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Three-Level Stance: SEC recruiting, Malachi Nelson, Ewers-Manning

Rivals nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney has ideas on the SEC within the group recruiting rankings, five-star quarterback Malachi Nelson’s scenario and the longer term quarterback debate at Texas between Quinn Ewers and Arch Manning.


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It’s no shock that SEC packages are doing properly on the high of the group recruiting rankings. They do declare “it simply means extra”. Nevertheless, it seems to be relatively top-heavy at this level within the 2023 Rivals rankings.

5 of the highest 10 groups within the 2023 class rankings are from that convention. Alabama leads the way in which – taking excessive spot after five-star DE Keon Keeley’s decommitment from Notre Dame – together with LSU, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee excessive on the listing.

When it comes to complete factors within the recruiting class, the second-highest group within the ACC can be ranked sixth within the SEC.

No group within the Pac-12 has 2,000 complete factors but with USC main the way in which in that convention whereas six SEC groups have reached that mark.

There are indicators of serious domination. Nevertheless it’s not complete. After the highest six within the SEC, it begins to look comparable throughout the Energy 5 conferences.

Auburn, Ole Miss and Missouri have lower than 1,000 complete factors. Solely Virginia and Syracuse have fewer within the ACC. Solely Illinois and Indiana match that invoice within the Large Ten.

Texas can be ranked second within the SEC proper now and Oklahoma fourth so these energy packages will not be being overwhelmed on a nationwide scale.

The Pac-12 is the outlier – and somewhat little bit of a multitude. No group has 20 commits. No group has 2,000 complete factors. Six groups (half the convention) have fewer than 1,000 factors.

So the SEC as a complete is powerful on the high. That’s no shock. Nevertheless it’s not a runaway by any stretch and till the final week or so, two Midwest packages – Notre Dame and Ohio State – topped the rankings.

Apparently, it means loads elsewhere, too.



Malachi Nelson

Malachi Nelson (Nick Lucero/

After speaking to a few dozen individuals concerning Malachi Nelson’s recruitment and the place issues may very well be headed there appears to be two narratives rising.

The primary is that Nelson, a five-star quarterback who’s been dedicated to USC since late November and could be very shut with coach Lincoln Riley, needs to play at USC and that he’s attempting to navigate by means of the noise. They are saying he nonetheless is contemplating Texas A&M and perhaps one different SEC program. He is nonetheless determining huge NIL offers now that he’s signed with Klutch Sports activities. However in the long run, Nelson will follow USC and the alternatives for him in Los Angeles may very well be countless.

The opposite camp disagrees with that and a few really feel {that a} flip to the Aggies may occur “quickly.” The story goes that Nelson took his go to to Faculty Station this summer season, that enjoying within the SEC is preferable to enjoying within the Pac-12 (and later the Large Ten) and that NIL packages can be much more appreciable there.

A part of the argument is that Klutch – regardless that primarily based in Los Angeles with USC down the highway and Nelson dedicated there – needs to make as huge of a splash as doable and that might be extra probably within the SEC.

I don’t know which facet to consider or if the reality lies someplace within the center. Nelson was not speaking after his season-opening win this previous Friday by which he accomplished 14 of 15 passes for 345 yards and 5 touchdowns – within the first half. However a USC bandana beneath his helmet is likely to be all of the speaking wanted.

That is additionally a significant check for Riley. Far too many elite quarterbacks and gamers throughout the board – Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud are from Southern California – go away the realm today for present nationwide powers. Conserving Nelson is a should for the brand new USC coach as others attempt to poach individuals away.





Arch Manning

Arch Manning (Sam Spiegelman)

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian might need the perfect “downside” in faculty soccer.

The Longhorns had former No. 1 Quinn Ewers switch in from Ohio State and he has now gained the beginning job at Texas this season. Additionally they have a dedication from present No. 1 Arch Manning, who picked Texas over Georgia with Sarkisian’s success calling performs and operating offenses as an enormous motive why.

The best scenario is that Ewers is phenomenal, Manning is available in and learns beneath him after which takes over as soon as the previous five-star heads off to the NFL. If that occurs, then there might be no points in Austin.

However there are different eventualities very doable. What if Ewers struggles? Will there be a major energy base that wishes to see Manning on the sphere from Day 1 particularly contemplating his household pedigree and hype round his talents? What if Texas struggles by means of one other 5-7 season or one thing comparable?

There are every kind of eventualities to think about and managing Ewers and Manning on the identical roster is an outstanding place to be in but in addition brings with it dangers. Based mostly on expertise alone on the similar stage, Ewers is extra dynamic and has a greater arm. Manning is extra threat averse and has needed to do extra with much less on the highschool stage.

These quarterbacks may have Texas again within the nationwide image. It’s been a very long time and Longhorns followers are aching for it. However there are some landmines alongside the way in which that must be dodged for the celebrities at night time, so huge and shiny, to shine at Texas.


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