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Rivals Rankings Week: New five-star players from 2022 class

Rivals continues to roll out its updated rankings for the 2022 class and we are always looking for the best of the best. We hit the road as much as possible this season, we continued to watch a lot of film and we have identified four players to bump up to new five-stars. Let's bring you up to date on this talented quartet.



Monday: Five-Star Countdown

Tuesday: New Rivals250 released

Wednesday: Offensive position rankings released

Thursday: Defensive position rankings released

Friday: State rankings released



Keithian Alexander
Keithian Alexander (Nick Lucero/

Finding a home at Denton Ryan (Texas) took its toll, as it wasn't until midseason before Rivals100 defensive tackle Keithian "Bear" Alexander returned to the field to open his junior season.

Since then, Alexander has been firing on all cylinders. During a recent live evaluation, Alexander was explosive off the line and battled double-teams with success. Even when Alexander doesn't find his way into the box score, he's accounting for quarterback pressures and disruption in the backfield. He's a high-motor interior lineman that's quickly making a difference on one of Texas' most talent-laden squads. His upside is through the roof as he regains his full form. - Sam Spiegelman, South-Central recruiting analyst



Kevin Coleman
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When I think of the most dynamic playmakers I have covered during the last two decades, guys like Adrian Peterson, Jaylon Smith and Derwin James come to mind. These were players who took everything thrown at them, ate it up and spit it out, and Kevin Coleman belongs in that group.

His playmaking skills may have no equal in this 2022 class, and he is one of the most impactful football players I have ever seen on a high school field. Now, Coleman insists he is only a wide receiver prospect, but I'm not sure why he would limit himself this early in his career. He posted eight interceptions as a sophomore and his frame is more unique for cornerback than for receiver.

That being said, Coleman's value as a college prospect probably is higher at receiver because you want the ball in his hands. Keeping him as an athlete, though, leaves both possibilities on the table. Officially, Coleman has a top 13 list of schools, which suggests he is still pretty open. The wide-open offenses in the Pac-12 hold his interest, but so does the opportunity to play SEC ball. This will likely be a lengthy recruitment. - Josh Helmholdt, Midwest recruiting analyst



Travis Hunter
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We had Hunter ranked as a high four-star cornerback before the season. The Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill junior is still one of the best defenders on the back-end, but there is more - a lot more - to his game than covering receivers and picking off passes. He has four interceptions this season and he has blanketed most of the top receivers his team has faced.

But the Florida State commit may be even better on offense. He has over 100 receptions for over 1,400 yards and over 20 touchdowns this season at wide receiver. The college football game has turned into an offensive game, and Hunter would be playing a lot of snaps right now for many ACC and SEC schools at receiver. He is such an explosive athlete and he can make plays in space, down the field and in the return game. Hunter is an elite defensive back, but he is almost too dangerous on offense not to play him there first.

Could he be the next Champ Bailey or Charles Woodson? Perhaps, but the difference is those two started at cornerback for Georgia and Michigan before playing some offense late in their careers. It could be the other way around for Hunter. He is from Florida and he is committed to Florida State, but schools definitely are not giving up. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and some others are going to try to stay in this one. Hunter is one of the most dynamic athletes I have seen in recent years. - Chad Simmons, Southeast recruiting analyst




Jacoby Mathews
Jacoby Mathews (Sam Spiegelman)

Mathews emerged as a high-profile defensive back early on during his prep career at Ponchatoula (La.) while playing for legendary coach Hank Tierney, who oversaw the likes of Ryan Clark and Mickey Joseph during his previous time at Archbishop Shaw and more recently coached TJ Finley (LSU) and Christian Campbell (Georgia Tech). Mathews has a chance to be the best of that bunch.

While his future may be at safety, Mathews grew up playing park-ball quarterback and has been unstoppable anchoring the Ponchatoula offense. He's making plays on both sides of the ball and has the ability to change the course of games by himself. LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Mississippi State are just a few of the schools in the mix with Mathews. - Spiegelman