player grade - 7/4/2021ATH 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 - 7/4/2021QB 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 - 7/4/2021TE 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 - 7/4/2021ATH 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 - 7/4/2021DL 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 - 7/4/2021RB 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 - 7/4/2021RB 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 - 7/4/2021RB 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
player grade - 7/3/2021CB 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 - 7/3/2021S 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 - 7/3/2021DL 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 - 7/3/2021LB 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 - 7/3/2021OT 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 - 7/3/2021CB 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 - 7/3/2021OL 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 - 7/3/2021OL 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 - 7/3/2021CB 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
player grade - 7/2/2021TE 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 - 7/2/2021OT 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 - 7/2/2021OT 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 - 7/2/2021OT 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 - 7/2/2021K 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 - 7/2/2021OL 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 - 7/2/2021ATH 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 - 7/2/2021WR 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
player grade - 7/1/2021DL 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 - 7/1/2021DL 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 - 7/1/2021ATH 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 - 7/1/2021WR 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 - 7/1/2021TE 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 - 7/1/2021WR 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 - 7/1/2021OT 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 - 7/1/2021DE 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 - 7/1/2021LB 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+
player grade - 6/30/2021CB 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 - 6/30/2021OT 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 - 6/30/2021DL 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 - 6/30/2021CB 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 - 6/30/2021OT 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
player grade - 6/29/2021ATH 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 - 6/29/2021OT 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 - 6/29/2021TE 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 - 6/29/2021TE 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 - 6/29/2021LB 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 - 6/29/2021RB 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+
player grade - 6/28/2021RB 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 - 6/28/2021TE 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 - 6/28/2021QB 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 - 6/28/2021QB 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 - 6/28/2021OT 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 - 6/28/2021DL 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+
player grade - 6/27/2021LB 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 - 6/27/2021CB 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 - 6/27/2021DL 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 - 6/27/2021S 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+
player grade - 6/27/2021WR 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 - 6/27/2021S 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 - 6/27/2021TE 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 - 6/27/2021OL 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 - 6/27/2021OL 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 - 6/27/2021DL 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-
player grade - 6/26/2021ATH 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 - 6/26/2021DL 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 - 6/26/2021OT 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 - 6/26/2021ATH 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 - 6/26/2021LB 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 - 6/26/2021OT 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 - 6/26/2021LB 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 - 6/26/2021LB 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 - 6/26/2021OL 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 - 6/26/2021OL 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 - 6/26/2021OT 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 - 6/26/2021CB 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+
player grade - 6/25/2021DL 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 - 6/25/2021QB 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 - 6/25/2021DL 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 - 6/25/2021S 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 - 6/25/2021DE/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 - 6/25/2021ATH 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
player grade - 6/24/2021RB 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 - 6/24/2021OL 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 - 6/24/2021ATH 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 - 6/24/2021ATH 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-
player grade - 6/23/2021QB 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-
player grade - 6/20/2021RB 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 - 6/20/2021WR 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 - 6/20/2021WR 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 - 6/20/2021LB 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 - 6/20/2021LB 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 - 6/20/2021CB 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 - 6/20/2021CB 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+
player grade - 6/19/2021CB 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
player grade - 6/19/2021OT 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 - 6/19/2021TE 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 - 6/19/2021LB 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 - 6/19/2021LB 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 - 6/19/2021DL 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 - 6/19/2021ATH 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+
player grade - 6/18/2021CB 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 - 6/18/2021QB 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 - 6/18/2021RB 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+
player grade - 6/17/2021S 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 - 6/17/2021DL 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 - 6/17/2021RB 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 - 6/17/2021CB 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+
player grade - 6/16/2021DE 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 - 6/16/2021CB 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 - 6/16/2021WR 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 - 6/16/2021ATH 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 - 6/16/2021ATH 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 - 6/16/2021CB 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+
player grade - 6/15/2021DL 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 - 6/15/2021WR 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 - 6/15/2021LB 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 - 6/15/2021K 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 - 6/15/2021OT 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-
player grade - 6/14/2021K 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 - 6/14/2021RB 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 - 6/14/2021QB 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 - 6/14/2021DL 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 - 6/14/2021DL/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
player grade - 6/13/2021CB 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-
