Road Trip Rundown: Ranked too high, too low or about right

May 16, 2022 | 0 comments


Today Inside the Gators takes a closer look at 10 prospects we saw during our Recruiting Road Trip and shares thoughts as to whether they are ranked too high, too low, or just about right on the current On3 Consensus Ranking.

This is based on current ranking, offers, and tape with a bit of and our opinion, there are those who are severely underrated, some over ranked, and those whose ranking is right on the money.

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The Bottom Line:  When I saw him on Wednesday he was nursing his left hamstring, but still made a sweet cutback move behind the line of scrimmage to turn what should have been a negative into a positive. He is definitely a damn good back, but is he the No. 3 back in the nation and a borderline five-star? That seems a bit too high. 


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  • Malik Bryant‍  
  • Linebacker/Defensive End
  • Orlando (Fla.) Jones
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  • No. 40

The Bottom Line: As we posted back in February after seeing him at the UA Next Camp in Miami, he was a disappointment after going with the defensive end group. He certainly didn't look like the five-star he was rated as back then, and the services quickly resolved that by dropping him. Still, speaking to him last week he said he is still moving between defensive end (where he lacks length) and linebacker. Is he a top 100 type? Yes. Is he the 40th best prospect in the nation? Not really.

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The Bottom Line:  At this time last year he was considered to be a Top 50 type of prospect, but the injury bug bit and several nagging issues cost him both practice and conditioning time, and he became too heavy, which impacted his mobility. He has now shed roughly 35-pounds from his high, and is down in the 330 range – and you can see that in his movement. Much like Jayden Gibson‍ did last spring, Kirkland was openly questioning the services for dropping him. I tend to agree. He is at the very least a Top 150 type, if not a little higher.

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The Bottom Line: Without question, he has the frame to become a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder who can be moved up and down the defensive line and he knows how to utilize his size to his advantage. The potential is there, but seeing him a few times at camps, he’s going to need the right coach to push and motivate him to unlock that potential and an S&C staff to motivate him to take advantage of his natural gifts.  

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  • Camp Magee 
  • Tight End
  • Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater
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  • No. 787

The Bottom Line: His father played at Vanderbilt, and they had a coach out at his practice last Wednesday – as did Clemson. The Tigers are showing him a lot of interest – as evidenced by the two assistants they sent out to see him. He is tall and skinny, and may be a tall receiver rather than an in-line tight end – at least to start his career. He averaged over 20-yards per catch as a junior. He doesn't have a ton of offers yet, but he is someone you could see move up a couple of hundred spots to being a borderline four-star.

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The Bottom Line: He is considered the best of the best, the No. 1 rated prospect at his position, and nothing that took place during a spring practice was going to change that perception. One thing about him though is he is going to have to hit the weight room, and hit it hard. Other than that incredibly correctable issue, what’s not to love about him? He has length and athleticism and despite his lack of muscle mass, doesn't get pushed around by receivers off the line.

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The Bottom Line: I didn’t get to see him in a football setting last week as he sat out practice because he had track. He has, in abundance, the one thing Florida’s receiving corps lacks and desperately needs pure, unadulterated speed. Like McClain above, he looks like he doesn't spend a great deal of time in the weight room at this point, but that may be because he has been concentrating mostly on track.

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  • Dylan Wade  
  • Tight End
  • Orlando (Fla.) Jones
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  • No. 998

The Bottom Line: He sort of reminds me a little bit of Kemore Gamble in his build. Compared to Magee above, Wade projects more of an in-line tight end. He has size and moves well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him continue to add bigger and bigger offers and cut his No. 998 ranking at least in half to become a Top 500 type of prospect.

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  • John Walker‍   
  • Defensive Tackle
  • Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola
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  • No. 89

The Bottom Line: Even being a Top 100 type of prospect may be a little low here. It feels like he is being somewhat slept on. Osceola's offensive line has a couple of 2024 prospects on it, and Walker, at 6-foot-4, 315-pounds, was walking double teams into the backfield. Oh, and despite being roughly 40 or so pounds heavier than LeBlanc, on the Kowboy's testing charts posted in the locker room, Walker had a faster 40 and shuttle time as well as a higher vertical jump. I said it a couple of months ago, he reminds me of former Florida Gator Ian Scott, and is going to be a disruptive force on the next level. If I had to take just one of the Osceola linemen, I’d take Walker.

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The Bottom Line: He is a big play waiting to happen, and there is a lot to work with, but there is still a lot of work that has to be done for him to become more refined as a receiver. You have to love his size and athleticism, but while on my practice visit, a couple of those around the program said that Williams’ ranking was based more on 7-on-7 tournaments rather than high school football Fridays and that Daidren Zipperer (brother of UF tight end Keon Zipperer) was the best receiver on the team. That all may be true, but Williams is going to give some future college wide receiver coach one hell of a blank canvas to work with, and that alone is worth a four-star ranking.

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