Three-Point Stance: Ranking new QBs, top OL classes and more
Rivals National Columnist
A lot of new QBs are about to take the field, We rank the new Power Five starters, plus take a look at the top offensive line classes in recent years and discuss how historical a Korey Foreman-Maason Smith combo would be.
1. How the new QB starters in the Power Five stack up
1. D’Eriq King, Miami — King ahead of Spencer Rattler? Only because of what King showed a few seasons ago at Houston, when he threw for nearly 3,000 yards and rushed for nearly 700 while accounting for 50 touchdowns.
2. Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma — Rattler will have some great weapons and should follow in the footsteps of the Heisman winners at OU, but he’ll need a year to find his rhythm.
13. Matthew Downing, TCU — The TCU quarterback situation is a bit of a nightmare, but maybe Downing will surprise.
14. Ken Seals, others at Vanderbilt — This is apparently a four-player battle, but Seals has the most upside.
15. Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech — If he’s the starter - as rumored - there will be some serious bumps along the way.
2. Top 10 OL classes since 2017
With the commitment of Kingsley Suamataia, the Oregon Ducks have one of the best offensive line classes in 2021. But does it stack up against the best in the last few years? Here’s my top 10 since 2017 (on paper only).
9. Oregon 2021 — Suamataia is a huge get and he gives Oregon four different four-stars in this class along the OL.
10. Notre Dame 2019 — This may seem odd because John Olmstead is already transferring, but this was a big-time class on paper. Led by Quinn Carroll, this was a class of four different four-stars.
3. Dynamic defensive line duos
Finally, imagine DE Korey Foreman and DT Maason Smith playing together. It’s a scary thought, but it could happen as both are high on Georgia and LSU. But would they be the best DE-DT combination to commit to the same school in the same recruiting cycle? Here are seven amazing combos at these positions (Foreman and Smith would be third on this list if they remain ranked No. 1 and No. 5, respectively, and go to the same school.)