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Rivals Rankings Week: Storylines To Follow With Top 2026 WRs And TEs

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The new position rankings for the 2026 class are being released and so it’s time to look at storylines at each spot. Today, we continue with wide receivers and tight ends.

NEW POSITION RANKINGS: Wide Receiver | Tight End | Running Back | All-Purpose Back | Pro-Style QB | Dual-Threat QB

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RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK

Sunday: Who should be No. 1?

Monday: Five-Star Countdown | Meet the new five-star

Tuesday: New Rivals250 unveiled | Position-by-position | Biggest risers

Wednesday: New offensive position rankings | QB rankings breakdown | RB rankings breakdown | WR/TE rankings breakdown | OL rankings breakdown

Thursday: New defensive position rankings | DL rankings breakdown | LB rankings breakdown | DB rankings breakdown | ATH rankings breakdown

Friday: New state rankings | Who is No. 1 in each state

Saturday: Rivals Rankings Roundtable

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WHO COULD BE THE NEXT FIVE-STAR RECEIVER?

It’s a very safe bet that Ohio State commit Chris Henry Jr. will be a five-star wide receiver for the entire cycle. But the odds of us finishing with just one five-star wideout for the entire cycle are low.

There are several candidates early in for the 2026 cycle. Georgia native Devin Carter is knocking on the door of five-star status. Aaron Gregory and Corey Sadler are in the mix, too. Kayden Dixon-Wyatt is a receiver that I’m tracking to see his development over the next two years. We will also have many risers because that tends to be the case at this position.

I don’t know if we’ll get to the five different five-stars we had in the 2024 cycle but I will go out on a limb and say we will have more 2026 five-stars at the position that we end with in the 2025 cycle.

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TIGHT END GROUP IS DEEP

Corbyn Fordham

Corbyn Fordham (Greg Smith/Rivals.com)

We could be looking at a phenomenal tight end group in the 2026 recruiting class. It’s deep with a lot of variation in the players. Starting at the top, Kendre’ Harrison and Kaiden Prothro will hang around the five-star discussion all cycle.

But the group of players from about No. 3 to No. 9 in the rankings is very good. There is a lot to like about Brock Harris, Corbyn Fordham, Carson Sneed and Heze Kent. Each has good size and athleticism. The Illinois four-stars – Mack Sutter and JC Anderson – are wanted by programs from every power conference.

It will be fun to see how this group evolves during the cycle.

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WILL CHRIS HENRY JR. STICK WITH OHIO STATE?

This has now become a yearly occurrence for Ohio State and it’s a good problem to have. The program lands an elite, five-star wide receiver. That receiver is still recruited by other programs until the very end making fans sweat out the commitment.

It was Jeremiah Smith in the 2024 cycle, now it’s Chris Henry Jr.

LSU, Oregon and Texas are not going away in this recruitment. USC is always going to lurk with a top California wideout. Henry has a terrific relationship with Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline. The Buckeyes have a wide receiver tradition that speaks for itself.

But history is repeating itself all over again here.

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CAN MICHIGAN OR MICHIGAN STATE KEEP COREY SADLER HOME?

Corey Sadler

Corey Sadler

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech four-star wide receiver Corey Sadler was a new addition to the wide receiver rankings this time around. He was listed as an athlete before but nearly every program wants him on the offensive side of the ball. After seeing him in person it’s easy to see why.

He’s a lightning quick receiver that can do real damage in the slot.

There is an interesting question around Sadler though and that’s if the in-state programs have a shot to keep him home. Both Michigan and Michigan State had several coaches at the camp where I saw Sadler. He had good interactions with both. But Oregon is a real threat here to pull him out of the Midwest. He’s got a strong relationship with that staff and right now it’s a better school for wideouts.

The Wolverines and Spartans shouldn’t give up but this will be tough.

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