Rivals nationwide recruiting director Adam Gormey and nationwide recruiting analyst Nick Harris together with Jason Higdon of 1standTenFlorida.com and Mark Passwaters of AggieYell.com sort out three matters and decide whether or not they imagine every assertion is FACT or FICTION.
1. Florida’s run of high-end commits has been the largest recruiting shock this summer time.
Gorney’s take: FACT. I’m not shocked first-year coach Billy Napier and his workers are recruiting properly at Florida however after a gradual begin – and a few nervous Gators followers – I’ve been bowled over on the velocity of how shortly this class has come collectively. In a matter of hours final week, the Gators landed three of the perfect defensive linemen within the nation in Kelby Collins, Will Norman and Kamran James with Collins selecting Florida over Alabama and others. Days earlier than, Florida flipped four-star linebacker Jaden Robinson from South Carolina. 5-star cornerback Cormani McClain and others stay on the board as Florida’s class now ranks eighth within the nation. I’m not shocked Napier is doing so properly nevertheless it has been an enormous summer time, perhaps higher than anybody might have anticipated so early.
Higdon’s take: FICTION. Coach Billy Napier has labored for among the prime recruiting head coaches in America, like Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, so the recruiting success Florida has comes as no shock. Along with working for these two, he introduced in some big-time recruiting coaches with Corey Raymond and Sean Spencer. 5 of the final eight gamers to announce for the Gators are both line of defense or defensive again gamers. The Gators will not be performed and may have the No 1 defensive again and line of defense class on Nationwide Signing Day.
2. Texas A&M is nearly assured to land not less than three present uncommitted five-star prospects within the 2023 class.
Gorney’s take: FACT. Texas A&M is at present No. 39 within the group recruiting rankings with solely 9 commits however I’m fairly positive issues are going to select up drastically and quite a few five-star commits can be coming the Aggies’ means. It could be a serious shock if TJ Shanahan went elsewhere, David Hicks Jr. has Texas A&M in his prime two, the Aggies could possibly be the front-runner for Hykeem Williams and Javien Toviano, whereas not being forthcoming about his favorites, undoubtedly has A&M excessive. That’s not even contemplating five-star USC quarterback commit Malachi Nelson and there’s a camp on the market who imagine the Los Alamitos, Calif., standout may be very critically contemplating a flip.
Passwaters’ take: FACT. The Aggies have already got one five-star dedicated in LB Anthony Hill and are in superb form with each offensive lineman TJ Shanahan and receiver Hykeem Williams. They’re undoubtedly ready the place they might land defensive finish David Hicks and cornerback Javien Toviano as properly. After which there’s Malachi Nelson — we have now seen stranger issues occur. A&M might find yourself with seven five-stars, which may be very unlikely — however three? That looks as if an excellent chance.
3. Arch Manning nonetheless deserves to be No. 1 within the 2023 class.
Gorney’s take: FACT. Rankings are primarily based off faculty projection and NFL Draft potential. None of us who cowl recruiting for a dwelling are thrilled that Arch Manning has been off the grid this summer time and doubtless gained’t play in an all-star occasion, both, however the truth is that he’s nonetheless a implausible expertise with super upside. When he threw at Clemson and Texas final summer time, he was by all accounts, excellent. Encompass him with elite playmakers at Texas and Manning has all of the instruments – bodily and psychological – to be a celebrity. This isn’t solely about his identify – which can’t be ignored and holds substantial weight. It’s a few prospect who has unimaginable expertise and high-level intelligence on the place and that can’t be ignored even when he doesn’t present his face at nationwide occasions. With all that being mentioned, it’s no assure he finally ends up No. 1 on this class as there are lots of different gamers to contemplate as properly.
Harris’ take: FICTION. The summer time is used as a proving alternative for prime prospects throughout the nation, particularly quarterbacks, and never seeing Manning this summer time at any nationwide occasion would not make me really feel like he “deserves” to carry onto the title. Nevertheless, the bodily and psychological traits that Manning possesses are invaluable and it is onerous to low cost these when enthusiastic about who might unseat him on the prime. I feel the hole between him and the No. 2 spot, which is now Dante Moore, is so much smaller than it was the final time we did rankings, however nonetheless Manning will maintain onto the highest spot heading into his senior 12 months.