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49. "Predicting where top recruits end up (ESPN+)"
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(just wanted contribute something meaningful to this post since Ruth wants to just argue for the sake of arguing)


The college football season is well underway, and we are inching closer to the early signing period in December. It's only three months away, which means we will start to see a few more commitments from top prospects.

As official visits take place to see the game atmosphere on different campuses, recruits will start to have enough information to pick a school, and we are going to see three ESPN 300 recruits make their commitments over the next three to four weeks.

In this week's notebook, we will take a look at those announcements and predict where each recruit will go. We will also look at a top-15 recruit taking visits, the recruiting impact from USC firing Clay Helton, which teams helped themselves in recruiting this past weekend and some top performances from transfers and freshmen.

Recruit predictions
This isn't a comprehensive list of who will commit over the next few weeks, but these ESPN 300 recruits have already announced publicly when they will be making their commitment. Here's where we see them going.


RB George Pettaway
5-foot-11, 175 pounds
Suffolk, Virginia
ESPN 300 rank: 106

Top choices: Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Penn State

Pettaway is announcing his commitment on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. ET. He released his top four of Florida, North Carolina, Penn State and Oregon in August, cutting it down from 10. Pettaway had taken visits to Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Penn State and a few others in June, and is now ready to make his decision.

He's the No. 8 running back in the class and had offers from some of the biggest programs in the country. Looking at some of the classes from the schools in his top list, Penn State already has two ESPN 300 running backs committed in Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton, Florida has ESPN 300 running back Terrance Gibbs, North Carolina has ESPN 300 running back Omarion Hampton committed, while Oregon does not yet have a top-300 commit at the position.

From those four, it seems as though North Carolina has the upper hand given his relationship with the coaches, and the Tar Heels could be in good position to land his commitment next week.

The pick: North Carolina

OT Elijah Pritchett
6-foot-6, 280 pounds
Columbus, Georgia
ESPN 300 rank: 103

Top choices: Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, USC

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Pritchett is massive tackle from Georgia, who initially had a top eight of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, USC and Virginia Tech back in April, but recently cut it down to four.

Considering USC is in his top list and the Trojans just fired Helton, it doesn't seem likely he'll pick the Trojans. Even though he is from Georgia, there is a level of comfort and familiarity with Florida State.

Of the visits he took this summer, he took three trips to Florida State. He worked out at their big man camp and has seen quite a bit of campus. He is announcing his decision on Sept. 28, and if he chooses the Seminoles, he would give Florida State two ESPN 300 offensive linemen in the class, four ranked as four-stars.

The pick: Florida State

TE Jaleel Skinner
6-foot-5, 210 pounds
Greer, South Carolina
ESPN 300 rank: 64

Top choices: Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Texas

Skinner is the top-rated tight end in this class and a top-100 recruit. He released his top five after taking visits to some of his top schools in June. He went to Miami, Alabama and Texas, among a few others, then took his official visit to Florida State in the beginning of September.

Skinner will still take visits to Florida this weekend, Texas on Sept. 25 and Clemson on Oct. 2. He's going to announce his commitment on Oct. 9, so this one might be a little more difficult to predict. The Longhorns are making a push, but this could change over the next few weeks.

The pick: Texas

Arch Manning's busy October
Arch Manning is the No. 2 prospect and the top quarterback in the 2023 class. The son of Cooper Manning, and the nephew of Peyton and Eli, he has garnered quite a bit of attention from his ability on the field.

According to Cooper, Arch will be getting out on the road and taking visits over the next few weeks.

He will visit Georgia this weekend for the South Carolina game, Alabama on Oct. 2 when the Crimson Tide play Ole Miss, then Texas on Oct. 16 when the Longhorns play Oklahoma State.

Arch will also be on hand at Ole Miss on Oct. 23 to see his uncle, Eli, get his jersey retired and watch the game against LSU. Cooper said his son will also likely visit Clemson on Oct. 30 for the Florida State game.

He has a busy next few months, which will likely help shape his eventual college choice.

Jaheim Singletary's visits
Cornerback Jaheim Singletary is one of the top uncommitted recruits left in the 2022 class after decommitting from Ohio State in the beginning of August. He's the No. 14 ranked recruit overall and a 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner from Jacksonville, Florida.


