It's June, which means a couple of things for college football fans (but not much). Summer freshmen enrollees have arrived, looking to get caught up in the weight room and in team workouts. They join the early enrollees to complete their schools' 2018 recruiting hauls.

Also, as you might've seen in the grocery store or at the airport, it's also time for preseason college football magazines, complete with rankings, lists, projections, and the like. And so at 247Sports, now seems like as good a time as any to re-release our by-position recruiting rankings for the class 0f 2018. The top-5 order for each position was decided by Barton Simmons, the 247Sports Director of Scouting (and the list also appears in Lindy's 2018 preview. 

Let's get started. 


Summary: The top-3 follows the near-consensus rankings of quarterbacks in the class: Lawrence, followed by Fields and then Daniels, a late addition to the 2018 class. Washington is the rare class with both quality and quantity; Sirmon’s a pretty safe bet, while Yankoff’s got a ton of upside. In Rogers, the Horned Frogs signed an elite dual-threat quarterback for the second year in a row.

1. Clemson

Trevor Lawrence, 6-6/208, Cartersville (Ga.) High

2. Georgia

Justin Fields, 6-3/221, Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison

3. USC

JT Daniels, 6-2/205, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

4. Washington

Colson Yankoff, 6-4/204, Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) High

Jacob Sirmon, 6-4/227, Bothell (Wash.) High

5. TCU

Justin Rogers, 6-4/210, Bossier City (La.) Parkway


Summary: Georgia’s top back, Zamir White, is clearly the best guy in a class that didn’t have a lot of elite backs. The difference between him and everybody else was significant. The Bulldogs get a nice complement to White’s power with the all-purpose abilities of James Cook, younger brother of Dalvin. Ohio State’s depth at the position is significant. Running down the list, Lorenzo Lingard will challenge for snaps immediately at Miami Harold Joiner is an x-factor for Auburn. Nebraska got Maurice Washington after he blew up in the Under Armour All-American Game. He’s got the kind of upside that could make him the best running back in the class.

1. Georgia

Zamir White, 6-1/220, Laurinburg (Ga.) Scotland County

James Cook, 5-11.5/181, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

2. Ohio State

Jaelen Gill, 6-1/182, Westerville (Ohio) South

Brian Snead, 5-11/200, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood

Master Teague, 5-11/210, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman

3. Miami

Lorenzo Lingard, 6-0/190, Orange City (Fla.) University

Cam’Ron Davis, 5-9.5/190, Opa Locka (Fla.) Miami Carol City

Realus George (FB), 6-2/245, Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy

4. Auburn

Harold Joiner, 6-3/218, Birmingham (Ala.) Mountain Brook

Asa Martin, 5-11..5/200, Decatur (Ala.) Austin

Shaun Shivers, 5-7/174, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep

5. Nebraska

Maurice Washington, 6-1/190, Cedar Hill (Texas) Trinity Christian School

Greg Bell, 6-0/200, Yuma (Ariz.) Arizona Western


Summary: LSU has the best receiving duo in the class and they bring different elements to the passing game — JaMarr Chase is Jarvis Landry, Terrace Marshall is a prototypical, big-bodied outside receiver. In keeping up with the LSU comparisons, he’s a more polished Reuben Randle. Keep an eye on Penn State’s Justin Shorter. He was a terror at The Opening Finals.

1. LSU

Terrace Marshall, 6-2.5/192, Bossier City (La.) Parkway

JaMarr Chase, 6-1/195, Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel

Kenan Jones, 6-3/205, Berwick (La.) High

Jaray Jenkins, 6-1/175, Jena (La.) High

2. Clemson

Derion Kendrick, 6-1/184, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe

Justyn Ross, 6-4/201, Phenix City (Ala.) Central

3. USC

Amon-Ra St. Brown, 5-11.5/191, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Devon Williams, 6-4/200, Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley

4. Penn State

Justin Shorter, 6-4/213, Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick

Jahan Dotson, 5-11/165, Nazareth (Pa.) High

Daniel George, 6-1.5/201, Oxon Hill (Md.) High

5. Ohio State

Kamryn Babb, 6-1/189, Saint Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College

Cameron Brown, 6-1/175, Saint Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College

Chris Olave, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills


Summary: Tight end’s tough because few classes have a lot of numbers at the position. Ruckert is clearly the most complete tight end in the class, which gets Ohio State in the top-5. Penn State barely wins out at No. 1 by virtue of their two guys having NFL potential.

