College Football Recruiting Rankings 2015: Top 200 After The Opening

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystAugust 4, 2014

College Football Recruiting Rankings 2015: Top 200 After The Opening

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    UCLA commit Josh Rosen is the top-ranked QB.
    UCLA commit Josh Rosen is the top-ranked QB.Credit: 247Sports

    The 2015 recruiting class is comprised of star performers from every part of the country, creating a compelling mix of future college football standouts. Just six months separate us from national signing day, and members of the group are set to embark on one final high school season.

    It's an appropriate time to reassess a special collection of playmakers, from golden-armed quarterbacks to the disruptive defenders ready to spend their upcoming years chasing them down. Updated national rankings provide us with an opportunity to analyze the top competitors in this class.

    We broke down their potential based on game tape and in-person evaluations at The Opening, an annual invite-only prospect showcase we attended at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, this summer.

    Here's a look at the top 200 college football recruits of this 2015 cycle, with an eye on how each could impact the college game for years to come.

     

    This article is part of Bleacher Report's CFB 200 Recruiting Rankings Series. The overall rankings are based on the 247Sports composite system, which takes into account every recruiting service's rankings. The positional rankings also correspond with those composite scores.

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    Uncommitted North Carolina running back Bryce Love.
    Uncommitted North Carolina running back Bryce Love.Credit: 247Sports

    All players are designated as 4-star prospects by 247Sports composite rankings.

    200. WR Chad President (Temple, Texas), Temple High School

    Committed to Baylor.

    199. OL Grant Newsome (Trenton, New Jersey), The Lawrenceville School

    Committed to Michigan.

    198. LB Asmar Balil (Indianapolis, Indiana), Ben Davis High School

    Offers include Michigan and Notre Dame.

    197. ATH Tim Irvin (Miami, Florida), Westminster Christian High School

    Offers include Miami.

    196. RB Saquon Barkley (Whitehall, Pennsylvania), Whitehall High School

    Committed to Penn State.

    195. WR K.J. Hill (North Little Rock, Arkansas), North Little Rock High School

    Offers include Auburn, Arkansas and Alabama.

    194. CB Jaylon Lane (Nacogdoches, Texas), Nacogdoches High School

    Committed to Oklahoma State.

    193. QB Zach Gentry (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Eldorado High School

    Committed to Texas.

    192. TE Garrett Williams (Orlando, Florida), The First Academy

    Committed to Clemson.

    191. RB Bryce Love (Wake Forest, North Carolina), Wake Forest-Rolesville High School

    Offers include Stanford, UNC and South Carolina.

    190. TE Jamario Bell (Junction City, Arkansas), Junction City High School

    Committed to Arkansas.

    189. QB Sheriron Jones (Moreno Valley, California), Rancho Verde High School

    Committed to Florida.

    188. TE Jackson Harris (Columbia, Tennessee), Columbia Central High School

    Committed to Georgia.

    187. TE Will Gragg (Dumas, Arkansas), Dumas High School

    Offers include Ole Miss and Arkansas.

    186. DT Joseph Wicker (Long Beach, California), Long Beach Poly High School

    Offers include UCLA and Washington.

    185. S Will Sunderland (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Midwest City High School

    Offers include Oklahoma and Ohio State.

    184. S Jordan Colbert (Griffin, Georgia), Griffin High School

    Committed to Auburn.

    183. Tyreik Gray (Houston, Texas), Lamar High School

    Offers include Baylor.

    182. CB Micah Abernathy (Norcross, Georgia), Greater Atlanta Christian High School

    Offers include Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio State.

    181. WR Kanya Bell (Diamond Bar, California), Diamond Bar High School

    Offers include USC.

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    USC linebacker commit Cameron Smith.
    USC linebacker commit Cameron Smith.Credit: 247Sports

    All players are designated as 4-star prospects by 247Sports composite rankings.

    180. LB Kyahva Tezino (Los Angeles, California), Bishop Mora Salesian High School

    Offers include Arizona.

    179. WR Miles Boykin (New Lenox, Illinois), Providence Catholic High School

    Committed to Notre Dame.

    178. WR Ykili Ross (Riverside, California) Polytechnic High School

    Offers include USC and Notre Dame.

    177. DT Fletcher Adams (Brandon, Mississippi) Brandon High School

    Offers include Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

    176. S Tyree Kinnel (Dayton, Ohio), Wayne High School

    Committed to Michigan.

    175. CB Holton Hill (Houston, Texas), Lamar High School

    Offers include Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Florida State.

    174. RB Malik Lovette (Redlands, California), Redlands East Valley High School

    Offers include Oregon and USC.

    173. CB Jordan Whitehead (Monaca, Pennsylvania), Central Valley High School

    Offers include Ohio State, Penn State and Alabama.

    172. ATH Jauan Jennings (Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Blackman High School

    Committed to Tennessee.

    171. S Jaquan Johnson (Miami, Florida), Killian High School

    Offers include Miami and Florida.

    170. LB Darrin Kirkland (Indianapolis, Indiana), Lawrence Central High School

    Committed to Michigan.

    169. RB Andre Robinson (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), Bishop McDevitt High School

    Committed to Penn State.

    168. LB Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville, Georgia), Central Gwinnett High School

    Committed to Florida.

    167. TE Jordan Davis (Houston, Texas), Clear Lake High School

    Committed to Texas A&M.

    166. WR Darius Slayton (Norcross, Georgia), Greater Atlanta Christian High School

    Offers include Georgia and Auburn.

    165. DT Darvin Taylor (Chester, Virginia), Thomas Dale High School

    Offers include Florida State and Virginia Tech.

    164. DE D'Andre Walker (Fairburn, Georgia), Langston Hughes High School

    Offers include Auburn and Georgia.

    163. LB Cameron Smith (Granite Bay, California), Granite Bay High School

    Committed to USC.

    162. OL Fred Ulu-Perry (Honolulu, Hawaii), St. Louis High School

    Committed to UCLA.

    161. S Justin Dunning (Whitehouse, Texas), Whitehouse High School

    Committed to Texas A&M.

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    Alabama cornerback commit Rico McGraw.
    Alabama cornerback commit Rico McGraw.Credit: 247Sports

    All players are designated as 4-star prospects by 247Sports composite rankings.

    160. WR Van Jefferson (Brentwood, Tennessee), Ravenwood High School

    Offers include Tennessee, Ohio State and Penn State.

    159. QB Jake Browning (Folsom, California), Folsom High School

    Committed to Washington.

    158. LB Josh Barajas (Merrillville, Indiana), Andrean High School

    Committed to Notre Dame.

    157. CB Xavier Lewis (Reserve, Louisiana), East St. John High School

    Committed to LSU.

    156. ATH Derrick Dillon (Franklinton, Louisiana), Pine High School

    Committed to Florida.

    155. ATH Jalen Christian (Damascus, Maryland), Damascus High School

    Committed to South Carolina.

    154. OL Bobby Evans (Allen, Texas), Allen High School

    Committed to Oklahoma.

    153. OL Patrick Vahe (Euless, Texas), Trinity High School

    Committed to Texas.

    152. RB Nyheim Hines (Garner, North Carolina), Garner High School

    Offers include Clemson, North Carolina, Duke and Stanford.

    151. OL Trevor Elbert (Rockwall, Texas), Rockwall-Heath High School

    Committed to Texas A&M.

    150. OL Ryan Bates (Warminster, Pennsylvania), Archbishop Wood High School

    Committed to Penn State.

    149. DT Marquise Overton (Jenks, Oklahoma), Jenks High School

    Committed to Oklahoma.

    148. DE Austin Bryant (Thomasville, Georgia), Thomas County Central High School

    Committed to Clemson.

    147. WR Juwan Johnson (Glassboro, New Jersey), Glassboro High School

    Committed to Penn State.

    146. QB Deondre Francois (Bradenton, Florida), IMG Academy

    Committed to Florida State.

    145. S Larry Pryor (Sulphur Springs, Texas), Sulphur Springs High School

    Committed to Texas A&M.

    144. LB Anthony Wheeler (Dallas, Texas), Skyline High School

    Offers include Texas and Oklahoma.

    143. LB Jahvoni Simmons (Virginia Beach, Virginia) Ocean Lakes High School

    Offers include Virginia and Tennessee.

    142. CB Rico McGraw (Nashville, Tennessee) Ensworth High School

    Committed to Alabama.

    141. OL Jack Jones (Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Oakland High School

    Committed to Tennessee.

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    Missouri quarterback commit Drew Lock.
    Missouri quarterback commit Drew Lock.Credit: 247Sports

    All players are designated as 4-star prospects by 247Sports composite rankings.

    140. OL Jerry Tillery (Shreveport, Louisiana), Evangel Christian Academy

    Committed to Notre Dame.

    139. WR Daylon Charlot (Patterson, Louisiana), Patterson High School

    Committed to Alabama.

    138. RB Kirk Merritt (Destrehan, Louisiana), Destrehan High School

    Offers include Texas A&M and LSU.

    137. OL Abdul Bello (Montverde, Florida) Montverde Academy

    Committed to Florida State.

    136. ATH Donte Jackson (New Orleans, Louisiana), Riverdale High School

    Offers include Georgia, LSU and Oregon.

    135. ATH Malik Dear (Jackson, Mississippi), Murrah High School

    Committed to Mississippi State.

    134. ATH Chris Warren (Rockwall, Texas), Rockwall High School

    Offers include Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech.

    133. WR Carlos Strickland (Dallas, Texas) Skyline High School

    Offers include LSU, Oklahoma State and Cal.

    132. OL Toby Weathersby (Houston, Texas), Westfield High School

    Committed to Texas.

    131. DE Chauncey Rivers (Stone Mountain, Georgia), Stephenson High School

    Committed to Georgia.

    130. CB Frank Buncom IV (San Diego, California) St. Augustine High School

    Offers include Stanford.

    129. WR Jovon Durante (Miami, Florida), Norland High School

    Committed to West Virginia.

    128. RB Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas), Katy High School

    Committed to Oklahoma.

    127. DE Arden Key (Atlanta, Georgia), Hapeville Charter High School

    Committed to South Carolina.

    126. TE Devonaire Clarington (Miami, Florida), Booker T. Washington High School

    Offers include Miami.

    125. CB Eric Lee (Littleton, Colorado), Valor Christian High School

    Committed to Nebraska.

    124. CB PJ Mbanasor (Pflugerville, Texas), Hendrickson High School

    Committed to Oklahoma.

    123. CB Marcus Lewis (Washington, D.C.), Gonzaga High School

    Offers include Michigan, Florida and Ohio State.

    122. QB Drew Lock (Lee's Summit, Missouri), Lee's Summit Sr. High School

    Committed to Missouri.

    121. WR John Burt (Tallahassee, Florida), Lincoln High School

    Committed to Texas.

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    Uncommitted California wide receiver Trent Irwin.
    Uncommitted California wide receiver Trent Irwin.Credit: 247Sports

    All players are designated as 4-star prospects by 247Sports composite rankings.

    120. DE Kyle Phillips (Nashville, Tennessee), Hillsboro High School

    Offers include Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

    119. DE Darian Roseboro (Lincolnton, North Carolina), Lincolnton High School

    Offers include Michigan, NC State and North Carolina.

    118. OL Josh Wariboko (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Casady High School

    Offers include UCLA, Oklahoma and Louisville.

    117. WR Cordell Broadus (Las Vegas, Nevada), Bishop Gorman High School

    Offers include USC and UCLA.

    116. ATH Shawn Burgess-Becker (Pompano Beach, Florida), Monarch High School

    Committed to Alabama.

    115. CB John Reid (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), St. Joseph's High School

    Offers include Penn State and Michigan State.

    114. RB Michael Weber (Detroit, Michigan), Cass Technical High School

    Offers include Michigan State, Michigan, USC and Ohio State.

    113. DT Adam McLean (Gaithersburg, Maryland), Quince Orchard High School

    Committed to Penn State.

    112. RB Nick Brossette (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), University Lab High School

    Committed to LSU.

    111. RB Dexter Williams (Winter Garden, Florida), West Orange High School

    Committed to Miami.

    110. TE Hale Hentges (Jefferson City, Missouri), Helias High School

    Committed to Alabama.

    109. DE James Lockhart (Ennis, Texas), Ennis High School

    Committed to Texas A&M.

    108. CB Kris Boyd (Gilmer, Texas), Gilmer High School

    Offers include Texas A&M, Texas and Florida State.

    107. WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Anaheim, California), Servite High School

    Offers include Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Stanford.

    106. WR Trent Irwin (Newhall, California), Hart High School

    Offers include Arizona State and Stanford.

    105. RB Eric Swinney (Tyrone, Georgia), Sandy Creek High School

    Committed to Ole Miss.

    104. DT Neville Gallimore (St. Catharines, Ontario), Canada Prep Football Academy

    Offers include Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan State.

    103. CB Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio), St. Edward High School

    Committed to Notre Dame.

    102. WR Alex Ofodile (Columbia, Missouri), Rock Bridge High School

    Committed to Oregon.

    101. CB Garrett Taylor (Richmond, Virginia), St. Christopher's High School

    Committed to Michigan.

100. Mark Fields (Cornelius, North Carolina)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Cornerback

    5'11", 183 Pounds

    William Amos Hough High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to South Carolina

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Mark Fields, son of a former NFL starter also named Mark, is a bit of a tweener in the defensive backfield. It's not yet apparent whether he belongs at safety or cornerback, so his performance this season could help shape his future.

     

    Scouting Report

    Fields manages to fight through traffic and make plays in pursuit. He primarily plays safety in high school but carries the skill set to contend at linebacker.

    Extremely quick when required to change direction, Fields closes in on ball-carriers and tackles through the torso. He is excellent in run support, flashing the tendencies of a balanced safety.

    He can drop the hammer on opponents but plays under control when covering passes downfield. Fields fights for every play, an attribute coaches always appreciate.

99. Chris Clark (Avon, Connecticut)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Tight End

    6'6", 247 Pounds

    Avon Old Farms High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Michigan

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Now on his second commitment, it's fair to wonder if this recruiting process is truly wrapped up for Chris Clark.

    After a brief commitment to North Carolina, he committed to Michigan over Ohio State in June.

    "I think the Michigan (visit) went a little bit better than Ohio State to be honest, just because I felt a little more comfortable with the players at Michigan," Clark said at a Nike camp in New Jersey this spring. "I also like how Michigan uses its tight ends."

     

    Scouting Report

    No tight end on this list is further along in his development as a complete prospect than Clark. He presents much more than just a big target, exhibiting elite traits as a receiver and blocker.

    Even top players at the position often lack that desired balance, being much further advanced in one department. Clark can constantly clear paths in the run game and rack up receptions in bunches, making him a legitimate candidate to compete for an expansive role with the Wolverines next season.

    He dominated at that camp, quickly emerging as a go-to target for various quarterbacks in seven-on-seven action. Clark flashed the blend of receiving skills that sets him apart, outmaneuvering linebackers with tight route running, extending over defensive backs and catching everything thrown his way with massive mitts.

98. Isaiah Prince (Greenbelt, Maryland)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'7", 280 Pounds

    Eleanor Roosevelt High School

    Schools of Interest: Maryland, Ohio Sate, Florida

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Isaiah Prince has the potential to surge up this list if he makes progress from a fundamental standpoint this season. He relied on the raw strength of his massive frame too frequently last season and can take his game to the next level with refinement.

     

    Scouting Report

    His athleticism impresses, especially for a prospect this tall. Prince's range is tremendous thanks to a long reach and wide hips.

    He can further develop his base to create more power but currently looks comfortable under 300 pounds. His footwork provide a strong indication of excellent stamina and coordination.

    Prince can cut off angles to the passer and drive defenders downfield, displaying solid balance at this stage of development.

97. Hjalte Froholdt (Bradenton, Florida)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Defensive End

    6'4", 282 Pounds

    IMG Academy

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Arkansas

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Hjalte Froholdt relocated to America from Denmark and initially played high school football in Ohio. Now attending talent-packed IMG Academy, the spotlight is shining brighter than ever.

    He has improved every season while growing more physically impressive. That trend probably continues this autumn in South Florida.

     

    Scouting Report

    Froholdt is a tireless worker who displays brute strength upon his first punch, connecting on the chest plate. He has excellent length and understates how to create leverage at the point of attack. 

    He flashes formidable quickness for a young man of his size and displays basic pass-rushing skills that will continue to evolve over time.

    Arkansas was smart to scoop him up early because Froholdt should only continue to improve.

96. Derrius Guice (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Running Back

    5'11", 219 Pounds

    Catholic High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to LSU

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    There are some concerns to monitor with Derrius Guice after he was suspended by his high school team for the 2014 spring football session and one game last season due to undisclosed reasons, per Ross Dellenger of The New Orleans Advocate. He has since been reinstated and is expected to lead the Catholic offense this fall.

