Three-Point Stance: In-state keeps, opt-outs, Top 25
National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with some great in-state recruiting keeps for non-blueblood programs, ranks the college football opt-outs by NFL talent and offers up a preseason Top 25 ranking of the teams that will play this fall.
1. HUGE IN-STATE RECRUITING KEEPS FROM NON-BLUEBLOODS
Kentucky landed a huge home state commitment this week from Jager Burton. It may not have received the headlines of a typical Alabama, Ohio State or Clemson commitment, but Burton's pledge is a big one for the Wildcats' program. Here are 10 other big in-state keeps for non-blueblood programs.
1. QB Sam Huard, Washington — The last few five-star quarterbacks in Washington left the state - although Jacob Eason eventually returned and Max Browne didn’t pan out - and Huard was a must-keep for the Huskies. He is a prospect that Washington can build around.
2. TE Hudson Wolfe, Tennessee — Vols fans will be more upset about not being called a blueblood than they will be happy about having Wolfe on this list. Wolfe was a huge get for Tennessee after he was once seemingly leaning to Ohio State.
2. THE TOP-10 PLAYERS TO OPT OUT BASED ON DRAFT TALENT
Let’s rank the top 10 opt-outs based on their NFL Draft talent and judge whether they made the right decision. These are players that either could have played this fall or opted out before the Big Ten and Pac-12 shut things down. And no, Jamie Newman doesn’t make the cut.
5. CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech — Farley was the first to opt out and, from a draft perspective, it’s an iffy move. The consensus seems to be that he will be a first-rounder but other corners that will play this fall could surpass him.
3. THE TOP 25 TEAMS (THAT ARE ACTUALLY PLAYING)
OK, begrudgingly, I give you my Top 25 limited solely to teams playing this fall.
6. Notre Dame
10. Texas A&M
11. North Carolina
12. Oklahoma State
15. Iowa State
20. Virginia Tech
25. Florida State