[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rivals National Columnist Mike Farrell is here with the 3-Point Stance ranking the WR tiers in the Big 12, looks at five coordinators under fire and the best commitment for each SEC team so far in 2023.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]— Let’s continue the look at the WR rooms in the Power Five and rank the Big 12 by tier.
Elite: Texas, Oklahoma
Texas' Xavier Worthy is the best receiver in the conference and enters his sophomore season as one of the top guys at the position in the whole country. He's joined by Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyor on the outside and Jordan Whittington in the slot to form a fantastic starting group. Alabama transfer Agiye Hall has all the talent in the world and should find himself on the field for a lot of snaps this season as well.
Despite losing Mario Williams and Jadon Haselwood to the portal, the Sooners still have a bevy of talent at the wide receiver position starting with Marvin Mims. He's led the Sooners in receiving in each of his first two seasons on campus. Veterans Theo Wease and Drake Stoops shouldn't have any issues picking up Jeff Lebby's new offense, while sophomore Jalil Farooq offers a ton of upside.
Good but not Great: Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU
Kansas State brings back their top two wide receivers from last year's team with both Philip Brooks and Malik Knowles having started every game last season. The Wildcats also have a young player they're high on in redshirt freshman RJ Garcia and are hoping that Ole Miss transfer Jadon Jackson can make an immediate impact.
The Cowboys are always rolling out receivers who can seemingly make an impact out of nowhere, so despite them being on the fence between these two tiers, I've bumped them up. Jaden Bray is the next big playmaker in line in Stillwater at the receiver position, while Brennan Presley will continue to be a menace out of the slot. Rashod Owens has a lot of upside as well, while senior Braydon Johnson seems to have finally come into his own.
Quentin Johnston in only eight games last season showed the country why he's a guy to watch out for at TCU. He's a physical specimen who should be able to put up massive numbers in Sonny Dykes' system. Last year's second-leading receiver Derius Davis also returns for the Horned Frogs in the slot, and he'll have even more opportunities this year. Quincy Brown is a name to watch out for though - the sophomore had an impressive spring and could be the team's number two target behind Williams very quickly.
That'll Do: Iowa State, West Virginia, Texas Tech
Xavier Hutchinson continues to be one of the most underrated receivers in the entire country for the Cyclones. Watch for Jaylin Noel to take a huge leap as a sophomore for Iowa State as well. Former JUCO star Darren Wilson is also expected to take a big leap this year as Matt Campbell and company have to break in a new quarterback.
The Mountaineers bring back two of their top three receivers from last season in Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Sam James, who combined for nearly 1,300 yards and 8 scores in 2021. Sophomore Kaden Prather is someone the staff is really high on, but also don't be surprised if true freshman Jarel Williams sees significant playing time this fall.
Myles Price has proven to be a reliable target during his first two seasons on campus and heads into 2022 as the Red Raiders' unquestioned number one guy at the position. JJ Sparkman flashed in limited opportunities last season, scoring two touchdowns on five receptions, while Loic Fouonji has demonstrated big-play ability.
Cross Your Fingers and Pray: Baylor, Kansas
The Bears bring back a grand total of 2 catches for 22 yards in production from last year's team, so it's anyone's guess as to who will be Blake Shapen's primary target. Redshirt freshman Josh Cameron and sophomore Monaray Baldwin both have raw athleticism but need improvement in their route running.
Losing Kwamie Lassiter really hurts the Jayhawks, as there wasn't a ton of depth behind him last season. Nonetheless, Trevor Wilson, Luke Grimm, and Lawrence Arnold all got a lot of playing time last year, so Lance Leipold is hoping that pays dividends this fall.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]— Pressure is on for many head coaches but coordinators aren’t immune as well. These five coaches will be under the microscope.
1. Jeff Lebby, Oklahoma
Lebby comes over from Ole Miss where he helped Lane Kiffin create one of the best offenses in the country over the past two years. Expectations are through the roof, and he has the added difficulty of trying to replace the schemes of one of the game's best young minds in Lincoln Riley.
2. Josh Gattis, Miami
After helping turn Michigan's offense around last season into one of the most efficient in the country, new head coach Mario Cristobal is assuming that Gattis can do the same in Coral Gables. Lucky for him, he's already got an all-conference caliber quarterback in Tyler Van Dyke waiting for him.
3. Jim Knowles, Ohio State
Knowles was the mastermind behind what was one of Oklahoma State's best defenses in program history last season. He parlayed that performance into the job at Ohio State, and brought along top cornerback Tanner McCalister with him. The Buckeyes need to get back to being elite on defense if they want to get back to the playoff.
4. Will Muschamp & Glenn Schumann, Georgia
It took not one but two men to take over for Dan Lanning when he left for Oregon after he created one of the best defenses we've ever seen at the collegiate level last season. In step Muschamp and Schumann to replace him. Most fans are familiar with Muschamp, so if Georgia's defenses falls significantly off, he will more than likely be the fall guy.
5. Mark Whipple, Nebraska
Whipple had a late-career renaissance last season as the OC at Pittsburgh, where he guided Kenny Pickett and the Panthers to one of the top attacks in the country. With Scott Frost on arguably the hottest seat in the country, Whipple has his work cut out for him.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]— And finally, we are headed into the slower period for 2023 recruiting so I’ll continue a series looking at the best commit for each Power Five school and the reason. Let’s keep it rolling with the SEC.
It’s no shock that a defensive back leads the way as CB Tony Mitchell has a chance to be the next great one under Nick Saban.
TE Luke Hasz has tremendous upside and he was a great out-of-state grab for Sam Pittman.
S Terrance Love is one of only four commits but all of them are four stars to me and he has the highest ceiling as a hitter. Oh and he’s from Georgia where Auburn needs to refocus.
RB Treyaun Webb was very important to Billy Napier who has been under fire early for recruiting efforts. He’s a big name in state and can play offense or defense.
UGA doesn’t have a five star yet to me but CB AJ Harris is very close and a huge steal from Alabama.
WR Shamar Porter is tops for me as a great get from Tennessee who is under-ranked in many places.
WR Jalen Brown was supposed to go Miami right? Wrong. Brian Kelly flexes some recruiting muscle to land the player who could be the next receiving star in Baton Rouge.
RB Seth Davis is scary in space and is perfect for Mike Leach’s offense as a pass catcher.
TE Brett Norfleet was wanted by Alabama and others but Eli Drinkwitz held them off and kept the big playmaker home.
LB Suntarine Perkins is nasty and physical and he will make some highlight-reel hits for this Ole Miss defense.
RB Dontavius Braswell continues efforts in Georgia which is crucial to the success of Shane Beamer.
QB Nico Iamaleava is the easy headliner here and has Hendon Hooker-like potential as a guy who doesn’t turn the ball over.
CB Jayvon Thomas is a great in-state keep for the Aggies as he’s one of the most fluid lockdown guys in the country.
DT De’Marion Thomas is a massive interior lineman from Oklahoma who should make a physical impact immediately.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]