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2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

There is a growing excitement in the college football recruiting world as high school seasons kick off and the college season rapidly approaches. While focus may turn to on-field action, recruiting never rests, and programs continue to work to strengthen their future.

A favorite out West on the field this season, Oregon is also establishing itself as a leader on the recruiting trail and has jumped into the top five. The Ducks added several perimeter playmakers, led by ESPN 300 WR Tetairoa McMillan and athlete Jalil Tucker, who projects to the secondary and brings elite cover speed.

For the third year in a row, North Carolina has landed the No. 1 prospect in-state, with all being defensive players. The Tar Heels’ latest addition is No. 3 DT Travis Shaw, a massive presence capable of being an explosive and disruptive defender.

Stanford is climbing in the rankings and now holds the No. 2 class in the Pac-12. The Cardinal added a pair of ESPN 300 defensive prospects in top-10 safety Kamari Ramsey, who can be a punishing hitter, and edge player Ernest Cooper IV, a lengthy, agile player who can be violent with hands and attacks with a high motor.

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Big Ten rank: 1 of 14
Top offensive commit: WR Kaden Saunders (No. 28)
Top defensive commit: DE Dani Dennis-Sutton (No. 81)

The Nittany Lions’ 2021 class never reached higher than No. 15 and ultimately finished outside the top 25, but in 2022 they are competing for the top class. They have had great success in-state with commitments from six of the top 10 players in Pennsylvania, led by top-10 OT Drew Shelton, who will play his senior year at IMG Academy in Florida. Key in-state defensive pickups include Dennis-Sutton, who possesses a good initial burst, strength and agility; and Ken Talley, an explosive player with a good motor. They have two quarterbacks in the class, led by No. 3 QB-PP Drew Allar, a strong-armed passer with good feet, and Beau Pribula, who possesses some traits in the mold of former Penn State QB Trace McSorley. Coach James Franklin is on his way to assembling one of the most talented groups of pass-catchers in this class, which includes the four-star Saunders, a good route-runner who can create yards after the catch with his suddenness.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Independent rank: 1
Top offensive commit: QB Steven Angeli (No. 125)
Top defensive commit: OLB Jaylen Sneed (No. 49)

The Fighting Irish are not only making a push for back-to-back top-10 classes; they’re in the running for their highest-ranked class since 2013 (No. 4). Having fielded one of the top offensive line units during the 2020 season, they’re working to keep that unit a strength with a pair of ESPN 300 OL commits in No. 1-rated center Joey Tanona from in state and Ty Chan. Angeli, a talented QB prospect who has continued to develop and improve his mechanics, possesses good arm strength and a quick delivery. Running back Jadarian Price not only possesses good speed, but is also a tough runner who can produce after contact. Top-rated ILB Niuafe Tuihalamaka can be a powerful and versatile presence within the front seven, and top-five OLB Sneed gives the Irish a rangy and explosive player. Four-star Tyson Ford, a defensive lineman, has nice initial burst as well as good agility.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 1 of 14
Top offensive commit: OT Tyler Booker (No. 6)
Top defensive commit: DE Jeremiah Alexander (No. 10)

Alabama is back in contention for the No. 1 overall class. The Tide hold commitments from multiple players who rank among the top two at their position, including No. 1 OT Booker, a big, flexible, high-effort player with all the tools to be one of Alabama’s next dominant offensive linemen. They scored big at RB, landing top-rated Emmanuel Henderson, an explosive runner with good vision. Top-rated QB-DT Ty Simpson is the son of a college coach who possesses a compact and smooth delivery. Getting five-star Alexander back into the mix after he decommitted during his junior season was big, as the top in-state prospect can be an explosive and quick front-seven defender. Robert Woodyard, a top-10 in-state prospect as well, is another strong pickup on defense.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big Ten rank: 2 of 14
Top offensive commit: ATH Kaleb Brown (No. 88)
Top defensive commit: LB C.J. Hicks (No. 23)