1. Penn State

Zach Kuntz, 6-7/221, Camp Hill (Pa.) High

Pat Freiermuth, 6-5/250, North Andover (Mass.) Brooks School

2. Georgia

Luke Ford, 6-6/248, Carterville (Ill.) High

John FitzPatrick, 6-6/230, Atlanta (Ga.) Marist School

3. Miami

Brevin Jordan, 6-3/250, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Will Mallory, 6-5/207, Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence

4. Ohio State

Jeremy Ruckert, 6-5.5/238, Lindenhurst (N.Y.) High

5. Florida

Kyle Pitts, 6-5.5/235, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood

Dante Lang, 6-5/220, Boca Raton (Fla.) High


Summary: Crunching the numbers, it’s hard not to be in love with Georgia’s haul along the offensive line, featuring two five-star prizes and a highly-ranked four-star in Trey Hill. Jamaree Salyer could start from Day 1.

1. Georgia

Jamaree Salyer, 6-4/342, Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy

Cade Mays, 6-6/318, Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic

Trey Hill, 6-3.5/346, Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County

Warren Ericson, 6-4/290, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett

Owen Condon, 6-7/300, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuinness

2. Ohio State

Nicholas Petit-Frere, 6-6/272, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep

Matthew Jones, 6-4/300, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall

Max Wray, 6-6.5/289, Franklin (Tenn.) High

3. Penn State

Rasheed Walker, 6-6/290, Waldorf (Md.) North Point

Nana Asiedu, 6-5/265, Stafford (Va.) North Stafford

Frederick Scruggs, 6-3/270, Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep

Bryce Effner, 6-5/285, Aurora (Ill.) Metea Valley

4. Texas A&M

Colten Blanton, 6-7/285, Cypress (Texas) Cy Ranch

Tank Jenkins, 6-3/325, Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing

Luke Matthews, 6-4/305, Missouri City (Texas) Elkins

Barton Clement, Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall

5. South Carolina

Dylan Wonnum, 6-5/323, Tucker (Ga.) High

Jovaughn Gwyn, 6-2/291, Charlotte (N.C.) Harding University

Maxwell Iyama, 6-5/299, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Siegel

Hank Manos, 6-4/275, Chapin (S.C.) High

Jesus Gibbs, 6-3/283, Dumfries (Va.) Potomac

Wyatt Campbell, 6-7/290, Lugoff (S.C.) Elgin


Summary: Clemson has the best defensive line in college football and, when you look at everybody they got, the Tigers also bring in the best defensive line class in 2018. Top-5 player Xavier Thomas could play anywhere. Oklahoma had a sneaky-good defensive line haul and the addition of freak athlete Eyabi Anoma props Alabama up to No. 5 here.

1. Clemson

Xavier Thomas, 6-3/260, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

KJ Henry, 6-5.5/235, Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsythe

Josh Belk, 6-3/309, Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville

Justin Mascoll, 6-4/237, Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett

Darnell Jefferies, 6-2.5/285, Covington (Ga.) Newton

2. Oklahoma

Ronnie Perkins, 6-2.5/256, Saint Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North

Michael Thompson, Saint Louis (Mo.) Parkway North

Ron Tatum, 6-4.5/269, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City

Jalen Redmond, 6-4/233, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Midwest City

Jordan Kelley, 6-3/293, Tulsa (Okla.) Union

3. Ohio State

Taron Vincent, 6-2/285, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Tyreke Smith, 6-3/260, Cleveland (Ohio) Cleveland Heights

Tommy Togiai, 6-3/290, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland

Antwuan Jackson Jr., 6-2.5/305, Brenham (Texas) Blinn College

Alex Williams, 6-7/250, Pickering (Ohio) North

4. Penn State

Micah Parsons, 6-3/235, Harrisburg (Pa.) High

Jayson Oweh, 6-5/236, Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy

PJ Mustipher, 6-4.5/290, Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School

