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 offensive 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 O-LINE RECRUITS
|RK||FCS TEAM||FCS RECRUIT||HOMETOWN||CONF.||OTHER D-1 OPTIONS|
|1||SOUTHERN U.||Antonio Smith||Ocala, FL||SWAC||Miami (FL) decommit – 5 Power Five offers, 11 G5 offers|
|2||YALE||Michael Leone||Princeton, NJ||IVY||Maryland, Kansas, 8 G5, 18 FCS|
|3||JAMES MADISON||Tyler Stephens||Virginia Beach, VA||CAA||11 FBS offers, 14 total|
|4||FAMU||Evan Webster||Wauchula, FL||MEAC||Florida State., Iowa State, Louisville, Virginia, 9 G5|
|5||HARVARD||Joseph Alexander||Baton Rouge, LA||IVY||West Virginia, 9 G5s offers, 11 FCS offers|
|6||PRINCETON||Mac Duda||Jefferson Hills, PA||IVY||6 FBS, 20 FCS|
|7||HOUSTON BAPTIST||Kendal Septs||Sugar Land, TX||SOUTHLAND||6 Power Five offers, Houston, New Mex, 3 FCS offers|
|8||DARTMOUTH||Nicholas Schwitzgebel||Cleveland, OH||IVY||Louisville, 9 G5, 8 FCS|
|9||ILLINOIS STATE||Ben May||Carrollton, GA||MVFC||Liberty decommit – 10 FBS, 10 FCS|
|10||ETSU||Trey Richburg||Charlotte, NC||SOCON||Illinois, 9 G5, 6 FCS|
|11||TENNESSEE STATE||Jai'mari Herbert||Hollywood, FL||OVC||Kentucky, Pitt, Syracuse, 6 G5 offers|
|12||HARVARD||Logan Bednar||Bellflower, CA||IVY||Kansas, Air Force, 18 total offers|
|13||YALE||Bennie Anderson||St. Louis, MO||IVY||5 FBS offers, 16 FCS offers|
|14||UC DAVIS||Andrew Rumary||Surprise, AZ||BIG SKY||Arizona, Iowa St, 6 G5, 2 FCS|
|15||HARVARD||Jake Lugg||Wexford, PA||IVY||Nebraska, 6 G5 offers, 6 FCS|
|16||TENNESSEE STATE||Jeremiah Mawali||West Palm Beach, FL||OVC||Rutgers, Maryland, Purdue, 5 G5 offers|
|17||MERCER||Bryer Touchton||Valdosta, GA||SOCON||7 FBS offers, 8 FCS offers|
|18||FURMAN||Dylan Davis||Bradenton, FL||SOCON||Illinois, Iowa St., Army, 5 FCS|
|19||JAMES MADISON||Cole Potts||Columbus, OH||CAA||6 FBS, 9 FCS|
|20||GEORGETOWN||Brian Balestra||New Orleans, LA||PATRIOT||Air Force decommit, 3 FBS, 15 FCS offers|
|21||HARVARD||Jake Rizy||Westport, CT||IVY||BostColl., 4 G5, 8 FCS|
|22||FURMAN||E.J. Wilson||Xenia, OH||SOCON||3 FBS, 13 FCS offers|
|23||NORTHERN ARIZ.||Tye Kassen||Scottsdale, AZ||BIG SKY||Wash. St., Ariz St., Louis., 2 G5|
|24||HARVARD||Brian Burns||Mission, KS||IVY||Kent St., 6 Ivys, 7 MVFCs|
|25||PRINCETON||Jalen Travis||Minneapolis, MN||IVY||Minnesota, Iowa St., 5 FCS offers|
|26||JAMES MADISON||Tyshawn Wyatt||Richmond, VA||CAA||6 FBS, 2 FCS|
|27||NORTH ALABAMA||Mack McCluskey||Florence, AL||BIG SOUTH||Mercer decommit – 3 FBS, 7 FCS|
|28||FURMAN||Blake Hundley||Clarksville, TN||SOCON||Kansas, South Carolina, 5 FCS|
|29||SEMO||Khalyl Warren||Chicago, IL||OVC||3 FBS, 5 FCS offers|
|30||STONY BROOK||Collin Tunc||Oradell, NJ||CAA||1 FBS offer, 10 FCS|
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