player grade - 6/13/2021S 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 - 6/13/2021RB 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 - 6/13/2021DE/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
player grade - 6/12/2021ATH 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-
player grade - 6/11/2021RB 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 - 6/11/2021OL 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+
player grade - 6/10/2021TE 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 - 6/10/2021OT 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
player grade - 6/9/2021S 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
player grade - 6/8/2021LB 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 - 6/8/2021LB 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 - 6/8/2021LB 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 - 6/8/2021DL 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
player grade - 6/7/2021WR 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 - 6/7/2021DL 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 - 6/7/2021OL 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+
player grade - 6/6/2021RB 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 - 6/6/2021DL 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 - 6/6/2021DL 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 - 6/6/2021DL 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-
player grade - 6/5/2021QB 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
player grade - 6/4/2021LB/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 - 6/4/2021DL 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
player grade - 6/3/2021QB 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
player grade - 6/1/2021OL 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-
player grade - 5/31/2021WR 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
player grade - 5/27/2021WR 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 - 5/27/2021CB 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 - 5/27/2021WR 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+
player grade - 5/26/2021WR 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 - 5/26/2021OL 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 - 5/26/2021OT 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+
player grade - 5/25/2021P 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
player grade - 5/23/2021ATH 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-
player grade - 5/21/2021S 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+
player grade - 5/20/2021OT 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-
player grade - 5/16/2021S 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+
player grade - 5/14/2021DT 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 - 5/14/2021DE/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-
player grade - 5/13/2021ATH 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
player grade - 5/10/2021ATH 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 - 5/10/2021OT 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 - 5/10/2021LB 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 - 5/10/2021OT 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-
player grade - 5/8/2021TE 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 - 5/8/2021QB 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 - 5/8/2021TE 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+
player grade - 5/7/2021OT 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 - 5/7/2021ATH 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-
player grade - 5/5/2021CB 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 - 5/5/2021S 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+
player grade - 5/3/2021LB 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 - 5/3/2021LB 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-
player grade - 5/2/2021ATH 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 - 5/2/2021QB 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 - 5/2/2021TE 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-
player grade - 5/1/2021LB 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 - 5/1/2021OT 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 - 5/1/2021DE 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+
player grade - 4/30/2021QB 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 - 4/30/2021CB 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 - 4/30/2021QB 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 - 4/30/2021WR 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 - 4/30/2021LB 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
player grade - 4/29/2021RB 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 - 4/29/2021TE 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
player grade - 4/28/2021QB 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 - 4/28/2021QB 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 - 4/28/2021TE 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
player grade - 4/27/2021OL 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+
player grade - 4/26/2021QB 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 - 4/26/2021OT 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+
player grade - 4/25/2021ATH 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 - 4/25/2021WR 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-
player grade - 4/24/2021CB 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 - 4/24/2021QB 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+
player grade - 4/23/2021S 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
player grade - 4/21/2021ATH 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 - 4/21/2021OL 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 - 4/21/2021WR 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
player grade - 4/20/2021WR 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 - 4/20/2021TE 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+
player grade - 4/18/2021OL 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-
player grade - 4/17/2021OT 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-
player grade - 4/16/2021WR 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-
player grade - 4/15/2021TE 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 - 4/15/2021ATH/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 - 4/15/2021DE 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 - 4/15/2021DT 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
player grade - 4/14/2021OL 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 - 4/14/2021TE 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 - 4/14/2021LB 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 - 4/14/2021OL 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+
player grade - 4/13/2021CB 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
player grade - 4/12/2021RB 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 - 4/12/2021S 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+
player grade - 4/11/2021S 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+
player grade - 4/10/2021RB/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 - 4/10/2021DE 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 - 4/10/2021QB 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+
player grade - 4/9/2021QB 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 - 4/9/2021DT 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 - 4/9/2021LB 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+
player grade - 4/8/2021QB 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 - 4/8/2021WR 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 - 4/8/2021K 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-
player grade - 4/5/2021QB 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 - 4/5/2021CB 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-
player grade - 4/4/2021QB 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 - 4/4/2021WR 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+
player grade - 4/1/2021OT 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 - 4/1/2021WR 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 - 4/1/2021OT 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-
player grade - 3/31/2021RB 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 - 3/31/2021WR 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 - 3/31/2021P 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
