Clemson Football: 247 Sports makes changes to put Alabama No. 1

The 2020 Clemson football recruiting class won’t finish ranked No. 1 in the 247 Sports’ rankings because of changes made by the organization.

The 2020 Clemson football recruiting class has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the vast majority of the year and through the cycle, but it won’t end that way- at least not in one publication.

Despite the Tigers holding that No. 1 spot in the 247 Sports’ Composite Team Rankings, the organization recently made its final rankings and- conveniently- there were enough changes to make a difference at the top.

Bryan Bresee, who finished as the 247 Sports’ Composite Player of the Year, was dropped from his No. 1 spot by the organization’s individual rankings and replaced with Alabama QB commit Bryce Young. He was also placed behind Clemson QB commit DJ Uiagalelei as No. 3 on the list.

247 Sports also moved Alabama DE commit Will Anderson up 59 spots and promoted him from a 4-star to a 5-star. That seems like quite the jump for a guy that wasn’t even inside the top-50 previously. The organization also looked favorably upon several Georgia commits, bolstering the Bulldogs’ rankings and allowing them to take the No. 2 spot in the composite rankings.

Clemson DE commit Myles Murphy was dropped nine spots to No. 14- though he is a consensus top-10 player in the nation by every single other service. It should be noted that Clemson LB commit Trenton Simpson moved up a spot to No. 12 in the nation and is listed as the top linebacker in the country.

The truth is that these are rankings and they don’t truly matter.

It’s just interesting that a guy like Bryan Bresee can be No. 1 for the entire year- get better and perform at the highest level possible- and then drop spots in the final ranking. There always needs to be changes to keep people talking and it seems that this may have been a move to do just that as they look to put a bow on 2020 recruiting coverage.

We get it, though. If you’re an SEC commit, you get an added boost to your rating when the final rankings are released. If not, you’ll likely see a drop- even if you’ve done nothing but dominate in every showcase imaginable.