1. Cade Klubnik is the second-best quarterback in the 2022 class.
Spiegelman’s take: FACT. This isn’t an easy debate either. Conner Weigman has a cannon for an arm and he’s extremely mobile. Howard has a fantastic release and has a big arm to challenge downfield. Devin Brown is accurate and can squeeze passes into very tight windows. However, Klubnik has a fantastic skill-set and is an elite athlete with a body of work that catches the eye. Off the field, he’s a diligent worker, checks all the boxes and is driven to win. With two state championships under his belt and now an Elite 11 MVP trophy, Klubnik has a strong case as the No. 2 passer in the country and is squarely in the five-star discussion entering his senior year.
2. Penn State is the leader for Dani Dennis-Sutton heading into his decision later this month.
Friedman’s take: FICTION. Penn State could very well be the leader for Dennis-Sutton but Georgia is right at the top too. It doesn’t seem like Dennis-Sutton is totally locked in with his decision yet and there could be some movement behind the scenes. The relationships between Dennis-Sutton and the Penn State coaches and players are stronger than any other school but Georgia has everything Dennis-Sutton is looking for too. It will be a very hard decision for him to make and there isn’t much time for these two teams to jockey for position.
Brenan Vernon’s commitment to Notre Dame over Ohio State and others was a complete surprise.
Helmholdt’s take: FACT. I can admit it surprised me. Vernon kept his recruitment as close to the vest as any prospect in this 2023 class, so I don’t believe anyone outside his inner circle had a strong pulse for how things were progressing. What I can say surprised me the most, though, was the timing. Ohio State has a high success rate at keeping top in-state prospects at home, but when there is a Jackson Carman-type who chooses to go out of state, it often happens later in the process. Notre Dame was also able to do this in the 2021 class with Lorenzo Styles Jr., though, so maybe we’re seeing a trend start.