    "I’d say it was a reminder to stay focused," he told Robin Fambrough of The Advocate in July. "I got hung up with outsiders. I let things distract me and keep me from focusing on my main goals, which are to graduate from here, try to win a state championship and then go off to LSU."

     

    Scouting Report

    Guice, who pledged to the hometown Tigers over Alabama in late May, is an elusive rusher who doesn't require much space to slip past the defense in search of daylight. His short-area quickness complements a formidable frame that makes it difficult for opponents to haul him down in the open field.

    He won't out-sprint the speediest defensive backs at the next level, but his acceleration is impressive. Guice can slam into a crowd along the trenches and burst through to the second level, setting the stage for a possible future as a goal-line back.

    He catches the football cleanly when called upon to make plays in the flat or on designed screens.

95. Stanley Norman (Gardena, California)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Athlete

    6'0", 180 Pounds

    Junipero Serra High School

    Schools of Interest: UCLA, USC, Oklahoma

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Stanley Norman essentially takes over for USC freshman Adoree' Jackson as a the premier skill player on Los Angeles power Junipero Serra. Those are big shoes to fill and, although he doesn't possess the same level of natural talent, Norman is capable of helping deliver his team a championship.

     

    Scouting Report

    Norman, a two-way standout, is likely to land at either receiver or defensive back in college. His agility and athleticism make him a viable candidate to create an impact at either position.

    Though he isn't an elite burner, Norman makes up plenty of ground in a short time and is capable of tracking down opponents along the sideline or outracing a safety down the seam.

    His routes are relatively crisp and he puts in quality effort to keep defensive backs off-balance. If he lands on defense, cornerback is the probable destination.

94. Matthew Burrell (Woodbridge, Virginia)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'5", 290 Pounds

    C.D. Hylton High School

    Schools of Interest: Ohio State, Florida State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Matthew Burrell will match up with 5-star defensive tackle Tim Settle this season, presenting an opportunity for both linemen to prove themselves as elite. It's a trench battle worth keeping tabs on.

     

    Scouting Report

    Burrell is a relatively congenial guy when you talk to him in person, but he brings a different kind of personality to the football field. That fire helps him blow people off the ball.

    He looks comfortable and coordinated, exploding out of his stance and punishing opposing linemen. Burrell completes blocks before moving on to another target downfield.

    Though he plays tackle in high school, Burrell appears well-equipped to line up at guard. His aggressive style of run blocking is a pleasure to watch.

93. Ray-Ray McCloud III (Tampa, Florida)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Athlete

    5'9", 175 Pounds

    Sickles High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Clemson

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Ray-Ray McCloud III doesn't care what you label him, as long as you recognize his talents.

    "I always thought I was one of the best running backs in the country, it was just a matter of making people notice," he said three weeks before The Opening. "But now I'm realizing that different coaches like me in different spots. Some teams think I do big things as a wide receiver."

    Keep a close eye on his development in the passing game as a senior.

     

    Scouting Report 

    McCloud is agile enough to provide breakaway possibilities on every play. His size raises questions about durability in the backfield but makes him a tough cover out of the slot.

    He slips into space with elite shiftiness and prolongs plays by wiggling past defenders. McCloud is a special weapon for any passing attack because he can quickly turn a seven-yard slant into a 40-yard sprint that ignites his squad.

    His performance in Oregon didn't raise any concerns about a possible future at receiver. McCloud made acrobatic catches, burst off the line and cut away from defenders with speed that verifies his 40-yard dash time of 4.43 seconds.

92. Tristen Hoge (Pocatello, Idaho)

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    4-Star Center

    6'5", 292 Pounds

    Highland High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Notre Dame

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Tristen Hoge has been anointed America's top center prospect, and he must validate it by dominating in Idaho, a state that isn't exactly known for producing waves of top-tier recruits. He is one of the best players to come out of the area in quite some time, and the pressure is on him to prove it.

     

    Scouting Report

    Hoge is solidly built and appears capable of packing on at least 10 more pounds without sacrificing skills. Given his physique, there's reason to believe he can crack the two-deep in South Bend by his sophomore season.

    His hand placement is consistently on point, and Hoge manhandles opponents downfield or laterally with authority. He's equipped with a powerful base that produces much of his strength.

    Hoge has multiyear starter written all over him, especially as additional strength is gained in college.

91. Travis Waller (Anaheim, California)

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    4-Star Quarterback

    6'3", 190 Pounds

    Servite High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Oregon

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Travis Waller routinely finds top high school target Equanimeous St. Brown. The duo has built a strong rapport, but there are no guarantees this playing relationship will last beyond 2014.

    "I've talked to him about Oregon and what he can accomplish up there, but it's really his decision," Waller said at The Opening. "I know he'll he successful wherever he goes."

    As long as St. Brown remains uncommitted, the back-and-forth between both standouts should be fun to follow.

     

    Scouting Report

    Several Ducks fans showed up during the final day of action at The Opening to catch a glimpse of their new quarterback commit. Waller didn't disappoint and even signed some footballs for young admirers.

    The dual-threat signal-caller looked slightly erratic during the early stages of the Elite 11 finals but progressively found his groove and finished the week with more consistency. He threw a touchdown pass during the late stages of a blowout victory in the seven-on-seven championship game.

    Waller will continue to improve as a passer, especially when he shortens his elongated delivery that exposes the football behind him for defenders. He packs plenty of zip on intermediate throws and can loft the ball downfield with above-average touch.

90. Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Cornerback

    5'11", 165 Pounds

    McKinley High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Ohio State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Eric Golver-Williams is widely viewed as a cornerback prospect, but it's worth revisiting the possibility of him competing on offense. He is a quick-twitch speedster who can catch and read rushing lanes.

    We know Urban Meyer loves to stockpile unique weapons in his offensive stable, and Glover-Williams fits the mold as a dynamic playmaker with major potential. Keep an eye on his offensive progress this season.

     

    Scouting Report

    Glover-Williams is fluid in downhill pursuit, dashing out of cuts and darting toward his target in a hurry. He flashes elite agility in the open field and can wiggle his way out of tight spots.

    When the ball is in his hands, Glover-Williams is in attack mode and plays with the aggression of a much larger athlete.

    He demonstrates quality tackling technique and scrapes through blocks. Glover-Williams may have a hard time with taller receivers if he lands in the defensive secondary because of a lack of height and above-average length.

89. Brandon Wimbush (Jersey City, New Jersey)

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    4-Star Quarterback

    6'2", 205 Pounds

    St. Peter's Prep High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Penn State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Though Brandon Wimbush threw just 15 touchdown passes as a junior, expect him to make strides on the field this fall while orchestrating a dangerous air assault. Last season, the offense often revolved around running back Jonathan Hilliman, who is now a freshman at Boston College.

     

    Scouting Report

    Few quarterbacks did more to raise their stock in Beaverton than Wimbush, who looked like a much-improved passer from his junior season. The Garden State prospect flexed his muscles drill after drill, firing lasers that some receivers had trouble grabbing because the ball came in so hot.

    He launched straight-line darts 30 yards downfield with elite precision that drew strong reaction from coaches and media on the sidelines. Wimbush still needs to work on his deep-ball touch in terms of adding a little more arc, but he has the power to deliver the ball down the field in a vertical passing attack.

    Despite the success, Wimbush didn't take anything for granted during his time in Beaverton. "I thought I did good, but I think I could've been better," Wimbush said after a phenomenal first Elite 11 session. "I want to come out tomorrow morning ready to go and prove why I'm here."

    Penn State fans should be excited about the future after Christian Hackenberg heads to the NFL.

88. Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'8", 305 Pounds

    Baldwin High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Penn State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Sterling Jenkins has drawn mixed reactions as a collegiate prospect, predominately due to the raw state of his game. Whether you use the term "high ceiling" or "project," it insinuates the same thing: He's far from a finished product.

    Even though he garnered several scholarship offers and is a member of one of America's top-ranked recruiting classes, Jenkins has plenty to prove from a fundamental standpoint. His rare athleticism and size are apparent, but this is a pivotal season for him as he aims to make strides as a football player.

     

    Scouting Report

    Jenkins is the biggest guy on the field in high school, and that will often be the case in college. He smothers opponents with a mammoth frame and long reach.

    From a technique standpoint, there's plenty of work to be done.

    Jenkins stands upright far too often, immediately providing his opponent with leverage. He must develop a deeper bend in order to take on collegiate pass-rushers.

    While he doesn't appear natural or comfortable at the position, Jenkins maintains blocks downfield and did appear to gain awareness in pass protection during his junior season.

87. Johnny Frasier (Princeton, North Carolina)

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    4-Star Running Back

    5'11", 200 Pounds

    Princeton High School

    Schools of Interest: Florida State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    All eyes will be on Johnny Frasier in North Carolina this season after a sensational junior campaign that left several defensive coordinators scratching their heads.

    He registered more than 220 carries during each of the past two seasons, breaking out in 2013 with a virtuoso performance. Frasier averaged 12 yards per rushing attempt, gaining 3,042 yards and 45 touchdowns on the ground.

    That's a lot to live up to.

     

    Scouting Report

    Though some have questioned the talent level of his opponents on a game-by-game basis, there's no denying Frazier would be a featured running back in any high school league across America. He takes on tacklers and regularly leaves them grabbing at grass.

    He displays big-play potential wherever he lines up on the field, and the prospect of trying him out in the slot from time to time will be alluring at the next level.

    His quickness (timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per 247Sports) enables him to build up steam and break tackles in the defensive secondary.

86. Isaiah Langley (Pleasanton, California)

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    Credit: 247Sports

    4-Star Cornerback

    5'11", 170 Pounds

    Foothill High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to USC

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Some prospects have no problem doing a little recruiting themselves. Count Isaiah Langley among them. After pledging to USC at The Opening, he decided to set his sights on other Trojans targets.

    "Oh, I definitely have some guys I need to talk to about coming to USC," he said. "It's a chance to be part of something special."

    After speaking at length with Langley, something tells us he's gong to spend his senior season doubling as a salesman to other California recruits. 

     

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    Langley's length enables him to stick with receivers who hold a significant height advantage. He is a fearless defender who doesn't back down from matchups.

    "Teams like that, I'm willing to cover any kind of receiver," he said. "Size is a part of it, but it's also about who wants it more."

    Langley is scrappy and engages opponents at the line. Even if he falls behind a stride, a second gear can get him back into the mix in a hurry.

    While airborne, he flashes impressive body control and is capable of coming down with acrobatic interceptions.

85. Mark Walton (Miami, Florida)

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    4-Star Running Back

    5'10", 179 Pounds

    Booker T. Washington High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Miami

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Mark Walton is one of three Miami running back commits in this class, so expect other programs to attempt to poach players away. Walton pledged to the Hurricanes last September, but Georgia and Florida State are among teams that could resurface as options.

     

    Scouting Report

    Walton is a much more powerful runner than his dimensions might indicate. He gets low and pounds gashes between the tackles, routinely ripping away from the first defender who makes contact.

    His violent approach lends itself well for short-yardage situations, and Walton seems to always find a way to fall forward as he's brought to the ground. Those efforts add up over the course of a game (and a career).

    He isn't very shifty but has enough hip fluidity to make defenders miss with lateral movements. Walton also exhibits soft hands and makes the most of space after receptions by weaving through traffic and darting downhill.

84. Clelin Ferrell (Richmond, Virginia)

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    4-Star Defensive End

    6'5", 225 Pounds

    Benedictine High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Clemson

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Despite his stature, Clelin Ferrell will occasionally bounce out to linebacker in certain defensive sets. Though you almost assuredly won't see him do the same in college, it's still an interesting wrinkle in the Benedictine defense that's worth noting. 

     

    Scouting Report

    Ferrell tends to fire off the snap too high at times, presenting opponents with a sizable target. However, he often fights through the initial punch and puts himself in position to shed blockers.

    He features outstanding length and athleticism that's difficult for offensive linemen to contend with when lined up on the opposite side. Ferrell is fierce in run coverage and does a good job peaking into the backfield.

    His highest level of potential comes as a pass-rusher, as he can beat offensive tackles across their face or along their outside shoulder.

83. Jordan Scarlett (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

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    4-Star Running Back

    5'11", 210 Pounds

    St. Thomas Aquinas High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Miami

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Jordan Scarlett transferred to talent-rich St. Thomas Aquinas for his senior season and has an opportunity to shoulder the load for a title contender. The new surroundings suit him well on paper.

     

    Scouting Report

    He's a dynamic dual-threat runner who forces defenses to account for his every move due to explosive quickness.

    Scarlett typically maintains excellent pad level, though a little more lean in his rushing motion could create more balance and tackle-breaking ability. He carries a ton of momentum upon contact with defenders, enabling him to plow through arm tackles.

    Scarlett does a solid job stretching outside rushing attempts before delivering a powerful cut off his back foot. He can be a very dangerous player on pitch plays.

82. DeChaun Holiday (San Marcos, California)

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    4-Star Safety

    6'2", 195 Pounds

    Mission Hills High School

    Schools of Interest: UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oklahoma

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    DeChaun Holiday is one of the most balanced defensive backs in this class and commands consideration at both cornerback and safety. He plays the latter in high school, but teams will study his senior tape to identify how he might fit best within a particular scheme.

     

    Scouting Report

    Holiday is a rangy defender with excellent reach and arm length that disrupts passing lanes. He handles himself well in space, flipping his hips and sprinting upfield to assist on underneath routes.

    His defensive system doesn't challenge him in a press-man setting very often, so it remains to be seen how he handles different receiver types. The long-striding defender doesn't pack much of a punch at the point of contact, but he does maintain tackles as help arrives.

    Holiday reacts to passes like a wide receiver, reading the trajectory and velocity very well. He should be able to put himself in position to pluck a collection of picks in college.

81. Natrez Patrick (Atlanta, Georgia)

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    4-Star Defensive End

    6'3", 220 Pounds

    Mays High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Georgia

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Natrez Patrick could be moved back to outside linebacker in college. If he proves effective in intermediate pass coverage and continues to clamp down the perimeter, that becomes a strong possibility and a relatively seamless transition.

     

    Scouting Report

    Patrick, still early in his physical development, is a prototypical edge-rusher. He uses speed to blow by offensive tackles and often reaches the backfield without being touched.

    The raw quickness is certainly an asset, but Patrick doesn't neglect other parts of his game. He flashes quality counter-moves and does an admirable job identifying gaps in blitz packages.

    Given his sideline-to-sideline speed and length, Patrick is well suited for a career as a rush linebacker. How he deals with dropback duties will determine how quickly he can earn the trust of a collegiate coaching staff in that role.

80. Ronald Jones II (McKinney, Texas)

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    4-Star Running Back

    6'0", 185 Pounds

    McKinney North High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Oklahoma State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Ronald Jones II is always a threat to take one to the house. He can do it off a handoff, pitch or even while running pass routes out of the backfields. Once he hits daylight, the defense is often too late.

     

    Scouting Report

    Jones is the rare breed of running back who can run you over and beat you in a footrace. Everything he does is full-throttle, and the results have been spectacular.

    Jones is workmanlike between the tackles, driving downhill with tremendous anticipation and bursting through cutback lanes. Vision is a huge part of development for any rusher, and he appears more advanced in that capacity than many of his peers, rarely failing to exploit the space his linemen create.

    Everything about his running style is smooth, from a compact upper body to fancy footwork that enables him to slide past defenders without sacrificing speed. He stays narrow while navigating through traffic, tucking the ball tightly and maintaining a low pad level.

    Jones, who rushed for 2,406 yards and 39 scores as a junior, can dominate in a one-cut rushing scheme. He is one of a few backs on this list who possesses legitimate breakaway speed, clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per The Oklahoman.

    Jones uses that quickness to surge down the sideline toward the end zone, but it also comes in handy when he meets a defender in the open field. The 6'0", 185-pound playmaker lowers his shoulders and escapes tacklers attempting to establish balance in his path because his speed eliminated angles.

    With elite change-of-direction agility, Jones can also be a valuable contributor in the passing attack.

79. Keenan Walker (Scottsdale, Arizona)

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    4-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'6", 280 Pounds

    Chaparral High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Arizona

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    If you enjoy watching offensive linemen who go about their business in workmanlike fashion and flash a little grittiness, Keenan Walker is your guy. He plays through the whistle and sets a strong tone at the start of action.

    There's a grittiness about him that should go during his senior year. 

     

    Scouting Report

    Walker has a mammoth frame with room for more weight. He uses that big body to bully defensive linemen, though he doesn't cross the line.

    He finishes off blocks before searching for his next target and looks solid while operating laterally. Walker does an excellent job halting linebackers in their tracks to create a rushing lane.

