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2019 Position Rankings Update: Linebacker

CLASS OF 2019 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Team

Owen Pappoe
Owen Pappoe

Rivals Ranking Week rolls along with debut of the new position rankings. While most people pay close attention to the Rivals100 and the Rivals250, plenty of moves happen across the board, especially at various positions. Today, we take a look at the new rankings at inside and outside linebacker and look at some of the biggest storylines at the position.

CLASS OF 2019 LINEBACKER RANKINGS: Inside linebackers | Outside linebackers

CLASS OF 2019 POSITION RANKINGS: QB rankings | RB rankings |Offensive tackle | Offensive guard | Center | Wide Receiver | Tight End

FRIDAY: DL rankings | LB rankings | DB rankings | ATH rankings | Ask Farrell

TEAM WITH TOP COMMIT: AUBURN  

There is still plenty of dust to settle at the linebacker position, but right now the Tigers hold the top spot thanks to the spring commitment of Rivals100 prospect Owen Pappoe, the No. 1-ranked outside linebacker in the country. The Atlanta-area native has been a fixture on the recruiting scene since before he entered high school and the Tigers surprised many when they landed his commitment in May.

TEAM TO WATCH: GEORGIA   

Nakobe Dean
Nakobe Dean (Rivals.com)

After sending former Rivals100 prospect Roquan Smith to the NFL after three years in Athens, the Georgia staff has been letting elite prospects know that they can follow the same path if they come between the hedges. The nation’s top-ranked middle linebacker, Nakobe Dean, has drawn comparisons to Smith and is believed to be high on the Dawgs. Georgia also seems like the team to beat for the No. 4-ranked inside linebacker, Rivals100 prospect Rian Davis.

PLAYER TO WATCH: HENRY TO’OTO’O  

The West Coast’s top linebacker holds offers from all over the country and thus far has done a nice job of keeping fans, coaches and recruiting analysts guessing about his future college home. To’oto’o currently sits at No. 3 in the inside linebacker rankings, and because of his diverse list of offers and favorites, his eventual decision will go a long way toward deciding which school has the top group of commits at the position. Alabama, Cal, Tennessee, UCLA and USC are all heavily involved. Will he leave the comfort of California to head to SEC country? Schools from around the nation will continue to watch how the process plays out.

  RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK SCHEDULE  

Rival Views: Who is the top QB? | Who is the top RB?

Monday: Top 10 players revealed | Who was the hardest to rank? | Making the case for the top 10 | A closer look at who is No. 1 | Adam Gorney's Take Two | Stingley's rise to No. 1 | Godfather & Gorney Podcast

Tuesday: New Rivals100 released | Five new five-stars | Farrell's Mind of Mike | Rival Views | Which prospect has the most important summer ahead?

Wednesday: New Rivals250 released | Who did each analyst go to bat for the most? | Five schools that should be most pleased with new rankings | Rivals Rankings Podcast | Rivals250 by the numbers | Should Gunnell have dropped that far? | Take Two

Thursday: QB rankings | RB rankings | WR/TE rankings | OL rankings | Ask Farrell: Which position group is the strongest? | Can Jimbo keep up fast recruiting start at A&M? | Commitment Issues Podcast

Friday: DL rankings | LB rankings | DB rankings | ATH rankings

Saturday: Team rankings breakdown

Sunday: Mid-Atlantic states rankings | Southeast states | Midwest states | Texas | Florida | West