating presence at the point of attack. His footwork is good enough to handle speed rushers off the edge.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Qae'shon Sapp's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/26/2021 Marshall logo CB Dyoni Hill (Gainesville, FL) commits to Marshall  View Class


Hill has some size and length at corner. He gives you a big-bodied corner who can also move inside to safety. He does not mind coming up and putting a helmet on a ball-carrier. You would like to see him bring a little more physicality when laying a hit. His size and range make him an intriguing prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dyoni Hill's Player Grade: C+


June 25
player grade - 6/25/2021 Florida State logo DL Trevion Williams (Crystal Springs, MS) commits to Florida State  View Class


Williams (6-4, 250) was a late addition to the official visitors list at Florida State for that weekend and made a surprise commitment when most pundits had him pegged to go to one of his in-state programs. I've been pretty critical of Florida State's recruiting since Mike Norvell arrived, especially on the defensive front, but Williams looks like a prospect who the Seminoles used to recruit when they were competing for championships. Williams can run, is physical, plays with a purpose, and has the skill set that could eventually turn him into an elite type of player. He's a guy who could start as a freshman in Tallahassee, not just because there's a lack of quality depth, but because he'll be one of the best players on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Trevion Williams' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/25/2021 Utah logo QB Brandon Rose (Murrieta, CA) commits to Utah  View Class


I wasn't sure if Utah was going to take a second arm after securing the commitment of the vastly underrated Nate Johnson, but Rose (6-2, 190) provides additional depth at the most important position and completes the Utes' efforts to rebuild their quarterback room. Johnson is an elite athlete who could become a transformational talent at quarterback, while Rose is the more traditional pocket passer who can throw the ball on time and has excellent mechanics. Rose is comfortable working in a clean pocket or a mobile pocket. He also keeps his eyes downfield and throws with great anticipation. I think the quarterback battles at Utah in 2022 and 2023 will be fun to watch.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Brandon Rose's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/25/2021 N.C. State logo DL Brandon Cleveland (Tampa, FL) commits to N.C. State  View Class


Cleveland has been rising on the recruiting radar for the past two years, and N.C. State lands a prospect with high upside. He is quick off the ball and ready to cause a ruckus right away. His hand fighting and ability to use them to shed blocks stand out on film. Cleveland moves well, and he's very twitchy and shifty, so offensive linemen struggle to get a good grasp of him. His lateral movement is very good, and he can slide from gap to gap easily.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Brandon Cleveland's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/25/2021 Texas A&M logo S Jarred Kerr (Lexington, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Kerr (6-0, 187) is listed as a wide receiver, but all I see is a safety eager to lay painful hits on wide receivers who come in his space. He looks physically strong, and he's a two-way player who tries to play nearly every snap in the game, including special teams. Kerr rushed for consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, and his athleticism goes beyond the football field - winning the Texas long jump title in his classification. Kerr can run, but his long speed is a bit of a question mark. He is not a technically sound tackler yet, probably because he plays so many positions. Once Kerr is allowed to commit his focus to playing in the secondary, he could be a good tackler.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jarred Kerr's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/25/2021 Purdue logo DE/LB Roman Pitre (Baton Rouge, LA) commits to Purdue  View Class


Pitre (6-4, 218) is a big athlete who will likely end up as an outside linebacker, coming off the edge as a pass-rush specialist, or with his hand in the ground as a defensive end. He lacks explosiveness, which is probably a reason why most of the top-end Power Five schools were looking at him, but not offering him a scholarship. Pitre is a little stiff and could really work on his bend and flexibility to gain a little more twitch. There's some clear physical upside there, however, and for Purdue, I think Pitre is a good prospect to take a flyer on.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Roman Pitre's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/25/2021 Georgia logo ATH JaCorey Thomas (Orlando, FL) commits to Georgia  View Class


Thomas' (6-1, 192) recruitment proves to be a bit of a surprise in that he chose Georgia over Florida State. Thomas is a talented two-way athlete who plays a little running back, wide receiver and anywhere in the secondary. I think he's going to project as a big SEC-quality safety, a 205-210-pound defender who can make plays in the box. Thomas seems to love playing defense, hitting and being physical with wide receivers and pass catchers who jump into his area. I don't think Thomas is a burner, and I would question his long speed, but in a hybrid safety role, I like him a lot.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
JaCorey Thomas' Player Grade: B


June 24
player grade - 6/24/2021 Arizona State logo RB Tevin White (Stafford, VA) commits to Arizona State  View Class


White (5-11, 200) fits the sort of bigger backs who I think Arizona State wants to run more of a pro-style offense. He can take on a big carry load at the position - it's not an issue for him to have 25-30 carries and to get stronger on the final 10 carries than he was on the first 15. White is not as powerful of a runner as I hoped to see; he takes things to the outside a little too much. But he does have a very good burst and some speed to break long gains. He should round into a more complete back when he's exposed to a better strength program.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tevin White's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/24/2021 Oregon State logo OL Dylan Lopez (Bradenton, FL) commits to Oregon State  View Class


Lopez has some nice strength for a center/guard prospect, surely a byproduct of the amazing resources at IMG Academy. He plays with good leverage and balance. Lopez does a good job of turning defenders around and pushing them out of the play. His technique is more advanced than you'll see from most interior linemen at this stage of their development. His movement is average and could be improved quite a bit, but I like his initial punch and quick hands.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dylan Lopez's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/24/2021 Florida logo ATH Jamarrien Burt (Ocala, FL) commits to Florida  View Class


Burt (6-0, 172) is the type of player who my friend and co-host of The Fish Cast, which can be found on Apple, Spotify, Soundcloud or wherever you fill your podcasting needs, former Rutgers coach Chris Demarest loves. Burt is an athlete who plays quarterback, running back and wide receiver, and he'll likely be a corner/safety at the next level. Demarest always believes the best cornerbacks play a lot of running back in high school. Burt has the speed, quickness and fluid movement to become a very good player in the secondary. He also has the kind of long speed and length to make the transition to full-time defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jamarrien Burt's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/24/2021 Alabama logo ATH Amari Niblack (St. Petersburg, FL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Niblack (6-4, 210) might be one of the most intriguing prospects in the nation. He is a floor guy for Alabama's recruiting class, but he could end up a top-10 pick 4-5 years from now. He came on the scene as a freshman playing wide receiver, and to be honest, he played too much wide receiver and didn't get a lick of development at his original high school.

Niblack has scene transferred to Lakewood High, which has produced current NFL players Dante Fowler, Isaiah Wynn and Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin and is in a much better situation with coaching and structure. I think Niblack, with his great athletic tools, will end up as an outside linebacker/edge rusher. He has a long way to go in terms of football development, but if he's patient and Alabama is patient with him, I believe his upside is tremendous.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Amari Niblack's Player Grade: B-


June 23
player grade - 6/23/2021 Michigan logo QB Jayden Denegal (Apple Valley, CA) commits to Michigan  View Class


Denegal (6-4, 218) has great size, and he'll get over the 230-pound mark by the time he starts taking snaps in college. Denegal is a traditional pro-style quarterback who wants to work in the pocket and deliver the ball to the right spot. The ball comes out of Denegal's hand well, and he can throw his receivers open and lead them to the right spots. Denegal has a high football IQ, and his ability to read the whiteboard will appeal to Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh. Denegal could still get the ball out quicker and should work on improving his mobility. He might need a little time to develop, but patience should pay off with him over the long run.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jayden Denegal's Player Grade: B-


June 20
player grade - 6/20/2021 Michigan logo RB C.J. Stokes (Columbia, SC) commits to Michigan  View Class


Stokes (5-11, 195) reminds me of a slightly smaller version of the Michigan coach that recruited him - Mike Hart. Much like Hart, Stokes isn't going to blow you away with his speed, but he does everything well and is productive. Stokes is a tough runner with good forward lean. He will fight for extra yards in between the tackles and has a great nose for the first-down marker and the end zone. Where Stokes adds a little extra to his game is the versatility with pass catching. He can catch the ball out of the backfield or line up in a traditional receiver role, depending on the situation.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
C.J. Stokes' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/20/2021 Michigan State logo WR Jaron Glover (Sarasota, FL) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Glover (6-3, 190) is a big-body at wide receiver. Obviously, his size is a major plus, but he moves well and is not stiff coming out of his breaks. Glover can move around in space and make a defender miss in the open field. If anything, he can stand to be a lot more physical and really use his size as an advantage. Glover isn't comfortable high pointing the ball yet, and that's something he'll have to improve with reps. He is an unfinished product who will gain strength and confidence with time in the weight room and more experience.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaron Glover's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/20/2021 Minnesota logo WR Aidan Gousby (Lehigh Acres, FL) commits to Minnesota  View Class


Gousby (6-2, 185) is a lengthy two-way player who is also a state qualifier in track. He is a long strider and has the burst and explosive speed to fly by defenders off the snap. He is very good at running quick slants and crossing routes, and he would be more productive on a team with a better passing offense. Gousby has some deep speed and can stretch the field on plays going downfield. He has some technical things to work out that I believe can be refined with more work in the summer and reps.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Aidan Gousby's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/20/2021 Texas A&M logo LB Martrell Harris (The Woodlands, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Harris (6-2, 210) is a solid, no-nonsense type of prospect who will get the job done on the second level of the defense. He can do a variety of things; I think Harris generally fits well as an off-ball linebacker, but I see a lot of potential when he's in a pass-rushing role. Harris should do well as a designated blitzer coming off the edge or through the middle. His backside pursuit grades out very well. Harris has a great burst, but his overall speed is a question mark. He is primarily a north-south player, and I would be conservative when using him in space.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Martrell Harris' Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/20/2021 Florida logo LB Shemar James (Mobile, AL) commits to Florida  View Class


Florida is recruiting at a nice, consistent rate. Last month the Gators staff landed top Texas cornerback Julian Humphrey and now they one of the best linebackers along the Gulf Coast in James (6-3, 200). He is an elite, quick-twitch athlete that plays on both sides of the ball and can get all over the field with some of the more impressive closing speed you'll see at the position. James has a great motor and studies the pre-snap movements to get a jump on the play. He is a problem for offensive players on every play because he will jump up on the line on early downs, drop into coverage on third downs or come off the edge and rush the passer in obvious situations.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Shemar James' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 6/20/2021 Indiana logo CB Trevell Mullen (Pompano Beach, FL) commits to Indiana  View Class


Mullen (5-11, 155) comes from a great pedigree. His oldest brother, Trayvon, helped Clemson win a national title before moving on to the NFL when he was a second-round pick for the Minnesota Vikings in 2019. His other brother, Tiawan, was a Football Writers Associated First-Team All-American in 2020. So Hooisers head coach Tom Allen hopes a similar fate awaits the younger Mullen.

Although Trevell Mullen hasn't filled out yet, he is a tough competitor who does not back down from a challenge. When the ball is in the air, Mullen plays it very well. He has great feet and shows quickness in changing directions and moving in space. He has a chance to be the best one of the bunch, provided he can add weight and strength in college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Trevell Mullen's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/20/2021 Minnesota logo CB Rhyland Kelly (Clearwater, FL) commits to Minnesota  View Class


Kelly (6-2, 185) was originally committed to Northern Illinois, but he backed away from that pledge as more Power Five schools began to show interest. Kelly is attractive to college programs because of his size and long arms, but he can cover very well for a big defensive back. With his size and length, he can jump into passing lanes and force quarterbacks to find other options. Kelly has better speed than you'd expect for his size. He can move well and change directions cleanly. Kelly's footwork can be a little shaky, especially out of his backpedal. It's something he'll need to improve in his senior year.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Rhyland Kelly's Player Grade: C+


June 19
player grade - 6/19/2021 Miami logo CB Khamauri Rogers (Lexington, MS) commits to Miami  View Class


One of the areas that Manny Diaz has had to improve at Miami is the secondary. The quickest way to improve that position is with elite talents who can play early. Rogers (6-0, 160) fits that bill, as he's consistently rated among the top-15 cornerbacks in the nation. If he were a little bigger on the frame, I think he'd be a top-five corner. His ball skills are among the best of any cornerback in the class. Rogers doesn't just play the ball well; he takes it away and puts his team back on offense. Even though Rogers isn't a bigger cornerback, he can be physical and he's not one to avoid contact or fighting for position. Rogers is technically as good as it gets. His speed is a little above average and could improve, but there's no doubt he is a top cornerback prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Khamauri Rogers' Player Grade: A

Previously Committed to: LSU 11/25/2019
player grade - 6/19/2021 Wisconsin logo OT Barrett Nelson (Fall River, WI) commits to Wisconsin  View Class


The family legacy continues for Nelson (6-7, 255), who will attend Wisconsin like his father, Todd, did in the '80s and his older brother, Jack, currently does. Barrett Nelson has sprouted in the past year, growing a couple of inches and putting on about 40 pounds to establish himself as an offensive tackle prospect on the radar of Power Five programs.

Nelson checks off all the boxes you want. He is a tough blocker who finishes, and he's explosive off the snap thanks to his time playing on the defensive line. Nelson plays at a good pad level and shows very adequate lateral movement. The improvements Nelson made from his sophomore film to his junior film make me bullish on his upside. And he's in the right program for offensive linemen who want to be great.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Barrett Nelson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/19/2021 Michigan State logo TE Michael Masunas (Chandler, AZ) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Masunas (6-5, 235) goes against the grain of what we're starting to see from tight ends in today's game. Don't expect to see Masunsas flexing to the outside too much. He's a natural in-line tight end who already has the body size and mentality to be an effective blocker and a major asset in the running game. Masunas is a capable receiver. He has a large catch radius and makes himself a big target. I could see Masunas as a option in short-yardage situations in the red zone and an occasional receiving option on play action. But Masunas will be physical on the line and provide an extra layer of blocking and protection.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Michael Masunas' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/19/2021 Virginia Tech logo LB Xavier Simmons (Greensboro, NC) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


Simmons (6-3, 238) is a prospect who has put on some impressive size in the past year and looks like a college-ready prospect. He could play on the outside as a linebacker, edge rusher or put on a little more size and put his hand in the ground and be a traditional defensive end. Apparently, Virginia Tech will try to work him on the inside, where he could be a physical presence in the middle of the field. Simmons is a good tackler, and he shows a nice motor and the ability to stay with the play in pursuit. He can tackle in space, although I need to see more on his ability to cover. I think Simmons is a guy who can get on the field early and provide some physical play on defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Xavier Simmons' Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/19/2021 Notre Dame logo LB Niuafe Tuihalamaka (Mission Hills, CA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Tuihalamaka (6-2, 240) is a throwback to the old days of the middle linebacker, and he might be the best inside linebacker in the 2022 class. He is a physical player with great size, but where he will surprise people is with his versatility. Tuihalamaka is athletic enough to play off the ball and could play on the edge in some situations. He doesn't just tackle ball-carriers; he goes through them. Tuihalamaka is known for his power, but he's a technically sound player as well. Tuihalamaka can make an impact on the defense in several different ways, and that will keep him on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Niuafe Tuihalamaka's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 6/19/2021 Boston College logo DL Edwin Kolenge (Windsor, CT) commits to Boston College  View Class


Kolenge (6-3, 227) is a bit of a surprise commitment for Boston College after most thought he would end up at Virginia Tech. Here is a prospect who doesn't really do anything special with his athleticism, but he manages to be in the right place at the right time. Kolenge is a player who will be where he needs to be to make the plays. He does a lot of reading in the pre-snap and makes sure to identify the right gaps to plug. Kolenge will be tackling machine and a consistent presence as a box defender. He's a good fit for the program, as Boston College has a history of productive players at middle linebacker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Edwin Kolenge's Player Grade: C
player grade - 6/19/2021 Michigan logo ATH Aaron Alexander (Belleville, MI) commits to Michigan  View Class


Michigan made its offer to Alexander late and was his first Power Five offer. It was an easy choice to commit to make for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound in-state prospect. Looking at the film, I see a big athlete who can run and offers a lot of interesting potential, whether he is used as a linebacker or safety who will play in the box. Alexander runs well enough and looks capable in space that I could also see outside linebacker as a possibility. Alexander's skills set is good, so once he settles on a position, there is a good chance he'll be a productive player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Aaron Alexander's Player Grade: C+


June 18
player grade - 6/18/2021 Clemson logo CB Toriano Pride (St. Louis, MO) commits to Clemson  View Class


Pride (5-11, 177) is a talented player who could work out at cornerback or wide receiver, depending on the needs of the problem. He runs fast and plays fast. Pride moves very smoothly, showing little to no sign of stiffness in his motion, and he can switch directions and flip over his hips effortlessly. His speed comes into play when he's closing in on the ball and trying to make a play. Despite playing wide receiver in high school, Pride could still improve his ball skills and reaction times. He is very good on the perimeter and matches up well on screens and bubble passes. Pride will need to get stronger and more physical in college, but he looks like a future multi-year starter in the secondary.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Toriano Pride's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/18/2021 Utah logo QB Nate Johnson (Clovis, CA) commits to Utah  View Class


Johnson (6-2, 185) has ideal size to play quarterback in college and a nice combination of athletic skill and arm strength that is very inviting. His speed, however, is a potential game-changer. Johnson has been timed at running the 100-meter dash in 10.56 second, which puts him up there with the 4.5-in-the-40 type of talent who you mostly see at wide receiver or cornerback. The speed alone makes Johnson a threat with the ball in his hands, but he can throw and wants to throw. Johnson gets the ball out quickly and has a good, fundamentally sound throwing motion. I think he's criminally underrated; Johnson is a top-20-25 quarterback in the country.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nate Johnson's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/18/2021 N.C. State logo RB Michael Allen (Greenville, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class


Allen (5-9, 203) is a quality running back prospect. I think he's one of the 25 best in the country and another notch on what's been a solid first-half of the recruiting cycle for the Wolfpack coaching staff. He is a thickly built runner with a strong lower body and impressive leg drive. Allen has legitimate breakaway speed; he reminds me of the old Wisconsin running back Michael Bennett in the way he explodes north-south and can get through a small hole and outrun everyone to the end zone. Allen can catch the ball out of the backfield too and can be a dynamic receiver on third downs.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Michael Allen's Player Grade: B+


June 17
player grade - 6/17/2021 Clemson logo S Sherrod Covil (Chesapeake, VA) commits to Clemson  View Class


Covil (6-0, 187) is an interesting prospect and a total throwback to the days when safeties were hitting machines and allowed to make wide receivers pay dearly for crossing into their lanes. Don't get me wrong; Covil can still pack a punch and he throws his body around when defending in the box. He needs to be a little thicker to continue to play that style at this level of football, but Covil has a quality skill set otherwise. Covil can move laterally and plays the ball well. He is listed at safety, but he'll double up as a slot corner. Covil going to provide a lot of versatility and toughness in the secondary. He is a not an outside cover guy, but he can do nearly everything else.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Sherrod Covil's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/17/2021 Central Florida logo DL Jamaal Johnson (Hollywood, FL) commits to Central Florida  View Class


Johnson (6-2, 251) is often overshadowed on the defensive line by his teammate Kenyatta Jackson, but Johnson is a quality prospect who was committed to the Miami Hurricanes for a period of time. Johnson just makes plays. He will explode off the line and get in the backfield to blow up the run game. Johnson had 13 sacks last season and solidified himself as one of the best pass rushers in the state of Florida. He is strong enough to move around the line and possibly take some snaps on the inside at the next level. Johnson is a great athlete who shows the ability to drop into short coverage and peel off the line to take on a receiver out of the backfield. I think he'll be a dominating presence for Central Florida.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jamaal Johnson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/17/2021 Nebraska logo RB Ashton Hayes (Reno, NV) commits to Nebraska  View Class


Hayes (5-11, 181) is a combo back. He has tested well with his speed, clocking under a 4.5 - 4.48. Hayes didn't have a football season as a junior, so all we have to go by is sophomore film. He is a bit of a hybrid, and while Nebraska has had some promising players in that role - most recently Wan'Dale Robinson, who transferred to Kentucky -, there has yet to be a guy who can really prove he is a difference-maker. Hayes will have that opportunity in a pretty thin Nebraska backfield. We might re-visit his ranking when he has a few games of senior film to look at.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ashton Hayes' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/17/2021 Appalachian State logo CB James Edwards (Clewiston, FL) commits to Appalachian State  View Class


Edwards (5-10, 177) is up at a program that doesn't get recruited as heavily as some of the other schools around Lake Okeechobee, like Pahokee or Immokalee, but the prospects who come from Clewiston generally pan out well in college. Edwards is a reactive cornerback who does a good job at following the quarterback's eyes and jumping into passing lanes. At times, Edwards gets a little too caught up in reading the quarterback and loses some space with his wide receiver. Edwards will have to improve his game with man coverage, but as a zone cornerback, I think he has a lot to offer.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
James Edwards' Player Grade: C+


June 16
player grade - 6/16/2021 North Carolina logo DE Beau Atkinson (Raleigh, NC) commits to North Carolina  View Class


Atkinson (6-6, 243) has the measurables the top programs desire from player on the edge - great length, long arms and the quick burst off the snap. What I love about Atkinson is that he's a tough competitor who is willing to do what his coaches ask of him. He has played on the interior defensive line, tight end, nose guard and any place else on the football field. Atkinson, however, is best on the edge, and he should round into a quality pass rusher. He gets up the field quickly and pursues the play until the finish. Atkinson's bend is an area he'll have to work on. He can get low, but he struggles at staying low to get around the edge. Once Atkinson fixes that, I think he projects as a multi-year starter in the ACC.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Beau Atkinson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/16/2021 Arizona logo CB Kyron Chambers (Dallas, TX) commits to Arizona  View Class


Chambers (6-0, 188) gave the edge to Arizona over Indiana after taking official visits to both schools. Right away, I think he might be the best player in Arizona's class. Chambers seems to be able to do everything to an above-average level. He can run and has the size and strength to jam receivers off the line. Chambers can work in man coverage or drop into zone and read the passing lanes. His reaction time is good. Chambers will challenge for the ball in the air. He will have to turn more of the pass breakups into interceptions, but there's a lot to like with Chambers.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kyron Chambers' Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/16/2021 Minnesota logo WR Ike White (Baltimore, MD) commits to Minnesota  View Class


From the glances on film, it feels like White (5-11, 187) is a little better than what he's being rated among the web services. He is very explosive and fast - shows good burst, quickness in space and some long speed to stretch out a defense. White has a compact frame and shows strength and toughness in fighting off the jams and battling for the football in the air. He could work as an outside guy in certain situations, but with White's quickness and burst off the line, I like him in the slot, where he can find openings and create big plays.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ike White's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/16/2021 BYU logo ATH Kaden Chidester (Richfield, UT) commits to BYU  View Class


This is interesting as Chidester (6-8, 244) was offered a scholarship to play football despite never playing the sport. He is a basketball player and BYU coach Kalani Sitake liked what he saw on the hardwood and believes it can translate to the gridiron. Chidester's basketball film looks fine. His footwork is good, and he has no problems getting up and down the court. Where does he projects? Offensive line would seem like the most obvious fit. Tight end is a possibility as well. It's an interesting approach but Sitake has done a great job at BYU and deserves the benefit of the doubt in this case.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kaden Chidester's Player Grade: C
player grade - 6/16/2021 BYU logo ATH Cooper Ross (Mesa, AZ) commits to BYU  View Class


Ross (6-6, 240) is a small-school prospect, actually an 8-man football prospect, who earned a scholarship offer by working out at one of BYU's prospect camp. He's been projected as a tight end by some and a defensive end by others. It might be a while before we find out exactly what BYU plans to do with Ross because he will go on his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints before he enrolls at BYU. Ross likely won't be on campus until the 2024 season.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cooper Ross' Player Grade: C-
player grade - 6/16/2021 Pittsburgh logo CB Ryland Gandy (Buford, GA) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


Gandy (6-0, 1700 is a good corner with a skill set that will allow him to defend the pass and help out on the run at the next level. He can be a little slow out of the break, and he will let some guys get behind him. Gandy needs to work a little on his technique. I would like to see him redirect receivers a little better off the line, and he will need to get stronger to do that. Gandy is a guy who can get physical. You will see him come up and make an open-field tackle. Gandy lacks great speed and guys can get some separation on him, but he shows the ability to recover and still make a play on the football.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ryland Gandy's Player Grade: C+


June 15
player grade - 6/15/2021 USC logo DL Mykel Williams (Columbus, GA) commits to USC  View Class


Williams (6-5, 262) might be the best defensive lineman in Georgia, if not all the southeast. He is very violent with his hands, and I love how he comes off the ball hard and just bursts through the line of scrimmage. Williams is a naturally strong prospect with short-space strength and functional strength. He just bullies through offensive linemen and will grab the ball-carrier and throw him to the ground. Williams is very good at holding the point of attack. His ability to stop the run and also be a top-flight pass rusher makes him a game changer. He provides scheme versatility and can line up anywhere in the front four.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Mykel Williams' Player Grade: A
player grade - 6/15/2021 Pittsburgh logo WR Addison Copeland (Buffalo, NY) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


Copeland (6-2, 185) has very good size that should project to an outside role and much better speed than what he's been tested at. Pittsburgh needs some more playmaking at wide receiver, and Copeland can accelerate to get down the field and stretch the defense. He is a long strider who will fight for the 50-50 balls and use his stature to box out defensive backs. Copeland is also a tough player who will block on the perimeter, and he even lines up as a blocking back in the backfield for his high school. Copeland is a talented prospect with some good upside and a blue-collar work ethic that should fit in well at Pittsburgh.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Addison Copeland's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/15/2021 Boston College logo LB Daveon Crouch (Tampa, FL) commits to Boston College  View Class


Back when Crouch (6-1, 218) was a sophomore, he was on plenty of "watch lists" as a wide receiver. But over the years, he has gotten bigger and more comfortable playing on the defense. Crouch still has a lot of that wide receiver-type of athleticism, and he can run North-South and sideline to sideline. He is good in space and projects out as an outside linebacker who can handle himself in coverage. Crouch plays some edge and defensive end in high school, but he will have to get more time at linebacker in his senior season to make the transition easier. But he's a good athlete with a skill set that can be developed.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Daveon Crouch's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/15/2021 Texas logo K Will Stone (Austin, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Stone (6-1, 180) is rated as the No. 15 kicker in the Class of 2022 - five stars - and No. 33 punter - four-and-a-half stars - by the Kohl's kicking website. The site says that Stone "is a talented lefty with an athletic frame. He has made nice gains as a punter, and that should help him with schools looking for a kicker that can punt well."


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Will Stone's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/15/2021 Iowa logo OT Kale Krogh (Huxley, IA) commits to Iowa  View Class


There was little doubt that once Iowa made its offer to Krogh (6-6, 265) that the program was the favorite, and the in-state prospect made his verbal commitment a week before his official visit. Krogh has a basketball background, and he's an athletic big man who can run and dunk. His football is very good, and he checks off many boxes with his lateral movement and ability to block while he's moving laterally. Krogh can easily overpower much of his competition in high school and does so, finishing with some real intensity. Obviously, the Hawkeyes have a wonderful history with offensive linemen, and Krogh has all the tools their staff is looking for. Expect to see him in the starting lineup by 2023 or so.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kale Krogh's Player Grade: B-


June 14
player grade - 6/14/2021 Clemson logo K Robert Gunn (Largo, FL) commits to Clemson  View Class


Gunn (6-2, 178) is considered a five-star kicker by the Kicking World website. He has made 8-of-9 field goals, with a long of 47, and 32-of-35 extra points. Gunn had a 80 percent touchback rate on kickoffs and averaged 44.6 yards on punts. The website calls Gunn the best kicker in the country and adds "[Gunn] kicks field goals off the ground and has a massive kickoff leg - 75-to-80+ kicks with 4.1-4.3-second hang times routinely .... He's humble, reliable, extremely coachable and dedicated to his craft."


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Robert Gunn's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 6/14/2021 UCLA logo RB Tomarion Harden (Inglewood, CA) commits to UCLA  View Class


As much as Chip Kelly is known for having speed backs at Oregon, he loves big punishing backs who bring the power, and Harden (6-1, 228) looks like he'll be one of those guys - someone who can close out the game the way LeGarrette Blount used to at Oregon. Harden has a strong build, is thick in the legs, and looks like a guy who can run between the tackles and drag defenders for extra yardage. He can also catch passes and shows nice hands and the ability to work in space. Harden is not going to get stopped by the first tackler, and he can make plays in the open field with some decent speed. He is a tough back who could challenge for early playing time.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tomarion Harden's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/14/2021 Nebraska logo QB Richard Torres (San Antonio, TX) commits to Nebraska  View Class


Torres (6-5, 210) decided to take official visits to both Nebraska and Kansas State before making his final decision to become a Cornhusker. He will bring something to the quarterback room that I believe could save Scott Frost's job - he's a solid passing prospect. Nebraska has tried to go the athlete route at quarterback, and it hasn't worked.

