So between now and Monday, Feb. 10, when we'll reveal our overall FCS team (Top 50) and individual recruiting rankings (Top 300 recruits), we're going to begin to release some of our early thoughts about each class here — by conference, and by position. Today we release our feelings about the defensive line position and where things stand for those schools.
Also … please remember, this is a ranking of HIGH SCHOOL commitments … this is only one way our FCS rankings differentiate us from 247Sports and Rivals etc. Also … we don't pay any attention to the star rating, this ranking is based solely on how each athlete is coveted, and who wanted him … and how many wanted him. That's it. Film evaluation is something I will leave up to the coaches, as they have their jobs on the line with that. I figure if their jobs are on the line, they're probably doing a pretty good job of figuring out who they want to offer a spot on their rosters. And they are certainly better than I am at making that determination.
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Quick rankings explanation:
- Only high school recruits are taken into account. Transfers are separate and will be evaluated much later this spring.
- The system is based on school offers, NOT 247Sports or Rivals. Every level of D-1 (P5, G5, FCS) has a particular tiered point total.
- When it comes to team rankings, it's the value of all of its Dec. signees and current commitments' point totals combined. Every kid counts.
- I respect PWOs — preferred walk-ons. They get credit too. The FCS is the perfect level for walk-ons. They matter to these schools.
- The final national rankings for Top 50 teams and Top 300 individuals will publish Monday, Feb. 10[divider]
TOP FCS D-LINE RECRUITS
|RK||FCS TEAM||FCS RECRUIT||HOMETOWN||CONF.||OTHER D-1 OPTIONS|
|1||STEPHEN F. AUSTIN||Branard Wright||Dallas, TX||SOUTHLAND||25 Power Five offers|
|2||RHODE ISLAND||Westley Neal||South Miami, FL||CAA||16 Power Five offers, 8 G5, 3 FCS|
|3||EASTERN KENTUCKY||Jadyn Bost||Grayson, GA||OVC||8 Power Five, 7 G5, 3 FCS|
|4||DELAWARE||Fintan Brose||Greensburg, PA||CAA||Vandy, 11 FBS, 13 FCS|
|5||WOFFORD||Chuck Smith||Suwanee, GA||SOCON||LSU, Mizzou, Kansas, 7 G5 offers, 8 FCS offers|
|6||HARVARD||Tyler Huenemann||Mount Pleasant, MI||IVY||11 FBS offers, 9 FCS offers|
|7||SACRAMENTO STATE||DeShawn Lynch||Folsom, CA||BIG SKY||6 Power Five offers, San Jose St, Fresno St.|
|8||PRINCETON||Nicholas Hilliard||Donaldsonville, LA||IVY||Colorado, Kansas, 9 FBS offers, 5 FCS|
|9||VILLANOVA||Ayden Howard||Dallas, TX||CAA||Colorado, 7 FBS, 9 FCS|
|10||PRAIRIE VIEW A&M||Jordon Williams||Metairie, LA||SWAC||Louisville, 5 G5 offers, 12 FCS offers|
|11||LEHIGH||George Padezanin||McKees Rocks, PA||PATRIOT||2 FBS, 22 FCS offers|
|12||DELAWARE||R.J. McNamara||Lansdale, PA||CAA||5 FBS offers, 15 total offers|
|13||YALE||Zion Dayne||Lorton, VA||IVY||3 FBS, 19 FCS|
|14||MISSOURI STATE||Armon Wallace||St. Louis, MO||MVFC||Kentucky, Syracuse, 6 FBS, 11 total|
|15||JAMES MADISON||Tyler Negron||Nokesville, VA||CAA||6 FBS, 12 FCS|
|16||SDSU||Brandon Lane||Lees Summit, MO||MVFC||7 FBS, 5 MVFC, 7 FCS|
|17||PENN||Henry Iloanya||Washington, DC||IVY||Rutgers, 4 G5, 10 FCS|
|18||YALE||Mitchell Tyler||McKinney, TX||IVY||Baylor, Kansas, 5 G5, 2 FCS|
|19||NDSU||Seth Anderson||Moorhead, MN||MVFC||Kansas, 5 FBS, 4 MVFC|
|20||HARVARD||Micaiah Bell||Acworth, GA||IVY||2 FBS, 16 FCS|
|21||EASTERN ILLINOIS||Anthony Baker||St. Louis, MO||OVC||6 FBS, 6 FCS|
|22||DELAWARE||Jack Hall||Richmond, VA||CAA||2 FBS, 13 FCS offers|
|23||YOUNGSTOWN ST.||Tariq Williamson||Akron, OH||MVFC||7 FBS, 2 FCS|
|24||WESTERN CAROLINA||Jaquarius Guinn||Clover, SC||SOCON||Tennessee, Ga South, Liberty, Charlotte, ECU, UCF,|
|25t||EASTERN KENTUCKY||Abraham Alabi||Pickerington, OH||OVC||Kentucky, Rutgers, 3 G5, Tenn St.|
|25t||RICHMOND||Zander Barnett||Milton, GA||CAA||Army, 15 FCS offers|
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