Judge Culpepper, 6-5/256, Tampa (Fla.) Plant

Aeneas Hawkins, 6-3/265, Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop Moeller

5. Alabama

Eyabi Anoma, 6-5/235, Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy

Stephon Wynn, 6-4/308, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Jordan Davis, 6-5/238, Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind

Cameron Latu, 6-5/236, Salt Lake City (Utah) Olympus

Christian Barmore, 6-5/290, Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann Goretti

Vita Musika, 6-1/300, San Mateo (Calif.) College of San Mateo


Summary: The Trojans fend off Georgia from getting another ‘W’ in the win column, as far as bragging rights of this practice are concerned. The Bulldogs did sign linebackers Nos. 2 and 3, according to the 247Sports Composite, but the ceiling of top linebacker Palai Gaoteote — he’s a ferocious hitter in the mold of a Vontaze Burfict — is tantalizing. USC also brought in the No. 7 and linebacker in Raymond Scott.

1. USC

Palaie Gaoteote, 6-2/235, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Solomon Tuliaupupu, 6-2/220, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Raymond Scott, 6-2/220, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

Kana’i Mauga, 6-2/215, Waianae (Hawaii) High

Eli’jah Winston, 6-3/232, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic

2. Georgia

Adam Anderson, 6-4/214, Rome (Ga.) High

Quay Walker, 6-4/236, Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County

Otis Reese, 6-4/206, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County

Channing Tindall, 6-2/213, Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley

3. Ohio State

Teradja Mitchell, 6-2/232, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic

Dallas Gant, 6-3/225, Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit

K’Vaughan Pope, 6-2/210, Dinwiddie (Va.) Dinwiddie County

Javontae Jean-Baptiste, 6-5/215, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic

4. Notre Dame

Shayne Simon, 6-3/215, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep

Jack Lamb, 6-4/220, Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak

Matthew Bauer, 6-2.5/222, Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep

Ovie Oghoufo, 6-3/215, Farmington (Mich.) Harrison

5. Washington

Brandon Kaho, 6-1/218, Reno (Nev.) High

Jack Sirmon, 6-2/224, Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy

MJ Tafisi, 6-2/224, Sandy (Utah) Alta

Zion Tupuola-Fetui, 6-2/250, Pearl City (Hawaii) High


Summary: Slam dunk here. The Longhorns are hoping to recapture their DBU glory days with a secondary haul that included two 247Sports Composite five-stars (Caden Sterns and BJ Foster). Overall, Texas signed six defensive backs ranked within the top 115 prospects. Alabama snared the No. 1 cornerback in the country on National Signing Day in Patrick Surtain Jr.

1. Texas

Caden Sterns, 6-1/192, Cibolo (Texas) Steele

BJ Foster, 6-1/188, Angleton (Texas) High

Jalen Green, 6-0/171, Houston (Texas) Heights

DeMarvion Overshown, 6-4/200, Arp (Texas) High

Anthony Cook, 6-0/168, Houston (Texas) Lamar

D’Shawn Jamison, 5-10/174, Houston (Texas) Lamar

2. Alabama

Patrick Surtain Jr., 6-1.5/199, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage

Jalyn Armour-Davis, 6-1/180, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul’s Episcopal

Josh Jobe, 6-1/180, Cheshire (Conn.) Cheshire Academy

Saivion Smith, 6-1/175, Perkinston (Miss.) Mississippi Gulf Coast

Eddie Smith, 6-0/180, Slidell (La.) Salmen

3. Florida State

Jaiden Woodbey, 6-2/204, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Anthony Lytton, 5-10/173, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Dr. Henry Wise

Asante Samuel Jr., Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

Isaiah Bolden, 6-2/175, Zephyrhills (Fla.) Wesley Chapel

4. USC

Olaijah Griffin, 6-0/170, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High

Isaac Taylor-Stuart, 6-2/187, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix

Chase Williams, 6-1/190,

5. Miami

Al Blades Jr., 6-0/170, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

Gurvan Hall, 5-10.5/173, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High

Gilbert Frierson, 6-1/185, Miami (Fla.) Coral Gables

D.J. Ivey, 6-0.5/171, Homestead (Fla.) South Dade

Nigel Bethel, 5-11/160, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern