Arch Manning’s commitment to Texas sent shockwaves through the college football recruiting world and helped the Longhorns enter the top 10. That momentum has since propelled them into the top five, as they landed several other commitments, including two new potential receiving targets in ESPN. 300 WR in the state Johntay Cook II and Jonah Wilson.
Texas’ ascent has placed the Longhorns in the thick of the battle for the No. 1 class, which is becoming increasingly intense. After grabbing headlines with its haul of three ESPN 300 receivers in as many days, Ohio State has also added some strong talent to its defensive backline with several four-star DB pickups, especially Kayin Lee.
These additions have put the Buckeyes on the heels of No. 1-ranked Notre Dame, who are doing their best to fend off any contenders with a pair of recent ESPN 300 commitments to OL Charles Jagusah and ATH Micah Bell, who is projecting cornerback .
A constant contender for the No. 1 class, Alabama began to climb the rankings, moving into the top 10. A key addition was No. 2 CB Tony Mitchell, who boasts a good mix of length, flow and speed, in- Thompson High School State Powerhouse.
Miami and Florida are two programs that are no strangers to the top 25, but have struggled in recent years and are both starting over with new head coaches.
Mario Cristobal’s return to Miami is starting to show positive results, as the Hurricanes landed several key commitments, including from one of the top QB prospects in the class in Jaden Rashada. The ESPN 300 caller from California is a balanced player with a smooth release and good arm strength.
Working on his first full class as head coach in Florida, Billy Napier managed to get the Gators back into the top 25 by strengthening their defense. They added a pair of ESPN 300 prospects in DE Isaiah Nixon and defensive back Sharif Denson, who has good feet and hips and brings a tough style of play to the high school.
ESPN 300 commits: 11 | Previous ranking: 1
Independent ranking: 1
Best Offensive Commitment: WR Braylon James (#46)
Best defensive engagement: OF Keon Keeley (#23)
The Fighting Irish have signed back-to-back top-10 classes and are not only on course to extend that streak, they are also in contention for the nation’s top class. New coach Marcus Freeman has his fingerprints in all of this class with multiple key additions on the defensive side of the ball. Keeley is a long edge defender who can be a disruptive passing presence. LB Drayk Bowen was a big pick-up in the state as Indiana’s top-rated player. The Irish have two ESPN 300 defensive back commitments in Peyton Bowen of Texas and Adon Shuler of New Jersey. There are also promising offensive talents on board, led by ESPN 300 WR James, a long vertical threat who posted a laser 4.47 40 this spring on the camp circuit.