The Buckeyes landed their top target, five-star QB Quinn Ewers, and got him on campus sooner than expected. Ewers reclassifying from the 2022 class to 2021 made the Buckeyes’ bid for their first No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the ESPN rankings era a little tougher. That said, their 2022 class is still impressive, and they will remain near the top of the rankings once again. They have multiple ESPN 300 wide receivers including Brown, who can be a versatile offensive option, and Caleb Burton, who was one several big pickups out of Texas. Defense is also well represented, including two top-15 defensive back commits in Terrance Brooks and Jyaire Brown. In-state linebacker Hicks is a well-rounded player who brings strong leadership qualities to Columbus.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Pac-12 rank: 1 of 12
Top offensive commit: OT Kelvin Banks (No. 31)
Top defensive commit: ATH Jalil Tucker (No. 150)

The Ducks are in contention for a fourth straight top-rated Pac-12 class. They have had success close to home with commitments from two of the state’s top-three-ranked prospects, ESPN 300 S Trejon Williams and ESPN 300 OLB Emar’rion Winston. They generated big success in Texas with multiple four-star commits out of the Lone Star State, including Banks, one of the top OT prospects in the nation, fellow ESPN 300 OL Cameron Williams and top-15 WR Nicholas Anderson, a tall target with good agility to extend plays after the catch. They landed multiple ESPN 300 prospects out of California as well, including ATH Tucker, who possesses big-time speed and could contribute on either side of the ball but projects to cornerback in college. Oregon landed its quarterback in Tanner Bailey, a promising prospect who is a poised and accurate passer with a quick release.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 2 of 14
Top offensive commit: OT Will Campbell (No. 15)
Top defensive commit: CB Laterrance Welch (No. 66)

Despite struggling during the 2020 season, LSU has maintained a strong presence on the recruiting trail. After signing the No. 6-ranked class in 2021, the Tigers are again having a strong showing for 2022. Always tough to beat on their home turf, they have commitments from several key in-state prospects, led by QB Walker Howard and top-10 OT Campbell. Joining Campbell in the offensive trenches are multiple OL commitments from in-state, including top-five OG Emery Jones and ESPN 300 OT Bo Bordelon, an aggressive and flexible big man whose father was an All-SEC offensive lineman at LSU. Building off their tradition of fielding excellent defensive backs, LSU holds commitments from a pair of top-20 cornerbacks in Welch and the lengthy and instinctive JaDarian Rhym.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 3 of 14
Top offensive commit: RB Branson Robinson (No. 19)
Top defensive commit: ATH Malaki Starks (No. 34)

Georgia has strung together five straight top-three classes and is working to extend that streak to six. The strength of the class is built with in-state talent — the Bulldogs have commitments from four of the state’s top 10 prospects, including Gunner Stockton, a strong-armed passer who was once a South Carolina verbal and will join 2021 four-star QB Brock Vandagriff in Athens. Having fielded some of the top running backs in the nation in recent years, the Bulldogs are poised to keep that position a strength with two ESPN 300 commits, led by Robinson, the No. 2-ranked RB. The class includes a solid foundation of talent on defense as well. LB C.J. Washington posted impressive testing numbers at the Under Armour Atlanta camp this past spring, including a 4.21 5-10-5 shuttle, and can be a sideline-to-sideline presence for the Bulldogs. In-state projected defensive back prospects Starks and Marquis Groves-Killebrew give Georgia a pair of ESPN 300 commitments in the secondary.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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ACC rank: 1 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB A.J. Duffy (No. 38)
Top defensive commit: CB Travis Hunter (No. 3)

