Rivals nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney has ideas on some current Nick Saban feedback, who might find yourself No. 1 within the 2024 class and Arch Manning as a recruiter for this Texas recruiting class in right this moment’s Three-Level Stance:
1. NICK SABAN HASN’T LOST A STEP
Latest feedback by new Clemson commit Peter Woods, a four-star defensive finish who lives about an hour from Tuscaloosa, that coach Dabo Swinney is extra energetic and extra understanding of teenage life than Alabama coach Nick Saban has raised some eyebrows.
Saban is 70-years-old. Swinney is 52. There has at all times been a pep in Swinney’s step that’s contagious and thrilling the place Saban, off the sector, I’ve been informed is extra relaxed in recruiting conferences with a CEO character. I’ve taken that as a praise towards Saban.
Woods’ feedback might have been off-handed after asserting the largest determination of his life thus far, the pondering of a teen who doesn’t calculate each phrase and its which means. It might have been meant as a praise to Swinney and never essentially a knock on Saban. Children say issues on a regular basis that may not be so well-considered.
Or it might be a tactic being utilized by youthful, possibly extra vibrant coaches to win heated recruiting battles. The identical methods have been used in opposition to Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden of their later years however each have been a lot older than Saban and each Penn State and Florida State fell on arduous occasions at completely different segments within the closing stanzas of their careers.
That’s not the case at Alabama.
The Crimson Tide would have completed first within the staff recruiting rankings in 2022 if not for an historic class by Texas A&M which began not solely a signing day controversy round NIL offers however Saban made feedback in current months that sparked one other outrage by Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher. Whichever facet you fall on that argument, Saban is certainly engaged.
In 2021, Alabama had the No. 1 class. The Crimson Tide completed second or third within the earlier two years. No. 1 lessons have been so commonplace in Saban’s profession that it’s utterly shocking when it doesn’t occur now whilst Georgia and Texas A&M have ramped issues up underneath Fisher and Kirby Good lately.
The Crimson Tide battled extremely arduous within the nationwide title recreation this previous season in a loss to Georgia the place quite a few starters have been out. After the sport, quarterback Bryce Young and others appeared crestfallen that they misplaced, not simply disillusioned however shocked that it might occur. This system stays in extremely good fingers.
In his profession, Saban has seven nationwide titles and 10 SEC championships. Has he misplaced a step at 70-years-old? In all probability not. However even when Saban has, he’s nonetheless thus far forward of most everybody else that nationwide titles are nonetheless the expectation and recruiting shouldn’t fall off one iota.
2. NAMES FOR NO. 1 IN 2024
Colin Simmons is the present No. 1 prospect within the 2024 class and he’s particular coming off the sting however particularly this early there’s no assure on which prospect will end No. 1 in that group. Listed below are 5 prospects we’ve seen this summer time that appear like potential top-rated recruits as effectively:
DB Desmond Ricks – Derek Stingley was the one cornerback who completed No. 1 within the rankings in Rivals historical past relationship again to 2002 however Ricks goes to be within the dialog as effectively. There was a clip from the current OT7 match in Las Vegas the place Ricks went stride-for-stride with five-star CB Cormani McClain and that stage of athleticism, velocity and competitiveness is uncommon. Ricks is particular and will battle for No. 1 total.
QB Dylan Raiola – The Ohio State commit leads an already-loaded quarterback group. On the Steve Clarkson QB Retreat this summer time, Raiola not solely received the long-toss for QBs at 72 yards however he made each throw, threw nice off-platform and appeared the a part of the No. 1 participant total. From his on-field capability to his management abilities to simply the intangibles, we might be Patrick Mahomes 2.0.
QB Julian Sayin – I’ve written earlier than that Sayin is probably the most technically sound quarterback within the 2024 class – and possibly no matter class – however that’s not giving him sufficient credit score as a result of he’s a lot extra. The Carlsbad, Calif., five-star is a surgeon on the sector, he has robust management abilities and may be a bit extra athletic than he will get credit score for. He’s the kind of QB who’s going to outthink after which idiot defenses along with his decision-making capability.
QB Jadyn Davis – The Charlotte (N.C.) Windfall Day five-star quarterback is a combination of the 2 ranked forward of him. He could make all of the throws, has the arm power, is tremendous savvy and performs with moxie and the QB rankings on this class are removed from settled. Davis isn’t as spectacular bodily as Raiola however he’s had an amazing offseason as effectively and greater than backed up his rating.
DE Alex Cunningham – Once I noticed Cunningham on the sidelines of the Elite 11, I believed that is what a No. 1 defensive finish appears like. He’s huge, he has little to no unhealthy weight and from seeing him at quite a few occasions – and from the reviews of his coaching at Stars this summer time – Cunningham is a big-time employee. He’s additionally now transferring out to Los Alamitos, Calif., after loving it in Southern California this summer time. That may not have an effect on his rating however in opposition to such stable competitors, it shouldn’t damage, both.
3. ARCH MANNING THE RECRUITER
Since Arch Manning’s dedication on June 23 – which looks like months in the past – Texas has ramped up with 10 different pledges. The five-star quarterback and No. 1 total prospect can’t be credited with each one in every of them however definitely some and after speaking to some commits, it’s clear Manning is working arduous behind the scenes to get extra guys within the class.
At a 7-on-7 match in Huntington Seaside, Calif., over the weekend, I used to be speaking to Texas tight finish commit Spencer Shannon who stated he has been in talks with Manning, the 2 are attending to know one another higher and that he’s tremendous impressed with the five-star quarterback.
Loads of what Manning does is quiet, backstage, not public-facing but it surely looks like it’s not solely resonating with the Texas commits however they’re really growing a bond with Manning. He’s not this out-of-touch nephew of Peyton and Eli. They’re shortly studying he’s a child similar to them they usually’re gravitating towards him in a giant manner.
Perhaps much more uncommitted prospects might be on the best way quickly as Arch Manning has gone from recruited to recruiter.