    Though he isn't often tasked with pass protection duties, Walker has the wingspan and footwork to shine as a bookend on pass plays. His effort in the run game comes much more naturally.

78. Brady White (Newhall, California)

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    4-Star Quarterback

    6'2", 190 Pounds

    Hart High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Arizona State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Brady White is part of a prolific duo at Hart High School, connecting with 4-star wide receiver Trent Irwin for 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns since 2012. The two teamed up in seven-on-seven action at The Opening and didn't miss a beat, torching opponents throughout.

    White hopes Irwin can be swayed to maintain the partnership in college.

    "Of course I'd love for Trent to join me at Arizona State," he said in Oregon. "It's ultimately his decision, but I think we could do some big things if that happens."

     

    Scouting Report

    White has been on the radar as a top California quarterback for a while now, but he gave more heralded passers from his home state a run for their money in Beaverton. The poised passer displayed precision on all kinds of throws and seemed to sync with unfamiliar receivers quicker than other competitors.

    He never sacrifices accuracy, regardless of the passing distance, and can flash or harness his velocity depending on the play. White moves extremely well in the pocket and is diligent in implementing lower-body mechanics on every toss.

    There's also a sense of urgency in everything he does. That's an impressive trait for teenage passers, who tend to grow lackadaisical at times.

    White knew the spotlight was on him in Oregon and shined under the pressure. He's willing to take risks and has the talent to thread throws through traffic toward his intended target.

    Players seemed to gravitate toward him during drills, and there's a lot to like about his approach to the game. He's already expanded his rather slender frame and plans to pack on more weight before heading to Arizona State.

    White drew comparisons to former Boise State star Kellen Moore during The Opening. He plans to enroll early and exudes confidence about his ability to contribute immediately.

    "It's crucial for me to enroll early if I want to potentially be the starter," White said. "The competition is going to be fun. We're each going to get after it. I'm going in there swinging, and hopefully I'll earn the respect of my teammates. Starting as a freshman would be a dream come true."

77. Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tennessee)

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    4-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'5", 320 Pounds

    Memphis University High School

    Schools of Interest: Tennessee, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Auburn

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Some are on the fence about whether Drew Richmond will ultimately find a home at guard or tackle at the next level. A key determining factor could be how he handles pass-rushers off the edge this season, as there are strides for him to make in pass protection.

     

    Scouting Report

    Richmond provided some highlight blocks during the three-day stretch in Beaverton and appeared to implement new lessons he learned from instructors.

    Richmond does a great job at the point of contact, rolling his hips and punching through the defender. He was a little overanxious at times, and that cost him, but it was an impressive performance overall.

    He seemed to take better angles than what showed up on game tape, but of course, there's a big difference between drills and live-game action when linebackers enter the equation. Richmond is ridiculously strong for a high school student and can get away with some mistakes by simply overpowering his opponent.

    His reach in pass protection is solid but not spectacular. It would be interesting to see how Richmond adapts to playing guard if asked to make that transition in college.

    The outlook here is that he would benefit from a year on the sidelines, cleaning up his technique and building even more strength. Whenever Richmond is deemed ready to take on a starting role, he has plenty of promise.

76. Jake Fruhmorgen (Tampa, Florida)

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    4-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'5", 280 Pounds

    Plant High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Clemson

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    They may not actually make contact on the field, but a pair of premier Clemson commits will be on opposite sidelines when Plant meets Tampa Bay Tech. Jake Fruhmorgen will get an up-close look at Deon Cain, a 4-star receiver commit who currently plays quarterback for Tech.

     

    Scouting Report

    Fruhmorgen is another high-ceiling recruit and the son of former Alabama and NFL lineman John Fruhmorgen.

    The first thing that stands out about Fruhmorgen is his formidable lower body. It provides a strong foundation for an athlete who still has a long way to go in building upper-body bulk.

    He uses that base to drive defenders downfield, chopping his feet through the whistle. Fruhmorgen manages to make it to the second level on the majority of plays, helping further his team's rushing efforts.

    His hand placement is consistently on point, directly disrupting a defensive lineman as part of double-team efforts before hunting down a linebacker. There isn't a ton of power to his game right now, but the technique is outstanding.

    There are two key elements he must fine-tune in order to make a leap in effectiveness.

    Fruhmorgen sometimes lets his opponents off the hook by not finishing blocks with authority. No one is asking him to be a nasty player, but intimidation plays a factor along the line, and he could stand to do a better job of sending that message.

    His footwork is fluid, but a smoother kick-slide could help Fruhmorgen accelerate his maturation process and challenge for a role as a contributor as an underclassman at Clemson.

75. Desherrius Flowers (Mobile, Alabama)

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    4-Star Running Back

    6'1", 212 Pounds

    Vigor High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Desherrius Flowers is a highly effective high school running back but hasn't shown up with a breakout season just yet. He gained 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground last fall but could be primed to obliterate those numbers in his final tune-up before Tuscaloosa.

     

    Scouting Report

    Flowers doesn't have many tricks up his sleeve, but he's a beast as a straight-line rusher. Quite frankly, he is a perfect fit for Alabama's punch-you-in-the-mouth run game.

    His violent style shines on game tape and bodes well for what may lie ahead against hard-nosed SEC defenses. He finds the hole in a hurry and hits it with tenacity.

    He carries the football with authority and uses an above-average burst to bully opponents who attempt to halt him at the line. Flowers can often be found shrugging off defenders, using raw physicality to push through the line like a battering ram.

    He projects, at the very least, as an effective short-yardage and goal-line weapon. Flowers rarely goes down without fighting for extra yards and always seems to fall forward. Gang-tackling is routinely required to bring him down.

    A lack of top-end hip fluidity limits his ability to do a lot of damage with lateral movement, but he'll still sidestep a defender from time to time. Flowers' best highlights will occur when he is rumbling downfield in north-south fashion.

    Flowers has drawn comparisons to current Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon, a possible 2014 Heisman Trophy candidate from the same community.

    "He's got good speed and he's just a powerful back," Vigor assistant coach Ashley Johnson told Mike Herndon of AL.com after Flowers received an offer from Alabama. "As young as he is, he's just going to get bigger and stronger. He loves the weight room."

74. Da'Vante Phillips (Miami)

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    4-Star Wide Receiver

    6'2", 204 Pounds

    Miami Central High School

    Schools of Interest: Florida State, Miami

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Da'Vante Phillips has been a valuable piece of the Miami Central offense since his freshman season, but that role takes on greater importance in 2014. Star running backs Dalvin Cook (Florida State) and Joseph Yearby (Miami) are now collegiate freshmen, leaving this dynamic playmaker to lead the charge toward a potential title repeat.

     

    Scouting Report

    Few members of this class have Phillips' ability to catch the football in traffic. He is a sure-handed target with excellent body control, allowing him to maintain momentum while snagging inaccurate pass attempts.

    He springs off the ground for high throws and can come up with the catch even while tangled up with an opponent in midair.

    "Wherever I am on the field, I fight for the football," Phillips said. "I don't back down."

    That mindset makes him a go-to target on third downs and in the end zone. Quarterbacks will look in his direction when a play must be made.

    Phillips doesn't project as the big-play weapon in a collegiate offense, but he could lead a team in receptions. His yards-per-catch average won't be staggering, but he will secure passes that come his way along the sidelines and across the middle, where other receivers can shrink.

    Phillips, who caught 47 passes for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013, has the makings of a top-tier "X" receiver who can break press coverage while starting at the line of scrimmage.

73. Leo Lewis (Brookhaven, Mississippi)

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    4-Star Inside Linebacker

    6'3", 225 Pounds

    Brookhaven High School

    Schools of Interest: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Florida State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Though he is rated No. 1 nationally among inside linebackers, Leo Lewis is another prospect who appears capable of filling multiple roles in the unit. He'll have a chance to prove that versatility at various times this season.

    "I think I could play in any scheme," he told Bleacher Report this spring. "I can work hard and develop enough to play any position, outside or inside. I'm not worried about what kind of defense a team plays."

     

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    Alabama initially claimed a commitment from Lewis, but he backed off that pledge in July. Upon his decision, Lewis immediately became one of the premier uncommitted defensive players in this class.

    His intensity (some may call it a mean streak) makes him the kind of middle linebacker you want setting the tone for a defensive attack. He's a complete prospect at the position who flashes tremendous anticipation and exploits offensive weaknesses.

    "I'm very explosive," Lewis said this spring. "My instincts are good. I know exactly where to go and when I need to be there."

    When he's in position to make a play, it's rare to see the ball-carrier escape his grasp. He wraps up and drives through with a powerful lower body to put opponents on their backs.

    Lewis dominates in one-on-one situations when backs or tight ends attempt to chip him off the edge, proving himself as a dynamic and relentless blitzer. He's the guy you want shooting through the gap on 4th-and-inches, making life difficult for everyone on the other side of the football.

    Inside linebacker is his most likely landing spot, but don't be surprised if Lewis ends up at the weak-side position. Enhancements in perimeter pass coverage would go a long way toward easing that transition.

72. Porter Gustin (Salem, Utah)

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    4-Star Outside Linebacker

    6'5", 240 Pounds

    Salem Hills High School

    Schools of Interest: Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, Arizona State, UCLA

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Porter Gustin gained increased notoriety after looking like a "workout warrior" during SPARQ testing at The Opening. His measurables are great, and he moves well in shorts and a T-shirt, but there's a lot more to like about this intriguing defender than his shuttle time and vertical leap.

    With the spotlight on him, look for a career-best season from Gustin.

     

    Scouting Report

    He simply harasses opponents, and now that he's solidified his spot on the national radar, he could soar up this list as a senior. He tallied 78 tackles, including 17 for loss, two sacks and an interception in 2013.

    Gustin gives college teams immediate options due to his physical frame and natural power. Even though most recruiting services list him as an outside linebacker, the best scheme fit seems to be inside in a 3-4 front, though he's certainly not restricted to that defense.

    He already takes on blocks with a head full of steam and plows through linemen and backs alike en route to the football. Gustin needs to enhance his use of hand technique upon engagement, but that refinement is required of many young defenders.

    His tackling form can be described as thumping. He drives through opponents, finishing off plays with his head up and feet churning.

    There's a chance Gustin evolves into a defensive end because he does have significant experience as a blitzer and has the build to handle himself in the trenches. However, he impressed at The Opening as a heady player in pass coverage, an element of his game that's a relatively unknown commodity because he hasn't been tasked with those duties much in high school.

    Few players are on the rise as much as Gustin after his effort in Oregon.

    "This whole recruiting process has been great and it really seems to be taking off now," he said. "Hopefully I opened some eyes out here and showed people what I'm capable of doing."

71. Jonathan Ledbetter (Tucker, Georgia)

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    4-Star Defensive End

    6'4", 265 Pounds

    Tucker High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Look for Jonathan Ledbetter to bulldoze his way into the backfield for several highlight plays. He drops ball-carriers with ferocity and provides an intimidating presence at the heart of a defense.

     

    Scouting Report

    Ledbetter is an excellent fit for Alabama's scheme. He can flourish at the 5-technique, developing as a pass-rusher with technical progression.

    His length is outstanding, and he commands a ton of room in the trenches. He can cut off gaps with lateral quickness and does a solid job anticipating the snap.

    Ledbetter needs to become more consistent with his pad level, which is raised too high at times. He brings a violent style to the front line that should motivate defenders around him.

70. Larry Scott (Hubbard, Ohio)

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    4-Star Running Back

    6'0", 205 Pounds

    Hubbard High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Michigan State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    When Hubbard is looking to milk the clock and finish off an opponent, coaches know exactly where to turn. Larry Scott is a bullish back who wears defenses down during the course of four quarters and is fully capable of taking on the role of a "closer." Expect Scott to slam the door on his fair share of victories this season.

     

    Scouting Report

    He doesn't dash for long-distance touchdowns with consistency, but that isn't Scott's style. He powers his way through cracks in the defense and picks up tough yardage.

    He isn't a burner, attacking teams methodically instead. Six yards here, nine yards there, another eight yards on the next play and so on.

    There's an authoritative aura projected by the way he pushes past defensive linemen and drags linebackers into the secondary. Scott provides an intimidating presence in the backfield and only seems to grow more ferocious as the game progresses.

    He has carried the ball 346 times for 3,295 yards and 44 touchdowns during the past two seasons. Scott is well suited for a Michigan State team that thrives with strong defense and a powerful rushing attack, particularly when brutal weather arrives in Big Ten country.

    Hubbard head coach Brian Hoffman has been amazed by Scott's production but isn't surprised he developed into a coveted recruit.

    "It was pretty evident during his freshman year that he was going to reach this point," Hoffman said this spring. "Since then, he's obviously had some outstanding seasons for us. Physically, the maturity is evident, and he has great weight-room numbers."

    His punishing approach and ability to command 20 or more carries per game provide the Spartans with a potential multi-year starter. It's a task he's ready to accept.

    "I'm a power back," Scott said. "I really like [Michigan State's] running game."

69. Ricky DeBerry (Richmond, Virginia)

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    4-Star Outside Linebacker

    6'2.5", 255 Pounds

    St. Christopher's High School

    Schools of Interest: Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Penn State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    This season could provide a measuring stuck for where Ricky DeBerry fits best in a defensive scheme. He seems most comfortable at outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme that allows him to focus on off-tackle rushing attempts and zone blitzes.

    If DeBerry ends up in a 4-3 front, he may get a shot at the strong-side position.

     

    Scouting Report

    He already appears prepared for prime time from a physical standpoint. Given his size and skill set, he's a tweener who could line up at outside linebacker or weak-side defensive end depending on defensive scheme and his development.

    His stout build creates options for defensive coordinators, who undoubtedly assess him differently within various college programs. DeBerry bulldozes through blocks, and despite lacking ideal arm length, he is highly effective while engaging offensive linemen.

    This suggests a career at defensive end could be in his future, but he's even more impressive when given room to roam in space. DeBerry provides an intimidating presence from the second level, building momentum and thundering downfield once he identifies a play.

    He explodes off of the edge, using proper pad level to gain an advantage in leverage at the point of contact. He uses a strong one-handed punch to push his opponents back on their heels before making a move inside.

    DeBerry doesn't have many tricks up his sleeve as a pass-rusher but penetrates the pocket consistently and displays a blend of power and quickness that could eventually result in double-digit sack totals. However, unlike some sack-minded defenders, he is patient in his pursuit and doesn't allow rushers to beat him inside by firing too far upfield.

68. Albert Huggins (Orangeburg, South Carolina)

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    4-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'3", 279 Pounds

    Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School

    Schools of Interest: Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Albert Huggins can be seen lined up at various spots along the line during the course of a game. This scheme diversity makes it difficult for offensive linemen to account for his whereabouts, creating favorable matchups for Huggins.

     

    Scouting Report

    His adaptability to various positions intrigues college coaches, who could view him as a 5-technique end or 3-technique tackle. His frame can support transitions into either role, and he exhibits enough explosiveness to hold his own along the edge.

    Huggins, who secured 65 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior, lines up predominantly at end in high school but bounces around quite a bit. Regardless of where he lines up, his footwork and hand placement provide immediate separation, opening the door for pursuit.

    Huggins has above-average agility and the hips to quickly turn a corner. He maintains low pad level from his get-off, limiting the offensive lineman's target.

67. Richie Petitbon (Washington, D.C.)

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    4-star Offensive Guard

    6'4", 301 Pounds

    Gonzaga College High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Richie Petitbon will be a third-generation Division I college football player and appears to be well refined from a family rich with football history. His grandfather earned NFL All-Pro honors as a defensive back before becoming coach of the Washington Redskins, while his dad played for Maryland.

    Whether it was passed down from family or developed on his own, Petitbon displays outstanding pre-snap anticipation. He reads blitzes and reacts appropriately.

     

    Scouting Report

    Petitbon is a heady player who is capable of playing multiple positions across the offensive front. He has plenty to work on, like most prospects, but the pieces are in place for him to develop into a dependable college starter.

    Petitbon anticipates what's coming his way quite well in game situations, which is really a testament to his awareness and preparation. He doesn't get fooled by alignments and could become a leader on the offensive line at the next level because of that football IQ.

    From a physical standpoint, Petitbon provides pop at the point of contact, but he'll need to become significantly stronger to finish off plays in the SEC. He could generate more power by narrowing his base, which tends to be too wide at times.

    This would provide him with a better anchor and allow him to maintain balance against bull-rushing defenders. When Petitbon pairs his smarts with stricter technique, he could make a lot of progress in a hurry.

    "I'm just trying to get better every day and do everything I can to be ready for a career at Alabama," Petitbon said at The Opening.