The Seminoles have had struggles at quarterback in recent years, but Mike Norvell has secured his passer for the 2022 cycle in Duffy. A coach’s kid who will arrive in Tallahassee from IMG Academy, he will bring good accuracy but strong instincts, and should come in ready to compete for playing time immediately. The Seminoles also have landed one of the top defensive prospects in this class in Hunter, who possesses an excellent blend of speed, quickness, length and toughness. The addition of No. 1 athlete Sam McCall, who is an explosive player and can be a sideline-to-sideline presence, can give the Seminoles two big-time playmakers in their secondary.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 4 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Conner Weigman (No. 35)
Top defensive commit: DE Malick Sylla (No. 46)

The Aggies are recruiting near the top of the SEC and are in contention for a fourth straight top-10 class nationally. Their first key pickup was Sylla, an in-state defensive end with a good first step and nice upside. Adding him to a talented D-line group from the 2021 cycle, led by five-star Shemar Turner, can give Texas A&M a formidable defensive front. The Aggies also added Sylla’s high school teammate in ESPN 300 defender Bobby Taylor, a lengthy and quick-footed cornerback. Top-three safety Bryce Anderson was a big win over Texas on the recruiting trail and gives them a versatile, speedy defensive back. They have their quarterback in Weigman, a powerful thrower with good accuracy.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big 12 rank: 1 of 10
Top offensive commit: RB Gavin Sawchuk (No. 61)
Top defensive commit: DE Derrick Moore (No. 21)

Coach Lincoln Riley has been amassing a talented group of offensive firepower. After signing one of the best wide receiver classes in the 2021 cycle, the Sooners have a pair of top-five running backs on board in Sawchuk and Raleek Brown, a sudden and speedy scatback type who can be dangerous in space. To protect that offensive talent, they have secured multiple ESPN 300 commitments on the offensive line in OTs Jacob Sexton and Jake Taylor and one of the top centers in the class in Demetrius Hunter. They also added some strong defensive pieces in lengthy and powerful top-five DE Moore and top-three ILB Kobie McKinzie. Robert Spears-Jennings, a top in-state prospect with quick feet, could contribute on either side of the ball with upside as a defensive back.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big 12 rank: 2 of 10
Top offensive commit: RB Jaydon Blue (No. 113)
Top defensive commit: S Bryan Allen Jr. (No. 74)

After guiding one of the most high-powered attacks in college football as offensive coordinator at Alabama, Steve Sarkisian is now assembling his first full class as head coach at Texas. Offense defines this group early on. The Longhorns went to California for their quarterback, Maalik Murphy, a prospect with limited high school game experience thus far but someone who possesses some impressive physical traits, including a big arm. The class also features some big-play offensive targets from in-state: top-20 wide receiver Armani Winfield and two top-10 RBs in Jamarion Miller and Blue, who can be an explosive runner with good ball skills. Defense is not being overlooked either, as the Longhorns added one of the top defensive back prospects in the state in Allen, a top-five safety who is fluid with good instincts.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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ACC rank: 2 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Cade Klubnik (No. 75)
Top defensive commit: CB Daylen Everette (No. 47)

Clemson has seven straight top-10 classes, including the No. 1 class in 2020, and with a strong push over the summer months, it is again contending for a top-10 finish. The Tigers picked up some steam in June with several commitments, including ESPN 300 defenders Sherrod Covil, a physical safety, and Jihaad Campbell, a lengthy and agile prospect with a high ceiling for development. Their defensive class continued to benefit with two top-10 CB pickups in July with Everette and Jeadyn Lukus, as well as landing top-10 safety Keon Sabb. Offensively, they have a pair of ESPN 300 offensive line prospects in Collin Sadler, an in-state prospect, and Blake Miller, a big body who displays excellent strength.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 5 of 14
Top offensive commit: OG Deshawn Woods (No. 128)
Top defensive commit: DT Marquis Gracial (No. 57)

The Tigers have won several key battles inside state lines with verbals from five of the state’s top 15 prospects, including the top-rated player in Gracial, a big man who has the tools to be an SEC-quality impact type player in the defensive trenches. ESPN 300 ATH Ja’Marion Wayne and four-star safety Isaac Thompson were also big in-state pickups. The staff did an excellent job of establishing a strong relationship early on with Sam Horn, an accurate passer from Georgia; the ball can jump off his hands.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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ACC rank: 3 of 14
Top offensive commit: OT Gunner Givens (No. 84)
Top defensive commit: CB Cam Johnson (No. 149)

Virginia Tech’s recruiting heated up with the weather, as the Hokies added double-digit commitments in June and July. A key pickup was RB Ramon Brown, a top-10 in-state player who is an aggressive runner with good ball skills and can be an all-purpose-type back. Givens has the tools to help pave future running lanes for Brown, as he is a physically impressive big man with good feet, flexibility and some nastiness. ATH Alex Orji is a promising addition — he projects as a dangerous option at QB thanks to his good arm strength and upside, but he can be an excellent receiver as well with the Hokies. WR Daequan Wright was a nice get out of Georgia, as he is a lengthy target who has shown good physicality as a blocker.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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ACC rank: 4 of 14
Top offensive commit: WR Tychaun Chapman (No. 48)
Top defensive commit: DT Travis Shaw (No. 18)

The Tar Heels are contending for back-to-back top-25 classes. Mack Brown and staff made several key additions on defense, including two ESPN 300 CBs in Marcus Allen and Tayon Holloway. Sebastian Cheeks can be an active presence at linebacker, as he possesses very good agility and can quickly read and react. Chapman can be a big-play weapon offensively, as he is one of the fastest receivers in this class. Coming off a great run of landing in-state talent during the 2021 cycle, the Tar Heels are again having success at home, namely in RB Omarion Hampton and the massive but explosive DT Shaw, the top-rated player in North Carolina. No. 23 OLB Malaki Hamrick and high three-star DE Beau Atkinson were nice in-state pickups on defense.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big Ten rank: 3 of 14
Top offensive commit: WR Tyler Morris (No. 141)
Top defensive commit: CB William Johnson (No. 17)

The Wolverines signed the Big Ten’s No. 2 class in the 2021 cycle, and they remain near the top of the conference this time around. The secondary has benefited with two strong pickups in Johnson and four-star Kody Jones. The rangy and heady Johnson is a key commitment, as he is not only among the top five cornerback prospects in the class, but is also the top-rated player in the state of Michigan. Jones, who possesses excellent quickness, is listed as an athlete but projects to cornerback. The Wolverines went west to California to find their QB, Jayden Denegal, a big, strong-armed passer who can throw the ball with power and velocity. TE Marlin Klein is a commit to keep an eye on. Originally from Germany but now playing his high school football in Georgia, he is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound prospect with promising upside and the tools to grow into a versatile and physical offensive weapon.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big Ten rank: 4 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Gavin Wimsatt (No. 142)
Top defensive commit: OLB Moses Walker (No. 143)

Rutgers brought back head coach Greg Schiano to try to elevate the program again after years of struggles on the field and in recruiting. Early on, Schiano is signaling he can deliver and has Rutgers off to one of the best starts in the country. Keeping top talent close to home will be key, and an early indication he is up for that fight was landing ESPN 300 OT Jacob Allen, the No. 3-ranked player in New Jersey. So far, he has also landed several other solid in-state commitments, notably from three-star DE Kenny Fletcher. The Scarlet Knights went into neighboring Pennsylvania to get Anthony Johnson, a top-10 ILB, and returned to Florida, where Schiano had a lot of success during his first stint, to land a commitment from four-star WR Amarion Brown. Wimsatt was a big pickup for the Scarlet Knights, as he brings nice upside and combines a smooth delivery with the ability to throw for power.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big Ten rank: 5 of 14
Top offensive commit: RB Gi’Bran Payne (No. 263)
Top defensive commit: LB Dasan McCullough (No. 44)

