Rivals recruiting analyst Clint Cosgrove together with Tim O’Halloran of EdgyTim.com, Eric Lammers of NittanyNation.com and Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com deal with three matters and decide whether or not they imagine every assertion is FACT or FICTION.
Justin Scott would be the subsequent five-star prospect out of Illinois.
Cosgrove’s take: FACT. There may be little query in my thoughts that Justin Scott would be the subsequent five-star prospect out of Illinois. Some will argue that it is a bit untimely to crown Scott as the subsequent man up when the state has a pair of 2023 five-star candidates in offensive linemen Miles McVay and Charles Jagusah. I do really feel McVay and Jagusah have a reputable shot at changing into five-star prospects. However I imagine that if both of them is minted a five-star, it is going to occur nearer to subsequent 12 months’s signing day. Scott however has a really actual likelihood of being awarded his fifth star when our subsequent 2024 rankings replace is launched. He’s as bodily and athletically gifted as they arrive at his dimension, and the loopy half is that he has solely performed one 12 months of varsity soccer.
O’Halloran’s take: FACT. Turning into one of many 10 names from the state of Illinois to be named as a five-star star recruit since 2002 by Rivals is an enormous deal. If anybody exterior of say East St. Louis 2023 four-star offensive deal with Miles McVay (who I really feel nonetheless has an argument for five-star consideration) has the pedigree to turn into the subsequent five-star, it is Justin Scott. Whereas I do not suppose Scott is a five-star proper now, the actual fact is down the road I agree that he has a terrific shot to achieve rarified air in changing into a five-star. Scott, not less than for at the moment, nonetheless has work to do. Scott’s greatest knocks are missing total stay recreation expertise together with simply not but being examined on the highest stage. I am excited to see Scott’s recreation proceed to develop over the subsequent a number of months, together with seeing Scott turn into a extra assured and bodily dominant participant. The entire elements are in place for Scott to turn into a five-star.
2. After not signing an in-state participant ranked within the high 5 since 2020, Tennessee will signal not less than two of the highest 5 gamers from its state within the 2023 class.
Cosgrove’s take: FICTION. I do imagine that Tennessee is doing an amazing job on the recruiting path and I’ve heard recruits speak concerning the Vols extra up to now few months than I had in earlier years mixed. I additionally see the Vols signing a unbelievable 2023 class, however I don’t see them touchdown greater than one of many high 5 gamers from the state as issues stand proper now. Ty Lockwood is the state’s present No. 1 prospect and has already dedicated to Ohio State, so except Tennessee can flip him, that solely leaves 4 recruits in Caleb Herring, Adarius Redmond, Max Carroll and Luke Brown up for grabs. It is going to be a tricky process to beat Georgia and others on Herring. Redmond does have Tennessee in his high 5 but additionally appears to favor Penn State and Georgia. Tennessee ought to have a reputable shot at Carroll, however Vanderbilt will put up a very good struggle. Brown’s recruitment continues to evolve and he stays open, however Tennessee was absent from the highest eight he launched in January.
Lammers’ take: FACT. Speaking with quite a few prospects just lately all through the state, the excitement for the Vols and this class particularly does look like actual. Quite a lot of occasions they’re mentioning the high-powered offense that Josh Heupel has delivered to Knoxville and the joy that comes with scoring factors in bunches. Nonetheless, one other maybe simply as beneficial level usually being mentioned is the genuineness that this Vol workers has been exhibiting and the relationships they’re constructing due to it. Caleb Herring, Max Carroll, Trevor Duncan, Justin Brown and Brycen Sanders are just some in-state names that the Vols are proper within the thick of issues for. These gamers are all within the high 10 for the state and it is vitally cheap to imagine because the rankings evolve all year long the Vols will definitely find yourself with two, if no more.
Missouri ought to really feel assured about touchdown each Rivals100 offensive linemen Miles McVay and Cayden Inexperienced.
Cosgrove’s take: FICTION. I am going fiction right here with the caveat that Missouri has a CHANCE to land each. I’m additionally pretty assured that the Tigers will find yourself with not less than one of many two nationally recruited offensive linemen. Because it sits proper now Miles McVay might be the extra probably of the 2 to land at Missouri. Whereas McVay can just about go wherever within the nation, he additionally appears frequently drawn again to the Missouri program. McVay has a number of pals and former teammates on the group, together with five-star Luther Burden whose signing modified the best way space recruits view the Missouri program. Cayden Inexperienced launched a high 5 of Nebraska, Miami, Oklahoma, Missouri and Michigan on the finish of March. Whereas Inexperienced has nice issues to say about every of his finalists, I predict that the choice comes right down to Missouri and Oklahoma, with the Sooners having the sting proper now. He was born in Oklahoma and has been an Oklahoma fan since he was younger.
DeArmond’s take: FICTION. Don’t get me flawed, I feel Missouri’s bought a shot. However they’re each going to be closely recruited nationwide guys. At this level, we really feel higher about Missouri’s possibilities with McVay (excellent) than we do about Inexperienced (attainable, however much less probably). Clearly getting each could be an enormous coup for Eli Drinkwitz, but when the Tigers can maintain considered one of them at house after which add Raytown’s Logan Reichert — which we’d speculate is probably going — it must be thought-about a superb haul on the offensive line.