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Three-Point Stance: More key commits, Big Ten hot seats, Hand DUI National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s thought-provoking Three-Point Stance is here with a look at the top commits in the last week or so, ranking the coaching seats from hottest to coolest in the Big Ten and Da’Shawn Hand’s stunning arrest.

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J.T Daniels
J.T Daniels (Nick Lucero/

1. Ranking the key commits from last week

The huge commitments continue to roll in even during what is usually a slow time. Here are the top 15 based on recruiting impact from last week, led by USC’s superstar 2019 quarterback commitment.

1) QB J.T. Daniels, USC (2019) – Could he be the nation’s No. 1 player for 2019? Could be. Is he the next star quarterback for the Trojans? Yes he is.

2) WR Brennan Eagles, Texas – Yet another huge commitment for Tom Herman and the Longhorns, Eagles is arguably the most physically impressive receiver in the 2018 class.

3) WR Arjei Henderson, Oregon (2019) – Class of 2019 in the house here as the Ducks land speed and size to what will be a potent offense.

4) WR Jalen Preston, Texas A&M -- A long expected commitment from a kid I like better than most (similar to Kellen Mond last year). I think Preston could be special.

5) CB Olaijah Griffin, UCLA – Another big time defensive back chooses UCLA. Demetrice Martin needs another raise.

6) LB Jack Lamb, Notre Dame – Length and athleticism at linebacker is exactly what Notre Dame needs and Lamb also has great smarts. This is a terrific get.

7) DE Stephen Herron, Michigan (2019) – He’s still growing into his frame and right now could be an athletic hybrid guy that Don Brown loves or a pure end who will be excellent off the edge.

8) OG Nolan Rumler, Michigan (2019) – A big-time get out of Ohio, Rumler is a mauler and yet another 2019 win over a kid Ohio State offered.

9) LB Shayne Simon, Notre Dame – A good compliment to Lamb, Simon isn’t quite as long but he could be slightly more quick twitch and versatile. They are a terrific combo.

10) OT Will Craig, Cal – A tall, lean tackle with a great frame to build on and excellent feet, watch out for this kid in a couple of years.

11) S Jamien Sherwood, Auburn – A big and physical safety who could grow into a linebacker, he shows excellent athleticism for a kid his size as Auburn is building a nice defensive class.

12) LB David Reese, Florida – Reese is a kid who looks great, plays a bit raw but has an amazing ceiling and could climb in the rankings.

13) DB Jaylon King, Georgia Tech – A leader and great athlete, this kid could be a future defensive captain at Tech.

14) DE Daniel Parker Jr., Missouri – Another huge commitment for Mizzou, this one is even more important than Chad Bailey because he’s in state.

15) ATH Taye Barber, TCU – The perfect slot receiver for TCU’s offense? He could be.

2. Big Ten hot seats - Are there any?

Chris Ash
Chris Ash (AP)

So far my hottest to coolest seat opinions for the SEC, ACC and Big 12 have drawn the ire of numerous fan bases – no surprise there. So it’s time to head to the Big Ten and likely tick off more people. Here’s my list for a conference with few, if any, coaches looking over their shoulder.

1) Chris Ash, Rutgers – With four years left on his contract after a horrendous 2-10 season and 0-9 finish in the Big Ten, Ash isn’t in jeopardy of losing his job. So clearly, as the guy on the hottest seat here, no one in the Big Ten is truly in trouble. He gets the nod because of the embarrassing losses (58-0 to Ohio State, 78-0 to Michigan) which can’t become a habit.

2) Lovie Smith, Illinois – Another coach coming off his first season, Illinois was bad at 3-9 (2-7 in conference), but they were clearly more competitive than Rutgers and beat them head to head. Smith has five years left, so even longer than Ash to turn things around.

3) Mike Riley, Nebraska – Third on this list? Riley has been expected to be an upgrade over Bo Pelini and he has been on the recruiting trail, but 15-11 in two seasons in a pressure cooker like Lincoln means you’re one bad year away from trouble.

4) Tom Allen, IndianaKevin Wilson had a bit of success, at least keeping his teams in games and heading to recent bowl games, that Allen will be under pressure early. Hard to say a 26-47 record (12-37 in conference) are big shoes to fill, but who would you put ahead of him?

5) Mark Dantonio, Michigan State – What? Dantonio is signed through January of 2023 and despite a bad season last year, has been amazing for Michigan State. So why so high on this list? Because there’s no one else to put ahead of him, that’s how solid the Big Ten is, and the off-field stuff is concerning a bit.

6) Jeff Brohm, Purdue – He’s even in the top half here entering his first season for one reason – the last few head coaches haven’t lasted that long and it’s been a decade since Joe Tiller had his success.

7) DJ Durkin, Maryland – A 6-7 record and a bowl was a good first year, especially following the Randy Edsall debacle, so Durkin is safe but those below him are even more secure.

8) PJ Fleck, Minnesota – Fleck was a big name hire for Minnesota and the Gophers made a national splash landing him, so he’s going to get many years to prove his worth.

9) Paul Chryst, Wisconsin – Chryst is 21-6 after two seasons and is coming off a division title. He’s in great shape.

10) James Franklin, Penn State – Remember when he was on a warm seat last year after the Minnesota game? Now he’s amongst the most secure coming off a Big Ten title.

11) Kirk Ferentz, Iowa – Have you see his contract? Iowa is with Ferentz until he retires.

12) Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern – Fitzgerald is 77-62 at Northwestern and is a legend at his alma mater so he’s the head coach for as long as he wants.

13) Jim Harbaugh, Michigan – Choosing between Harbaugh and Meyer was tough here as both are untouchable.

14) Urban Meyer, Ohio State – A national title and the recruiting is the difference maker for me in making Meyer the safest.

Da'Shawn Hand
Da'Shawn Hand (AP)

Anyone who covered Da’Shawn Hand in high school had to be stunned when news broke that he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Saturday morning. In all my years of covering recruits, Hand is up there with DeShaun Watson and a few others as the highest character kids I’ve been around.

But my personal experience with Hand doesn’t change my feeling about how DUI should be disciplined unless there are details we are missing. Hand should be hammered with a lengthy suspension to send a message to the rest of college football that this won’t be tolerated. I said the same about Urban Meyer handling J.T. Barrett with kid gloves and I’ll say the same now. Nick Saban needs to show that discipline is a strong point of his in Tuscaloosa.