Torres can sling the ball a little. He has a big frame and room to gain strength in his arm and his body. Torres can push the ball downfield and has the athleticism to move around well enough to extend plays. He has some developing to do, but he is a player with a lot of potential and considerable upside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Richard Torres' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/14/2021 Pittsburgh logo DL Jimmy Scott (Hamburg, NY) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


I've been a mark for defensive linemen who are successfully recruited by Pittsburgh. To a man, I think they are horribly underrated. Scott (6-3, 252) has put on about 20 pounds since his initial evaluation and looks like he can still move pretty well with that extra mass on his body. He still plays running back for his high school. Scott can get into the backfield, and he shows the ability to peel off the line and drop in short coverage. Scott can move around on the line. He goes fast and, like most of the defensive linemen Pittsburgh recruits, Scott has a good motor and doesn't give up on the play. He can be overpowering with the rush at times, but he'll have to improve some of his technique to better shed blockers who he can't just blow past or push over.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jimmy Scott's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/14/2021 Purdue logo DL/LB Nic Caraway (Bryan, TX) commits to Purdue  View Class


Caraway (6-3, 235) could end as a big linebacker or continue to put on weight and end up on the defensive line. His tackle number in high school (78) is pretty high because he was predominately playing linebacker. Caraway looks comfortable in the box and could certainly stay there and be an effective player. If he moves to the defensive line, I think Caraway would be a defensive end with his hand in the ground. He could develop into a guy who would set the edge and defend against the perimeter run. I don't know that Caraway possesses the twitch necessary to be a natural pass rusher.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nic Caraway's Player Grade: C


June 13
player grade - 6/13/2021 Missouri logo CB Marcus Scott II (Conroe, TX) commits to Missouri  View Class


Scott (6-2, 173) had been committed to LSU for most of 2021, but took an official visit to Missouri and made the flip after the visit. He's a long cornerback who can run and has some long speed to cover an outside receiver down the field. Scott has solid technique, but I think he'll have to really amp up his physical play to cover the outside receivers he will face in the SEC. He needs a little more seasoning with his defending in space. Scott moves decent laterally, but he can get turned around a little at times. It's minor stuff in general, Scott is a solid prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Marcus Scott II's Player Grade: B-

Previously Committed to: LSU 1/20/2021
player grade - 6/13/2021 S Carolina logo S JyVonte McClendon (Lakeland, FL) commits to South Carolina  View Class


McClendon (6-2, 185) is teammates with blue-chip defensive back and Florida State commit Sam McCall at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Florida. Whereas a lot of the attention goes to McCall and top 2023 defensive back Cormani McClain, McClendon is the team's emotional leader and the guy who everyone seems to look to. So, his on-field leadership is a positive and something that a new coach like Shane Beamer would love to see. On film, McClendon plays with great intensity. He is a physical kid who likes to hit and rough up his opponents up. McClendon could put on some weight and play as a linebacker hybrid and defend in the box. There is some versatility to his game.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
JyVonte McClendon's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/13/2021 Tennessee logo RB Dylan Sampson (Geismar, LA) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Sampson (5-10, 180) is the sixth prospect to commit to Tennessee and the first running back. He took an official visit on June 11 and committed to the Volunteers by the end of the visit, choosing Tennessee over Purdue, Vanderbilt and Louisville, among others.

Sampson is a nice fit for what Josh Heupel likes to do on offense. Sampson can run in space and catch passes. He can get to the perimeter and make plays out in space. Sampson might be able to do some work out of the slot as well. I expect Tennessee will take at least two running backs in this class, because Heupel loves to use an army of backs, especially ones who can also do slot work. Sampson should work out well.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dylan Sampson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/13/2021 Texas logo DE/LB Anthony Jones (Henderson, NV) commits to Texas  View Class


Jones (6-5, 245) was committed to Washington for several months, but he backed away from his commitment to take visits. He decided to become a member of the Longhorns' class after his official visit. Jones is good-looking prospect with good length and some quick twitch to him. He is a good athlete who also plays tight end for his high school. Jones is a very quick off the ball, and once he gets started running, he'll run all day to make it to the play. Jones is strong enough to create an effective punch on an offensive lineman at the point of contract. He can tackle and shows some ability to drop in coverage. Jones isn't quite elite, but he's very good and could get better if he can improve his overall skills as a pass rusher.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Anthony Jones' Player Grade: B


June 12
player grade - 6/12/2021 Pittsburgh logo ATH Jordaan Bailey (Tampa, FL) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


Bailey (5-11, 175) is one of a group of players who started as freshman at Hillsborough High in Tampa and will all be signing college letters of intent this winter. He a natural burner and a sprinter on the track team. Bailey is listed as a running back, but I think he's going to be a corner in college. He has great footwork and the ability to change directions and flip over his hips easily. Bailey can get off the line quickly and has long speed. He will need to get more physical at the next level to fit the mold of Pittsburgh defensive backs. Bailey is a tough competitor who doesn't give an inch, and that will serve him well at the next level.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jordaan Bailey's Player Grade: B-


June 11
player grade - 6/11/2021 Minnesota logo RB Zach Evans (Rockwall, TX) commits to Minnesota  View Class


Minnesota had a chance to get a good look at Evans (5-9, 200) during one of its staff trips to a mega camp in Texas. His running style reminds me a little of the Minnesota running backs of the 2000s, when the Golden Gophers were powered by Lawrence Maroney and Marion Barber III. Evans is also a power-speed runner with a stout physique who can run between the tackles and take on a lot of carries to punish the defense. Evans is a one-cut runner who wants to get to the hole quickly and pick up as many yards as he can. He is a solid, no-frills running back who will be as strong in the fourth quarter as he is in the first.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Zach Evans' Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/11/2021 Washington logo OL Vega Ionae (Graham, WA) commits to Washington  View Class


Ionae (6-4, 327) is a big mauling blocker with athleticism that might surprise you from a player his size. The things that stand out intially are his quick feet and how easily he moves. Ionae can pull from one side of the field to the other smoothly. He plays with a strong foundation and has good strength in his lower body to stand up to bull rushes that try to knock him off his base. Ionae has good length and could end up as a swing tackle or a guard. He is a strong run blocker and really shows his physicality and mean streak when he can get down and dirty in the run game. Ionae is the type of player you expect to see in the trenches at Washington - big and tough.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Vega Ionae's Player Grade: C+


June 10
player grade - 6/10/2021 Minnesota logo TE Spencer Alvarez (Minneapolis, MN) commits to Minnesota  View Class


Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck has been on the road quite a bit during this camp season, representing the Golden Gophers at some of the mega camps in Florida, Texas and other regions. But Fleck still values in-state recruiting and here grabs an intriguing prospect in Alvarez (6-7, 255), who is listed as a tight end, but we have him as an athlete because I think the Minnesota coaching staff is going to try to work him out as an offensive tackle.

Alvarez is mostly a basketball kid at this point. He has played tight end and defensive end, mostly blocking on the offensive end. I like his hands and physical traits enough to think he could work out at offensive tackle over time. Alvarez is a good athlete and has the opportunity to be a good football player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Spencer Alvarez's Player Grade: C
player grade - 6/10/2021 Northwestern logo OT Nick Herzog (Stilwell, KS) commits to Northwestern  View Class


Herzog (6-4, 270) is a bit of tweener - he could work out as a guard or a tackle because the Wildcats have shown they will play tackles under 6-foot-6. Through my years in evaluations, I always mark a plus down on the offensive linemen who are also involved in wrestling. And looking at Herzog's film, I see a lot of the traits that he would have perfected while wrestling. He has great hands and the ability to use leverage to turn defensive linemen away from where the action is going. Sometimes, it's not always about finishing the block, but just neutralizing the rusher and taking them away from the play. Herzog does this very well. His strength is an area that could continue to improve but overall, I like what Herzog brings to the table.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nick Herzog's Player Grade: B


June 9
player grade - 6/9/2021 Boise State logo S Dionte Thornton (Lawndale, CA) commits to Boise State  View Class


Thornton (6-2, 185) had some growing Power Five interest early in the recruiting process, with California and Kansas extending offers around the beginning of 2021. But the corner/safety prospect was going to have to gain more opportunities through summer camps, and a strong workout during an unofficial visit to Boise got Thornton an offer and he committed on the same day. Boise State is looking at him as a long corner, and I think Thornton's best work would be on the boundary and in short spaces. He might not be ready to play on day one, but he'll contribute on special teams right away and I could see him in goal-line packages early in his career, where his height and long arms will help defend those fade routes in the end zone.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dionte Thornton's Player Grade: C


June 8
player grade - 6/8/2021 Iowa logo LB Jayden Montgomery (Green Bay, WI) commits to Iowa  View Class


Montgomery (5-11, 210) is another situation where an unofficial visit and a strong workout yielded an unexpected offer and surprise commitment. He is a natural inside linebacker, and he's going to do most of his work in the box. Montgomery is sturdy and a very active tackler in short spaces. He is a north-south player who I wouldn't put in coverage too often. As a run defender and a guy who can attack the football and get off of blocks, Montgomery is sufficient. He is a full-effort player and the type of prospect who Iowa has always had success with.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jayden Montgomery's Player Grade: C-
player grade - 6/8/2021 N.C. State logo LB Torren Wright (Annapolis, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class


I really like what N.C. State has done this recruiting cycle so far. I think the Wolfpack are getting the player who can help the program level up into being a contender for a division title in the ACC. Wright, who chose N.C. State over Duke and West Virginia, is a quick-twitch outside linebacker prospect who can rush the passer, get into the backfield to blow up a running play or drop into coverage. He is a scheme-versatile guy who can play off the ball or move into the box to provide additional defense up the middle. Wright is capable in space and has quick feet. He doesn't get broken down too much by running backs or receivers. I believe he could eventually be the starting strong-side linebacker for the Wolfpack.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Torren Wright's Player Grade: B
player grade - 6/8/2021 N.C. State logo LB Daejuan Thompson (Whiteville, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class


It was a two-commitment day at N.C. State, as Thompson (6-3, 190) was the second in-state linebacker prospect to commit to the program. He has a little bit of a different skill set than the team's other commitment, Torren Wright. Thompson is more of a coverage guy who can go sideline-to-sideline, whereas Wright is more of an edge rusher. I wouldn't be surprised if Thompson fits into more of a safety/linebacker hybrid role. He is a little further away from getting on the field than Wright. I expect Thompson will have to make an early impact on special teams while he develops a role on the defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Daejuan Thompson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/8/2021 California logo DL Jaxson Moi (San Diego, CA) commits to California  View Class


This is the second time I saw film on Moi (6-2, 255). When Michigan made an offer to him a while back, I got a hold of a few game clips, and on each clip, he was at a different spot on the defensive line. He showed the most comfort playing on the end and setting the edge. But on this second run of film, Moi had more clips from the interior, and I was really impressed with them. He has a very good rip move and is active with his hands. He might not be an elite athlete, but he gets off blocks and puts himself in position to make the play. Moi shows a little agility peeling back and defending some passes as well. He is one of those players who doesn't do any one thing great, but does everything well. Moi can play anywhere on the defensive line and should prove to be a valuable player during the course of his college career.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaxson Moi's Player Grade: B


June 7
player grade - 6/7/2021 Ohio State logo WR Kaleb Brown (Chicago, IL) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Brown (5-11, 173) is one of the best offensive athletes in the 2021 recruiting class. He is currently a tailback, and although he's a little thin on the frame to play that position full time in the Big Ten, I see him as a player who can offer opportunities at multiple positions. If he slides to wide receiver and just focuses on being a slot guy, there's a chance he'll be the best slot receiver in the class.

Brown is what Ohio State looks for in playmakers. He can get open in space and turn small gains into chunk plays. I don't think he can offer much as an outside receiver in college. Brown is a player who needs to work in space and use his vision and quickness to get down field. A very exciting prospect to watch, Brown is going to enter Columbus with a lot of expectations.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kaleb Brown's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 6/7/2021 California logo DL Nathan Burrell (Bellflower, CA) commits to California  View Class


Burrell (6-2, 280) took an official visit to California on the June 4 weekend with the likelihood of him making a commitment as he was a top target for the program. The Bears need more size up front, and Burrell is going to be an interior presence for them over the next few years. He is athletic enough to play some defensive end and stand-up roles in high school, but he's put on more weight and will likely spend his senior year working as a three-technique or a one-technique who will be asked to take on the double teams. Burrell moves well enough that he should be able to do more than hold his own when asked to rush the passer from the interior or get into the backfield on short-yardage plays.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nathan Burrell's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/7/2021 Mississippi State logo OL Lucas Taylor (Mobile, AL) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Taylor (6-5, 310) is originally from Mississippi and committed to LSU in August. He made the decision to flip to Mississippi State after an unofficial visit to Starkville over the past week. He plays tackle in high school, but he's likely going to move inside to guard at the next level. Taylor is a mauler, and he plays mean with a clear nasty streak. Although the testing numbers aren't impressive, Taylor moves better than you think, and he can pull from one side of the field to the other. He is strong at the point of contact and does not back down from a challenge. Taylor will need to improve his footwork a little, especially blocking in the Air Raid offense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Lucas Taylor's Player Grade: C+


June 6
player grade - 6/6/2021 Alabama logo RB Le'veon Moss (Baton Rouge, LA) commits to Alabama  View Class


This one is a bit of a surprise because Moss (6-0, 192) was thought to be a near-lock to LSU. That being said, I've heard from a couple of people that this recruitment is far from over. Alabama, however, got Moss on an official visit and earned the verbal commitment with LSU, Texas A&M and TCU also on his short list.

Moss is a tough runner who squares up in the hole and accelerates downhill at a nice clip. He is a natural home-run hitter, and I think he'll be able to contribute more as a pass catcher in college than what he is showing in high school. Moss runs with discipline and goes where the openings are. He's not a back who looks to break everything to the outside if it's not there. Moss is a definite top=10 running back in the class and another elite player among the many who go to Alabama.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Le'veon Moss' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 6/6/2021 Oregon logo DL Sir Mells (Henderson, NV) commits to Oregon  View Class


Mells (6-4, 310) pulled the trigger and made a verbal commitment to Oregon during his official visit over the June 4 weekend. He is a developmental nose guard and someone who should be able to contribute on a backup level after a redshirt season and eventually move into a starting role. Mells is a big body who can take on multiple blockers and free up space for others. On film, Mells shows the ability to get into the backfield when he's blocked one-on-one. He shows nice backside pursuit at times, and he always seems to play with high effort. The Ducks have a couple of big bodies in front of Mells, so there is no need to rush his development. I am curious to see what he has to offer in college football 2-3 years from now.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Sir Mells' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/6/2021 Rutgers logo DL D.J. Allen (Leo, IN) commits to Rutgers  View Class


Allen (6-7, 222) is a long, tall athletic defensive line prospect who Rutgers was able to lock up during an official visit. He chose the Scarlet Knights over Iowa, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and a few other programs. Allen is making the transition from basketball to full-time football. He is a quick-twitch athlete who can move laterally and shows no real signs of stiffness. Allen needs more strength and has to learn how to be better with his hands and add much technique to his game. That will all come in time. Allen has the size, length and natural athleticism you just can't teach. He has a tremendous amount of upside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
D.J. Allen's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 6/6/2021 N.C. State logo DL Nick Campbell (Lake Minneola, FL) commits to N.C. State  View Class


I like what N.C. State has done early in this recruiting cycle. Campbell (6-3, 263) is a very good defensive line prospect who I believe could end up as one of the great steals in this recruiting class. He gets after it on the field. Campbell can play across the defensive line or be a defensive end in a three-man front or slide to the inside in an even-man front. He can get to the quarterback from the outside or the inside. Campbell is quick to the backfield from the outside and can blow up a perimeter running play. He brings a lot of energy to each play, and I think Campbell is a guy who will continue to improve as long as he keeps that chip on his shoulder.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nick Campbell's Player Grade: B-


June 5
player grade - 6/5/2021 Virginia logo QB Davis Lane (Lynchburg, VA) commits to Virginia  View Class


Here's a classic case of how the camp process works to help recruiting. Lane (6-2, 185) had some Ivy League offers and was slotted as an FCS prospect coming out of spring ball. Virginia was interested and wanted to bring him in for a workout, which are allowed now, and made an offer to him based on the good workout. A couple of days later, Lane made the verbal commitment. Speed is the key here for Lane; he runs a 100-meter right around 11 seconds and is going to be a player who does everything on the move. As a passer, Lane needs some work, but he'll have his senior year and plenty of time on campus with the Virginia coaches to get work in.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Davis Lane's Player Grade: C


June 4
player grade - 6/4/2021 Mississippi State logo LB/DE Donterry Russell (Jackson, MS) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Russell (6-4, 200) has the classic look of an edge player with good long arm and a nice burst off the snap. His most recent game film is as a sophomore because his school didn't play football in 2020, but the quickness and ability to get in the backfield is evident right away. Russell is an active body who doesn't mess around coming off the outside. He can work in a stand-up role, which seems likely, or put his hand in the ground like a traditional defensive end. Either way, Russell showed great potential as a sophomore and will now take advantage of camp season to continue his development.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Donterry Russell's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 6/4/2021 Notre Dame logo DL Donovan Hinish (Pittsburgh, PA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Hinish (6-2, 275) is a solid interior prospect who can play the three-technique or possibly the one-technique at the next level. He might be a little underrated because he was lining up alongside top 2021 defensive line prospect Elliot Donald. But isolating on to Hinish shows he is a strong presence at the point of contact. Hinish can stand up an offensive lineman and get inside the running lane toward the football. Hinish appears to have above-average strength in short spaces and shows a lot of effort with his pursuit. He is almost college ready in terms of size. Hinish looks like another solid pickup for Brian Kelly and his staff.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Donovan Hinish's Player Grade: B


June 3
player grade - 6/3/2021 N.C. State logo QB M.J. Morris (Atlanta, GA) commits to N.C. State  View Class


Morris (6-1, 190) is a prospect who has varying opinions on where his game is right now. Personally, I think he's a top-15-20 quarterback who played through some injuries last season and has exception potential as a run-pass guy. He's going to have to develop his passing tree a little more and throw downfield with more accuracy and velocity. But I like Morris' makeup - he's a competitive young man who figures out ways to make the play. Morris has good legs and can get it done with his feet. Getting into a system like the one at N.C. State will help get the most of his potential. I think Morris is going to be a good one.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
M.J. Morris' Player Grade: B


June 1
player grade - 6/1/2021 Washington logo OL Mark Nabou (Seattle, WA) commits to Washington  View Class


Nabou (6-4, 312) is a good in-state pickup for the Huskies. He is a hulk in the run-blocking game - he looks like one of the more aggressive run blockers I've seen on film. Nabou finishes blocks with authority and has a nasty streak. He shows decent agility and gets to the second level regularly. As a pass blocker, Nabou is going to need a lot of work. His high school team doesn't pass much right now, so it's an area he'll have to focus on in the offseason. Nabou's feet can get a little mixed up, and his timing is shaky with pass blocking. Those things can be fixed with experience.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Mark Nabou's Player Grade: B-


May 31
player grade - 5/31/2021 USC logo WR Kevin Green (Mission Hills, CA) commits to USC  View Class


Green (5-11, 165) could end up on either side of the ball. The general belief is that he is going to be a slot receiver. Green's film at safety, however, is pretty impressive. Despite his size, Green plays a physical game with a lot of intensity. Even though Green appears destined to play offense, I believe his heart is in playing defense. As a wide receiver, Green has good hands and will be a guy who can move the chains. He has some quickness and a little wiggle, but his long speed is something he could improve.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kevin Green's Player Grade: B


May 27
player grade - 5/27/2021 Miami logo WR Quan Lee (Gainesville, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


Miami actually went into Gator country to get Lee's commitment. Lee (6-0, 175) is a specialist. I could see him being a multi-year starter in the return game, especially punt returns. Lee is a good receiver who plays hard. When you watch the film, he is a player who plays as hard without the ball as he does with the ball. He is a willing downfield blocker when he's not catching the ball. That being said Lee had over 40 catches for 1,000 yards as a junior, so he has been very productive. Lee is one of those guys who is going to do whatever it takes to get on the field and then he is going to reward the coaches for putting him there.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Quan Lee's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 5/27/2021 Florida logo CB Julian Humphrey (Houston, TX) commits to Florida  View Class


Humphrey (6-1, 185) is a fast defensive back who runs track in high school. He looks good physically, almost college ready, but still could stand to get bigger and add more strength to his game. But Humphrey can run and is competitive. He has good ball skills, and even when he's out of position, Humphrey has plus-level closing speed and can disrupt the pass play. He can run with any outside receiver and has long speed to burn, but he needs to be more active in getting guys off their routes. Adding physical play with his speed will make Humphrey a tough defender in college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Julian Humphrey's Player Grade: B
player grade - 5/27/2021 Georgia Tech logo WR D.J. Moore (Lawrenceville, GA) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Moore (6-1, 190) is a prospect we could see playing in the slot or on the outside from a skill-set standpoint, but his size will likely lend itself to him playing on the boundary more in college. He has above-average speed and a pretty decent burst. Moore can stretch the field and get behind a secondary. As Moore continues to add size, he'll need to get more physical off the line. Moore has good hands and is improving as a route runner. As he continues to improve, Moore shows the signs of being a good college football prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
D.J. Moore's Player Grade: C+


May 26
player grade - 5/26/2021 Virginia logo WR Dakota Twitty (Mooresboro, NC) commits to Virginia  View Class


The first thing that stands out about Twitty (6-5, 212) is his size. He looks like a tight end or a defensive end, and it's no surprise that he has played on both sides of the ball in high school. But it appears that the offense will be his calling in college and Twitty is going to be a big-body receiver. The size and length that Twitty offers will force teams to put linebackers or safeties on him if they don't have a big cornerback who can match up. Twitty is a big target with a good hands. His speed is ok, and he will need to improve his long speed to stretch defenses out. Twitty, however, looks like a natural mismatch and might be Virginia's best wide receiver prospect since Herman Moore.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dakota Twitty's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 5/26/2021 Washington logo OL Parker Brailsford (Scottsdale, AZ) commits to Washington  View Class


Players like Brailsford (6-2, 260) are always in high demand for colleges because he's played all across the line in high school and offers scheme versatility. With Brailsford's size, his best fit for the long term is probably at center, but I think he'll play a bit of guard too and might be a swing lineman along the interior. He is a very good run blocker who has a nice mix of aggressiveness and athleticism, especially on pulls. Brailsford is good off the snap and tries to get in the first shot at the point of contact. He is a tough, gritty lineman who will compete at several positions.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Parker Brailsford's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 5/26/2021 Tennessee logo OT Brian Grant (Fort Walton Beach, FL) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Grant (6-8, 271) does a little bit of everything athletically. He plays football and basketball while doing strength events with track. Grant is still pretty young in terms of football experience and will be busy on the camp circuit this summer, which should work out to his benefit. All of his film is on the defensive line, and he was able to use his size and length to get past blockers. Grant has the size and general athleticism you can't teach. He's already hit the camp circuit and received more scholarship offers, so clearly his potential is being noticed. Tennessee might have gotten a steal.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Brian Grant's Player Grade: C+


May 25
player grade - 5/25/2021 Penn State logo P Alex Bacchetta (Atlanta, GA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Bacchetta (6-3, 200) is the top-rated punter in the class, according to the Kohl's Kicking website. The site further says the "ball jumps off his foot" and closes out by adding that Bacchetta is "more mature athletically and just stronger than others his age in both kicking and punting."


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Alex Bacchetta's Player Grade: B


May 23
player grade - 5/23/2021 Mississippi State logo ATH Trent Singleton (Raymond, MS) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Singleton (6-0, 185) plays quarterback in high school, but he could end up as a running back, wide receiver or defensive back in college. He trained with the defensive backs at Mississippi State's first prospect camp of the year, and it's good for him to start getting reps and teaching at the position because there will be a learning curve once his gets on campus. Singleton is a good athlete who also runs track. He is going to need time to learn his position, but he is a natural leader with a great attitude. Singleton's one of those players who will find success at the next level through his work ethic.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Trent Singleton's Player Grade: B-


May 21
player grade - 5/21/2021 Boston College logo S Sione Hala (Bellflower, CA) commits to Boston College  View Class


Boston College is just recruiting differently at this stage under second-year head coach Jeff Hafley. Hala (6-2, 187) is a legitimate top-30-35 player in California and not a kid you would see verbally commit to the Eagles in the past, but they beat out Arizona State and Colorado for the nod here. Hala is listed as a safety, but I think he'll be more of a hybrid with some outside linebacker duties. He is good in space to an extent, but he'll need to show more fluidity in changing directions. Hala is a solid tackler who can hit a little. He plays with great energy and likes to get all over the field. Hala can offer snaps playing deep middle or in the box. As his movement improves, I believe he could take on backs coming out of the backfield.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Sione Hala's Player Grade: B+


May 20
player grade - 5/20/2021 Rutgers logo OT Jacob Allen (Princeton, NJ) commits to Rutgers  View Class


One of the big reasons Rutgers is seen as a team on the rise has been the staff's ability to keep the best players in the state. Allen (6-6, 275) is not just a top offensive line prospect in the state; he's arguably a top-10 prospect nationally and the sort of athlete Rutgers has lost to Penn State, Ohio State or Michigan in the past. Allen possesses the prototypical body and frame for an offensive tackle, including great length and functional strength. He is also mechanically sound and has good lower body and core strength to stuff rush ends on contact. Allen does a nice job as a run blocker and finishes his blocks with a purpose. He is a likely 3-year starter who could play on Sundays.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jacob Allen's Player Grade: A-


May 16
player grade - 5/16/2021 S Carolina logo S Kajuan Banks (Tallahassee, FL) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Banks (5-10, 170) is a playmaker who I believe will spend time at safety and cornerback. He plays a lot of special teams in high school and will be a good candidate to return kicks and punts in college. Banks has pretty good speed and quickness. He can separate himself from a defender in the open field when he's playing on offense. On defense, you will see him stay in contact of a receiver and not let them get behind him. Banks' range is what sets him apart from other defensive backs because can cover a slot receiver or you can put him on a bigger outside receiver. Either way, Banks does not back down from a challenge.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kajuan Banks' Player Grade: C+


May 14
player grade - 5/14/2021 Missouri logo DT Marquis Gracial (St. Charles, MO) commits to Missouri  View Class


Gracial (6-4, 285) received a lot of attention at the turn of the year and also had Arizona State, Alabama, Iowa State and Oregon among his final group before deciding to stay in state and join the Tigers. He has good height and nice arm length, so he's probably going to slide in as a three-technique. Gracial lined up on the outside a bit in high school and shows a nice burst. He'll have to work on interior rush moves. Gracial is solid against the run and could slide over to play nose guard.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Marquis Gracial's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 5/14/2021 Indiana logo DE/DL Richard Thomas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) commits to Indiana  View Class


Thomas (6-2, 255) is a bit of a 'tweener, but I say that in a good way because his skill set offers a lot of options and scheme versatility. You can line him up at strong-side defensive end and let him set the edge. Thomas is a smart defender and very difficult to run against. Thomas passes the eye test and physically looks college ready. Thomas also gets pressure on the quarterback. He can play in a 3-4 as a defensive end or in a four-man rush and slide him inside on rush downs. He is versatile enough to move all over the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Richard Thomas' Player Grade: B-


May 13
player grade - 5/13/2021 UCLA logo ATH Clint Stephens (Inglewood, CA) commits to UCLA  View Class


Stephens (6-1, 190) is an intriguing athlete and one of the top-50 players in California in the 2022 class. He is listed as an athlete, but Stephens can more accurately be described as a defensive back. Stephens is a bigger cornerback, but he's shown some versatility in high school, lining up on the outside and as a nickel. He should be able to run with the bigger outside receivers and provide good pass defense there. Stephens has some good physical elements to his game, and he can play the football well when it's in the air. There's a lot to like about Stephens.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Clint Stephens' Player Grade: B


May 10
player grade - 5/10/2021 Florida logo ATH Isaiah Bond (Buford, GA) commits to Florida  View Class


Bond is another two-way standout. You see his speed on offense when he is flying behind the secondary. The kid can flat-out run, and he has quick feet. Bond will make one move and achieve separation. This is a main reason why we see him as such a great corner prospect. Bond's size and speed will allow him to match up against pretty much any receiver he faces.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Isaiah Bond's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 5/10/2021 Baylor logo OT Bryce Simpson (Cypress, TX) commits to Baylor  View Class


Simpson (6-5, 313) is a big body who has played left tackle in high school against Texas' top division, so he is a battle-tested player with college-ready size and length. At this stage. Simpson is much more comfortable as a downhill run blocker who can push a defender off their foundation. He has big hands and solid short-space strength to get the job done, and he isn't afraid to show a nasty streak in finishing. Big XII left tackles, however, have to be able to pass protect, and Simpson has the tools to be a capable pass protector with his impressive wingspan. He'll have to improve his footwork, lateral agility and general technique.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Bryce Simpson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 5/10/2021 UCLA logo LB Jalen Woods (Bellflower, CA) commits to UCLA  View Class


Woods (6-1, 207) is a classic safety/linebacker hybrid. I think he'll grow a little more, and his length is good enough for me to believe he'll eventually settle in as a linebacker who can play closer to the line of scrimmage. Woods is good in space and has some natural skills to be a situational off-ball defender. His speed is better than I expected, especially when he's closing in on the play, and even in coverage, he shows some decent long speed. Woods could find snaps and opportunities as an edge rusher. He is playing coverage in high school, but at the next level, running backs might be too shifty for him in coverage. Woods is going to be a solid defender in college who will stick his nose in the play.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jalen Woods' Player Grade: B
player grade - 5/10/2021 Arkansas logo OT E'Marion Harris (Little Rock, AR) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Harris is listed at 6-foot-7, 370 pounds, making him one of the largest, if not the largest, FBS prospect in the class. One thing I like from Harris is that he's a bit of a bully, and sometimes I worry about the big guys being a little too nice, which is not the case here. As a run blocker, Harris is a dominating presence. His size just tends to overwhelm defenders. As a pass blocker, it's hard to say. He has a great wingspan and should be able to hold off outside rush, but I couldn't get a great idea of his footwork, agility and lateral movement. Harris has the size you can't teach and the toughness that offensive line coaches like to see.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
E'Marion Harris' Player Grade: B-


May 8
player grade - 5/8/2021 Notre Dame logo TE Holden Staes (Atlanta, GA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Staes (6-4, 230) is an absolute matchup nightmare and one of the best tight ends in the 2022 class. He can run, and his burst off the line and long speed make him a natural mismatch for a linebacker, yet Staes is also a physical mismatch for a cornerback. Staes is strong enough and naturally physical, so I believe he could be very effective on the inline when the run game needs more blocking. He is athletic enough to be flexed out and moved around the field. Staes shows very good hands. If you put this kid in space, he will run away from defenders. Provided Staes can improve his blocking, he could become one of the best tight ends in the country.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Holden Staes' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 5/8/2021 Washington logo QB Jackson Stratton (La Jolla, CA) commits to Washington  View Class


Several solid performances on the camp circuit helped Stratton (6-4, 207) increase his profile and eventually catch the eye of the Washington staff. When the Huskies made their offer to Stratton, he committed on the spot.

