Rivals Rankings Week: Two players earn fifth stars
The latest Rivals100 for the class of 2020 has been released and with it only two new five-star prospects after a busy summer. However, there were a few other prospects that received consideration and were a part of some lengthy discussions. Here’s a breakdown of the new release with a look at the top.
RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK:
Wednesday: Rivals250 revealed
Thursday: Position rankings revealed
Let’s start at the top as there was a bit of shuffling in the national top 10. California quarterback and Clemson commitment D.J. Uiagalelei remains the No. 1 player in the country despite missing some major events like the Rivals 100 Five Star Challenge presented by adidas and the Elite 11. Uiagalelei is an elite quarterback prospect but certainly not guaranteed to be the No. 1 guy before all is said and done as many talented players are chasing him. Fellow Clemson commitment and defensive tackle Bryan Bresee moved up two spots to the No. 2 position ahead of linebacker Justin Flowe, who dropped one spot to No. 3. South Carolina defensive end Jordan Burch and LSU commit and cornerback Elias Ricks round out the top five. Any of those prospects and a handful of others could easily push their way to No. 1 overall in this class. Compared to 2019 and 2021, the 2020 class is loaded at the top.
Rounding out the top 10 are, in order, Arizona cornerback Kelee Ringo, Ohio State wide receiver commitment Julian Fleming, Georgia defensive end and Clemson commitment Myles Murphy, Washington defensive end Sav’ell Smalls and Ohio State offensive line commitment Paris Johnson Jr. Fleming is the only player to emerge from outside the Top 10 this time around as the shuffling up top was minimal after three months of extensive scouting.
The first new five-star appears at No. 15 as Utah linebacker Noah Sewell joins the elite group after an amazing performance at the Five Star Challenge and at The Opening. Sewell is a very rare 250+-pound linebacker who runs like a running back and covers so much space despite not being overly long. The other new five star is Texas running back commitment Bijan Robinson, who checks in at No. 19 after a great summer and an especially strong performance at the Five Star Challenge.
Our Rivals.com analysts break down the new five stars as well as four players who were discussed intently when it comes to earning that fifth star.
LB Noah Sewell
"There is no linebacker like Sewell that we've seen on the high school level. At 260 pounds, he moves so well, he covers ground sideline to sideline and he can come down and thump the running back.
"What I also love about Sewell's game is he loves playing the sport, has fun doing it and is really coachable, so he's going to go out on the field and make an impact every single time the ball is snapped. He had the best performance out of any linebacker at the Five-Star Challenge and there were some outstanding linebackers at that event. Any questions about his weight or size are overdone because he moves so well.
RB Bijan Robinson
“There has maybe been nobody nationally who has been more impressive this offseason than Robinson, and that's coming off a junior year where he put up huge numbers at running back. He can run between the tackles, he can break it to the outside, he can make big things happen and he showed this summer at numerous events including the Five-Star Challenge that he can catch the ball out of the backfield or line up in the slot and be a mismatch nightmare for linebackers. Robinson is the complete package and he's a dynamic athlete who is a dream for offensive coordinators. The new five-star recently committed to Texas over Ohio State and USC." – Gorney
FOUR WHO WERE CLOSE
QB Harrison Bailey
“Bailey has done nothing to hurt his stock this off-season. He has worked hard to get into better shape, to improve his mobility and that has only helped his overall game. The arm, the throws, the smarts and the stats have never been a concern. He's always checked those boxes. He is a natural leader, he has a great work ethic and the Tennessee commit is trending upward on Rivals.com. He has put himself right in the middle of that five-star discussion heading into his senior year.” – Rivals.com Southeast Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons.
WR Marcus Rosemy
“The only question that lingers around Rosemy is his top-end speed, but the Georgia commit overcame that question to be front and center in the five-star discussion. This offseason, Rosemy flashed incredible hands and sharp route-running. He’s certainly polished and physical enough to put himself on the verge of five-star status, so the discussion about his ranking was heated.” – Rivals.com Florida Recruiting Analyst Rob Cassidy.
WR Gee Scott Jr.
“This is a very deep class at wide receiver with four five-stars already and Scott is definitely in that five-star discussion, especially after some great offseason performances. He was excellent at numerous camps and 7-on-7 events, looked great at The Opening and should be primed for a big senior season.
"The Ohio State commit looks excellent physically and he can stretch the field, but we have seen him drop some passes, so there is the slightest concern of consistency with his hands. There is no doubt though that Scott can make the tough catch in a crowd, he is bigger than most cornerbacks so he can go up and get it and that he's one of the best receivers in the class.
"A big senior season and heading into the all-star events should force us to revisit him in the rankings and it could boost him up to that five-star level." – Gorney
LB Derek Wingo
“Wingo showcased freakish athleticism to go along with his massive frame this offseason. The Florida commit continues to retain his quickness as he adds muscle and is turning into the type of player that could make an early impact in the SEC. Wingo was discussed for five-star status, as he’s earned the right to be in the conversation with Flowe.” – Cassidy