Cornerback Jaheim Singletary, the No. 14-ranked prospect in the Class of 2022, decommitted from Ohio State during the summer. ThreeStep
Singletary is one of the more highly sought-after defensive backs given his size and ability and has offers from nearly every major program. He is getting back out to campuses to take visits and will start this weekend with a trip to Florida for the Alabama game. The top-20 prospect will then visit Georgia for its game against Arkansas on Oct. 2.

He recently tweeted that he thinks he has narrowed down his list and he will soon release his top schools. Florida and Georgia would seemingly make that list with Miami as a potential add as well.

Who helped themselves in recruiting this week?
Oregon went to Columbus, Ohio, and beat a top-three-ranked Ohio State team on the road. It was an impressive win, considering the Ducks were short a few defensive starters, including defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and linebacker Justin Flowe. The results of the game were talked about prominently nationally and Oregon has already built up quite the recruiting buzz over the past few years under coach Mario Cristobal.

Just because it was a road game doesn't mean it didn't have an impact on recruits. In fact, Oregon safety Marko Vidackovic reportedly walked by a group of prospects visiting Ohio State and said, "You boys better come to Oregon," according to Jarrid Denney.


The Ducks already have the No. 5 ranked class in 2022 with 11 ESPN 300 commitments. A win like that against a top-ranked team can only help push the success even further ahead. The Ducks have quite a few of their targets already committed, so where this could really help is in the 2023 class, as Oregon doesn't yet have any commitments in that class.

Another team that helped themselves in a national game was Michigan, which convincingly beat Washington under the lights in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines had some huge visitors on campus, and by all accounts, they came away impressed.

The No. 1-ranked recruit, Walter Nolen, was the biggest name who was on campus, joined by offensive lineman Josh Conerly Jr. and USC defensive back commit Domani Jackson, who made the trip from California.

Jackson has formed a friendship with current Michigan corner commit William Johnson, and with USC firing Helton, the visit to Michigan couldn't have happened at a better time.


The Wolverines could use help in the secondary, and if the coaches can sign both Johnson and Jackson in this class, it would immediately boost the defense.

USC recruiting impact
Speaking of USC, firing Helton in September is likely going to have an impact on this recruiting class. There isn't much time left until the early signing period and there isn't a clear direction yet as to who will be the next head coach full-time.

That likely won't happen until after the season. For now, USC assistant Donte Williams is taking over as interim coach. Williams is one of USC's best recruiters, but without having the permanent job, it will be tough to keep things intact.

The Trojans have five ESPN 300 commitments and only one from California. Jackson is the lone in-state top-300 recruit, and as mentioned above, he just took a visit to Michigan. Losing him would be a big blow to the Trojans' recruiting efforts, as he is widely regarded as one of the best corners in the class.

His father, Randy, however said they plan on waiting to see what happens before making any decisions one way or another.


Donte Williams, one of USC's top recruiters, took over as USC's interim head coach following the firing of Clay Helton. John McGillen/University of Southern California Athletics via AP
"We're actually going to see who they bring on. It just happened , so I haven't really had any communication with the USC staff as of today to see where they're at," Randy said. "Donte was our main contact as his recruiter, so that's usually who we talk to 100% of the time. I know he's a little more busy today. It just depends: Is it going to be a coach that comes in and cleans house? That will have one impact for the coach to come in, is he going to retain Donte. I don't know. It's yet to be seen."

Jackson took his visit to Michigan and he's also planning to visit Alabama on Nov. 6 for the game against LSU.

The family plans to wait, but Jackson's father says the timing is going to have to line up. Jackson is planning to sign in December and enroll in January, so they can't wait forever for USC to make a decision.

Quarterback commit Devin Brown, from Utah, said he will stay in the class, and because adding quarterback depth will always be important, keeping him in this class will be a main focus.

The good news for the next head coach, whenever that person is hired, is that the NCAA has a rule that allows recruits to take a second official visit if a coach leaves that school. That could provide helpful this year given many recruits took official visits in June when the restrictions amid the NCAA's dead period were lifted from COVID-19.

The new coach having the ability to bring recruits back to campus that have already taken officials, without having to pay out of pocket, could end up being an important detail.

There haven't been any big decommitments yet, but with ESPN 300 commits from Georgia, New Jersey, Utah and Nevada, plus one from California already looking around, it is going to take a lot of work to keep the class together.