player grade - 3/29/2021QB 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 - 3/29/2021RB 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+
player grade - 3/28/2021LB 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 - 3/28/2021S 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+
player grade - 3/27/2021CB 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 - 3/27/2021OL 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 - 3/27/2021DT 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
player grade - 3/26/2021S 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 - 3/26/2021DE 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 - 3/26/2021QB 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 - 3/26/2021ATH 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
player grade - 3/25/2021S/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 - 3/25/2021DT 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+
player grade - 3/24/2021ATH 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+
player grade - 3/23/2021DT 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 - 3/23/2021TE 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
player grade - 3/22/2021LB/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 - 3/22/2021DE 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+
player grade - 3/21/2021RB 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 - 3/21/2021LB 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 - 3/21/2021S 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 - 3/21/2021LB 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+
player grade - 3/19/2021WR 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 - 3/19/2021LB 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 - 3/19/2021QB 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 - 3/19/2021OT 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 - 3/19/2021ATH 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+
player grade - 3/15/2021OT 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 - 3/15/2021WR 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 - 3/15/2021DT 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 - 3/15/2021CB 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-
player grade - 3/13/2021RB 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 - 3/13/2021ATH/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 - 3/13/2021TE 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 - 3/13/2021S 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 - 3/13/2021WR 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-
player grade - 3/10/2021QB 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 - 3/10/2021WR 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 - 3/10/2021QB 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 - 3/10/2021QB 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+
player grade - 3/8/2021OT 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 - 3/8/2021OT 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 - 3/8/2021ATH 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 - 3/8/2021S 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+
player grade - 3/8/2021WR 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
player grade - 3/5/2021DE 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 - 3/5/2021TE 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 - 3/5/2021ATH 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 - 3/5/2021QB 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 - 3/5/2021OL 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+
player grade - 3/3/2021QB 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 - 3/3/2021QB 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 - 3/3/2021QB 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 - 3/3/2021QB 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 - 3/3/2021QB 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-
player grade - 2/20/2021S 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-
player grade - 2/19/2021WR 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 - 2/19/2021TE 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
player grade - 2/18/2021WR 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-
player grade - 2/17/2021S 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 - 2/17/2021WR 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
player grade - 2/13/2021QB 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-
player grade - 2/12/2021QB 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 - 2/12/2021TE 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
player grade - 2/11/2021QB 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
player grade - 2/10/2021DE 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 - 2/10/2021CB 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+
player grade - 2/6/2021OT 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 - 2/6/2021DE 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 - 2/6/2021OT 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
player grade - 2/5/2021RB 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 - 2/5/2021DE 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 - 2/5/2021S 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 - 2/5/2021ATH 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
player grade - 2/4/2021QB 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-
player grade - 2/3/2021DT 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
player grade - 2/2/2021RB 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+
player grade - 2/1/2021DE 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+
player grade - 1/31/2021QB 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-
player grade - 1/30/2021OT 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
player grade - 1/28/2021WR 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 - 1/28/2021DE 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 - 1/28/2021QB 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+
player grade - 1/27/2021DE/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+
player grade - 1/24/2021CB 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+
player grade - 1/23/2021CB 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
player grade - 1/21/2021OT 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 - 1/21/2021OL/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 - 1/21/2021TE 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-
player grade - 1/20/2021CB 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
player grade - 1/17/2021DE 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 - 1/17/2021DE 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 - 1/17/2021QB 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+
player grade - 1/12/2021WR 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+
player grade - 1/11/2021DT 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 - 1/11/2021DE 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-
player grade - 1/10/2021WR 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
player grade - 1/6/2021CB 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+
player grade - 1/4/2021CB 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
player grade - 1/2/2021CB 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-
player grade - 4/23/2020OT Tegra Tshabola (West Chester, OH) commits to Ohio State View Class
Tshabola joins the growing list of 2022 prospects to make a verbal commitment to Ohio State. Projected to be one of the top-10-12 offensive tackles in the 2022 recruiting class, Tshabola (6-6, 300) had offers from Penn State, LSU, Florida, Indiana and Kentucky, among others. Ohio State extended its offer to Tshabola back in November of 2019.
2022 College Recruiting Commit Tegra Tshabola's Player Grade: N/A
player grade - 4/22/2020CB Jyaire Brown (New Orleans, LA) commits to Ohio State View Class
Within a 2-week span, Brown (6-0, 160) received offers from Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Florida State among others. The offer from Ohio State was the one that put the New Orleans prospect over. Brown's signature is over a year away, and LSU probably won't let a top in-state prospect head to the Big Ten without a battle, so keep an eye on this recruitment. For now, Brown is the third commitment for the Buckeyes in the 2022 recruiting class.
