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Oklahoma and Texas A&M continue to fight for the No. 1 defensive finish in Class 2023 and for the second-best player overall. Hicks will continue to lag behind when he visits Oklahoma again recently as the Goldsmiths give him top priority in this class.
After signing an incredible ride along the defensive line in 2022, the Aggies have not backed down for Hicks, who recently moved from Allen, Texas to Katie (Texas) Peto. Now the Texas A&M in the Houston area could give some edge as the college station is just over an hour away. Oregon is not exempt from this race, either, since the ducks have recently built major roads.
Prediction: Texas A&M
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The five stars mainly focus on two options: play at the SEC or play for the coaches down the street Dan Lanning And defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi Georgia will take the lead among SEC schools in Oregon because Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln continues to go to Athens and likes it.
Visits are also coming to Alabama and LSU in the summer. The states of Miami and Michigan are also running and having a trip to East Lansing this week.
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Three important tours are coming up for the four-stars who can play toughly with the USC, Oregon and Ohio State on schedule. The Buckeyes have long been involved with Uiagalelei and the level of interest there is serious but it looks like it is heading towards a Pac-12 battle.
The USC allows Wagaleli to stay close to home and play as a coach Lincoln Riley And defensive coordinator Alex Grinch And following his music career, which is a serious consideration.
Oregon has done a great job recruiting him and his coaching staff, Convenience, uniforms and Nike backing can be significant.
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The top 10 still stands in Washington, USC, Oregon, Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn, and Clemson but has emerged as a pioneer in hiring volunteers and Agus Bradley in recent weeks. The inspections are set to take place in June and could clear up Bradley’s condition But the Tennessee tour was different for Rocky Top Paluza and could give the volunteers a big edge in his recruitment.
Texas A&M signed a monster defensive line class in 2022 but Bradley is keen to play with those guys, not be afraid.
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Alabama and Georgia are the main contenders for the Montgomery (Ala.) Carver’s top four-star fight, and while he has been to Tuscaloosa numerous times, the Bulldogs still seem to be right on the job.
The expectation is that Smith will remain in the southeast but Ohio State may receive an official visit and then Auburn, Miami, Texas A&M, USC and others cannot be counted yet.
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Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma and South Carolina have emerged for the top five Collins, who will make his first official visit to Gainesville in the coming days. Visits will be important but the strong feeling here is that losing the Crimson Tide is almost impossible.
Collins is an in-state recruit, many members of his family are fans of Alabama, he is close to the defensive line coach. Freddie Roach And while Crimson Tide wants a top chance – especially those southeast – there’s not much damage.
A strange rumor has been circulating for weeks that Woods is seriously considering his offer from Jackson State and the job Dion Sanders Having done so, especially hiring some elite players, is having a big impact on the four-star Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson.
Until I see it, I won’t believe it, because Alabama has been clearly ahead for some time and continues to pursue the internal potential of the Crimson Tide state.
Tennessee, Michigan State, Georgia and Ohio State will all have officials next week, and then an important extended tour is underway that will be important in the Clemson travel decision-making process during the fall. The feeling is that Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee have the opportunity to go above and beyond the standout school, Ohio State Columbus right now.
While the SEC schools certainly have a draw and his weekend tour of Knoxville has been really good, it could be Clemson heading into June.
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The Venice, Fla., Standout is one of the more unexpected possibilities on this list because he has not yet visited a ton of official visits or brought out much. Alabama certainly prioritizes him, Ohio State plots him, and Miami is hiring him the toughest at the moment. He wants to go to Georgia when South Carolina tries to take him to an officer there. Others have pushed in and out of his recruitment in recent months. One may not be in the front run yet, but Crimson Tide wants him.
The funny thing about Rusa is that she visits the same place as her Montgomery Carver teammate James Smith – and many think they’ll end up in the same college. But while Smith seems to be leaning towards Alabama at the moment, Rasao seems to have Georgia at the top of his list.
Smith and Rusa are not a package deal, especially since they rarely work, so Rusa must be doing his own thing and seems to be leading Georgia Alabama, with Auburn and others in the picture.