66. Jalen Dalton (Clemmons, North Carolina)

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    4-Star Defensive End

    6'5", 235 Pounds

    West Forsyth High School

    Schools of Interest: Clemson, Florida, Virginia Tech, Florida State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Jalen Dalton has the ability to drop back into coverage and could fill the role of an outside linebacker if he ends up in a 3-4 scheme. Be aware of his versatility this season, as he brings a unique skill set to the field.

     

    Scouting Report

    Dalton demands attention as a well-rounded weak-side defender who currently covers the run better than he rushes the passer. He also makes an impact on the basketball court; that element of his athleticism shows up as he smoothly uses his length to gain position.

    His pass rush is predominantly built on finesse moves, as he quickly executes stunts and uses short-area change of direction to cross up offensive linemen. Dalton flashes a developing countermove that could elevate his status as a pocket disrupter.

    Long arms help prevent him from becoming tangled along the line, and he can quickly shed a block before bursting toward the play. Even if Dalton isn't in an ideal position to make the tackle himself, he does a solid job of stringing ball-carriers toward the sideline, where his teammates can clean up.

    He must develop more strength in his base, as blockers are still able to force him off balance. Added bulk in his legs will come with collegiate weight training and provide a foundation that stabilizes efforts to fire upfield.

65. Brian Cole (Saginaw, Michigan)

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    4-Star Athlete

    6'2", 190 Pounds

    Heritage High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Michigan

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Keep tabs on Brian Cole when he is back deep, lined up as a dangerous kick returner. It's a phase of his game fueled by elite athleticism, and it makes him an attractive prospect capable of filling various roles.

     

    Scouting Report

    Cole is expected to play wide receiver at the next level. He brings an ideal blend of size and burst to the position, beating defensive backs deep time and time again.

    His change-of-direction speed makes a huge impact during route-running progression and enables him to gain separation. If the quarterback can hit Cole in stride, he's a hard man to track down.

    He has experience at running back and can pick up yards after contact. Cole could be a special threat on lateral pass attempts that equip him with downfield blockers.

64. Rashad Roundtree (Evans, Georgia)

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    4-Star Safety

    6'1", 195 Pounds

    Lakeside High School

    Schools of Interest: Ohio State, Duke, Auburn, Georgia

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Rashad Roundtree has the unenviable job of covering Lovejoy's 6'4", 5-star wide receiver Preston Williams in early October. He could earn serious credibility with a strong performance.

     

    Scouting Report

    Roundtree is more impressive in pass coverage than in run support. He is an instinctual defensive back who appears prepared at the snap and flashes enough reach to get his hands on the football.

    You won't see him throttle many ball-carriers, and he typically patrols the deep zone. Though Roundtree is capable of contributing with an open-field tackle, he isn't a safety who will spend extensive time in the box.

    Roundtree doesn't have expansive experience in man-to-man coverage, but his athleticism appears to present scheme-diverse options.

63. Marvell Tell (Encino, California)

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    4-Star Safety

    6'2", 175 Pounds

    Crespi High School

    Schools of Interest: UCLA, Texas A&M, USC, Oregon

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Marvell Tell and Crespi host Los Angeles-area powerhouse Junipero Serra in October. Tell will be tasked with top coverage duties against a team annually loaded with high-level college prospects.

     

    Scouting Report

    Like many of the versatile defenders in these rankings, Tell displays potential to play cornerback or safety in college. Based on what we've seen, his strengths are most suitable for the free safety position, where he can patrol center field and use outstanding reactive quickness to close in on receivers and disrupt pass attempts.

    Tell is too lanky at this point to provide stout support against the run, so it makes more sense for him to play high than creep into the box on a consistent basis. This is Tell's primary role in high school; expect his next team to keep him in the same vicinity.

    While he isn't an ideal defender near the line of scrimmage, Tell doesn't lack tackling skills. He does an excellent job wrapping up receivers downfield and prevents opponents from breaking off big plays by bringing them down to the turf.

    Tell prevented a substantial number of yards after contact during his junior campaign, tallying 93 tackles the past two seasons. He won't lay players out with hits, but his strikes do have some pop for a player with his slender physique.

    There's also a lot to like about Tell's range. His transition from backpedal to pursuit is effortless, and he puts himself in good position by taking proper angles along the chase. Excellent closing speed provides a reliable backstop for fellow defenders in downfield coverage.

62. Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Oklahoma)

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    4-Star Offensive Guard

    6'4", 315 Pounds

    Lawton High School

    Schools of Interest: Arkansas, Oklahoma

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Can Jalin Barnett help his team replicate an incredibly dominant ground game this season? With the big man driving bodies downfield and paving paths, Lawton averaged 313 rushing yards per contest in 2013, according to MaxPreps.

     

    Scouting Report

    Barnett is just about where he needs to be from a physical standpoint—stout enough to handle the big boys inside and athletic enough to maneuver beyond the trenches when called upon.

    His reach comes from the lower body, as active feet enable him to engage defensive linemen from a distance. Even top-rated blockers get caught lunging toward opponents with their upper body on a regular basis, but you won't see that from Barnett, and it helps him establish balance throughout the play.

    His long arms are key in pass protection, where he operates with excellent posture. Barnett gets into his set with a well-spaced base and is steadfast with his footwork while taking on a charging defender.

    Typically slotted as an offensive guard at the next level, Barnett appears to have the tools to excel at right tackle. His role will ultimately be determined by where he commits, with a showdown between Arkansas and Oklahoma looming.

61. Shameik Blackshear (Bluffton, South Carolina)

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    4-Star Defensive End

    6'5", 240 Pounds

    Bluffton High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to South Carolina

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Shameik Blackshear could make the case for his fifth star this season. He has the skill set to make a greater impact as a pass-rusher, though he already does a great job of backpedaling and playing off the line of scrimmage when called upon to lend support against the aerial attack.

     

    Scouting Report

    Blackshear enjoyed a career year in 2013. He tallied 97 tackles and five sacks, according to MaxPreps, appearing increasingly aware of what an offense is sending his way on a play-to-play basis.

    He's another athletic freak in this class who can bludgeon blockers with strength, chase down ball-carriers and provide intermediate pass coverage. Simply put, there's a lot to like in his toolbox.

    Blackshear bullies opposing linemen by getting underneath their chest plate at the point of attack. He's quick off the ball and uses this early positioning to take control and turn their shoulders.

    He explodes out of his stance and makes quick work of whoever stands in his way, despite presenting a large target for blockers. There is also some finesse to his game, including inside countermoves and an occasional swim move.

    Blackshear needs to bulk up for college in order to set the edge. Right now, there's little he could do against an experienced offensive tackle who is aided by a tight end along the outside.

    He attacks with low pad level, paramount for a player of his height, and isn't afraid to mix things up inside. The worst thing he could do is sacrifice knee bend and stand up off the snap.

    His progression as a pass-rusher will largely depend on his ability to build strength. He won't blow by pass protection but is quick enough to weave into the pocket by coupling that agility with a more effective punch.

60. Christian Wilkins (Suffield, Connecticut)

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    4-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'4", 290 Pounds

    Suffield Academy

    Schools of Interest: Penn State, Ohio State, Duke, Notre Dame

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    We're curious to see how Christian Wilkins evolves as a pass-rusher, where he shows tremendous promise with a large frame. He secured seven sacks as a senior, but improved burst at the point of contact and lower pad level could push him into double digits.

     

    Scouting Report

    Wilkins can really move for his size. He is clocked at 4.80 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a time that appears legitimate based on game film.

    Wilkins, who collected 57 tackles last season, tracks down plays from the backside and can actually hunt down ball-carriers along the perimeter. His penchant for covering the run throughout the front line provides evidence of unique versatility and creates potential for him to line up at multiple positions.

    He doesn't hesitate off the snap and seems like a very heady player. Wilkins appears to use pre-snap reads to determine his initial approach, flashing awareness that few high school linemen exhibit.

    His arsenal includes an effective swim move, which should aid any development as a pass-rusher. He fires off the ball with low pad level, presenting a small target (well, as small as a target can be when 6'4").

    Wilkins maintains excellent knee bend through the point of attack and shuffles as he surveys the backfield. Given his athleticism, he could be a candidate to play at the 5-technique in a 3-4 scheme, though his best fit is probably further inside as a part of a four-man front.

59. Osa Masina (Salt Lake City, Utah)

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    4-Star Outside Linebacker

    6'4", 230 Pounds

    Brighton High School

    Schools of Interest: UCLA, Michigan, USC, Arizona State, Wisconsin

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    When it comes to Osa Masina, there's always plenty to watch. Though he tallied 87 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2014, his greatest impact occurred on offense at running back.

    Masina's powerful upright rushing style resulted in 1,643 yards and 25 touchdowns. He'll be on double duty again as a senior.

     

    Scouting Report

    Masina was one of the most uniquely gifted defenders at The Opening, which speaks volumes about his potential. He tantalizes some as a running back or defensive end prospect, but outside linebacker is where his most promise lies.

    "I enjoy getting after it on defense," Masina said at The Opening. "I'm working to improve and build up my strength. I think I can make an early impact in college."

    Based on film and in-person assessment, that's hard to argue. He has the physique and motor to contribute as a true freshman, likely in a defined role that limits his snaps.

    Masina's above-average speed puts him in place to make plays, but his fundamentals really set him apart. He takes excellent angles in pursuit, doesn't take plays off and does an excellent job of discarding blockers on his way to the ball.

    He hits the line of scrimmage with a low pad level, presenting a smaller target while wading through the scrum and into the backfield. Masina looks best when working downhill against the run, filling gaps and firing upfield.

    There's room for substantial growth as an edge-rusher if he can develop pass-rushing skills to pair with his athleticism. He appears capable of covering plenty of ground in pass coverage and could match up against top-tier tight ends, especially near the goal line.

58. Tyrek Cole (Hollywood, Florida)

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    4-Star Cornerback

    5'11.5", 170 Pounds

    Miramar High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Florida State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Tyrek Cole will be tested immediately when his squad opens against reigning state champion American Heritage. Not only does the team present matchup issues with 5-star athlete Torrance Gibson behind center, but it also features 5-star cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, who could ultimately team up with Cole in Tallahassee.

     

    Scouting Report

    Cole is a prospect who requires substantial growth in a few facets before he can become a successful college contributor, but the pieces are in place for him at cornerback.

    Cole is quick enough to comfortably play an off-man technique. His acceleration allows him some wiggle room in coverage, and he can catch up to the receiver when the ball is released, vying for possession.

    He doesn't get an effective press at the line, due in large part to his lack of physical prowess, something that will develop with time. Cole still fights for real estate, establishing himself downfield with exceptional footwork and hip fluidity that ranks among the best of cornerbacks who attended The Opening.

    Cole, who picked off a pair of passes in 2013, flashes solid vertical spring. It's an important element of his game because most receivers he'll come across in college will hold at least a slight height advantage over him.

    He could emerge as an effective special teams contributor early at Florida State while tightening up his technique in the defensive backfield. Cole projects favorably as a slot corner when he hits the field.

    "I'm working on my game, just trying to get better at every little thing," he said at The Opening. "I'm ready for a big season coming up."

57. Jacob Daniel (Clovis, California)

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    4-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'4", 310 Pounds

    Clovis North High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to USC

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Still a work in progress, Jacob Daniel may have more upside than any defensive lineman on the West Coast in this class. This year will reveal how far he's come since the 2013 season, when he relied far too much on raw strength and far too little on technique.

     

    Scouting Report

    Daniel could quickly provide a new dynamic up front for a Trojans squad looking to fill holes across the lineup after crippling scholarship sanctions. The 6'4", 310-pound prospect already plays with a college-ready stature and typically takes snaps at nose tackle in high school.

    There's plenty of evidence to suggest he can slide outside to take over duties at the 3-technique, though elements of his game require refinement. His most notable improvements can come at the point of attack, where Daniel can develop into a more impactful defender by maintaining better hip level and bend.

    He presents an expansive target area at times that collegiate offensive linemen will regularly exploit. His stance appears to be polished, as Daniel keeps his back straight and fires up with strong hands that hit their target with precision.

    There's significant room for growth as a pass-rusher, and he's already active in that regard. Daniel disengages from blocks with a swift swim move and keeps his shoulders square while surging through seams in the line.

    He's comfortable beyond the box, exhibiting above-average mobility that allows him to chase down ball-carriers along the edge. Daniel is likely destined to play inside but shows promise as a prospect who can line up at 5-technique when the defense uses a size-heavy package up front.

56. Javon Patterson (Petal, Mississippi)

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    4-Star Offensive Guard

    6'2", 290 Pounds

    Petal High School

    Schools of Interest: Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Javon Patterson has improved his physique this offseason, which will pay immediate dividends when games begin. He appeared quicker and more polished as a pass-protector at The Opening, looking like a well-balanced offensive lineman.

     

    Scouting Report

    Patterson silenced any doubts about his athleticism during SPARQ testing at The Opening. The 6'2", 290-pound standout ran the 40-yard dash in 5.06 seconds and notched a 24-inch vertical leap, proving his game is based on far more than power.

    Still, it is pretty thrilling to watch Patterson exert his strength in the trenches.

    He is solidly built, a strong sign that his transition to the college game won't require a great deal of physical retooling. As a result, Patterson is a candidate to compete for immediate playing time.

    His fundamentals are in place as well. He fires out of his stance and consistently gets under the pads of defensive linemen while driving through with a powerful upper body.

    There were times in Oregon when he manhandled typically monstrous defensive talents.

    Patterson displays great knee bend, which allows him to quickly turn his opponent and create a gap for running backs to exploit. He isn't satisfied with only taking one man out of the equation and regularly looks for his next target once the play is past him.

    Patterson lines up at left tackle in high school but seems tailor-made to play guard in the SEC. He already has plenty of experience pulling, as he's able to quickly get to the intended mark and turn his shoulders at the point of attack to spring big gains out of the backfield.

55. Roquan Smith (Montezuma, Georgia)

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    4-Star Outside Linebacker

    6'2", 205 Pounds

    Macon County High School

    Schools of Interest: Georgia, USC, Clemson, Florida, Auburn

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Roquan Smith's closing speed puts him in position to blow up the offensive backfield, where he made 27 of his 100 tackles last season, via Scout.com. Smith managed six sacks in 2013, but that's a total he should be able to surpass this year.

    If he can provide more of a presence in the pass rush, it will make Smith a more dangerous asset along the edge.

     

    Scouting Report

    Smith may not become a key contributor as quickly as other members of this list, but he has all of the natural tools to develop into a special multi-year starter in college. The 6'2", 205-pound prospect possesses elite athleticism and chases down plays with tremendous burst.

    Still, he has strides to make from a physical standpoint. Smith will likely require a year of collegiate weight training with a nutrition regimen to achieve the weight gain required for him to be an effective three-down linebacker. Where he stands now, it's difficult to imagine him holding up against SEC offensive linemen in the trenches.

    He may not find as much success as a blitzer in college, but there's reason to believe Smith can manage a few sacks per year based on his high motor. His duties on passing downs are more likely to come downfield.

    "I can help a team in different ways," Smith said at The Opening. "Stop the run, chase the quarterback, drop back and cover receivers. Teams like my versatility."

    Smith covers the pass well, particularly while patrolling the flat when working against running backs. His hips and agility are impressive enough to trust him against receivers, though that may be a difficult assignment if he is asked to cover beyond intermediate range.

    College coaches may choose to implement him as a pass-protection linebacker when first working him into the lineup. That could be his quickest path to the field.

54. Tim Settle (Manassas, Virginia)

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    4-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'2", 339 Pounds

    Stonewall Jackson High School

    Schools of Interest: Clemson, Penn State, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Tim Settle will test his skills against 4-star offensive lineman Matthew Burrell when their teams battle in September. While they won't be matched up on each play, they're bound to battle at certain periods of the game, which will be fun to watch.

     

    Scouting Report

    Settle is put together well from a physical standpoint and isn't nearly as lumbering with his movements as you'd expect from a 6'2", 339-pound athlete. That weight is equally distributed and creates a powerful base.

    He uses this foundation to fortify his upper-body efforts, which create a substantial push off the snap. Settle is an intelligent defender who keeps his vision in traffic and maintains his bearings when an offense throws misdirection plays at him.

    He tallied 92 tackles and four sacks in 2013.

    Desired lateral footwork is in place, another facet of tight technique that suggests Settle could contribute early in college. He is tenacious in pursuit and maintains an adequate pad level that allows him to explode through ball-carriers unfortunate enough to come across his path.

    His hips are powerful, supporting a large frame, and he rolls through them while applying jolting blows at the point of attack. Coaching and physical toning will allow him to continue an impressive progression in the coming years.

