2015 College Football Recruits in the Race to Finish as No. 1 Overall Prospect
Being considered the No. 1 overall prospect in college football recruiting is a huge honor. It means you're the premier recruit in your class, plus you have the ability to make a major impact early in your college career.
It's still early in the 2015 class, but several prospects appear to be in the thick of the discussion of who is this year's No. 1 overall prospect. A pair of 5-star quarterbacks are in the mix, as is a pair of future All-Conference left tackles.
Also, a cornerback and two defensive end ends have a chance to finish the year as the No. 1 overall prospect.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.
Terry Beckner Jr., DE
Terry Beckner Jr. may be on the outside looking in when it comes to being the nation's No. 1 overall prospect when compared to other recruits on this list.
However, he is No. 2 in the Top247 rankings. At 6'4" and 268 pounds, the 5-star Illinois native has excellent size and huge upside. Beckner shows good first-step quickness at the snap, plus he has above-average strength at the point of attack.
If he can perform well at some offseason camps and combines, he has a chance to rise in the rankings. USC and LSU are Beckner's leaders, says 247Sports.
Mitch Hyatt, OT
A rock-solid argument can be made for why Mitch Hyatt is the top player in Georgia for 2015. Now, he has his sights set on being the top player in the country.
The 6'5.5", 271-pounder is a technician at left tackle who does a great job of staying patient in his pass sets. Hyatt has a solid punch on his targets, plus he can slide and mirror in space.
He works well as a run-blocker due to having good footwork, vision and strength. Hyatt is committed to Clemson.
CeCe Jefferson, DE
Another 5-star defensive end who has a chance to be considered the No. 1 overall prospect is CeCe Jefferson.
From Florida, Jefferson is No. 4 in the Scout 300, No. 5 in the Rivals 250 and No. 7 in the 247Sports composite rankings. The 6'2", 250-pounder is an explosive edge-defender who can get upfield to attack the passer in a hurry.
Jefferson has good strength to set the edge, plus he can get under the pads of blockers when he plays with leverage. His quickness, athleticism and solid power are all impressive assets, which is why he has a chance to be the country's top prospect.
Florida leads Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Notre Dame, according to 247Sports.
Martez Ivey, OT
Martez Ivey is a 5-star offensive tackle who has the athleticism to become an elite left tackle in college. The Florida native is 6'6" and 280 pounds, plus he has outstanding length in his frame.
Ivey bends well at the knees, which allows him to move freely and with terrific agility when pass blocking. He needs to get stronger, but the Sunshine State native does have the ability to get his hat on linebackers, as well as hit moving targets in the running game.
Scott Kennedy of Scout.com said on Feb. 20:
When talking about a player capable of being the No. 1 in the country, one talks in a lot of superlatives, and there are a lot of superlatives to Ivey's game.
Ricky Town, QB
At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Ricky Town combines good size with many other physical tools. Yet, he separates himself from other prep quarterbacks by having advanced mental skills.
Town understands how to read coverages, excels in the pre-snap phase of plays and operates with tremendous poise. He has above-average arm strength, plus he can dissect defenses with accuracy.
The 5-star USC commit is the No. 1 overall player in the Top247 rankings, No. 6 in the 247Sports composite rankings and No. 8 in the Rivals 250. It may not be wrong to view Town as the nation's best player.
Kevin Toliver II, CB
Press corners are always in demand, but when you're 6'2" and 185 pounds, things go to another level. Kevin Toliver II is committed to LSU, but that likely will not stop just about every school in the country from kicking the tires to see if he's interested in its program.
Toliver, who is from Florida, is a great athlete with long arms and natural cover skills. He shows little tightness in his hips when mirroring receivers, plus he can be a factor in zone schemes.
Josh Rosen, QB
The 6'4", 205-pounder will arrive in college possessing great arm strength, deceptive athleticism and a solid mental makeup for the quarterback position. Rosen has solid mechanics in the pocket, plus he can elude rushers and buy time for his receivers with his legs.
UCLA is expected to land him, according to 247Sports.
Trent Thompson, DT
Trent Thompson is a 5-star defensive tackle who is wanted by everybody who's anybody in college football. The 6'4", 292-pounder has an excellent combination of strength and quickness.
Thompson can shoot by blockers in the trenches to penetrate gaps and make stops on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Yet, he can also stack blocks and anchor versus running plays to make a mess in the middle.
He displays an impressive short-area surge to close on the ball, plus he hustles with a big motor while in pursuit.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.