Welcome to Week 1 of the college football season!
The transfer portal has given college coaches a glimpse at free agency, and some of that is fueled by the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) that has now become a huge part in recruitment. It is what it is, but it sure makes it hard to keep up with prospects. I could have given a list of names, but that would have created an article all by itself. With that said, I apologize in advance if I give a name with the wrong school.
As in years past, feel free to provide input on prospect evaluations or someone that should be mentioned.
Enjoy the season!
Oregon Ducks #11 at Georgia Bulldogs #3 ABC 3:30pm
Noah Sewell #1 ILB 6’2” 253lbs - One of my favorite players to watch and looking at the current situation at ILB, Noah Sewell should be on every Steeler fans watch list. There is always some give and take along the inside meaning you want a guy blessed with speed and athletic ability to fly around the field and also cover in the passing game. On the other hand you want a guy that can be stout against the run, being able to stack and shed and meeting ball carriers in the hole. Sewell has the latter in spades and his game has an old school feel to it. There are things to clean up but I will be watching his 2022 football maturation very closely.
Justin Flowe #10 ILB 6’3” 220lbs - Could be the better of the two Inside Backers but durability and loss of reps will be the talking point until they aren’t. Let’s just say I know where my eyes will be in this match up against Georgia. The Bulldogs like to run the ball and they have arguably the best Tight End room in the country, led by Brock Bowers. The Oregon duo will have their hands full, should be a great opening test for both Sewell and Flowe.
TJ Bass #56 G 6’4” 325lbs
Alex Forsyth #78 C 6’4” 312lbs
Christian Gonzalez #0 CB 6’2” 201lbs
Jalen Carter #88 IDL 6’3” 300lbs - Easily the best IDL lineman in the 2023 draft class. There were a few moves to improve depth during the offseason but non of that would eliminate drafting this talented young man should he fall into Pittsburgh’s draft range. Extremely disruptive and you will see him in the opponents backfield plenty in 2022. Do not pay attention to his stats, remember he played with some of the best defensive players in the country in 2021. I see him as more of a 3 Tech and he may not be a fit technically in the Steeler defense. Trust me when I say he will fit into anyone’s defense and Oregon will have to make it a priority to find and get help along that front.
Kelee Ringo #5 CB 6’2” 210lbs - Probably gonna be on Scott Pavelle’s “not gonna happen” list. I miss that guy being around BTW but I digress. Ringo is blessed with all of the god given talents one could ask for. He has the height, size, strength. length and outside all of that he is a twitched up young man. Oh yeah, there is the speed aspect also. It will be interesting to see what he has in store for 2022.
Tykee Smith #23 SAF 5’10” 198lbs
Broderick Jones #59 OT 6’4” 310lbs
Sedrick Van Pran #63 C 6’4” 310lbs
Arik Gilbert #7 TE 6’5” 255lbs
Kendall Milton #2 RB 6’1” 220lbs
Nolan Smith #4 EDGE 6’3” 235lbs
Cincinnati Bearcats #23 at Arkansas Razorbacks #19 ESPN 3:30pm
Lorenz Metz #51 OT 6’8” 330lbs
Josh Whyle #81 TE 6’6” 250lbs
Tre Tucker #1 WR 5’9” 185lbs
Deshawn Pace #20 LB 6’2” 215lbs
Ivan Pace JR. #0 ILB 6’ 235lbs
Ja’Von Hicks #3 SAF 6’2” 210lbs
Arquon Bush #9 CB 6’ 198lbs
Jalen Catalon #1 SAF 5’10” 201lbs - Outside of the height and wondering how he recovers from last years shoulder injury, Catalon is a guy who you will be drawn to if you choose to watch him play. He is as hardnosed as any in the college game. He possesses one of Coach Tomlin’s favorite things, position flexibility. Let’s just say he has played almost everywhere and anywhere a Safety could play. Safety may not be a huge priority but Edmunds is only signed for one year?
KJ Jefferson QB #1 6’3” 242lbs
Ricky Stromberg #51 C 6’4” 313lbs
Trey Knox #7 TE 6’5” 245lbs
Bumper Pool #10 ILB 6’2 232lbs
Latavius Brini #7 DB 6’2” 215lbs
Jaydon Haselwood #9 WR 6’3” 213lbs
Notre Dame Fighting Irish #5 at Ohio State Buckeyes #2 ABC 7:30pm
Michael Mayer #87 TE 6’5” 251lbs - I think we all know Tight End isn’t a need with Freiermuth on the roster and it would require a first round pick to get Mayer, but one could imagine him and Muuuuuuuth paired together.
Isaiah Foskey #7 EDGE 6’5” 265lbs - Foskey is an interesting read and one that fits the Steeler criteria for the Rush Backer position. Obviously you want the ability to get after the quarterback but the Steelers ask more from their Edge Rushers. Meaning the run isn’t an after thought. Foskey has a well rounded game and he will need to put that on display against maybe the best Running Back in college football, TreVeyon Henderson.
Brandon Joseph SAF 6’1” 194lbs
Jarrett Patterson #55 OL 6’5” 307lbs
CJ Stroud #7 QB 6’3” 218lbs
Paris Johnson Jr #77 OT 6’6” 310lbs - Already took a look at Peter Skoronski in Week 0, now let’s look at another offensive line prospect, maybe this years best! Very interested in his move to the blind side. I liked what was seen at Guard and he has traits that suggest a move to Left Tackle will be an easy one. With the position switch the evaluation starts Saturday night against Notre Dame. Not sure where Isaiah Foskey will line up but it could be a match up worth watching.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba #11 WR 6’ 1” 200lbs - Do we really need another Wide Receiver? Probably not after signing Johnson and having Chase Claypool still on the roster, along with the drafting of Pickens and CA3. Saying that, If we did look in that direction this is the guy I think could complete the room for Kenny Pickett and the near future. You always need guys that can separate and JSN is one of the best. Surrounded by two first round draft choices in 2021 he now finds himself The Man at The Ohio State University.
Dawand Jones #79 OT 6’8” 359lbs
Mathew Jones #55 G 6’4” 315lbs
Luke Wypler #53 C 6’3” 300lbs
Zach Harrison #9 EDGE 6’6” 272lbs
Ronnie Hickman #14 SAF 6’1” 207lbs
Cameron Brown #26 CB 6’ 192lbs
Taron Vincent #6 IDL 6’2” 300lbs
Let us know what games you are watching and who you would like to see in the Black and Gold. As always stay safe and Go Steelers!