    He has the chance to be a premier run defender in short-yardage situations and possesses the versatility to contribute as a three-down lineman.

53. Breiden Fehoko (Honolulu, Hawaii)

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    4-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'3", 290 Pounds

    Farrington High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Texas Tech

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Breiden Fehoko was among the nation's most dominant defensive tackles in 2013, compiling 103 tackles and 24.5 sacks. As scary as it sounds, he seems to be a lot more technically sound now and learned a lot at The Opening.

    Could 30 sacks be within reach?

     

    Scouting Report

    Fehoko was a man on a mission at The Opening, setting the tone early. Following his first few reps of drills, during which he beat offensive linemen who are committed to Alabama and Notre Dame, Fehoko flashed some swagger.

    "You can't block me!" he yelled.

    For much of the event, he was absolutely right.

    Though there are times Fehoko appears slightly stiff, his elite strength guides the way in his pursuit of plays. His 42 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press were more than any other competitor in Oregon. That power was displayed throughout on-field action, as Fehoko charged out of his stance with a devastating punch and pounded the offensive interior.

    Fehoko clubs opponents out of the way and uses a bull rush to drive his man deep into the backfield before disengaging. There were certainly questions about the level of competition he faces in Hawaii, but he dispelled any concerns about his abilities with a strong effort in Beaverton.

    "I wanted to come here and represent the island, show everybody what kind of football we play," Fehoko said at The Opening. "People can underrate us sometimes, so I felt like I had a chance to prove them wrong. It was great competing against the best in the country and representing Texas Tech too."

52. Aliz'e Jones (Las Vegas, Nevada)

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    4-Star Tight End

    6'4", 222 Pounds

    Bishop Gorman High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to UCLA

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Aliz'e Jones emerged as a key weapon for preeminent Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman the past two seasons, helping the team claim consecutive state championships (that's now five straight for the Gaels). He enters his senior season recognized as the consensus top tight end in America.

    Jones gradually developed during his sophomore season, capping it off with two touchdown receptions in the state title game. He set career highs in 2013, catching 35 passes for 571 yards and 10 scores.

    Now paired up with 4-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus, who transferred in earlier this year, Jones is primed to capitalize on more open space.

     

    Scouting Report

    He smoothly pulls off playing two positions in high school, lining up at wide receiver and tight end depending on the offensive package. Jones certainly fits the "hybrid" mold we've seen grow in the game during the past decade.

    He isn't a pass-catcher primed to burn defensive backs vertically on a regular basis, but sharp route running and impressive burst set the stage for him to routinely exploit the seam 10 to 15 yards downfield. Jones is physical, fights for positioning and understands how to attack space in the defense.

    His most impressive plays often occur on crossing patterns, which he frequently punctuates with sizable gains after the reception. If the quarterback finds him in stride, it makes life difficult for the trailing defender.

    Jones is a go-to target in the red zone, where his leaping ability and coordination shine. He is often targeted on fade routes, enabling him to go up and grab the ball at its highest point.

    His ability to tiptoe along the sidelines on several receptions highlights strong awareness of where he is on the field. You get the sense he really started to understand the complexities of how to slice and dice defensive secondaries during his junior season.

    Though Jones' technique occasionally wears down when he allows the football to come into his chest plate, he typically attacks the ball. His biggest challenge in college will be dealing with more contested releases during the early stages of routes.

51. Mekhi Brown (Columbus, Georgia)

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    4-Star Defensive End

    6'6", 220 Pounds

    Carver High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Mekhi Brown is at the beginning stages of his development as a football player, but initial results have been spectacular. The early Alabama commit compiled 56 tackles, five sacks and three fumble recoveries as a junior, developing greater awareness game by game as the season progressed.

    That trend continue in 2014, with his pass-rushing effort most likely to improve.

     

    Scouting Report

    Brown, primarily a basketball player in his youth, still possesses the frame of a forward. His wingspan and 6'6" build are a big part of what make him a highly effective run-stuffer along the edge.

    This athleticism also suggests he could thrive in a stand-up linebacker role with the Crimson Tide. Brown admits he remains a work in progress, but the pieces are in place for a bright future.

    "People say I'm quick off the ball and I have good burst, but I'm still raw," he said. "I have to work on my technique and coordination. Playing in college will really help with that because you spend so much time working on that stuff with the coaches."

    Brown exhibits excellent effort in backside pursuit and drops the hammer on opponents with hard hits that send a message. His length enables him to gain separation in the trenches, and he already does a good job of peeking into the backfield in order to anticipate where the ball is headed.

    His skills as a pass-rusher are probably the most unpolished part of his game right now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Brown rapidly improve in that regard. He could double his sack total in 2014.

50. Canton Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii)

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    4-Star Defensive End

    6'6.5", 275 Pounds

    Punahou School

    Schools of Interest: Stanford, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Oregon, USC

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Canton Kaumatule bullies quarterbacks with his ability to get airborne. He's begun to time jumps, anticipating passes and violently batting them down.

    He's athletic enough to return one for a touchdown if he can keep his mitts on the football.

     

    Scouting Report

    Overlooked at times because of his location on the map, Kaumatule clearly belongs among America's elite defensive end recruits. He brings a mammoth frame to the field and exhibits surprising quickness to utilize that size.

    Kaumatule will instantly become one of the tallest players in college upon his arrival. His height and wingspan should put him in position to disrupt the quarterback's sight lines and bat down pass attempts on a routine basis.

    He manages to track down ball-carriers and can corral them with his big mitts. His diverse skill set presents opportunities to line up at strong-side defensive end in regular situations and slide inside for obvious passing downs.

    Kaumatule may never be a dominant pass-rusher, but he has the ability to inhibit rushing efforts along the outside. His penchant for wedging gaps disrupts lanes and causes hesitation in the offensive backfield.

    Aside from an effective bull rush, Kaumatule already flashes a solid swim move and can execute these techniques with staggering fluidity for an athlete of his stature.

49. Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minnesota)

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    4-Star Defensive End

    6'4", 260 Pounds

    Cretin-Derham Hall

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Ohio State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Jashon Cornell could scratch and claw his way to 20 sacks this season. The talented pass-rusher posted 15 sacks in 2013, surpassing 20 tackles for loss in the process.

    His hand placement appeared to be more on point in Oregon, where Cornell also showed increased agility.

     

    Scouting Report

    The recent Buckeyes commit commands respect in the trenches with a strong combination of power and explosion. Cornell's consistent ability to pound opponents off the snap really stands out on tape, as he immediately indents the passing pocket at the point of contact. He maneuvers in the backfield with burst rarely found in a thick, 260-pound defensive end.

    While engaged along the line of scrimmage, his footwork puts him in position to penetrate gaps or bounce to the perimeter in order to set the edge. He appears comfortable while working inside and could excel in a 5-technique role if called upon to provide more of an interior presence.

    Cornell presents options for Urban Meyer's staff at Ohio State.

    "My ability to be versatile definitely helps," he said. "The more things you can do, the better your chances are of getting onto the field and making plays."

    He can overwhelm blockers with strength but seems to be stepping things up as a tactician. That diligence is always appreciated and should show up in a big way during his senior season.

48. Lester Cotton (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

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    4-Star Offensive Guard

    6'4", 325 Pounds

    Central High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Lester Cotton is clearly working on the craft of blocking, and this should be a special season for his development. He was technically sound and very tight in Oregon, seemingly one step ahead of the opponent.

     

    Scouting Report

    Cotton brings rare range to the guard position, as he's balanced as a run-blocker and in pass protection. During drills at The Opening, he displayed elite mobility for a 6'4", 325-pound lineman.

    It was eye-opening to see him smoothly kick-slide in both directions to cut off angles. He projects as an extremely effective lead blocker who can pave the way when he pulls and escorts running backs downfield.

    Cotton is sturdy and stout, showing off impressive power that pairs perfectly with his lateral agility. He withstood bull-rush efforts from top-tier defensive tackles and never appeared panicked if initially beaten off the ball.

    His composure stood out in Beaverton, where other offensive linemen clearly began to cave mentally after suffering a series of bad reps. Cotton is a true competitor who can handle the challenge of taking on burly linemen or blitzing linebackers.

    He was a standout performer in a group that featured three Alabama commits.

    "It's exciting to work with these guys already because we're going to be doing big things together in the future," Cotton said after drills in Oregon.

47. Deon Cain (Tampa, Florida)

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    4-Star Wide Receiver

    6'1", 190 Pounds

    Tampa Bay Technical High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Clemson

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Though you won't see Deon Cain line up at receiver much this season, be sure to note his agility as he lines up at quarterback. Cain flashes elite change-of-direction quickness and uses it to make plenty of plays when the passing pocket breaks down.

     

    Scouting Report

    He turned more heads than just about anyone at The Opening and probably deserves to climb higher on this list. Despite spending his high school career at quarterback, he looked like a veteran running routes and ripping down passes in Beaverton.

    Cain flashes rare change-of-direction ability on game tape when he retreats from the passing pocket and darts downfield. That quality was paramount in his performance during seven-on-seven action, where many of the nation's most heralded defensive backs struggled to contain him.

    "Even though it's not my main position at high school, I already feel very comfortable playing receiver," Cain said after making multiple catches in a game. "I think my skills and talents work really well there and that's showing up now. Once I'm a full-time receiver in college I can really focus on the little things it takes to be successful."

    Considering where Cain already is in his development as a receiver, Clemson fans should be elated about what he could accomplish with a few years of constant work at the position. There isn't overwhelming refinement required in any facet of his game, particularly when it comes to catching the ball at its highest point.

    He displays excellent extension when the ball arrives, smoothly tucks it away and accelerates upfield. Cain's ability to compete at this level in live action remains an unknown commodity, but he's a physical runner on tape and should be able to shoulder the load as a key receiver in college.

    He'll join NFL star Anquan Boldin and top-rated 2014 receiver prospect Speedy Noil (now a freshman at Texas A&M), among many others, as notable recruits who transitioned from quarterback to receiver after high school.

46. Jamal Peters (Bassfield, Mississippi)

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    4-Star Safety

    6'3", 200 Pounds

    Bassfield High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Just because Jamal Peters committed to Mississippi State, SEC squads aren't going to back off anytime soon. Expect him to field plenty of phone calls from rival coaches attempting to line up campus visits throughout the season.

    The Bulldogs will be hard-pressed to hold on to the prized in-state prospect, who attended camp at LSU in late July.

     

    Scouting Report

    Peters is a bit of a tweener who spends the majority of his high school snaps at outside linebacker. Given his speed and range, the playmaker is likely to land in the defensive secondary in college.

    His transition to full-time safety responsibilities will take some time, particularly when it comes to change-of-direction agility and pass-coverage awareness. Though the maturation process will have its ups and downs, Mississippi State is acquiring a highly skilled athlete with enormous potential.

    Peters is disruptive in every phase of the game, especially when called upon to wreak havoc in the offensive backfield. He collected nine tackles for loss and five sacks last season, handling business in the trenches.

    He won't find it nearly as easy to beat collegiate offensive linemen to the quarterback at the next level, but his presence in the Bulldogs defense will enable coaches to create new wrinkles in blitz packages that clear space for Peters to do damage.

    His abilities near the line of scrimmage are well accounted. We'll see how Peters handles himself in the back end of a defensive attack.

    He looks slightly hesitant during his backpedal, but repetition will provide a remedy. His long physique presents matchup issues for opposing receivers looking for daylight.

45. Soso Jamabo (Plano, Texas)

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    4-Star Running Back

    6'3", 210 Pounds

    Plano West High School

    Schools of Interest: Baylor, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Soso Jamabo has steadily expanded on a once-slender frame and appears to be in the verge of a career-best campaign. He ran with power at The Opening but also dazzled with occasional jukes.

    After rushing for 2,774 yards and 34 touchdowns the past two seasons, he may be able to threaten those statistics this year alone if handoffs come in bunches.

     

    Scouting Report

    Jamabo is one of the most compelling offensive talents in the 2015 class because his game is largely indefinable. Standing at 6'3", he's significantly taller than most of the running backs who landed on this list.

    That physical frame stands out while he works his way downfield as an upright runner. It results in a lack of desired pad level for a back but doesn't decrease Jamabo's effectiveness.

    He could comfortably bulk up to the 230-pound range and become the "thunder" who contrasts a smaller, quicker "lightning" backfield mate. Jamabo may end up looking more like a pass-rusher than a running back as he physically matures.

    Some programs certainly have him slotted in the "athlete" category due to his potential to play other positions. He looked extremely comfortable as a receiver at The Opening, running smooth intermediate routes and hauling in everything thrown his way.

    It's possible Jamabo could eventually blossom into a hybrid tight end, given his size, speed and hands. He flashed those skills with 35 catches for 678 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore and junior.

    "I feel like I can bring a lot to any offense because of the different things I do," Jamabo said after seven-on-seven action in Oregon. "I'm more than just a runner."

    His multidimensional abilities are alluring for any college coaching staff. If he stays at running back, there's a lot to like about the way Jamabo carries the football.

    He uses a powerful slide cut to reach the second level, where defenders often have trouble bringing him down alone. Jamabo juked out several opponents in limited space while working against linebackers at The Opening, revealing impressive lateral movement for an athlete of his stature.

44. Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas)

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    4-Star Safety

    6'2", 181 Pounds

    West Orange-Stark High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Deionte Thompson returns to the defending district champions looking to add to his vast collection of interceptions. The ball hawk has picked off 11 passes since 2012 and returned two for touchdowns last season.

    His hands were on display at The Opening, and quarterbacks should be cautious about testing him with frequency this fall.

     

    Scouting Report

    Despite being a key member of the country's top-ranked recruiting class, Thompson arguably exceeded expectations at The Opening. He was a roving safety in seven-on-seven competition, dominating in the flat against elite tight ends and running backs.

    Though there was no tackling in Beaverton, it's clear why Thompson has earned his reputation as an enforcer in the middle of a defense. His closing speed is terrific and builds momentum for disruptive collisions with the ball-carrier.

    His presence alone causes opponents to consider the risks before extending to haul in a pass.

    "If receivers are uncomfortable, then that's a good thing," Thompson said at The Opening.

    He plays receiver himself at the high school level and surely received interest from colleges about staying at the position. Though he's likely to line up at free safety in Tuscaloosa, don't be surprised if Thompson continues to come up big with catches considering his ball-hawking skills.

    Look for Nick Saban to develop Thompson as a defender who can eliminate the opposition's intermediate passing efforts first and foremost.

43. Jeffery Holland (Jacksonville, Florida)

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    4-Star Outside Linebacker

    6'2", 230 Pounds

    Trinity Christian Academy

    Schools of Interest: Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Jeffery Holland is often the beneficiary of a shutdown defensive secondary on state champion Trinity Christian. While the quarterback struggles to locate a downfield target in space, he penetrates the pocket and makes passers pay for indecision.

    Holland collected a team-high 12.5 sacks last fall, per MaxPreps. The backfield should be even more dominant in 2014, and Holland, fueled by another year of physical maturation, could surpass 15 sacks as a senior.

     

    Scouting Report

    The latest edge-rusher to emerge in Florida, Holland should only continue to improve as he develops more power moves in his pursuit of the passer. Tallying 45 tackles, he relied on speed for the majority of his big plays.

    He often blew by offensive tackles without getting more than a hand laid on him because of this quickness. Holland exploits the attempts of tackles who overcompensate for his speed by extending wide, countering with an inside dip that leaves them looking silly. His agility lends itself well to developing a strong spin move.

    Holland's strength shines in the backfield, where he dismantles secondary blocking schemes by bull-rushing through running backs in pass protection. His athleticism allows him to pursue a quarterback who evacuates the passing pocket, and he usually wins that footrace to finish the play.

    It remains to be seen how college coaches will use Holland on obvious passing downs, but it's a safe bet he'll routinely rush the passer instead of dropping back. However, the skills are in place for him to provide coverage in the intermediate zone when called upon.

    Holland's long frame, pass-rushing skills and impressive pursuit should make him a dangerous threat to opposing passers for years to come. As the rest of his game becomes more polished, there's plenty of potential for him to become a complete outside linebacker prospect.

42. Taj Griffin (Powder Springs, Georgia)

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    4-Star Running Back

    5'10", 175 Pounds

    McEachern High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Oregon

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Try not to blink when Taj Griffin takes the field. He zooms past defenses with ease and also impresses as a kick returner.

    If he stays healthy, expect him to shatter his 2013 rushing output (1,253 yards and 13 touchdowns) while running behind a beastly offensive line.

     

    Scouting Report

    Griffin turned heads during his stay in the state he'll call home during college. The speedy playmaker reached the SPARQ national final on national television during The Opening, boasting the best 40-yard dash of the day (4.31 seconds).

