One of the things recruiting has become the most famous for in college football, along with the hat picks, star ratings, and summer camps, is the annual mass releasing of top 10, 15, 20, or even 30 teams from the nations best rising seniors. As recruits begin to narrow their focus to just a few of their many scholarship offers, schools shift their focus to a group of players as well, and today, Erick Young did just that, as he released his top 10 schools on Twitter.
Young, a Richmond, Texas product, is the nation’s 154th best player and 13th best cornerback, according to 247Sports. As of right now, I feel that Texas A&M, LSU and Texas have the best shots to land Young, but if Ohio State pushes, they could certainly be in on the corner late in the recruiting cycle.
Rivals releases new top 100
After Signing Day passes, the early parts of the year (meaning February through April), are essentially the Wild West in recruiting. The rising senior recruits are yet to compete at summer camps like The Opening, and the top of the class is extremely volatile, as we learn more about the next batch of top teens.
However, college football is a business, and there’s a constant push to create storylines, or to create interest, with no football set to be played for another six months. We see it with “way too early” style rankings, we see it with previews, and more than anything else, we see it with recruiting.
Late February and March is prime time for recruiting services to release new rankings based on how recruits performed last meson, as a way to drum up hype for the new class, and earlier today, Rivals did just that, releasing their newest top 100 rankings. Unsurprisingly, the rankings are jam-packed with Buckeye targets, and Ohio State will almost certainly be in for yet another fantastic class.
- North Carolina ATH Quavaris Crouch: #1 (+1)
- West Virginia OT Darnell Wright: 2 (+3)
- Georgia WR Jadon Haselwood: #5 (-1)
- California ATH Bru McCoy: #8 (+8)
- Virginia RB Devyn Ford: #9 (+1)
- Florida RB Trey Sanders: #11 (+1)
- Ohio DE Zach Harrison: #15 (-1)
- Georgia OLB Owen Pappoe: #21 (-6)
- Texas CB Erick Young: #24 (0)
- Michigan OT Devontae Dobbs: #29 (-2)
- Maryland LB Shane Lee: #36 (-3)
- Missouri ATH Isaiah Williams: #37 (-3)
- Florida WR John Dunmore: #41 (+17)
- Oklahoma S Daxton Hill: #44 (-3)
- Hawaii DT Faatui Tuitele: #45 (+16)
- Tennessee WR Trey Knox: #50 (-4)
- Virginia DE Brandon Smith: #53 (-8)
- Florida RB Noah Cain: #60 (-9)
- Texas QB Grant Gunnell: #70 (-7)
- Indiana WR David Bell: #92 (-12)
- Florida RB Kenny McIntosh: #99 (0)
Looking towards the future
It’s hard to think about, but the class of 2021 will soon be sophomores in high school, and with a likely increase of playing time for 2021 recruits, comes an increase in college interest as well. Last night, the Buckeyes extended an offer to one of the nation’s top freshmen, Derrick Davis.
Davis, a 6-foot safety from Monroeville, PA, already holds offers from Penn State, Temple, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, along with the Buckeyes. He described Ohio State as being one of his dream schools, OSU will certainly be keeping an eye on him in the future.
- Pittsburgh hired Paris Johnson Sr, the father of 2020 tackle Paris Johnson Jr. Johnson Jr. visited Ohio State last week, and is heavily considering the Buckeyes.