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Class of 2019 Position Rankings: Risers and sliders

The post-junior season evaluations give us the first chance to update the class of 2019’s position rankings. Although many new names are added, only a handful of No. 1 spots change hands.

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PRO-STYLE QUARTERBACK

CLASS OF 2019 PRO-STYLE QB RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Bo Nix, Pinson (Ala.) Valley (Up 1 spot)

NOTABLE DROPPER: None

COMMENTS: For the second class in a row, the No. 1 overall player is a pro-style quarterback. USC commit JT Daniels obviously leads off this ranking as well, and he is followed by Nix, who moves up from a 5.9 to a 6.0 Rivals Rating. Wisconsin commit Graham Mertz makes the highest debut on the list at No. 6, while Iowa native Max Duggan is right behind Mertz at No. 7 after earning his fourth star.

DUAL-THREAT QUARTERBACK

CLASS OF 2019 DUAL-THREAT QB RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: None

NOTABLE DROPPER: Grant Tisdale, Allen, Tex. (Down 1 spot)

COMMENTS: Oklahoma commit Spencer Rattler remains No. 1 in this ranking, but he also gets a bump up to 6.0 to further increase his lead. Michigan State commit Dwan Mathis remains No. 2 and Texas commit Roschon Johnson rounds out the top five after a one spot bump following Tisdale’s drop. Penn State commit Ta’Quan Roberson moved from a 5.6 up to a 5.7 Rivals Rating, but his ranking on this list remained the same.

ALL-PURPOSE BACK

CLASS OF 2019 ALL-PURPOSE BACK RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: None

NOTABLE DROPPER: None

COMMENTS: This ranking grows from five to 10 players, but still features the same top four lead by Miami’s Nayquan Wright. Among the new additions to the ranking are Californian Jamaal Bell, who moved up to a 5.6 Rivals Rating and ranks No. 7 on this list, and Virginian Jordan Houston, who comes over from the running back position to take the No. 8 spot on this list.

RUNNING BACK

CLASS OF 2019 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Daniel Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (Up 7 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Noah Cain, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy (Down 1 spot)

COMMENTS: Two of the six new five-stars in the 2019 class are at the running back position, and they are Devyn Ford out of Virginia and Alabama commit Trey Sanders. Carter moves into the third spot on this ranking following the new five-stars and Cain stays in the top five despite dropping from a 6.0 to a 5.9 Rivals Rating. Indiana native Sampson James makes the highest debut on this list at No. 7 after starting out as a four-star.

WIDE RECEIVER

CLASS OF 2019 WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Darren Jones, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon (Up 39 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Treylon Burks, Warren, Ark. (Down 6 spots)

COMMENTS: A trio of five-stars – Georgia commit Jaden Haselwood, Arjei Henderson and Theo Wease – kick off this ranking, though Henderson moves ahead of Wease to take over the No. 2 spot in this update. Memphis wideout Shamar Nash is the only new addition to the top 10 after he jumps more than 20 spots. Jones and Texan Garrett Wilson also receive bumps from 5.8 to a 5.9 Rivals Rating and earn spots in the top 20.

TIGHT END

CLASS OF 2019 TIGHT END RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Patrick Herbert, Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon (Up 1 spot)

NOTABLE DROPPER: None

COMMENTS: The ranking grows by five to include 15 total prospects after this update and the prospect making the highest debut is new four-star Traevon Kenion, who starts off at No. 7 in this ranking. Pennsylvania native Hayden Rucci earns a fourth star in this update, but stays at No. 6, and Herbert jumps one spot to No. 9 after moving up to a 5.7 Rivals Rating. Among the new additions to the ranking outside the top 10 is Houston native Thomas Gordon.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

CLASS OF 2019 OFFENSIVE TACKLE RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Tyler Johnson, Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge (Up 11 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Warren McClendon, Brunswick, Ga. (Down 3 spots)

COMMENTS: New five-star Darnell Wright maintains his spot atop this list, and he is now followed by Wisconsin commit Logan Brown at No. 2 after a one spot move higher in this ranking. Minnesota native Quinn Carroll rounds out the top five after a five-spot jump in this update. Further down the list, Johnson is No. 10 after his jump and new four-stars Danielson Ike of Kansas City and LSU commit Thomas Perry find spots in the top 30.

OFFENSIVE GUARD

CLASS OF 2019 OFFENSIVE GUARD RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: None

NOTABLE DROPPER: Marist Talavou, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco (Down 6 spots)

COMMENTS: LSU commit Kardell Thomas remains No. 1 after this update, but New Jersey native Caeden Wallace moves over from the offensive tackle rankings to assume the No. 2 spot on this list. Ohio State commit Doug Nester also comes over from offensive tackle and takes up the No. 6 position in this ranking. The list grows by five out to a top 15 and now includes prospects like Nashville’s Jackson Lampley.

