2020 College Football Recruiting Grades: Top 10

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Jan. 19, 2020.

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These are the 2020 college football recruiting class rankings. These 2020 college football recruiting class rankings are in conjunction with the list of top college football recruits and will be updated periodically.

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  1. Clemson logo Clemson Grade: A+
    Latest Recruit: OL Trent Howard (Birmingham, AL) commits to Clemson - Dec. 6
    Few teams get blue-chip prospects earlier in a cycle than Clemson. Collins (6-2, 190) rates as one of the top prospects on the west coast and will definitely be in the top 100 nationally. Ohio State, USC, Arizona State and Alabama were also in on Collins early. Collins is the sixth verbal commitment in the class of 2021 and to the shock of no one, the Tigers are likely looking at another top recruiting haul.
    Commitments: 18 view class
  2. Alabama logo Alabama Grade: A+
    Latest Recruit: LB/DE Deontae Lawson (Mobile, AL) commits to Alabama - Dec. 27
    With the Crimson Tide basically done for the 2020 recruiting class barring a major surprise, it's time to move on to 2021 and get some of the early targets in their class on board right away. Lawson had already gained tons of steam on the recruiting trail, with Auburn, Clemson, Nebraska and Georgia among his major offers. Lawson (6-3, 215) is Alabama's third commitment in its 2021 recruiting class. Expect that number to jump to close to double digits for the Crimson Tide by National Signing Day as the staff is known for making a big splash early in a recruiting cycle.
    Commitments: 15 view class
  3. Ohio State logo Ohio State Grade: A
    Latest Recruit: OL Donovan Jackson (Bellaire, TX) commits to Ohio State - Jan. 8
    Jackson is described by a local Texas high school evaluator as a player who could "certainly pass the test as a tackle, but become an All-American as a guard or center". Ohio State is recruiting Jackson as an interior guy, and his early verbal commitment to the Buckeyes is a big recruiting win. Jackson (6-4, 305) chose Ohio State over Stanford and Texas. Top programs like LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Georgia had also made offers to Jackson. Jackson has family ties to the area, and that might be the big reason why the Houston area prospect decided to make such an early commitment. Ohio State has come out the gates strong with its 2021 class. Jackson is the ninth verbal commitment in the class.
    Commitments: 23 view class

  4. Auburn logo Auburn Grade: B+
    Latest Recruit: DT Lee Hunter (Eight Mile, AL) commits to Auburn - Dec. 3
    McGuire is rated as the 27th-best kicker in the nation, according to the Kohl's kicking website, and he's been giving a five-star ranking as a kicker and four and a half stars as a punter. The site says McGuire's "6-foot-5 frame allows him to get great lift on his field goals. He is a very talented prospect with a bright future ahead of him. McGuire moved into the D1 scholarship category this spring and is hitting his stride at just the right time."
    Commitments: 21 view class
  5. Oregon logo Oregon Grade:
    Latest Recruit: CB Dontae Manning (Kansas City, MO) commits to Oregon - Jan. 4
    Oregon will have a reputation of recruiting inside-out under head coach Mario Cristobal. Cristobal, a former offensive lineman himself, has made it a focus to secure as much high-end talent on the offensive line as he can early in a recruiting cycle. Simmons (6-5, 315), a mammoth prospect who could pan out at guard or right tackle. On film, Simmons shows good footwork for a player of his size and he finishes blocks with authority. Oregon now has six prospects committed in the 2021 class and is off to an impressive start.
    Commitments: 26 view class

  6. Texas A&M logo Texas A&M Grade: A-
    Latest Recruit: RB Earnest Crownover (Grandview, Texas) commits to Texas A&M - Jan. 19
    Crownover (6-1, 220) is a big back coming from Kilgore Junior College in Kilgore, Texas. He took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M this past weekend, and by the end of the weekend, he had a scholarship offer and was committed. Crownover went to Grandview High School in Grandview, Texas and signed with Army in the Class of 2018. He was a full qualifier out of high school and will enroll at Texas A&M over the summer with three years of eligibility and a redshirt season available.
    Commitments: 22 view class
  7. California logo California Grade: C
    Latest Recruit: WR Mason Mangum (Austin, TX) commits to California - Dec. 12
    Through the early evaluations, Terry is one of the top-10 players at the tight end position in this class. He's a big wide receiver in a tight end's body (6-4, 240). Terry can run, can catch, can stretch the field vertically and is just a pain for a linebacker to cover. Terry is not a great blocker, but he's not a bad blocker and he continues to work at it. By the time he's finished with his senior year, he'll be a three-down player. Terry is a big-time recruiting win for Justin Wilcox and the type of recruiting win that California hasn't enjoyed much in the past decade. He is the type of player you can build a class around.
    Commitments: 17 view class

  8. Texas logo Texas Grade: A-
    Latest Recruit: WR Dajon Harrison (Hutto, TX) commis to Texas - Nov. 5
    Harrison (5-10, 165) was originally committed to TCU early in the process, but he opened his recruitment back up in May and stayed patient while waiting for the right opportunity. When Texas made him an offer, he chose the Longhorns over Kansas State with several other programs having made offers and in the mix. Harrison is a multi-faceted athlete who is explosive in the passing game and also a weapon in the backfield and on jet sweeps. At the next level, I expect he'll settle into being a slot receiver and the goal will be to get this athlete the ball in space where he can make things happen after the catch. Harrison is more of a quick-burst athlete, which makes him appear faster than he is. Overall, he can stretch the field vertically or make plays in space, giving Texas a needed weapon on offense.
    Commitments: 17 view class
  9. Florida logo Florida Grade: B+
    Latest Recruit: RB/ATH Brashard Smith (Miami, FL) commits to Florida - Jan. 8
    Boone is listed as a defensive end, but at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, I think he's going to move inside by the time he gets to college. His frame is one that can easily take an additional 30-35 pounds, and he's already outgrown the linebacker position that he was playing when he starting high school football. Boone looks like he's as strong as an Ox on film, which is something I've generally noticed about line prospects from South Carolina. He is a physical player up front and really sells out against the run. Boone is a little underrated, and with closer inspection, I'd give him a red-chip designation.
    Commitments: 27 view class

  10. Oklahoma logo Oklahoma Grade:
    Latest Recruit: QB Chandler Morris (Highland Park, TX) commits to Oklahoma - Jan. 4
    Oklahoma is one of the central destinations for top-end offensive line prospects, and Montgomery's commitment is a signal that will continue to be the case in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Montgomery (6-5, 315) is sure to be ranked among the top-10 offensive tackle prospects in the class. After multiple unofficial visits to Texas A&M last season, many wrote Montgomery off as a heavy lean toward the Aggies. Alabama was also in the picture here, but Montgomery is the third prospect in the class of 2021 prospect to give a verbal commitment to the Sooners.
    Commitments: 24 view class

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