In the world of devy it’s important to know as many names as possible. In furtherance of that goal, I’ve shared five prospects to watch tomorrow night that you may not know of.
Michael Warren II, Jr. RB, Cincinnati
In his sophomore year with Cincinnati, he had a monster season as the starter. With 244 carries, 1,329 yards, and 19 touchdowns as well as 25 receptions, he looks to build on his success. Warren II has terrific vision with the ball in his hand; add that to his speed and lethal agility, he will be able to put up another great season.
If Warren II was not on your radar after last year, watch him play on Thursday and you will see what I mean. He is an elite athlete and he will show his ability.
Dillon Gabriel, Fr. QB, UCF
The lefty, true freshman quarterback will play for UCF as McKenzie Milton recovers from a major injury. Gabriel won’t start the whole game, but he will captain a few drives for the Knights. Wimbush will play most of the game, but giving Gabriel the keys to the kingdom on a few drives is incredibly important.
In high school, Gabriel was the 2018 Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year, set the Hawaii High School Career Record for passing yards ending with 9,948 yards and 105 touchdowns in his career. He was also the number nine player in the state of Hawaii (Rivals).
Rashod Bateman, So. WR, Minnesota
I will own my bias here: I live in Minnesota and have been a fan of the Gophers since birth. I will also be at the game on Thursday. Though I have been a fan of Bateman since he came to Minnesota, I have been able to see where he was as a freshman and how much he was worked to get ready for the season opener.
In his first year, he had 51 catches for 704 yards and six touchdowns. His yardage set a Gopher freshman record. He will still be the number two receiver behind one of the best route runners in the country, Tyler Johnson. He came in around 185 pounds his freshman year; now he is up to 210 as his playing weight.
Bateman will continue to start alongside Johnson giving the Gophers one of the best wide receiver tandems in the Big 10.
Zack Moss, Sr. RB, Utah
Moss has started for the Utes for the past two years giving him 2,269 yards and 21 touchdowns. His junior year was shortened due to a knee injury that occurred while he was getting into bed. Moss says, in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, that “the knee is fine; [he] can do anything and everything [he] want[s] to now. It’s a lot better than it was before.”
With a worrying injury history that has continued to dog his career. Moss looks to get back on track this year and will do just that against BYU on Thursday.
Aleva Hifo, Fr. WR, BYU
A three-star recruit per 247Sports out of California, Hifo is now the starting slot receiver for BYU. In high school, he played receiver, cornerback, and punter and amassed 63 carries for 488 yards and nine touchdowns as well as 548 receiving yards and nine more scores on 22 catches. For a player with only 76 career catches, the ascension to the starting slot receiver means that he has a great ability in catching the ball.
Hifo might be one of the deeper sleepers on this list, but he is a guy that you need to keep an eye on as his college career progresses.
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