Head coach Tom Allen and staff are building off a successful 2020 campaign on the field and assembling one of the Big Ten’s top classes in 2022. Former Ohio State commit McCullough is a big, aggressive defender with good agility and can be an impact-type defender for the Hoosiers. They continue to do well in Florida with several four-star defensive pickups, including CB Trevell Mullen. Four-star OL Demon Moore was a nice in-state get, and they dipped into Texas to land a QB in this class in the strong-armed Josh Hoover.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big 12 rank: 3 of 10
Top offensive commit: WR Jacolby Spells (No. 144)
Top defensive commit: S Travious Lathan (No. 282)

The Mountaineers landed most of their key commitments once the NCAA lifted the dead period. A big pickup was ESPN 300 QB Nicco Marchiol, a lefty with a quick release who can also be a threat when he needs to run, thanks to his mobility. They have worked to give him talented targets with multiple four-star WRs on board led by Spells, who can be a dynamic playmaker with his blend of speed and excellent ball skills. The talent pool in West Virginia is not very deep, but the Mountaineers landed the state’s No. 1 player in TE Corbin Page. They also added several strong pieces to the secondary, including top-20 safety Lathan.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big Ten rank: 6 of 14
Top offensive commit: WR Antonio Gates Jr. (No. 286)
Top defensive commit: DT Alex VanSumeren (No. 214)

The foundation of the Spartans’ class is built on big in-state victories, led by three of the state’s top 10 prospects. DT VanSumeren, a one-time Michigan commit, possesses good initial quickness and excellent strength, and has the tools to anchor their defensive line unit in coming seasons. Rangy ATH Jaden Mangham could play on either side of the ball, likely best contributing in the secondary. Gates is a nice-sized target with some savviness as a route runner and the ability to make tough catches in traffic. The Spartans went out west to land four-star QB Katin Houser, a passer with good mechanics and a strong arm.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 6 of 14
Top offensive commit: WR Chandler Smith (No. 129)
Top defensive commit: ATH Shemar James (No. 117)

Dan Mullen and staff are assembling a quality group with some key pickups out of Texas, led by ESPN 300 signal-caller Nick Evers, who won positional MVP at the Dallas Under Armour camp this spring. Also out of the Lone Star State is Julian Humphrey, a smooth cornerback with good size. From in state, Tony Livingston, who is converting from tight end, has a high ceiling for development at offensive tackle. Smith gives them a target with a nice blend of height and speed, and four-star commits TE C.J. Hawkins and DE Francois Nolton are also strong in-state additions.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Pac-12 rank: 2 of 12
Top offensive commit: RB Arlen Harris Jr. (No. 244)
Top defensive commit: DE Ernest Cooper IV (No. 32)

The Cardinal recruit nationally, and that is represented in their class, which includes prospects from over 10 different states. They have landed a pair of ESPN 300 prospects out of Tennessee in OT Fisher Anderson and TE Sam Roush. Stanford has recruited and developed some excellent TEs in recent years, and Roush runs well, provides a wide catch radius and can be a physical blocker. He has the tools to be another high-level performer at the position. Out of Missouri is Harris, a runner with good vision. A rangy edge defender with violent hands and a good motor, Cooper was a big-time pickup out of Texas. While the Cardinal cast a wide net, in-state talent also remains a key, and they have landed several commits closer to home, led by top-10 safety Kamari Ramsey, who can be an instinctive and punishing presence at the position.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 7 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Braden Davis (No. 108)
Top defensive commit: CB Keenan Nelson Jr. (No. 173)

A key early pickup for new South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was Davis, a poised and strong-armed QB with nice upside. The Gamecocks have been building a strong class around their ESPN 300 QB, bolstering their offensive line with high three-star Grayson Mains. They landed several talented defensive backs, including ESPN 300 safety Peyton Williams, a physical presence; No. 16 CB Nelson, who can be a well-rounded defender; and four-star Kajuan Banks, a prospect with good quickness and ball skills.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big 12 rank: 4 of 10
Top offensive commit: TE Kaian Roberts-Day (No. 247)
Top defensive commit: S Devyn Bobby (four stars)

