On Sunday, Rivals nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney and social media lead Woody Wommack hosted their first Twitter Areas of the faculty soccer season. Right here have been 5 questions picked out for additional dialogue in in the present day’s Twitter Tuesday.
1. Who could be Penn State’s subsequent commit?
The Nittany Lions have had some impactful decommitments this recruiting cycle that would meaningfully change their workforce recruiting rating nationally so I wouldn’t be shocked if the teaching workers was doing a little bit undercover work for touchdown their subsequent spherical of commits.
With all that being thought-about, Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas Extra defensive again Zion Tracy simply landed a Penn State provide and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him commit quickly. Wyncote (Pa.) Chelteham defensive finish Kion Wright could possibly be somebody to observe.
Even 2024 four-star QB Jayden Bradford from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy has cherished Penn State for a very long time and will resolve to make his determination with 2024 quarterbacks coming off the board repeatedly.
2. Who do you have got Jalen Hale selecting Sept. 21?
This query has truly gotten extra complicated in the previous few days though the brief reply is I nonetheless imagine it’s Texas. Hale’s current Alabama go to together with his household went extremely effectively, he’s been to Tuscaloosa quite a few instances and turning down coach Nick Saban and his workers is extremely tough particularly that place.
So Alabama has made vital strides however Texas is the in-state faculty, he can play with Arch Manning the place a friendship has been developed by taking visits to colleges and he can function in coach Steve Sarkisian’s offense. These elements alone are sufficient to choose the Longhorns. This has gotten manner nearer and there’s not one clear reply right here however I’m sticking with Hook Em – for now.
3. Will USC coach Lincoln Riley have the ability to land D-line difference-makers?
USC has provided about 50 defensive linemen on this class and whereas many are lengthy photographs, and the teaching workers is wise sufficient to know that profitable within the trenches is a major think about success. Much more so when the Trojans transfer to the Massive Ten and loads of groups in that convention are competing with elite line play.
The issue is that there simply just isn’t the amount of high-end defensive linemen within the West so Riley and his workers must develop a nationwide strategy to recruiting these gamers. For that to occur, USC goes to should have some luck in getting both top-level guys to commit or take undervalued gamers and develop them into elite D-linemen. It’s not simple.
One fortunate half is that top four-star T.A. Cunningham within the 2024 class simply transferred to Los Alamitos, Calif., from Johns Creek, Ga. Preserving him native can be enormous. So, too, can be convincing excessive four-star Matayo Uiagalelei to remain house as effectively.
4. Caleb Downs took a go to to the Georgia-Oregon sport. Will he flip?
Very uncertain at this level. The Mill Creek (Ga.) Hoschton four-star security had each alternative to decide to Georgia when he made his determination in late July and he nonetheless picked Alabama. Many gamers have had second ideas and flipped their decide later however I simply don’t see it taking place right here particularly if pal Justice Haynes, the No. 1 operating again within the 2023 class, stays pledged to the Crimson Tide as effectively.
Any high participant can be intrigued by Georgia not solely coming off the nationwide championship, not solely placing so many gamers within the NFL however how utterly dominant the Bulldogs have been in that win. It wasn’t even shut. However Downs can be somebody who doesn’t search consideration in recruiting and so flipping or rethinking his determination, I’m not so certain.
5. Will Cormani McClain have a Derek Stingley-type freshman yr?
From a expertise perspective, McClain is phenomenal. He’s so clean in protection, he had Decide Sixes in his junior yr when groups have been silly sufficient to throw his manner, he’s a quiet child however in protection he’s fearless and competes laborious. From that line of pondering, the Lakeland, Fla., standout has all of the instruments to be particular from Day 1 within the SEC.
Two issues which can be completely different about these two: McClain has solely been enjoying the place for a couple of years completely the place Stingley was groomed from early on to be an elite nook. And two, Stingley was rocked up at 185 kilos in highschool and is now 195 within the NFL. At that tempo, McClain must achieve 20-30 kilos to maintain up bodily.
McClain actually has the talents to step in early within the SEC and shut down high receivers. However I do marvel if DB coaches will take it a little bit slower with him, get some extra kilos on him after which ship him out to lock down one aspect of the sphere.