    Griffin, a 5'10", 175-pound playmaker, is scintillating in the open field, gliding in and out of rushing lanes without decelerating. He puts tremendous pressure on linebackers and safeties in the box because they must account for that quickness along the edge.

    His vision could improve, particularly when navigating between the tackles, but that elite speed often bails him out even when he appears bottled up in the backfield. His physical frame requires more bulk to survive the demands of double-digit carries each game in college, and that development should come in time.

    Griffin is the biggest "home run" threat in this running back class.

    "I'm all about making the big play," he said. "The plays that can change a game and help my team."

    Few college offenses seem to suit him better than Oregon, where he will add more firepower to a potent, fast-paced attack. Ducks coaches can create matchup nightmares by placing Griffin in the slot in multiple offensive sets. He has the receiving skills and evasiveness to thrive as a creative pass-catcher.

41. Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Florida)

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    4-Star Running Back

    6'1.5", 230 Pounds

    Timber Creek High School

    Schools of Interest: Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Jacques Patrick has a chance to really pad his career stats with a third consecutive 2,000-yard season. He rushed for 30 touchdowns last season, but a greater total seems within striking distance this year given his increased physicality and muscle gain.

     

    Scouting Report

    No running back brings a more well-rounded skill set to the field than Patrick, placing him among the nation's premier difference-makers in this class. He excels between the tackles and along the outside edge while providing a reliable short-area outlet in the passing game.

    He is a load to bring down, churning through tackles with a powerful lower body that allows room for growth at the next level. Patrick puts defenders on their backsides by exploding with proper pad level at the point of contact and dishes out a devastating stiff arm.

    "I like being physical," he said during a break at The Opening. "If I'm getting it done, that opens things up for other players."

    Power is the pillar of Patrick's success as a rusher, but it's just part of the package.

    He bursts downfield in a hurry and exploits space for sizable gains. Patrick also picks his holes appropriately, displaying patience as blockers pave a path.

    He did a solid job on passing assignments at The Opening, even when a mid-route adjustment was necessary. It's just another attribute that will continually keep the opposition on high alert.

    "I want to be the kind of running back that can beat teams in different ways," Patrick said.

40. Jerome Baker (Cleveland, Ohio)

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    4-Star Athlete

    6'2", 210 Pounds

    Benedictine High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Florida

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Jerome Baker needs to become more physically stout to suit up at linebacker in the SEC. Although he is already impressive against the run, additional upper-body strength will go a long way toward shedding blocks.

    Baker, who rushed for 1,400 yards as a junior, via Cleveland.com, is busy on both sides of the ball, so we may not see him expand on that frame until after his days as a ball-carrier are done.

    He set the bar high in 2013, tallying 120 tackles.

     

    Scouting Report

    Baker surprised some when he pledged to Florida over the in-state Buckeyes, but he fits well in a front seven filled with versatile athletes in Gainesville. The 6'2", 210-pound prospect is typically categorized as an "athlete" but projects favorably at outside linebacker, where he brings a well-rounded skill set to the field.

    Baker is tailor-made for the weak-side position in a 4-3 scheme. He dominates in space, running sideline to sideline with speed that makes it difficult for offensive linemen and lead blockers to reach him at the second level.

    Baker is patient at the snap before keying in on where the ball is going. Once he identifies the rushing lane, he shows no hesitation while bursting off his back foot and shooting toward the gap.

    His elusiveness is enough to plug up holes and halt plays at this point in his career, but Baker will need to bulk up to shed blocks in college. He has the physical frame to take on this task, and some added power would complement an array of effective finesse moves.

    Baker has the ability to dominate in zone pass coverage and become an impact playmaker on third down. He has the hands and athleticism to turn interceptions into points.

39. Kerryon Johnson (Madison, Alabama)

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    4-Star Athlete

    6'0", 200 Pounds

    Madison Academy

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Auburn

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Is Kerryon Johnson a receiver? Is he a running back? Perhaps he's a combination of both, which could create ample opportunities for him to shine in an explosive Auburn attack.

    We'll be monitoring his number of carries this upcoming season to develop a better understanding of how much of the load he can shoulder. As he works his way toward full-time rushing duties, Johnson could provide an exciting change of pace in the Tigers' talent-laden backfield.

     

    Scouting Report

    Johnson really stands out most at safety. Good ball skills and solid tackling provide a glimpse of an athlete who could emerge as a dynamic defensive back in college.

    However, he appears more likely to land on offense, so let's keep our focus there.

    Johnson is well suited for a spread attack that puts him in position to operate in space. He has impressive balance and can burst through a seam as soon as it appears.

    His skill set becomes awfully dangerous when targeted in the screen game, where he is adept at making the first man miss before building up acceleration. Johnson has enough wiggle to turn short-yardage pass attempts into momentum-swinging plays.

    He provides another dynamic weapon for Auburn's explosive attack and offers value in multiple roles. Expect him to make an impact early and often as a Tiger.

38. DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas)

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    4-Star Wide Receiver

    6'2.5", 190 Pounds

    Cedar Hill High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Texas A&M

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    DaMarkus Lodge elevated from reserve receiver to unstoppable force during his junior season. Buried on the depth chart as an underclassman, he broke out in a big way last year, catching 72 passes for 1,255 yards.

    Lodge accounted for 25 offensive touchdowns in 2013, capping the campaign with MVP honors in the state title game. After rising from obscurity, he now must contend with defensive game plans specifically geared toward preventing him from getting his hands on the football.

     

    Scouting Report

    Through just one campaign as a full-time starter, Lodge etched his place among the elite pass-catchers of this class. He picks apart defensive coverage at every level of the field and can come up with big catches on a variety of routes.

    He's an upright runner who presents a big target for his passer. Lodge is a tactician at finding ways to get open.

    His get-off is purposely slow-paced at times, drawing the defensive back near before he bursts beyond into a clearing. Lodge also uses upper-body movements to throw off opponents, including an effective shimmy with his shoulders.

    Lodge's ability to gain separation in a variety of ways makes him a major deep-ball threat. He adjusts well to the trajectory of a pass and smoothly makes improvisational adjustments to get underneath the ball.

    His ability to pull down contested passes is also a big plus. He plucks the ball out of the air at its highest point and rarely allows it to approach his chest plate.

    Lodge's after-the-catch skills should improve as he develops physically. There's a lot to like about his chances in the red zone, where he can read and react based on what the defense shows him before slipping into space.

37. George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Florida)

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    5-Star Wide Receiver

    6'3", 184 Pounds

    East Lake High School

    Schools of Interest: Clemson, LSU, Florida State, Florida, Maryland

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    George Campbell has all of the physical tools to develop into a No. 1 target at the next level. Despite consecutive 700-yard seasons, concerns have centered on his ability to consistently catch the football, especially in traffic.

    He seemed to have a better grasp at The Opening, and Campbell can prove the doubters wrong by duplicating that performance during his senior season. A strong campaign can help erase doubts about reliability.

     

    Scouting Report

    The former Michigan commit showed off the athleticism that makes him such a compelling prospect during his stay in Oregon. At this stage, he seems content to take his time before arriving at another decision.

    "I'm considering a lot of options right now," Campbell said. "I'm wide open, and there's a long way to go in this process."

    Campbell, who was clocked at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash at The Opening last summer, doesn't look like he's lost a step despite adding muscle to his long frame. Many top receiver prospects possess an elite mix of size and speed, but he takes it to another level and could enter college at 6'4", 200 pounds.

    His acceleration is tremendous for a tall athlete, and he gains yards in a hurry as a result of long strides. Right now, the best thing he does as a receiver is chase down deep balls.

    Campbell gradually gains position downfield and hauls in the ball a stride or two beyond coverage. He can also reach back with long arms to retrieve an underthrown toss.

    Campbell averaged 25 yards per reception the past two seasons, providing evidence of his field-stretching skills. He hasn't racked up a ton of catches, establishing a career high with 31 last fall, but he owns 12 receiving touchdowns since 2012.

    He uses fantastic athleticism to leap up and pull down highlight receptions, but there are too many occurrences of Campbell allowing the football to come into his chest. He must extend and high-point the ball on a regular basis to blossom into an all-around receiver.

    There's room for a lot of growth in his game, creating an abundance of promise.

36. Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Arizona)

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    5-Star Wide Receiver

    5'10", 191 Pounds

    Saguaro High School

    Schools of Interest: Texas A&M, Auburn, Ohio State, Arizona State, USC, UCLA

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Christian Kirk is a known threat at receiver with consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns, but he may have the potential to occasionally contribute out of the backfield. He took on a substantially expanded role in the run game at Saguaro last season, rushing for 832 yards and 13 touchdowns.

    If Kirk continues to show the durability to take a large number of handoffs this season, college coaches could be tempted to implement that facet of his game as another wrinkle in the offensive attack.

     

    Scouting Report

    Kirk was a relentless force throughout The Opening, confirming the special attributes that showed up throughout his game film. Though there's a consensus that Kirk can be a prototypical slot receiver, he refuses to pigeonhole his possible role and displayed skills that could serve him well out wide.

    "I just want an offensive coordinator who is open to me playing every wide receiver position on the field," Kirk said. "When a guy tells me, 'We want you here in the slot,' and they don't want to move me anywhere else, that's not what I'm looking for. I may not be 6'3", but I want to be a true wide receiver who stretches the field."

    He's a tenacious route-runner who gets to his spots at a well-timed pace. Kirk isn't the fastest receiver in America, but he attacks the secondary with elite burst and can maintain that speed downfield.

    Once the ball is in his hands, Kirk shows why he's a little different than other receivers. He assumes the role of a running back and charges into the defensive backfield like it's a between-the-tackles rushing attempt at the goal line.

    He weaves through lanes and doesn't decelerate while cutting and moving laterally. It's easy to forget he's 5'10" because of the ferocity he brings on every play.

    Kirk refuses to be outworked, and that should help him quickly rise up a collegiate depth chart when he arrives on campus.

35. Ricky Town (Ventura, California)

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    5-Star Quarterback

    6'4", 205 Pounds

    St. Bonaventure High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to USC

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Ricky Town will be measured up against other members of a stacked 2015 California quarterback class for years to come. Though he doesn't own a state title like Josh Rosen or provide a dual threat like Blake Barnett, he is arguably the most accurate passer in the bunch.

    He connected on nearly 70 percent of his passes as a sophomore and has steadily improved in that dimension. Town, who is completely in control of the St. Bonaventure offensive attack, could surpass a 75 percent completion rating as a senior.

     

    Scouting Report

    Town, who flipped to the Trojans from Alabama in January, routinely flashes a high football IQ and doesn't make immature mistakes that so often occur when young quarterbacks try to make plays. His delivery and mechanics are polished. He places passes where only his receiver can reel in the ball.

    Despite being thrown an array of new information during Elite 11 action, he processed things quickly. Town never appeared hesitant and took command of each play's progression. However, the 6'4", 205-pound prospect is far from a finished product.

    There are times when he appears far too robotic in the pocket, not giving the impression of smoothness that several other top-tier passers exhibited. Town's technique wasn't nearly as effortless as some of his contemporaries.

    He endured an up-and-down performance during seven-on-seven action, being handily outplayed by fellow California quarterback Blake Barnett in the championship game.

    Town dropped from No. 1 overall to No. 20 in 247Sports rankings this week. Still, given his accuracy, smarts and stature, there's still a lot to like about his eventual role in Steve Sarkisian's offensive attack.

    "I'm really excited to get to USC and do whatever I can to make something special happen there in the future," Town said.

34. Shy Tuttle (Lexington, North Carolina)

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    5-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'3", 315 Pounds

    North Davidson High School

    Schools of Interest: Clemson, UNC, Tennessee, Miami, NC State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    While Shy Tuttle did enjoy a strong 2013 season, it didn't quite live up to a sophomore campaign that featured 97 tackles and 18 sacks. Part of the problem was his penchant for getting caught up in the trenches, though additional blocking efforts certainly played a role.

    Tuttle will look to recapture his pass-rushing prowess in 2014, which took a bit of a hit last season due to more help containment implemented by opponents.

     

    Scouting Report

    He works along the line with suddenness, displaying quick feet and burst that allow him to blow up offensive backfields. Tuttle takes on opponents with power initially but sneaks in subtle moves to gain daylight.

    Tuttle's pass-rushing skills are certainly above average and could border on elite if he develops a more consistent get-off. Even when he doesn't bring the quarterback to the ground, Tuttle is a threat to derail the passing play because of his long reach.

    He batted down five throws during each of the past two seasons and effectively interrupts the passer's window of vision downfield. His ability to affect the quarterback on a consistent basis sets him apart from other large interior linemen.

33. Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, New Jersey)

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    5-Star Cornerback

    6'1", 198 Pounds

    St. Peter's Prep High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Minkah Fitzpatrick was a menace in the defensive backfield throughout his team's journey to the state championship game last fall. He also contributes at wide receiver, flashing excellent hands.

    He'll be called upon to do more on both sides of the ball, especially as teammate and Penn State quarterback commit Brandon Wimbush airs it out more often.

     

    Scouting Report

    In yet another sign of gradually changing defensive philosophy, Fitzpatrick is a player who possesses safety size but commands attention at cornerback. Based on his current frame, you could see him step onto the field as a 210-pound freshman capable of covering smaller, shiftier receivers.

    He knocked away 21 pass attempts and picked off four passes in 2013.

    Fitzpatrick is a long-striding runner but still manages to accelerate quicker than most athletes with his length. He completed the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at The Opening and was the only player on this list to qualify for the SPARQ national finals.

    "I'm just out there trying to make plays that help our team take control of the game," Fitzpatrick said at The Opening. "I feel like I've improved a lot during the past year."

    His ability to extinguish rushing efforts and string them out along the perimeter is a big plus. He's a sure tackler who tallied 62 total takedowns in 2013.

32. Maea Teuhema (Keller, Texas)

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    5-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'4.5", 340 Pounds

    Keller High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to LSU

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Maea Teuhema can become an All-American candidate with more attention to technique. He's already proved to be among the most powerful blockers in the land, but his pass protection could use some polish, and there is room for improvement in the footwork department.

    Look for him to gain balance as a complete prospect at the position.

     

    Scouting Report

    He carries his weight well, moving with solid coordination. Teuhema takes control off the snap with an alarmingly powerful opening punch.

    With the defensive lineman off balance, he plows through with devastating power. Put simply, he pounds opponents.

    Teuhema doesn't sacrifice athleticism for size, displaying excellent reactive body quickness against pass-rushers. He is a diverse lineman with potential to contribute as a true freshman.

    "He can play guard or tackle," Keller head coach Carl Stralow told Wescott Eberts of SB Nation in 2013. "However things change and how he grows—which is kind of scary—will impact that."

31. John Houston (Gardena, California)

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    5-Star Outside Linebacker

    6'3", 211 Pounds

    Junipero Serra High School

    Schools of Interest: USC, Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, UCLA

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    John Houston has a chance to vault up this list with a strong senior campaign. He collected a team-high 137 tackles last season, leading the charge for a star-studded defense.

    With 239 tackles since 2012, there's little doubt about his playmaking ability. Houston's biggest strides will come as an edge-rusher.

     

    Scouting Report

    He offers versatility with elite length and a monstrous wingspan. Still building on his physical frame, Houston already possesses enough power to withstand blockers and works laterally along the line before jolting ball-carriers.

    His sideline-to-sideline run coverage shines on film. Houston can chase down opponents from the opposite side of the field, taking a proper angle along the way.

    An inside 'backer role in a 3-4 scheme may be ideal, but he presents plenty of options in a 4-3 front, where he could flourish at the strong-side spot.

    Houston has the potential to neutralize receivers, especially in short areas of the field.

30. Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas)

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    5-Star Quarterback

    5'10", 180 Pounds

    Allen High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Texas A&M

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Kyler Murray hopes to cap off his high school career with a third straight state title. He has never lost in high school, holding a 27-0 record through two seasons as starting quarterback.

    Fortunately for Murray, this may be his most talented squad to date. His first two campaigns as a starter featured more than 8,000 total yards and 107 touchdowns.

     

    Scouting Report

    Murray may have been the most fundamentally sound competitor in the Elite 11 finals, firing accurate passes and using his well-positioned base as a launching pad. He quickly drew accolades in Oregon.

    "He's the best quarterback out here I think," 5-star wide receiver Christian Kirk said.

    The son of former Texas A&M star quarterback Kevin Murray is about as polished as they come in high school. His lack of ideal height creates some doubts about his ability to consistently excel, but we've seen short passers change the game's dynamics in recent years.

    Murray is a consummate competitor and the kind of quarterback who can rally his troops during times of duress.

29. Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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    5-Star Outside Linebacker

    6'0", 225 Pounds

    St. Xavier High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Ohio State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Justin Hilliard missed multiple games as a junior. Although he managed 80 tackles and five sacks in abbreviated action, per GoUpstate.com, there is surely some unfinished business lingering from 2013.

    Hilliard will be out to justify his status as a 5-star prospect and prove his health isn't a question mark of any kind before becoming a Buckeye.

     

    Scouting Report

    You'll be hard-pressed to find a more fundamental run defender in this class. Hilliard displays patience that so many high school linebackers lack during the initial moments after the ball is snapped.

    Once he keys in on how a play is developing, he pursues without a shred of hesitancy. Hilliard wins battles against much larger blockers, delivering explosive blows to the chest plate.

    His initial steps are extraordinary and decisive. This aspect of his attack shines in pass-rushing situations.

    "I want to be in the back of the quarterback's mind when they snap the ball," Hilliard said. "Part of my job is to keep him uncomfortable."

28. Daron Payne (Birmingham, Alabama)

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    5-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'2", 348 Pounds

    Shades Valley High School

    Schools of Interest: Alabama, Auburn, Texas, Mississippi State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Daron Payne has progress to make if he aims to have an early impact at the next level. Despite securing 65 tackles and three sacks last season, his lateral movement is limited by a bulky frame.

    Payne has been working to shed unnecessary weight and should benefit from that effort by becoming more agile and explosive as a senior.

     

    Scouting Report

    Strength is the paramount component of Payne's game at this point. He powers through opponents with an effective bull-rush and presents a wall along the interior.

    His role as a nose tackle is likely to be maintained at the next level, though you could envision him lining up in a 2-technique position.

    Payne stands strong against double-teams, clogging the rushing lane and allowing teammates to take advantage. Linebackers will love the space he clears for them up front.

27. Torrance Gibson (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

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    5-Star Athlete

    6'4", 200 Pounds

    American Heritage High School

    Schools of Interest: Tennessee, Ohio State, Auburn, Oklahoma, LSU, UCF, Miami

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    It's all about Torrance Gibson 's progression as a passer. The jury remains out on whether Gibson is suited for the position in college, but he is certain to start his career at the next level behind center because that's what he wants.

    "I'm a quarterback, no doubt about it," he said at The Opening. "That's where I'll be playing in college, and that's where teams tell me they want me."

    While Gibson was certainly coachable during Elite 11, it's clear his mechanics remain a work in progress. He'll be on a mission to prove doubters wrong in 2014, searching for a second straight title along the way.

     

    Scouting Report

    Gibson is absolutely lethal in the open field, exhibiting change-of-direction agility that leads you to believe he could flourish at receiver if a position switch does occur. Even elite defensive ends struggle to finish him off in the pocket, pursuing a player who can amass rushing yards in a hurry and pick up pivotal first downs.

    His throwing motion is elongated and inconsistent. That's not to say he can't improve as a passer, but right now Gibson is rather raw in that regard.

    He exudes confidence in his ability to develop as a quarterback and seems to have the attitude of a leader who commands respect in the huddle by fighting for every inch at the end of plays. It may take some time, but Gibson has a chance to flourish as a dual-threat weapon for a top-tier college program.

26. Tarvarus McFadden (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

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    5-Star Cornerback

    6'3", 198 Pounds

    American Heritage High School

    Schools of Interest: Florida State, LSU, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Tarvarus McFadden is a mainstay at the back end of a defensive attack that will be key in the quest for a state title repeat. His development in press coverage was apparent at The Opening, and he's gained physicality since last fall.

    Expect him to take more chances and utilize his strength near the line of scrimmage with more frequency after a successful junior season.

     

    Scouting Report

    This rangy cornerback may have played safety in the past and could probably still handle those duties if called upon. His ball skills are terrific, and he makes life rough for receivers in intermediate coverage.

    He takes an aggressive approach at all times.

    "I think I can stick with any kind of receiver in coverage," McFadden said at The Opening. "I'm not afraid to take guys on one-on-one."

    He's also an underrated hitter who will continue to grow in run coverage.

25. Preston Williams (Hampton, Georgia)

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    5-Star Wide Receiver

    6'4", 191 Pounds

    Lovejoy High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Tennessee

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Preston Williams picked the right time to stay healthy and perform like an elite downfield target in 2013. His breakout campaign included 59 catches for 1,388 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    He routinely exploited single-coverage defensive schemes, so expect opponents to switch things up this season. Williams will likely take on more contact at the line, presenting a significant challenge in his development.

     

    Scouting Report

    The field-stretching playmaker brings plenty of unique attributes to an offense. His length is incredible and makes him a menace on jump-ball targets and along the back of the end zone in goal-line situations.

    Unlike other tall receivers, his height doesn't prevent him from gliding downfield with top-level speed. Throw leaping abilities in the mix, and it's almost unfair for defensive backs that athletes like Williams exist.

    He has major yards-after-catch breakaway potential, using his long-striding sprint to separate from defenders. Tennessee will do everything it can to match him up in one-on-one settings.

    "My goal is to be the best player in the country, not just at receiver," Williams said. "People saw what I can do last season, and now I'm trying to take the next step."

24. Damien Harris (Berea, Kentucky)

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    5-Star Running Back

    5'11", 205 Pounds

    Madison Southern High School

    Schools of Interest: Ohio State, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Damien Harris has carried quite a load for his high school squad, scoring 77 touchdowns since 2012. He registered 220 carries as junior, surging to career highs in rushing yards (2,621) and scores (42).

    His workload could increase even more in 2014, which would create some serious tread on his tires prior to college. You can't blame a high school offense for maximizing its strongest asset.

     

    Scouting Report

    His past success suggests he can thrive as a workhorse back and wear teams down during the duration of a game. Harris is built like a tank and can take a pounding while dishing out contact as well.

    He is a bulldog near the goal line, pounding through traffic with eyes on the prize. His ball security is also key, as he maintains possession while deflecting powerful hits.

    Harris has elite vision that applies at the line of scrimmage and downfield as rushing lanes develop.

    "I've definitely worked hard to get where I'm at right now," Harris said at The Opening. "I try not to pay too much attention to the rankings and stuff like that, but it's nice to see that people appreciate the way I play."

23. Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas)

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    5-Star Quarterback

    6'3.5", 190 Pounds

    Stephenville High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Texas Tech

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    When you consider how quickly Jarrett Stidham has climbed national rankings, it's remarkable to think he was a top receiving target just two seasons ago. The Red Raiders' top-rated recruit spent his sophomore season beating teams as a pass-catcher, accumulating 50 receptions for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns.

    His athleticism remained apparent as Stidham transitioned behind center in 2013, rushing for 821 yards and 14 scores. However, his passing prowess truly stole the show.

    He threw for 2,613 yards and 30 touchdowns during an impressive varsity debut at the position. After opening eyes at the Elite 11 finals, expect even more offensive fireworks in his second year behind center.

     

    Scouting Report

    Stidham's legs play a crucial role in his effectiveness, even when he doesn't tuck the ball and take off. He avoids pressure in the pocket, standing tall and maintaining active footwork as he surveys the field.

    Despite heading to The Opening with less experience than most of his contemporaries, Stidham seemed more poised than the majority of passers in attendance.

    "I feel more comfortable right now than ever before," Stidham said.

    He's an excellent decision-maker, possesses the arm strength to fit balls in tight spots and extends plays with mobility.

22. Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, California)

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    5-Star Defensive End

    6'5", 225 Pounds

    Orange Lutheran High School

    Schools of Interest: UCLA, Oklahoma, USC, Michigan, Oregon

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Keisean Lucier-South is worth keeping a close eye on this season because of his incredibly high upside. He appeared to gain comfort as a pass-rusher during the final stretch of an impressive junior campaign, securing a team-high 10 sacks.

    After a strong showing at The Opening, Lucier-South is due to make significant strides in the Southern California scene this season.

     

    Scouting Report

    Due to an overall raw game, he isn't the easiest prospect to project as a college contributor but the pieces are in place for a very successful career. Still growing into a thin frame, his length is certainly appealing, and collegiate weight training should quickly expand his physique.

    A massive wingspan and large base allow him to wreak havoc as a constant penetrator of the passing pocket. While Lucier-South needs to gain consistency in his wrap-up technique as a tackler, he does manage to deliver damaging blows at the point of contact.

    Lucier-South surges toward the ball with a relentless motor and makes you wonder what kind of player he can become once he maximizes his physique. Quarterbacks should shudder at that thought.

    "I know there are things I need to work on to become a more complete player," he said at The Opening. "That's my focus, and I already feel like I've improved many things."

21. Tyron Johnson (New Orleans, Louisiana)

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    5-Star Wide Receiver

    6'1", 191 Pounds

    Warren Easton High School

    Schools of Interest: Texas Tech, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Tyron Johnson jumped onto the national radar last fall, displaying big-play abilities throughout his junior season. He caught 87 passes for 1,433 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.  

    After a strong showing, expect him to make a strong case as the top offensive prospect in Louisiana this year.

     

    Scouting Report

    Johnson is a diligent performer who maintains body control in every phase of the game. He's a natural pass-catcher who understands how to high-point the football and uses crisp routes to put himself in good position for incoming pass attempts.

    His effort in traffic is outstanding, and his elite hands snag even poorly placed passes. Johnson manages to climb the ladder with elite leaping ability, which routinely comes in handy in the red zone.

    He also understands how to attack the sidelines while ensuring possession is secured in the process. His game is advanced enough to command immediate playing time in college.

20. Blake Barnett (Corona, California)

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    5-Star Quarterback

    6'4.5", 200 Pounds

    Santiago High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Blake Barnett is a bit of a one-man band with the Sharks, lacking the weapons that many of his California quarterback contemporaries can rely on downfield. This forces the former Notre Dame pledge to create opportunities through improvisation, including tucking the ball and taking off.

    He managed to rush for 695 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013. Barnett's matchup with fellow Elite 11 finalist Brady White should be one of the most hyped games in Southern California after the two put up 105 total points in an explosive 2013 season opener.

     

    Scouting Report

    The Elite 11 MVP earned himself a fifth star by flaunting his skills in Beaverton. Barnett consistently attacked the secondary and never went through a lull during drills.

    He quickly clicked with future Alabama teammate Calvin Ridley during seven-on-seven action. The duo connected for multiple touchdown passes and claimed the tournament title.

    Barnett is a confident and polished passer who moves well in the pocket. His running ability provides a compelling storyline for the Crimson Tide's future offensive outlook.

    "Coach (Lane) Kiffin and Coach (Nick) Saban were very fond about the idea of their quarterback being able to run the ball several times in each game," Barnett said. "It's something they were looking for, and it made sense as a fit for me."

19. Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Georgia)

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    5-Star Athlete

    6'0", 168 Pounds

    Callaway High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Georgia

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    There's a debate about whether Terry Godwin would be most effective in the defensive secondary or at wide receiver. Though he averaged 24 yards per reception and caught nine touchdowns as a junior, some still see more upside for him at cornerback.

    College programs have likely already determined how they'd prefer to use Godwin, but how he develops at both positions this season could provide an indication of which role offers more promise.

    For now, he doesn't seem picky about where he plays moving forward.

    "I enjoy playing on both sides of the ball," Godwin said. "I wouldn't say I only want to play one or the other. It depends where the team needs me."

     

    Scouting Report

    Godwin, who took reps at receiver in Oregon, is arguably the smoothest skill athlete in this class. His approach downfield appears effortless and allows him to find room for big-play opportunities.

    He remains rather slender but doesn't shy away from contact. In fact, Godwin is a pretty effective blocker in the run game.

    His ability to come down with acrobatic catches serves him well on both sides of the ball. He extends his long arms to secure catches away from his chest plate and is a threat to rack up yards after the catch if hit in stride.

    Though he is still committed to Georgia, Godwin is seemingly open to other SEC possibilities and plans to string out his recruiting process.

    "There's been a lot of guys talking to me about my commitment and my recruitment," Godwin said at The Opening. "They're saying 'Come to Auburn,' or 'Come down to Alabama' or 'We need you at Tennessee.' A lot of stuff like that, but there are some Bulldogs here too. It'll come down to (signing day)."

18. Terry Beckner Jr. (East St. Louis, Illinois)

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    5-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'4", 293 Pounds

    East St. Louis High School

    Schools of Interest: Missouri, LSU, Ohio State, USC, Florida State, Michigan

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    The Flyers lost by a single point in state semifinal action, so expect Terry Beckner Jr. and teammates to come out with a chip on their shoulders this season. The disruptive defender will have a difficult time topping his production from a dominant junior campaign, when he collected 118 tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions.

     

    Scouting Report

    Beckner played like a man possessed at The Opening, outworking the majority of linemen in every drill. He flashed the internal fire that makes him such a joy to watch on game film.

    "You get respect by getting it done on the field," Beckner said in Oregon. "Everyone is good out here, but if you don't compete, it can make you look real bad. I stayed focused."

    He may wind up taking snaps as an oversized strong-side defensive end in college. Beckner consistently sets the edge in run support, corralling ball-carriers with his massive wingspan.

17. Rasheem Green (Gardena, California)

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    5-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'5", 275 Pounds

    Junipero Serra High School

    Schools of Interest: USC, Oregon, UCLA, Stanford

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Rasheem Green is one of three players on his high school squad that appears among the top 100 on this list. Needless to say, expectations are raised for the Los Angeles area program in 2014.

    Green will have an opportunity to build off of a breakout junior campaign that featured 14 sacks and 57 tackles, including 26 for loss.

     

    Scouting Report

    He primarily operates out of the 5-technique in Junipero Serra's 3-4 defensive package. Green has the athleticism to maintain this role at the next level but would have a greater opportunity to dominate as an interior disruptor by sliding inside to the 3-technique end position. Green projects as a dominant 3-technique in a four-man front, arguably the best fit for that role out of everyone on this list.

    His hip fluidity is above average. When combined with rare speed (clocked at 4.80 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per 247Sports), an athlete carrying that formidable frame makes Green a difficult matchup.

    "I can use my quickness to make plays," Green said in Oregon. "Especially if I see that an offensive lineman is having trouble keeping up with me."

16. Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas)

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    5-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'1", 330 Pounds

    Gladewater High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Texas A&M

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    It will be fun to see if Daylon Mack continues to make an impact in the offensive backfield on both sides of the ball. His junior season featured several dominant efforts at running back, and it's a position he may not have to entirely vacate in college.

    "Texas A&M talked to me a little about still playing some running back," Mack said at The Opening. "I'd love it."

    There's no doubt he'll continue to thrill on the defensive front, where he secured 97 tackles and six sacks as a junior.

    "I'm ready to take another step this season," Mack said. "It's my last year of high school, and I want to make the most of it for me and my teammates. Then it's all about preparing for Texas A&M."

     

    Scouting Report

    Mack moves with unique quickness in the trenches, which should probably be expected because he's a pretty effective running back. He has the size of a nose tackle, but the penetrative burst of a 3-technique.

    He sets up finesse moves with an overpowering bull rush and often outmaneuvered offensive linemen by using his lateral agility in Oregon. Mack can get "skinny" inside to split through double-teams and invade the backfield, where he made 36 of his tackles in 2013.

    He is a punishing tackler who wears down ball-carriers as the game progresses. Mack forced eight fumbles last fall.

15. Chuma Edoga (Powder Springs, Georgia)

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    5-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'3", 276 Pounds

    McEachern High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to USC

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    High expectations are in place for a McEachern rushing attack that routinely allows Oregon commit running back Taj Griffin to follow Chuma Edoga toward daylight. The Trojans' cross-country commit made strides in technique as his junior season progressed and can confirm his potential by continuing on that path this autumn.

     

    Scouting Report

    Edoga can add 15-20 pounds of solid weight without losing the explosiveness that makes him an elite talent. His base is more of a launching pad than anchor, making him appear much more fleet-footed than other prospects at the position.

    He excels in pass protection, where his footwork really shines while shadowing edge defenders and stringing them out along the perimeter. When run blocking, Edoga also does a good job of knowing when to disengage from his initial block to eliminate another defender from the equation at the second level.

    It's easy to appreciate the authoritative way he goes about his business.

    "I play with a lot of passion," Edoga said at The Opening. "The game is won and lost up front, so you have to be physical." 

14. Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas)

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    5-Star Cornerback

    6'0", 181 Pounds

    Fort Bend Marshall High School

    Schools of Interest: Texas A&M, Baylor, LSU, Alabama, Texas

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Kendall Sheffield can prove he's far more than just a speedster by growing as an all-around defender in the secondary. His greatest attribute is quickness, which has helped him become one of the country's top hurdlers on the track, but a little more physicality would push Sheffield up this list.

    He's a ball hawk, evidenced by six interceptions since 2012, and will look to collect more than three picks in 2014 (his interception total during each of the past two seasons).