The Bears won’t have issues fielding really good tight ends in the future with a class headlined by ESPN 300 Roberts-Day, who could also project to defensive end, four-star TE Cody Mladenka and versatile three-star TE Kelsey Johnson. Defensive line is a key area of need in the 2022 cycle for Dave Aranda’s staff, and the Bears have multiple strong pickups for that unit in DTs Tre Emory and the powerful and stout Enyce Sledge, as well as three-star ends Carmello Jones and Kyler Jordan, who has a good first step, possesses excellent power and could emerge as a sleeper from this group.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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ACC rank: 5 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Peter Delaportas (No. 239)
Top defensive commit: DT Kwan Williams (four stars)

The Eagles have been building on a good start and continuing to strengthen their 2022 class. They have put together an impressive group of offensive players, led by Delaportas and in-state high-three-star WR Joseph Griffin Jr. The Eagles have stocked up at tight end with three commitments in three-stars Matt Ragan, Jeremiah Franklin and R.J. Maryland, who is out of Texas powerhouse Southlake Carroll and is a target who possesses very good ball skills and body control with upside as a blocker. Three-star WR Ishmael Zamor is another in-state verbal. On defense, Williams, ILB Edwin Kolenge and three-star CB Jamal Hood are future starters.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Pac-12 rank: 3 of 12
Top offensive commit: QB Devin Brown (No. 97)
Top defensive commit: CB Domani Jackson (No. 4)

Clay Helton has kept the Trojans near the top of the Pac-12 rankings with several ESPN 300 commits. The secondary has greatly benefited from early success with a trio of top-25 CBs on board in five-star Jackson, Fabian Ross and Jaeden Gould, a tall, physical presence. Brown is a passer with good anticipation and touch. The Trojans have reeled in several commits from the Lone Star State, including four-star WR Caleb Douglas and three-star ILB Ty Kana from powerhouse program Katy High.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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ACC rank: 6 of 14
Top offensive commit: WR Janiran Bonner (No. 195)
Top defensive commit: LB Jaron Willis (No. 147)

Georgia Tech has taken advantage of being in one of the most talent-rich states in the nation. Among multiple in-state pickups is one of the top prospects in Georgia, LB Willis, an explosive and physical defender. WRs Bonner and Derrick Moore, along with RB Antonio Martin, were key pickups on the offensive side of the ball from within their borders. They pulled out of Florida ESPN 300 safety Jaylin Marshall, a prospect with good quickness and frame to develop. The Yellow Jackets ventured north to land four-star K.J. Miles, a DT with a good initial burst, nice strength and upside.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 8 of 14
Top offensive commit: OT Kiyaunta Goodwin (No. 73)
Top defensive commit: LB Keaten Wade (No. 196)

The Wildcats have scored some big victories and benefited from a strong spring on the recruiting trail. They went into bordering Indiana to land top-10 OT Goodwin, a big, strong prospect with good flexibility and balance who could contribute significantly on their offensive line. Four-star twin brothers Keaten and Destin Wade were big additions out of neighboring Tennessee with Keaten a rangy linebacker and Destin a versatile player who could contribute in multiple roles, including competing for the QB position. Kentucky has also had some success within its own state with commitments from four-star ATH Treyveon Longmire and high three-star OG Grant Bingham.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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Big 12 rank: 5 of 10
Top offensive commit: WR Talyn Shettron (No. 26)
Top defensive commit: CB Dylahn McKinney (three stars)

The Cowboys signed the No. 3 class in the Big 12 for 2021 and are in the mix to do so again in 2022. Several talented prospects lead the offense. The Cowboys got a key in-state commitment from top-five WR Shettron. The onetime Oklahoma commit is a lengthy target and good route-runner who can also be a dangerous red zone weapon. Their class includes a talented signal-caller in Garret Rangel, a player who displays good instincts and timing. His live arm can be a nice fit in Mike Gundy’s offense. Several other offensive weapons include a trio of four-star running backs in Ollie Gordon, the diminutive-but-lightning-quick Braylin Presley and C.J. Brown, who has the tools to be a productive all-purpose back.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 9 of 14
Top offensive commit: OT Andrew Chamblee (No. 236)
Top defensive commit: S Myles Rowser (No. 293)