Stratton is a pocket passer who likes to move within the pocket and search for open passing lanes. He keeps his eyes moving and cycling through his receivers, and he likes to try to throw his receivers open. The ball comes off Stratton's hand well, but he has a couple of hitches in his deliver. Stratton has a big frame, and I think he'll get well over the 220-pound mark. He has to continue to process the game quicker and make good decisions with the football in his final high school season.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jackson Stratton's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 5/8/2021 Tennessee logo TE Brody Foley (Cincinnati, OH) commits to Tennessee  View Class


I'm curious to see how a tight end will fit in Josh Heupel's offense at Tennessee because he didn't use the position much at Central Florida. Of course, tight ends are not an easy position to recruit, especially at the Group of Five level. Foley (6-6, 239) is a big athlete who can catch some passes and be a physical blocker on the ball. He is a tough player who can beat a smaller defender and isn't afraid to take on a blitzing outside linebacker. Foley is strong on the interior as well, yet he possesses enough athleticism to run clean routes and he shows soft hands in the passing game. Foley is a unique athlete who could be a weapon in Heupel's offense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Brody Foley's Player Grade: B+


May 7
player grade - 5/7/2021 Florida State logo OT Aliou Bah (Bradenton, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


Florida State continues to try to re-tool its offensive line through both the transfer portal and recruiting. Bah (6-6, 325) is a big athlete who has dropped a lot of weight over the past few months. He has decent movement, but Bah is likely going to have more success at guard in college - at least early in his career. Bah is a little slow out of his stance, and that could lead to struggles against speed rushers. The more reps Bah receives at IMG Academy this season against its difficult schedule will show where the big man has made strides and where he needs more work. Bah came to IMG Academy from Memphis, Tennessee.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Aliou Bah's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 5/7/2021 Kentucky logo ATH Alex Afari (West Chester, OH) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Afari (6-2, 191) was a big target for Kentucky, as head coach Mark Stoops loves big cornerbacks. Afari plays corner in high school, so he's already has some of the technique down. He can run and shows good shiftiness and fluidity for a big corner. Afari shows good hips and can charge forward to play up on the line against the run or turn and run with a receiver. His long speed is something that might need to be worked on. Right now, Afari fits the role of a boundary corner. If he eventually moves to safety, his plus-level ball skills will be a nice asset.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Alex Afari's Player Grade: B-


May 5
player grade - 5/5/2021 Ohio State logo CB Ryan Turner (Hollywood, FL) commits to Ohio State  View Class


A few days after Ohio State made its return to Florida recruiting by grabbing the commitment of Tampa-area prospect Kye Stokes, the program went a little further south and grabbed Turner (6-0, 180). A year ago, when I had a chance to look at Turner in a game, I thought he was more of a fringe Power Five prospect. But he made strides in the offseason and drew the attention of a top program.

Turner can play man or zone, and he does a good job of getting off the line and maintaining a good cover on his man. His insticts and timing are very good. Turner doesn't lose his man and has a good feel of when he needs to play the ball.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ryan Turner's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 5/5/2021 Penn State logo S Tyrece Mills (Philadelphia, PA) commits to Penn State  View Class


Mills (6-0, 205) played in a two-game spring season with Lackawanna (PA) College and had 10 tackles, two for loss and an interception. Mills came to Lackawanna from Northest High School in Philadelphia. He should have four years of eligibility remaining, but he might not have a redshirt season.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tyrece Mills' Player Grade: C+


May 3
player grade - 5/3/2021 UCLA logo LB DeAndre Gill (Kent, WA) commits to UCLA  View Class


Gill (6-5, 210) is an athlete with great height and length combination that gives him some scheme versatility. He could line up on either side of the ball, but he's listed as a linebacker, and I could see him ending up as an outside linebacker/edge-rusher hybrid type in a 3-4 alignment. What separates Gill from other long linebackers is his coverage ability. He can take on a tight end or a running back out of the backfield, and he can track balls in the air and use his length to disrupt the passing game. Gill has a lot of raw talent, and as it comes together, he's going to be a unique talent on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
DeAndre Gill's Player Grade: B
player grade - 5/3/2021 S Carolina logo LB Donovan Westmoreland (Griffin, GA) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Westmoreland (6-2, 210) originally committed to Georgia back in January, but word got out that both sides were looking to move on, and he switched his verbal commitment to South Carolina. He is another guy who is versatile enough to play defensive end or outside linebacker. He has good size and length to be disruptive. Westmoreland is good as shedding blockers; he can get a tackle off balance and make a quick move to get on the inside. He plays a rough game and will have to get stronger to play that style at the SEC. Coverage is a big of a weakness for Westmoreland, who moves a little stiffly and doesn't look comfortable dropping back in coverage.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Donovan Westmoreland's Player Grade: B-


May 2
player grade - 5/2/2021 Ohio State logo ATH Kye Stokes (Seffner, FL) commits to Ohio State  View Class


The Buckeyes haven't dipped as much in Florida since Urban Meyer left, but they nabbed the commitment of Stokes (6-2, 185), a versatile athlete who can line up in the secondary or at wide receiver. He has a lot of raw skills, but he possesses great size for either receiver or safety, plus he can run. I think Stokes will end up on defense, and he could either continue to put on size and establish himself as more of a strong safety who can play in the box, or he'll improve his route running and ball skills to make things happen as an outside receiver. Stokes is looking at a big senior year to establish his development and likely determine his future.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kye Stokes' Player Grade: B
player grade - 5/2/2021 Mississippi State logo QB Braedyn Locke (Rockwall, TX) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


When you look at Locke (6-0, 181) from a production standpoint, his numbers are eye-popping. He threw for over 4,000 yards and 52 touchdowns as a junior and over 3,000 yards and 41 touchdowns in his sophomore season. Locke tossed just 15 interceptions over those two seasons, which is remarkable considering the high volume of passing Locke does. Locke is good with his ball placement. He has completed a little under 65 percent of his passes, but it feels like that number could get higher this year. Like most of Mike Leach's type of quarterbacks, Locke moves well within a contained space, but he's looking to get the ball out of his hands fast and on target. Locke is a good quarterback prospect and a great fit with Leach.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Braedyn Locke's Player Grade: B
player grade - 5/2/2021 Notre Dame logo TE Eli Raridon (West Des Moines, IA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


The Fighting Irish are looking to take two tight ends in this class, and Raridon (6-6, 231) is a legacy recruit. His father was an offensive lineman for the Notre Dame in the '00s. The younger Raridon is a solid athlete eho also stars on his high school's basketball team. He has long arms, and he has shown some nice pass-catching skills with soft hands. Raridon will line up as an inline player and make his presence known as a run blocker. When he gets out on pass routes, he has shown nice ability to run after the catch.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Eli Raridon's Player Grade: B-


May 1
player grade - 5/1/2021 Georgia Tech logo LB Jaron Willis (Leesburg, GA) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Willis (6-2, 219) decided to stay in state and give Georgia Tech a recruiting battle win over Florida State. Right away on film, you can see that Willis is double tough and loves to get in the mix, jump in the pile, get in people's faces. He plays with a lot of intensity and physicality. Willis has a background in the secondary, and even though he has grown into a linebacker, he can still be trusted to take on a tight end in coverage. He is always around the football and can get from one end of the field to the other quickly. Willis' tackling and ability to stop the run could make him a situational box defender. He is just a strong all-around linebacker who mixes the new style with the old.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaron Willis' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 5/1/2021 Penn State logo OT Maleek McNeil (Easthampton, MA) commits to Penn State  View Class


McNeil (6-8, 330) is a mountain of an offensive tackle prospect who needs a lot of refining, but he also offers an intriguing foundation to build on. McNeil possesses natural strength in short space, and with his size and length, he's just a hard prospect to get around. His pass protection is clean, although the competition isn't very good. McNeil has some solid feet and shows the ability to move laterally and kick out wide. He is a pretty good athlete for his size, but his flexibility needs to improve and his initial punch at the point of contact could also be better.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Maleek McNeil's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 5/1/2021 Louisville logo DE Popeye Williams (Westfield, IN) commits to Louisville  View Class


Louisville needs to rebuild its pass rush, and Williams (6-2, 225) is a quick-twitch athlete who has nice bend to get around the edge and create some havoc. He is a little light and has average length, so the question will be how heavy he can get yet maintain his speed-rushing ability. Right now, he is more of a situational rusher than a three-down player. Williams shows good lateral movement, and that should help him become a better run defender. If Williams can improve his run defense, he could develop as a starter.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Popeye Williams' Player Grade: C+


April 30
player grade - 4/30/2021 S Carolina logo QB Braden Davis (Middleton, DE) commits to South Carolina  View Class


Davis (6-5, 200) has some great football lineage - his father Antone Davis was a former All-American at Tennessee and a first-round pick in the 1991 NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles. The younger Davis is a tall athletic quarterback prospect who has dominated some lesser competition but shows big-time tools. Davis can escape pressure with his feet and make chunk plays as a running. He can throw too - I love watching him throw and moving to the right. Davis moves and continues to look downfield. The ball comes off his hands fairly well - the throwing mechanics are pretty loose. As Davis continues to build up his body and develop physically, I believe he has a shot to turn into a major contributor for the Gamecocks.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Braden Davis' Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/30/2021 Oklahoma logo CB Jayden Rowe (Tulsa, OK) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Rowe (6-3, 210) is a tall, big cornerback with long speed and the ability to line up on the outside against anyone. Because of his size, Rowe does a lot on the boundary and offers a lot of help against the run. These traits tend to believe that a move to safety is imminent, but I disagree because Rowe's speed is definitely that of a cornerback who can run downfield with a top wide receiver. There are a lot of big, physical wide receivers in the Big XII, and Rowe legitimately has the skill set to match up with them. If there are areas where he needs to improve, they are with his ball skills and tracking some deep passes. Rowe also has a tendency to jump a little early and fail to highpoint the ball.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jayden Rowe's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/30/2021 Oregon State logo QB Travis Throckmorton (Simi Valley, CA) commits to Oregon State  View Class


The Beavers had Throckmorton (6-3, 200) as one of their top targets on their recruiting board, and the quarterback's only Power Five offer was from Oregon State, so it was a natural fit on both sides. Throckmorton is more of a traditional drop-back passer who lines up under center and looks most comfortable in the pocket. He can move, but his throwing mechanics tend to break down when he's forced away from the pocket and can't plant his feet on a throw. When Throckmorton can sit in a clean pocket, he can throw some beautiful passes. He loves to take shots downfield. Even though his throws aren't as clean when a play goes off schedule, I think Throckmorton shows some potential running for yards.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Travis Throckmorton's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/30/2021 Georgia logo WR De'Nylon Morrissette (Kennesaw, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


Morrissette (6-1, 200) is a physically impressive wide receiver prospect who already looks like he has a college-ready body and frame. His build is comparable to his style of play, as he is more of a catch-and-run receiver who will break tackles and fight for extra yardage. Morrissette has some speed to stretch the field, but I think he'll settle into more of an underneath guy who can move the chains and use his size to generate bigger plays. Morrissette is a great athlete who challenges for the ball in the air and shows the toughness you would expect when he's battling defenders on the outside. Morrissette has very good skills and adjusts well to the 50-50 balls to body out the defenders. He is a potential top-end wide receiver in this class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
De'Nylon Morrissette's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 4/30/2021 Oklahoma logo LB Kip Lewis (Carthage, Texas) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Lewis (6-1, 200) is a linebacker who can play off the ball and provides a skill set that works in coverage situations and playing in space. He can run and make plays all over the field, going sideline to sideline. Lewis is more than capable at taking on a running back out of the backfield and challenging the throws in the flats on defending the screen. He turns up field quickly and shows very little stiffness when it comes to changing directions. Lewis is fast on the pursuit and generally does a good job at keeping the play in front of him. He is one of those more modern linebackers who make plays all over the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kip Lewis' Player Grade: B


April 29
player grade - 4/29/2021 Illinois logo RB Jordan Anderson (Joliet, IL) commits to Illinois  View Class


Whether you agree with Bret Bielema's plan or you don't, it's clear what he's trying to do - recruit big athletes. Anderson (6-3, 226) is a big running back who could grow into a fullback, or possibly an h-back, or even slide over to defense. Illinois is going to be an old-style power running team with a lot of 12- and 13-personnel lineups, and Anderson is probably going to be used as a primary big back in some situations and a lead blocker in others. In the dying days of the fullback, Anderson will offer that role to the Illini.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jordan Anderson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/29/2021 Illinois logo TE Henry Boyer (Oak Lawn, IL) commits to Illinois  View Class


Boyer (6-6, 245) is another Chicago-area commit who the Illini coaching staff has picked up. As a team that will run a ton of multiple-tight end sets, Illinois is picking up a lot of big bodies. If Boyer stays at tight end, he's going to primarily be used as a blocker and maybe a goal-line receiver. He could continue to grow and possibly get a look as an offensive tackle down the road. Boyer is a physical, tough blocker who will get his hands dirty, and he's exactly what Illinois is looking for from the position.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Henry Boyer's Player Grade: C


April 28
player grade - 4/28/2021 Florida State logo QB A.J. Duffy (Bradenton, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


Duffy (6-2, 207) is the second quarterback Florida State has taken in the class, joining Arizona prospect Nicco Marchiol. Marchiol is more of a fringe top-25 quarterback, but Duffy is a legitimate top-10 guy and a big get for Mike Norvell. Originally from California, Duffy will be playing at IMG Academy this season. He has a great deep ball and puts good juice on his passes to deliver them on the money. I would love to see more precision short-medium range passing from Duffy, but I don't know how much of that really fits Norvell's offense anyway.

Florida State's quarterback situation isn't ideal with Jordan Travis likely to be the only player with significant experience going into the 2022 season. I think Duffy is going to quickly overtake the other players at the position and be in a spot to contribute as a true freshman. This is a cornerstone recruit for the Seminoles.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
A.J. Duffy's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 4/28/2021 Tennessee logo QB Tayven Jackson (Greenwood, IN) commits to Tennessee  View Class


In his first offseason, new Tennessee coach Josh Heupel must hit on finding the quarterback of the future for his offense. Jackson (6-4, 193) is a nice get for the Volunteers and gives Heupel a top-15-20 nationally ranked quarterback to build the class around.

Jackson is still a work in progress, and he is exciting because I think he has some much good football ahead of him. He is a good athlete who can run a little and move around pretty well. Part of Jackson's education is going to be learning how to move around in the pocket and keep his eyes downfield. One area where Jackson is showing good improvements is protecting the football and making better overall decisions. His junior film shows a lot of promise, and I expect a good senior season out of him.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tayven Jackson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/28/2021 Illinois logo TE Owen Anderson (Princeton, NJ) commits to Illinois  View Class


The Illini are recruiting a lot of big bodies and multiple tight ends for their offense. Anderson (6-4, 241) is doing a post-graduate year in football after originally committing to FCS Monmouth as a Class of 2021 prospect. The extra year will probably help Anderson be more physically ready than the other tight ends in the class. Anderson is a physical kid who can block, but Illini head coach Bret Bielema is going to want his tight ends to catch a little too, so Anderson should spend his post-grad year working on his hands and some simple route running.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Owen Anderson's Player Grade: C


April 27
player grade - 4/27/2021 Washington State logo OL Jihad Lateef (Lubbock, TX) commits to Washington State  View Class


Lateef (6-4, 290) is listed as an offensive tackle, but he's going to be a guard in college. Lateef shows good short-space strength, and I like his competitive nature going one-on-one with a defensive lineman. Lateef is okay in terms of his movement and is a little stiff when it comes to bending, but he's powerful, tough and ready to battle. Lateef is strong off the snap and tough in the run game. I like the way Lateef is eager to punch a guy in the mouth and get to the second level. There may not be a lot of flash in Lateef's game, but there is plenty of substance.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jihad Lateef's Player Grade: C+


April 26
player grade - 4/26/2021 Maryland logo QB Jayden Sauray (Upper Marlboro, MD) commits to Maryland  View Class


Sauray's (6-0, 200) height probably scared off some of the bigger schools from extending offers to him, but I don't feel like height is the issue it used to be, especially with more athletic quarterbacks on the market. Sauray is a dual-threat quarterback who leans a little more to the pass than the run. I like his arm, and the ball comes off his hands well. Sauray's accuracy is a little underrated, to be honest, and he protects the football pretty well. He can throw on the move, and in Maryland's offense, the quarterback is rarely a stationary target. Throws to the flats on the run are key to Sauray's game, but then he can stop, plant his feet and launch the ball downfield. Sauray hasn't played in a year, so his senior season is going to show how much he's developed since his sophomore film.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jayden Sauray's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/26/2021 Northwestern logo OT Danny McGuire (Chicago, IL) commits to Northwestern  View Class


Northwestern and Illinois got into a serious recruiting battle for McGuire (6-5, 275), and the Wildcats notched the big offseason win. McGuire could play guard or tackle - he looks a little more comfortable at guard after playing there as a junior, but in the longer term, McGuire might end up at right tackle. I could see him playing both positions in college. As a guard, his ability to pull and lead are major strengths. McGuire shows good lateral movement and range. This is a solid offensive lineman and a good in-state pickup for Northwestern.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Danny McGuire's Player Grade: C+


April 25
player grade - 4/25/2021 Indiana logo ATH Dasan McCullough (Bloomington, IN) commits to Indiana  View Class


McCullough (6-5, 218) is one of the top athletes in the Class of 2022 and a major get for Indiana coming off of a great season under coach Tom Allen. With McCullough's size and athleticism, he plays on both sides of the ball at roughly every position - other than on the offensive line.

McCullough is listed as a safety, but I think off-ball linebacker or defensive end is a more likely role for him in college. McCullough shows a lot of talent as a defender in the box and stopping the run game. He can attack the gaps and read the play well from the middle of the field. McCullough can come off the edge as well to provide a pass-rushing element. His background in the secondary should accelerate his coverage skills as a linebacker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Dasan McCullough's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/25/2021 Mississippi State logo WR Jarnorris Hopson (Horn Lake, MS) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Hopson (5-10, 175) is a smooth, versatile athlete who can rack up yardage through a few different avenues. He plays some quarterback in high school, mostly operating as a wildcat or single-wing type of player. Hopson has also played on the outside or in the slot, and that's a big deal in Mike Leach's offense, as Leach likes to move wide receivers around depending on the formation.

Hopson is a natural playmaker who can do good things in space, and he has the agility to make tacklers look silly in the open field. Hopson can also return kicks. Even though he is on the smaller side, Hopson is tough and will battle for extra yardage. He'll have to put on more size in college to continue using that element of his game, but I think that will happen.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jarnorris Hopson's Player Grade: B-


April 24
player grade - 4/24/2021 Oklahoma State logo CB Avyonne Jones (Southlake, TX) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class


Jones (5-11, 180) comes from the highly regarded Southlake Carroll program, so he is battling against top competition in practice and on Friday nights. Jones has good size and jams a wide receiver coming off the line. Jones shows decent ball skills and does well to challenge most passes. He finished with over 10 pass deflections as a junior. I would like to see him create more interceptions when he's challenged. Jones moves pretty well, although he looks a little stiff when changing directions and opening up, but I don't see those as big problems. He is a solid cornerback prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Avyonne Jones' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/24/2021 Louisville logo QB Khalib Johnson (Pinson, AL) commits to Louisville  View Class


Johnson (6-1, 195) has some real exciting athletic skills that would seem to fit Louisville's offense well. He can run within the pocket and extend plays, but he can also get yards down the field with his legs. Johnson's arm strength is plus level, and the ball just flies off his hands when he's able to plant his feet and put his full body into the pass. Johnson can thrive when the play goes off schedule because of his ability to extend plays and the arm strength to get the ball down field. Some of his throws can be a little too risky and aggressive, so Johnson will need to hold back on some passes. Overall, there is a lot to work with here.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Khalib Johnson's Player Grade: C+


April 23
player grade - 4/23/2021 LSU logo S Jacoby Mathews (Ponchatoula, LA) commits to LSU  View Class


Mathews (6-2, 205) is a big, physically impressive defensive back prospect who going to grade out as one of the top safeties in this class. If he continues to grow, he will likely become more of a hybrid defender who plays in the box.

Matthews is a tremendous athlete with a lot of high measurables. He can run, and he can dunk a basketball. On the field, Mathews shows more range than you would expect for a player his size, which is why I think he's going to have to be used as a deep safety in some situations. Mathews moves well. He can shift gears quickly and change directions without showing much stiffness. Mathews has decent ball skills, and he'll challenge for the ball in the air.

There are areas of improvement, but Mathews is at the right place if he wants to be a top-end defensive back. All of the talent is there for the molding.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jacoby Mathews' Player Grade: A


April 21
player grade - 4/21/2021 Oklahoma State logo ATH Braylin Presley (Bixby, OK) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class


Presley (5-7, 155) continues the family tradition in Stillwater and will join his older brother, Brennan, who signed with the Cowboys in the class of 2020. The younger Presley has some limitations because of his size, but he makes up for it with very good speed and agility. He can play some snaps in the slot and will be especially useful in the return game. If he gains weight and gets thicker in the lower body, I believe he could also carve out a role in the backfield. The creative coaching staff at Oklahoma State, led by Mike Gundy, will figure out something for Presley.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Braylin Presley's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/21/2021 Virginia Tech logo OL Johnny Dickson (Corpus Christi, TX) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


The Hokies staff had to beat out Arkansa for Dickson (6-2, 300), but he is originally from Virginia and was excited about the prospects of returning home to play college football. I like Dickson as a tough interior lineman who gets his hands on you and tries to put you on the ground. He has decent feet and works hard to get to the second level. Dickson is much more comfortable as a run blocker at this stage, but he has the skills to be sufficient in pass pro. He sticks out on film when he's pulling and taking on a linebacker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Johnny Dickson's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/21/2021 Oregon State logo WR Cole Prusia (Tualatin, OR) commits to Oregon State  View Class


Oregon State was among the first programs to make an offer to Prusia (6-3, 185), and he quickly made the decisions to stay in state. He is a smooth route runner and works hard at getting off the line cleanly and being at the spot he needs to be so his quarterback can throw with anticipation. Prusia isn't a speedy receiver, but he knows how to create separation and use his size and length to keep defensive backs behind him. He will be a high-volume pass catcher for the Beavers.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cole Prusia's Player Grade: C


April 20
player grade - 4/20/2021 Michigan logo WR Tyler Morris (La Grange Park, IL) commits to Michigan  View Class


For all the hoopla about Michigan and its struggles at the quarterback position, I think the program has struggled just as much with getting quality playmakers on offense. Morris (6-0, 175) is one of the bigger names in this class at wide receiver, and with one look at the film, it's easy to see why. He can play on the inside or the outside, and he adjusts his game depending on the role. Morris can stretch the field vertically or take the short pass and turn it into a big play. He is very shifty and dangerous in open place. I could see a role as a returner on special teams in his future as well. Morris is a player who needs a lot of touches in different ways to maximize his potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tyler Morris' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 4/20/2021 Kentucky logo TE Josh Kattus (Cincinnati, OH) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Kattus (6-4, 240) is a traditional type of tight end, meaning that he's going to be an inline player who can block and fight through traffic for the balls that get thrown his way. There isn't a lot of flash with Kattus' game, but he's solid all-around and a tough competitor who will bring a lot to the running game at Kentucky as a blocker. Kattus can catch the ball and shows good hands and some ability to get yards after the catch.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Josh Kattus' Player Grade: C+


April 18
player grade - 4/18/2021 Illinois logo OL Clayton Leonard (Danforth, IL) commits to Illinois  View Class


Leonard (6-4, 255) is a smallish guard prospect who should help with depth as new coach Bret Bielema tries to rebuild the roster. Illinois and Central Michigan were the first offers Leonard received.

