College football recruiting predictions for every 2021 5-star recruit

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840. . DT. Gators . Leonard Taylor. 28. player

  • High School: Miami Palmetto (Miami, FL)
  • Composite Rankings: No. 28, No. 3 DT

One recruit that has yet to announce a commitment is Miami Palmetto defensive tackle Leonard Taylor. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Taylor has a big frame with room to pack on size as he gets ready to anchor the trenches on Saturday’s.

He has offers from all the SEC powerhouses and it could be a battle to keep him at home, as the Hurricanes are after him as well. The Florida Gators are also hot after Taylor and looking to keep him in state.

With the great running backs in the SEC and strong offensive lines programs boast, having a player that can disrupt at the point of attack is a must. Taylor would be a nice addition to a Gators program that experts believe could be the favorite to land him.

Prediction: Florida

814. . OLB. Bulldogs . Smael Mondon. 27. player

  • High School: Paulding County (Dallas, GA)
  • Composite Rankings: No. 27, No. 2 OLB

Georgia native Smael Mondon is a standout athlete for Paulding County in both football and track and field. The 6-foot-3 pass rusher is a lengthy pass rusher that knows how to use his size to his advantage.

His track and field talents come out on the tape as well as he’s able to stay stride for stride on both ends of the field, playing running back as well on offense. His strong suit is his ability to rush the quarterback and that’s where he will make a name for himself on Saturdays.

It will be interesting to see how he is deployed on defense. With his ability to move fluidly, he can drop back and make a difference in coverage as well. Staying in state and playing for a linebacker factory like the Bulldogs would make a lot of sense.

Prediction: Georgia