Owning home is a must at Arkansas, and Sam Pittman and staff are accomplishing that with six of the state’s top 10 prospects committed. Leading that group is a pair of four-star O-line prospects in ESPN 300 OT Chamblee and E’Marion Harris. In the defensive trenches, in-state DT Nico Davillier can be a stout and strong presence against the run. Rowser, from Michigan, was a key grab out of state, as was three-star Peach State athlete Rashod Dubinion, who projects as a multi-purpose weapon on offense.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 10 of 14
Top offensive commit: OT Addison Nichols (No. 115)
Top defensive commit: ATH Kalib Perry (three stars)

New head coach Josh Heupel is targeting offense with his first full class. That includes several O-line commitments in ESPN 300 OT Nichols, a huge win on the recruiting trail, and Maurice Clipper Jr., a four-star OG who is a flexible big man with good body quickness. At QB, the Vols added Tayven Jackson, a passer with a smooth release, good arm strength and promising upside. They also have commitments from multiple WRs, including from in-state four-star Cameron Miller. Perry, who projects to linebacker, tested well at this past spring’s Ohio Under Armour camp and could contribute in several ways.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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ACC rank: 7 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Jacurri Brown (No. 165)
Top defensive commit: CB Khamauri Rogers (No. 45)

Miami has been a fast starter in recruiting in recent cycles only to eventually slide as the process unfolded. The Hurricanes started slow this cycle but have added some big commitments over the summer months. They landed several ESPN 300 commits in the secondary, led by No. 6 CB Rogers, a lengthy and smooth athlete. QB Brown is a raw passer with upside as he continues to gain experience in that area. He has already displayed he can be a powerful and dangerous runner.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

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SEC rank: 11 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Braedyn Locke (four stars)
Top defensive commit: DE Donterry Russell (three stars)

After signing a four-star QB out of Texas in 2021, Mike Leach returned to the Lone Star State to find his QB for 2022 in Locke, a prospect who comes across as a tough player with a quick release and strong arm. The Bulldogs have also landed some future potential top receiving targets from in-state in Dakota Jordan and Janorris Hopson. They’ve had some success in-state with defensive talent in Russell, a lengthy edge defender with good quickness and promising upside as a pass rusher. High three-star athlete Trent Singleton is a physical player with quick feet and could contribute on either side of the ball, but projects to the secondary for Mississippi State.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

ESPN 300 commits: 1 | Previous ranking: N/A 2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

Big 12 rank: 6 of 10
Top offensive commit: WR Jason Essex (four stars)
Top defensive commit: DT Hunter Deyo (No. 281)

Matt Campbell and staff have demonstrated the ability to ID and develop talent, and with their 2022 class, they’re assembling a group that could be one of their strongest in recent years. They gained a big victory by landing ESPN 300 in-state DT Deyo, who can be a strong and high motor presence in the trenches. Away from home, they landed several talented pickups in Florida, including QB Rocco Becht. Out of Tampa, they landed a pair of high three-star skilled prospects in WR Greg Gaines and RB Xavier Townsend. RB Quaron Adams was a nice get out of Arizona, as he possesses big-play speed.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

ESPN 300 commits: 5 | Previous ranking: N/A 2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

Pac-12 rank: 4 of 12
Top offensive commit: TE Jack Pedersen (No. 164)
Top defensive commit: LB Jalen Woods (three stars)

