The 2023 college football recruitment cycle is drawing to a close with a national signing day on February 1st. After the high school season and the All-Star Games, we’ve updated our Sportzshala 300 rankings for the last time in this cycle.
Sportzshala’s recruiting rankings date back to 2006, and for the first time in 18 years, we’ve completed a cycle of four quarterbacks in the top five prospects. To be fair to all four quarterbacks, each of them could make a strong case for being the No. 1 player overall. And from the broader perspective of college football, every school these quarterbacks go to should thrive given their system and skill set.
Malachi Nelson remains at the top despite missing the Under Armor All-American Game due to injury. The USC signer completed an excellent high school career with 35 touchdowns as a senior and is the heir apparent to 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams.
Dante Moore, who moved from Oregon to UCLA shortly before the start of the December signing period, moved up one spot to finish second overall after winning the Michigan State Division III. He ended his high school career at the All-America Bowl in San Antonio with four touchdowns and an MVP award. For Pac-12 fans, this is the first time that USC and UCLA have secured two of the best players in the country.
But there are a few new faces in the overall five, as well as a handful of new recruits who earned the coveted fifth star thanks to good performance since our last update in October. Here’s what you need to know about the final edition of the rankings.
Five more top QBs | New Defender #1
New five-star | Big movers | New faces