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Rivals Rankings Week: Roundtable on offensive position rankings

Rivals Rankings Week takes place on Wednesday as we tackle the offensive position ranking. There is still a lot to debate before the final ranking of positions is locked. Who’s the next five-star QB? Who should be the top tight end? Will Julian Armella or Kelvin Banks be the best of OL when the chips fall? Our analysts – Adam friedman, Adam gorney, Josh helmholdt and Sam spiegelman – sit at the Rivals round table and chat.

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Here is the full schedule for the Rivals Rankings week:

MONDAY: Five Star Countdown

TUESDAY: Rivals250 full revealed

WEDNESDAY: QB Ranking | RB rankings | WR / TE Rankings | OL rankings

THURSDAY: DL rankings | LB Rankings | DB Rankings | ATH rankings

FRIDAY: State rankings

MORE 2022 RANKS RELEASE: The Biggest Players in the Rivals250 Update | Gorney’s thoughts | Meet the new five stars | The schools most represented in the new R250 | Who should be the highest ranked TD? | What to do with Travis Hunter? | Who should be the highest ranked OC? | How things are going with the five stars not committed

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1. Who’s the next five-star QB?

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ty simpson

It’s a really tough question to answer, but the two candidates I’m thinking of are Cade Klubnik and Ty Simpson. I saw Simpson playing Indianapolis Rivals Camp in bad weather and he was awesome, but he couldn’t show his entire repertoire. Klubnik’s film is exceptional and I really like what I’ve seen of him during this limited offseason. Once we get to see more of the two passers-by, I think Klubnik is ahead of Simpson for his fifth star. I think it’s more likely than not that both quarterbacks end up with five stars, but that may not happen in the same leaderboard update. – Friedman

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My money is on Simpson, a commit from Alabama. We have debated whether to upgrade it to five-star status during this ranking cycle. It didn’t happen after some serious talk, but we should see Simpson more this summer against top-level competition and if not during his senior season, and I’d bet we’ll pull the trigger. Not only do I love his style of play and his decision making, but he is the son of a coach and Simpson carries himself with an unfailing confidence that he will win the game, make the game and there is nothing else to that. Klubnik is also in the conversation and I would love to see more of Conner Weigman, but Simpson is my choice right now. – Gorney

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I’m not sure there is another five star quarterback in this 2022 class. Having seen both Simpson and Maalik Murphy recently, I liked both, but I think they are rated correctly at four stars. I know there is a lot of positive buzz about Klubnik, but I haven’t seen it as much as the others at the top of this ranking. – Helmholdt

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Klubnik. Clemson’s engagement not only saw Austin (TX) Westlake win two back-to-back Class 6A State Championships, but Klubnik performed exceptionally well and did so thanks to an AC joint split in his shoulder. to throw. It’s a painful injury, but that didn’t stop Klubnik from effortlessly completing 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards in addition to 97 rushing yards. Klubnik shone again at the Elite 11 this spring as he continues to add more and more checkmarks to his resume. – Spiegelman

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2. Who should be the top tight end?

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Jake Johnson (Nick Lucero / Rivals.com)

I have no problem with Jake Johnson, Oscar Delp, or Jaleel Skinner being the best. Johnson is the most complete package so I’m giving him the edge, but Delp and Skinner present a lot of match-up issues for the defenses and all three have the athleticism and skills to be successful in college and beyond. . Skinner is probably the most athletic of the bunch and it will be interesting to see how his body develops to the next level. – Friedman

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I really like Johnson’s length and hands, but I still think Delp is the best tight end in this class. Delp is a physical specimen who can run and stretch the pitch, and he has that rare quality of a guy who can block, but it’s an absolutely nightmarish game on the pitch. At Rivals Camp in Atlanta, Delp moved so well and grabbed everything as well. He’s a competitive guy who shows up at every event and works so hard and that should give him the edge in this class. Johnson is also special and Skinner is the real wild card because he has the opportunity to become something big, but Delp is the best for me. – Gorney

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I haven’t seen Johnson or Delp live yet, so my ratings on them are lighter than other analysts. Honestly, the best tight end I’ve seen in person for this 2022 class is Mason Taylor. Not only does he have the size, speed and athleticism to excel in this role, but he has a very high football IQ and makes others play. – Helmholdt

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Johnson. LSU’s engagement could have sparked even more buzz in this debate had it not worsened an injury to Rival Camp Series Atlanta. In the tape position drills of his junior season highlights, Johnson is a more classic tight end who can be physical and mauls defenders as well as a major asset in the passing game. Jacques’s father, Brad, told the TikTok world about his family’s athleticism this offseason and Jake is no exception. His father and his older brother, Max, are quarterbacks, and being at the reception all these years has made Jake a shrewd pass catcher. He has a bright future in Baton Rouge. – Spiegelman

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3. Should Julian Armella or Kelvin Banks be the best OL in Rivals250?

Both tackles are great prospects, and I would take both to be part of my squad. But if I had to pick one, it would be Julian Armella. He has the physical and technical traits that I want from a tackling perspective. He’s strong, fast, with long arms and an attitude that sets the tone for the offensive line. I haven’t had so many opportunities to see Kelvin Banks play in person, but I know he’s not far behind Armella in his development. – Friedman

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This will be a debate that may not be answered until later in the recruiting cycle. I love both Armella and Banks and there’s a good chance Banks will end up No.1 in this position, but I have no problem with Armella right now. Armella has solid footwork and is a fierce competitor who likes to take on defensive linemen. Banks too and he might even be a little more physically gifted in the long run. The debate over the best offensive tackle in the class right now falls on Armella, Banks and Zach Rice, and at the moment I have no problem with Armella, but Banks is certainly there too. – Gorney

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I know Armella better, so I’m going to lean in that direction. The South Florida product ticks a lot of the boxes I’m looking for the offensive tackle position. He has a tall and lean frame that will be developed at the college level. He’s an athlete who can handle quick rushers, but he plays with a lot of intensity and won’t back down from a fight with bigger ends. – Helmholdt

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It is a debate not to be missed. Armella and Banks both come from footballing families and both of their fathers have college backgrounds. Armella was at RCS Miami playing with a chip on her shoulder and the physique you covet as a left tackle. Banks was equally competent at RCS Dallas. He has an almost spotless record this offseason as he has used elite footwork and athleticism to dominate 1v1. I love the meanness in Armella’s play, but it’s hard to argue with it. Banks’ record of success. – Spiegelman

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