Following a flurry of explosive commits over the past several weeks, the college football recruiting rankings for 2023 underwent another change. Not the least of which is the commitment of No. 1 overall talent Arch Manning, who declared his intention to join Texas at the end of a protracted and public recruiting process. After signing three Top 100 wide receivers in a matter of days, including two 5-star promises in the space of 48 hours, Ohio State also made significant progress. This spate of announcements significantly raised the prominence of Buckeye receivers coach Brian Hartline.
The Football Recruiting Rankings 2023:
(1) Alabama: The Crimson Tide’s recruiting class is highlighted by a trio of 5-star cornerbacks. Jahlil Hurley, the No. 2 corner in the country; Tony Mitchell, the No. 2 safety and second-best prospect from Alabama; and Caleb Downs, the top safety in the country. Along with Dylan Lonergan, a 4-star quarterback and the No. 9 passer in the country, Eli Holstein, the eighth-ranked quarterback in the country, also committed to the Tide after switching from Texas A&M. Richard Young, the top running back in the nation and the 13th-ranked recruit overall, was signed by the SEC champions at the end of July.
(2) Notre Dame: Not a bad start for first-year coach Marcus Freeman, whose haul has a 95 percent blue-chip rating and includes two key recent additions: 5-star edge Keon Keeley out of Tampa and 4-star offensive tackle Charles Jagusah. Braylon James, a wide receiver ranked in the top 25, and California’s No. 11 tight end Cooper Flanagan joined the team.
(3) Georgia: The defending national champion in college football is currently ranked second in the SEC with an 81 percent blue-chip rating. The top 10 players at their positions include 4-stars AJ Harris at cornerback, Troy Bowles at linebacker, Pearce Spurlin at tight end, and Bo Hughley at tackle. Joel Aguero, 4-star safety and the nation’s No. 5 safety, and Raylen Wilson, a 4-star linebacker and linebacker are both the No. 2 player in the nation at their position and the No. 45 prospect overall.
(4) Ohio State: Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss, two important 5-star receiving recruits who joined OSU in a matter of 48 hours, together with four additional WR/TE commits who are ranked in the top 60 nationally, including No. 9 receiver Noah Rogers, make up a whopping 95 percent of the school’s pledges. Although the scarlet and gray continue to rule Ohio, their recruiting efforts are more international than ever; only 33% of this class is from the state.
(5) Texas: Gaining the support of No. 1 player Arch Manning is always beneficial, and Steve Sarkisian was able to secure some further skill commits as a result of the announcement. He already has wide receivers Johntay Cook from DeSoto and Ryan Niblett from Houston, as well as running back Tre Wisner, a 4-star from DeSoto, and a trio of crucial defensive players in the form of safety Derek Williams, backer S’Maje Burrell, and safety Jamel Johnson, all of whom are 4-stars.
(6) Miami: Mario Cristobal, a rookie head coach, is off to a terrific start after signing 5-star edge rusher Jared Wayne and 5-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa in the first week of July. After securing the commitment of No. 7 quarterback Jalen Rashada, who will complement 4-star wide receiver Nathaniel Joseph and tight end Riley Williams as an essential offensive component.
(7) Clemson: Along with 4-star Birmingham quarterback Christopher Vizzini, the No. 5 passer in this class, 5-star defensive lineman Peter Woods chose the Tigers over his home state of Alabama as Dabo Swinney’s most significant recruiting coup. Along with those, nine elite recruits will join the class in roughly a week: edge rusher Vic Burley (No. 6), linebacker Jamal Anderson, offensive lineman Ian Reed, tight end Olsen Henry, receiver Noble Johnson, cornerback Avieon Terrell, and edge David Ojiegbe.
(8) Oklahoma: In the Sooners’ early 2023 class, Brent Venables has a 59 percent blue-chip rating, led by 5-star quarterback Jackson Arnold, the No. 3 player from Texas and the No. 5 passer in the cycle. Adepoju Adebawore, the No. 1 player from Missouri and the sixth-ranked edge rusher nationally, was acquired by OU. Jaquaize Pettaway, a 4-star receiver from Houston, is the No. 11 player at the position.
(9) Penn State: James Franklin continues to attract talent from the East Coast, including two 4-star offensive linemen, Alex Birchmeier and Jven Williams, who are the Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, blockers in the country, as well as edge rusher Tommarion Parker, who is based in Alabama and is a member of the Top 100 players. These players combine for a No. 2 ranking in the Big Ten. 4-star corner Elliott Washington and linebacker Tony Rojas are recent additions.
(10) LSU: With the signing of Jalen Brown, a 5-star receiver and the third-best player in the country, Brian Kelly made his most significant acquisition to date. Additionally, over three days, LSU signed three top-tier edge rushers from north of the Mason-Dixon Line: Jaxon Howard, Dashawn Womack, and Joshua Mickens.