Rivals nationwide recruiting analyst Adam Friedman, Jason Higdon of 1standtenflorida.com, Caleb Alexander of GamecockScoop.com, and Richie Schnyderite of NittanyNation.com sort out three subjects and decide whether or not they consider every assertion is FACT or FICTION.
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1. Florida has actual momentum in Samson Okunlola’s recruitment.
Friedman’s take: FACT. Samson Okunlola is actually taking his time along with his dedication. He hasn’t even locked in his subsequent visits but, nevertheless it looks like Florida will get him on campus sooner or later, and I name that actual momentum. That must be somewhat worrisome for the Miami Hurricanes, who’re the perceived favourite. Their in-state rival has proven that they are keen to compete for the highest prospects within the nation no matter the place they’re from, even when meaning taking over the Hurricanes face to face. Miami, Michigan State, Oregon, Ohio State and some others have been seen as the principle contenders for Okunlola, however the Gators aren’t shying away from the struggle.
Higdon’s take: FACT. It is dependent upon what you imply whenever you say “actual momentum,” however Okunlola is unquestionably listening to what the coaches should say proper now. Florida went to see him in the course of the bye week, and Florida followers can anticipate to see him on campus sooner slightly than later. It is going to all come all the way down to his go to. There’s something there, however calling it actual momentum could possibly be a stretch. Nonetheless, we’re seeing the momentum change instructions somewhat bit.
2. Syracuse QB commit LaNorris Sellers will flip to South Carolina.
Friedman’s take: FACT. It looks like a matter of time earlier than LaNorris Sellers does find yourself committing to the Gamecocks. The in-state faculty, though it dragged its toes in his recruitment, appears to have a robust pull on him. Sellers, who was initially dedicated to Virginia, decommitted after Cavaliers offensive coordinator Robert Anae went to Syracuse. Sellers adopted Anae and verbally dedicated to Dino Babers, Anae and the Orange in March. It seems to be like Sellers will go to South Carolina once more this season. The lure of enjoying nearer to house and within the SEC may tip the scales within the favor of the Gamecocks.
Alexander’s take: FACT. That is a type of the place I actually didn’t wish to put my flag down on both facet of it, however let’s name it 52% “truth” because it stands. I’m nonetheless making an attempt to get some extra perception on this one, however I do know Sellers has thrown for OC Marcus Satterfield a number of occasions and likewise visited Columbia a number of occasions all through his recruitment. That mentioned, this does really feel like one which maybe South Carolina dragged its toes on barely too lengthy, as he has been dedicated to Syracuse since final March and his star has risen with different applications within the Southeast all through his senior season. I believe there is likely to be time to flip Sellers if South Carolina can get him again on campus – and I’ve heard it’s working to make that occur as quickly as this weekend – nevertheless it is likely to be robust to persuade him he’s a precedence this late within the sport whereas the Orange clearly coveted him lengthy earlier than.
3. Rivals250 WR Tyseer Denmark is a Penn State lock.
Friedman’s take: FICTION. It is going to be very fascinating to see what Tyseer Denmark decides to do when he broadcasts his dedication subsequent month. This go to to Penn State went very properly and he has plenty of connections to the Nittany Lions workers, however I am unsure that he’s a lock for Penn State. An Ohio State go to is arising very quickly, and it seems to be just like the Buckeyes may have a lot to say earlier than he broadcasts his dedication. Buckeyes huge receivers coach Brian Hartline has made Denmark a precedence and is personally recruiting him to affix his loaded receiving corps. No matter what Denmark decides to do subsequent month his recruitment won’t be over, so it’s going to be essential for groups to proceed to make him a deal with the recruiting path.
Schnyderite’s take: FACT. Penn State is already off to a scorching begin within the 2024 class with prime in-state OL Cooper Cousins on board, however can it add one other in Denmark? I believe so. The Nittany Lions have achieved a fantastic job on the recruiting path over the previous few courses, particularly with native prospects. To not point out Denmark simply stopped by Penn State for a go to to take a look at the White Out sport and phrase is he had a heck of a visit. Additionally, the Nittany Lions have already got his teammate and fellow four-star Jameial Lyons locked up within the 2023 class, and he has been in his ear these days. Now, Denmark is meant to go to Ohio State quickly, however the pull to remain nearer to house is likely to be an excessive amount of to move up.