Rivals nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney is joined by nationwide recruiting analyst Adam Friedman, Brandon Howard of TideIllustrated.com and Matt Moreno who’s protecting the Polynesian Bowl this week to sort out three matters and decide whether or not they consider every assertion is FACT or FICTION.
1. Julian Lewis needs to be the No. 1 participant within the 2025 Rivals250 after we refresh it in February.
Gorney’s take: FACT. There are larger and extra physically-impressive prospects within the 2025 class however let’s not overthink this one: Julian Lewis has celebrity potential and needs to be the No. 1 prospect despite the fact that he reclassified. Within the 2020 class, quarterback Bryce Young completed No. 2 total behind Clemson’s Bryan Bresee and it galls me to at the present time as a result of all of us knew Younger was one of the best participant in that group and he ended up because the No. 1 total decide. My guess is that Lewis is on the identical trajectory – an elite, five-star quarterback who’s dynamic, clever, an incredible chief and has an extremely shiny future. He’s No. 1 in 2025.
Friedman’s take: FICTION. Lewis is an impressive expertise and developed past his years as a passer. Regardless of his comparatively small stature, the USC commit has no downside making throws everywhere in the area. Lewis does an incredible job making timing throws and placing passes the place his receiver can catch the ball in-stride and decide up yards after the catch. It is spectacular to see Lewis learn defenses and discover the open receiver on a constant foundation. Lewis has such a refined talent set at this stage of his profession however I do not know that he needs to be No. 1 within the subsequent replace of the Rivals250 and I am unsure that he’ll stay the highest ranked quarterback. Present No. 1 prospect David Sanders Jr. is the entire package deal as a sort out prospect, five-star LSU quarterback commit Bryce Underwood has elite measurement and arm expertise, and five-star Elijah Griffin is as gifted a defensive position prospect as you may discover on this class.
2. Even with the teaching change, Alabama ought to really feel assured in touchdown five-star Ryan Williams.
Gorney’s take: FACT. I don’t suppose five-star receiver Ryan Williams is thrilled assistant coach Holmon Wiggins left for Texas A&M or that coach Nick Saban retired however each time Williams takes a go to elsewhere – Auburn or most not too long ago Texas A&M – we all the time discover him again in Tuscaloosa hanging out with Jaylen Mbakwe or another person on campus. What are his different choices? Auburn solely threw for 162 yards per sport final season however the Tigers have introduced in elite receivers. Texas A&M is an unsure scenario with a brand new coach. And has the connection progressed sufficient with Texas? Assured could be an overstatement for Alabama however I nonetheless suppose Williams desires to play for the Crimson Tide.
Howard’s take: FACT. Alabama appears to be making some progress with Ryan Williams however each crew that’s been concerned continues to be very a lot concerned. Williams will take issues right down to the wire and spend as a lot time as doable entertaining the method.
Search for Alabama to present Williams a number of causes to not solely keep at residence however to pick out the Crimson Tide. The DeBoer teaching employees has performed a strong job to this point preserving some key figures on the crew and within the 2024 recruiting class.
There may be numerous smoke round different packages, particularly with all of the change happening, however DeBoer’s employees has made him a precedence, one thing that Williams will take discover of, too.
3. The sensation on the Polynesian Bowl is that five-star Terry Bussey sticks with Texas A&M.
Gorney’s take: FACT. If Nick Saban stayed at Alabama and Terry Bussey visited Tuscaloosa in January – and wished him to play receiver – then this one may have gotten rather more fascinating. I’m additionally by no means, ever going to rely out Georgia particularly for the reason that Bulldogs will get him on campus previous to signing day. However this might be a significant shock if Bussey flips from Texas A&M as coach Mike Elko and his employees have performed an excellent job with him to this point and his hometown is lower than a three-hour drive to School Station.
Moreno’s take: FACT. Bussey has an official go to arrange with Georgia after this week’s Polynesian Bowl. It’s one he’s desirous to make with a few of the employees adjustments in Athens, highlighted by the arrival of Donte Williams as defensive backs coach. It feels like he’s going to present the Bulldogs each alternative to sway him from the Aggies, however Texas A&M nonetheless appears like it’s within the driver’s seat for his signature. He had nothing however optimistic issues to say about new head coach Mike Elko this week, and it appears like he’s merely doing his due diligence earlier than making his present dedication official.