Another week has gone by and even more current high school student-athletes have decided where they will continue their athletic career. This week there was not any one specific position that was heavy in commitments. However, the offensive side of the ball in general was a lot more active than their opposition on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Here are the Top 10 College Football Commitments of the week. All recruiting rankings for induvial players are based on the 247Sports Composite.
Top College Football Commitments: 10/15 – 10/21
Only two four-star recruits made their decision this week in the FBS. However, there was no shortage of talented three-star or non-rated players that made their decision. Outside of high school players, junior college transfer receiver CJ Moore made the decision to transfer from Iowa Central to Washington State. Moore was a former four-star receiver at Oklahoma State before going to Iowa Central.
10. Harrison Wallace, WR, Duke
The three-star wide receiver from Pike Road, Alabama is not going to blow anyone away with his size but has the ability to be a quality contributor for the Blue Devils. Wallace currently sits as the 903rd ranked player and 132nd ranked wide receiver in the 2021 class. Watching his film, you can see that Wallace definitely has above-average speed and good hands. His best quality as a wide receiver is the ability to find the holes in the defense. He always finds a way to get open and that will be very important once he makes his way to the next level.
9. Cedrick Nicely, OT, Ole Miss
Cedrick Nicely is ranked one spot higher than Wallace was at 902nd overall and as the 81st offensive tackle. Nicely is 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, but does not move like it. He is deceptively quick and does a great job of pulling and working as a lead blocker when needed. The big man will be a good pick up to help the Rebels solidify that offensive line and protect their quarterback’s blindside.
8. Jacoby Jackson, OT, Texas Tech
Another offensive tackle, Jacoby Jackson three most likely teams before committing were all in his home state of Texas. Once it was all said and done, the Red Raiders would end up with the 871st overall player and 76th offensive tackle of 2021. At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, size is certainly not an issue for Jackson. He is an extremely strong player and has shown the ability to play on either end of the line.
7. Khalil Dinkins, TE, Penn State
Khalil Dinkins is another player staying in his home state as he heads to the Nittany Lions. The 46th ranked tight end and 861st overall player in 2021, Dinkins is a 6-foot-3, 220 pound super athletic recruit. Dinkins has a good bit of speed and is very instinctual. He took a lot of snaps at outside linebacker in high school. Dinkins has a great ability to find the ball whether he is on offense or defense. It would not be surprising to see him playing defense for the Nittany Lions. On offense, he has good hands and speed, but is also an exceptional blocker on kick returns and out wide.
6. Ismael Zamor, WR, Boston College
This 6-foot-1 wideout is the only class of 2022 player to make this week’s list. Zamor is the 67th ranked receiver and the 504th overall player in next year’s recruiting class. Just like so many others on this list, the Everett, Massachusetts native made the decision to stay home by choosing Boston College. Zamor has the opportunity to be a contributor very quickly for the Eagles. He is very, very quick. Zamor can seemingly shift laterally nearly as fast as he can move up the field making him quite elusive. He has good hands and can also throw a great block when it is needed on the outside.
5. TJ Huggins, WR, Tulane
While the eye test would give Zamor the slight edge talent-wise, Huggins is a more significant grab for Tulane than Zamor is for Boston College. And that talent gap is very slim. Huggins has the speed to turn a slant into a big gain. At 6-foot-2, the receiver also has the length to make an impact when in the red zone. The 118th ranked receiver and 829th overall player in 2021 also has an ability to avoid tackles with a quick change of directions. Huggins could see playing time immediately at Tulane with the skill set he brings to the table.
4. Christian Charles, ATH, Tennessee
The #42 athlete and #628 overall player in the nation in 2021 made the decision to go to Knoxville and play for the Vols. Right now in high school, Charles plays at quarterback and free safety. On offense, he can deliver a good ball with power and accuracy. His deep ball is very impressive. He is also an extremely fast player. Charles is incredibly shifty and hard for the defense to bring down when he decides to keep it himself. He also shows a great talent for moving around behind the line of scrimmage while the play develops. It will be interesting to see where Jeremy Pruitt and company decide to play Charles.
3. Isaac Vaha, TE, Utah
Isaac Vaha is a very large tight end. Standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing 230 pounds, his size is one of his greatest strengths. The 22nd ranked tight end and 473rd overall player in the nation provides a big target for his quarterback to throw to. Vaha is also quick for a man that size and has really good hands. Once he has the ball in his hands, his size presents an issue for defenders trying to bring him down.
2. Branden Jennings, OLB, Michigan
The first of the two four-star players to commit this week, Branden Jennings is the 82nd ranked player in the nation, as well as the 6th ranked outside linebacker. Jennings is also the top-ranked defensive recruit in Michigan’s current class. He is quick, especially for a linebacker. His block shedding is really good. Jennings best current ability appears to be his tackling. He can really lay a big hit down on some players. That is something he has shown for the past three seasons in high school and something you can expect once he takes the field in Ann Arbor.
1. Dont’e Thornton, WR, Oregon
The #6 receiver and #51 overall player in the nation, Dont’e Thornton, committing to Oregon was the biggest recruiting snag of the week. Thornton will be heading from Baltimore out to Eugene, Oregon, and will be bringing a good deal of speed with him. His speed gives him the ability to really take the top off of the defense and turn the burners on. That speed would be useless without some good hands, but Thornton’s are among the best in high school football at the moment. Pair those two skills with a 6-foot-4 frame and it is the recipe for a high caliber receiver at the next level. That is just what this player could be on Saturdays next year.