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Season 16 Top 50 Recruits

Ryan Moreland · December 19, 2022

BY: Ryan Moreland (@ryanmoreland)

This was a difficult year to rank the recruits thanks to the simple fact that there were so many talented players coming into the CFSL this season. Congratulations to everyone who made the list and good luck to all incoming freshmen!

The Top 50

RankPlayerPositionHometownSchool
50Michael SandsDEValliant, OKEastern Michigan
49Reggie WilliamsDTKnoxville, TNFlorida State
48Jake RiceFSWhitewater, WIAlabama
47Braxton Griffin CBGlenwood, IAFlorida
46Captain CarterWRAtlanta, GAGeorgia
45Richard SatchelTEOcala, FLOklahoma State
44Jessica StephensWRHarrisburg, ILIllinois
43Joshua SimsWRSeattle, WAGeorgia
42CJ JonesWRBronx, NYBoise State
41Moe BlackCBEast Towson, MDOregon
40Tyler ScallyCBDrexel Hill, PAMichigan
39Steven LeeSSPhiladelphia, PAGeorgia
38Manti DelanoFSMiami, FLKentucky
37Alex BernardCBSt. Paul, MNWest Virginia
36Cole MatthewsCBHouston, TXNotre Dame
35Milo PinesawOLBLeitchfield, KYBoise State
34TJ GardnerOLBTitusville, FLOklahoma
33Bode Cooper DaleHBPrater, VANotre Dame
32Tank LionheartHBAugusta, KSOhio
31Mateo WalkerQBSan Antonio, TXMiami
30Brantley GauciQBBelton, TXOregon
29Blake DavisSSSmithville, TXIllinois
28Del ToroQBWaco, TXOhio
27Perry PushkaryovTEMount Vernon, INOhio
26Apollo RichardsonFSAthens, GreeceFlorida State

The Top 25

25. Duke Peterson

HB | Winston-Salem, NC | Clemson

Peterson is a big-framed running back whose clean footwork makes up for what he lacks in lateral agility. Clemson expects Peterson to be their day-one starter. Given his size and rare work ethic, that shouldn’t be an issue.

24. Brian Andrews

MLB | Rusk, TX | Illinois

Andrews is an old-school linebacker. The 260 lb country boy has a violent downhill approach that stops rushing attacks on a dime. Illinois had some difficulty stopping the run last year, but that might be a worry of the past now.

23. Ludwig Friedman

QB | Salzburg, Austria | Eastern Michigan

Friedman may not be the best QB in the class, but he is easily the most interesting. The Austrian native broke just about every record in European football. This has led many to call him the best European college football prospect of all time. The Salzburg Slinger is also the only Top 25 recruit to head to a MAC school. We will soon find out if he has what it takes to play in the states.

22. Bronco Dukes

DT | Boca Raton, FL | Oklahoma

At six foot, five inches, and 380 lbs there aren’t any recruits bigger than Bronco Dukes. After a stellar career at the football factory St. Thomas Aquinas, Dukes is ready to take on the best of the CFSL. He is one of the four Oklahoma commits earning a spot in the Top 50.

21. Ike Porter

HB | Haines City, FL | Oklahoma

Porter’s bruising running style and homerun ability make him the second-highest rated half back on this list. Porter joins an Oklahoma backfield that has plenty of running ability with QB Derrick Power and HB Cedric Yardy. The signing has many wondering exactly how much the Sooners intend on passing the ball.

20. Sammy Smith

SS | Chandler, AZ | Alabama

Smith showed in high school that he is a leader on and off the field. His talent and knack for motivating others might make him the next great Alabama player. Or at least the Tuscaloosa faithful hope so.

19. Benny Trill

SS | Baton Rouge, LA | Oregon

Trill didn’t get a lot of playing time in high school, but he made the most of his opportunities. His elite speed and nose for the football has made him one of the most-coveted prospects in the class. Also, he has soon a knack in the return game as well. The Ducks landed one of the best all-around athletes in the class.

18. Draymond Shakur III

WR | Detriot, MI | Auburn

Shakur used football as a means to escape a difficult life growing up in inner-city Detroit. That escape turned out to be his true calling. Shakur’s 6’5″ frame made him a RedZone monster in high school. Auburn is hoping he can replicate that at the next level.

17. Van Jackson

OLB | Bixby, OK | Notre Dame

Jackson is one of the two Notre Dame recruits to earn the CFSL’s Top 25 rating. Jackson likely could have had a future in baseball (was a multi-time all-state 3rd baseman), but his first love has always been football. Look for Jackson to have an immediate impact on the Irishs’ defense.

