The 2024 leaderboard update starts rolling out on Wednesday, and there’s a mountain of new information to sift through as camp season ends. Duncanville, Texas, last defense Colin Simmons sits atop Rivals250 right now but he faces some serious challengers who want his throne. Country analysts – Clint Cosgrove, Adam Friedman, Adam lawyer, Nick Harris and Ryan Wright – make their case for who they think should be the #1 player in the new 2024 Rivals250.
RIVALS . CAMP: Info for the 2022 series
Cosgrove’s: Dylan Raiola
This rank will be ranked many more times, and it is too early for me to name a clear No. 1 player. But since someone has to be number 1, my choice is Ohio State quarter commitment Dylan Raiola from Chandler, Ariz.
Football was in Raiola’s blood, as his father was a great college and NFL player. He soon made comparisons with Patrick Mahomes, it can sometimes be complicated to compare their playing styles, but the crazy thing is that Raiola is probably further ahead in development than Mahomes at this same point in his career. Raiola seems to be a complete package with its size, powerful, invisible sport and a cannon for one arm, which he recently showcased by throwing a 72-yard ball into Steve’s retreat Clarkson QB.
Harris’ took: Raiola
When I met Raiola last season when he was playing at the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, I was quickly reminded of what a No. 1 quarterback looks like. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen a Quinn Ewers passed the Texas 6A as a sophomore, and that season is the only comparison I can think of when I think about Raiola’s performance last season.
His productive ability speaks for itself, but his ability to shoot throws anywhere on the field from a variety of platforms has earned him comparisons to Mahomes as he heads into the new season. . What sets Raiola apart from other excellent midfield midfielders in my eyes is his fitness and late speed when it comes to passing goals. Most Power Five level signal callers can get the downlink to broadcast consistently, but it’s his ability to find his receiver outside of the hashes that separates him from the rest.
Raiola certainly has first-round potential, and in a system in Ohio State built for him to succeed, the sky is far from the limit for what he can achieve in his college career.
Friedman’s take: Desmond Ricks
Colin Simmons had an impressive sophomore campaign and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does this fall, but my pick to be number 1 right now is Desmond Ricks. Currently 2nd in the standings, Ricks is rare at full-back, but he has proven himself to be an outstanding man in every sense of the word. His combination of speed/quickness, coupled with the height and length he brings, helps him lock down any recipients lined up facing him. Ricks is superior in terms of human coverage but he has the instinct, perception, and predictive skills to cover the play area. It’s not one of the stronger classes in recent years, but Ricks seems to be the most distinctive class of the bunch so far.
Wright’s take: Ricks
Rated as the second-best overall lead in the class of 2024, choosing Ricks was an easy choice. But siding with the Ricks as the best overall goes beyond elevating a position. Ricks is different in all the best possible ways on the grid. Every athletic attribute one wants in a skilled player he has – speed, size, wingspan and power. What makes Ricks an elite prospect worth considering at #1 overall is his skills. Ricks has the fastest hips you can find and probably the best footwork. He can jam or swerve, and regardless of coverage, he has closing speed, frequent interceptions or breakouts. Adding to his résumé, playing at IMG Academy, he practices with five, four and three star receivers, preparing him better than most he’ll ever see on the next level.
Attorney’s job: Colin Simmons
My pick is the top right now – Colin Simmons. His sophomore series is dominating and he’s such an explosive and aggressive competitive racer that he deserves the top spot, although many other players could also argue. Defender Desmond Ricks is an extraordinary talent and midfielder Dylan Raiola has special abilities no doubt, but I’m leaning towards Simmons right now. Contrary to what I said, he played the opposite Ohio State signer Omari Abor last season at Duncanville, Texas, and Simmons was arguably the dominant player – as a sophomore. Give him two more years of growth and maturity and he can go on to be even more special. I have no objection to changing my mind, but for now my choice is still Simmons.