The primary Rivals100 for the 2023 class was launched final week and there are many questions left as the center of the spring camp season approaches. Every day this week we are going to look at the largest rankings questions at every place. Subsequent up are the linebackers.
With three linebackers between Nos. 10-20 within the first 2023 Rivals100, there’s a fairly good probability at the very least considered one of them will make the bounce from four-star to five-star. Anthony Hill, the highest-ranked linebacker proper now, sits at No. 10 within the rankings. The within linebacker is a punishing hitter and finds operating lanes rapidly. He’s additionally an important blitzer and appears snug taking part in in area. Exterior linebacker Drayk Bowen is an explosive edge defender that may simply match up with tight ends or operating backs in area and rush the passer. His versatility might be an enormous downside for school offenses. Malik Bryant out of Florida isn’t an enormous or rangy defensive finish however he’s an elite athlete with nice velocity out of his stance and is surprisingly highly effective. Preserve an eye fixed out for Alex “Sonny” Types as nicely. At No. 26 within the Rivals100, Types is presently listed as an athlete however might be trending in direction of taking part in linebacker on the subsequent stage.
It’s laborious to name any participant within the Rivals100 underrated, not to mention a prime 50 participant, however Tackett Curtis may match the outline. Enjoying off the overwhelmed path at Many Excessive College in Louisiana, Curtis might be simply the primary Rivals250 prospect in his college’s historical past. Curtis performs security predominantly proper now however he’ll seemingly develop into an out of doors linebacker over the subsequent few years and into faculty. He has nice velocity within the open subject, is a disciplined tackler, and makes loads of performs on the ball. Curtis can also be an enormous hitter that may knock the ball free. He appears like an actual asset in cross protection as a result of he has no downside matching up towards slot receivers, tight ends, or operating backs.
It’s nonetheless very early within the 2023 rankings cycle and Curtis might be a continuing subject of dialogue as the method unfolds. As we see increasingly of Curtis within the subsequent few months and years, it can turn out to be clear if he was underrated.
It’s an impressive 12 months for linebackers within the state of Pennsylvania and the 2023 Rivals100 options three of them. Coming in at No. 76 is Ta’Mere Robinson. The western Pennsylvania native predominately lined up at security final season however tasks as an out of doors linebacker. His athleticism, size, and flexibility are excellent and it makes him one of many extra coveted prospects on this class. At No. 77 within the Rivals100 is Semaj Bridgeman. This big-time prospect out of southeastern Pennsylvania has an important body, is an enormous hitter, and does an important job monitoring the ball down. Bridgeman has the same construct to a younger Micah Parsons did. At No. 80 within the Rivals100 is Josiah Trotter. The Philadelphia native is the son of Jeremiah Trotter Sr. and brother of Jeremiah Trotter Jr. Final season the youngest Trotter made a reputation for himself by exhibiting off spectacular instincts for such a younger participant. He’s an enormous hitter that rapidly diagnoses the play and flies to the ball provider. Trotter additionally appears a bit extra athletic that his brother was at this stage in his improvement. Watching these three linebackers battle it out one the subsequent few years might be enjoyable to look at.
There are 5 inside linebackers and 4 outdoors linebackers within the first 2023 Rivals100 however the stability is often slanted in direction of outdoors linebackers. The 2009 and 2014 lessons are the one two the place there have extra inside than outdoors linebackers within the Rivals100 when the rankings had been finalized. Will the 2023 class be the third? Most likely not however this class has nearly as good an opportunity as any in the previous couple of years. Within the 2020 class there was really an equal quantity of inside and outdoors linebackers within the Rivals100 on the finish of the cycle however, with the best way defenses are altering, it’s seemingly that there might be extra outdoors than inside linebackers within the Rivals100 when the 2023 rankings go closing in a pair years.
There’s a lengthy checklist of potential Rivals250 linebackers within the 2023 class however a pair names to keep watch over are Raul Aguirre out of Georgia and Florida prospects Jayvant Brown and Jordan Corridor. Aguirre has been an enormous identify within the Peach State for a while. He tasks as an inside linebacker however he has the velocity and athleticism to be an each down participant. Brown is a troublesome, bodily linebacker that performs with self-discipline and velocity. He reacts rapidly and barely lets the ball provider fall ahead after contact. Corridor has a world of potential and the bodily attributes to be a star at the highschool and faculty ranges. He may play inside or outdoors linebacker however there isn’t a ton of movie to go off of in the meanwhile. His performances this spring and summer time could have a significant impression on his preliminary rating.