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Rivals Rankings Week: New 2022 LB rankings

CJ Hicks
CJ Hicks (Nick Lucero/

The updated 2022 Rivals250 is out and today we are unveiling the defensive position rankings. In the updated class of 2022 rankings, the linebacker positions saw some significant moves. Below are some of note.

NEW 2022 POSITION RANKINGS: Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker | Strongside Defensive End | Weakside Defensive End | Defensive Tackle | Offensive Tackle | Offensive Guard | Center | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Running back | All-purpose back | Pro-Style QB | Dual-Threat QB



Saturday: Who should be awarded fifth star?

Sunday: Who should be No. 1?

Monday: Five-Star Countdown | Meet the new five-stars

Tuesday: New Rivals250 revealed | Gorney's thoughts | Who will we regret dropping? | 10 biggest movers

Wednesday: Offensive position rankings | Recruiting updates on all uncommitted offensive players in Rivals250 | Five schools that received boost from new rankings | QB Rankings Spotlight | RB Rankings Spotlight | WR/TE Rankings Spotlight | OL Rankings Spotlight

Thursday: Defensive position rankings | Recruiting updates on all uncommitted defensive players in Rivals250 | DL Rankings Spotlight

Friday: State rankings



It is shaping up to be a loaded group of outside linebackers for the class of 2022. The group features five-star CJ Hicks, who remains the No. 1 player at the position group, and four-star Gabe Powers.

The Buckeyes hold a commitment from two of the top three outside backers in this class - both out of their backyard and both top 40 prospects nationally.



PLAYER ON THE RISE: Shemar James  

Now the No. 1 middle linebacker in the country, five-star Mobile (Ala.) Faith Academy standout Shemar James added his fifth star and surpassed Alabama commitment Shawn Murphy in the position ranks.

James, a former Florida pledge, is considering the Crimson Tide as well as Georgia, and his decision will be one of the bigger commitments made at the tail end of this recruiting cycle. The Gators are also making an effort to re-enter the picture.


PLAYER TO WATCH: Harold Perkins 

One of the most dominant recruits in the state of Texas the past two years, Perkins – a two-way star – amassed 1,300 yards rushing with 21 touchdowns and averaged better than 16 yards per carry. He caught 14 passes for 325 yards and three more scores.

Defensively, the newly minted five-star piled up 35 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, a fumble forced and fumble recovered. This will come down to Texas, LSU or Texas A&M.