Rivals nationwide recruiting analyst Ryan Wright together with TheOsceola.com recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein, AuburnSports.com senior editor Bryan Matthews and DottingTheEyes.com recruiting analyst Jeremy Birmingham sort out three present subjects.
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1. Florida State wants the head-to-head win vs. Florida extra for recruiting functions.
Wright’s take: FICTION. Any prospect that has watched Florida State this season needs to be offered on the longer term with head coach Mike Norvell. Exterior of the mid-season three-game ACC stumble, the Seminoles have been spectacular working to an 8-3 file. A win over Florida additional enhances Norvell’s rise in Tallahassee, however it isn’t a must-win to draw recruits.
Over in Gainesville, Florida is coming off a shocking 31-24 loss to Vanderbilt on the street that raised eyebrows. The loss in Nashville could have set UF again within the minds of recruits. Florida remains to be in play for a number of elite four-star prospects that can be watching how the staff bounces again after an upset loss.
The texture is, Florida wants this win extra for recruiting functions, particularly since FSU beat Miami already, to “personal” the state on the gridiron in hopes of proudly owning it alongside the recruiting path.
Fishbein’s take: FACT. FSU has had a really profitable season on the sphere. A win in opposition to Florida could sway some youngsters who weren’t initially FSU. The sport is large contained in the state of Florida. Many gamers have chosen the profitable facet come Nationwide Signing Day. A win for FSU would solidify it as a prime 10-15 program once more. It might additionally present recruits that all the pieces the coaches stated would occur has occurred.
2. Ohio State is in warning mode over potential Southeast recruiting flips.
Wright’s take: FACT. After the midday ET kickoff for “The Sport”, come 8 p.m. ET, Ohio State followers ought to placed on the Pitt gear and take curiosity in what’s taking place at Onerous Rock Stadium in Miami. The Hurricanes (5-6) are a win shy of incomes a bowl berth in head coach Mario Cristobal’s first season. A win for Miami on Saturday might be that additional push an in-state recruit like Brandon Inniss must consider within the Canes’ future.
Birmingham’s take: FICTION. Truthfully this one might be considered from both lens. Ohio State is all the time involved with the power of their commitments from Florida and areas round it however so far as the 2023 class goes the most important issues have already labored themselves out.
Dijon Johnson and Mark Fletcher opted out of the Buckeyes’ class in current months and that duo all the time felt just like the much less strong commitments of the group. Whereas Miami, Tennessee and others proceed to push for gamers resembling Brandon Inniss and Carnell Tate, there’s not any panic inside the Ohio State program about retaining them dedicated. The Buckeyes are assured that they’ve constructed adequate relationships with every — and that they current sufficient NIL alternative in each circumstances — to face up to the onslaught.
3. The present Auburn employees is setting the following one up for 2023 recruiting success.
Wright’s take: FACT. Followers on The Plains could also be doom and gloom in regards to the present state of affairs however actually ought to be rejoicing over how onerous the employees has labored to maintain a constructive spin on this system. High prospects are visiting the campus raving about Auburn, the employees, and particularly interim head coach Cadillac Williams.
No matter who takes over as the brand new head coach, the present employees has saved the dedicated 2023 gamers intact and labored diligently so as to add extra prime prospects. It has additionally efficiently introduced 2024 gamers on campus, laying the groundwork for fulfillment within the subsequent recruiting cycle.
Matthews’ take: FACT. The previous employees could not have been worse at recruiting with Bryan Harsin in cost so it is actually addition by subtraction in some ways. However Cadillac Williams and the remaining assistants have carried out a terrific job of getting prime targets on campus the final two weeks and Auburn is positioned to probably add or flip some extremely recruited prospects if the best head coach is employed.
Some gamers to observe embody Rivals100 security Tony Mitchell (Alabama), four-star DE Reuben Bain, four-star DE Keldric Faulk (FSU), Rivals100 DE Qua Russaw, Rivals100 DT James Smith, four-star LB Lewis Carter (Oklahoma), four-star OL D.J. Chester (LSU), and various Langston Hughes prospects resembling 4-star TE Jelani Thurman (Ohio State), 4-star OL Bo Hughley (UGA) and 3-star DL Josh Horton (UNC). The Tigers might probably have probably the greatest finishes within the 2023 cycle.