National Director of Rivals Recruitment Adam Gorney and National Recruitment Analyst sam spiegelmann together with the leader of social networks woody wommack address three topics and determine whether they believe each statement is FACT or FICTION.
RIVALS RATINGS WEEK
PREVIEWS: Will there be a new OT No. 1? | Should Alex Styles be in the top 10?
MONDAY: five-star countdown | Meet the new five stars
TUESDAY: Rivals250 Launch | Gorney’s thoughts | The biggest engines | The five most difficult questions we face
WEDNESDAY: Publication of the ranking of offensive positions | Five schools that should be happy
THURSDAY: Publication of the ranking of defensive positions | Three stars with more potential
FRIDAY: Published State Rankings
1. After watching both of them in recent weeks, Tetairoa McMillan should be the No. 1 receiver in the class of 2022 over Luther Burden.
Gorney’s opinion: DONE. Call me homer since I live in Southern California and have covered Tetairoa McMillan more, but he is on a different level. I really like Luther Burden. I thought he was outstanding when I saw him play in California this year and in the Under Armor Game, but McMillan’s physical traits don’t come around often. He’s super competitive, one of the best pass catchers I’ve seen in a long time and a multi-sport athlete who has a unique jumping ability that sets him apart in this class.
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Wommack’s opinion: FICTION. I love T-Mac as a player and the way he makes it look so easy and effortless when he’s running routes shows how talented he is as a wide receiver. But Burden is a different type of receiver and I just like his game in general and how he translates a little more. Burden’s physicality and ability to get through defenders is something I love and he will be a star in Missouri. Hopefully we’ll be talking about both players as first-round picks a few years down the road.
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2. Four years from now, we’ll regret not having Quency Wiggins higher than No. 16 nationally.
gorney jack: DONE. Quency Wiggins didn’t start playing football until well into high school and has all the tools to be special, possibly the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. His physical tools are amazing, his drive to be great is there and he’s like a sponge that absorbs training and then goes out on the field and delivers. Strong-side defensive ends in this class are really talented, but Wiggins could end up being the best of the bunch.
Spiegelman’s opinion: DONE. If it weren’t for getting hit by a car in San Antonio, Wiggins could already be above No. 16 in the Rivals250 final. At 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds against double teams and sometimes more, Wiggins had 13 sacks and 26 TFLs and dominated in the All-American Bowl. It’s developed so quickly in two years that three or four years from now we might be looking back scratching our heads for not seeing Wiggins as a top 10 talent. However, his advantage is through the roof.
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3. The only quarterback we’ll regret not making a five-star is Texas A&M signee Conner Weigman.
Gorney’s opinion: FICTION. I like Conner Weigman and I think he’s a player and throws one of the best balls of any quarterback in this class. But if I had to pick a quarterback, we’d be sorry we didn’t get a five-star, it’s Ohio State signee Devin Brown. He goes to a perfect offense that highlights the quarterback and the receivers. He’ll be surrounded by incredible talent at the dominant school in the Big Ten and his cerebral nature to play the position really stands out. Brown is a competitive guy with a lot of drive and while I like Weigman, my bet would be that Brown comes out of this as one of the best quarterbacks in this class.
Spiegelman’s opinion: DONE. Weigman is an absolute stud at quarterback. He’s a dual-sport athlete who excelled on the diamond and has been one of Texas’ top quarterbacks the past two seasons. He can challenge the field and make off-target shots look perfect, and he’s dangerous with his legs. I should excel playing in Fisherman Jimbo‘s offense with a variety of talents up front and at skill positions in College Station. It certainly checks all the boxes.
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