Three-Point Stance: Sticking with it, underrated players, top classes
Rivals National Columnist
National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with the lesson players can learn from some stars, 10 players who came out of nowhere in this crazy season and the best defensive recruiting by position in 2021 so far.
With the NCAA transfer portal absolutely blowing up, I want players in college and high school to focus on a few stars who could have left their respective programs and didn’t. That determination and willingness to compete will make them millionaires.
RB Najee Harris, Alabama- The No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class could have bolted early when he wasn’t getting touches his first couple of years and was splitting time with multiple backs. But he toughed it out and came back for an extra year and now he’s in the Heisman discussion and a likely first-rounder.
QB Mac Jones, Alabama— Jones committed to Kentucky at first out of high school but flipped and stuck with Alabama even with the highly-touted Tua Tagovailoa in the same class. So when Tagovailoa took over for Jalen Hurts, Jones could have left but instead his patience has paid off in a huge way.
WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama— Smith had eight catches his freshman year and the wide receiver room was loaded at Alabama. He stayed and not only flourished but now he could win the Heisman.
WR Elijah Moore, Ole Miss — Moore was productive by his second year at Ole Miss but after his embarrassing penalty that lost the Egg Bowl he could have left. He stayed and is now a first round candidate.
RB Michael Carter, North Carolina — Carter was solid his first couple of years but had to split time with Javonte Williams. Many backs would look for their own path but he stayed and he and Williams are an unstoppable duo.
DB Shakur Brown, Michigan State— Brown redshirted, of all things, his first year and didn’t see a ton of time in year two but he stuck with Michigan State despite hailing from Georgia and now he’s one of the best in the country.
2. TEN PLAYERS WHO HAD AMAZING, UNDER-THE-RADAR SEASONS
Have you ever heard of these guys before the season? Be honest. Maybe if you’re a big fan of their program but, beyond that, no way. Here are 10 guys who had amazing seasons that started way under the radar.
RB Sincere McCormick, UTSA — The second leading rusher in the country wasn’t really much of a national name until this season.
WR Dax Milne, BYU — A huge reason for the success Zach Wilson and BYU enjoyed, Milne is going to be a long-time NFL guy.