National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with a look at players who surprisingly slipped out of the NFL Draft, a breakdown of the most productive defensive backs returning to college football this fall and comments about key recent commitments.
1. SURPRISING UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS
Shea Patterson (AP Images)
The NFL Draft has come and gone and, as usual, there are many big names that ended up being undrafted. Here are a few that surprised me.
QB — I know Patterson didn’t live up to the hype of being a five-star, but he showed enough talent to at least be drafted. Shea Patterson, Michigan TE Hunter Bryant, Washington — Bryant is a very good athlete and at least worth a draft pick as a flex tight end who can stretch the field. S JR Reed, Georgia — Reed is a leader on defense and has excellent coverage and ball skills as well as bloodlines. This is confusing. TE — Same with Reed as far as bloodlines go and Moss showed his effectiveness last year. He’ll stick someplace as a free agent. Thaddeus Moss, LSU TE CJ O’Grady, Arkansas — I liked O’Grady better than many and loved his ball skills so I’m surprised no one took a shot at him in this day and age of pass-catching tight ends. QB — Perkins may not be super polished, but he’s a winner, a leader and a tough kid. Bryce Perkins, Virginia DT — Big men don’t grow on trees and Jones was active and made some plays. Benito Jones, Ole Miss
WR — Davis is a slot receiver who can run a bit and has been somewhat productive (at least this past season), so this is surprising. Quartney Davis, Texas A&M 2. MOST PRODUCTIVE RETURNING DEFENSIVE BACKS
Derek Stingley, Jr. (AP Images)
Today I will finish my look at the most productive players returning to college football next season with a focus on the defensive backs. And, as usual, some big names are missing.
INTERCEPTIONS 1. Derek Stingley Jr., LSU (6) — Stingley put up great numbers as a true freshman last season. This is why we ranked him No 1 in the country coming out of high school. 2. — Haven’t heard of Cisco? He’s buried a bit when it comes to national attention being at Syracuse, but he’s a baller. Andre Cisco, Syracuse (5) 3. — A ballhawk at safety he doesn’t get the attention he deserves in the Big 12. Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State (5) 4. Ar’Darius Washington , — TCU with another under-the-radar defensive back? Not a surprise as the Horned Frogs produce some big-time players. TCU (5) PASS BREAKUPS 1. Derek Stingley Jr. , LSU (21) — See above. 2. Kolby Harvell-Peel , Oklahoma State (18) — See above. 3. Elijah Molden, Washington (17) — Molden was a big-time playmaker out of high school and has lived up to the hype so far. 4. — A four-star athlete out of high school, Farley has found a home as a lockdown corner at Virginia Tech. Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech (16)
5. — The former five-star prospect who signed with Jack Jones, Arizona State (16) USC is doing quite well with the Sun Devils. 3. RECENT COMMITMENTS THAT HAVE CAUGHT MY ATTENTION
Landon Jackson (Sam Spiegelman)
While the NFL Draft has captured our attention, there have been some big commitments in the world of recruiting. Here are a few I like a lot.
OL David Davidkov, Iowa — Offensive linemen usually pan out at Iowa. Four-star offensive linemen usually do better than pan out. Just ask Tristan Wirfs. DB Kamar Wilcoxson, Tennessee — The former Florida commitment has a ton of talent and is a huge pickup from IMG Academy where all that talent lurks. TE Landen King, Texas — The Longhorns add a talented tight end who can stretch the field and is a big target. DE Landon Jackson, LSU — Jackson has been dominant on the high school level and is always in the backfield. He’s raw but he has talent. DE Dylan Brooks, Tennessee — Brooks is a huge get out of the state of Alabama and a message from Jeremy Pruitt to the rest of the SEC. WR JoJo Earle, — LSU can recruit wide receivers with the best of them and Earle will keep the tradition going. LSU DE Voi Tunuufi, — A hard-nosed edge rusher from Utah, Tunuufi is a guy who will always give 110-percent. Washington RB Taj Butts, Missouri — A nice get here for Mizzou as Butts has a nice combination of shiftiness and power. CB Ja’Den McBurrows, — This is Southeast recruiting that is needed at Michigan and McBurrows will come with a chip on his shoulder. Michigan S Bralyn Oliver, Louisville — Louisville does more with three-stars than most programs and Oliver is a rangy talent.
OL Beau Stephens, Iowa — Stephens is physical and plays angry.