Rivals nationwide recruiting analyst Clint Cosgrove, together with nationwide recruiting analyst Greg Smith, Brandon Drumm of OUInsider.com and Charlestone Bowles of InsideNDSports.com sort out three subjects and decide whether or not they imagine every assertion is FACT or FICTION.
1. Missouri is a reliable menace to Oklahoma for the dedication of five-star DL Williams Nwaneri.
Cogrove’s take: FACT. Many eyebrows have been raised once I submitted a FutureCast for Williams Nwaneri to Missouri earlier this week. I made my prediction with out realizing Nwaneri’s remaining vacation spot, however many latest happenings make me imagine the Tigers haven’t solely grow to be a reliable contender, however are critically closing the hole on the Sooners as we shut in on an announcement. I imagine Oklahoma nonetheless has a slight lead for the five-star, however the hole is closing and will finally flip in Missouri’s favor by the point he declares.
Drumm’s take: FACT. After all Missouri and Eli Drinkwitz are reliable contenders and pushing the Sooners for the five-star DE Williams Nwaneri. Mizzou has made it an in depth race, and Nwaneri has visited Columbia a number of instances. Once you add that it’s nearer to his residence than Norman, they reportedly have a pleasant NIL package deal and the Tigers’ employees has constructed a stable relationship, it’s simple to see why Mizzou has pushed OU to the brink right here.
That mentioned, as of immediately, I nonetheless favor OU with him always stating his greatest relationships are with Oklahoma DL coaches Miguel Chavis and Todd Bates, together with six plus visits to Norman, OU’s NIL prowess these days, and several other LSN teammates and KC space buddies in Norman and/or dedicated to be quickly. Simply appears like Oklahoma is the staff to beat, however not by a lot proper now.
2. Notre Dame will signal a five-star within the 2024 class.
Cosgrove’s take: FACT. Touchdown an uncommitted five-star will not be the likeliest path for Notre Dame to signal one of many nation’s most elite gamers, however I selected reality as a result of I imagine at the least one of many present Irish commits will likely be awarded Rivals most prestigious ranking as soon as this class is signed. There are sometimes 32 five-stars in every class and solely 20 gamers have acquired that distinction so far. Irish quarterback commit CJ Carr sits at No. 21 making him the most probably candidate of the present commits. Then you’ve got Cam Williams at No. 49 and Brauntae Johnson at No. 58 who each have five-star upside and whereas they’ve some floor to make up, each must be within the dialog come our remaining rankings launch for the 2024 class.
Bowles’ take: FACT. The Irish will signal a five-star within the 2024 recruiting class by the point pen is put to paper on Nationwide Signing Day. Nonetheless, the five-star recruit received’t come from any participant that isn’t already within the class. Notre Dame’s teaching employees will do the whole lot they’ll to flip Ohio State 2024 five-star defensive sort out Justin Scott, however I imagine the Chicago (Unwell.) St Ignatius Faculty Prep product sticks along with his dedication to Larry Johnson and the Buckeyes. Quarterback commit CJ Carr, presently the No. 21 total participant within the rankings, has an opportunity to solidify himself as a five-star with a robust senior season. Large receiver commit Cam Williams and linebacker commit Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa are additionally contenders, however I really feel most assured Carr earns that elusive five-star ranking. The Irish haven’t signed a five-star quarterback since Gunner Kiel within the 2012 recruiting class.
3. Nebraska will signal a top-15 class in 2024.
Cosgrove’s take: FACT. The Huskers presently sit with the No. 21 class and whereas there are packages like Alabama that may more likely to soar them within the rankings, there are additionally packages in entrance of Nebraska that they’re more likely to fall. A top-15 class is much from a assure, however I really like the best way Matt Rhule and employees have attacked issues on the recruiting path, and if the Huskers can shut the best way they did in the course of the 2023 cycle something is feasible. Whereas there aren’t a ton of massive title targets left on the board who even have Nebraska in the direction of the highest of their record, there are distinction makers like offensive lineman Grant Brix which can be in play and will give the category a bump. There are additionally quite a few present commits who may very well be in line for a scores bump making a top-15 class achievable if the whole lot involves fruition.
Smith’s take: FICTION. Nebraska is placing collectively a pleasant class in Matt Rhule’s first full cycle with the Huskers. They’re within the combine to land four-stars Grant Brix and Devoux Tuataga however there aren’t sufficient highly-ranked prospects on the market for them to complete within the high 15. There are gamers within the class that would get bumped however I see the Huskers touchdown within the high 20 this cycle.