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Ask Farrell: Which Rivals100 prospects are undervalued?

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The 2020 prospect rankings are finished. They’re locked. There are no more changes to make, no more offseasons to change things up, no more film, no more all-star events. For all eternity, this is how the 2020 class will be represented.

And there were a lot of prospects who were right around five-star status who did not make it to that highest of ranking.

Right outside the five-star ranking was LSU wide receiver signee Kayshon Boutte, followed by Notre Dame tight end signee Michael Mayer, Alabama linebacker signee Drew Sanders, Clemson offensive line signee Walker Parks and LSU linebacker signee Antoine Sampah.

Next up in the rankings is the first uncommitted prospect in four-star safety Avantae Williams, who had been committed to Oregon for months but is now serious about Florida, Miami and others.

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Others high in the rankings include Texas A&M signee Antonio Johnson, who had a phenomenal week at the All-American Bowl, Alabama signee Timothy Smith, who has been dominant at numerous events and has great film, Ohio State signee Cody Simon, who made no mistakes all week at the All-American Bowl and Florida State signee Demorie Tate, who shined at the Under Armour game.

Someone who lost his fifth-star after an uneven performance at the Under Armour game is Auburn running back signee Cartavious Bigsby, who now lands at No. 45 overall.

Those are the first players outside of five-star status but there are many others throughout the Rivals100 who could have made an argument for a significant move up, or players who will definitely outplay their ranking in college.

And that’s how we get to the Ask Farrell for today.

We ask Rivals National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell to name a few prospects in the Rivals100 if he was completely in charge of rankings he would have moved up even higher because he has the belief they’re in for a big college career and could end up being first-round NFL Draft picks.


Timothy Smith leads the way for me as he’s a special talent and will be unstoppable at the next level and beyond. Defensive tackles who can move and get after the passer as well as be stout against the run aren’t easy to find and Smith is rare in this class. He’s up there with Bryan Bresee, Justin Rogers and others.

Boutte is a guy who could really make us look wrong as well as I have a feeling he will play like a five-star. Mayer and Parks are a couple others to keep an eye on.

This class has a lot of talent at certain positions and some of the decisions were very hard ones.