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The latest rankings updates are in for the 2020 class and they featured some movement for Clemson’s signee group.
Clemson’s 24-man class is already signed from the early signing period but major recruiting sites such as Rivals and 247Sports have done their last tweaks after combines, all-star games and more evaluations.
247Sports’ own ranking update on Tuesday featured Bryan Bresee moving down from No. 1 to No. 3 behind Alabama QB signee Bryce Young and Clemson’s QB signee Uiagalelei. The Tigers have top-100 signees also there in Simpson (12), Murphy (14), Capehart (53), EJ Williams (80), Parks (82), Fred Davis II (89) and Paul Tchio (95).
247Sports recruiting director Barton Simmons said Tuesday that the trio of Bresee, Young and Uiagalelei were close for the top spot.
“He (Bresee) kept getting better,” Simmons said, after remarking he might have expected some drop-off. “His game kept evolving. He has athleticism. He has versatility. He started growing out of a defensive end into more of an interior guy at around 300 pounds. But still has that outstanding edge athleticism...He can be a 3-4 end, a 4-3 end and a 3-technique. He can do all kinds of different things...Beyond all of that, this is a kid with an elite competitive mentality...There’s no question in my mind that Bryan Bresee is going to make it and be really successful at the next level.”
Simmons' NFL comparison for Uiagalelei was JaMarcus Russell, emphasizing the positive elements for the former LSU QB who quickly washed out of the league.
“Keep in mind now that the JaMarcus Russell comparison is a comparison of athletic traits, skillsets - take the off-the-field stuff off the table," Simmons said. "This is a guy (Russell) that went No. 1 in the NFL draft for a reason because he was massive with a massive arm and some mobility at that. That’s what DJ Uiagalelei is...His physical traits, the sum of those parts, is probably No. 1 in this class and the productivity is there as well.”
"I think Bryce Young, DJ Uiagalelei and Bryan Bresee could make up the top-three picks in that order in about three years. Usually, you can't say that...We were excited in trying to project that."
Rivals’ latest top-100 rating has Bresee on top, then Uiagalelei at No. 3, Murphy at No. 4, then Simpson (11/5-star), Bowman (26/5-star), Parks (38), EJ Williams (50), Davis (52) and Capehart (54). After missing significant time due to injury last year, RJ Mickens fell 61 spots to 159 in 247’s rankings and out of the Rivals250.
Clemson dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings for 2020. The Tigers are still on top of the Rivals’ team rankings (3036), ahead of Alabama (3010) and Georgia (2972) with both SEC schools likely to add on to their classes and Clemson not expected to currently.