Written By: Kellen Sharpe
Not many large signings have occurred since the last scouting report and the top 5 teams are still the same. So, this week I will be starting at number 6 and going to number 10. Once again, these are the ranking according to 24/7 sports and I am just saying who went where and why that can positively affect the program.
6.) The Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs were not a great program until Kirby Smart arrived in Athens. Four of Georgia’s best commits ever signed during the Kirby Smart era. It’s safe to say that Coach Smart knows who to recruit and how to build depth for long-lasting dynasties. This year is no different as the Bulldogs already have two five star commits among the seventeen that they have in all. Amarius Mims is one of those five-star commits. Amarius is a 6’7’’, 315-pound offensive tackle who should pair well with Brock Vandagriff. Vandagriff, the other five-star commit, is a 6’3’’ quarterback. Brock Vandagriff is said to draw a great comparison to Auburn quarterback Bo Nix. Although there is a lot of talent in this class, little of it is on the defensive side. With only one real standout defensive player in Jonathan Jefferson, the defense looks to be just good for the future. If I were a Georgia Bulldog fan, I would be hopeful for the future of the Georgia offense and be content with the future of the Georgia defense. I am not sure this team is going to be a serious contender for the next four years.
7.) The USC Trojans
This is the most surprising team yet. The past two seasons have been rollercoaster rides for Trojan fans. In 2018, the Trojans finished with a disappointing 5-7 record, but in 2019 the Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis brought the Trojans back to relevancy with an 8-4 regular-season record that ended with a bowl loss to Iowa. The Trojans should be looking to gather in high caliber players on defense. The offense is electric and averages 32 points per game, but the defensive side of the ball allows 29 points per game which keeps any of the opposing teams in games. The Trojans have done a good but not necessarily a great job. They wasted time on getting two new quarterbacks which might cause Kedon Slovis to want to leave USC. But, the Trojans did pick up a couple of four-star outside linebackers in Julien Simon and Ma’a Geoteote, who look to be a dominating presence on the defensive side of the ball. Watch out for the Trojans to challenge Oregon for the Pac-12 championship over the next four years.
8.) The Florida Gators
From 1991 to 2012, the Florida Gators never missed a bowl and in that span, their record was 12-10. Of those 12 wins, 3 of them were National Championships and 5 were New Year’s Six games (Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl). With that in mind, it is hard to believe that Florida has only had four 10 win seasons in the past decade. Most of that is due to the departure of Urban Meyer and the arrival of Will Muschamp. Muschamp was unable to do any good recruiting and turned Florida on its head, which ultimately led to his firing. After the Muschamp era, Florida finally found another good coach in Dan Mullen. Coach Mullen has done an exceptional job of recruiting and he hasn’t stopped this year. Mullen has brought in star cornerback Jason Marshall, who looks to anchor down an already impressive defense. Corey Collier, Jeremiah Williams, and Tyreak Sapp (no relation to Warren) look to join Jason Marshal in what could be the best defense in the SEC. Four-star quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson looks to be an athletic and strong-armed replacement for current Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. Del Rio-Wilson has big shoes to fill but I believe he will fill his role tremendously and bring another dimension to an already electric Florida offense. I look to Florida as the kings of the SEC once more and possible College Football Playoff champions.
9.) The Michigan Wolverines
It is safe to say the Harbaugh era has been a great disappointment. I remember hearing when John Harbaugh was hired and thought the expectations were way too high. Harbaugh was inheriting a dumpster fire of a team from Brady Hoke, who was only ever a successful coach in non-power five conferences, and they wanted a National Championship! I remember thinking, no way will that happen any time soon, and I was right. But, things are finally looking up with a dominating win over Minnesota. So far, Michigan has a great recruiting class, bringing in 13 four-star recruits and 1 five star recruit. With the sudden rise of Joe Milton, I am not sure how five-star quarterback J.J McCarthy will fit into the system if Joe Milton continues to play at a Heisman level. What I do know is that Giovanni El-Hadid (offensive tackle) and Xavier Worthy (wide receiver) should have an immediate effect on the offense. The Wolverines haven’t done bad recruiting for the defensive end either, bringing in multiple four-star linebackers and defensive lineman. This recruiting class for Michigan should bring them even closer to contending for a Big Ten championship.
10.) The Tennessee Volunteers
“Wish that I was on ole’ Rocky Top, Down in the Tennessee hills.” The Tennessee Volunteers are one of the most historic teams in college football history. If you just started to watch college football, you wouldn’t believe what I just said. The Volunteers were a power in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, where they had 16 seasons of 9 wins or more. But, ever since the departure of Phillip Fulmer as Head Coach, the only success they had was virtual, when legendary Head Coach Gus Duggerton beat the Miami Hurricanes on June 18, 2020. But all jokes aside, the Vols have put together an improbable recruiting class. Tennessee has put together probably the best defensive class in the country. Five star Terence Lewis and four-star Dylan Brooks headline what looks to be a dominant defense for the next couple of years. They also brought in athlete Kaemen Marley and tight end Hudson Wolfe should make for an offense that can capitalize on the field position that the defense should give them. Overall, I think the Volunteers will have their fans singing Good ole’ Rocky Top once again.
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