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Urb bailing on J'ville for USC? [View all] , ThaTruth, Wed Sep-15-21 12:38 PM
 
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Mods, change the goddamn title.
Sep 15th 2021
1
LOL.
Sep 15th 2021
4
Wasn’t Saban staying at Miami?
Sep 15th 2021
2
Yeah I don't really see him making a move midseason
Sep 15th 2021
3
      He may not make it to mid season. I knew this would end badly
Oct 07th 2021
143
Its stupid how Meyer and Matt Rhule were immediately named
Sep 15th 2021
5
RE: Its stupid how Meyer and Matt Rhule were immediately named
Sep 15th 2021
6
Meyer coached 1 damn game in the NFL.
Sep 16th 2021
8
      We all know how that story ends. You think he’s going sit through…
Sep 16th 2021
11
           shit man you should really stay out of the Urban prediction business
Sep 16th 2021
12
           I honestly dont care its just fun to see Suckeye fans still get riled up...
Sep 16th 2021
13
                have you had your mental health checked lately?
Sep 16th 2021
14
                     Lol he lost his marbles a while ago , don’t even bother
Sep 16th 2021
19
                          RE: Lol he lost his marbles a while ago , don’t even bother
Sep 16th 2021
22
                               🥱…I’m 36, I’m not emotional about TOSU football anymore.
Sep 17th 2021
30
                                    post jack
Sep 18th 2021
45
                                         Lmao wowwww
Sep 18th 2021
56
                                              Nah he’s been full of shit for years
Sep 18th 2021
57
                                                   lol damn, yikes.
Sep 18th 2021
60
                                                        there's more
Sep 20th 2021
74
           and you think he is going to bail after 1 NFL game?
Sep 16th 2021
15
                for a far inferior job? that will pay far less money? in a liberal city?
Sep 16th 2021
16
                of course not genius but after 1 bad season I could see him bouncing...
Sep 16th 2021
23
people are beyond stupid about this, it's hard to believe.
Sep 15th 2021
7
They’re gonna hire someone who’s connected to the Pete Carroll era
Sep 16th 2021
9
they'd love to but i think that coaching tree has been plucked dry
Sep 16th 2021
10
      They would be correct
Sep 16th 2021
25
      but we know you don't actually watch psu games so it's all good
Sep 16th 2021
27
           I'm listening
Sep 18th 2021
61
      I love Franklin the person and think he’s top notch as a program
Sep 18th 2021
43
           Funny how no one calls the Black coaches "smart"
Sep 18th 2021
62
           All the things I credited Franklin for, do require much intelligence.
Sep 19th 2021
66
                PSU is lucky to have a football program at this point.
Sep 19th 2021
69
                     it's trite, unnecessary asshole shit like this
Sep 20th 2021
72
                          what?
Sep 20th 2021
73
                               I’ll let 3x speak for himself, but he’s got a point. How exactly am ...
Sep 21st 2021
76
                                    I didn't think it needed explanation but yours certainly sufficed
Sep 21st 2021
77
                                    Stated better than I could. Yeah, we definitely go back.
Sep 21st 2021
79
                                    Ditto, and likewise . Sorry if I ever crossed the line . After Radins de...
Sep 21st 2021
81
                                    WHY DO YOU KEEP LYING!?!?! Are smoking crack???
Sep 21st 2021
80
                                    did I say anything that was untrue?
Sep 21st 2021
78
                                         youre an idiot
Oct 08th 2021
172
           awful game manager
Sep 18th 2021
63
                *record scratch* What drugs are you on?
Sep 19th 2021
64
                     Yes I’m a racist, awful, and stupid person
Sep 19th 2021
65
                          Bro you just got caught blatantly lying. I just need some clarity.
Sep 19th 2021
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                               No. I've hit my threshold for inane arguments w/mentally ill people
Sep 19th 2021
68
                                    Not that serious. I honestly have no beef. But you did just lie.
Sep 20th 2021
75
is USC really that good of a CFB job?
Sep 16th 2021
17
SC’s previous coaching hires tells you all you need to know
Sep 16th 2021
18
I think the living and playing in LA is a bigger draw for recruits
Sep 16th 2021
20
      they don't have the physical space for it. SC is a small campus.
Sep 16th 2021
21
           I feel like facilities are to impress a kid to come to a school in the.....
Sep 16th 2021
24
                i dont think the facilities are that big of a deal to be honest
Sep 16th 2021
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                     RE: i dont think the facilities are that big of a deal to be honest
Sep 16th 2021
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                          and yet LA/miami kids are fleeing to places like tuscaloosa and clemson
Sep 17th 2021
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                               You need facilities to lure kids to places like Tuscaloosa and Columbus....