Looking at the film, Leonard is a solid competitor. The level of competition he plays doesn't appear too challenging, but he imposes his will on his opponents, and that's what you want to see. Leonard loves playing football, and it shows through the film. He might not be rated highly, but Illinois wants to establish a floor and build a culture of competition. Leonard could help with that, and anything extra will be a bonus.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Clayton Leonard's Player Grade: C-


April 17
player grade - 4/17/2021 Kentucky logo OT Kiyaunta Goodwin (Charleston, IN) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Kentucky's recruiting has improved each year under Mark Stoops, especially on the offensive line. Goodwin (6-7, 300) might be the best prospect the program has recruited yet, and he is going to be one of the top-10 players at his position in the class. He has great length, and the weight he carries looks great on his frame. Goodwin moves win, but he's not a finesse type of offensive lineman. He is a competitor who will get dirty and physical with anyone. Goodwin is very athletic, exploding off the snap or quickly hinging into his pass-protection stance. His technique improves by the day, and he continues to put together the package of what will be the Wildcats' future left tackle.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kiyaunta Goodwin's Player Grade: A-


April 16
player grade - 4/16/2021 Arkansas logo WR Quincey McAdoo (Clarendon, AR) commits to Arkansas  View Class


McAdoo (6-3, 175) was committed to Florida State for about three months, and he de-committed from the Seminoles before deciding to commit to the home-state school. From an earlier evaluation: McAdoo isn't a top-end receiver in the Class of 2022, but he could be near the back of the top 25 for the position. McAdoo has good size and raw athletic skills. He does a good job to adjust to balls in the air. McAdoo doesn't show much beyond being a high-ball tracker right now, but I think he can develop his route running and other technical aspects once he gets into a college program.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Quincey McAdoo's Player Grade: B-

Previously Committed to: Florida State 1/10/2021


April 15
player grade - 4/15/2021 LSU logo TE Jake Johnson (Watkinsville, GA) commits to LSU  View Class


It's a family affair for the Johnson family, with Jake Johnson (6-5, 225) joining big brother Max at LSU. Both are sons of former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson. Arguably the best pass-catching tight end prospect in the nation, Johnson is a game-changer as a receiver at the position. He is big and strong and has the burst to keep coverages off guard. Johnson has good game speed and can be flexed out wide for additional mismatch opportunities. But just as important, Johnson isn't afraid to block and be physical in the run game as well or in pass protection when needed. Put it all together, and Johnson a top-end tight end prospect, one of the best in the nation.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jake Johnson's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/15/2021 Florida State logo ATH/TE Brian Courtney (Ashburn, VA) commits to Florida State  View Class


The Seminoles were really aggressive with Courtney (6-3, 227) back when he only had offers from Massachusetts, Old Dominion and a couple of FCS programs. I think Virginia came through with an offer since then, but Courtney is still very much an unknown. He plays quarterback in high school, and Florida State is recruiting him as a tight end. I think Courtney's best fit is probably at linebacker if his lateral movement is good. Courtney tests very well and looks strong and fast on film against subpar competition. He is hard to evaluate because he's never played tight end, so there's no suggestion about his hands, his ability to block, or his ability run routes. There is certainly some athleticism there, but many more questions.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Brian Courtney's Player Grade: C
player grade - 4/15/2021 Tennessee logo DE Venson Sneed (Winter Park, FL) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Sneed (6-4, 235) is a pure football player, and he reminds me a little of another Tennessee defensive lineman who came out of central Florida named Corey Vereen. I like Sneed because he's the type of kid who will line up anywhere. He played offensive tackle and tight end along with everywhere on the defensive line. I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up as a three-technique at the next level, but he has really nice length to play defensive end. On film, I see Sneed giving a lot of effort and lacking in some technique, but using his physical tools to win battles. He's a tough competitor, and that's really what Tennessee in this rebuild - tough, athletic kids who will work hard.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Venson Sneed's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/15/2021 Alabama logo DT Jaheim Oatis (Columbia, MS) commits to Alabama  View Class


Oatis (6-4, 347) is a big space eater in the middle of a defensive line. He's been a familiar face at camps around SEC programs since he was a freshman. He is very strong and can push back piles and fight to get in the backfield. Oatis plays against mid-level high school competition in Mississippi and is basically unblockable. Tough at the point of contact and despite his size and height, Oatis knows how to play with leverage and get low to win the short-yardage battles. He is pretty raw in his development, and at his current level of competition, Oatis doesn't need to do much to dominate. He might need some time in Alabama's strength program to transform his body and playing style, but he is a unique physical prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaheim Oatis' Player Grade: B


April 14
player grade - 4/14/2021 N.C. State logo OL Rylan Vann (Cary, NC) commits to N,C. State  View Class


Vann (6-1, 275) plays all along the offensive line, so if he's being projected as a guard or a tackle, he's very much undersized. But height is a tricky thing at center, and Vann is good enough off the snap and athletic enough that I don't think it'll be as big of an issue as it would be for a slower player who struggles at the point of contact. I think N.C. State's staff is very underrated in recruiting, and they might've caught another gem in Vann. He is better than his ranking. Vann is a very good pass protector and has the skill set that generally grades out well in zone blocking. I'm going to give him a higher grade than most of the websites out there.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Rylan Vann's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/14/2021 Northwestern logo TE Chris Petrucci (Park Ridge, IL) commits to Northwestern  View Class


It came down to Illinois or Northwestern for Petrucci (6-5, 211), and he chose the Wildcats. Petrucci is a big, long pass catcher who plays a big wide receiver role in high school, but he will put on weight and slide to the inside at the next level. He is a reliable pass catcher, especially on those jump balls in the red zone, not a speed burner by any stretch though. His ability to impact the passing game is limited, so Petrucci will have to prove he can play inline and be a blocker in the run game as well.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Chris Petrucci's Player Grade: C
player grade - 4/14/2021 Tennessee logo LB Elijah Herring (Murfreesboro, TN) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Herring (6-2, 225) looks like an ideal off-ball linebacker. He is more than capable in run-game defense, and he can fight on blocks and plug the lanes. Herring has decent movement laterally and shows some ability to play in space. He can come off the edge, although I wouldn't have him doing in on a every-down basis. Herring has good instincts and is a good tackler, so there's no concern with having him move to the inside and defend in the box. Herring gets in the backfield and makes tackles for losses on the perimeter, so he can play up on the line of scrimmage as well. He's a physical, strong player who might be a little underrated. These are the players who Tennessee has to hit on.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Elijah Herring's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/14/2021 Missouri logo OL Tristan Wilson (Lebanon, MO) commits to Missouri  View Class


Wilson (6-5, 292) is a bigger guard who the size to play tackle, but he lacks that footwork and maybe some of the length to be an ideal edge protector. As a run blocker, however, Wilson is a handful. He knows how to use his hands; he finishes blocks, and he has a nice mean streak. Wilson isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, and I'm sure he's tough to deal with in a pile. Some improvements to his footwork will give Wilson the versatility to play guard or possibly right tackle. But as he stands, Wilson projects highly as a powerful run blocker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tristan Wilson's Player Grade: C+


April 13
player grade - 4/13/2021 Mississippi State logo CB Tyler Woodard (Memphis, TN) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Woodard (6-0, 177) is the third secondary prospect who has committed to Mississippi State in as many days. He did not play as a junior, but he played plenty as a sophomore and projects out as a big cornerback who could play on either side or at deep safety. Woodard has great athleticism. He's very twitchy and jumpy and just difficult for a wide receiver to figure out how to hand. Woodard likes to battle and complete, even as a sophomore he was taking on the top opposing wide receiver.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tyler Woodard's Player Grade: B


April 12
player grade - 4/12/2021 Oregon State logo RB Damien Martinez (Lewisville, TX) commits to Oregon State  View Class


Martinez (5-10, 218) is a thickly-build running back with the body style of a fullback. He takes on a lot of carries in high school, already averaging over 20 carries per game. Martinez was a 2,000-yard back as a junior. He has decent speed going downhill, and with his size, Martinez becomes a much tougher back as the game wears on and his carries begin to add up. Martinez isn't going to win any track meets, but he's good at grinding out extra yards after contact and using his forward lean to get the most out of every carry. He's a good big back who will provide the Beavers with productive North-South running.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Damien Martinez's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/12/2021 Mississippi State logo S Jourdan Thomas (Montgomery, AL) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


A day after landing a commitment from Wesley Miller, the Bulldogs come back with Thomas (6-1, 190), who is the bigger and more rangy safety of the two prospects. Thomas is going to provide more options in pass coverage. He transitions well in the backpedal and seems to do a good job of tracking the ball all the while. Thomas could fit very well playing in a deep safety role that allows him to monitor the field. He plays the run with integrity, but probably nothing more than an average tackler at this point.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jourdan Thomas' Player Grade: C+


April 11
player grade - 4/11/2021 Mississippi State logo S Wesley Miller (Columbus, MS) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Miller (5-10, 185) is an undersized, but very active, safety and a very good athlete who plays baseball and runs track. He isn't afraid to stick his nose into the pile on a tackle, and he's aggressive at making plays in a one-on-one situation. Miller doesn't get broken down easily. He could also work out as a boundary cornerback. He defends the ball well and is quick turning out of breaks. Miller will go against larger, taller receivers with some level of success. He can play either role as a safety.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Wesley Miller's Player Grade: C+


April 10
player grade - 4/10/2021 Florida State logo RB/ATH Rodney Hill (Statesboro, GA) commits to Florida State  View Class


Hill (6-0, 187) was originally committed to Virginia. It appears that Florida State is recruiting him as a running back, but Hill holds value as a linebacker or a safety who can play in the box. He is a solid pass catcher, which works in Mike Norvell's diversified offense. Hill also brings some much-needed size and power into the backfield for the Seminoles. Hill has good straight-line speed, and although he is probably more fast than agile, but he shows some cutting ability on film. I don't project Hill as a true No. 1 running back, but he's a guy who can give you some quality snaps in a rotation and as a third-down back.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Rodney Hill's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/10/2021 Notre Dame logo DE Darren Agu (Rabun Gap, GA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Agu (6-6, 235) was extended an offer from Notre Dame a little more than a week ago and quickly decided to pledge to the Fighting Irish. He has a lot of raw talent and athletic gifts. Originally from England, Agu has some impressive test numbers that attracted a list of offers from many other Power-Five programs. He could also work out as a tight end, although I think Notre Dame is bringing him in to play on the defensive line. High effort has gotten Agu this far, and as he continues to develop his moves and technique, I think there is significant upside and growth potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Darren Agu's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/10/2021 Iowa State logo QB Rocco Becht (Zephyrhills, FL) commits to Iowa State  View Class


Becht (6-1, 188) is the son of former NFL tight end and first-round draft choice Anthony Becht. The younger Becht has some upside. I like his vision and the way he moves around in the pocket to go through his progressions. He's not a big quarterback, but he can stand in there and take the heat while keeping his eyes on making a downfield throw. Becht's accuracy numbers are low, but he didn't have a lot of receiving talent around him. The ball comes off his hand well. I think Becht is a good prospect to develop under Iowa State's coaching staff.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Rocco Becht's Player Grade: C+


April 9
player grade - 4/9/2021 Rutgers logo QB Gavin Wimsatt (Owensboro, KY) commits to Rutgers  View Class


How serious is Rutgers about recruiting? How does landing a top-five quarterback sound? Wimsatt (6-3, 200) is an athletic marvel. He is a standout in football and basketball, and he could very well be a draft choice in baseball as well. The tools are there - he's a quick-twitch athlete with top-end arm strength and the ability to make big plays off schedule. I think he projects to get considerably better at the next level because he'll be focused on one sport and developing full-time as a football player.

Wimsatt's athleticism allows him to do things with the football that other quarterbacks can't do. He probably throws across his body too much, but the ball arrives there on time. It's also the reason for his accuracy issues and some ill-advised turnovers. Once Wimsatt learns to rein that in a little, bit I think we'll see his full potential. But make no mistake about it - Wimsatt is a top quarterback in a class that has a limited supply of high-end quarterback prospects.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Gavin Wimsatt's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 4/9/2021 Pittsburgh logo DT Sean Fitzsimmons (Monaca, PA) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


I admit to being a bit of a mark for defensive line prospects who go to Pittsburgh, and that's mostly because I have a great respect for the program's defensive line coach, Charlie Partridge, and his ability to recruit and develop the big nasties on the line. Fitzsimmons (6-3, 274) is a no-frills in-state prospect who is going to become a 300-pound presence in the middle of the line. He has a nice first-step and is good with the hand fighting.

Fitzsimmons isn't an immediate starter or anything, but three years from now, he'll be contributing as a rotational guy, at worst. He's not going to make the flash plays, but he'll take on blockers and stand strong against the pile.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Sean Fitzsimmons' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/9/2021 Oregon State logo LB Melvin Jordan (Clearwater, FL) commits to Oregon State  View Class


Jordan (6-0, 205) is an interesting case. He originally committed to Florida State as a sophomore, but eventually both sides backed away from that situation in the spring of 2020. He then would extend a verbal commitment to Cincinnati over Arizona State in November before backing away from that pledge in January. Jordan is also on his fourth high school.

There's some talent there, but I don't think Jordan hit the expected length and size that the programs that jumped on him early in his high school career had projected for him to play outside linebacker or on the edge. He is more of a inside linebacker at this stage, and he can run and tackle. There's still some upside there, but Jordan's ceiling might be limited. I don't think this will be his final commitment, especially if he can get to camps over the summer.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Melvin Jordan's Player Grade: C+


April 8
player grade - 4/8/2021 Virginia Tech logo QB Alex Orji (Sachse, TX) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


I was clued in on Orji (6-3, 225) from a friend who does evaluations in Texas and wanted me to check him out. I thought he was a big, strong looking athlete who might be better as a tight end in college. I'm still in that boat, although Orji's junior film isn't bad. He is a high-risk/high-reward type of recruit because Orji is very underdeveloped as a quarterback, and he's an impressive athlete with great physical tools. His accuracy is not good - Orji barely completed 50 percent of his passes in high school last season. He can get wild throwing the ball. He did run for nearly 1,000 yards, and at times, he can take over a game with his legs. Virginia Tech's coaching staff has to show me more when it comes to developing quarterbacks for me to declare Orji as a future star or anything. Right now, he is an interesting player worth monitoring - in fact I'd boost his grade to a B if he were being recruited just as an athlete.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Alex Orji's Player Grade: C-
player grade - 4/8/2021 West Virginia logo WR Jarel Williams (Saraland, AL) commits to West Virginia  View Class


Williams (6-3, 175) chose West Virginia over Kansas State, and he hopes to develop into another one of the Mountaineers big, outside targets. There's been a focus on adding size at the offensive skill positions under coach Neal Brown, going away from the old days of the Mountaineers filling rosters with smaller skill players who had blinding quickness and speed.

Williams has some versatility and has film of him playing the slot. There's no testing with Williams right now, but he looks like he has good game speed and the ability to stretch the field vertically. He looks comfortable catching the ball, both over the shoulder and in contested situations. Williams looks like a good prospect with a high ceiling.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jarel Williams' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/8/2021 Kentucky logo K Jackson Smith (Danville, KY) commits to Kentucky  View Class


According to the ProKicker.com website, Smith (5-11, 180) is the No. 1-rated kicker in the nation and the No. 1-rated punter. He was named the Ray Guy National Specialist of the Year in 2019. Kentucky will be without a scholarship kicker after the 2021 season, and Smith will be expected to walk in and take the job. He averaged 48 yards per punt as a junior and hit 58-of-62 kicks - extra points and field goals.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jackson Smith's Player Grade: A-


April 5
player grade - 4/5/2021 Vanderbilt logo QB Drew Dickey (Austin, TX) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Vanderbilt needed an arm in its 2022 class, and the coaching staff did a good bit of research on Dickey before extending an offer to him in the first days of April. Dickey (6-1, 205) quickly committed. He has both pro-style and dual-threat capabilities. His game, at least where Dickey looks most comfortable as a passer, fits a drop-back style with play action and the ability to complete short-to-intermediate balls. But watching some of Dickey's film when he tucks it and runs, he runs with authority and is very decisive. It's not a surprise that he rushed for over 700 yards last year. Dickey didn't play in the most competitive classes of Texas football, but he did lead his team to the state title, so the winning gene is there.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Drew Dickey's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 4/5/2021 UCLA logo CB Croix Stewart (Benicia, CA) commits to UCLA  View Class


Stewart (6-2, 185) is an intriguing prospect at corner. I saw the size and length, but a lack of Power Five offers had me concerned. So, I did some checking and found there were speed concerns, but apparently those have been answered. This seems like a case of UCLA possibly coming in early for a prospect who could really see his stock rise over the summer when he can hit the camp circuit.

Obviously, Stewart is a going to need some coaching up with technique and positioning, but he moves well, is not stiff and has a high ceiling. I couldn't get a great feel for his ball skills in the film I saw, but otherwise, he is a good-looking big cornerback who many schools may regret for not jumping on sooner.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Croix Stewart's Player Grade: B-


April 4
player grade - 4/4/2021 Arizona logo QB Noah Fifita (Anaheim, CA) commits to Arizona  View Class


In a rebuild situation, it's more important to get the best player rather than get the player with less talent who fits a certain size profile. Fifita (5-9, 178) is not a big guy; there's no question about that. But he might be the most dynamic quarterback in the 2022 class from an athletic standpoint.

Despite Fifita's stature, he can play in the pocket and sling the ball around the yard. And when he gets his legs moving, watch out, because Fifita is always a threat to make a chunk play or even score when the play gets off schedule. If Fifita was 6-foot-2, there's no doubt in my mind he'd be an Elite 11-type talent. As it is, he's a little short. Fifita will gain some muscle and strength to deal with the physical play he'll face in the Pac-12, but I would put his skill set and athleticism up against any of other top quarterbacks in the class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Noah Fifita's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/4/2021 UCLA logo WR A.J. Jones (Ontario, CA) commits to UCLA  View Class


In the Pac-12, big wide receiving targets are key to success on offense, and Jones (6-4, 191) is a big wide receiver who could grow into sort of a pass-catching tight end role at some point. He has strong hands and can go up and grab those contested passes. Jones is strong and smart with his size. He might sneak a little push off or box out for space like a power forward, but it's effective, and it makes him dangerous in the red zone. I think Jones is going to turn out to be a little better than his rankings. Whether he moves inside or plays on the outside or does both, Jones has a lot to offer an offense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
A.J. Jones' Player Grade: C+


April 1
player grade - 4/1/2021 Kentucky logo OT Grant Bingham (Paintsville, KY) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Bingham (6-6, 305) is arguably the top offensive line prospect in Kentucky, and he'll being staying in state to play for the Wildcats. I like Bingham's game. He's clearly very strong for his age, and he uses that power to bully defensive linemen. Bingham can stand up his opponent at the line, and he's not bad getting out in space, showing nice lateral movement. He is strong at the point of contact, and that's an asset with his pass blocking. Bingham is guilty of playing high at times and relying on his strength in lieu of technique as well. But he is strong and tough and can play a few different roles on the line.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Grant Bingham's Player Grade: B
player grade - 4/1/2021 Nebraska logo WR Victor Jones Jr. (Orlando, FL) commits to Nebraska  View Class


The Cornhuskers needs some speed on the outside, and Jones (6-2, 185) is a good candidate to provide that for them. He is a track guy who can run the 100-meter dash in under 11 seconds, but more importantly Jones is a hard-working football player. He has started at his high school since he was a freshman. Jones shows a wide array of potential on film. He can move the chains with his hands in third-down situations or stretch the field vertically with his speed. Jones is a hard worker, and he'll block on the perimeter as well. I like this pickup for Nebraska.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Victor Jones Jr.'s Player Grade: B-
player grade - 4/1/2021 S Carolina logo OT Grayson Mains (Suwanee, GA) commits to South Carolina  View Class


I've always thought South Carolina recruited linemen on both sides of the ball as well as any program in the SEC, regardless of the head coach. They aren't always the highest rated prospects, but they are generally solid players who develop into starters or significant contributors. Mains (6-5, 265), who committed to the Gamecocks over Michigan State and Tennessee, is a good run blocker, and he finishes those blocks. He is very physical in goal-line and short-yardage situations as well. His pass blocking is adequate, but he plays a little high, and that's going to leave him exposed against outside rushers who can bend better than the ones he's faced. Mains has a good frame and wide base. He seems to have decent strength, although he'll gain more strength as he gets bigger. Mains looks like a solid prospect who should develop into a significant contributor.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Grayson Mains' Player Grade: B-


March 31
player grade - 3/31/2021 Rutgers logo RB Samuel Brown (Glenside, PA) commits to Rutgers  View Class


Brown (6-1, 190) is an athletic, bigger running back who is on the fringe of being one of the top 25 at his position in this class. Rutgers won a tough recruiting battle that included Michigan State, Nebraska and Pittsburgh here. Brown has the ability to be a workhorse of a running back - a player who can give you 20-25 carries or more and close out tight games. He will continue to get stronger and become more confident running between the tackles. Brown is good in the red zone with his forward lean and leg drive to grind out extra yardage. If the Scarlet Knights are going to be competitive in the Big Ten, they need to be physical in the run game, and Brown will be a big part of that.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Samuel Brown's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/31/2021 Oregon logo WR Stephon Johnson (Lancaster, TX) commits to Oregon  View Class


Both Oregon and USC made offers to Johnson (6-0, 175) on the same day at the start of March, and eventually it was the Ducks that won out for his verbal commitment. The Ducks have plenty of receiving prospects on campus to play on the outside, but Johnson is a prime candidate to play in the slot. Johnson's game speed is good, and he is a playmaker. Johnson can turn short passes into big gains and find open spaces to create chunk gains. He needs to continue to improve his route running and gain strength, but he has lot of upside and runs very well.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Stephon Johnson's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 3/31/2021 Georgia logo P Brett Thorson (Melbourne, Australia) commits to Georgia  View Class


Thorson (6-2, 205), 21, is the latest from the successful ProKick Australia program that has produced several FBS kickers and punters. ProKick Australia coach Nathan Chapman says of Thorson, "People are ... going to quickly see that the ball blasts off his foot with a fair amount of speed." He is a mid-year enrollee who will get to Georgia over the summer if COVID-19 restrictions allow him to travel.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Brett Thorson's Player Grade: B


March 29
player grade - 3/29/2021 Illinois logo QB Donovan Leary (Sicklerville, NJ) commits to Illinois  View Class


Illinois recruitment of Leary (6-2, 190) should provide a good idea of what type of offense Bret Bielema will be implementing with the program. Leary is a traditional, pro-style passer who currently works out of the shotgun in high school, but he will certainly be under center in college and trying to manage a power run game with play-action passing.

Leary's arm strength and release points are about where they need to be. He can throw downfield with some strength. Leary isn't going to win any track races, but he can move functionally when he needs to. Accuracy, decision-making and learning how to read through his progressions are areas Leary must improve. He is guilty of making a lot of throws that he shouldn't make. Leary has some tools, but he will need time to develop.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Donovan Leary's Player Grade: C
player grade - 3/29/2021 Georgia logo RB Jordan James (Murfreesboro, TN) commits to Georgia  View Class


James (5-10, 200) is a bigger back who has an all-purpose skill set and the ability to be a three-down back. He can provide help in the passing game both as a receiver out of the backfield and as additional protection against the run.

James is tough in the open field and shows more decisiveness than I was expecting to see on film. He is strong and can run with strength, but he also runs with discipline and doesn't let himself get caught making too many moves before hitting the line. James' top-end speed is a little above average, but its more quickness than pure speed. He gets extra yards with his agility and lateral movement. James can carry the load in a running game, but I think he's most dangerous as part of a balanced two-back rotation.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jordan James' Player Grade: B+


March 28
player grade - 3/28/2021 Georgia logo LB Jalon Walker (Salisbury, NC) commits to Georgia  View Class


Walker (6-2, 220) continues the strong recruiting surge for Georgia in the month of March. The Bulldogs already received a commitment from blue-chip prospect Malaki Starks, who could play a linebacker/safety role. Walker is bigger than Starks, and I think he's more of a linebacker/edge rusher type, but their skill sets are similar.

Quick-twitch athleticism and the ability to cover a lot of ground quickly are what really stand out with Walker. He's a great athlete who also plays tight end and participates in track and basketball. When Walker is really feeling it on defense, he is all over the field and seemingly in on every play. He can go sideline to sideline or pin his ears back and get upfield.

The Bulldogs needed more athleticism in their back seven after Alabama and Florida exposed that weakness. Walker not only fits a need, but he gives the program another elite prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jalon Walker's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 3/28/2021 Arkansas logo S Myles Rowser (Belleville, MI) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Arkansas is building a strong secondary, especially at safety, where the team has landed red-chip prospects in consecutive classes. Rowser (6-1, 185) will add to that talent haul. It's the second year in a row that an SEC school has pried a top prospect from the state of Michigan to the conference, and Arkansas had to hold off Michigan and Kentucky in the end.

Rowser is a physical presence at safety. He can play in the box and come in to help with the run defense. What apparently won over Arkansas coaches, however, was his ability to play the deep safety and patrol the open space as well as take on receivers in single coverage when they come into his area. It's possible Rowser could be safety/corner hybrid and someone who will be tasked with covering bigger receivers on the outside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Myles Rowser's Player Grade: B+


March 27
player grade - 3/27/2021 Colorado logo CB Keyshon Mills (Little Elm, TX) commits to Colorado  View Class


After looking at the film, I was a little surprised that Mills (5-11, 182) didn't have more FBS offers, but I think he's a good fit for the Buffaloes and should provide some much needed size and physical play to their secondary. Mills uses his hands ... a lot ... probably too much to be honest, but he doesn't let a bigger receiver get off the line without a bump, a tug or some sort of resistance. He is a tough competitor, primarily good on the boundary, and a player who is willing to get his hands dirty and play against the run. It is hard to say what Mills can do in deeper coverage, and I'd grade his ball skills as about average. Mills has a little upside and should find his way on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Keyshon Mills' Player Grade: C
player grade - 3/27/2021 Missouri logo OL Armand Membou (Lees Summit, MO) commits to Missouri  View Class


Membou (6-4, 285) was really gaining a lot of traction on the recruiting trail over the last few months, with Oregon and Nebraska coming through with scholarship offers. So this is a big in-state get for Missouri this early in the recruiting cycle.

Membou is a young 17, so his skill set is very promising, especially as a run blocker, where he shows flashes of being a destructive force on the interior. Membou is also a wrestler, which shows in the way he uses leverage to gain the advantage on defensive linemen. Membou's technique needs some work, especially getting his feet and hands coordinated. His lateral movement is also a work in progress. But Membou is young, competitive and not afraid to get aggressive, which makes for a good starting point.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Armand Membou's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/27/2021 Syracuse logo DT Belizaire Bassette (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commisi to Syracuse  View Class


Bassette (6-1, 275) would be one of the more highly-touted recruits in the southeast if he were a couple of inches taller, which makes him quite a steal for Syracuse. He plays for one of the top programs in Florida and goes up against quality competition regularly. He is great off the snap and gets into the backfield quickly.

Bassette is a technically sound and has a strong rip move, which is his go-to move against most opposing linemen. He is good in pursuit and works hard to get in on the plays. Bassette has very quick feet and a legitimate burst. He'll have to continue to add strength, but he will be able to play three-technique, one-technique, or likely zero-technique at Syracuse, where his quickness will be useful in defending the gaps.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Belizaire Bassette's Player Grade: B


March 26
player grade - 3/26/2021 Oregon logo S Trejon Williams (Portland, OR) commits to Oregon  View Class


Williams (6-0, 187) is one of the best in-state prospects and a big early commitment for the Ducks, led by Mario Cristobal. Williams is a great athlete who also plays basketball. He is much more of a traditional free safety rather than a safety/corner type of hybrid. Williams likes to play his area and close in on the football whether he is trying to disrupt the pass or provide assistance to the cornerback. Williams controls his space well, and he will get physical with any wide receiver who comes into his area. He can also read the field well and has exceptional ball skills. Williams should be another great piece in Oregon's secondary.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Trejon Williams' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/26/2021 Syracuse logo DE Malachi Davis (Holt, MI) commits to Syracuse  View Class


Davis (6-5, 242) was an undersized offensive lineman throughout much of high school until he decided to switch to the other side in his junior year. That proved to be a wise move, as Davis recorded over 20 tackles for loss and showed a knack for recognizing the developing play and attacking the football. He has the size and the length, and even though he plays out of the position in high school as an occasional one-technique and even as a linebacker, he has a great motor and never stops running. Syracuse prides itself on recruiting high-effort players, and Davis fits that bill.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Malachi Davis' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/26/2021 Miami logo QB Jacurri Brown (Valdosta, GA) commits to Miami  View Class


Brown (6-4, 204) is a big, physical quarterback who is going to be well over 220 pounds once he gets in a college strength program. He looks like Cam Newton on the field and plays with size and the willingness to run with power in short-yardage and red-zone situations. Brown has plus-level passing skills as well. He does not waste time getting rid of the ball. Brown does have a bit of a hitch that hurts his accuracy with deeper throws down the field. He is a threat running the football and can make big plays with his legs. Brown is the classic dual-threat type of player who can beat you with his arm or legs. Miami continues to build one of the more impressive quarterback rooms in college football.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jacurri Brown's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 3/26/2021 Kentucky logo ATH Treyveon Longmire (Corbin, KY) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Longmire (6-2, 173) is a quality athlete who could play on either side of the ball. I like him as a wide receiver, and I think he could develop into a major presence in the passing game lining up on the outside. But it appears that Kentucky wants to use him in the secondary, and Longmire definitely has the skill set to succeed in a deep safety role. He has ball skills and good speed, plus is fluid and doesn't show many signs of stiffness. He'll have some developing to do as a defensive player, especially as a tackler. Longmire, however, will get stronger and faster in college, and he should be a quality multi-year producer.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Treyveon Longmire's Player Grade: B


March 25
player grade - 3/25/2021 Georgia logo S/LB Malaki Starks (Jefferson, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


Starks (6-1, 210) is one of the real game-changers in the 2022 recruiting class. He could easily be considered the top player in the Peach State for the upcoming cycle, but regardless of his ranking he is an elite-level athlete. Starks could easily play running back in college, and he rushed for over 1,500 yards as a junior. He will likely end up on defense though, and he could work out as a safety who can play in the box or he could be an outside linebacker with his ability to drop in coverage. Starks can also take on running backs out of the backfield or turn up field and rush the passer. The possibilities are endless for Starks, and there's little doubt the defensive coaches at Georgia will figure out many ways to use him.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Malaki Starks' Player Grade: A-
player grade - 3/25/2021 LSU logo DT Tygee Hill (New Orleans, LA) commits to LSU  View Class


Hill (6-2, 284) is the traditional style of defensive tackle - a future 300-pounder who is going to push the pile and eat up space. I think he fits best in an even-man front and would settle in nicely as a one-technique. Hill is good off the snap and shows his physicality on the initial point of contact. He can take on the double team and free up space for pass rushers or take on a single block and still find his way to the ball-carrier. Hill isn't a natural interior pass rusher, but he can chase down the play and shows a high motor. He projects out to be an important piece of a defensive line - a player who is stout enough to control the middle of the line and provide strong run defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tygee Hill's Player Grade: B+


March 24
player grade - 3/24/2021 Boston College logo ATH C.J. Clinkscales (Buford, GA) commits to Boston College  View Class


The Eagles' staff is recruiting Clinkscales (5-9, 180) as a running back. For years, Boston College has been a haven for big, power backs. new coach Jeff Hafley, however, wants to diversify the backfield and add more speed and playmakers on the perimeter. Clinkscales is the kind of all-purpose back who can help in that process. He can catch passes out of the backfield, and he's fast enough to get to the edge and turn up field. Boston College will be looking to Clinkscales and similar style running backs to stretch defenses out a little more and keep them from packing the box like they have in the past.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
C.J. Clinkscales' Player Grade: C+


March 23
player grade - 3/23/2021 Texas logo DT Kristopher Ross (Houston, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Ross (6-3, 282) gives the Longhorns their first defensive line commitment in the 2022 class. For the most part, the new staff, led by Steve Sarkisian, has been focused on quarterback, offensive skill and the secondary, but Ross is a solid addition to the class - a tough defensive tackle who can play the three- or the one-technique. Ross plays hard - he is hard to miss on film, and he's a solid defender against the run. He can clog up the running lanes or get into the backfield and blow the play up from the beginning. He's not a natural pass rusher, but his motor and effort should will get him to the quarterback from time to time. Ross probably won't be the centerpiece of Texas' defensive line class, but he's a solid prospect who will elevate the talent floor and the play around him.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kristopher Ross' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 3/23/2021 UCLA logo TE Carsen Ryan (American Fork, UT) commits to UCLA  View Class


To play tight end in Chip Kelly's offense, you have to know how to block, chip a pass rusher coming off the edge and also catch some passes, and doing all this at a fast pace. Ryan (6-4, 235) definitely has the makeup. He's a good-looking prospect off the hoof who seems to be a willing blocker and provides some high upside in that area. Ryan is a good athlete, and I was pleasantly surprised with his hands and ability to carve out open space in traffic. As Ryan continues to improve his run blocking, he'll be a crucial part of this type of offense with the ability to play inline and also be a target in the passing game on third down and in the red zone.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Carsen Ryan's Player Grade: B


March 22
player grade - 3/22/2021 Baylor logo LB/DE Kyler Jordan (Lubbock, TX) commits to Baylor  View Class


Jordan (6-2, 236) has been listed as a defensive end, but he's more likely to play outside linebacker in Dave Aranda's defensive schemes. Jordan has good high school numbers, with 15 tackles for loss and six sacks last season. He does a very good job of patrolling his area. He can play up the field a bit and come in as a pass rusher on the edge, and he has the short-space athleticism to drop into an area of coverage. Jordan shows a good motor in pursuit and in getting from sideline to sideline. He has plenty of room for improvement, but he is a competitor who will play hard.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kyler Jordan's Player Grade: C
player grade - 3/22/2021 Vanderbilt logo DE Linus Zunk (Rabun Gap, GA) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


After starting the recruiting cycle slowly, Vanderbilt has notched a few commitments during the week and added Zunk (6-6, 238) to the fold. He is originally from Germany and has played football for a couple of years in the United States. Zunk has a good athletic background, with plenty of years playing basketball. He makes a lot of high-effort flash plays on film. Zunk is still young enough in his football development that he isn't being given too much responsibility, so he'll need time, coaching and patience. But you can't teach his size, length, and natural athleticism. Zunk has some considerable upside if he is brought along properly.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Linus Zunk's Player Grade: C+


March 21
player grade - 3/21/2021 Colorado logo RB Victor Venn (Buford, GA) commits to Colorado  View Class


What Venn (5-9, 171) lacks in ideal size, he makes up in speed and the ability to get to the corner quickly. He has some scheme versatility, and with proper reps, I think Venn could provide plenty of help in the passing game and as a returner on special teams. But the speed to create home runs is Venn's ticket to success. He can explode through openings, and he accelerates past the second and third level with ease. Once Venn gets behind the defense, there's no catching him. He'll have to add strength and max out his body frame to deal with the increase in physicality. Venn isn't an every-down back, but he's more than a change-of-pace/gadget-type player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Victor Venn's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 3/21/2021 Virginia logo LB Trey McDonald (Chattanooga, TN) commits to Virginia  View Class


McDonald (6-4, 225) is an intriguing, if incomplete, prospect. His size is great; he's the ideal size to be an outside linebacker, and I think he has the potential to grow into a defensive end. His game speed is a big question mark to me. I don't know that he can get up the field quick enough in Power Five football.

