We're just a few hours away from crowning a national champion in the weirdest college football season of our lifetimes and some of the best college football players in the country will be on full display tonight. Which means as good as these guys are now and project to be in the NFL, they were doing even crazier things to opponents in high school who were arriving to the game after a big math test.
So I wanted to go through and determine which players in tonight's title game have the best high school highlight tapes. Here are the top three:
3. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama WR
Everybody is talking about Heisman winner DeVonta Smith — rightfully so — but Alabama has another receiver who was putting up equally insane numbers this season before he broke his ankle against Tennessee in Jaylen Waddle. And after being out for the remainder of the season up to this point, Waddle is likely to be back for tonight's title game.
But for all he's done in college, just look at this kid playing against some good high school competition in Texas. He's just making everybody out there look silly.
2. Najee Harris, Alabama RB
You may notice a theme in tonight's game, which is that it's pretty nice to be able to just get the best players in the country. Najee Harris was the No. 2 overall recruit in the country in 2017 and it's pretty easy to see why. It's honestly not fair that coaches had to send 16-year-old kids out there and tell them to try to tackle that grown man. Needless to say, it didn't turn out very well.
1. Justin Fields, Ohio State QBThere was a college football coach that many people seem to think is good at his job who got this kid to go to the University of Georgia and left him on the bench in favor of Jake Fromm. Imagine being that guy. And as hard as it is to defend a receiver or running back as good as Waddle or Harris, there is literally nothing you can do with a guy like Justin Fields with the ball in his hands on every play.
And as obviously overmatched as these poor kids on defense are, I always imagine the defensive coaches getting out of teaching history class at 3:00 and having to go watch film and figure out how the hell they're going to defend the No. 1 player in the country. Can't be a fun week.