It’s another Rivals Rankings Week, and this time it’s the 2024 class in the spotlight, fresh off the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge last week. We kick things off today with a countdown of the nine five-stars in the 2024 class, as Rivals national recruiting director Adam Gorney gives his thoughts on each.
RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK
Tuesday: Who should be No. 1?
Wednesday: Five-Star Countdown | Meet the new five-stars
Thursday: New Rivals150 unveiled | Biggest risers | Position-by-position glance
Friday: Offensive position rankings released
Saturday: Defensive position rankings released
Sunday: State rankings released
CLASS OF 2023 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Team | Position | State
6. WR RYAN WINGO
Gorney’s Take: The St. Louis (Mo.) University five-star receiver certainly passed the eye test at the OT7 event in Las Vegas and while he didn’t make tons of highlight-reel catches because his 7on7 team didn’t have an elite quarterback, it’s clear Ryan Wingo is a special player.
A big-bodied, long receiver, Wingo can outjump smaller defensive backs and muscle them for the football and nobody is jamming him on the line of scrimmage. He’s a big target with ball skills and that keeps Wingo as the No. 1 receiver in the class for now.
7. WR MICAH HUDSON
Gorney’s take: Micah Hudson is an elusive, electric receiver who is a big-time playmaker at the receiver position. Get the ball in his hands and watch the new five-star work as he dodges tacklers, even groups of defenders closing in on him sometimes can’t get him on the ground as he finds a way to escape for big gains.
Or he can use his speed downfield and beat defensive backs on 50/50 balls. Hudson has game-breaking ability at the receiver spot, devastating speed and make-you-miss ability and that’s why he moved up to five-stars.
Texas A&M, Oregon, Texas Tech and many others interest him.
8. WR JEREMIAH SMITH
Gorney’s Take: On a South Florida Express 7on7 team loaded with Carnell Tate, Brandon Inniss, Hykeem Williams, Nathaniel Joseph, Joshisa Trader and others, Jeremiah Smith more than held his own with those players and had his shining moments as well. From the Pylon event in Los Angeles to the OT7 event and other stops this spring, Smith showed surprising speed on the outside, exceptional playmaking ability and he’s talked about learning from those older players as a sign of maturity in his own game.
Ohio State could be the team to beat in his recruitment but a recent visit to Miami went well. Texas, USC, Alabama and others are involved.
9. LB TJ CAPERS
Gorney’s Take: TJ Capers has some of the best film in the 2024 class, an incredibly athletic and physical outside linebacker who is part edge rusher and part destroyer of receivers who catch passes anywhere on the field.
The Miami (Fla.) Columbus standout can blitz and create havoc that way, he can diagnose plays and come in for the tackle, he can knock the ball away from receivers catching it across the middle and he’s always looking to rip the ball out and make a play. His length and athleticism make him absolutely special.
Miami, Florida and many others are in pursuit but it’s easy to see how Capers will end up as a high-end national recruit.