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Rival Views: Which four-star could end up playing like a five-star?

CLASS OF '18 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Team | State | Position | JUCO 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 four-star prospect could end up playing like a five-star in college.

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Tyreke Smith
Tyreke Smith (Nick Lucero/

There are obviously many candidates, but Ohio State commit Tyreke Smith is still new to football and learning how to play and his athleticism is off the charts. He’s also a hard worker and continues to add strength and size. Under the tutelage of Larry Johnson with the Buckeyes, it would not surprise me at all to see Smith become as successful as the Bosa brothers or some other recent stud defensive ends Ohio State has produced.


Brey Walker
Brey Walker ( McCuistion)

There are a lot of skill players I really like high in the four-star rankings including Washington's Marquis Spiker, Penn State's Ricky Slade, Ohio State's Blue Smith and others but I'm going to pick a massive offensive tackle in Brey Walker.

Walker is all of 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds and he has been solid - if not excellent - during the all-star evaluations at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Polynesian Bowl. He moves well for someone his size, completely dominates defensive ends who try to outmuscle him and has surprising quickness for a player so big.

Orlando Brown was a three-star coming out of high school and really developed into a high-level NFL Draft pick during his time in Norman. There could very easily be comparisons made from a physical standpoint between Brown and Walker and the Moore (Okla.) Westmoore offensive tackle is far more advanced at the same stage. We could end up regretting not making Walker a five-star because he certainly has the physical makeup and ability to be an early-round NFL Draft pick.