I refrained from using the word "best" ever because I think college football is just too unpredictable to use that word on a team that's season isn't over yet. And I also want to say this isn't me saying that the 2021 team won't be super talented or won't have a chance at a national title, it's just me thinking ahead. So let's go position by position
I will list all players on roster/committed as of now, even if we know some will transfer. The number next to their name is what season they'll be going in to in 2022.
*notes possible declaration for draft (didn't include players such as Garrett Wilson who will almost certainly be declaring)
2-RS Freshman / Sophomore
3-RS Sophomore / Junior
4-RS Junior / Senior
QB) CJ Stroud (3), Jack Miller III (3), Kyle McCord (2), Quinn Ewers (1)
RB) Master Teague III* (5), Steele Chambers (4), Marcus Crowley (4), Miyan Williams (3), Treyveon Henderson (2), Evan Pryor (2)
WR) Jameson Williams (4)*, Jaxon Smith-Njigba (3), Julian Fleming (3), Gee Scott Jr. (3), Emeka Egbuka (2), Marvin Harrison Jr. (2), Jayden Ballard (2), Caleb Burton (1), Kyion Grayes (1)
TE) Cade Stover (4), Joe Royer (3), Sam Hart (2), Benji Gosnell (1), Bennett Christian (1)
OL) Matthew Jones* (5), Harry Miller (4)*, Ryan Jacoby (4), Enokk Vimahi (4), Dawand Jones (4), Paris Johnson (3), Luke Wypler (3), Grant Toutant (3), Jakob James (3), Trey Leroux (3), Josh Fryar (3), Ben Christman (2), Zen Michalski (2), Donovan Jackson (2), Tegra Tshabola (1)
10 Five-Stars on Offense
DL) Taron Vincent* (5), Antwuan Jackson* (5), Tyler Friday* (5), Javonte Jean-Baptiste* (5), Zach Harrison* (4), Noah Potter* (4), Jaden McKenzie (4), Cormontae Hamilton (4), Darrion Henry (3), Jacolbe Cowan (3), Ty Hamilton (3), Jack Sawyer (2), Mike Hall (2), Tyleik Williams (2)
LB) Teradja Mitchell* (5), Dallas Gant* (5), K'Vaughan Pope* (5), Tommy Eichenberg (4), Craig Young (4), Cody Simon (3), Kourt Williams (3), Mitchell Melton (3), Reid Carrico (2), CJ Hicks (1), Dasan McCullough (1), Gabe Powers (1)
(Honorable Mention, Roen McCullough (4))
(Bullet position are all in LB)
CB) Sevyn Banks* (5), Tyreke Johnson* (5), Ryan Watts (3), Cam Martinez (3), Lejond Cavazos (3), JK Johnson (2), Jordan Hancock (2), Denzel Burke (2), Jaheim Singletary (1), Jyaire Brown (1)
S) Josh Proctor* (5), Marcus Hooker* (5), Ronnie Hickman* (4), Bryson Shaw (4), Lathan Ransom (3), Andre Turrentine (2), Jahntzen Dunn (2), Jaylen Johnson (2)
6 Five-Stars on Defense (7 with potential JT Tuimoalou commitment)
16 Total Five-Stars (17 with potential JT Tuimoalou commitment)
Years probably aren't perfect, and a good chance I missed some young guys. My point being, this offense will be absolutely lethal, and I mean 2019 LSU level lethal. Obviously a defense like we had last year won't get the job done, but I don't think that will happen again, even with the lesser defensive recruiting compared to offense. I'm really excited about Sawyer, Ransom, Hickman, Watts, Simon, Melton, and many of the young defensive guys we have now. If they develop well this could be one of the best teams ever, not just one of the most talented.
It's been 3,432 days since them boys up north beat the Buckeyes, the chase of 4000 is on.