We’re coming right down to the top of the 2023 recruiting cycle and the ultimate workforce recruiting rankings are beginning to take form. At present the nationwide recruiting analysts – Clint Cosgrove, Adam Friedman, Adam Gorney, Nick Harris and Ryan Wright – give their takes on which workforce’s present workforce recruiting rating surprises them probably the most.
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Cosgrove’s take: UCLA
UCLA’s highschool recruiting courses have steadily declined in rating throughout Chip Kelly‘s tenure in Westwood, with the Bruins’ highest-ranked class coming in at No. 19 throughout the 2018 recruiting cycle. A lot of the latest decline will be attributed to UCLA’s work within the switch portal, which is one thing it should not essentially be punished for because it has led to main enhancements on the sector this season.
However the Bruins ARE having a stellar season and the varsity presents means an excessive amount of academically and athletically for its class to be ranked No. 67 total with solely 10 whole commitments. The Bruins might want to choose issues up on the recruiting path for them to even have a suitable class in 2023, or they are going to be compelled to rely on the portal as soon as once more.
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Friedman’s take: Northwestern
Pat Fitzgerald is likely one of the most revered head coaches within the nation, however the Wildcats have not been shining on the sector. That does not appear to matter an excessive amount of as Northwestern presently has its highest-ranked recruiting class in Rivals’ historical past.
The Wildcats’ No. 26 recruiting class has a complete common star score of three.21, which might even be the most effective in program historical past. Northwestern hasn’t signed 4 four-star prospects because the 2014 class, however it’s in place to just do that this 12 months.
Northwestern is doing all of that regardless of having a horrible season on the sector. Shocking, to say the least.
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Gorney’s take: Miami
Of the highest 9 within the workforce recruiting rankings, Miami is the one one with out a successful file, however the Hurricanes have recruited terribly nicely this cycle, even after shedding four-star QB Jaden Rashada to Florida.
Miami is the one workforce with three five-star commits in Jayden Wayne, Francis Mauigoa and Cormani McClain, and beating the Gators for McClain was positively spectacular. The U shouldn’t be completed, both, as some large flips might be coming and coach Mario Cristobal is engaged on some others as nicely.
This actually should not be all that stunning, although, since Cristobal has all the time been a superb recruiter and gained some large battles throughout his quick keep at Oregon. With Miami’s lack of success on the sector this season, prime recruits nonetheless imagine within the path ahead and don’t have any drawback signing up.
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Harris’ take: Ole Miss
Ole Miss presently sits at No. 33 within the 2023 workforce rankings, and given the latest success that Lane Kiffin and his employees have had in Oxford it surprises me that the Rebels aren’t located greater on the listing. Ole Miss additionally completed outdoors of the highest 25 within the 2022 cycle, however discovered quite a lot of success within the switch portal.
It appears to be like like there can be an analogous technique this offseason, however that doesn’t imply Ole Miss shouldn’t be within the combine for some prime highschool expertise as nicely.
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Wright’s take: UCLA
UCLA ranked No. 67 within the nation with simply 10 commitments surprises me probably the most. The Bruins’ administration has been affected person with head coach Chip Kelly, permitting him to work by a 10-21 three-year begin to produce an eight-win marketing campaign a 12 months in the past. When will the fanbase see the recruiting efforts among the many native excessive faculties to match crosstown rival USC, particularly with a change in conferences coming?
Kelly’s recruiting habits whereas at UCLA have been sluggish and plodding, which is unnerving contemplating all of the expertise in Southern California. Kelly has nice momentum this season at 8-2, which one would suppose would spark a recruiting fireplace, however the Bruins are on the identical path as a 12 months in the past. They’re able to settle someplace in the midst of the pack and counting on the switch portal to plug and play for the 2023 season and past.
UCLA’s campus is in a perfect location with rather a lot to supply past soccer. Touchdown a prime 20 class at UCLA, given all of the expertise within the space, shouldn’t be out of the realm of potentialities for the Bruins.