Sep 17th 2021
31
                                    yet another inane convo
Sep 17th 2021
32
                                         of course because you know everything...
Sep 17th 2021
33
                                              Of the Top 25 recruits in 2021 from Florida, only 7 stayed.
Sep 17th 2021
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                                              The Florida schools are down right now, what were stats 10 years ago?
Sep 17th 2021
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                                                   You mean when the current HS recruits were 6 and 7 years old?
Sep 17th 2021
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                                                        NIL has the entire NCAA upside down, not sure why you're trying to be...
Sep 17th 2021
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                                                        I mean, you said something that seemed wrong. So I checked.
Sep 18th 2021
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                                                        and most kids want to stay somewhat near home for a variety of reasons
Sep 18th 2021
40
                                                        Arizona and Washington are getting raided too
Sep 18th 2021
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                                              i dont know everything, just more than you. which isn't saying much.
Sep 18th 2021
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                                                   The original point before this convo went way off the rails was that..
Sep 18th 2021
42
                                                        RE: The original point before this convo went way off the rails was that...
Sep 18th 2021
44
                                                             😂
Sep 18th 2021
47
                                                                  Suckeye fans are in here MAD because Oregon put their foot in their ass....
Sep 18th 2021
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                                                                       why would we talk about OSU and Oregon in a post about Urban / USC
Sep 18th 2021
50
                                                                       is this your way of admitting defeat?
Sep 18th 2021
51
                                                                            again I don't really care about CFB that much these days...
Sep 18th 2021
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                                                                            you made a post about Meyer going to USC
Sep 18th 2021
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                                                                            you sure have a lot to say for a guy who doesn't care
Sep 18th 2021
54
                                                                                 okayplayer. n/m
Sep 18th 2021
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                                                                                      L
Sep 18th 2021
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                                                                            it's called deflection
Sep 18th 2021
55
urban's coffee table
Sep 18th 2021
46
Given USC just settled a sexual harassment suit for over $1B...
Sep 19th 2021
70
Broncos DT Dre' Mont Jones has some choice words about Urban Meyer
Sep 19th 2021
71
Urban just traded away their 2020 top ten pick
Sep 27th 2021
82
urban taking these losses hard lol
Oct 02nd 2021
83
Shelley won't be pleased
Oct 02nd 2021
84
she had tweeted pictures that evening
Oct 02nd 2021
85
      Yeah that part got me 😂
Oct 02nd 2021
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lol get it Urb
Oct 02nd 2021
86
did he not do this at previous stops?
Oct 03rd 2021
88
      urban and his wife are just enormous targets at this point
Oct 03rd 2021
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           LOL...what? Everyone famous is a "target," big guy
Oct 03rd 2021
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           yo I've already made it clear I dont want to communicate w/you on here
Oct 03rd 2021
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                All love....just apologize for lying, we good.
Oct 04th 2021
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           She makes anti mask and anti vaccine posts. She deserves the target.
Oct 03rd 2021
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                yes hence why i said she's a target
Oct 03rd 2021
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                a proud representative of THE Ohio State School of Nursing smh
Oct 04th 2021
94
                     They sound horrible
Oct 05th 2021
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                     lol she was a FACULTY member smfh
Oct 05th 2021
104
                          you think she actually taught though?
Oct 06th 2021
128
                               I'm mainly talking abt medical "professionals" with her views re: covid