We felt UCLA needed to elevate its recruiting efforts this cycle, and thus far the Bruins are showing signs of doing that. Head coach Chip Kelly has added several offensive weapons, including a pair of ESPN 300 tight ends in Pedersen and Carsen Ryan. Pedersen is a big body who can be an effective blocker and also possesses good agility and hands to be a productive receiving target as well. Ryan possesses good body control, feet and ball skills. UCLA also has a trio of in-state ESPN 300 WRs on board in Mekhi Fox, Clint Stephens and Jadyn Marshall.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

ESPN 300 commits: 3 | Previous ranking: N/A 2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

SEC rank: 12 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Holden Geriner (No. 191)
Top defensive commit: S Tre Donaldson (No. 230)

The Tigers are still a long way from where fans are used to seeing them in the rankings, but new head coach Bryan Harsin picked up some recruiting momentum later in the summer and is moving in the right direction. Donaldson is a terrific athlete who will also play basketball at Auburn, and ESPN 300 DL Caden Story is a prospect with good reach and mobility in the trenches. Hometown pickup Powell Gordon is an underrated edge defender with good initial quickness and active hands. The first player on board for the 2022 cycle was QB Geriner, an accurate passer with a strong arm.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

ESPN 300 commits: 1 | Previous ranking: N/A 2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

Big Ten rank: 7 of 14
Top offensive commit: WR Reggie Fleurima (No. 264)
Top defensive commit: LB Braydon Brus (three stars)

Pat Fitzgerald and staff continue to identify talent that fits their program and develop it into strong production on the field. One of the top prospects in state, WR Fleurima is a target with good ball skills and body control. Four-star RB Joseph Himon II is diminutive in stature but is quick and elusive with the ball in his hands. The Wildcats added several O-line prospects, including high three-star OT Austin Firestone, an aggressive blocker with a nice frame to develop. Safety Trevon Howard out of IMG Academy is an instinctive player and good tackler who could be a quick contributor.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

ESPN 300 commits: 1 | Previous ranking: N/A 2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

SEC rank: 13 of 14
Top offensive commit: QB Drew Dickey (four stars)
Top defensive commit: CB Caleb Coley (No. 197)

The Clark Lea era has gotten off to a strong start on the recruiting trail. The former defensive coordinator has certainly targeted some talent for that side of the ball, including ESPN 300 CB Coley and top-15 ILB Langston Patterson, from in state. Originally from Europe, high three-star athlete Darren Agu is an intriguing prospect to follow as he possesses a nice ceiling for development. The Commodores went into Texas to land QB Dickey, a prospect with a big arm that can make all the throws.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

ESPN 300 commits: 0 | Previous ranking: N/A 2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

Group of 5 rank: 1
Top offensive commit: WR Quincy Burroughs (three stars)
Top defensive commit: DT Derrick Shepard (four stars)

The Bearcats are making the most of a terrific 2020 season on the field and working off a fast start in the 2022 cycle. Shepard is joined by three-star Sunshine State DT Segree Graham and in-state three-star DEs Cecil Doggette Jr. and Tyler Gillison. They also pulled out of Florida an offensive weapon in Burroughs, a raw prospect with good hands and high upside. Three-star running back Stephan Byrd was a key in-state keep on the offensive side of the ball. On the offensive line, three-star in-state OT Ethan Green has an ideal frame to develop.


2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

ESPN 300 commits: 2 | Previous ranking: N/A 2022 recruiting class rankings: Oregon leaps into top five; Oklahoma falls

Pac-12 rank: 5 of 12
Top offensive commit: WR Germie Bernard (No. 201)
Top defensive commit: DE Lance Holtzclaw (three stars)

The Huskies are assembling a strong collection of offensive talent, including some future weapons for their passing attack. ESPN 300 WR Bernard is a quick and elusive receiver who can be dangerous in space and in-state four-star Denzel Boston is a nice-sized target with good hands. RB Emeka Megwa can be an all-purpose back, as he can be effective as a pass catcher as well. They also landed a pair of top-20 OG prospects in Parker Brailsford and Vega Ioane.


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