Rivals Rankings Week: Five-Star Countdown for 2025 class
It's another Rivals Rankings Week, and this time the 2025 class is in the spotlight. We expand the 2025 rankings from a Rivals100 to a full Rivals250 on Tuesday, but first we unveiled the quartet of five-stars in the class.
RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK
Sunday: Who should be No. 1?
Monday: Five-Star Countdown
Tuesday: New 2025 Rivals250 revealed | Ten new players in the top 50 | Gorney's thoughts
Wednesday: New offensive position rankings
Thursday: New defensive position rankings
Friday: New state rankings
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CLASS OF 2023 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Team | Position | State
CLASS OF 2024 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Team | Position | State
CLASS OF 2025 RANKINGS: Rivals100
"At a position of value, Elijah Griffin has it all. Griffin dominated Georgia offenses last season, earning all five of his stars. Griffin has a burst off the snap and closing speed that is rare. Already gifted with ideal strongside defensive end size, Griffin is strong and uses multiple moves beyond a speed or bullrush to create chaos in the backfield. As good as he is, there is still tremendous upside left to his game.
"College programs are not wasting time coming after Griffin. On his way to 30 offers, Duke, Michigan State, Florida, Michigan and Colorado all offered in January." – Ryan Wright, national recruiting analyst
"Offensive tackles with as much upside as David Sanders Jr. don't come around very often. At 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, he has an ideal frame for a prospect at his age. He has elite quickness and athleticism for the position and he has really advanced technique at this stage.
"Even though Sanders doesn't look as muscle-bound as some of his peers, he has impressive playing strength once the ball is snapped. He should really show off that high-end potential once he adds muscle mass as his development continues. Sanders brings a level of aggressiveness to the field college coaches love as well.
"Sanders will be busy with visits this spring, heading to North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and more." – Adam Friedman, national recruiting analyst
“The Belleville, Mich., star is special in every sense of the word and checks every box when it comes to what you look for in a five-star quarterback. Measuring in at 6-foot-3 and weighing 205 pounds, Bryce Underwood has prototypical size for the position along with arm talent and athleticism to match.
"His command of the field is unmatched for a player his age and two state titles in two years of high school backs that up. The sky‘s truly the limit as to how good Underwood can eventually be.
"Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and LSU are just some of the schools that will battle it out for Underwood’s pledge.” – Clint Cosgrove, national recruiting analyst
“Galena Park (Texas) North Shore five-star cornerback Devin Sanchez comes from a program with a long list of elite defensive talents, but word on the east side of Houston and throughout the state of Texas is that the 6-foot-3, 170-pound lockdown defensive back might be the best to ever don the red and white for the Mustangs.
"Sanchez's length immediately catches all of the attention when he steps on the field with his elongated arms that press receivers off the line immediately, but it's his fluid movement and pristine technique that has his stock higher than just about any defensive back in the country.
"It was tough finding completion against Sanchez in 2022, and two more seasons as a boundary corner will only further his worth as one of the top lockdown defensive backs in the entire country.” – Nick Harris, national recruiting analyst