Week Two gave us a long look at a great number of prospects. Hell, as I write this I am still combing through the LSU/Texas game. However, the show must go on and we must look ahead. I will tell you what to watch, and more importantly, whom to watch in the seven games I will be consuming in week three.
What to Watch: Week Three Prospect Platter
Maryland @ Temple 11:00 AM CBSSN
Maryland has come out like gangbusters through the first two weeks. The Terps averaged 70 points per game while throttling Howard and Syracuse. Junior RB Anthony McFarland is the star for coach Mike Locksley. McFarland hasn’t had to play much thus far but has four touchdowns.
For Temple, senior WR Isaiah Wright accounted for 209 all-purpose yards against Bucknell. He may need a similar performance for the Owls to hang around in this one.
Pittsburgh @ Penn State 11:00 AM ABC
|74||G||Steven Gonzalez||Penn State||Sr||6’3||325|
|99||EDGE||Yetur Gross-Matos||Penn State||Jr||6’4||259|
|54||DL||Robert Windsor||Penn State||Sr||6’3||295|
Penn State junior edge rusher Yetur Gross-Matos already has 3.5 sacks so far this season. Pairing him with Robert Windsor gives the Nittany Lions an advantage here. Pitt counters with Florida transfer Kylan Johnson. The former Gator has seven tackles and a sack through their first two games.
Alabama @ South Carolina 2:30 PM CBS
|11||WR||Henry Ruggs, III||Alabama||Jr||6’0||193|
Like every year, Alabama is loaded in 2019 with future NFL draft picks. None are more important (or highly rated) than junior QB Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa has everything you want at the position except ideal height. However, that doesn’t seem to bother the NFL anymore. Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, III are both potential first-round selections. On defense for the Tide, my favorite prospect of theirs is CB Trevon Diggs. Unfortunately, Diggs was injured against New Mexico State and may not play on Saturday.
For a breakdown of South Carolina prospects, please refer back to our week one preview.
Georgia Southern @ Minnesota 2:30 PM BTN
|20||CB||Kindle Vildor||Georgia Southern||Sr||5’11||180|
|4||CB||Monquavion Brinson||Georgia Southern||Sr||5’11||190|
For the Golden Gophers, the shining star is wide receiver, Tyler Johnson. Johnson has terrific hands and catch radius. He will be tested by a pair of Georgia Southern corners. I am somewhat familiar with Kindle Vildor. However, Brinson was on the Senior Bowl watch list as well. I look forward to seeing how either handle Tyler Johnson and the other Minnesota receivers. I also should be watching them in person in a few weeks when they play at South Alabama.
Iowa @ Iowa State 3:00 PM FS1
|11||TE||Chase Allen||Iowa State||Jr||6’6||240|
|42||LB||Marcel Spears||Iowa State||Sr||6’0||215|
The Cy-Hawk trophy is on the line in this one. This game for me is really about two players: Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs and edge rusher A.J. Epenesa. If anyone has a good game it will just be the cherry on top.
Here is an example of Wirfs freakish strength:
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) March 15, 2019
Florida State @ Virginia 6:30 PM ACCN
|1||CB||Levonta Taylor||Florida State||Sr||5’9||186|
|3||RB||Cam Akers||Florida State||Jr||5’10||210|
|21||DL||Marvin Wilson||Florida State||Jr||6’4||318|
Bryce Perkins is an ascending QB prospect. I studied him over the summer and found a lot to like. The top prospect for the Cavaliers is likely corner, Bryce Hall. Hall could have been a second-round a year ago but opted to return.
For the Noles, the talent pool is a lot drier than it used to be. Junior Marvin Wilson is a force on the interior defensive line. Cam Akers is a mid-round running back prospect at the moment.
TCU @ Purdue 6:30 PM BTN
Bad news out of West Lafayette this week as senior LB Markus Bailey will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. It is an unfortunate circumstance for the Boilermakers and for Bailey. The Purdue offense has the best prospect in the game. He just isn’t draft eligible. Rondale Moore is a superstar.
For TCU, my main focus will be on receiver Jalen Reagor and OT Lucas Niang.