McDonald has very good instincts and plays a smart game. He can read and react well and shows some ability in sideline-to-sideline pursuit. If McDonald is assigned to a space and plays within that area, I think he'll be fine. When he's forced to play a little deeper coverage or move around laterally, that's where he could get in trouble.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Trey McDonald's Player Grade: C-
player grade - 3/21/2021 Minnesota logo S Coleman Bryson (Rabun Gap, GA) commits to Minnesota  View Class


Minnesota has recruited well in the southeast under P.J. Fleck, consistently signing players from Georgia and Florida. Bryson (6-2, 191) is the most recent addition to the Gophers' 2022 class to come from Georgia. He will end up playing in the box as a safety or as an outside linebacker.

Bryson is good in pursuit and a decent hitter. The quality of the competition is a little questionable in that part of the Peach State. Bryson is a no-frills player. He doesn't do anything particularly special, but he's a solid tackler who doesn't take himself out of position.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Coleman Bryson's Player Grade: C
player grade - 3/21/2021 Vanderbilt logo LB Langston Patterson (Nashville, TN) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


When I look at Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea's old defenses at Notre Dame, one thing I noticed was that he always had an active body in the middle of the defense. So it's no surprise that Patterson (6-1, 215), a prototypical middle linebacker, is the first commitment in the Commodores' 2022 recruiting class.

I like Patterson's game. He will stick his nose in the fray and play tough against the run. Kept in an area between the tackles, and Patterson will do a great job of controlling the space. He reacts quickly and is active in pursuit of the ball-carrier. Patterson is the type of reliable player Lea will build his defense around.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Langston Patterson's Player Grade: C+


March 19
player grade - 3/19/2021 Northwestern logo WR Reggie Fleurima (Naperville, IL) commits to Northwestern  View Class


Fleurima (6-2, 191) is the first commitment for Northwestern in its 2022 class, with the program pulling the Chicago-area prospect over several other Big Ten programs that made offers to him. Fleurima's a big body who can go and get the 50-50 balls on the outside and also has enough speed to get down the field and stretch the defense vertically. There's still a lot of football for Fleurima to play in high school, as Illinois has just started the spring season after pushing football back from the fall. Physically, Fleurima has a lot to offer, and during the spring, there should be expectations of more development in the technical aspects of his game. Fleurima has some considerable upside, and he's a nice way for the Wildcats to start this recruiting cycle.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Reggie Fleurima's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/19/2021 Notre Dame logo LB Joshua Burnham (Traverse City, MI) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Burnham (6-4, 215) is one of the top defensive prospects in the Midwest. He offers tremendous scheme versatility depending on his physical growth and what Notre Dame's defensive coaches decide his role will be. Burnham is a great athlete who has even played quarterback in high school. He can provide opportunities as an off-ball linebacker who can drop into coverage and go sideline to sideline. Physically Burnham has the frame and length to be used as a stand-up edge rusher. He could also grow into a defensive end who puts his hand in the ground. Burnham's athleticism jumps off the screen, and his footwork, ability to jump in coverage and ability to read the field make him a unique all-purpose talent on defense.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Joshua Burnham's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 3/19/2021 Colorado logo QB Owen McCown (Rusk, TX) commits to Colorado  View Class


The McCown name should sound familiar. His father, Josh, just finished a long career in the NFL and his uncle Luke played several seasons in the league as well. Owen McCown (6-1, 168) played in North Carolina as a sophomore before moving to Texas as a junior and playing the short season there. He's a developmental player who shows good mobility in and around the pocket and some nice tools. McCown's accuracy is a work in progress, but he's a solid competitor and shown good leadership to take a young team to the Texas state playoffs in his first year as a starter. Add in an NFL pedigree, and there might be something there.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Owen McCown's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/19/2021 West Virginia logo OT Charlie Katarincic (Wallingford, CT) commits to West Virginia  View Class


It was hard to give Katarincic (6-5, 285) a grade because he hasn't played football in a year due to the pandemic, and with offensive linemen, most schools really want to see them in person and work them out in camps, but everything is being done electronically right now, so the Mountaineers staff decided to take a flyer on Katarincic.

It's hard to evaluate Katarincic off his sophomore film. The potential is certainly there, but he was raw and inexperienced, so issues like his bend level and strength at the point of contact will have to be re-evaluated when he plays in the fall. His school released combine workouts, and in those, Katarincic looks good physically and shows nice footwork and lateral agility. There are a lot of question marks that will need to be answered to determine what kind of prospect Katarincic is.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Charlie Katarincic's Player Grade: C
player grade - 3/19/2021 Arizona logo ATH Jermaine Wiggins Jr. (Lawrence, MA) commits to Arizona  View Class


Wiggins (6-4, 232) plays football at Bridgton Academy in Connecticut. He is a big athlete who could play either tight end or defensive end at the next level. Arizona, which made its offer in January, is recruiting Wiggins as a defensive player.

Wiggins plays with a good motor and can run around a bit. He will put his hand in the ground in college, and he has to show the burst off the ball and the bend to be able to get in the backfield. Wiggins comes from an NFL pedigree. His father, Jermaine Wiggins Sr., played tight end for five teams in seven seasons. Jermaine Wiggins Jr. has good size and puts forth a quality effort. He'll need reps to continue to improve in all areas.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jermaine Wiggins Jr.'s Player Grade: C+


March 15
player grade - 3/15/2021 Florida logo OT Tony Livingston (Tampa, FL) commits to Florida  View Class


Florida has managed to find some solid in-state offensive tackle prospects over the last decade. One of the Gators' current starters, Richard Gouraige, came from the Tampa area, and Livingston (6-6, 265) is equipped to be the next in line. He has great length and a tremendous frame that should be able to hold plenty of mass.

Livingston is a great athlete. He is a former receiver/tight end and an excellent basketball player. Livingston also plays the defensive line, and on film, he's a handful coming off the edge. He is very good at the point of contact and has exceptional footwork and lateral movement. He is still rather new at playing offensive tackle, so there's going to be some significant learning he will need to do over the next couple of years. Livingston, however, is a high-ceiling prospect with a ton of tools and potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tony Livingston's Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/15/2021 Rutgers logo WR Amarion Brown (Stuart, FL) commits to Rutgers  View Class


Rutgers made its offer to Brown (6-3, 175) back in July and has had him at the top of its board since. Other programs have shown great interest in the projected outside wide receiver, for good reason. Brown is a little small in the frame right now, but he projects as the type of big, physical wide receiver who Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano likes. His body style reminds me of a former Rutgers wide receiver, Tiquan Underwood, who is now the wide receivers coach for the Scarlet Knights.
,BR> Brown is going to win the majority of his challenges for contested passes and turn 50-50 balls into 75-25 balls. He doesn't have elite top-end speed, but enough to stretch the field vertically. Brown will have to continue to improve his route running and the other technical aspects of his game, but it is a big deal for Rutgers to land one of its top out-of-state targets.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Amarion Brown's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/15/2021 Boston College logo DT Kwan Williams (Owings Mills, MD) commits to Boston College  View Class


Boston College continues to show recruiting chops under second-year coach Jeff Hafley, earning a commitment from Williams (6-1, 270), one of the top players in the beltway and beating out Penn State and Wisconsin for his commitment. Williams has a strong build and the ability to push back the pocket or take on the double teams to free up the outside rushers or linebackers. He's very strong and has nice short-area quickness.

Williams needs to become better at hand fighting, and he'll have to continue to add strength to play on the interior. He has a good motor, although his backside pursuit could improve. Overall, Williams projects out as a future starter and major contributor on the defensive line.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kwan Williams' Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/15/2021 Notre Dame logo CB Jaden Mickey (Corona, CA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


A little more than a month after receiving a scholarship offer from the Fighting Irish, Mickey (5-11, 185) delivers them their 10th commitment of their 2022 recruiting class. I like Mickey's movement and his ability to flip his hips and transition from the backpedal. Mickey is a smooth on the outside and very competitive. I would like to see him be a little more physical and use his size to bump receivers off their routes, but Mickey has good anticipation and instincts. I think Mickey could work out well playing on the boundary and doing work in zone coverage. He looks like a player who can start as a nickel and work his way up from there.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaden Mickey's Player Grade: B-


March 13
player grade - 3/13/2021 Alabama logo RB Emmanuel Henderson (Hartford, AL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Henderson (6-1, 185) is not only one of the top-five - or maybe top-three - running backs in the nation, but he's also from Alabama, so was there any doubt he would end up with the Crimson Tide? He has great size for a running back and the sort of power/speed combination that we've come accustomed to seeing from Alabama. Henderson also has the frame to easily add 20-30 pounds.

Henderson has shown great athleticism on the football field and the ability to play multiple positions. As a running back, Henderson shows plus-level vision and the ability to get through openings quickly. He can be effective in the passing game and shows all the necessary skills to be a three-down back. It's been an impressive line of five-star running backs to come through Alabama. Henderson has a high ceiling, but he'll face high expectations.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Emmanuel Henderson's Player Grade: A
player grade - 3/13/2021 Central Florida logo ATH/QB Thomas Castellanos (Waycross, GA) commits to Central Florida  View Class


Castellanos (5-11, 187) was gaining interest across the board, with Group of Five teams offering him opportunities to play quarterbacks and Power Five programs trying to bring him in as an athlete with the kicker that he could work out at quarterback. A lot of Power Five teams might be concerned with Castellanos' size, but he's a very skilled quarterback and should be the next in line at Central Florida, which as a program is becoming known as the quarterback factory among Group of Five programs.

Gus Malzahn has taken over at Central Florida, and his quarterbacks need to be able to move and make decisions on the move, which is where Castellanos shines. He seems to know when to run and when to pass. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns while adding over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. Castellanos is a tremendous all-around athlete who plays basketball and runs track. He is betting on himself to be a top quarterback, and Central Florida might've found a gem.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Thomas Castellanos' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 3/13/2021 Florida logo TE C.J. Hawkins (Tampa, FL) commits to Florida  View Class


Hawkins (6-7, 220) is a long, impressive-looking athlete who has made most of his impact playing basketball. He only has one year of football under his belt, but he has already shown his toughness by his willingness to play inline and be used as an additional blocker. Hawkins has seen limited opportunities to be a pass catcher, but those opportunities will increase as he lines up at different spots on the field.

Florida has become a top spot for tight ends, and there's a belief Hawkins will be a good one in time. He's already a great athlete who just needs time to develop and mature on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
C.J. Hawkins' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 3/13/2021 Arizona State logo S Alfonzo Allen (Hallandale, FL) commits to Arizona State  View Class


Allen (6-1, 200) is the second player from Hallandale (Florida) High School to commit to Arizona State, joining his teammate Jaylin Marshall, who committed to the Sun Devils a month ago. In a lot of ways both players are interchangeable in the back end of the secondary, but Allen is a little bigger and shows a little more eagerness to play in the box when necessary and provide an additional physical body to defending in that area. Allen can also get sideline to sideline. He can tackle well and plays with a great amount of energy. Allen's the type of defensive back who Arizona State coach Herm Edwards might see a lot of himself in.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Alfonzo Allen's Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/13/2021 Florida State logo WR Devaughn Mortimer (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


Mortimer (5-10, 165) is a speed guy and, arguably, the fastest player in Florida during this recruiting cycle. It's hard to believe a program like Florida State lacks legitimate playmakers, but it does, and Mortimer is the type of player who can provide an immediate upgrade as a playmaker, whether he's playing wide receiver or as a returner on special teams. Mortimer has shown the ability to stretch a defense, and he can be tough to keep up with in one-on-one situations. I don't see him as a guy who can line up on the outside, and he'll have to get stronger to deal with defensive backs who will be physical with him. Florida State seems to have a lot of the slot/gadget types right now, but Mortimer is a better playmaker than the ones currently on the roster.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Devaughn Mortimer's Player Grade: B-


March 10
player grade - 3/10/2021 Florida logo QB Nick Evers (Flower Mound, Texas) commits to Florida  View Class


I was a guest on a podcast last week where I aired my opinion that the Gators were a little thin at quarterback and that I was surprised they hadn't looked into the transfer portal for an experienced arm. But to Dan Mullen's credit, he sticks to his development process and will now add Evers (6-4, 191) to the fold. Florida was only taking one quarterback in this class, and Evers is the one Mullen zeroed in on.

I love Evers' size, and he was gaining a lot of steam on the recruiting trail. He threw for over 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior last season. I think the Florida coaching staff sees some similarities between Evers and the recently departed Kyle Trask. Evers is still in the early stages of development, but he shows some promising tools and the ability to be an effective passer. He's athletic enough to make things happen with his legs as well. Evers might be a couple of years away, but he's worth watching.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nick Evers' Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/10/2021 Texas A&M logo WR Isaiah Sategna (Fayetteville, AR) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Sategna (5-11, 172) comes from an extensive track background. His father has been a college track and field coach, and his mother competed for Jamaica in the 1992 Summer Olympics. Sategna is also a track star and runs the 100-meter dash in under 11 seconds, but he's also a football player and quite the playmaker. He averaged over 22 yards per catch as a junior while doing a lot of work on the outside.

Sategna's work on the track transfers well to the gridiron. He is fast and explosive right off the snap, makes sharp cuts and looks smooth coming out of his breaks. Sategna is a guy who you give a certain number of touches per game because you know he will break one of them. As good as the Texas A&M offense has been, I think the team has been missing that explosive element. Maybe Sategna can bring that to College Station.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Isaiah Sategna's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/10/2021 Oregon logo QB Tanner Bailey (Gordo, AL) commits to Oregon  View Class


As Oregon continues to transform its offense under head coach Mario Cristobal, the program has tabbed Bailey (6-1, 188) as its quarterback in the 2022 class. Bailey has a ton of experience, and he will have started most of his 4-year period in high school when it's all said and done.

Bailey doesn't have ideal size for a quarterback, but he's a skilled passer. The ball comes out of his hand extremely well, and he is good with his delivery and decision-making. Bailey is not the kind of athlete we're become accustomed to seeing play quarterback at Oregon, but he can move with the backfield and make the necessary throws downfield. Bailey is a smart quarterback who has shown he's a winner and a durable, productive prospect.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tanner Bailey's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 3/10/2021 Penn State logo QB Drew Allar (Medina, OH) commits to Penn State  View Class


Allar (6-5, 222) is a big, traditional-style quarterback. He is athletic enough to have played other positions on the field, but he looks every bit like the quarterbacks who have come through the Big Ten for years.

Allar has size and a big arm. He can spin the ball and has the arm strength to get the ball downfield and to the far sidelines. Allar's footwork is strange though; it looks a little awkward and is uncomfortable to the eye, but it seems to work out just right for him. Allar has really come into his own as a passer, showing plus-level accuracy, speed control, and timing. He could still improve his play from the pocket and set his feet better on his throws. Allar's an impressive looking prospect with enough quick-twitch athleticism to have a pretty good ceiling as a player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Drew Allar's Player Grade: B+


March 8
player grade - 3/8/2021 Minnesota logo OT Tony Nelson (Tracy, MN) commits to Minnesota  View Class


Minnesota gets its first offensive line commit in the class with Nelson (6-6, 265), a promising in-state prospect. His size and his frame pop out at you immediately. Nelson looks good off the hoof and has no bad weight. He could easily get to 285-290 pounds before graduating high school. Nelson's footwork is good too, as he moves well laterally and can get off the snap pretty well. He's a raw prospect who will have to continue to work on getting stronger and might need to hit some camps over the summer - if there are summer camps - to work against better competition than what he faces in high school. All that being said, Nelson has a lot of offer and a good ceiling.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tony Nelson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/8/2021 Arkansas logo OT Andrew Chamblee (Maumelle, AR) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Chamblee (6-6. 288) looks like he could be a potential centerpiece for the Razorbacks' offensive line class of 2022. He looks good coming off the bus, possessing the ideal height, length and frame for a future left tackle. Chamblee has a big wingspan, around 84 inches, and he uses his arms and legs well to handle rushers coming off the edge. He is a strong run blocker who can finish his work and then move to the next level to search for more action. Chamblee already shows a good physical size, but I'd like to see more nastiness when it comes to finishes blocks. He could also be stronger at the initial point of contact. Chamblee is a legitimate top-25 tackle prospect in this class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Andrew Chamblee's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/8/2021 Arizona State logo ATH Larry Turner-Gooden (Playa Del Ray, CA) commits to Arizona State  View Class


Turner-Gooden (6-0, 181) is a big-time athlete, one of the best in the nation and maybe the best two-way player on the west coast. He grades out highly as a wide receiver or a defensive back, but it's more likely that Turner-Gooden will play on the defensive side of the ball and playing for head coach Herman Lewis, a former NFL defensive back, was a big reason for the early commitment. Turner-Gooden has explosive speed, and on offense, he is a big play waiting to happen. Defensively, he plays hard and physical. He goes after the ball-carrier with an aggressive nature.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Larry Turner-Gooden's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 3/8/2021 Texas logo S Bryan Allen Jr. (Aledo, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Allen (6-0, 180) marks another big commitment for the Longhorns early in the 2022 cycle. Texas had to beat out LSU, which might've been Allen's leader earlier in his recruitment. He is listed as a safety, but he's more of an all-around player in the secondary who can be used in several different ways. Allen's natural fit and his eventual landing spot will probably be as a high safety, but in certain situations, he can play cornerback and play on the outside. He could also be used to play the slot in nickel packages. Allen has the speed, the natural instincts, and the ball skills to be a high-end performer at the next level.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Bryan Allen Jr.'s Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: LSU 4/9/2020
player grade - 3/8/2021 Ohio State logo WR Kylon Grayes II (Chandler, AZ) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Grayes (6-1, 175) originally committed to Arizona last summer, but backed away from that commitment around Christmas time. Very technically sound as a pass catcher, Grayes does everything right from his body control to the way he brings the ball into his body. He's a good route runner who continues to expand on that aspect of his game. Grayes is good at locating the sticks and moving the chains, but he is continuing to use his speed more and stretch the defense. He has to get bigger and show more physicality to play on the outside in the Big Ten.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kylon Grayes II's Player Grade: B


March 5
player grade - 3/5/2021 Rutgers logo DE Kenny Fletcher (Delran, NJ) commits to Rutgers  View Class


Fletcher (6-4, 215) is a major in-state recruiting win for Rutgers early in the 2022 cycle. Not only did Fletcher have offers from programs like Michigan, Penn State, Boston College and Ole Miss, but it's important for top in-state prospects to buy into the plan that head coach Greg Schiano has for Rutgers.

Fletcher is a prospect who specializes in pass rushing. He's not big, but he has very good length and the ability to bend under the offensive tackle and get into the backfield. Fletcher is a good athlete who played some wide receiver and safety before moving to the edge. He's still raw at the position and will have to continue to learn with reps, but his ability to get to the quarterback is legitimate.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kenny Fletcher's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 3/5/2021 USC logo TE Keyan Burnett (Anaheim, CA) commits to USC  View Class


Burnett (6-5, 220) gives USC the nod over Arizona and Arizona State. His father, Chester, played for Arizona.

Burnett is a big-bodied pass catcher, and I think he'll be used more as a wide receiver/tight end hybrid than someone who will lineup on the inline. It's going to be a bit of a fun challenge for the offensive minds at USC to figure out the right ways to use Burnett and create mismatches around him. One thing I would like to see from Burnett is getting even more physical with smaller defensive backs when they are lined up against him. He has a high ceiling.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Keyan Burnett's Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/5/2021 Florida State logo ATH Sam McCall (Lakeland, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


Florida State has to hit it out the park with its 2022 class, and so far Mike Norvell and his staff are doing an amazing job. McCall (6-2, 185) is one of the major gems in the 2022 class and a top-five player nationally at safety. An amazing athlete, McCall can play safety, cornerback, wide receiver, running back and even quarterback if needed. He wants to be a wide receiver in college, and the Seminoles might be looking at him playing on both sides of the ball at some point in his career.

Most of the programs recruiting McCall had been doing it at defensive back. He committed to Florida last fall, but backed away from his commitment around the start of 2021. As a wide receiver, I think he has the size and athleticism to play on the outside, but he seems to be comfortable in the slot. I wouldn't rule out a return to defense either. McCall is one of the rare players who I believe can contribute on both sides of the ball at the next level. He is an elite player in the 2022 class.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Sam McCall's Player Grade: A
player grade - 3/5/2021 Notre Dame logo QB Steve Angeli (Oradell, NJ) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


The run on quarterbacks continue with Notre Dame grabbing Angeli (6-3, 209), more of a traditional style drop-back passer. What I like about Angeli are his ball placement and the way he delivers the passes. The ball comes out of his hand cleanly and gets to the target on time. Angeli isn't going to make plays with his legs, but he uses his legs to buy more time in the pocket and knows how to keep his eyes downfield and make throws on the run.

Angeli is going to have to boost up his arm strength a bit to be more effective throwing the deep ball in college - his passes have a little more air under them than most coaches want to see. Angeli is not a dynamic player, but he's a smart player whp knows what he's good at and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. I think he'll be a good fit for Notre Dame.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Steve Angeli's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 3/5/2021 Oregon logo OL Percy Lewis (Sallis, MS) commits to Oregon  View Class


Lewis (6-9, 355) is a massive offensive line prospect from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinson, Mississippi. Auburn and Syracuse were some of the other programs that made offers to Lewis. He played the majority of his high school days on defense and moved to the offensive line at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Lewis played five games last season at left tackle and is expected to continue playing left tackle this fall. He will have three years of eligibility at Oregon when he arrives.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Percy Lewis' Player Grade: C+


March 3
player grade - 3/3/2021 Clemson logo QB Cade Klubnik (Austin, TX) commits to Clemson  View Class


Probably the biggest thing that kept Clemson at the top is the program's ability to hit on quarterback recruiting. Not all of the Tigers' top prospects have come through, but the staff always recruits a top quarterback each year in case one guy ends up not being good enough, they can usually skip over him for the next guy.

Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence proved to be as good as their five-star rankings, and D.J. Uiagalelei looks like he'll be next in line. Klubnik (6-2, 190) comes from Westlake High School, the same program that produced Baker Mayfield and Garrett Gilbert - among others. Although Klubnik isn't a physical specimen, he has good size and a good frame. He's a multi-sport athlete who competes in several different track events.

Klubnik's numbers in 2020 were outstanding; he threw for 3,500 yards, 35 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He doesn't have the most picturesque form or release, but the arm talent is high and his decision-making is plus level as well. Klubnik has some things to work out, but the tools are all there.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cade Klubnik's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 3/3/2021 Maryland logo QB A.J. Swann (Canton, GA) commits to Maryland  View Class


Maryland has a couple of quarterback prospects committed in this class, and Swann (6-2, 200) is the slightly complicated of the two. He has a live arm, and when he gets hot, he can spin it and hit receivers down the field for big plays. Swann's not super athletic, but he can move. I don't think he anticipates pressure as well as he thinks he does though, because he has a tendency to run himself into pressure instead of escaping it. His best work is in the pocket when he can scan the field. Swann is very good as looking through his options, looking off defensive backs and excelling at other cerebral parts of the position.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
A.J. Swann's Player Grade: B
player grade - 3/3/2021 Maryland logo QB Preston Howard (Owings Mills, MD) commits to Maryland  View Class


Maryland will give Howard (6-5, 223) a look at quarterback; many schools were recruiting him as an athlete with the expectation that he'll eventually become a tight end. Howard is a physical marvel - a tremendous athlete on the gridiron and the basketball court. It's easy to see why teams want Howard to play tight end, because his ability to make plays in the open field is impressive, but I can also see a potential game-changer at quarterback if a little patience is exercised.

Howard is great on the run whether he's throwing on the run or trying to make plays with his legs. He's a threat for a big play on every snap and has a winner's mentality. I think pushing Howard to tight end too early might be a mistake. A team should give him a year to practice at quarterback and see what happens.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Preston Howard's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/3/2021 Alabama logo QB Ty Simpson (Martin, TN) commits to Alabama  View Class


Simpson (6-2. 190) made his pledge to Alabama in an announcement that was live streamed on the CBS platforms. He shares a similar skill set to which we've come to see from the more recent Alabama quarterbacks. While Simpson isn't as athletic as Tua Tagovailoa was before the hip injury, he moves well and has the ability to make accurate throws on the run and deliver tough passes that many quarterbacks would shy away from. Simpson is comfortable in the pocket, and he can pick an opponent apart if they let him sit there and make decisions unbothered. His arm talent is just about right, and the ball comes out of his hands very quickly. Simpson makes good decisions with the football and isn't afraid to challenge defenses that dare him to beat them over the top.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Ty Simpson's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 3/3/2021 Missouri logo QB Sam Horn (Suwanee, GA) commits to Missouri  View Class


Horn (6-4, 188) is an exciting quarterback prospect to watch because he thinks he can make any throw and is more than willing to try. That can be both a positive and a negative, as his interception total is higher than most quarterback prospects at his level. But his arm talent is very good and he understands speed control and ball placement.

