Three-Point Stance: Huge weekend for Huskers, Buckeyes
Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s thought-provoking Three-Point Stance is here with thoughts on a huge commitment weekend for two Big Ten programs, some other key commitments from the last week and finally the end of satellite camps.
1. BIG DAY IN LINCOLN & COLUMBUS
What a weekend when it comes to impact commitments. It’s not really a huge surprise with so many spring games, but still this past weekend was a huge one for two Big ten programs especially.
Here are my thoughts on the commitments for Nebraska, the team that had the biggest weekend, and Ohio State, which wasn’t far behind.
DB Brendan Radley-Hiles – Radley-Hiles has the chance to be a Jamal Adams-type for Nebraska and that’s huge. He isn’t long or that big, but he’s a pure leader who likes to hit everything in his area. He will probably stay outside at cornerback, but I could easily see him doing work at safety as Adams does and he’s the kind of player who can move all over the field. Adams was a natural leader out of high school and Radley-Hiles has those same attributes.
WR Manuel Allen – Allen, like Radley-Hiles, continues the Calibraska movement but also continues to add quickness and ball skills to the offense. He is a bit more sudden than Stanley Morgan was out of high school and has similar hands, although Morgan’s ball skills were a bit more advanced. He plays for a big-time program in California where winning is expected all the time so pressure will not be an issue.
ATH Marquez Beason (2019) – Beason isn’t ranked just yet as we have only ranked 100 players in the 2019 class, but he’s a talented and versatile kid. Teammates with 2017 signee Damion Daniels, he’s an important cog in the Texas efforts for Nebraska and if he doesn’t work out on offense, he could easily impact on defense. Nebraska needs to continue to add kids that can impact at multiple positions and Beason fits that mold.
DE Tate Wildeman – The focus is on California and Texas these days it seems, as far as national headlines and Nebraska recruiting, but Colorado is a key area as well and Wildeman is a throwback. Bob Diaco likes his defensive linemen to be versatile in his scheme but also very physical at the point of attack and Wildeman is just that. He’s a solid pass rusher but won’t kill you with his speed. His motor is off the charts and he will knock you in the face. That mentality is key.
More Huskers: Nebraska 2018 commitment list
OL Max Wray – Wray was originally committed to Georgia and was thought to be staying in the SEC at either Alabama or LSU before his commitment to Ohio State. This is an example of the skill Urban Meyer has in recruiting when he can change many things with one visit. Wray is a polished lineman who will add depth at a key position and helps Ohio State get into Tennessee a bit more. And he has a 2020 younger brother in Jake Wray who could be even better.
DB Josh Proctor – The stunner of the weekend for sure as many, especially Oklahoma, felt the Oklahoma native would stay closer to home. Will this one stick since it came out of left field? Time will tell, but for Ohio State to get a coveted defensive back from Oklahoma to visit and commit when everyone expected him to head to OU or Texas or somewhere in the Big 12 is beyond impressive.
More Buckeyes: Ohio State 2018 commitment list
2. RECENT IMPACT COMMITS
While the commitments didn’t occur over the weekend, a few massive commitments came down since I wrote my column a week ago in which I ranked the key commits for the previous two weeks. And I’m talking serious impact guys here. These are the ones that stood out to me in order:
QB Casey Thompson, Texas – Quarterbacks are always a big deal and the first under Tom Herman with dual-threat abilities makes this arguably the most important commitment of his tenure so far. Can Herman work his magic with the Oklahoma native (and Sooners legacy) as he’s done at Ohio State and Houston with dual-threats?
CB Asante Samuel, Florida State – Not a surprise commitment at all, but another quality grab for FSU at defensive back as the Noles battle for that DBU title. He lacks size but that’s about it as his instincts are off the charts and he’s very physical for a smaller defensive back.
TE Brevin Jordan, Miami – Miami is the only team to put multiple tight ends in the first round over the last decade or more and Jordan is a great fit as a downfield threat. He’s athletic, he has good hands and he has that swagger The U is looking for.
RB Iverson Clement, Florida – Florida needs to upgrade speed and playmaking ability in the offensive backfield and Clement has the potential to help that. He can not only make people miss but he can catch the ball and works well in space. He hasn’t been utilized that much in the passing game in high school but watch out in college, he has the ability to be a multi-faceted weapon.
DB Cam Jones, UCLA – Jones, a former Texas Tech commitment, is a big hitter and very physical in the run game who uses his size well. That aggressive nature will be welcome at UCLA and as he hones his coverage skills, he could be a leader in the defensive backfield before too long.
WR Tevailance Hunt, Kansas – Kansas continues to add quality prospects despite some awful recent seasons and this time they dig into Texas. Hunt has good size and is ready to be an early impact guy next year when he arrives on campus. He has a chance to be an offensive star in Lawrence.
QB Tyler DeSue, Maryland – Quarterbacks are important, we all know that, and DeSue is a talented kid who will also recruit hard for the Terps in the DMV area and is friendly with many key targets. He’s also at a program that will continue to add big-time high school prospects and he makes good decisions with the football.
OT Oyenmwen Uzebu, Minnesota – I like the long-term potential of this one for the Gophers as Uzebu is huge, athletic but very raw. He’s a former defensive lineman who made the switch and has the potential to be a big, nasty left tackle after a couple of years of development.
3. GOOD RIDDANCE, SATELLITE CAMPS
One thing missed by many when Friday’s recruiting rule changes were approved by the Division I Council? No more satellite camps, and I couldn’t be happier.
What at first appeared to be a nice idea turned into a massive joke and became more about what baseball jersey Jim Harbaugh was going to wear or which big-time prospects would simply pose for pictures at the events rather than compete for a scholarship (since most already had them). This was never about getting “sleeper recruits” exposure, it was always about getting the college programs exposure in certain geographical areas and simply got out of hand. It was good to see the Council agree to reel it in after it got way out of hand. I’ve never, in all my years of covering recruiting, seen so much written about such a waste of time and money.