6. LSU Tigers
The Tigers got their big transfer last year in former Ohio State QB Joe Burrow, but this year, they didn’t need anyone amazing with the next-level haul Ed Orgeron came up with.
The big-time recruits poured in, starting with can’t-miss CB Derek Stingley Jr. If he’s not the No. 1 overall recruit, he’s in the top five.
Trey Palmer is versatile enough to become a killer defensive back or a No. 1 wide receiver. Marcel Brooks will be a guided missile of a linebacker once he packs on a little weight, and New Orleans native Donte Starks isn’t far behind.
The running backs are as good as any signed anywhere. John Emery and Tyrion Davis are local products who should be an immediate part of the rotation. They’ll eventually work behind Kendall Thomas, who’s destined to be an NFL left guard – after he dominates at left tackle on the LSU line.
5. Ohio State Buckeyes
Justin Fields, Justin Fields, Justin Fields.
Thanks to the coaching change from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day, this was an okay class for the Buckeyes, but it wasn’t anything amazing – at least for them.
For just about anyone else, this would be a historic haul of talent. Next year, Day should hit his stride with a top five overall class on just prep prospects.
This year, his team is this high up after landing the No. 1 overall recruit on the mark for the 2019 recruiting season, after being the No. 1A overall recruit in 2018.
Flip a coin between Fields and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence as to which one was the bigger and better prospect to hype up. But while Lawrence was busy winning the national title, Fields was sitting behind Jake Fromm at Georgia. And now he’s the Ohio State starting quarterback … this year.
But again, it’s not like Ohio State recruited a big bag of nothing among the prep talents. Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams are the typical next-level Buckeye wide receivers, Zach Harrison is going to be Bosa-light at one defensive end spot, and as always, there’s little wasted recruits on fliers.
The big-time stars, though, are missing from this class. That changed with Fields.