Three-Point Stance: Big commits, recruiting Texas, replacing stars
Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here ranking the week’s biggest commitments, breaking down the out-of-state programs that recruit Texas the best and looking at the stars best situated to replace this year's high NFL Draft picks.
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1. LAST WEEK'S 10 BIGGEST COMMITS
Commitments continue to heat up and it’s getting harder already to name the top commits of each week. Here’s my best crack at it this week.
2. FIVE OUT-OF-STATE PROGRAMS THAT RECRUIT TEXAS THE BEST
1. Oklahoma – The Sooners have recruited 31 four- or five-stars from Texas since 2013 which includes six in 2019 already and two for 2020. This is far and away the most of any school and it’s clear Lincoln Riley - and, of course, before him Bob Stoops - are the biggest threat to Texas, Texas A&M and others.
2. LSU – Bordering Texas and a short drive from Houston, you would expect LSU to be high on this list and they are No. 2 behind Oklahoma with 14 four- or five-stars since 2013, including one for 2019. Les Miles and Ed Orgeron are known as excellent recruiters and I would expect LSU to continue to be a player for Texas recruits under the latter.
3. Alabama – The Crimson Tide raid many states, but it’s a bit surprising to see how high they are in the Texas out-of-state rankings. They have landed 12 four- and five-stars since 2013, just two off of LSU’s pace and you could argue they have bigger names. Nick Saban can recruit anywhere and Texas is an area he loves to spot recruit.
4. Ohio State – The Buckeyes have done damage in Texas and landed a bunch of star power in the process. They have landed nine four- and five-stars since 2013 including one in 2019. Ohio State continues to show that Urban Meyer is the best recruiter in the nation.
5. Ole Miss, Oklahoma State – The Rebels and Cowboys are tied with seven four- and five-stars since 2013 with Ole Miss tying things up with a commitment from Grant Tisdale in 2019. Ole Miss has lured some big names and Oklahoma State’s recruiting in Texas has been overlooked a little bit.
3. WHO WILL REPLACE BIG-TIME DRAFT STARS
In Monday’s Take Two, we compared Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley to Baker Mayfield and think the former could play the role of Mayfield in college football next season. Here are a few others who could replace big-time NFL Draft stars…
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn – Could Stidham play the Sam Darnold role? How about Josh Rosen instead? He doesn’t move around the pocket the same way as Darnold, but he has the downfield vision and arm strength to replace Rosen in college football.
A.J. Brown, Ole Miss – I like the comparison to Calvin Ridley more than D.J. Moore but he could replace either. I like the Ridley comparison because Brown will make a national impact the way Ridley did while Moore didn’t impact college football much.