Rivals Rankings Week: Who will finish No. 1 in the 2021 class?
The new 2021 rankings are set to roll out this week and, while this was a highly unusual spring evaluation period, the debate about who could end the cycle as the top prospect in the Rivals250 continues to rage. National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney, East Coast Analyst Adam Friedman, and Southeast Analyst Chad Simmons explain who they think will finish as the No. 1 prospect in the Rivals250.
CLASS OF 2022: Top 100
ADAM FRIEDMAN: Caleb Williams
It’s a shame the overwhelming majority of the players from the East Coast weren’t able to showcase their development this spring. Quarterback Caleb Williams is one of the many players everybody was excited to see because he does have the potential to be the top-ranked prospect in the Rivals250. His arm strength, accuracy, decision-making and athleticism all make him a special prospect.
Williams, who named a top three of Oklahoma, Maryland and LSU, is the quarterback in this class with the best chance of finishing at the top of the rankings, and I do think a quarterback should end up in the top spot. In the 20 NFL Drafts this century, a non-quarterback has only been selected No. 1 overall six times. The quarterback position is easily the most important in the sport and one in a class as talented and as deep as this should end up No. 1 in the Rivals250.
ADAM GORNEY: Korey Foreman
We've found the best player in this recruiting cycle and should not overthink it. Korey Foreman is a beast at defensive end, unstoppable on the high school level and last summer at The Opening he absolutely dominated everybody in the 2020 class. Someone who was there watching said Foreman was the best player on the field and that included Clemson signee Bryan Bresee, our No. 1 prospect in 2020.
Foreman has certainly not done anything to disprove that statement and while he didn't put up mind-boggling numbers as a junior it's because he deals with double- and triple-teams on every snap. An argument could be made two years ago when he and USC's Drake Jackson played defensive ends opposite each other on Corona (Calif.) Centennial's defensive line that Foreman was even better than Jackson back then.
He has an unbelievable motor, he's physical as anybody and he's a playmaker. There are other talented kids in this class, sure, but Foreman is the best all-around prospect.
CHAD SIMMONS: Amarius Mims
The offensive tackle position is a premiere position, and Amarius Mims has somewhat separated himself as the best in the 2021 class. He is such an athlete at the position with natural bend, great feet and athleticism. He has shown the ability to mirror the speed rushers off the edge as well and open up big holes in the run game.
Mims is being pursued by the national powers, like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and others. When all is said and done, he is expected to make a strong case for the No. 1 overall prospect in this class. Outside of quarterbacks, offensive tackles are the most important positions in the NFL, and Mims is on track to being an elite left tackle.