There are currently 159 uncommitted recruits remaining in the ESPN 300 — plenty of highly talented prospects weighing their options. So even as recruiting classes take form, and foundations are laid, there are plenty of prospects for each program.
Of the uncommitted recruits, eight are five-stars, 22 are in the top 50, and 48 are top-100 recruits. There are many prospects who could make a big impact, so let’s take a look at the most important Class of 2020 targets for the way-too-early top 25. Tom VanHaaren provides the reasons behind the chosen recruit, and Tom Luginbill gives us the scouting report.
No. 1 Clemson
Editor’s note: Julian Fleming committed to Ohio State on May 31. Can the Tigers flip the No. 1-ranked receiver in the months to come?
Must-get: WR Julian Fleming
Size: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds
From: Catawissa, Pennsylvania/Southern Columbia
ESPN 300 rank: 4
The reason: The Tigers already have three five-star recruits committed, including the No. 2-ranked recruit overall. Fleming would put this class over the top for Clemson and help separate it some from Alabama’s reach in the class rankings. On top of that, Fleming is an outstanding receiver and would be coming to campus as the current star receiver, Justyn Ross, would be entering his third season at Clemson. The timing would be ideal for Clemson to plug in another top receiver to help fill a void if Ross leaves. The staff is going to have to fend off Ohio State to land Fleming.
Scouting report: Tall, coordinated and speedy; good body control. Precise route-runner with quick feet and surge off the ball. Shifty and can accelerate on a straight line. Can get vertical. Excellent ball skills. Tracks deep ball, shows focus in a crowd. Shields ball from defenders. Good motor, smart, plays hard.
No. 2 Alabama
Must-get: RB Zachary Evans
Size: 6-foot, 200 pounds
From: Houston/North Shore
ESPN 300 rank: 1
The reason: Clemson and Alabama have been dancing around the No. 1 slot for this cycle, with Clemson making all the noise and getting all the attention — especially after beating Alabama in the national championship game. Landing Evans, the No. 1-ranked recruit overall, would help Alabama remind people the Crimson Tide are still a (if not the) dominant force. It would also help restock the talent at running back and give Alabama another elite player in the backfield.
Scouting report: Somewhat of a bull in a china shop. Tall, upright runner with frame development upside. Runs with aggression and power. Easily gains momentum and gets downhill. Slashing runner with deceptive wiggle and ability to create space. Will surprise when forced to deviate and create. If he gets into the open field, he’s a load. Speed grows on you. Very gifted.