2022 College Recruiting Commit Jyaire Brown's Player Grade: N/A
player grade - 4/9/2020S Bryan Allen Jr. (Aledo, TX) commits to LSU View Class
Allen (6-0, 185) was one of the top sophomore players on one of the top programs in Texas last season, and he becomes the fourth verbal commitment in the 2022 recruiting class for LSU. He is a two-sport athlete who runs track. Allen was named Class 5A II Defensive Newcomer of the year and had over 100 tackles and three interceptions for Aledo High School. Allen projects to be one of the top defensive backs in the 2022 recruiting class.
2022 College Recruiting Commit Bryan Allen Jr.'s Player Grade: B+
player grade - 11/25/2019CB Khamauri Rogers (Lexington, MS) commits to LSU View Class
With LSU's history of producing defensive backs, you know that coach Corey Raymond believes he has a special prospect when he pursues them as a sophomore. Rogers (6-0, 160) already has great size considering he is 15-16 years old. He already plays cornerback and safety for his high school is and considered a top-five prospect in Mississippi for the 2022 class. Ole Miss, Florida and Indiana were among Rogers' early offers. He is the third commitment for LSU in its 2022 recruiting class.
2022 College Recruiting Commit Khamauri Rogers' Player Grade: A
player grade - 11/22/2019ATH Anthony Costanzo (Monument, CO) commits to Colorado View Class
Costanzo already had offers from Colorado and Colorado State, and the in-state prospect decided to make his decision quickly and commit to the Buffaloes. Constanzo (6-2, 195) has been a regular on the Buffaloes' campus since his offer in the spring, so this commitment was not a shock. He's projected to play in the secondary, but of course he could eventually grow into a linebacker given he has two years left of high school. Costanzo in the first member of Colorado's 2022 recruiting class.
2022 College Recruiting Commit Anthony Costanzo's Player Grade: C+
player grade - 10/29/2019WR De'Coldest Crawford (Shreveport, LA) commits to LSU View Class
The name De'Coldest Crawford made this very talented wide receiver an internet sensation, although it's been incorrectly reported that his full name is De'Coldest Toevadoit Crawford when his real middle name is Jaun. Still, Crawford (6-1, 160) is a tall, length wide receiver who shows good hands and plus-level athleticism and should only get better with time and development.
2022 College Recruiting Commit De'Coldest Crawford's Player Grade: A
player grade - 10/1/2019OT Kelvin Banks (Humble, TX) commits to Oklahoma State View Class
Banks is the first commit for Oklahoma State in the 2022 recruiting cycle. He's a young player, but physically (6-5, 280), he already looks the part. On film, Banks is strictly using power and effort to get the job done. He'll have plenty of time to refine his technique and skills and will certainly spend two years around the Oklahoma State program getting help in those areas.
2022 College Recruiting Commit Kelvin Banks' Player Grade: C+
player grade - 9/1/2019S Bryce Anderson (Beaumont, TX) commits to LSU View Class
Anderson is listed at 5-11, 185 pounds, but he looks bigger and plays up to the part. If you saw him on film, you wouldn't believe he's just a sophomore. He is the first commitment for LSU in the 2022 class. Although Anderson is a natural safety, he has plenty of ability to cover and is up for a one-on-one challenge on the outside. He is at his best when he is charge of covering an area of the field as a safety and helping on deep-pass coverage. Anderson, who also plays quarterback for his high school, is an exceptional athlete and will likely be one of the top-50-100 prospects in the 2022 class.
2022 College Recruiting Commit Bryce Anderson's Player Grade: A
player grade - 8/31/2019QB Chad Mascoe Jr. (Thomasville, GA) commits to Florida State View Class
Florida State was the first to offer to Mascoe, and the sophomore didn't want to waste much time with his "dream offer". There's an interesting tie here as Mascoe's father, Chad Sr., committed to play at Florida State under Bobby Bowden in the '90s, but did not qualify out of high school and ended up at Central Florida after going through junior college. Chad Jr. is from Thomasville, Georgia but recently transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton. Mascoe is the second commitment for Florida State in the Class of 2022.
2022 College Recruiting Commit Chad Mascoe Jr.'s Player Grade: A-
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