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Rival Views: Which 2018 prospect will be an instant star this season?

CLASS OF 2019 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | State | Position National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell and National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney don’t always see eye to eye. In this edition of Rival Views, the two debate which player will become an instant star in college football next season.

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C.J. Moore
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Moore is a tall, angular receiver who certainly needs to add some muscle, but he will thrive in the Cowboys' pass-happy offense. James Washington and Marcell Ateman are gone and Moore can help make up for a lot of those lost catches.

Lorenzo Lingard at Miami, Ricky Person at NC State, Tommy Bush at Georgia and Amon-Ra St. Brown at USC come to mind as well, but Moore is ultra-talented and fits into what Oklahoma State likes to do so well. He will hit the ground running.


Marquis Spiker
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I seriously considered pushing for Spiker to be a five-star prospect because he was that dominant during his senior season and I could end up regretting it since he could be a huge focal point in Washington's passing attack as a freshman. Dante Pettis is gone, which means quarterback Jake Browning has very few big-time targets left. Spiker could step in immediately and be a superstar.

Browning and running back Myles Gaskin work well together, but Washington's passing attack needs a stud receiver to step in for Pettis and my bet is that will be Spiker. In his senior season, the four-star finished with 83 catches for 1,490 yards and 27 touchdowns. He's productive, he's elite and he's needed in Washington's offense. Browning can deliver the ball to him like he did to Pettis.

For Spiker, this is lining up incredibly well and it all could start next season because he has the ability to be special. I also considered Clemson wide receiver Derion Kendrick, Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and Michigan State defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, but I'm most confident in Spiker right now.