Rivals Rankings Week: Which ATH is best fit for his future team?
Rivals has released its final 2023 rankings with a lot of movement into the five-star category and into the Rivals250. The national recruiting analysts look at the signees and commitments to determine which athlete prospect is the best fit for their respective teams.
FINAL 2023 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Athlete | Cornerback | Safety | Inside linebacker | Outside linebacker | Defensive tackle | Strongside defensive end | Weakside defensive end | Pro-style QB | Dual-threat QB | Running back | All-purpose RB | Wide receiver | Tight end | Offensive tackle | Offensive guard | Center
RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK
Wednesday: Offensive position rankings released | Five teams that should be most pleased with new ranking | Which QBs are best fits for future team? | Which RBs are best fits for future team? | Which WRs are best fits for future team? | Which O-linemen are best fits for future team?
Thursday: Defensive position rankings released | How will 2023 class be remembered? | Which D-linemen are best fits for future team? | Which LBs are best fits for future team? | Which DBs are best fits for future team?
Friday: State rankings released
Saturday: JUCO rankings
Sunday: Transfer portal team rankings
"Taylor may not be the highest-rated athlete to sign with a school during this recruiting cycle, but the value he brings to Luke Fickell's new-look Wisconsin team is tremendous. There are a number of holes in Wisconsin's roster – especially at skill positions – and Taylor will be able to fill at least one of those holes as a contributor immediately.
"In addition to being an asset in the return game, Taylor is one of few players in this recruiting cycle with a skill-set that is equally impressive at multiple positions on both sides of the ball. Taylor was also the gel that kept Wisconsin's recruiting class together during a coaching change and will be a leader in the locker room for years to come." – Clint Cosgrove
"This was a tricky decision but it looks like Ronan Hanafin could be a great addition for Clemson because of what he’s able to do not just on the offensive side of the ball, but on defense as well. He’s a very slippery receiver, who can create separation and outrun defensive backs or overpower them in the open field.
"Hanafin could really shine as a defensive back. He has a physical nature and when he’s coming downhill as a safety, running backs should keep an eye out for him." – Adam Friedman
"He's a little down the list of athletes but I could be eating crow on this one in the coming years because Holmes is a perfect fit at Washington and reminds me of Kevin King or some of those other undervalued recruits who went to Seattle and shined. Holmes is a long, rangy athlete who's going to play defensive back for the Huskies and so many of those players have been developed by the former coaching staffs there for the NFL.
"There's a new sheriff in town but the culture has stayed in some good ways and Holmes could follow suit of those defensive backs who shined once they got there." – Adam Gorney
"Developing defensive backs has become second-nature to TCU in recent years, even with the transition to Sonny Dykes from Gary Patterson, as the Horned Frogs have claimed two of the last three Jim Thorpe Awards with a pair of prospects that had a two-star rating (Trevius Hodges-Tomlinson) and a 5.6 three-star rating (Trevon Moehrig), respectively.
"For Randon Fontenette, who has ample experience on both sides of the ball but will most likely play in the secondary in Fort Worth, the opportunity to translate his athleticism that he's built during his high school career into a focused approach at either safety or cornerback will allow him to maximize his potential as yet another secondary demon for the Horned Frogs." – Nick Harris
"Over the decades, and at every position, Miami has produced some of the greatest and most exciting players. Robby Washington can be that guy for the Canes. If Washington is featured in Miami’s passing attack, he can easily be a 1,000-yard receiver.
"Given the opportunity to return kicks and punts, Washington can be a national household name. Washington is dynamic with game-changing speed. The big play machine that was the Miami of old, Washington can bring that back. – Ryan Wright