Three-Point Stance: Commits, Group of Five WRs, hot programs
National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with a look at the top wide receivers from the Group of Five, a run-down of key recent commitments and a list of the hottest program in each conference.
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1. RECENT COMMITS THAT INTRIGUE ME
There have been some big commitments and some interesting commits in the last week or so. Here are some that intrigue me the most.
TE Mathias Barnwell, Penn State (2023) — This is obviously a very early commitment, but Barnwell is a big kid who could grow into an offensive lineman down the line. Big athletes are hard to find, so this is a good get.
DB Omarion Cooper, Florida State — Cooper is a big and physical defensive back who is especially effective coming up and making tackles. He’s also rangy in coverage. He had seven pass deflections last season.
WR Cam Smith, Oklahoma State — Smith has good size and may be overlooked a bit with the Green brothers committed to the Cowboys as well, but he’s the first 1,000-yard receiver in his school's history.
DE Viliami Pouha, Utah — The son of the Utes defensive line coach, Pouha is tall and lanky with a non stop motor. He’s a couple of years away from impacting but he could be a big-time sleeper down the line.
2. THE TOP WIDE RECEIVERS IN THE GROUP OF FIVE
I continue my look at the best players in the Group of Five with the wide receivers.
Quian Williams, Eastern Michigan — Williams caught 52 passes for 661 yards as a freshman. That's just the start for this talented pass catcher.
Tre Walker, San Jose State — Walker is an elite possession receiver who moves the chains and is a reliable target.
Marlon Williams, UCF — Williams is a powerful receiver with a running back build who is tough after the catch. He had over 700 yards receiving last season and could hit 1,000 this year. He will pair with Tre Nixon as one of the best Group of Five duos around.
Jared Smart, Hawaii — 87 catches for 1,129 yards last year makes Smart one of the most productive receivers around.
3. HOTTEST PROGRAMS IN EACH POWER FIVE CONFERENCE
This is not an easy call at all in some cases, but let's single out the programs in each Power Five conference that have been on fire in recruiting over recent weeks.
Big Ten: Michigan — While Ohio State rules the roost in Big Ten recruiting and are No. 1 in the country, Michigan has been the hottest team in recent weeks. Recent commitments include LB Junior Colson, ATH Jaydon Hood, DE KeChaun Bennett and OL Tristan Bounds.
SEC: Georgia — Tennessee is on top of the SEC right now and there haven’t been a ton of schools with a rash of commitments, but Georgia has landed a couple of key pieces recently. LB Chaz Chambliss was a long-time target and OL Dylan Fairchild is a key in state pickup. Arkansas, Ole Miss and some others have also been active recently with multiple commits.
ACC: Florida State — The Seminoles have been on a steady roll of late that started with WR Joshua Burrell and continued with LB Jordan Eubanks and TE Jackson West. The best have been the two recent commitments from DB Omarion Cooper and OL Bryson Estes. These aren’t the four stars you’d expect from FSU but these are all solid gets. Pitt, Boston College and NC State have also been very active.
Pac-12: USC — Not only is USC back on top of the Pac-12 in recruiting (for now) but the Trojans have been very active lately. QB Miller Moss and WR Michael Jackson are four-star pickups and TE Lake McRee keeps the Texas pipeline rolling. Oregon, Washington and UCLA have picked up key commits as well.
Big 12: Oklahoma State — Mike Gundy has been on fire of late with commitments from wide receivers Bryson and Blaine Green as well as Cam Smith. Add in ATH Makale Smith and they are on a good roll. West Virginia has also added some key commitments recently.