Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here comparing the top-ranked prospects in the 2020 class to their 2019 counterparts, listing the top 10 returning running backs and predicts the most interesting recruitments in the 2021 class.
Pro-Style Quarterback — D.J. Uiagalelei vs. Bo Nix— Nix had a solid first year at Auburn but I’m taking Uiagalelei here based on his size, arm and surprising mobility.
All-Purpose Back — Bijan Robinson vs. Devyn Ford — Ford is a good player and will have a nice career at Penn State but Robinson has a chance to be special. I mean really special.
Running Back— Zachary Evans vs. Trey Sanders — Sanders is coming off an injury but we are comparing players at the same stage coming out of high school and he was a little bigger and stronger (and more stable) than Evans.
Wide Receiver — Julian Fleming vs. Jadon Haselwood— This is an epic battle of two tall, talented wide receivers and I’d take Haselwood by a small margin.
Defensive Tackle — Bryan Bresee vs. Antonio Alfano — Two very talented and agile defensive tackles. Alfano has already transferred, but that doesn’t take away from his talent in high school. However, Bresee is the better prospect.
Outside Linebacker — Trenton Simpson vs. Nolan Smith — I love Simpson and he’s going to be special, but Smith is the next great hybrid in the SEC and gets the nod.
Inside Linebacker — Justin Flowe vs. Nakobe Dean — Flowe is a special talent and is easily the better prospect coming out, but Dean is off to a good start.
Cornerback — Elias Ricks vs. Derek Stingley Jr. — The LSU cornerback duo next season? Could be but Stingley is one of the best corners I’ve ever seen. He’s the pick.
Safety — Avantae Williams vs. Daxton Hill — Williams is smooth and has good size but Hill had that elite speed coming out and is the better prospect.
Athlete — Mookie Cooper vs. Bru McCoy — Cooper could be dynamic at Ohio State but McCoy is a rarity as a huge wide receiver who could also play defense if needed.
2. THE BEST RETURNING RUNNING BACKS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Today I’m continuing a series that looks at the top returning college football players at each position. Here’s my top 10 at running back.
1. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State — I love Hubbard and think he will put up monster numbers again next season despite likely being overshadowed again on a national stage.
2. Najee Harris, Alabama— Harris over Etienne? This was a tough call but I think Najee has a crazy year.
8. Zamir White, Georgia — White is next in line at Georgia and could have a bigger year than D’Andre Swift did last season. In fact if he doesn’t, it will be a disappointment.
9. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo — I might have Patterson way too low based on last season. Call it Power Five bias if you must.
10. Pooka Williams, Kansas— Pooka is an elite back who plays for a not-so-good team, so his performance is even more impressive.
3. FIVE POTENTIALLY DRAMATIC RECRUITMENTS
Predicting drama is never easy, but I’ll give it a shot. While I don’t expect a Zachary Evans-type situation in 2021 class, these prospects could have drama-filled recruitments.
1. WR Quaydarius Davis — He has already committed to SMU and Texas and, despite being a strong Longhorns lean, he will likely visit a bunch of programs like LSU, Alabama and others.
2. ATH Seven McGee — But wait, he’s committed right? McGee will visit seven (get it?) or more programs by August.
3. WR Agiye Hall— Based on how many times he changes his top schools and rumors of certain schools already backing off, this could be a wild ride.
4. CB Tony Grimes — I’m not talking about multiple commitments here, but I know he will take a lot of visits and could change his leader several times.
5. OL Amarius Mims— This may seem like an odd choice but the same could be said about Broderick Jones at this time last year. Georgia is thought to be the clear leader, but this could come down to the end with Alabama, LSU and others.