The ball comes off Horn's hand very well. He can make most of the throws and Horn will try all of them. His decision-making is something that needs to be refined. Horn also has a tendency to stare down receivers, and when there's a deep option, Horn is likely going to go for it. The positives with Horn far outweigh the risks, and whenever he's on the field, he won't be boring.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Sam Horn's Player Grade: B-


Feb. 20
player grade - 2/20/2021 Oregon logo S Landon Hullaby (Arlington, TX) commits to Oregon  View Class


Hullaby (6-0, 188) had nearly 30 scholarship offers, but he decided on the Pac-12 for his future. Future positions for Hullaby are going to be interesting to see. He is listed as a safety, and I think he can play the deep safety role because he has plus-level ball skills. I could also see Hullaby as a slot corner or playing in some sort of nickel role. The versatility Hullaby provides in the secondary will allow Oregon to be flexible with the way he is used.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Landon Hullaby's Player Grade: B-


Feb. 19
player grade - 2/19/2021 LSU logo WR A.J. Johnson (New Orleans, LA) commits to LSU  View Class


Johnson's (6-4, 205) commitment gives LSU 10 in its 2022 class already. He's a big wide receiver who had the pleasure of catching passes from the most highly searched prospect of the 2023 recruiting class, Arch Manning.

Johnson is a physical player and a dynamic threat in the red zone. He looks more like a possession receiver than a big-play guy. He knows where the sticks are and can make the tough catches to move the chains. Another year of playing with Manning should do wonders for Johnson, and if he can become a threat to stretch the field, I might bump up his grade a little.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
A.J. Johnson's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 2/19/2021 Oklahoma logo TE Jason Llewellyn (Aledo, TX) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Llewellyn (6-5, 240) plays for arguably the top program In Texas, and he's an intriguing prospect as a tight end who I believe will develop into a nice piece on the offense. He can do the dirty work; Llewellyn is no stranger to blocking and doubles as his team's long snapper. Llewellyn lines up inline, and he'll take on a rush end to protect the quarterback or lead a pull around the edge in support of the run game. He can also catch the ball and had almost 30 receptions as a junior. Llewellyn is a selfless player who has no problems getting nasty on blocks and does everything with full effort.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jason Llewellyn's Player Grade: B


Feb. 18
player grade - 2/18/2021 Texas logo WR Evan Stewart (Frisco, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


After his success running the office in Alabama, it is no surprise that new Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian is going to attract some top offensive weapons to join him. Stewart (6-0, 175) is arguably the top wide receiver prospect in Texas and one of the top prospects in the nation. He is also a track athlete and one of the better track performers in the state.

Stewart has quickness and a lot of high-end athleticism. His jumping ability helps him battle for balls in traffic. Stewart has plus-level speed and the ability to stretch out a defense vertically. He's huge pickup for Sarkisian early in his tenure.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Evan Stewart's Player Grade: A-


Feb. 17
player grade - 2/17/2021 Arizona State logo S Jaylin Marshall (Hallandale, FL) commits to Arizona State  View Class


Herman Edwards is a former NFL defensive back, and he likes bigger defensive backs in the secondary who can physically impact the game. Marshall (6-3, 190) has the size and length to play safety and occasionally move into a linebacker role. With Marshall's size and long arms, don't be surprised if he's lined up on the outside of the defense, especially in red-zone situations. He's been a versatile piece in high school who has played all three levels of the defense, and I think he can offer some looks as an outside linebacker and even a situational edge rusher in college.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaylin Marshall's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 2/17/2021 Texas A&M logo WR Noah Thomas (League City, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Thomas (6-5, 185) has great size, and he's a multi-sport athlete who also plays cornerback. At this stage, Thomas is more of an athlete than a football player, so the question is going to be how much that raw athleticism can be developed into a football player.

Thomas has played plenty of football in high school and proved to be a big-play guy in his junior season. He is a pretty tough, and with his size and frame, Thomas could easily grow into being a tight end. Thomas has decent hands and good footwork off the line. There's still a ways to go for him on the football field, but this is the type of prospect who will reward the coaching staff that has the opportunity to develop him.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Noah Thomas' Player Grade: B


Feb. 13
player grade - 2/13/2021 Texas logo QB Maalik Murphy (Gardena, CA) commits to Texas  View Class


You kind of figured that Steve Sarkisian was going to use his west-coast connections to land his first quarterback prospect at Texas, which he did. Murphy (6-5, 222) is a big-time quarterback prospect who brings the size, skill and arm talent you want to see at the position. He's still very much in the developmental stage, and playing another year of high school will probably help him continue to find his game, so to speak.

But his arm strength is legitimate as the ball just flies out of his hand. Murphy has the natural traits I like from a quarterback with the speed control and the touch. He can move and throw the ball downfield on the run. The Longhorns wwere looking for their quarterback of the future, and Murphy fits the bill.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Maalik Murphy's Player Grade: A-


Feb. 12
player grade - 2/12/2021 Oklahoma State logo QB Garret Rangel (Frisco, TX) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class


Rangel (6-2, 175) is a more classic style of quarterback. He's a little thin on the frame right now, but I'm sure that will change once he's in a college strength program. Rangel has put up some gaudy numbers in high school. He threw for over 4,500 yards and 50 touchdowns as a sophomore and hit about half those numbers as a junior in an abbreviated season.

Rangel is a good fit for Oklahoma State and Mike Gundy's offense because he goes down field. He can spin it far and put the ball in the right place. More importantly than that: Rangel protects the football and makes the right decision more times than not.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Garret Rangel's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/12/2021 Alabama logo TE Elijah Brown (Dayton, OH) commits to Alabama  View Class


Brown (6-5, 232) is a good-looking athletic tight end who Alabama was able to pull out of the heart of Big Ten Country. He's a pass-catching tight end who can be used in various ways on the field as an inline, in the slot or on the outside. In Alabama's offense, the tight end has to be a willing blocker, and Brown is although, he will continue to develop in that area.

Brown is a big target, and he knows how to get open and get in the quarterback's eyesight. He sits down on his routes and shows soft hands. Brown will be able to contribute to the passing game early and eventually develop into a three-down player.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Elijah Brown's Player Grade: B


Feb. 11
player grade - 2/11/2021 Virginia Tech logo QB Devin Farrell (Alpharetta, GA) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


Farrell (6-0, 190) becomes the Hokies' first commitment in the 2022 class. He is a two-sport athlete who continues to develop into a dual-threat quarterback. He accounted for over 2,000 yards as a junior and really expanded his passing game, showing plus-level arm strength and improved accuracy on deep and intermediate passes. Farrell can make plays with his feet and is a dangerous run/pass option when he gets outside of the pocket and can look downfield. He is always a threat to keep on the read option when he sees a big play available. Farrell is continuing to develop and is moving in a good direction. There's some real upside there, and Farrell might be the quarterback fit who Virginia Tech has been looking for over the past few years.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Devin Farrell's Player Grade: B


Feb. 10
player grade - 2/10/2021 Oklahoma State logo DE Landon Dean (Frontenac, KS) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class


It was a big day for Oklahoma State as the program landed a couple of targets to really kick start its recruiting efforts for the 2022 class. Dean (6-4, 227) is a big athlete who looks like he'll be worked out as a defensive end. Dean also plays tight end and had some programs interested in him on offense.

I think defense is the right choice for Dean. He has looked like man among boys against his high school competition, which isn't particularly strong. That being said, Dean can get to the quarterback and make plays in the backfield. He is supposed to dominate the competition he faces, and he does just that.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Landon Dean's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/10/2021 Oklahoma State logo CB Cameron Epps (St. Louis, MO) commits to Oklahoma State  View Class

Epps (6-3, 180) Is one of the tallest cornerbacks in the 2022 class and gives Oklahoma State a big early commitment at a position of need. The Cowboys have two seniors projected to start at corner in 2021 and will have lost four players at the position in the past two seasons. Epps had several Big Ten programs on his offer list and his film reminds me more of a Big Ten type of cornerback. He is physical and he can bump off the line. Epps’ length and range make up for any potential questions about his top end speed. There will be talk of Epps moving to safety because of his size and range and that scheme versatility will be an asset down the road.




2022 College Recruiting Commit
Cameron Epps' Player Grade: C+


Feb. 6
player grade - 2/6/2021 Texas A&M logo OT Hunter Erb (Haslet, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Erb (6-6, 300) is one of those players than kind of wins you over with pure effort and aggression. He goes all out on his blocks and has quite the nasty streak. I think Erb does a lot of things pretty well - he is good with his hands and good at the initial point of contact. He has experience playing left tackle and will continue to do so as a senior, so he'll be facing the best defensive linemen in his area. Erb is a big athlete with a good wingspan and natural tools that will be developed further at the college level. I think Erb should be able to improve his pass blocking with summer camps and a full set of reps in the fall. He has a lot to offer and a ton of upside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Hunter Erb's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/6/2021 Notre Dame logo DE Aiden Gobaira (Chantilly, VA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Notre Dame was part of a large group of schools that made offers to Gobaira last spring and kept tabs on him over the last few months. Gobaira (6-6, 227) had some impressive film as a rush end. He has great length and a lean frame. He looked like he played around 200 pounds last season, and while he has put on some weight and added strength, but he has plenty of room to add more mass. As Gobaira gets comfortable with carrying more weight and playing with more strength, we'll see more of the tools he has to offer. As a quick-twitch, outside pass rusher Gobaira has a good foundation. He has considerable upside and a chance to develop into a true balanced outside defensive end.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Aiden Gobaira's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 2/6/2021 Rutgers logo OT Joe De Croce (Demarest, NJ) commits to Rutgers  View Class


De Croce (6-6, 285) is a growing athlete with ideal size and length to play tackle. He has a good build with strong legs and a good leg drive. He is the third offensive linemen to commit to Rutgers, as Greg Schiano continues to rebuild the program in his second year as head coach. De Croce has good athleticism and the ability to get to the second level and find more action. He has the size to play tackle, but with a couple of tackle prospects already in the fold, De Croce has played guard and could continue to do that.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Joe De Croce's Player Grade: C


Feb. 5
player grade - 2/5/2021 Oklahoma logo RB Raleek Brown (Santa Ana, CA) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Brown (5-8, 181) is one of the top-end playmakers in the Class of 2022. He has the potential to be a 1,000-yard back who can also play some snaps in the slot and catch passes out of the backfield. Add in Brown's potential on special teams, and you're looking at a player who can make plays in several areas and rack up all-purpose yards.

Brown is very agile and shifty; he has the vision to weave through traffic and get the extra yardage. He'll have to continue to gain strength and mass in the lower and upper body to deal with potential durability concerns in college due to his stature. Brown's ability to thrive in a quick-hitting offense makes him a great fit for Oklahoma.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Raleek Brown's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 2/5/2021 Florida logo DE Francois Nolton (Miami, FL) commits to Florida  View Class


The Gators dip into Miami-Dade County for Nolton (6-4, 225), a solid pass-rushing prospect with some considerable upside. Nolton has a natural feel for the pass rush and getting to the quarterback. He can do it with speed, or he can use his hands to help him get around the edge.

Nolton will really begin to look the part when he gets into a college strength program. Right now, he's a player with a great frame and a lot of natural ability. Nolton needs to gain strength and learn more technique in his senior season. He is good at the point of contact, but he could improve his timing and his "get off" when the ball is snapped. The potential is high for Norton, who has the type of skill set that has generally been developed well under the Gators' coaches.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Francois Nolton's Player Grade: B
player grade - 2/5/2021 Michigan logo S Taylor Groves (Cross Plains, TN) commits to Michigan  View Class


Michigan delved into Tennessee to grab a couple of commitments. Groves (6-2, 175) is a very exciting two-way player who could grade out on either side of the ball in college as well. He is a skilled, productive receiver who can run and play on the outside.

Groves has good hands and the ability to stretch the field. It appears more likely that the Michigan staff is going to look at Groves in the secondary, where his range and ball skills should make him a very intriguing free safety prospect. Groves has plenty of experience playing all across the secondary in high school, whether it's at deep safety or on the boundary as a cornerback. He already has double-digit interceptions in high school.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Taylor Groves' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 2/5/2021 Michigan logo ATH Kody Jones (Germantown, TN) commits to Michigan  View Class


Jones (5-11, 180), who is from the Memphis area, is the second commitment for the Wolverines out fo Tennessee. Much like Michigan's earlier commitment, Taylor Groves, Jones will likely be worked out in the secondary. Jones has a nice mix of agility, coverage and speed with some real physical tendencies and the ability to battle with bigger receivers. Moving to nickelback certainly isn't out of the question, and Jones has the sort of skill set to where he can defend the slot on one play and possibly move into the box to provide additional levels of defense on the next play.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Kody Jones' Player Grade: B


Feb. 4
player grade - 2/4/2021 Texas A&M logo QB Connor Weigman (Cypress, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Two weeks after making their offer, the Aggies got the arm of their 2022 class with highly regarded in-state prospect Weigman (6-3, 200). As quarterbacks in this cycle go, Weigman might have the best overall tools from arm talent to athleticism, and he can combine everything into one package.

Weigman can move very well and makes strong throws on the run. He isn't a natural running quarterback, but he can be very productive on designed scrambles and has the agility to get the extra yards in the open field or extend the play in the backfield. I have some occasional concerns about Weigman's accuracy and his tendency to make some throws more difficult than the need to be. Weigman has to learn how to take the easier option even when the big play can be challenged. Some adjustments there are the only things holding Weigman back from a full 'A' grade.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Connor Weigman's Player Grade: A-


Feb. 3
player grade - 2/3/2021 Georgia logo DT Bear Alexander (Denton, TX) commits to Georgia  View Class


Alexander (6-3, 320) is a large athlete on the defensive line who looks like he can be a good nose guard or a one-technique. He has the short-space strength that will allow him to fight off double teams. Alexander shows some traits of dominance when he isn't doubled. He pushes into the backfield and can be stout against the run or chase down the quarterback. Alexander wins a lot of battles with his size and strength, so he'll have to add more technique when he moves on to college. He has lot of upside and the potential to be a strong presence of the middle of the Bulldogs' defensive line.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Bear Alexander's Player Grade: B


Feb. 2
player grade - 2/2/2021 Texas logo RB Jaydon Blue (Houston, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


After watching how Najee Harris thrived in Steve Sarkisian's offense last season, it shouldn't be a surprise that Blue (5-11, 200), one of the top running backs in the Class of 2022, would be interested in playing for the new Longhorns coach.

Blue has verified top-end speed - he can run the 100-yard dash in under 11 seconds. There's a nice mix of speed and power with Blue. He has the ideal size for a running back, plus he can run through tacklers. I want to see Blue do more in the passing game, because in Sarkisian's offense, the running back who catches passes gets rewarded. Still, Blue gives the Longhorns a top-end running back commitment for the new staff.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaydon Blue's Player Grade: B+


Feb. 1
player grade - 2/1/2021 Alabama logo DE Walter Bob (Lafayette, LA) commits to Alabama  View Class


Bob (6-5, 251) committed to the defending national champions a week after his teammate cornerback Laterrance Welch committed to rival LSU. Bob already has the size to play defensive end, and I could see him being a moving part for the Crimson Tide once he gets to the 275-280-pound range because he's already showing the ability to rush the passer while playing the three-technique.

Bob is good off the snap, and I really like the way he sheds blocks and the way he uses his hands to free himself up. Some of the best clips in his reel, however, are him chasing down ball-carriers from behind and showing the motor and pursuit that Alabama defensive linemen are known for.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Walter Bob's Player Grade: B+


Jan. 31
player grade - 1/31/2021 Florida State logo QB Nicco Marchiol (Chandler, AZ) commits to Florida State  View Class


As expected, many of the top-50 quarterback prospects will be coming off the board in the next 30 days. Marchiol (6-2, 210) is the second quarterback prospect from Arizona to commit to Florida State in three seasons, joining Chubba Purdy, who was in the Seminoles' 2020 class.

Marchiol has some interesting natural skills. He gets the ball out of his hands quickly and seems to have a good feel for the pocket. He can move, but I'm not sure if his big runs in high school will translate to college. Marchiol can throw on the run, but he also gets himself in trouble there. He'd be better off sitting for a couple of years, but Florida State's quarterback situation might not allow it.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Nicco Marchiol's Player Grade: B-


Jan. 30
player grade - 1/30/2021 LSU logo OT Will Campbell (Monroe, LA) commits to LSU  View Class


Campbell (6-6, 282) might be the best prospect in Louisiana, and it's significant for LSU to secure his commitment early and build an offensive line around him. There is major upside with Campbell from his size, length, footwork, ability to use his hands and the way he can move in space. He doesn't have much, if any, bad weight on his him and has better strength than I'm used to seeing from offensive line prospects this early in their development. Campbell continues to get better off the snap and in delivering that initial punch. His pass protection is also improving on a regular basis. In the latter part of his junior film, Campbell really began showing an aggressive streak with finishing blocks, and he started to look like the best player on the field.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Will Campbell's Player Grade: A


Jan. 28
player grade - 1/28/2021 Mississippi logo WR Larry Simmons (Moss Point, MS) commits to Ole Miss  View Class


Simmons (6-2, 175) was a big early target for the Ole Miss staff, and he becomes the second commitment in the 2022 class for the Rebels. He's a long receiver who can get downfield and play on the outside. Simmons has good hands, but they could get better via some technical improvements. He can run some routes well, but he could improve getting out of his breaks better. Simmons can run after the catch and turn a short play into a long gain.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Larry Simmons' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 1/28/2021 Florida State logo DE Aaron Hester (Neptune Beach, FL) commits to Florida State  View Class


Florida State has an opportunity at a top-10-15 class because of some legacy commitments who will improve the roster and help Mike Norvell's staff with in-state recruiting. Hester is the son of former Seminole Ron Hester, who played for the program in the early '80s.

The younger Hester is a hammer on the edge and has the skills of a natural pass rusher. He is a quick-twitch athlete with good bend who can get around the tackle. Hester has a nose for the sack and is the type of player who will be the focus of an offensive line on third downs. I think he's more suited for stand-up edge rushing than putting his hand in the ground.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Aaron Hester's Player Grade: B
player grade - 1/28/2021 Georgia logo QB Gunner Stockton (Tiger, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


There aren't many better names for a top-flight quarterback than "Gunner," and in this case, the name fits the prospect, because Stockton (6-1, 218) is going to be in contention as the top-rated quarterback in the nation. This is the second consecutive year that the Bulldogs have pulled the top quarterback prospect out of the southeast, and one would think that between Stockton and Class of 2021 commit Brock Vandagriff, there's going to be a great chance for Georgia to win a championship.

Stockton can move, throw on the move and throw far downfield on the move. The play is never out of the question as long as he has the ball and can see downfield. He can make the tough throws and has plus-level arm talent. Stockton is very athletic and is continuing to understand how to mesh his athleticism with his quarterback talent. His numbers in high school are eye popping, with over 9,500 yards, 120 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions over three seasons along with over 3,000 yards rushing. I think there's a very good chance he'll be considered the top quarterback in the nation after we go through the summer showcase circuit.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Gunner Stockton's Player Grade: A+


Jan. 27
player grade - 1/27/2021 Oregon logo DE/DT Gracen Halton (San Diego, CA) commits to Oregon  View Class


Halton (6-3, 265) is listed as a defensive end, but it's likely he's already outgrown playing defensive end in anything other than certain situations. He appears more likely to end up as a three-technique who could also play some one-technique if needed.

Halton can move exceptionally well and should prove to be a serious problem for guards who struggle handling quick, shifty interior rush linemen. Halton is good off the snap and can move from tackle to tackle in pursuit of the play. He is a very athletic, twitchy lineman with a lot of scheme versatility.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Gracen Halton's Player Grade: B+


Jan. 24
player grade - 1/24/2021 LSU logo CB Laterrance Welch (Lafayette, LA) commits to LSU  View Class


Welch (6-1, 180) decided to jump on the wagon with the in-state Tigers two weeks after receiving an offer from defensive backs coach Corey Raymond. LSU is already in position for a top-five class. and Welch promises to be one of the top-20 players in the state. He is good in coverage, can run pretty well and shows the speed to stick with his assignment down the field. Welch has natural instincts, and his quickness shows up when he's guarding receivers on the shorter routes. He has plus-level hands and ball skills.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Laterrance Welch's Player Grade: B+


Jan. 23
player grade - 1/23/2021 USC logo CB Domani Jackson (Santa Ana, CA) commits to USC  View Class


USC is carrying in its momentum from a top-10 2021 class by grabbing arguably the best cornerback on the market in the 2022 cycle and a legitimate top-15 player in the nation. Jackson (6-1, 185) is a superb athlete and football player who is developing into a top-end cornerback as he continues to get full-time work on the outside. His size makes gives him the ability to be physical, and his timed speed - 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash - gives him the ability to run downfield with the receiver. He also has the agility and fluidity to turn with receivers and transition from the backpedal. Jackson is already very good and hasn't scratched the surface of his potential.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Domani Jackson's Player Grade: A


Jan. 21
player grade - 1/21/2021 North Carolina logo OT Trevyon Green (Colonial Heights, VA) commits to North Carolina  View Class


Green (6-7, 331) is a big athlete on the offensive line. According to his high school coach, Green was once over 400 pounds and is hoping to play this season at or below 330. The difference between Green's junior and sophomore tapes show improved movement and athleticism that likely came with the drop in weight. Green has the size you can't teach, and at his size, he's hard to move and hard to get around.

As Green becomes more comfortable with the lower weight, I think we'll see even better work at pad level. He's still pretty raw, as are most offensive linemen at this stage. He plays tackle and guard in high school, but the hope is that Green will develop into a left tackle.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Trevyon Green's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 1/21/2021 Texas A&M logo OL/OT P.J. Williams (Dickinson, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


It was a hot week on the recruiting trail for Texas A&M, which is quickly putting together the foundation of a special class. Williams (6-4, 262) is a well-built lineman with good strength and a great frame with no bad weight on him. He has next-level movement, especially with his lateral slide step, which keeps edge rushers out of the backfield.

Williams is showing more aggressiveness in the run game too, and he is a good enough athlete to consistently get to the second level. As he continues to put good weight on and gain comfort playing with that additional size, we'll get a better idea of whether Williams will be a guard or a right tackle.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
P.J. Williams' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 1/21/2021 Texas A&M logo TE Donovan Green (Dickinson, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Green (6-4, 220) joined his teammate, offensive lineman P.J. Williams, in making a pledge to the Aggies. On early viewing, I have Green as the best tight end in the nation. He's a true pass-catching flex tight end who can lineup at multiple positions and provide mismatches all over the field.

What separates Green from most flex tight ends with his skill set is that he's also a willing blocker and very productive in doing his part for the run game. Green is an all-around tight end, and it's a position that Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher has shown he will spotlight when he has a special talent. Green fits the bill of a special talent.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Donovan Green's Player Grade: A-


Jan. 20
Has Decommitted - now committed to Missouri
player grade - 1/20/2021 LSU logo CB Marcus Scott (The Woodlands, TX) commits to LSU  View Class


The Tigers jumped on Scott (6-2, 175) before many of the other major programs did, as the rising junior had offers from Houston and UNLV before LSU came calling. Scott is definitely a defensive back who should grade out as a Power Five player. He has great length that he uses to disrupt his receiver, plus he can knock down passes around the red zone.

Scott's agility and his fluidity are still unknowns, but his straight-line speed is legitimate. He can run downfield and defend the long vertical route as well has he does the short spaces in the red zone. Scott fits the bill of LSU defensive backs in that he's very long and can run. There are some areas Scott has to shore up, but there's also considerable upside.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Marcus Scott's Player Grade: B


Jan. 17
player grade - 1/17/2021 Texas A&M logo DE Malick Sylla (Katy, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


If you are one of the many bettors who check this site and want some value on a 2021 CFP Champion ... you could do a lot worse than Texas A&M. The Aggies are stacking strong recruiting classes together, and Sylla (6-6, 233) promises to be one of the best defensive linemen in the 2022 class. He is very much a quick-twitch athlete with a lot of length. He has a big frame, but I think Sylla should stay in the 250-255-pound range so he can have the ability to play on the end or do some stand-up edge rushing. Sylla will have to get better with his bend, but he has the motor and the explosion on the snap to be a top-end pass rusher.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Malick Sylla's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 1/17/2021 Notre Dame logo DE Tyson Ford (St. Louis, MO) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Ford (6-5, 244) has worked with his hand in the ground and standing up on the edge, but I think he'll grow into being a full-time defensive lineman and quite possibly someone who can play the three-technique and rush the passer on the interior. The scheme versatility is going to be big with Ford, who is already playing on the inside and the outside. He has great explosive moves off the snap and a nice immediate burst that he shows when chasing down a play in the backfield.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Tyson Ford's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 1/17/2021 California logo QB Justyn Martin (Inglewood, CA) commits to California  View Class


As with most years, the quarterback dominoes will fall pretty early during the recruiting cycle, so for California to get Martin (6-4, 188), the program's big target at the position this early in the cycle is a big deal. Martin also plays basketball right now, so physically he's going to fill out well in college once he's focused on one sport.

Martin is a good athlete with the legs that can extend plays in the pocket and the eyes that continue to look downfield while he's doing it. Martin has good arm strength, and the ball comes off his hand quickly. There's plenty of upside there, and given proper development, Martin projects to be a good one.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Justyn Martin's Player Grade: B+


Jan. 12
player grade - 1/12/2021 Texas logo WR Armani Winfield (Lewisville, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


No surprise that wide receivers are going to show a high interest in Texas now that Steve Sarkisian has taken over the program. Winfield (6-2, 180) was thought to be an early lean with Ohio State, but Sarkisian's resume as an offensive play caller was a hook that kept him in state.

Winfield is a long strider who can stretch the field vertically and is always a threat for a big play. He needs to get bigger and stronger while added more explosive speed on the snap. Winfield has potential to take his game to another level and be a top wide receiver in college. He is big early in-state pickup for the Longhorns.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Armani Winfield's Player Grade: B+


Jan. 11
player grade - 1/11/2021 Pittsburgh logo DT Elijah Statham (Smyrna, DE) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


I think Pittsburgh had one of the top-five defensive hauls in the Class of 2021 and I'm really high on this staff's ability to evaluate players at the position. Statham (6-2, 270) has been on that staff's radar for a long time because his brother, Michael Statham, was part of Pittsburgh's recruit class in 2020.

Statham plays in a small state - Delaware - that is not known for its football, so when I flipped on his tape, I expected to see a dominating player, which I did. He basically tosses around most of his opposition, and he adds a nice touch of brutal physicality while doing it. Statham is strong off the snap and chases down the play in the backfield very well. His brother went to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore as a senior, and I hope Statham does the same. The bump up in competition will add more legitimacy to Statham as a prospect, and I believe he is a good one.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Elijah Statham's Player Grade: B
player grade - 1/11/2021 Utah logo DE Aisea Moa (Ogden, UT) commits to Utah  View Class


Moa (6-3, 222) is a Utah legacy, with his father, Ben, having played tight end and fullback for the Utes in the early 2000s. Aisea Moa looks like a good fit for Utah. He plays a tough physical game and isn't afraid to line up anywhere whether it's at linebacker, on the edge, or as a blocking tight end or power back on the offense.

Utah emphasizes toughness throughout the program, and Moa is the type of player who will do the dirty work and play with grit. He is also a good athlete and has potential to provide pass rush as a defensive end or as an outside linebacker.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Aisea Moa's Player Grade: B-


Jan. 10
Has Decommitted - now committed to Arkansas
player grade - 1/10/2021 Florida State logo WR Quincey McAdoo (Clarendon, AR) commits to Florida State  View Class


Florida State needs a strong recruiting class after finishing 3-6 and landing an unspectacular class in the middle of the ACC. More importantly, head coach Mike Norvell needs to prove he can recruit with the top programs if Florida State is going to really turn things around.

McAdoo (6-3, 175) isn't a top-end receiver in the Class of 2022, but he could be near the back end of the top 25 at the position. He has good size and raw athletic skills, plus he does a good job to adjust to balls in the air. McAdoo doesn't show much beyond being a high-ball tracker right now, but I think he can develop his route running and other technical aspects once he gets into a college program.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Quincey McAdoo's Player Grade: B


Jan. 6
player grade - 1/6/2021 LSU logo CB JaDarian Rhym (Valdosta, GA) commits to LSU  View Class


Rhym (6-1, 175) has the short-space quickness and length to be tough on the boundary or in the slot. He can play man and moves very well, but I think using his length in zone is what will make him extremely tough to pass around at the next level.

Rhym is a very well-rounded defensive back who does a lot of things well without being truly elite at any one thing. He will need to add more mass and strength to really get the most out of his skill set, but that will come in time. I think Rhym will offer a ton of scheme versatility once he fills out and be another top-end weapon in LSU's secondary.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
JaDarian Rhym's Player Grade: B+


Jan. 4
player grade - 1/4/2021 USC logo CB Fabian Ross (Las Vegas, NV) commits to USC  View Class


USC has gotten off to a strong start with its 2022 class, and Ross (6-0, 185) is one of the top players in the Pacific time zone. He looks like he will continue to grow and turn into more or a secondary hybrid player than a natural outside corner. I could see Ross playing cornerback and safety, and providing support and size on the inside against the run game. Ross can line up on the outside and play man against bigger, physical wide receivers.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Fabian Ross' Player Grade: B


Jan. 2
player grade - 1/2/2021 Ohio State logo CB Jaheim Singletary (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Ohio State started the new year going big, and Singletary (6-1, 172) is one of the top cornerbacks in the class. He has length to spare and a reported 73-74-inch wingspan. He's putting on weight and is probably closer to 175-180 pounds than the 160 pounds he played at as a junior.

