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In today’s Fact or Fiction — Recruiting Edition — I look at three big recent topics from the recruiting trail and decide whether the statement is indeed FACT or if it’s FICTION.


1. Zachariah Branch is the most explosive player in the 2023 class.

Farrell’s take: FACT

The Under Armour Game touchdown return was just an example as Branch is a touchdown waiting to happen each play. He’s small, there’s no getting around that, but the kid can scoot and make you miss. He has a little DeSean Jackson in him for the old timers and for those younger how about Tyreek Hill? Heady stuff I know.

2. DL Hevin Brown-Shuler will stay home at UGA.

Farrell’s take: FICTION

Clemson is the team to beat here and it’s a big lead. The Atlanta native is 6-4, 290 and could play end or tackle and has noticed the continued success of Clemson putting big ends and athletic tackles in the NFL. He’s also a Dabo Swinney type of player, a “yes sir, no sir” kid who isn’t about NIL. There is a long way to go but this is a fit.

3. The Vols are a sleeper candidate to steal 2024 WR Ryan Pellum.

Farrell’s take: FACT

Oregon and UCLA are probably the leaders right now, but with QB Nico Iamaleava I’ve noticed more west coast skill players interested in the Vols. Iamaleava is a California kid of course and is a big name out there and it holds weight. I expect Tennessee to be in this one.

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