CENTER

CLASS OF 2019 CENTER RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: None

NOTABLE DROPPER: None

COMMENTS: The same top five from the summer remains intact, with Clay Webb leading off as the first five-star offensive center in Rivals.com history. He is followed by Branson Bragg out of Texas, Dylan McMahon from Georgia, Florida native Vincent Murphy and Bryce Ramsey out of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

WEAKSIDE DEFENSIVE END

CLASS OF 2019 WEAKSIDE DEFENSIVE END RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Rodricus Fitten, Atlanta (Ga.) Washington (Up 14 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Omar Speights, Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep (Down 4 spots)

COMMENTS: Five-star Californian Kayvon Thibodeaux continues to lead this ranking, but movement down and out of the position by other prospects creates room for Virginian Dante Walker and Cade Stover out of Ohio to move into the top five. Fitten just misses out on the top 10 after his big bump, but Traveon Freshwater out of North Carolina does slide into that territory after a move up from the No. 11 position previously.

STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END

CLASS OF 2019 STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Savion Jackson, Clayton, N.C. (Up 14 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Charles Moore, Louisville, Miss. (Down 9 spots)

COMMENTS: Ohio native Zach Harrison earns his fifth star, but remains No. 2 behind Michigan commit and fellow five-star Christopher Hinton after this update. There is a lot of movement in the top 10, starting with Zacch Pickens of South Carolina jumping from outside the top 10 all the way up to No. 3. Mase Funa, Eric Gregory and Nathan Pickering also get bumps into the top 10, and Jackson rounds out the top 10 after his 14-spot jump.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

CLASS OF 2019 DEFENSIVE TACKLE RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Jaquaze Sorrells, Largo, Fla. (Up 10 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Trevis Hopper, Memphis (Tenn.) Central (Down 14 spots)

COMMENTS: This ranking grows by 10 and now includes 30 total prospects. The numbers are bolstered by players coming in from other positions, including New Jersey native Antonio Alfano and Steven Faucheux from the greater Cincinnati area who both find spots in the top 10. Sorrells jump also earns a spot in the top 10 at No. 6, while Phoenix’s Matthew Pola-Mao moves higher within the top 10 and now sits at No. 3 in the ranking.

INSIDE LINEBACKER

CLASS OF 2019 INSIDE LINEBACKER RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Maninoa Tufono, Honolulu (Haw.) Punahou (Up 2 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Donte Starks, New Orleans (La.) John Ehret (Down 3 spots)

COMMENTS: The initial inside linebacker ranking was a small list of just 10 prospects, but that has grown to 15 after post-junior season evaluations. The top three from the summer remains the same, however, with Tufono taking over the No. 4 spot after his jump and Georgia commit JD Bertrand rounding out the top five. The highest debut in this ranking comes from Wisconsin commit Leo Chenal, who starts out at No. 8.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

CLASS OF 2019 OUTSIDE LINEBACKER RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Hunter Stewart, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga (Up 3 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Marcel Brooks, Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus (Down 8 spots)

COMMENTS: Georgia native Owen Pappoe is still knocking on that five-star door, and still leads off this ranking. The distance between he and No. 2 on the list has grown after Brooks’ drop down to No. 10. Everyone else who was behind Brooks in the previous top 10 just moves up a spot. The highest debut in this ranking comes from West Virginia commit Lee Kpogba, who starts as a four-star and ranks No. 12.

CORNERBACK

CLASS OF 2019 CORNERBACK RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Woodi Washington, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland (Up 19 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Brandon Turnage, Oxford (Miss.) Lafayette (Down 10 spots)

COMMENTS: Baton Rouge native Derek Stingley, Jr., is a new five-star, but he was already No. 1 here so his position ranking does not change. The contenders are stacking up behind Stingley, though, with Florida State commit Akeem Dent and Washington joining California native Chris Steele at the 6.0 Rivals Rating after post-junior season bumps. Georgia commit Jalen Perry and Florida State commit Kenyatta Watson also get bumps that earn them spots in the top 10.

SAFETY

CLASS OF 2019 SAFETY RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Litchfield Ajavon, Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal (Up 16 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Brian Williams, Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne (Down 2 spots)

COMMENTS: Tulsa’s Daxton Hill has taken over the No. 1 spot in this ranking from Williams after Hill sees his Rivals Rating jump from 5.8 to 5.9. Massachusetts’ Lewis Cine also makes a jump into the top five and Ajavon rounds out the top five after his 16-spot bump. Georgia native Jaylen McCullough comes over from the cornerback position to secure a spot in the top 10.

ATHLETE

CLASS OF 2019 ATHLETE RANKINGS

NOTABLE RISER: Diwun Black, Forest, Miss. (Up 19 spots)

NOTABLE DROPPER: Luke McCaffrey, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian (Down 29 spots)

COMMENTS: New five-star, and No. 2 overall in 2019, Quavaris Crouch moves to this position from running back, and takes over the top spot on the list. There is a strong contingent of five 6.0 Rivals Rated recruits right behind him, including California’s Bru McCoy, Florida’s Mark-Anthony Richards, St. Louis’ Isaiah Williams and Texas’ Jordan Whittington, who all moved up to 6.0 in this update. Among the new additions to the list is Arizona’s Jake Smith, who debuts as a four-star at No. 18.