     

    Scouting Report

    Sheffield can shadow the speediest receivers this class has to offer and won't get beat deep as long as he reads the route correctly. An above-average wingspan adds to his range and prevents downfield pass attempts from connecting with the intended target.

    Sheffield provides a slight cushion to receivers because he can rely on his speed in coverage and often baits quarterbacks to test him by providing a window he can quickly shut if an ill-advised pass heads his way. Once his hands are on the ball, there's always a chance for him to turn a turnover into a defensive touchdown with his game-changing speed.

    The jury is still out on his run coverage, but Sheffield is by no means a soft player.

13. Calvin Ridley (Pompano Beach, Florida)

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    5-Star Wide Receiver

    6'0", 170 Pounds

    Monarch High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Alabama

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Calvin Ridley and company have a chance to build off of their 2013 playoff appearance with an explosive attack that also features fellow Crimson Tide commit Shawn Burgess-Becker. Aside from receiver, where he caught 41 passes for 1,131 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, Ridley is a hard-hitting defensive back.

    A successful summer should only make him more confident. 

     

    Scouting Report

    Ridley, who earned seven-on-seven MVP honors at The Opening, made an array of ridiculous catches in Beaverton. None was better than a one-handed reception he snared in stride along the sidelines during opening day one-on-one drills (watch him break it down for Bleacher Report in the video above).

    "I've been practicing that catch a little bit at camps and had another chance in front of a big crowd," Ridley said. "That's why I did it to tell you the truth, just to have a little fun and get some attention."

    He may be a showman, but Ridley is also a technician. His downfield attack includes an elite blend of burst and agility, resulting in space beyond the secondary.

    Ridley can blow the top off of the back end of a defense or feast with yards after the catch on underneath routes.

12. Kahlil McKenzie (Concord, California)

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    5-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'4", 341 Pounds

    Clayton Valley Charter High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Tennessee

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    After a dominant junior campaign at perennial California powerhouse De La Salle, Kahlil McKenzie moves on to Clayton Valley, where he will be viewed as a savior along the defensive front. He registered a team-high 12 sacks last season, finishing with 74 total tackles.

    Expect him to prove immensely valuable with a new program.

     

    Scouting Report

    McKenzie created debate about who belongs atop defensive tackle rankings with a dominant effort at The Opening, where he committed to Tennessee. His sheer strength is special, as he pushed premier offensive linemen off of their marks immediately.

    Far more than a lane-clogger, McKenzie moves with agility that's difficult to comprehend for a defender tipping the scales at 341 pounds. He's versatile enough to line up at the 0-technique, 5-technique and everywhere in between, providing an abundance of options for Volunteers coaches.

    "I'm versatile at the defensive tackle position," McKenzie said in Oregon. "I can get to the quarterback, take on double-teams and stop the run. It's important to be able to do all those things in order to be successful at the next level."

    His father, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, also played for Tennessee.

11. Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas)

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    5-Star Outside Linebacker

    6'2.5", 215 Pounds

    Poteet High School

    Schools of Interest: Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Malik Jefferson features game-changing skills that could elevate Poteet from postseason also-ran to dark-horse championship contender. He'll look to build off of a 2013 season in which he developed as an edge-rusher and registered 12 sacks, a career high.

     

    Scouting Report

    Jefferson validated the hype and cemented his spot atop national linebacker rankings with a well-balanced effort at The Opening. He provided an early highlight by finishing the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, faster than the vast majority of elite college linebackers.

    His pass coverage skills were further along than some expected, given the fact Jefferson is primarily used as an edge-rusher in high school. His quickness enabled him to handle tight ends and running backs on intermediate routes, complementing his run coverage that shines in tape.

    Jefferson, who tallied 83 tackles as a junior, is relentless in pursuit and surges through traffic at the line of scrimmage to stop ball-carriers in their tracks.

    "I think I'm a balanced linebacker and coaches can count on me to get the job done whatever we need to do," Jefferson said. "I like stuffing the run, but I have no problem dropping back to cover passes."

10. Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Georgia)

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    5-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'5.5", 271 Pounds

    North Gwinnett High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Clemson

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Mitch Hyatt can state his case as the country's top offensive tackle early when North Gwinnett meets McEachern High School in August. Fellow 5-star tackle Chuma Edoga, a USC pledge, anchors that opponent's offensive line.

    He will be counted on to pave the way for a potent offensive attack primed to fuel a deep playoff run.

     

    Scouting Report

    Hyatt, ahead of the curve from a fundamental standpoint, needs more power to ready himself for collegiate competition. Still, a strong first summer on campus could put him in position to start at some point during his freshman campaign at Clemson.

    He has the ability to line up on both sides of the line, but his athleticism and pass-protection skills are best suited for left tackle. Hyatt can handle edge-rushers with quick feet and an advanced slide-step.

    His frame allows for a 20-pound increase, which will make a difference in run-blocking efforts. Technically sound talents like Hyatt don't spend much time on the sideline.

    "I'm really excited to head up (to Clemson) and get to work," he said.

9. Derwin James (Haines City, Florida)

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    5-Star Safety

    6'2", 201 Pounds

    Haines City Senior High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to Florida State

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Derwin James, one of the most notable members of this class since he committed to Florida State as a freshman, leads a defensive unit that closed out the 2013 season on a high note.

    He is in great position to earn another first-team All-State selection

     

    Scouting Report

    James exhibits ideal balance at the safety position, punishing opponents with jolting hits and smoothly providing downfield pass coverage. He patrols the secondary with authority and alters the offensive attack because of his range.

    "I like playing in pass coverage because I love getting interceptions and sending our offense back onto the field," James said at The Opening. "But I also like to hit guys and make them think about it next time they come my way. I would say I like both the same, as long as I'm making plays."

    He excels in center field and in the box, where he plays like a linebacker when defending the run and can effectively cover top-tier tight ends. James' decisiveness and downhill closing speed provide an intimidating presence on every play.

    "I play with my heart and go all-out on every play," James said. "That's the only way I know how to play this game."

8. Josh Rosen (Bellflower, California)

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    5-Star Quarterback

    6'4", 205 Pounds

    St. John Bosco High School

    Schools of Interest: Committed to UCLA

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Josh Rosen looks to lead his team, which lost multiple receivers to top-level college programs, to a second consecutive state title. After breaking out with a career-best campaign last year, Rosen will take on a collection of quality opponents, including a nationally televised September game with Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School.

    He threw for 3,200 yards and 39 touchdown in 2013. UCLA fans will be watching closely with expectations that Rosen could start as a true freshman next fall.

    "I'd love to take snaps on opening day," Rosen said. "I'm going to work as hard as I can to make that happen."

     

    Scouting Report

    Quarterbacks who carry program-changing potential don't come around every recruiting cycle. Rosen is a rare prospect, flashing impeccable footwork and lower-body mechanics that are well beyond his years.

    He handles pressure extremely well, moving laterally, forward or backward to avoid the pass rush without turning his eyes away from what's developing downfield. He shined in "pocket conflict" drills during the Elite 11 finals, as Rosen avoided contact and re-established his base before firing darts.

    His poise, precision and natural leadership skills set the stage for a successful career in college and beyond.

7. Martez Ivey (Apopka, Florida)

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    5-Star Offensive Tackle

    6'6", 270 Pounds

    Apopka High School

    Schools of Interest: Auburn, Florida

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Martez Ivey anchors the interior for one of Florida's most fearsome football teams. Apopka enters the season with championship aspirations and will be counting on continued development from the nation's top-rated offensive lineman.

    Keep an eye on the highly anticipated matchup against reigning state title winner American Heritage, which features a deep supply of collegiate prospects on defense. It remains to be seen how he'll approach a frenzied recruiting process during his senior campaign, though a nationwide race may be down to two SEC squads.

    "Florida and Auburn are really standing out to me right now," Ivey said in Oregon. "I don't want to say that other teams are out of it and those are my only two, but I'm looking at those schools most."

     

    Scouting Report

    Ivey eliminated any skepticism about his abilities at tackle during drills at The Opening. In a scary development for defensive linemen, he appeared noticeably more polished than the player who relied on raw strength too frequently last fall.

    Ivey has clearly worked on his craft this offseason and didn't reveal noticeable lapses in fundamentals while fighting off many of the country's premier pass-rushers. His athleticism puts him position to cut off angles along the edge and maintain quick footwork. 

    He handled top-ranked defensive end Josh Sweat better than anyone in drills.

    "I think we split our reps," Ivey said afterward. "That was pretty intense, but I'm pretty happy with the way I went after him."

    Elite wingspan and a physical frame with plenty of room for growth suggest he could emerge as the most dominant offensive prospect in this class deep into his playing career.

6. Iman Marshall (Long Beach, California)

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    5-Star Cornerback

    6'1", 190 Pounds

    Long Beach Poly High School

    Schools of Interest: USC, Stanford, LSU, Michigan, Texas A&M, Notre Dame

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Iman Marshall was nothing short of a "shutdown" defensive back in 2013, when he didn't allow a single reception in league play. However, his efforts were aided by 5-star safety John Smith.

    Smith is now a freshman at USC, adding pressure on Marshall to maintain his success without an established standout surveying the field behind him.

    "It was his team last year, it’s my team now," Marshall said during a phone conversation in July. "I have to be a leader and make sure I show my teammates what to do by setting an example. We want to do big things this season and it’s my responsibility to make sure we get where we want to be."

     

    Scouting Report

    The young man they call "Biggie" brings a fiery attitude to the field, evident in the way he harasses receivers off the snap. There are times in press coverage when he actually forces opponents to abandon their routes, effectively eliminating an element of the offensive attack.

    Marshall overpowers small, shifty receivers and does a great job of blanketing larger opponents downfield. He is a player who loves the preparation aspect of the game, resulting in elite awareness and anticipation once action is underway.

    It's rare to see him misjudge a route, and his sharp footwork prevents passers from fitting the ball in tiny window of space.

    "He definitely challenges you," top-ranked 2015 quarterback prospect Josh Rosen said after competing at The Opening. "It's fun facing a player like him because it forces you to bring your best on each and every play. You can't afford to make a mistake."

5. Kevin Toliver (Jacksonville, Florida)

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    5-Star Cornerback

    6'2", 185 Pounds

    Trinity Christian Academy

    Committed to: LSU

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Quarterbacks do their best to avoid Kevin Toliver when targeting receivers downfield, but that will be tougher to do this season considering the talent surrounding him at defending state champion Trinity Christian. The defense is particularly stacked with coveted college prospects, none more heralded than the physically imposing defensive back.

    He managed two interceptions and 36 tackles in 2013, rarely targeted due to his reputation as a ball hawk. Though passers will still be hesitant to test him, Toliver should improve those stats as a senior.

     

    Scouting Report

    LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has a chance to work with yet another athlete who can excel in a press-coverage scheme. Much like past Tigers standouts Mo Claiborne and Patrick Peterson, Toliver utilizes athleticism and physicality to give receivers fits.

    His size is well suited for how the cornerback position is evolving and allows him to contend with pass-catchers of all statures. Toliver makes acrobatic midair adjustments to disrupt passing lanes and pull down highlight picks.

    He sets the tone early with an initial press that keeps opponents off-balance and derails their routes, creating chaos in the passing game.

    "I'm definitely a physical cornerback. That's how I like to play," he said at The Opening.

4. CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary, Florida)

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    5-Star Defensive End

    6'2", 250 Pounds

    Baker County Senior High School

    Schools of Interest: Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Maryland, USC, Auburn, LSU

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    When you examine CeCe Jefferson's skill set, the door is open for various possibilities in college. With 32.5 sacks since 2012, his pass-rushing prowess is unquestionable, but can he contribute as an outside linebacker?

    If he ends up in a 3-4 system, there's a strong chance that could be his ultimate landing spot. Jefferson, who picked off a pair of passes in 2013, will provide an indication of how he projects at the position by taking on a multitude of duties in Baker County's defense.

     

    Scouting Report

    The scheme-diverse defender is a relentless worker who will often chase down opponents with backside pursuit. Jefferson has plenty of power and does an excellent job integrating strong hips in his initial get-off.

    His lower body drives offensive linemen into the backfield and sets the stage for him to spring a counter-move that creates sack and stuff opportunities. Jefferson is quick enough to beat help-containment and strikes opponents with force.

    He doesn't possess ideal length, but that doesn't appear to inhibit his efforts. The tenacity and technique are in place for him to make an impact at the 5-technique or perhaps as a stand-up edge defender.

3. Byron Cowart (Seffner, Florida)

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    5-Star Defensive End

    6'4", 250 Pounds

    Armwood High School

    Schools of Interest: Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Byron Cowart could leap to the top of this list with a few minor adjustments and improvements as a senior. He already features a college-ready physique and should easily overmatch opponents throughout the season, motivated by an embarrassing 52-7 loss to Miami Central in the 2013 state title game.

    Expect a monster season from him as a pass-rushing menace after increasing his sack total from four to 13 last year. Cowart collected at least one sack in the team's final five games in 2013 and should carry that momentum into a new campaign.

     

    Scouting Report

    The current state of Cowart's physique can't be overstated. He basically blended in with NFL veterans who served as coaches throughout The Opening. He has more than enough muscle to hold his own on a college campus this year.

    He's coachable, quickly processing lessons taught to him during drills in Oregon. Cowart made tremendous strides between his sophomore and junior seasons, including all-around awareness that served him well in several capacities.

    His pad level can improve, but there's a lot to like about his approach of the snap, especially his elite change-of-direction quickness. Cowart returned two fumbles for touchdowns in 2013, demonstrating big-play ability.

    There's a quiet confidence about his demeanor that's endearing.

    "I'm trying to outwork whoever I line up against," Cowart said at The Opening. "You have to put in the effort to make plays and win matchups in position drills."

2. Trent Thompson (Albany, Georgia)

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    5-Star Defensive Tackle

    6'4", 292 Pounds

    Westover High School

    Schools of Interest: Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, USC

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    Trent Thompson has steadily improved as a pass-rusher throughout his high school career. After enjoying a statistical spike from five sacks to 12 sacks in 2013, its compelling to see if he maintains that progression and continues to expand his defensive repertoire.

    Already a smothering run-stuffer, Thompson has the physical tools to give quarterbacks fits for years to come. Don't be surprised if he surpasses the 15-sack mark this fall.

     

    Scouting Report

    Thompson, who totaled 83 tackles in 2013, operates with the explosiveness of a linebacker but remains stout enough to anchor a defensive interior in college. This combination creates one of the most impressive defensive tackle prospects of the decade, one who can split double-teams to blow up rushing efforts or scrap and claw his way into the passing pocket.

    His first steps are outstanding, putting offensive linemen on alert as he weaves through traffic and finds daylight. Thompson's pursuit of the ball is what truly sets him apart.

    He has the range to hunt down running backs with backside chase and uses elite length to wrap up, finishing off plays with ferocious tackling technique. There's a violent approach to his game that intimidates offenses and fires up teammates around him.

1. Josh Sweat (Chesapeake, Virginia)

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    5-Star Defensive End

    6'4.5", 240 Pounds

    Oscar Smith High School

    Schools of Interest: Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Oregon, Georgia, Florida State, Auburn, Texas A&M

     

    What to Watch for This Fall

    If the title of top-ranked recruit doesn't provide a big enough target on Josh Sweat's back, he also needs to adjust to life without Andrew Brown. The No. 1 2014 defensive tackle prospect is now playing collegiately at Virginia, leaving his former teammate to fend for himself.

    Sweat can certainly expect more attention from offensive blocking schemes without Brown anchoring the line. That will make it difficult to duplicate his 2013 production (94 tackles and 22 sacks), but don't put anything past him at this point.

    It will also be interesting to see if his official visit plans remain the same. He is expected to spend official visits at Ohio State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Oregon and Florida State, per Evan Watkins of 247Sports (subscription required).

     

    Scouting Report

    Freakish athleticism plays a pivotal role in Sweat's stature as a prospect, along with abundant comparisons to No. 1 NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. Sweat ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at The Opening and finished second in national SPARQ testing, which tests agility, strength, speed and leaping ability.

    Like Clowney, Sweat has the makings of a dominate weak-side defender and eventual top-tier NFL pick. His explosive presence starts at the snap, as he fires forward and drives back offensive linemen by slamming their chest plate at the point of attack. 

    Once Sweat creates some wiggle room, he's practically unstoppable. His lateral quickness puts him in position to deliver punishing blows in the offensive backfield.

    Simply put, he makes opponents feel the pressure at all times.

    "You have to be perfect against Sweat," 5-star offensive tackle and fellow top-10 prospect Mitch Hyatt said in Oregon. "Otherwise you're done."

     

    All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report national recruiting columnist Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted.

    Recruit information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.