After another great week of college football, most fans are left looking forward. You may think your team is poised for a playoff appearance, but more likely, you’re looking forward to chasing after that prize in the next few years.
That is, if things go right in the recruiting arena. So the question is: has your team made moves to make sure they won’t suck in two years? Read on to find out.
Kendall Abdur-Rahman – 2019 3-star athlete – 9/9
Abdur-Rahman is a quarterback from Illinois, but he’s been regularly recruited as a wide receiver. The Edwardsville playmaker is electric on the field and will probably rise up in the rankings by the end of the high school season.
Kane Patterson – 2019 4-star linebacker – 9/4
Patterson is a big get for Clemson. Not only does the best team in the ACC lock down a talented linebacker for the future, but they took him from another perennial national contender in Ohio State. That’s always a win.
Nick Cross – 2019 4-star safety – 9/3
After barely managing to send Samford home with a loss, Florida State obviously needs some help. Cross is a player who might be able to provide said help, and sooner than later. The 4-star defensive back is a hard-nosed safety from Maryland who won’t back down to ACC running backs once he’s on the field.
Treshaun Ward – 2019 3-star running back – 9/6
Maryland’s had a good couple of weeks after a terrible offseason. Adding a running back from Florida is just another positive.
Mike Morris – 2019 4-star defensive end – 9/9
The Big Ten giveth, and the Big Ten taketh away. While Clemson took Ohio State’s 4-star linebacker, Michigan took Florida State’s 4-star defensive. Morris had committed to Florida State back in 2016, but that was a different regime.
Nick Patterson – 2020 3-star tight end – 9/9
Michigan gained a big foothold in Patterson’s recruitment when Shea Patterson, his older brother, transferred to the school this summer.
Dedrick Mills – 2019 3-star running back – 9/4
Nebraska grabbed a commit from the top JUCO running back just before their game with Colorado. Hopefully he can provide a spark to the Nebraska running game next year.
Trey Wedig – 2020 4-star offensive tackle – 9/8
Wisconsin isn’t afraid of loading up for the future, especially when it comes to the offensive line. The Badgers are on-brand here in securing a commitment from the 6-7, 301-pound, 4-star offensive tackle from down the road in Wales, Wis.
Kym-Mani King – 2019 3-star cornerback – 9/5
King might be a little on the smaller side for a cornerback at 165 pounds, but he makes up for it with his tenacity. The Florida prospect committed days after an official visit in Ames.
Parker Moorer – 2019 3-star defensive end – 9/3
The former Maryland commit left the Terps after the ESPN report on the school’s toxic atmosphere, although he had been leaning towards the Mountaineers before that point. It’s still up in the air as to whether he’ll play defensive end or offensive tackle. Moorer’s primary recruiters at West Virginia were offensive coaches.
Myles Jernigan – 2019 3-star outside linebacker – 9/4
After a good showing at the Oklahoma State camp this summer, Jernigan decided to go out west to Berkeley.
Troy Fautanu – 2019 3-star offensive tackle – 9/6
Just before the Huskies bounced back against North Dakota, they grabbed a commitment from Nevada offensive tackle Fautanu. He might need a year to add some weight and strength to his frame, but in a world where there simply are not enough good offensive tackles, getting solid recruits on the roster is the first battle.
Peni Naulu – 2019 3-star outside linebacker – 9/5
Just before the Cougars defense pitched a shutout against San Jose State, they locked down the outside linebacker from Hawaii. Naulu will be in town for the Utah game, as well.
Brady Latham – 2019 3-star offensive tackle – 9/4
Just over a week after naming Arkansas the leader in his recruitment, Latham decided on going that direction for his future. For the Razorbacks, Latham projects as a future depth player on the offensive line, but we’ll see where he’s at in a few years.
Armchair’s Lauren Reynolds has write-ups on both of Florida’s commits from this week, and she knows a lot more about them and their impacts than I do. Check those out.
Anyway, Florida has had a good week of recruiting. They’re still a ways back in the SEC, but grabbing a 4-star offensive tackle is never a bad thing.
The same follows with Hill. Reynolds has a more expansive write up posted, and a 4-star cornerback is almost always a good thing. Hill will be on campus in October.
Arvell Ferguson – 2019 3-star defensive end – 9/6
Missouri locked down the hometown defensive end just before he’s primed to explode on the recruiting scene. The high school season is young, and the Missouri product could be looking at a much longer list of offers by season’s end. Missouri getting in now is certainly a good thing for them.
Demond Demas – 2020 5-star wide receiver – 9/8
Not only did Texas A&M take No. 2 ranked Clemson down to the wire, they locked in one of the best recruits in the class of 2020 in the process. Demas is the best 2020 receiver in Texas, and A&M locking him down after an impressive visit is a big deal.
Jaylen Mahoney – 2019 3-star CB – 9/3
The Commodores have had a rather active week, starting with former Wake Forest commit Mahoney. Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are the best names on his offer sheet so far.
Julian Hernandez – 2019 3-star offensive guard – 9/5
Hernandez chose Vanderbilt after holding the offer for a couple months, even with a visit to Pitt in between. At 294 pounds, the guard might see some early playing time next year if called upon.
Gabriel Jeudy – 2019 2-star cornerback – 9/9
After spending nearly a month committed to Rice, Jeudy jumped on the chance to play for the Commodores after visiting Nashville. Jeudy holds offers from most of the Ivy League Schools, so Vanderbilt’s educational chops helped the cornerback pull the trigger.
Mike Morris – 2019 4-star defensive end – 9/9
Morris left Florida State the day after they almost lost to Samford. I’m sure the coach who recruited him leaving for Texas A&M didn’t help either.
Jakai Clark – 2019 3-star offensive center – 9/3
Auburn lost another commit this week. Clark opened up his recruitment and currently holds 11 offers, none of which come from the SEC.
Kristian Story – 2020 4-star athlete – 9/4
Story is one heck of an athlete. He has experience at wide receiver and defensive back, but he has also made big strides as a quarterback since leading Lanett to an undefeated Alabama state championship. He holds an offer from Alabama, which is only three hours from his hometown.
- Big Ten
- Big 12
The SEC reclaimed their recruiting crown this week through a large number of commits, including a 5-star recruit. The Big Ten isn’t far behind, though, with their own slew of commits, and zero decommitments. After that, the other conferences more or less fell in line.
While I’m a big fan of both Mike Morris and Kristian Story, the biggest move this week was Texas A&M landing Demond Demas, the 2020 5-star wide receiver. Not only will Demas be an important player for the Aggies, but him choosing A&M over other in-state powers as well as big out-of-state schools further confirms that commits believe in what Jimbo Fisher is building in College Station.
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