In at this time’s Three-Level Stance, nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney has ideas on Deion Sanders’ latest feedback, five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola’s recruitment and whether or not Georgia is already a top-three state for soccer expertise.
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1. Sanders’ feedback are misguided
Colorado coach Deion Sanders’ feedback to Wealthy Eisen on the Tremendous Bowl had been so laughably misguided that it’s laborious to imagine if he was truly severe when he made them.
For quarterbacks, Sanders mentioned, he’s in search of “mom, father, you understand, twin mother and father.”
However Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud didn’t have the identical expertise rising up – as has been documented within the pre-draft course of – and he could possibly be the No. 1 QB off the board. Based mostly on Sanders’ unusual method to quarterbacks, would the Buffaloes go on Stroud due to his circumstances?
4 out of 10 marriages finish in divorce, so is the Colorado coach mainly saying that 4 out of each 10 QBs are mechanically off the board?
Malachi Coleman went via reported abuse within the foster care system after which he was finally adopted by his household.
Would this be a state of affairs the place Sanders would go? As a result of the Colorado coach was doing all the things potential to get him to signal with the Buffaloes within the 2023 class earlier than the excessive four-star finally went again to Nebraska.
I actually hope Sanders was simply half-jokingly taking pictures the bull with Eisen throughout a Tremendous Bowl interview. His feedback had been nonetheless past perception. Not solely had been they the epitome of why the eye-roll emoji was created on the iPhone, they’re additionally not going to do him any favors in recruiting.
2. Raiola retains us guessing
The Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback, who’s at the moment No. 1 within the 2024 class, was dedicated to the Buckeyes from Could via mid-December. It seemed like the proper state of affairs as Raiola would step right into a pass-friendly offense for among the finest groups within the nation with vast receivers galore.
After backing off his pledge in December, Raiola seemed destined for Georgia. One high-profile receiver within the class instructed me over the vacations that the phrase was that the Bulldogs had been going to finish up with him within the class, that he needed to play in Athens.
Nebraska coach Matt Rhule and his complete workers lately stopped by Raiola’s old style, clearly in an try and recruit him. His uncle is on workers. His father performed there. The thought of turning round probably the most historic applications in America needs to be interesting.
USC is true there as properly, particularly after a latest day-long assembly with coach Lincoln Riley as the 2 hit it off. The thoughts of Riley, paired with the uncooked talent and bodily capacity of Raiola could possibly be scary, and it’s very intriguing to the five-star quarterback.
The place does No. 1 find yourself? Nobody is certain at this level.
3. Is Georgia now a top-three state for expertise?
The outdated concept has been that Florida, Texas and California had been the three superpowers in recruiting, three states with huge populations and elite highschool soccer expertise that high groups ought to recruit each single yr.
That just about stays the case, however now Georgia may completely make the case that it needs to be included in that high three. Which state will get kicked out? Arduous to say, however the numbers are pointing to Georgia getting a lot richer and California staying elite on the high however the depth slipping lately.
Within the 2023 Rivals250, 42 gamers every had been from Florida and Texas, Georgia had 22 and California simply 18. Different years these numbers have been flip-flopped, however the state of Georgia is coming into the image greater than earlier than – and with high gamers.
Already in 2024, there are 4 five-stars in Florida and Georgia every, and solely two every in California and Texas.
That’s to not say California can not make an argument. Bryce Younger and CJ Stroud are from California. Brock Bowers, arguably the very best tight finish in faculty soccer, is from Northern California. Tennessee got here to California for five-star QB Nico Iamaleava, and Georgia got here to the Golden State for four-star RB Roderick Robinson II.
It’s an attention-grabbing debate, however at the very least an argument can now be made that Georgia is changing into one of many huge three. In any case, the potential No. 1 general decide within the NFL Draft is five-star defensive finish Will Anderson, the delight of Hampton (Ga.) Dutchtown.