The 2020 college football recruiting class is becoming a strong one. A number of big commitments have already been made; they’ll all shape the landscape of college football next season. With a big showdown between Georgia and Notre Dame highlighting the action this weekend, let’s look at the five biggest takeaways from the 2020 class so far.
1. Clemson is running away with the top class
It should come as no surprise that the reigning national champions lead the 2020 recruiting rankings. Clemson already has a verbal commitment from the nation’s No. 2 player. We expect the big defensive tackle to team up with Xavier Thomas next season. According to 247 Sports, the Tigers currently have six five-star prospects committed to go along with nine four-star players.
2. A poor start to the season isn’t slowing FSU
The Florida State Seminoles haven’t gotten off to the start they hoped for in Willie Taggart’s second season, but the man can recruit. FSU currently sits at No. 9 in the rankings, with 11 four-star prospects committed. The state of Florida has always been full of talent. Out of the team’s 21 commitments, only two are out-of-state prospects.
3. The Carolinas are coming back?
North Carolina and South Carolina faced off in Week 1, but the teams are also neck-and-neck in the recruitment rankings. North Carolina has name recognition in head coach Mack Brown, who returns after working with ESPN for a few years. We weren’t excited at the Tar Heels’ prospects with Brown at the helm, but so far he’s pulled in seven four-star players in a top-20 class.
The Gamecocks have been up and down the last few seasons, but we think with a young freshman quarterback the team can focus on other offensive needs. Running back MarShawn Lloyd out of Maryland and receiver Mike Wyman from North Carolina are the top out-of-state prospects.
4. Ryan Day is keeping up the momentum
A lot of people wondered how good head coach Ryan Day would be at recruiting. So far, alongside one of the top recruiters in the country, Brian Hartline, the Buckeyes are pulling in an amazing crop of talent. Ohio State currently has the No. 4 recruiting class, with two five-star commitments. Julian Fleming is the No. 3 player in the country and the top receiver.
Having Fleming next season with Justin Fields under center will give the Buckeyes one of the most explosive offenses in college football. The team also signed the top offensive tackle in the country in Paris Johnson Jr., snagging him away from LSU and Georgia.
5. Will LSU finish in the top five?
Speaking of the Tigers, although they missed out on Johnson Jr., the team still holds the No. 3 class. Elias Ricks is the stud of the group, as the five-star cornerback keeps a long tradition of talented defensive backs playing for LSU. Coach Ed Orgeron is an excellent recruiter, and he’s kept a lot of the top talent from Louisiana at home. The Tigers can also hang their hat on signing Rakim Jarrett, the nation’s No. 3 receiver.
What do you think about the 2020 college football recruitment race?
How do you think the 2020 college football recruiting race will end up? We have a strong feeling the Clemson Tigers will walk away with the top class. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if Ohio State, LSU, Georgia or Alabama give them a run for their money.