Oct 06th 2021
135
                                    RE: I'm mainly talking abt medical "professionals" with her views re: co...
Oct 07th 2021
137
                                         You’re right …nm
Oct 07th 2021
139
                     Lmao
Oct 05th 2021
99
he cancelled the regular team meeting yesterday
Oct 05th 2021
96
damn.. he may not make it thru the bye week
Oct 05th 2021
97
"Lapdances are the new bad heart condition." - Urban Meyer
Oct 05th 2021
100
A young woman was dancing close to his lap.
Oct 05th 2021
101
if you think he is the USC head coach in 22-23 reply here with Y or N
Oct 05th 2021
102
Y
Oct 05th 2021
103
N
Oct 05th 2021
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No
Oct 05th 2021
106
N...he should have taken that blank check that Texas handed him
Oct 05th 2021
108
nope. should've just stayed in the studio.
Oct 05th 2021
109
      oh, no question...
Oct 05th 2021
110
           if coaching college was what he wanted to do
Oct 05th 2021
           i firmly believe theres no way he ends coachign career on a sour note
Oct 05th 2021
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                I feel you on the sour note thing
Oct 05th 2021
113
                     He would never come and the Cal administration would never hire him
Oct 05th 2021
115
                     Yea good point(s)
Oct 05th 2021
118
                     He’s won multiple chip at big schools.
Oct 07th 2021
153
                          there's 100+ schools so someone would be dumb enough to hire him
Oct 08th 2021
173
he was probably cheering gleefully for Cincinnati last weekend lol
Oct 05th 2021
112
Yes, for the same reason he was fingering that blonde girl
Oct 05th 2021
114
not a chance. Carol Folt aint signing off on that.
Oct 06th 2021
130
N
Oct 07th 2021
138
Have to give Truth props on this one
Oct 05th 2021
107
I believe and said in reply 3 that Urban doesn’t finish this season
Oct 05th 2021
117
      I knew he was trash
Oct 06th 2021
126
Whats the issue here?
Oct 05th 2021
116
nothing, it's completely normal and we are outraged over nothing
Oct 05th 2021
119
      Lol , still dense as ever
Oct 05th 2021
123
      lmao
Oct 06th 2021
125
      I dont get
Oct 06th 2021
127
hold up, I just saw that second angle with the finger thing
Oct 05th 2021
120
Dude is used to giving the finger and not getting it
Oct 05th 2021
121
what a trashball. i love that hes wearing OSU gear too.
Oct 05th 2021
122
Internet sleuths found out he did a photoshoot w blondie in July
Oct 05th 2021
124
😭😭😭
Oct 06th 2021
131
The only job he would bolt for is Notre Dame.
Oct 06th 2021
129
This just confirmed that he is going to SC
Oct 06th 2021
132
He said Utah was a "lifelong career job" when he left Bowling Green
Oct 06th 2021
134
Urb: the best job is the next job
Oct 07th 2021
142
this was the key thing that i had a lil unique perspective into
Oct 07th 2021
144
      maaan i wouldve loved to see Denard play for Urban
Oct 07th 2021
149
      i assume the criminality in the program wouldve caught up eventually
Oct 07th 2021
150
      Imagine if Cam never stole the laptop….
Oct 07th 2021
155
           Two things really changed the course of CFB over the last two decades
Oct 08th 2021
165
lol
Oct 06th 2021
136
Not flying back with the team is the way more egregious offense
Oct 06th 2021
133
I’m sure other coaches have done it
Oct 07th 2021
140
Reports are that he’s lost the team.
Oct 07th 2021
141
titans -4.5 this sunday?
Oct 07th 2021
146
      Please tell me more lol
Oct 08th 2021
159
shelly is deleting her twitter
Oct 07th 2021
145
what exactly did she delete? the app? lol
Oct 07th 2021
147
haha
Oct 07th 2021
152
Can’t you see she is the victim here?!?!
Oct 07th 2021
148
famous or not I hate when people feel the need to "announce" they're...
Oct 07th 2021
151
uh-oh, sounds like ol' girl's mom is trying to get her pockets straight....
Oct 07th 2021
154
thats not at all what this sounds like lmao
Oct 08th 2021
158
I just don't get the evo
Oct 07th 2021
156
RE: I just don't get the evo
Oct 08th 2021
157
Name the most successful CFB to NFL head coach over the last 30 years
Oct 08th 2021
160
      the CBB to NBA list is probably similar...
Oct 08th 2021
161
      Carroll was in the NFL for 15 years and coached the Patriots before USC
Oct 08th 2021
162
           Yeah, I agree that Carroll is a bit different because he had prior NFL H...
Oct 08th 2021
164
                yeah Larry Brown is kind of similar...
Oct 08th 2021
166
Tony Kahn was on LeBatard, before the season…
Oct 08th 2021
163
RE: Tony Kahn was on LeBatard, before the season…
Oct 08th 2021
167
The rabbit has the gun in the pro’s
Oct 08th 2021
168
RE: The rabbit has the gun in the pro’s
Oct 08th 2021
170
if you dont think the Khans were thrilled to bring in Tebow...
Oct 08th 2021
171
      what does that matter? and why would they be? they didn't own the Jags.....
Oct 08th 2021
174
hes such a ridiculous goof
Oct 08th 2021
169
Thanks Jon! -Urb
Oct 11th 2021
175
Yeah, I don’t think anyone had Gruden as the first coaching casualty
Oct 11th 2021
176
      the NFL news cycle has totally shifted, Urb is small time now lol
Oct 11th 2021
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