Rival Views: Which school has had best recruiting run since NSD?
Rivals.com 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 team has had the best run since National Signing Day.
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FARRELL’S VIEW: TEXAS
The Big Ten is loaded with teams that have had nice runs since National Signing Day and Illinois would obviously be one choice, but I’m going to go with Texas out of the Big 12 because of the commitments of Jordan Whittington and De’Gabriel Floyd.
Whittington is one of the top in-state prospects in Texas this year and was a huge commitment for the Longhorns as Texas A&M and Oklahoma were off to hot starts. And then pulling one of the bigger surprises of 2019 by landing Floyd out of California just makes this little run even more impressive.
Texas only has three commitments since National Signing Day but two of them are as big as any in the country so far and that makes the Longhorns the most impressive.
GORNEY’S VIEW: ILLINOIS
Illinois finished No. 12 in the Big Ten recruiting rankings last recruiting cycle. The Illini were No. 10 two years ago.
But coach Lovie Smith and his coaching staff are doing a fantastic job in the early stages of the 2019 class and all three commitments have come since signing day.
Illinois first landed a commitment from four-star athlete Marquez Beason in early March and then followed that up getting a pledge from in-state tight end Griffin Moore. The cherry on top of the early commitments came recently from four-star athlete Isaiah Williams from St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic, the top-rated player in the state.
For a team that has not had recent success on the field, landing players the caliber of Beason and Williams is absolutely huge and could make the Illini interesting, maybe even competitive, in the Big Ten again.