Singletary moves well, he can transition and change directions with ease. His timing continues to be an asset and a strength that only gets stronger with time. Singletary has good eyes and ball skills. He takes chances from time to time, but there's been more reward than risk with those chances thus far. Singletary is classic outside cornerback who is highly competitive and always ready to go against the best the opposition has to offer.


2022 College Recruiting Commit
Jaheim Singletary's Player Grade: A-


Sept. 23
player grade - 9/23/2020 Stanford logo DE Anthony Franklin (Phoenix, AZ) commits to Stanford  View Class


Franklin (6-4, 242) had some pretty good offers, but nothing stood out to him more than Stanford. He has some versatility, and I think he could play a lot more three-technique when he gets to college because he has room on his frame to get bigger. Franklin is a high-effort player and can get into the backfield. I don't see explosiveness off the snap, and Franklin isn't a great athlete, but as a rotational guy on the defensive line, he should provide value.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Anthony Franklin's Player Grade: C


Sept. 21
player grade - 9/21/2020 Vanderbilt logo LB Michael Mincey (Waycross, GA) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


Mincey (6-1, 215) might be a little better than the ratings suggested, but he plays in a more under-recruited area of Georgia. Mincey has great instincts and is always around the football. He plays faster than the speed test will show. Mincey is a solid tackler, and when he sees an opportunity to lay on a bigger hit, he won't hold back. He has good size for a Mike linebacker, and I think he can be a productive defender in the box.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Michael Mincey's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 19
player grade - 9/19/2020 Boston College logo LB Casey Phinney (Dedham, MA) commits to Boston College  View Class


Phinney (6-1, 230) was committed to Michigan and appeared likely to play fullback or H-back for the Wolverines, but a flip to Boston College puts linebacker back in play. From an earlier evaluation: Phinney is a hard-nosed player who wants to mix it up. He is able to get through traffic and get to the ball-carrier. There isn't a lot of speed and reaction to his game. If Phinney were put in a situation when he had to cover a back out of the backfield, he would probably struggle.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Casey Phinney's Player Grade: C-

Previously Committed to: Michigan 4/3/2020
player grade - 9/19/2020 Mississippi State logo ATH M.J. Daniels (Lucedale, MS) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Daniels (6-3, 200) is a big athlete who can do a lot for a defense on the back seven. He can run well enough to play cornerback, and he has the range and ball-tracking skills to be an excellent safety. Daniels does a lot in high school on both sides of the ball. He has played quarterback and wide receiver, which has made a difference with his ball skills. Daniels could also continue to grow and end up as an outside linebacker or in a stand-up edge-rushing role. The possibilities are endless with a player like Daniels, who has a high ceiling and should grow into a player with all-conference potential.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
M.J. Daniels' Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: Mississippi 11/29/2019


Sept. 18
player grade - 9/18/2020 Oregon logo S Daymon David (Reisterstown, MD) commits to Oregon  View Class


Oregon goes across the country for another excellent athlete in David (6-1, 186), who can offer plenty of snaps as a safety or a cornerback on the boundary. David is generally at his best when he can do work in the box, whether it's playing downhill and getting close to the line of scrimmage or playing the short-middle passing game. His ability to tackle and play defense along the perimeter is a big reason why I think he will get looks as a boundary corner. David can run very well, and he has improved his flexibility and doesn't look stiff moving around. He is a physical player by nature who continues to develop an all-around game.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Daymon David's Player Grade: B
player grade - 9/18/2020 Pittsburgh logo DT Dorien Ford (Pittsburgh, PA) commits to Pittsburgh  View Class


Ford (6-4, 290) is another piece of an excellent defensive line class for Pittsburgh that's led by blue-chip prospect Elliot Donald, another in-state prospect. Ford is a two-way lineman in high school and has overwhelmed much of his competition. There's one play on film where Ford slips through the interior offensive line and pulls the quarterback down with a back suplex that looks like it broke the poor kid's neck. Ford is a capable pass rusher, and he's stout against the run, quickly plugging in holes and pushing the offensive line back. He is simply tough to block and contain for any period of time. Ford and Donald could be a problem for ACC teams in years to come.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Dorien Ford's Player Grade: B+


Sept. 16
player grade - 9/16/2020 Stanford logo DE Zach Buckey (Bakersfield, CA) commits to Stanford  View Class


Buckey (6-5, 247) continues a family legacy at Stanford, following in the footsteps of his father, Jeff. Buckey has some good length, and I think he's going to be a defensive end and play the five-technique for the Cardinal in their odd man fronts. He is more of a containment end who will set the edge and protect the outside than a natural pass rusher. Buckey has some skills in the pass rush, but he's not a natural guy off the edge. He should find a consistent role on the defensive line.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Zach Buckey's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 14
player grade - 9/14/2020 Oregon logo LB Jabrll McNeill (Raleigh, NC) commits to Oregon  View Class


Oregon's recruiting reach continues to cross through time zones again, pulling McNeill (6-4, 222) out of the capital of North Carolina. McNeill has good size and a good frame, making him a well-built defender who can go sideline to sideline and lay out a ball-carrier with a big hit. McNeill could stay as an outside linebacker and be a tackling machine, move to the edge in a stand-up role, or he could continue to grow physically and put his hand in the ground and play as a defensive end.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jabrll McNeill's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 9/14/2020 Syracuse logo WR Oronde Gadsden II (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Syracuse  View Class


Gadsden (6-4, 188) is the son of the former NFL wide receiver who made a name for himself with the Miami Dolphins in the late '90s and early 2000s. The younger Gadsden is a big target, and he knows how to use his size to handle smaller defensive backs. He has played against some tough competition in south Florida and is a stronger competitor. Gadsden is more of a possession receiver who is going to run strong routes and help move the chains than one who will stretch the field vertically.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Oronde Gadsden II's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 13
player grade - 9/13/2020 Michigan State logo RB Audric Estime (Montvale, NJ) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Michigan State gets one of the biggest targets in its class with the commitment of Estime (6-0, 212), who comes in at No. 22 on the top-25 running backs in the 2021 class. Estime is a big back who runs with a lot of power and can get to openings quickly. He's a downhill runner who likes to go north-south and who will fight for extra yardage. Estime is a better receiver out of the backfield than one would expect, and he should continue to develop into a weapon in the passing game. Estime runs a little high and can run a little loose with the football.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Audric Estime's Player Grade: B+


Sept. 12
player grade - 9/12/2020 Michigan logo RB Tavierre Dunlap (Del Valle, TX) commits to Michigan  View Class


Michigan's running back room isn't what it needs to be. The Wolverines have always been known for having a strong running game and good backs. I feel like their struggles on the field are due in part to the current staff getting away from Michigan's identity. Dunlap (6-0, 200) has a good frame for power and the speed to make big plays. He is more of a one-cut back than one who will make a lot of moves. Dunlap could be a big piece to better days for the Michigan running game.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Tavierre Dunlap's Player Grade: B


Sept. 11
player grade - 9/11/2020 Wisconsin logo CB Al Ashford III (Englewood, CO) commits to Wisconsin  View Class


Ashford (6-1, 175) plays quarterback in high school and led his team to the state championship as a junior and moved to defense as a senior to help Cherry Creek High win a second straight state championship. He is still learning the position, but he shows plenty of natural skills for cornerback. Ashford has length, can run, and shows good loose hips and the ability to change direction quickly. He might take a year of seasoning to find his way in the secondary, but he has a shot to be pretty good.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Al Ashford III's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 9/11/2020 Arizona State logo WR Dominic Lovett (East St. Louis, IL) commits to Arizona State  View Class


Lovett (5-10, 175) has the size for the slot, but plays a lot on the outside and proves to be an exception to the rule with his ability to get separation on bigger defensive backs. Watching Lovett at full speed is fun because he has moves, can change direction and is exciting with the ball in his hands. Lovett can stretch the field and has an amazing burst off the line. He has the skill set you're seeing a lot more in college football, and once he diversifies his skills and adds some more routes to his tree, I think Lovett is going to be a lot fun to watch in college.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Dominic Lovett's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 9/11/2020 Stanford logo OT Jack Leyrer (Dallas, TX) commits to Stanford  View Class


Leyrer (6-6, 280) has the sort of length and the movement I've seen from plenty of Stanford offensive tackle prospects against the pass. He's a very good pass blocker with a nice slide step. I wish Leyrer could handle edge rushes a little better, and I'd say he's a no brainer at left tackle. As it is, I'm not sure if he's going to be better on the left side or the right side. As a run blocker, Leyrer shows a lot of promise. He can engage with the defensive lineman and use some good leg drive. Leyrer definitely has a lot of the things you want to see in an offensive tackle, but I'm not sure if he can get his game to the level where I believe he has pro potential.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jack Leyrer's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 10
player grade - 9/10/2020 Arizona logo CB Javione Carr (Arlington, TX) commits to Arizona  View Class


Looking at Carr's (6-0, 173) film at first, I thought he was more safety than cornerback. He has some good length, and his speed is cornerback friendly, but I don't know if his man-coverage skills will hold up at corner. Carr can tackle and likes to play physical, plus I think he'll put on some size and provide versatility as a regular safety and a situational cornerback. He has the makeup of a player who will handle multiple positions in the secondary.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Javione Carr's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 8
player grade - 9/8/2020 Oregon logo OT Kingsley Suamataia (Orem, UT) commits to Oregon  View Class


Suamataia (6-5, 280) is No. 15 on the board of top offensive tackles in the 2021 class, and Oregon has had tremendous success with prospects out of the Orem High program. Last year, the Ducks signed Noah Sewell from Orem, and he is starting as a freshman.

Suamataia might need a year of seasoning before he jumps into the fray. He is a powerhouse and makes it a habit of putting defensive linemen in the ground. Suamataia is a very good athlete who can move and has a good slide step to protect the passer against the blind-side rush. Suamataia also plays hard and plays to the whistle. I would like to see a little more out of his run blocking, but Suamataia is on the fringe of being an elite offensive line prospect.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Kingsley Suamataia's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 9/8/2020 Wisconsin logo OT Nolan Rucci (Lititz, PA) commits to Wisconsin  View Class


No surprise here that Rucci, the No. 10 offensive tackle in the 2021 class, is going to stay in Big Ten country and be part of the offensive line machine at Wisconsin. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Rucci (6-8, 292) moving up in the rankings, possibly into the top five. His length is outstanding, and when he gets his hands on a defensive lineman, it's over. Rucci finishes his blocks with authority, and despite his height, Rucci plays at a good level and can play with leverage. He isn't a refined offensive line prospect, but the natural skills shine through and he knows how to play with his size. Rucci will only get better under under the best offensive line coaching in the nation.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Nolan Rucci's Player Grade: A
player grade - 9/8/2020 Alabama logo TE Robbie Ouzts (Rock Hill, SC) commits to Alabama  View Class


Ouzts (6-4, 244) is a good-sized tight end who's physically capable to contribute early. He has the ability to be a strong force in the run game as an in-line blocker. Ouzts looks like many Alabama tight ends before him in stature and style of play. He is very physical and doesn't back down from anything. Ouzts hasn't been used much as a receiver up to this point, although he can catch the pass and has the athleticism to make plays in the seam. Ouzts is a tough player who is more than willing to do the dirty work as an inline tight end and will also line up as an H-back.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Robbie Ouzts' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 9/8/2020 Georgia logo WR Jackson Meeks (Phenix City, AL) commits to Georgia  View Class


Meeks (6-2, 187) had been dealing with injuries and rehab the past couple of years, but once he showed what he was capable when healthy, the scholarship offers started flowing. Meeks has the ability to dominate a football game in high school and is a guy who can take the short pass and turn it upfield for the big play or stretch the defense out vertically. He plays against some of the tougher competition in Alabama and has posted huge numbers against nearly every team. Now that Meeks is healthy, the skill set looks strong and his upside is significant.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jackson Meeks' Player Grade: B
player grade - 9/8/2020 Mississippi State logo LB Nic Mitchell (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Mitchell (6-2, 209) has length that is much greater than a normal 6-foot-2 player. He is a key guy on blitzes and designated pass-rush situations in his high school, often recording multiple sacks a game. He isn't big enough to move to a defensive end spot, but he could find an early home as a situational pass rusher. Mitchell's length and ability to go sideline to sideline should help him improve his coverage when he gets to college. He has good instincts and is quick to peel off a block. Mitchell has some twitch to him, and although he's pretty raw, his length and athleticism are exactly what schools covet from linebackers.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Nic Mitchell's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 7
player grade - 9/7/2020 Syracuse logo OT Enrique Cruz (Villa Park, IL) commits to Syracuse  View Class


I think Cruz (6-5, 255) might be the best player in the state of Illinois, and I am shocked no Big Ten team snagged him before the Orange did. Cruz has a lot of tools - a great frame, significant athleticism, and good feet and hands - and some exciting upside. Cruz's movement, both his lateral movement and ability to get to the second level, is excellent. He is a natural in pass protection. Cruz plays with good leverage and the proper pad level. He is very technically sound and looks natural. Obviously, Cruz has to put on size, but he has the frame to carry 300 pounds, in my opinion.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Enrique Cruz's Player Grade: B
player grade - 9/7/2020 Colorado logo ATH Ty Robinson (Aurora, CO) commits to Colorado  View Class


Robinson (6-4, 185) is a multi-sport athlete who is going to become a full-time football player when he gets to college. Up until recently. Robinson was looking at playing basketball in college, and his lack of time in football might be why Colorado was able to capitalize with his recruitment. Robinson is going to be a wide receiver and likely an outside one. He had over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. Robinson has great leaping ability and can highpoint the ball. He is still early in his football development and will have to learn the mechanics of being a wide receiver, but the raw skills are very evident.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Ty Robinson's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 9/7/2020 Virginia Tech logo RB Kenji Christian (Pinson, AL) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


Christian (6-2, 194) choosing the Hokies over Ole Miss was a bit of a surprise, and he's the third running back who Virginia Tech has signed in this cycle, which tells me it's unlikely all three will sign with the program. Although all three of the backs have similar builds, Christian is a little taller and has the best combination of speed and power. He runs a little high, but he shows good vision and the ability to find the hole quickly and get to the second level. Christian could solidify his projection as a three-down back with a little more work in the passing game.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Kenji Christian's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 9/7/2020 Kansas logo DB Cam'Ron Dabney (Gainesville, GA) commits to Kansas  View Class


Dabney (5-11, 185) enjoyed a nice surge in his recruitment in the past 30 days, and that included offers from Cincinnati and Kansas. He ended up committing to the Jayhawks over the Bearcats. Dabney is a competitive player and definitely plays like a bigger corner. He can be a little too physical at times, but I think it's a good compliment for him because his top-end speed is good, not great.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Cam'Ron Dabney's Player Grade: C


Sept. 6
player grade - 9/6/2020 Boston College logo ATH Jamareeh Jones (Highland Springs, VA) commits to Boston College  View Class


Jones (6-0, 183) could end up as a defensive back, but his knack for making big plays in high school lined up at quarterback will likely make him a wide receiver at the next level. He is very dynamic in the open field and has the ability to make multiple tackles miss and extend plays. I think Jones could end up in the slot and be very productive there. Boston College coach Jeff Hafley has focused on bringing in explosive, versatile athletes to build the offense around, and Jones should be able to fit that bill.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jamareeh Jones' Player Grade: B-


Sept. 5
player grade - 9/5/2020 Missouri logo DE Kyran Montgomery (Indianapolis, IN) commits to Missouri  View Class


Montgomery (6-4, 231), who is No. 26 on the list of top-30 defensive ends, gives Missouri a nice prospect to help with the pass rush in future years. He saw himself jump on the recruiting radar after a massive junior season in which he recorded over 20 tackles for loss. Montgomery is strong off the snap and at the initial point of contact. Physically, he has a lot of room to grow and gain the strength needed to hold off the bigger offensive tackles he'll face in the SEC. Overall, there's some good upside in Montgomery and the potential to develop into a three-down lineman off the end.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Kyran Montgomery's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 9/5/2020 Virginia Tech logo LB Jack Hollifield (Shelby, NC) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


Hollifield (6-3, 225) has an older brother, Dax, who already plays for Virginia Tech. Jack Hollifield looks like a football player, good - not great - size, but has a good build and toughness. I think Hollifield could end up at mike linebacker or tight end. He is an imposing figure as a box defender and someone who could help out a ton in run defense. Hollifield loves the physical game, and it shows in his tight end film, which is a lot of run blocking and downfield blocking. Those are the sort of things that get a young player on the field early, and I could see Hollifield accomplishing that.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jack Hollifield's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 9/5/2020 Mississippi State logo OT Nick Jones (Byhalia, MS) commits to Mississippi State  View Class


Jones (6-4, 285) is finishing up his time at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi. He is at one of the most successful junior college programs in the nation, and he has gone up against some good competition on the field and in practice. With no eligibility counting this season, Jones should have three years remaining.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Nick Jones' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 9/5/2020 Duke logo RB Trent Davis (Attallla, AL) commits to Duke  View Class


Davis (5-10, 173) is Duke's 16th commitment in the class. He is a multi-threat running back with good hands and an ability to get in space to make plays in the passing game. I wouldn't be surprised to see Davis move to wide receiver full time. As a running back, he seems more like rotational guy than a true three-down back. He will have put on some size when he gets to college and into Duke's strength program.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Trent Davis' Player Grade: C
player grade - 9/5/2020 Kansas State logo DE Ozzie Hoffler (Atlanta, GA) commits to Kansas State  View Class


Hoffler (6-3, 220) is a little undersized for defensive end and goes up against some pretty big offensive linemen on the high school circuit in Atlanta, but he is good against the run. He shows the ability to peel off a block and make a play on the perimeter. Hoffler plays with high effort and shows some good football IQ with his instincts and anticipation. He's going to have to get stronger to fight through blocks at the next level and work on his pass-rushing moves a little more.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Ozzie Hoffler's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 4
player grade - 9/4/2020 Georgia logo DT Marlin Dean (Elberton, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


Dean currently plays at IMG Academy on Bradenton, Florida. He is a two-way lineman who was recruited to be an offensive tackle by several programs. Dean still could play on that side of the line, but he seems to prefer defense and the Bulldogs have been consistently recruiting him as a defensive tackle. He committed to Georgia once and backed away, but this time, it appears to be solid. Dean has great feet, and when he gets his hands and feet in sync, he's a handful for an offensive lineman to deal with. Dean can win battles with quickness, and he is starting to show the power to push linemen back and make the pocket uncomfortable. The Bulldogs emphasize toughness in the trenches, and Dean is a player who can continue that trend.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Marlin Dean's Player Grade: B+

Previously Committed to: Georgia 3/6/2020
player grade - 9/4/2020 Nebraska logo LB Mikal Gbayor (Irvington, NJ) commits to Nebraska  View Class


New Jersey has traditionally been a good state to Nebraska. Former Heisman trophy winner Mike Rozier is a New Jersey prospect, as is former No. 1 pick Irving Fryar, so going back to the Garden State might not be a bad idea for Scott Frost and his staff after they have been hit or miss in the southeast. Gbayor (6-2, 217) is a big, physical linebacker who wants to plug the holes and make plays at the line of scrimmage. He is more of a downhill guy than a sideline-to-sideline guy, but he can contribute in several areas with blitzing and quarterback pressure. Gbayor will definitely need to improve coverage.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Mikal Gbayor's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 9/4/2020 N.C. State logo DE Zyun Reeves (Kernersville, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class


The first things that pops out about Reeves (6-7, 248) are his size and impressive frame. There just aren't too many players in the 2021 class who look like Reeves off the hoof. He's pretty raw and is gaining some experience in high school right now. Reeves is also a very good athlete, with athleticism that still has to be refined and developed into football talent, but the tools are very appealing. The effort shows on film, where he'll chase down plays from behind and seems to add something to his pass-rush repertoire each time. Reeves is a high-ceiling player with serious potential to play in big games on Saturdays and beyond.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Zyun Reeves' Player Grade: B
player grade - 9/4/2020 Tennessee logo OT William Parker (Nashville, TN) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Tennessee's recruiting class is going to have a lot of movement in the coming weeks if the rumors are true, but Parker (6-5, 330) appears to be a solid in-state commitment and is the third offensive tackle the Volunteers have taken in this class. Parker is a good athlete who can allegedly dunk a basketball, but he's pretty raw on the football side. That being said, you can't teach size and Parker has it along with the ability to look dominant at times. He plays with effort and clearly wants to get better. With a little patience, I think Parker has major upside.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
William Parker's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 9/4/2020 Syracuse logo WR Umari Hatcher (Woodbridge, VA) commits to Syracuse  View Class


Hatcher (6-2, 180) is another good player in a sneaky good Syracuse class who might pay dividends 2-3 years down the road when these kids are coming into their own. The Orange is trying to stock up on bigger wide receivers because their offense has a lot of sideline passing. Hatcher is a big receiver who will come down with the ball on the fade routes and be a good weapon in the red zone. I don't think Hatcher is a burner, but he's as fast as he needs to be.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Umari Hatcher's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 3
player grade - 9/3/2020 Arkansas logo WR Ketron Jackson (Royse City, TX) commits to Arkansas  View Class


Jackson (6-2, 185) didn't make the top-30 wide receivers in the autumn update, but he has a good chance in the winter update because he's a potential No. 1 guy. Jackson is tall with very good length and a track background as a triple jumper. He possesses terrific hands and provides a big target with his size and ability to sit down on routes. He's good at the high balls and knows how to win those 50-50 battles. Jackson brings a lot of great raw athleticism and some refinement, but he needs more development. In the end, he's a good, twitchy athlete who can stretch the field and provide a deep vertical threat.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Ketron Jackson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 9/3/2020 Washington logo S Vincent Nunley (Oakley, CA) commits to Washington  View Class


Nunley (6-2, 180) really warmed up on the recruiting trail over the summer, with schools from the Pac-12 and Mountain West making up the majority of his offers. He is a taller, longer safety who does some pretty good work in coverage and at playing the deep safety role. Nunley is a better long-term fit for playing read-and-react than actually getting up and playing man coverage on a wide receiver. Nunley has good physical attributes and a definitive skill set, but he might need a year of seasoning before he sees meaningful snaps.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Vincent Nunley's Player Grade: C+


Sept. 2
player grade - 9/2/2020 Stanford logo WR Jayson Raines (West Orange, NJ) commits to Stanford  View Class


Raines (6-3, 200) was getting a lot of interest and offers from mid-majors and the Ivy Leagues, but he didn't breakthrough with Power Five schools until Virginia came through earlier in the summer. It was the Stanford offer, however, that Raines quickly jumped on. He had almost 50 catches for over 700 yards as a junior. Raines is the first wide receiver Stanford has taken in the 2021 class, and physically, he's built like a true outside guy who could be a major target in the red zone.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jayson Raines' Player Grade: C
player grade - 9/2/2020 Colorado logo ATH Nikko Reed (Hayward, CA) commits to Colorado  View Class


Reed (5-10, 165) has taken on a lot of different roles at his high school, and the Buffaloes took note of that versatility when they extended an offer in the middle of the spring. Expect Reed to move to the defensive side of the ball in college, where he might be able to contribute early as a player in the nickel or dime packages. Reed has pretty good speed and has shown himself to be a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball in high school.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Nikko Reed's Player Grade: C


Sept. 1
player grade - 9/1/2020 Houston logo QB Maddox Kopp (Houston, TX) commits to Houston  View Class


I generally don't do commitments for mid-major programs unless the player is someone that we might hear from 3-4 years later in terms of NFL possibilities. Right now, Kopp (6-5, 210) isn't a top-30 quarterback in this class, but he might be a name that you look at down the road. He has a great build and a frame that will allow him to get a lot bigger. Kopp can make the throws as more of a traditional pocket-passing quarterback, and he made the Elite 11 Finals, where he showed he could compete with the bigger names.

Kopp needs to work on the accuracy and his speed control. There are some mechanical areas that I believe will also be tuned up in college. Kopp is a kid with a high ceiling who has a shot at making a name for himself in college. He has a lot to work with.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Maddox Kopp's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 9/1/2020 Colorado logo P Ashton Logan (Orange, CA) commits to Colorado  View Class


Logan (6-2, 185) is the 10th-ranked punter for the 2021 class, according to Chris Sailer's kicking website. The site goes on to say that Logan "is a great looking athlete with a live leg. He has the ideal from for a D1 college punter. He is averaging 45+ yards, with 4.4+ hang time and shows the ability to hit 50+ yard punters with 5.0+ hang time."


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Ashton Logan's Player Grade: B-


Aug. 31
player grade - 8/31/2020 Tennessee logo OT J'Marion Gooch (Seymour, TN) commits to Tennessee  View Class


Gooch (6-7, 355) committed to Auburn in mid-April, but decided to make the flip to the in-state team. From an earlier evaluation: "Gooch is mountain of a prospect and who fills a high need for tackles for Auburn. Gooch has incredible size, and it shows up in the run-blocking game, where he can use that body to smother defensive linemen. His weight is an issue, especially in the lower body, where he still needs to develop strength to play lower and play with leverage. Gooch isn't a slam dunk as a recruit, but he was a heavily coveted player on the recruiting circuit."


