Rivals nationwide recruiting analyst Ryan Wright, CanesCounty.com website writer Marcus Benjamin, CardinalSports.com website writer Ty Spalding and TideIllustrated.com website writer Kelly Quinlan tackle subjects starting from whether or not Miami has jumped previous Florida for in-state recruiting supremacy to Alabama‘s possibilities of touchdown not less than two five-star 2023 gamers and, lastly, if Louisville nonetheless has some recruiting magic left within the Southeast amongst 2023 prospects.
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1. Florida will find yourself with the very best 2023 class within the state.
Wright’s take: FACT. “This can be a robust name and a numbers recreation. I feel Miami goes to undergo some attrition but in addition add elite expertise to its class within the coming weeks, however simply what number of is hard to gauge proper now. For perspective, there are solely 4 uncommitted Rivals100 gamers left within the states of Florida and Georgia.
It seems to be like Florida and Georgia are heavy opponents for a few of Miami’s high targets. The variety of recruits to hit is 20 to maximise the Rivals staff rankings. The Hurricanes have a bonus with two five-stars. Including the likes of nook Cormani McClain, athlete Nyckolas Harbor or offensive sort out Samson Okunlola would rocket the Canes’ class up the leaderboard. The Gators are already at 20, with room so as to add 5 to seven extra commits. This will likely be a enjoyable recruiting battle to look at.
Benjamin’s take: FICTION. “The Gators not too long ago jumped over Miami within the 2023 Rivals Crew Rankings as a result of a current string of commitments within the final month. Presently, Florida ranks ninth and Miami is simply outdoors of the highest ten at eleventh.
Miami sits with 17 commits on the board and is in play for a number of five-star prospects, together with McClain, Okunlola and Harbor. 4-star skills Rueben Bain and Damari Brown are additionally excessive on the Hurricanes. Miami might also persuade four-star nook Dijon Johnson to journey south. If the Hurricanes land half of these six prospects Miami wins over Florida.
2. Seven of Louisville’s 14 commits are from the Southeast, and extra are on the best way.
Wright’s take: FACT. “One of many greater recruiting rumors circling out of South Florida are the potential strikes brothers Robby and Bobby Washington might make going from Miami to Louisville. Whereas among the interactions might have quieted down Rockledge (Fla.) receiver Eddie Combs visited Louisville in Could. The Cardinals began going after Miami Palmetto receiver Derrick Bohler in Could. One other Florida prospect to look at is tight finish Adam Moore.
The listing goes on, and I see Louisville stacking up on extra Southeast recruits within the coming weeks.
Spalding’s take: FACT. “Louisville’s greatest groups over time have been constructed from recruiting the Southeast. Whenever you take a look at Teddy Bridgewater’s time at Louisville, the South Florida pipeline was alive and nicely. Bridgewater’s high targets included Eli Rogers and Michaelee Harris, each from the Miami space.
Then you’ve gotten the likes of Brandon Radcliff, Lamar Jackson, Tutu Atwell and Javian Hawkins, 4 extra extraordinarily productive talent place gamers in recent times who all have been out of the state of Florida.
I imagine that momentum in Florida will proceed, and two names to look at from Miami are Robby and Bobby Washington.”
3. Alabama will signal not less than two five-stars within the 2023 class.
Wright’s take. FACT. “With Keon Keeley decommitting from Notre Dame on Wednesday evening it now seems to be like a lock for Alabama to land the five-star finish. Not accounting for flips, there are eight different five-stars left on the nationwide board, and I’m guessing not less than yet one more could possibly be heading to Tuscaloosa.
Alabama is all the time within the working for elite gamers, and the Tide are on the listing for offensive sort out Samson Okunlola, finish David Hicks Jr. and Cormani McClain. Of the three, McClain and Okunlola are excessive potentialities. One of many roadblocks to touchdown McClain and/or Okunlola could also be Miami.
The Tide’s five-star listing may develop primarily based on expertise already tied to the category. Alabama has a powerful 5 gamers with a Rivals 6.0 ranking, simply off the 6.1 mark of a five-star. Caleb Downs and Justice Haynes are sturdy contenders for a possible fifth star.
Quinlan’s take: FACT. “I feel Alabama will land Keeley earlier than the top of this month, and I additionally count on a few the present commits like Caleb Downs and Justice Haynes to finish up with a fifth star as each are as shut as you may get on Rivals with out being a five-star. Nick Saban and his employees are nonetheless on McClain as nicely, and the Tide are in his ultimate three.
The one different factor to regulate is extra flip potentialities that could possibly be within the Tide’s favor. Alabama already flipped Ty Lockwood from Ohio State this month and may have basically flipped Keeley from Notre Dame if that goes as anticipated. This could possibly be a historic class for Alabama if the items line up over the subsequent few months.”