We updated the ESPN 300 rankings of the top college football recruits in the Class of 2022.
Defensive tackle Walter Nolen retains the No. 1 spot, and if he remains there then it will be only the second time in the ESPN rankings era that a defensive tackle finished at the top (Rashan Gary, 2016).
Nolen will be challenged, though. Significant risers in the top 10 shook up the new rankings. These moves are based off huge senior campaigns from a few notable prospects. We break down the prospects that rose up the rankings, those who achieved five-star status and those who went from unranked to top 300.
Changes in the top 10
Before suffering a leg injury in his team's seventh game of the season, Hunter was having an excellent senior season as a shutdown corner -- and he was equally impressive at receiver. Through six games, the Seminoles commit had nearly 700 receiving yards and is arguably one of the best athletes in the ESPN recruiting era. His skill set is reminiscent of Minnesota Vikings and former LSU star Patrick Peterson when it comes to ball skills, versatility and the ability to dominate opponents on either side of the ball. Moving up while already being a top-three prospect is incredibly difficult, and a big return after injury -- in Collins Hill High School (Georgia) hopes he can be back for the playoffs -- could help him supplant Nolen.