Rivals nationwide recruiting analyst Nick Harris, together with nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney, Cole Patterson of Orangebloods.com and nationwide rankings director Adam Friedman, deal with three subjects and decide whether or not every assertion is FACT or FICTION.
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1. Texas continues to be the runaway favourite for five-star linebacker Anthony Hill.
Harris’ take: FACT. Though it appeared as if Anthony Hill may make a dedication to Texas whereas in Austin a few weeks again, Hill stays uncommitted going into the ultimate weeks forward of Nationwide Signing Day. With that being mentioned, I nonetheless actually like the place Texas sits because it stays an possibility that’s near residence and one which Hill is admittedly aware of. That will not cease applications resembling Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU and extra from making an attempt to attain a go to from Hill within the coming weeks, nevertheless it’s arduous to see Hill find yourself wherever aside from Austin at this level.
Patterson’s take: FACT. I at all times hesitate to say runaway favourite, however I do consider that the Longhorns are within the driver’s seat so as to add Hill to their 2013 class. Hill was on campus for the TCU recreation and has elected to not go to Alabama or Texas A&M this weekend, which is somewhat noteworthy. Add in the truth that Arch Manning, Malik Muhammad, and different members of Texas’ class are in his ear, and I be ok with the place the Longhorns stand for the nation’s No. 1 linebacker.
2. Peyton Bowen is the highest security within the nation.
Harris’ take: FACT. If there was any doubt about Peyton Bowen‘s capability going into this season, the Notre Dame commit has rapidly quieted the priority as he has jumped off the display screen on movie, exhibiting elite protection abilities and eye-popping athleticism in interception returns and within the kick return recreation. His dynamic play model makes him a useful asset on the subsequent degree, which is why applications resembling Oklahoma and Texas are working to flip the gifted playmaker.
Gorney’s take: FACT. You possibly can’t go fallacious with both Caleb Downs or Peyton Bowen as a result of they’re each phenomenal gamers however I’d give Bowen the slightest edge. He’s simply so instinctual and a terrific playmaker within the secondary. He is so good diagnosing what the offense is making an attempt to do after which he has the athleticism and bodily capability to make performs on the ball. Downs can be wonderful and does lots of these issues however Bowen simply does them extra constantly.
3. Ayden Williams is at the moment the lowest-ranked prospect that might earn five-star standing.
Harris’ take: FACT. Ayden Williams opened lots of eyes this previous summer season on the Future 50 occasion in Florida, and his senior season has solely furthered his case within the dialog for a few of the prime prospects within the nation. His requisite measurement paired together with his elite capability to go up and seize the ball in high-point conditions will make him an elite asset in Ole Miss‘ offense in future years.
Friedman’s take: FICTION. Williams brings rather a lot to the desk, however I’ve excessive expectations for Jaquavious Russaw as a result of he’s such an explosive edge defender. I like the best way he can put his hand within the floor and get after the passer and he holds up nicely on the level of assault in opposition to the run. He may play in house, whether or not or not it’s enjoying in protection or speeding the quarterback. He additionally has room to develop together with his method and his bodily body.