There’s a new No. 1 athlete in the country. Rivals100 standout Ja’Tavion Sanders added a fifth star and supplanted his Denton (Texas) Ryan teammate Billy Bowman, an Oklahoma signee, as the top prospect at the position. Here’s a rundown of all the new moves among 2021 athletes.
2021 RANKINGS: Athletes
RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK
Thursday: Defensive position rankings released
Friday: State rankings released
PROGRAMS WITH TOP CLASSES – Texas, Oklahoma
Sanders is now at the top of the position group on Rivals after showing out at receiver and defensive end as a senior, which has been a theme the past few years for the Texas signee. Whether he wants to play tight end under first-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian or try to see the field right away as a defensive end remains to be seen, but he has a high floor and even higher ceiling at either spot.
Bowman is now the No. 2 athlete nationally and on campus at Oklahoma. Bowman is a terrific slot receiver with electric speed and the ability to dominate in space. He’s also a gifted defensive back with tremendous closing speed. He should further Oklahoma’s vertical passing game or contribute to their speed D campaign.
PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Arland Bruce
Out in the Midwest, Iowa signee Arland Bruce moved to the state to play as a senior and lifted Ankeny (Iowa) Senior High a state championship. His game strongly resembles that of Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams, though Iowa may try him in the slot first. Either way, he’s proven to be one of the best at his position nationally and is now a Rivals250 member.
PROSPECT TO WATCH: Tarvarish Dawson
Tarvarish Dawson remains committed to Auburn even after the three-star Florida athlete saw Auburn make a change at the top of the program. Gus Malzahn is out and Bryan Harsin is in, and for Dawson, that means continuing to evaluate his options, including Auburn, where he’s been pledged to since May of last year.