Anyone who follows college football recruiting very closely knows that rankings can be a very fickle thing. Team rankings and player rankings are going to change, and sometimes it feels like they change on a whim. But on Monday, a certain segment of Nebraska football fans beleived that there was something sinister behind a change in Dylan Raiola's rankings.
The recruiting service On3 updated several of its player rankings and announced those changes and updates at the beginning of the week. Raiola's drop in those ratings was rather precipitous. At one point he was considered the top player, then at least the top quarterback. Monday, he was the 71st player in the 2024 class.
While there's a ton that goes into those kinds of changes, some on social media decided that it had more to do with Raiola joining the Nebraska football program than anything else.
They weren't shy about sharing that opinion on Twitter as more and more people fed into the idea that On3 booted the quarterback down the rankings simply because he decommitted from the Georgia Bulldogs.
Some other fans noted that while Raiola dropped in the rankings to an admittedly surprising degree, there were other Nebraska football players who saw a pretty big rise. Carter Nelson was at the top of those mentions.
Nebraska football fans not thrilled with rerating
It's not unusual for college football fans to get a bit bent out of shape about their favorite schools and new favorite players getting what they see as short end of the stick in these ratings and rankings.
It is worth pointing out that while On3 has Dylan Raiola now rated as the 71st best player in the country both Rivals and 247Sports are quite a bit higher on the Nebraska football commit.
Rivals still has him rated as the number two player in the entire class while 247Sports has him ranked 7th. What exactly led to the On3 discrepancy isn't known.