This is the 2nd installment of the Bluebloods’ recruiting outlook. A few weeks ago we released an article analyzing the top 10 recruiting classes of the 2020 recruiting cycle. Now we move on to analyzing the top uncommitted prospects of this cycle. Four of the top 10 ranked prospects are still mulling over all their offers and have decisions to make in the upcoming months. Here we give a rundown of the top 10 prospects that still have a major decision to make in the coming months on where they will take their elite talents.
Justin Flowe (#4 ovr; #1 ILB)
A tough, physical inside linebacker from California; Flowe can be an elite run stopper for whatever school is lucky enough to obtain his commitment. The final four is set for Flowe with Clemson, Oregon, Georgia, and Miami. Clemson seems to have the lead for Flowe right now, but do not count out the Ducks who have the appeal of being close to Flowe’s family in California. Flowe will announce his commitment next weekend and could make Clemson’s class one of the best of all time.
Jordan Burch (#5 ovr; #1 SDE)
Burch is a 6’5, 275 lbs. DE that could be a game changer for any team that lands him. Right now LSU, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, and South Carolina are in his final 5; but all signs indicate that Clemson has a lead for this elite prospect. Burch could add some serious depth to the Tigers defensive line and could compete for a starting spot immediately.
Kelee Ringo (#8 ovr; #1 CB)
Ringo has elite size (6’2; 205 lbs) and speed for a corner. He can be physical presence at the line of scrimmage, but can still run with the fastest of wide receivers. Ringo has been relatively quiet about his recruitment; but Texas, Georgia, and Oregon seem to be the favorites. Most experts seem to think Ringo is leaning towards Georgia, but I think Oregon and Texas have more immediate playing time available. Either way Ringo should be able to step in and make an immediate impact wherever he ends up committing.
Darnell Washington (#10 ovr; #1 ATH)
Washington may be the most physically dynamic prospect in the class of 2020. Being 6’7 260 lbs, but still being able to run a 4.7 40-yard dash should not be possible. Washington projects as a TE, but some think he may have potential at defensive end. Washington’s recruitment has been a wild ride for some teams, but Alabama, Miami, Georgia, and Tennessee are all thought to be in the running for Washington’s talent. Right now most experts are assuming Washington is leaning towards Georgia, but with the loss of Jake Fromm and assistant coach Sam Pittman I think things could change. Alabama may return Tua Tagovailoa and have an opening at tight end, which would be the perfect fit for Washington.
Zachary Evans (#14 ovr; #1 RB)
If you want an example of a rocky recruitment then look no further than Evans. Evans has pushed back his commitment date and has a history of issues with his current high school and their coach. This recruitment will most likely come down to SEC powerhouses Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Texas A&M. Most experts agree that LSU is the favorite at this point, but Evans has been hard to read throughout this recruitment. Evans has major potential to be an NFL running back. Having the size and speed to be a factor between the tackles and outside; Evans could be an every down back for any program in the country.
Phillip Webb (#42 ovr; #4 OLB)
Webb is another big (6’4; 225 lbs); athletic LB out of Georgia. He has the potential to play defensive end if he puts on some size during his first year in college. He has grown into a sack machine and could be the next great edge rusher wherever he decides to commit. Right now it looks like a race between LSU and Alabama. Most experts seem to think LSU holds a slight advantage over the Crimson Tide.
Avantae Williams (#55 ovr; #2 S)
Williams has been gaining a lot of attention on the recruiting trail and it is well deserved. A long, rangy defender that should be able to fit into any system at any school that he may commit too. His recruitment is a huge unknown right now, but Florida, Miami, Oregon, Ole Miss and Georgia look to be the favorites. Florida has the pedigree and need in the secondary to make a real push here, but never count out Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs.
Gary Bryant Jr. (#57 ovr; #9 WR)
A future deep threat for some lucky team; Bryant has elite 4.4 speed and enough leaping ability to win the deep balls. Bryant needs to add a bit of size to be a starter in most power five conferences, but watch out for this kid on special teams early in his freshman year. Right now Oklahoma, Arizona State, Oregon, and USC seem to be his favorites. Oklahoma may be too stacked at WR, but all the PAC-12 teams could use a talent like Bryant’s so this will be an interesting recruitment to watch.
Xzavier Henderson (#59 ovr; #10 WR)
Henderson is the definition of a deep threat that will take the top off of most defenses. With 6’3 height and 4.5 speed; Henderson should be able to step in and make an impact wherever he decides to continue his football career. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and Georgia are the favorites in this recruitment right now. Henderson seems to be extremely high on Clemson right now, which is perfect with Tee Higgins projected to leave this year and Justyn Ross next year. Playing time should be available and Clemson has an elite QB now and another committed. Florida should be a team to watch, because Dan Mullen is going to try his hardest to pick up and elite weapon and get Henderson to stay in the state of Florida.
Alfred Collins (#71 ovr; #3 SDE)
A physical freak of nature (6’5; 275 lbs.) Collins will be an elite edge rusher at whichever school he decides to attend. Collins was named the District 13-5A Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior and improved his stats over his senior year. Right now it looks like a race between Baylor, Texas, and Oklahoma, but do not count out Alabama. Collins could make a major impact in the BIG-12, but may have to wait his turn at a school like Alabama. I think the BIG-12 schools have more to offer and Alabama is in the running for bigger fish than Collins.