2021 College Recruiting Commit
J'Marion Gooch's Player Grade: B-

Previously Committed to: Auburn 4/16/2020
player grade - 8/31/2020 Utah logo LB Mason Tufaga (Honolulu, HI) commits to Utah  View Class


Tufaga (6-1, 210), the No. 17 inside linebacker in the 2021 class, has been one Utah's top targets for a long time, and this commitment had been expected for a while. He was one of the players who decided against playing football as a senior and will enroll at Utah shortly after Christmas. His junior film shows a stout defender in the box and a kid who can go sideline to sideline to make the plays. His length is greater than his height, and he proves to be tough to throw on in the short middle. Tufaga plays downhill as a well and can get in the gaps to close holes or get through them on a blitz.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Mason Tufaga's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/31/2020 Stanford logo RB Brendon Barrow (Clearwater, FL) commits to Stanford  View Class


I've seen Barrow (5-8, 181) up close a few times because he plays just down the road from where I live. He's a good compact running back with a low center of gravity and a good build that can even add a little more weight in college. He is very explosive of the backfield and gained over 1,000 yards as a junior on just 81 carries. Barrow plays against a lot of overmatched competition, but even against the few good opponents, he shows some real ability. His 40 time is reported at 4.48, which seems about right. He can catch passes out of the backfield and should be a weapon in a short passing game. Barrow can certainly be a contributor at the next level, and with a few tweaks, I think he has the potential to be a three-down back.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Brendon Barrow's Player Grade: C+


Aug. 30
player grade - 8/30/2020 Kentucky logo OL Jäger Burton (Lexington, KY) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Burton (6-4, 272) comes in as the No. 10 interior offensive lineman in the 2021 class, and he continues the recent trend of top in-state targets sticking with Kentucky over heritage programs like Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama. This is a big pickup for the Wildcats, and Burton is a lineman who I believe can start for the Wildcats right away. He is a great athlete who moves extremely well and gets out on the pull. Burton plays with leverage and can get to the second level in the run game. As a pass blocker, Burton has experience playing left tackle in high school. This a big pickup for Kentucky, with Mark Stoops continuing to show he can recruit with anyone.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jäger Burton's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/30/2020 LSU logo TE Jalen Shead (Olive Branch, MS) commits to LSU  View Class


Tight end wasn't a huge concern for LSU this season after taking Arik Gilbert and Kole Taylor in the 2020 class, but injuries have made depth a concern for the next couple of years. Shead (6-4, 240) is a good-looking athlete to be a developmental guy behind Gilbert and someone who can provide additional blocking on the inline. He doesn't need to play immediately, and that's a good thing because he is going to have to improve his overall game. Shead looks the part, and I think there's a good chance he'll be a decent player after some seasoning.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jalen Shead's Player Grade: B-


Aug. 29
player grade - 8/29/2020 LSU logo CB Nathaniel Wiggins (Atlanta, GA) commits to LSU  View Class


Wiggins (6-2, 175) sits at No. 11 on the top cornerbacks list of 2021, and he is the first building block on what is likely to be an excellent secondary class for the Tigers this year. His height and the length should offer up scheme versatility as a safety or a cornerback, and LSU generally like its defensive backs to play both positions at times. Wiggins plays a lot of wide receiver in high school, so the ball skills come to him naturally. He is a twitchy athlete who shows above-average lateral movement and change-of-direction skills. He has the speed to play on the outside and the range to be useful as a safety in the deep middle. Wiggins will need to fill out his frame a little bit, but he's a prospect with blue-chip potential.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Nathaniel Wiggins' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/29/2020 Alabama logo DT Tim Keenan (Birmingham, AL) commits to Alabama  View Class


Keenan (6-2, 335) is a wide body in the middle who will likely be worked in as a nose guard. He is a natural run stuffer and good at plugging the holes. Keenan has a nice motor and shows good fight to get through the numerous double teams he faces during a game. He doesn't have much of a pass rusher and needs to work at getting off blocks and into the backfield. As he is, Keenan is a high-end talent at stopping the run, but he could become a third-down player through work and development.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Tim Keenan's Player Grade: B-


Aug. 28
player grade - 8/28/2020 Nebraska logo TE A.J. Rollins (Omaha, NE) commits to Nebraska  View Class


Rollins (6-6, 220) is a good athlete with a basketball background and gives the Cornhuskers a nice player at the position a few days after Thomas Fidone committed to the programs. Rollins has a big frame, and I think he's going to put on 35-40 pounds when it's all said and done. He is still developing his football skills, and on film, he shows nice aggressiveness as a blocker. If Rollins can make some improvements as a receiver, he could be a name to watch out for a few years from now.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
A.J. Rollins' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/28/2020 Washington State logo WR Joseph Manjack (Tomball, TX) commits to Washington State  View Class


Manjack (6-3, 200) committed to SMU back on May 5 and backed away from that commitment during the middle of the summer. He is a two-sport athlete and has posted good numbers in track. Manjack is a built like an outside receiver. He can high point the ball well and shows ability to make plays after the catch, which was a big reason he had over 1,200 receiving yards as a junior. Manjack has good long speed to stretch the defense out vertically and good hands to make the catches in tight spaces.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Joseph Manjack's Player Grade: C+


Aug. 27
player grade - 8/27/2020 Ohio State logo DT Tyleik Williams (Manassas, VA) commits to Ohio State  View Class


Williams (6-3, 323), No. 14 among defensive tackles in the 2021 class, carries his weight extremely well and looks longer than his 6-foot-3 listed height. His backside pursuit and closing speed are at a high level. Williams is quick off the snap and ready to deliver a blow at the point of contact and quickly get upfield. I'd like to see more from Williams in terms of his short-space strength and the ability to push a blocker in to the backfield with the bull rush. Those are things that Williams should be able to develop over time. He'll start out as a situational player and grow into a three-down lineman.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Tyleik Williams' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/27/2020 Miami logo ATH Chase Smith (Palm Bay, FL) commits to Miami  View Class


Smith (6-3, 200) continues Miami's current trend of recruiting bigger, longer athletes who provide a ton of versatility. It worked out with Gregory Rousseau, who was a safety and wide receiver in high school before becoming the top pass rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft class. Smith is at a similar size than Rousseau, although I think he'll end up as an outside linebacker. He could play deep safety or line up on the outside as a wide receiver. He offers some options in coverage, but he looks most comfortable rushing off the edge in a stand-up role. Smith is a player who could move around a lot and is an attractive piece for a creative defensive coordinator to use.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Chase Smith's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/27/2020 Duke logo LB Trey Brown (Phoenix, AZ) commits to Duke  View Class


Listed an an outside linebacker, Brown (6-3, 208) could be used in a stand-up role off the edge or eventually grow into a defensive end and put his hand in the ground. He has some twitch to him, although he shows stiffness in changing directions. There are areas that Brown has to get better at like playing with more integrity against the run and his timing in coverage. He does have some legitimate pass-rush skills and an ability to make a flash play in the backfield.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Trey Brown's Player Grade: C


Aug. 26
player grade - 8/26/2020 Nebraska logo TE Thomas Fidone (Council Bluffs, IA) commits to Nebraska  View Class


Nebraska has been on the hunt for a big-time tight end and got its guy when Fidone, the No. 3 tight end in the 2021 class, picked the program over Iowa and LSU. It's frustrating that the All-American Bowl - and Under Armor All-America Game - are canceled this year, because I want to see Fidone against top competition to make sure my eyes aren't completely deceiving me. At worst, he's a top 3-4 tight end in the nation, but Fidone does things that make me think he's the best tight end in the country as well. He can line up in the slot, on the outside, and even in the backfield if you want. He's a playmaker anywhere and a matchup nightmare. He isn't afraid to block, although he'll need more reps as an inline blocker. Fidone is a high-level athlete and a potential game-changer on offense for Nebraska.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Thomas Fidone's Player Grade: A-
player grade - 8/26/2020 UCLA logo OL Noah Pulealii (Salinas, CA) commits to UCLA  View Class


Pulealii (6-3, 317) is a no-frills blocker who shows some plus-level athleticism as a right tackle when he is making plays in space and getting to the next level. He is likely to kick inside in college and play guard because of his length. He is strong in the lower body and can push defensive linemen out of the picture when he really gets his legs churning. Pulealii isn't necessarily explosive off the snap, but he can deliver a real blow at the point of contact. I think UCLA may have found a gem and a true 2-3-year starter on the line.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Noah Pulealii's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/26/2020 Kansas logo ATH James Wright (Sumter, SC) commits to Kansas  View Class


Wright (6-1, 192) is the 21st commitment for the Jayhawks after he backed away from his commitment to East Carolina a few days prior. Wright has some nice length; he follows the trend of Les Miles recruiting longer and bigger athletes on defense. He can run a little and shows some good athleticism. Wright plays several positions in high school and could also end up at wide receiver.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
James Wright's Player Grade: C


Aug. 25
player grade - 8/25/2020 Kansas State logo S Krew Jackson (Queen Creek, AZ) commits to Kansas State  View Class


For a long time, Arizona State and Boston College were thought to be the favorites for Jackson (6-4, 200), but Kansas State made its offer in the spring and stuck with Jackson until he committed. I'm curious if Jackson is a long-term fit in the secondary. He is already at a linebacker's size and is going to gain weight just by being in a college strength program. I wouldn't be surprised if Jackson comes in as an outside linebacker and goes from there.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Krew Jackson's Player Grade: C
player grade - 8/25/2020 Rutgers logo DE Ryan Keeler (La Grange Park, IL) commits to Rutgers  View Class


So much of Greg Schiano's first non-transitional class at Rutgers has been focused on the lines and finding prospects who can contribute as freshmen. Keeler (6-5, 250) definitely looks the part and shows some good skills as a two-way lineman during his junior season. His high school season has been pushed to the spring, but he is likely to enroll at Rutgers early instead of playing. The lack of reps could certainly hinder Keeler's development, but enrolling early and getting a full spring under Schiano might prove to counter that.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Ryan Keeler's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/25/2020 Stanford logo S Jaden Slocum (Alpharetta, GA) commits to Stanford  View Class


Slocum (6-2, 180) is one of those prospects who I think would've really be elevated on the national scene with an offseason to hit the camps. Stanford might've gotten itself a prospect that the Alabamas, Ohio States and Clemsons of the world would be fighting over. He is a great athlete who plays on both sides of the ball and returns kicks. Slocum seems to have an endless motor. He is most comfortable as a defender in the box, playing up on the line of scrimmage and going downhill. Slocum can play the run, come up on the line on a blitz or play coverage and use his plus-level ball skills to create opportunities for the defense. He is a very good prospect who has all-conference potential.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jaden Slocum's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/25/2020 Virginia Tech logo TE Jared Gibble (Winston-Salem, NC) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


Gibble (6-4, 225) was committed to Charlotte for much of the spring and summer before making the flip to Virginia Tech when the Hokies' staff extended an offer. He has been primarily used on the inline in high school, and that should mean good things for early reps because Virginia Tech runs a lot of twin-tight sets and uses an inline tight end heavily in the offense otherwise. Gibble doesn't have much of a profile as a receiver, but he can run and reportedly ran a 4.7 at Virginia Tech's camp in 2019, which got him on the map with that coaching staff. Gibble is a good blocker and a developmental prospect as a receiver, but he has some tools to work with.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jared Gibble's Player Grade: C


Aug. 24
player grade - 8/24/2020 Georgia logo CB De'Jahn Warren (Hyattsville, MD) commits to Georgia  View Class


Warren attends Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was a junior college All-American in 2019 after recording 35 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles as a freshman and chose Georgia over Penn State and Maryland. Warren plans on enrolling at Georgia in January and will have three years of eligibility remaining.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
De'Jahn Warren's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/24/2020 Arizona State logo OL Ezra Dotson-Oyetade (Garland, TX) commits to Arizona State  View Class


The Sun Devils dipped into Texas to grab Dotson-Oyetade (6-3, 285), the No. 13 interior offensive lineman in the 2021 class and a potential center of the future. Dotson-Oyelade is a bit of a junkyard dog, which I love. He has short-area strength and doesn't mind bullying blockers around when he gets the chance. He is a very aggressive player with a defined mean streak. Dotson-Oyelade is good off the snap and strong as the point of contact. He moves well and is athletic enough to make plays in space. Dotson-Oyelade is definitely a player to build an offensive line class around.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Ezra Dotson-Oyetade's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/24/2020 Nebraska logo S Koby Bretz (Omaha, NE) commits to Nebraska  View Class


Bretz (6-2, 185) is one of the top players in Nebraska during this cycle and a big in-state commitment for the Cornhuskers. One of the film clips that got fans excited about Bretz saw him coming from across the field to stop a ball-carrier from scoring at the 1-yard line and delivering a knockout hit that forced a fumble and a turnover. Nebraska could use some playmakers on the defense, and Bretz could make things happen as a big safety or potentially safety/linebacker hybrid. Bretz flashes some promising potential at deep safety. He is good at tracking the ball and taking the right angles to make the play.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Koby Bretz's Player Grade: B-


Aug. 23
player grade - 8/23/2020 Arizona logo RB James Bohls (San Clemente, CA) commits to Arizona  View Class


There's some belief that injuries have kept Bohls (6-1, 200) from being one of the top running backs in this class overall. He already has college-ready size, and reports are that he is closer to 210 pounds. Bohls has verified times around 11 seconds in the 100-meter dash as an underclassman. He has a combination of size and speed that looks tough to handle. Arm tacklers have no chance against him in short space, and his highlight film is full of runs inside 15 yards where he breaks multiple tackles to get in the end zone. Is defense a possibility for Bohls? I could certainly see a fit at linebacker, especially for a program that needs them. But if Bohls stays at running back, that's fine too.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
James Bohls' Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/23/2020 Kansas State logo OL Andrew Leingang (Bismarck, ND) commits to Kansas State  View Class


Leingang (6-5, 265) really saw his recruitment take off in the summer when Minnesota, Stanford and Arizona State were among the schools that made scholarship offers. Kansas State, however, was Leingang's first offer from a Power Five program, and that proved to be enough to push the Wildcats over the top in this recruiting battle.

Leingang provides some good versatility with his ability to play guard and tackle. I think athletically guard is probably a better fit for Leingang at the next level, but right tackle isn't out of the question. Leingang is a no-frills blocker who showed significant improvement between his sophomore and junior film. He is a tough competitor and fits in well with the style of football Chris Klieman is putting together at Kansas State.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Andrew Leingang's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/23/2020 Minnesota logo CB Justin Walley (Biloxi, MS) commits to Minnesota  View Class


Minnesota dipped into the Sun Belt states to find Walley (5-10, 185) with the hopes of his skill set fitting into their secondary plans. Walley is a two-way player and shows some nice hands at wide receiver along with some playmaking skills. Defensively, however, is where Walley shines. He has pretty good ball skills and is active with his hands, both as a the pass catcher and in making challenges on the ball when it's in the air. Walley can run and plays with some real aggression on defense. He can play on the edge or line up in the slot. Walley moves well in short spaces and can stay on a wide receiver's hip. I think he has a chance to be a strong contributor.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Justin Walley's Player Grade: C+


Aug. 22
player grade - 8/22/2020 Oklahoma logo DE Kelvin Gilliam (Highland Springs, VA) commits to Oklahoma  View Class


Gilliam (6-3, 255) is the No. 15 defensive tackle in the 2021 class. He does, however, have the length and skill set to play off the edge. I feel like Gilliam will probably end up around 280 pounds and slide to the inside as a three-technique. Gilliam has real good strength and shows flashes of being able to overpower offensive linemen at the high school level. He is quick enough off the edge to pose problems for offensive tackles at the next level.

Gilliam is kind of a tweener, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. But the skill set will work itself out either way, and that should be a good thing for the future of the Oklahoma defensive line.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Kelvin Gilliam's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/22/2020 Michigan State logo OL Geno VanDeMark (Montvale, NJ) commits to Michigan State  View Class


VanDeMark (6-5, 290) plays a lot of tackle in high school, but I don't think he'll have the quickness to do it in college. He has good size and power in short spaces, which should help him with his future as a guard. I like the way VanDeMark drives off the snap, and he's good at the point of contact. VanDeMark has a lot of potential as a run blocker with his strength and leg drive. In pass protection, he's a bit of a question mark given his below-average movement. He is pretty stiff with his bend and at getting out of his stance, so there are some areas to work on.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Geno VanDeMark's Player Grade: C
player grade - 8/22/2020 Texas logo QB Charles Wright (Austin, TX) commits to Texas  View Class


Texas found itself in an interesting quandary with its 2021 quarterback class. The Longhorns originally had a commitment from Jalen Milroe to go along with their commitment in the 2020 class from Ja'Quinden Jackson. Milroe, however, decided to flip to Alabama to fill that program's hole at quarterback, and Texas decided to pursue top 2022 quarterback Quinn Ewers and go with Wright as its 2021 arm.

Wright was originally committed to Iowa State, having made a pledge to the Cyclones in late February. From a previous evaluation: Wright plays against some of the better competition in Texas, so he's battle-tested. He has decent arm strength and a very good accuracy, especially when he's throwing in tight windows or at difficult angles.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Charles Wright's Player Grade: C+

Previously Committed to: Iowa State 2/27/2020
player grade - 8/22/2020 Kansas logo DL Tommy Dunn (Garland, TX) commits to Kansas  View Class


Dunn (6-3, 275) is still listed as a defensive end, but he's up to nearly 275 pounds now and will be sliding to the inside. He's played a role as more of a swing defensive lineman, moving inside or outside depending on the matchups. Dunn shows some good phone booth strength, and he is willing to fight through blockers to get to the backfield and make plays. He also plays on the offensive line and could find a home as an offensive guard. Dunn will likely fill a hole that Kansas has on either side of the line.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Tommy Dunn's Player Grade: C
player grade - 8/22/2020 Boston College logo ATH Cole Batson (San Clemente, CA) commits to Boston College  View Class


Boston College pulls another athlete from the west coast. This time it's Batson (6-3, 188), who was committed to Arizona from mid-June through mid-August. From an earlier evaluation: I believe outside linebacker will eventually be Batson's primary spot because he can run pretty well, somewhere in the 4.6-4.7-second range. He has exceptional length and the ability to defend and tackle in space. He has the skill set to be a coverage-based outside linebacker who could develop into a situational pass rusher.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Cole Batson's Player Grade: C+

Previously Committed to: Arizona 6/14/2020
player grade - 8/22/2020 Syracuse logo DT Elijah Fuentes (Bronx, NY) commits to Syracuse  View Class


Syracuse continues to put together a defensive line class that I believe has a lot of upside and potential. Fuentes (6-3, 262) is the sixth defensive lineman committed to the Orange this cycle, and they have gotten guys who can play end, play on the inside, and a couple who might be able to do both.

Fuentes is definitely going to play on the inside. He doesn't go against the highest level of competition, but I love Fuentes' short-space strength and the way and the way he holds his ground on the line. He shows the ability to eat up space, fill holes and also get in the backfield and chase down the quarterback. Like most of Syracuse's defensive line class, Fuentes has real upside and could be a steal.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Elijah Fuentes' Player Grade: C+


Aug. 21
player grade - 8/21/2020 Auburn logo S Ahmari Harvey (Tallahassee, FL) commits to Auburn  View Class


Harvey (5-11, 178) is the No. 10-rated safety in the 2021 class, and he chose Auburn over a final group that included Texas A&M and Florida State. He is an interesting piece in the secondary because he can provide some opportunities in a cornerback role, probably in the slot or in the nickel package.

Harvey has some ridiculous ball skills. He's basically an offensive skill player in the backfield once the ball is in the air. And if he can get the turnover, Harvey is trying to take it the other way. He is a very exciting player who is fun to watch and should continue to have that same playmaking mentality when he gets to college. Harvey gambles a little bit at times, but I think the risk is worth the reward with his style.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Ahmari Harvey's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/21/2020 Mississippi logo WR Drew Donley (Frisco, TX) commits to Ole Miss  View Class


Donley (6-2, 181) has legitimate track speed and will be part of future Lane Kiffin offenses that will try to stretch the field with the vertical passing game. Right now, Donley is primarily a deep threat as a receiver. He runs a lot of nine routes and deep posts. He'll have to add a route tree with short and intermediate routes as a senior, and when he gets to college, but make no mistake about it, Donley is going to be used to blow the top off a secondary.

Donley has football in his blood, as his father Doug Donley was a wide receiver for Ohio State in the late '70s. The younger Donley is still in the development phase, but he has speed to burn, and that's a key asset for Kiffin's offense.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Drew Donley's Player Grade: C+


Aug. 19
player grade - 8/19/2020 Vanderbilt logo OL Gunnar Hansen (Fort Lauderdale, FL) commits to Vanderbilt  View Class


It's never a bad idea to take a flyer on an offensive line prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The school has such a rich history of producing good offensive line prospects that Hansen (6-5, 305) was bound to have a Power Five program make him an offer.

Hansen is a decent run blocker with a legitimate mean streak. He's also pretty young. Hansen's 17 and won't turn 18 for a few more months, so there's plenty of time to develop him. Hansen has the size; he's receiving good coaching in high school and plays against quality opponents in practice and on Fridays. It might take a couple years, but I wouldn't be surprised if Hansen develops into a quality contributor.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Gunnar Hansen's Player Grade: C


Aug. 17
player grade - 8/17/2020 Alabama logo QB Jalen Milroe (Katy, TX) commits to Alabama  View Class


After over a year of being committed to Texas, Milroe (6-1, 190), the No. 12 quarterback in the 2021 class, flipped to Alabama. The Crimson Tide were looking for an arm after Drake Maye backed out of his committed to Alabama for North Carolina.

Milroe is more of a pure dual-threat quarterback with the ability to run as a way to escape pressure and stay in the pocket, but also as a way to make big plays on the ground. He has a big arm and the ability to get the ball down the field and stretch out the defense. Milroe can complete the mid-level routes too. At times, however, he could show more touch with his passes and not always throw the fastball. Overall with Alabama going to more of a quarterback-friendly explosive offense, Milroe looks like a solid fit.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Jalen Milroe's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/17/2020 Mississippi logo WR Cameron Brady (Arlington, TX) commits to Ole Miss  View Class


Brady (6-2, 195) was committed to Central Florida for a couple of months, but he backed out of that commitment about a week before declaring for Ole Miss. Lane KIffin likes big, physical receivers who can dominate defensive backs on the intermediate routes and are tough to defend in the red zone. Check and Check. Brady not only has these traits, but he has a good first-step and enough top-end speed to be a factor in the vertical game to stretch out the defense. He has a good frame and a catch radius that makes him an inviting target.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Cameron Brady's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/17/2020 Georgia logo CB Javon Bullard (Milledgeville, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class


Bullard (6-0, 185) is the first cornerback who the Bulldogs have taken in this class. He looks like a player who could contribute as a boundary corner and also possibly play some safety. Bullard returns kicks in high school and looks like he has some speed, although his acceleration isn't anything impressive. He is good at tracking the ball on downfield throws while also keeping one eye on the quarterback. Bullard is a physical player who does honest work in run support. He is little stiff with the transition from backpedalling and flipping his hips.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Javon Bullard's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/17/2020 Kentucky logo CB Maxwell Hairston (West Bloomfield, MI) commits to Kentucky  View Class


Kentucky adds some length and athleticism on the back end with the commitment of Hairston. He can run and has the ability to play tight coverage on a wide receiver and stay in their back pocket.

Hairston is very competitive and always up for the challenge of a one-on-one situation. He can play press coverage and keeps his eye on the football, although he can still get caught not looking at times. Hairston needs to continue to develop his ball skills, but has playmaking ability when he can generate a turnover. I think Hairston will also be able to contribute in the special teams return game.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Maxwell Hairston's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/17/2020 Auburn logo CB Kamal Hadden (River Rouge, MI) commits to Auburn  View Class


Hadden (6-2, 185) is one of the top junior college defensive backs in the nation and chose the Tigers over West Virginia and Texas Tech. He could play either cornerback or safety. Hadden had 21 tackles, eight pass breakups and three forced fumbles for Independence Community College. With junior college football suspended for the fall, Hadden is finishing up his classes and plans to enroll in January, and he will have four years to complete three years of eligibility.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Kamal Hadden's Player Grade: B


Aug. 16
player grade - 8/16/2020 Notre Dame logo LB Wil Schweitzer (Los Gatos, CA) commits to Notre Dame  View Class


Schweitzer (6-4, 215) committed to Nebraska in June, but later in the summer, rumors persisted that he could flip if Notre Dame offered. The rumors turned out to be true as Schweitzer flipped as soon as the Notre Dame offer came through. From an earlier evaluation: Schweitzer is a natural edge rusher, but his size will force some creativity to find places for him on the field. He has the quickness to be capable in coverage, but I think he lacks the experience to do it consistently. Schweitzer might not be big enough to put his hand in the ground, but he can definitely rush the passer.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Wil Schweitzer's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/16/2020 Nebraska logo ATH Kamonte Grimes (Naples, FL) commits to Nebraska  View Class



Grimes is a good athlete, and right now, I think Nebraska is going to bring him in the program and see how it works out. My gut feeling is that Grimes will end up on defense.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Kamonte Grimes' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/16/2020 Maryland logo RB Roman Hemby (Bel Air, MD) commits to Maryland  View Class


Hemby (6-0, 195) is a power back who can move the chains and take on a heavy workload. He has adequate speed, but nothing special at the top end. Hemby is a strong, tough runner who tends to get stronger as he accumulates carries throughout the game. There isn't much flash to Hemby's game. He likes to go downhill and get through the first opening he sees. Once Hemby gets into a college weight programm he'll get to over 200 pounds and be ever tougher to tackle.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Roman Hemby's Player Grade: C
player grade - 8/16/2020 Wisconsin logo WR Skyler Bell (Watertown, CT) commits to Wisconsin  View Class


Bel (6-1, 187) chose the Badgers over offers from Rutgers, West Virginia and Iowa. He is a two-sport athlete with an impressive vertical leap, as shown by his basketball highlights and the way he can elevate to dunk the ball. Bell can line up on the outside or in the slot, but I think he'll become more of an outside wide receiver over time. He runs good routes and focuses on doing the right things to get open and provide a welcome target.

Bell has good hands and is tough on the contested balls, which will make him an inviting option in the red zone. As Bell gets bigger in a college weight program, he should work out as a nice, physical outside receiver.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Skyler Bell's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/16/2020 Michigan State logo DE Alex Okelo (Nashville, TN) commits to Michigan State  View Class


Okelo (6-5, 223) is a two-sport athlete who will likely narrow his focus to football once he gets to college. He has great length, long arms, a long reach and good footwork all from his days of playing basketball. Okelo is still learning a lot of the nuances of being a pass rusher after taking a couple of years off from playing football. He has natural athleticism and will need a lot of reps as a senior to find more comfort on the field and continue his development. Okelo has some raw tools that need to be developed over time.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Alex Okelo's Player Grade: C+


Aug. 15
player grade - 8/15/2020 Alabama logo CB Khyree Jackson (Upper Marlboro, MD) commits to Alabama  View Class


Jackson (6-3, 195) attends East Mississippi College in Scooba, Miss. All of the SEC powers were in on Jackson, with Alabama eventually beating out Georgia, Oklahoma and Auburn and several other top programs for his services. He has great size and the ability to make an instant impact at cornerback or safety. Jackson should have three years of eligibility remaining.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Khyree Jackson's Player Grade: B
player grade - 8/15/2020 Georgia Tech logo S Sirad Bryant (Cordele, GA) commits to Georgia Tech  View Class


Bryant (6-1, 185) gives the Georgia Tech staff another big recruiting win, choosing the Yellow Jackets over a final group that included Ole Miss, Nebraska, South Florida and Tennessee. He has great size and length combined with some intriguing athleticism. Size has been the key for Georgia Tech's recruiting under Geoff Collins - getting bigger athletes at nearly every position on the field.

Bryant has six interceptions as a junior, showing off his ball skills, and an ability to track the ball while playing in one of the deep safety roles. He's big enough to be a factor on run defense as well. Bryant should be an early contributor once he gets in the program.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Sirad Bryant's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/15/2020 Virginia Tech logo OT Canon Boone (Dickinson, TX) commits to Virginia Tech  View Class


Boone (6-4, 280) is a physical player who looks like he could probably meaningful snaps as a guard or a right tackle. He doesn't have the ideal height for tackle, but he has really quick hands and a good coordination that make him tough on the outside. Boone is big enough and strong enough to hold his own, and I think he has the tools to be a good drive blocker. In general, Boone is a tough competitor with a good nasty streak who can play well in space. He will have to continue get more aggressive with finishing blocks at the next level too.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Canon Boone's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 8/15/2020 Alabama logo DE Monkell Goodwine (Fort Washington, MD) commits to Alabama  View Class


Goodwine (6-4, 261) is the No. 12 defensive end in the 2021 class. With his size, it's certainly a question if he'll stay on the edge or make a move to the inside. In a three-man front, Goodwine could stay on the outside, although he'll need to improve his play off the snap.

Goodwine has a good burst and can overpower smaller linemen. His biggest strength comes from effort, giving him the ability to maximize his output on every play. Goodwine is never out of the play; he'll get into the backfield or track the play down from behind. He's not a physical or athletic freak, but he has a quality skill set that will continue to be developed.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Monkell Goodwine's Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/15/2020 Texas A&M logo DE Marcus Burris (Texarkana, TX) commits to Texas A&M  View Class


Burris (6-4, 275) is the No. 11 defensive end in the 2021 class, but with a recent weight gain, he looks more like a defensive tackle at the next level. He is a physical player who gets off the snap well and makes his presence known at the point of contact. With an expected move to three-technique, Burris will have to be better at shedding blockers and backside pursuit. He has the strength and ability to be overpowering on every snap, but consistency is still an issue. Burris will want to make some improvements on his technique at the next level, where he won't be every to win battles at the line on our strength alone.


2021 College Recruiting Commit
Marcus Burris' Player Grade: B+
player grade - 8/15/2020 Florida State logo WR Malik McClain (Daphne, AL) commits to Florida State  View Class


McClain (6-4, 195) has a big frame, is well-suited for an outside wide receiver and times around 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash that have been verified. He can stretch the field with ease and is dangerous on the nine routes. McClain possesses plenty of natural athleticism and ability, but he's still pretty underdeveloped in terms of being a football player. He is going to have to learn how to run routes more efficiently and become more consistent with his hands. McClain does give an honest effort and is a willing blocker on the edge. He has a lot of tools, but he needs work and reps to become more of a physical threat as a receiver instead of just being a deep threat.


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Malik McClain's Player Grade: B-
player grade - 8/15/2020 Washington State logo DE Raam Stevenson Jr. (Arlington, TX) commits to Washington State  View Class


Stevenson (6-3, 207) is an undersized rush end with pretty long arms and a nice burst to come off the edge. His long, lean frame should allow plenty of weight to be added. Stevenson is very twitchy, and he's tough to for an offensive lineman to get a hold of. When he can avoid the contact coming off the edge, he has good closing speed into the backfield. Stevenson needs to add the strength and mass to fight off blocks. There is some upside and potential to Stevenson as a rusher on the weak side.


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Raam Stevenson Jr.'s Player Grade: C
player grade - 8/15/2020 Indiana logo WR Jaquez Smith (Atlanta, GA) commits to Indiana  View Class


Smith (6-1, 190) just missed the cut for the top-30 wide receivers, he's right on the fringe and I would definitely say he is among the top 35 wide receivers in the nation. He is very good in short space and runs short quick routes that can get him in space to make plays after the catch. Smith's size is good and he is functionally strong with the ability to break arm tackles and fight for extra yardage. He is a tough competitor that will initiate the contact rather than go out of bounds. Smith's top-end speed isn't anything special, but he is a high-volume pass catcher that will provide rewards with a increased opportunities.


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Jaquez Smith's Player Grade: B


Aug. 14
player grade - 8/14/2020 Auburn logo WR Malcolm Johnson Jr. (Alexandria, VA) commits to Auburn  View Class


Johnson (6-1, 190) should project out to be a classic outside wide receiver. He has a good frame that should allow him to add 15-20 pounds, and he plays like a big receiver. Johnson likes to push defensive backs off when he comes off the snap and make them recover to stay with him. He is a good route runner who can break out on the short routes and offer a large catch radius.

Johnson can go deep as well and stretch the field. He appears even faster than his recorded 4.6 time. Johnson will go up and grab the 50-50 balls. He is going into an offense that is a good potential fit. Johnson has a shot to be a quality college wide receiver.


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Malcolm Johnson Jr.'s Player Grade: B-


Aug. 13
player grade - 8/13/2020 California logo TE Keleki Latu (Carmichael, CA) commits to California  V