National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with some thoughts on some recent portal entries, a breakdown of the top true freshmen linebackers of the 2020 season and a look at 10 potential mid-round NFL Draft steals.
The Transfer Portal has been especially active in recent days with many players making their decisions. Here are some of the latest moves that intrigue me:
QB Alan Bowman — This is interesting because there are programs out there with a lot less returning at quarterback than Michigan so the former Texas Tech gunslinger must feel he can immediately beat out Cade McNamara and incoming freshman J.J. McCarthy. Bowman is impressive if he can stay healthy.
DB Jamari Brown — Brown doesn’t have a home yet but he has good size and some SEC experience to sell to programs. He's a Power Five player to me.
WR Nate Craig-Myers — UCF is the right fit for the former four-star who committed to Gus Malzahn out of high school. Craig-Myers will be an instant red zone fit.
OL Kenneth Kirby — Kirby is a big and athletic player who was an all-conference player at the FCS level and is an NFL prospect. He’s an experienced starter at left tackle and is a huge get for Georgia Tech where depth is needed.
WR Samson Nacua — Nacua has height and a good catch radius and was a productive player at Utah despite some QB issues. He went from former walk-on to reliable option and could end up at Washington with this brother Puka.
DB Jason Simmons — Simmons wowed many with his first year at the Group of Five level and his instincts are off the charts for a young player so he will play early and often at Syracuse.
2. IMPRESSIVE TRUE FRESHMEN LINEBACKERS
Let’s keep at it as I continue my rankings of the top true freshmen that played in the 2020 season. Here are the linebackers.
1. William Anderson, Alabama — Anderson was a five-star out of high school for a reason and showed why with 33 tackles and seven sacks.
2. B.J. Ojulari, LSU — Ojulari is a hybrid of sorts like Anderson and had a very effective season as well with four sacks in situational play.
3. Trenton Simpson, Clemson — Simpson showed his five-star ability as the season wore on with 28 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He’s going to be amazing.
4. Noah Sewell, Oregon— Sewell didn’t surprise anyone as we had him as a five-star but he stepped up when fellow freshman linebacker Justin Flowe went down with injury. He had 37 tackles, five for a loss and two sacks.
5. Jamal Ligon, UTSA — Ligon was a two-star defensive end out of high school who had 72 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
6. Tyler Grubbs, Louisiana Tech— A low three-star coming out of high school, Grubbs had 96 tackles with 9.5 for a loss as an immediate leader on the Bulldogs' defense.