16. Charlie Sammons

QB | Johns Creek, GA | Notre Dame

Sammons is a real student of the game. He shows a football IQ that is far beyond a normal incoming-freshmen. He also possesses some of the natural-running abilities that made his brother a star. That combo should make Sammons one of the best quarterbacks in this class. Sammons followed in his brother’s footsteps and signed with Notre Dame.

15. Max Prime

DE | Augusta, GA | Georgia

The home-grown Max Prime decided to stay with the hometown team. The Bulldogs couldn’t be happier with the choice. The 6’8″ and 275 lb behemoth will likely start the day he sets foot on campus.

14. DJ Sutton

SS | South Haven, MI | Oregon

Sutton is a name we have been hearing for a while. The two-time High School All-American is a ball hawk of safety. And that is exactly what the Ducks want. Forcing turnovers has been a key part of the Oregon defense and Sutton seems like the perfect fit.

13. Buster Cox

WR | Anthony, FL | Oklahoma State

Cox was a four-sport athlete in high school (track, soccer, and wrestling). He also played three positions in football (WR, QB, S). His experience has given him a unique skill set. Some have questioned whether this unique skill set is a weapon or a curse. But those in Stillwater think they have found a future star to add to an already talented offense.

12. Kirby Sierra

MLB | Washington, DC | Georgia

Sierra didn’t enjoy the high school success that some of the other names on this list have, but his spot is well-earned. The athletic linebacker has all of the physical traits of an All-American. With the right coaching, Sierra could be the piece that takes Georgia’s defense to the next level.

11. Rocko Britt

FS | Charlotte, NC | Alabama

The Season 16 recruiting class is unbelievably talented and deep at the safety position. So, being the top safety on this list is quite an honor, and one well-earned by Britt. Thanks to his QB-playing experience, Britt already shows a college-level understanding of offenses. Alabama was looking for someone that could come in and play immediately and they found it.

10. Damian Jones

WR | Plant City, FL | Oklahoma

There has been much debate over who is the best wideout in this class. Jones comes in second at the position in our rankings, but not by much. The lengthy receiver has all the skills necessary to be a real force at the next level. No wonder Oklahoma recruited him so hard.

9. Rick Koon

CB | New York, NY | Kentucky

The first thing you notice when you watch Koon’s tape is his speed. On the rare occasion that he makes a mistake in coverage his rare athletic ability allows him to recover and make plays on the ball. The Wildcats couldn’t be more thrilled to land such a quick recruit.

8. Ronnie De La Rocha

HB | Pasadena, CA | Florida State

Standing at 6’2″ and 245 lbs De La Rocha is an intimidating presence on the field. What might surprise folks is how fast that bulky frame can get downfield. De La Rocha has some big shoes to fill in Tallahassee, but the nation’s highest-rated running back seems to be ready for the challenge.

7. Topher Foreman

QB | Orchard Park, NY | Boise State

Foreman was a starter all four years at Ralph Wilson Memorial High School. He might honestly be the most game-ready QB in the class. After losing four straight state finals appearances, he is ready to prove he has what it takes to win it all.

6. Sam Dobbins

QB | Okeechobee, FL | Michigan

Sam (who is the son of CFSL legend Cory) is a big bruising quarterback that comes from a single-wing offense. His running ability will shine through immediately, but it could take some time for him to find a rhythm throwing the ball. But if he finds that, watch out CFSL.

5. Baker Thomas

QB | Essex, VT | Auburn

Season 16’s recruiting class has one of the most promising quarterback classes the CFSL has ever seen. Thomas is one reason why. Some have discredited Thomas for having gone to a small school, but his skill speaks for itself. The transition to big-time college ball might be tough, but Thomas has the talent to play with the big boys.

4. JaMarr Carr

WR | Toledo, OH | Michigan

The Carr family’s newest CFSL star-in-the-making is taking his talents to Michigan. That gives the Wolverines two of the top five recruits. We know what happened last time an Ike and a Carr played on the same team…

3. Daemon Ike

CB | Lake Orion, MI | Michigan

The Ike name is well known in the CFSL on the other side of the football. However, Aaron’s little cousin has found his calling at corner. And his state championship-sealing interception shows he has the family gene for clutch play. Michigan was lucky to land the best defensive back in the class.

2. Jaydyn Riley

DE | Boston, MA | Florida

Riley is the top-ranked defensive player for good reason. He is on the smaller side for a DE, but he more than makes up for it with a freakish athletic ability. Riley showed off that athletic talent playing tight end and linebacker, as well as on the defensive line in high school. Florida believes they have found a generational talent in Riley.

1. Avery Ware

QB | Courtland, AL | Texas

The nation’s top-ranked recruit grew up a few hours away from Alabama and Auburn but spurned both in-state teams in favor of Texas. Could this be the missing piece that puts the Longhorns back on top? The faithful in Austin hope so.

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