Rankings Week: Who deserves to make the jump into Rivals250?
Senior seasons are finished and the all-star games are in the rear-view mirror. It is now time to make arrangements for the final rankings of the 2019 class.
In today’s Making The Case, a few Rivals.com analysts offer statements on prospects they felt deserved to be included in the revamped Rivals250.
RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK
Monday: Top 10 revealed
Wednesday: Rivals250 released
Thursday: Position rankings released
I think Florida State linebacker signee Kalen DeLoach made a strong case to be in the Rivals250 with his play at Under Armour week. I like the way he dropped in cover, he closed to the ball well and in the game itself he was all over the field and made a ton of tackles. He's shown the instincts and anticipation to be a Rivals250 linebacker and I think as he adds speed and some strength he will only get better. –National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell
Although Harris did not generate as many headlines as fellow linebackers Nolan Smith and Marcel Brooks, the future Alabama linebacker had a solid week in San Antonio from beginning to end and impressed us with his overall skill set. Harris was among the bigger linebackers playing in the All-American Bowl, but he was also among the fastest. In pass coverage Harris dropped quickly and effectively, closing off passing lanes and even making an interception during team 7-on-7 on Wednesday’s practice. His size, though, means Harris can hold up well at the point of attack, take on blockers and deliver the take-down blow on running backs of all sizes. Already a four-star prospect, Harris’ case for climbing into the Rivals250 is strong. – Midwest Recruiting Analyst Josh Helmholdt
Not many – if any – knew who Harrison was at this time a year ago. He is in the southwest corner of Georgia, a place not too many college coaches even go to recruit or evaluate. Kids in that area do not get out to too many camps, so Harrison was an unknown prospect until late spring, early summer. He took part in a few college camps, earned a few offers and then committed to Tennessee late in the summer.
I saw some of his senior tape and was impressed around mid-season. Then I saw Harrison in person in November at his school before seeing him play, and help his team win a state title in December. Harrison is a raw talent, and someone who will have to learn a new position being that he plays nose guard for his high school team, but his raw talent and upside are what his ranking is all about. Looking at his frame, his ability and his versatility helped him make a strong case for this move. – Southeast Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons