Every week, your favorite football team tries to get better. Some weeks their plan works really well; other weeks, it doesn’t. This new commitment tracker series will tell you if your team is on the recruiting path to become the next National Championship or the next Kansas, one week at a time.
You’ll see every Power Five commitment of the week, along with a brief note about why that commitment matters. We’ll also be ranking how each conference performed as whole. Just no “S-E-C” chants in the comments, please.
Let’s dive right into last week’s commitments:
John Williams – 2020 3-star offensive tackle – 9/1
Clemson was a little quiet this week, but they did lock down their third commitment for the class of 2020, the second from the state of Georgia. Locking down out-of-state talent like Williams early often pays dividends.
Asim Richards – 2019 3-star offensive tackle – 8/30
Richards is the first offensive line commitment for the Tar Heels in the 2019 recruiting class. UNC has a decent amount of depth and youth at both tackle positions, but they’ll be graduating quite a bit of that after 2019.
Ja’quay Hubbard – 2019 3-star offensive tackle – 9/1
The Cavaliers already have a number of offensive linemen committed for this class, and their current offensive tackles are extremely young. Still, Hubbard is Virginia’s top offensive line commit so far, and competition on the line is a good thing.
Michael Lois – 2020 3-star defensive end – 9/1
The Hawkeyes grabbed a commitment from the Wisconsin defensive end. Iowa is the first Power Five school to offer the budding talent a scholarship, and it paid off.
Mohamed Toure – 2019 3-star inside linebacker – 8/30
Rutgers added another New Jersey football player to their recruiting class. For the record, only two of their 13 current commits are from outside of the state, and one of those is from outside of the country.
Trace Ford – 2019 3-star defensive end – 8/31
The Cowboys grabbed the second best commit in their class this week. Ford is the second-best defensive end in the state of Oklahoma and a top-ten prospect at any position in the state.
Osita Smith – 2019 3-star athlete/defensive back – 8/30
Smith adds to the respectable defensive back class that West Virginia has already put together. After a class light in the secondary in 2018, the Mountaineers have already compiled a group that should solidify their defensive backside.
Treven Ma’ae – 2019 3-star defensive end – 8/30
The Ducks earned a commitment from the young defensive end over fellow Pac-12 school Arizona State, which did not have a commitment this past week.
Falcon Kaumatule – 2019 3-star athlete/defensive end – 8/28
Kaumatule, likely a defensive end, ended up going with Utah over BYU and Hawaii. There was a lot of talk about the young recruit and UCLA sharing some mutual interest, but they have yet to offer him a scholarship.
Andy Boykin – 2020 4-star defensive end – 8/31
Auburn took a hit on next year’s promising class when Boykin, the second-best commit, decommitted. Auburn still has four 2020 commits with three of them being 4-stars, but a 4-star lineman on either side of the ball is a valuable commodity.
- Big 12
- Big Ten
I’m a sucker for offensive line recruiting. That means the ACC did the best out of all of the conferences to improve itself with three offensive line commits. After that, the Big 12, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten all grabbed a pair of defensive commits, which is nice, but they all need to do more. The SEC, on the other hand, lost a commit.
The biggest move had to be Boykin making the decision to look elsewhere for his future college home. Boykin is a rising star in the 2020 class who has started getting increased interest from a few other schools. He’ll likely take his time before making another decision.
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