Rivals nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney and nationwide recruiting analyst Nick Harris – together with Ryan Younger of BruinBlitz.com and Jed Could of UGASports.com – sort out three subjects and decide whether or not they consider every assertion is FACT or FICTION.
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1. Georgia ought to really feel optimistic about touchdown No. 1 tight finish Duce Robinson.
Duce Robinson (Jeff McCulloch/TrojanSports.com)
Gorney’s take: FACT. It’s nonetheless troublesome to be supremely assured on this choose, nevertheless it’s trending in Georgia’s favor, and when the Bulldogs really need somebody they often don’t lose. USC is certainly the primary contender, and taking part in in Lincoln Riley’s offense – with Caleb Williams after which presumably Malachi Nelson – needs to be a gorgeous proposition that’s arduous to show down. However after speaking to some folks near Robinson, together with the five-star tight finish himself, mixed with the quantity the Bulldogs use the tight finish, how they envision him within the offense, how the group coalesces round one another and the campus really feel in Athens, Georgia ought to have some confidence right here.
Could’s take: FACT. Georgia has been a continuing presence within the recruitment of Robinson. The Bulldogs have offered him on the potential of including him within the 2023 class, along with present commits Pearce Spurlin and Lawson Luckie. That imaginative and prescient is now seen much more clearly, due to NFL and switch departures this offseason. It’s not a positive factor by any means, however Georgia must be assured in its place with Robinson as his recruitment comes down the stretch.
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2. Following his efficiency at All-American Bowl, Dante Moore has a case for being No. 1 within the 2023 class.
Dante Moore (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)
Gorney’s take: FICTION. Each time I’ve seen Dante Moore during the last yr he’s been superior. Arguably one of the best quarterback at Elite 11. Nice at OT7 in Las Vegas. Phenomenal within the All-American Bowl. He’s very extremely rated and he’s going to play at UCLA for a coach in Chip Kelly who has performed nice issues with quarterbacks. However I might nonetheless have Arch Manning forward of him, and David Hicks Jr. was extremely bodily and dominant on the Beneath Armour Sport. Moore ought to keep among the many prime handful of gamers, however not No. 1. I might have liked if Manning attended all of the nationwide occasions and was identical to all the opposite quarterbacks on this class and went by a standard routine, however that didn’t occur. It nonetheless doesn’t take away that he’s an outstanding expertise with an incredible pedigree, and that can’t be ignored.
Younger’s take: FACT. A number of QBs have an argument for the No. 1 spot, Moore amongst them. You may’t argue with the outcomes, steadily performing nicely at nationwide camps and 7v7 tournaments after which outperforming everyone else within the All-American Bowl. I nonetheless suppose general he is at his finest when getting out of the pocket and taking part in on the transfer, although, and stay up for seeing how he develops and the way rapidly he emerges at UCLA. By way of QB make-up, you could not need any greater than the intangibles he brings, paired with some fairly spectacular tangibles. Nico Iamaleava has such an incredible launch connected to an enormous arm. Malachi Nelson can throw the deep ball on a dime in addition to anybody within the class. I do know Arch Manning has the identify – and he could nicely have the sport – however avoiding all nationwide camps and tournaments merely does not give me sufficient to inform me he is No. 1. I am going to say the opposite three I discussed all have a robust case, and I haven’t got a definitive reply.
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3. Texas A&M signed three five-star defensive linemen in its 2022 class. David Hicks Jr., a 2023 Aggies signee, is best than all three of them.
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Gorney’s take: FACT. From what I noticed out of David Hicks Jr. in the course of the week in Orlando, he performs with extra ferocity and extra of a bodily nature than Walter Nolen, Shemar Stewart or LT Overton, and together with his place versatility and motor I’d give the sting to Hicks amongst that group. The query with Stewart was at all times how unhealthy did he need it and he proved this season that he might be actually particular, and Nolen and Overton additionally had their moments. No Texas A&M participant had greater than three sacks this season, so the bar is fairly low to impress and get on the sphere early. I like Stewart, Overton and Nolen, and so they can all change into elite move rushers at A&M, however Hicks brings a hearth within the eyes the others don’t have on each play.
Harris’ take: FACT. Of the 4 five-star defensive linemen that A&M has signed within the final two cycles, Hicks’ college-ready bodily profile and elite pass-rushing capability each as an inside defensive lineman and an finish make him a distinct beast compared to Nolen, Stewart and Overton. Nolen’s dimension and Stewart’s large freshman season made me suppose on it, however I see Hicks having a good greater affect upon his arrival in Faculty Station, together with having the ability to compete for a beginning job regardless of not being an early enrollee. What is going to at all times put Hicks over the sting as a real prospect is his athleticism and energy that make him a nightmare for opposing offensive linemen.
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