National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with his grades on the new hires in college football, a look at three-stars who could surprise and a breakdown of the top true freshmen defensive linemen.
Here are my initial impressions of the new Power Five hires.
Steve Sarkisian, Texas — B-plus — Sark has past head coaching experience and what seems to be a new level of focus after the NFL and his time with Nick Saban so I feel this is a good fit. But I thought Tom Herman was as well, so what do I know? MORE: Exclusive Sarkisian NSD interview
Bret Bielema, Illinois — B — I like this hire because Bielema has Big Ten experience and he will recruit to at least make Illinois competitive.
Jedd Fisch, Arizona — B-minus — He has NFL experience but also West Coast ties and he’s recruited at some big programs so this is a smart hire.
Shane Beamer, South Carolina — C — I like Beamer and know he has learned a ton under his dad and Lincoln Riley but this is just a tough place for someone without head coaching experience to win. MORE: Exclusive Beamer NSD interview
Bryan Harsin, Auburn — C — Harsin is a good coach but this is a fish out of water a bit when it comes to Southeast recruiting ties and reputation. MORE: Exclusive Harsin NSD interview
Josh Heupel, Tennessee — C-minus — I’m not overly hopeful with this hire as he was on a downward trend at UCF and I’m not sure if he’s the guy to handle this mess.
2. THREE-STARS THAT WILL SURPRISE
The five- and four-stars get most of the national attention during the recruiting process but there are always three-star surprises that emerge from each class. Here's one three-star candidate at every position that could make a bigger-than-expected impact.
QB: Finn Collins, Arizona State — Collins hasn’t played in a bit but he has a good frame, makes solid decisions with the ball and he’s a nice fit for ASU.
S: Jayden Johnson, Arkansas — I love this get for Arkansas as Johnson is a closer in pass defense and when tackling.
3. THE TOP TRUE FRESHMEN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Here are the seven best true freshmen defensive linemen from the 2020 season.
1. DE Myles Murphy, Clemson — Murphy was not only one of the best true freshmen in the country but also one of the best all around defensive ends with great success against the run in addition to his four sacks.
2. DE Khari Coleman, TCU— Coleman is undersized, but he has a non-stop motor and can run anything down.