Final Rankings: Southern Update

There are seven new five-star prospects in the South, so with six new names in there, that means a number of old ones had to fall out. Find out the changes that were made in the top 100 here.

Who's In?

Six prospects out of the South jumped into the top 50 after their performances in the All-American games they played in. Here is who made the move up:

  • Karlos Williams: He was already in the top 100, but is now in the top 10 in the country. Williams is an athlete who is built like a linebacker, but has great range at safety. He is a long strider who covers a lot of ground. Not only is he good in run support, but he has great instincts and ball skills in coverage.

  • Anthony Chickillo: This defensive end was just in the top 150, which is good in its own right, but he showed in the Under Armour All-American game that he needed to be a lot higher. He is now number 13 overall in the country and I love how he plays with energy. His technique is very good and he plays until the whistle blows.

  • Bobby Hart: Hart showed he was one of the best offensive linemen in the country in Orlando. He shined daily on the practice fields against some of the top defensive linemen in America showing a good base, nice feet, and the ability to mirror quick ends on the edge. He is only going to get stronger at Florida State and his best days are ahead of him.

  • Jarvis Landry: This wide receiver out of Louisiana is as polished as they come out of high school. He is not the biggest or the fastest, but he may be the best. He knows how to get open, he runs very good routes, he catches everything whether it be down the sideline or across the middle, and he will likely make an impact at LSU as a freshman.

  • Ray Drew: Drew has been in and out of the top 50 on Scout, but it is all about where you finish and he is finishing up as the number 33 prospect in America. Drew has shown he can dominate a game when he wants to and with his 6-foot-5, 255 pound frame, he is only going to get bigger and better in the future.

  • Stephon Tuitt: Like Drew, Tuitt is out of the state of Georgia and both had impressive performances in San Antonio. Tuitt is a big body who will play strong-side defensive end on the next level. He is still raw, but very athletic, and someone who loves to initiate contact in the trenches. Once he improves his technique, he could be a terror on the edge.

  • Kiehl Frazier: I liked what I saw in Frazier down in Orlando. He has very good pocket awarenesss, he can buy himself time with his legs outside the pocket, and he has a very simple and compact delivery. Some question the level of competition he played against on the high school level, but he showed against top competition that he deserved to be among the nation's best.

    Who's Out

    When a number of prospects move up, then a number have to move down.

    Tony Steward, Mike Bellamy, Nick O'Leary, Teddy Bridgewater, Jay Rome, and Charone Peake all dropped out of the top 50 and moved to four-stars on Scout. They did not drop off much though however. All six prospects remain in the top 73 overall nationally. Each is still projected to have big careers on the collegiate level.

    Who Else Moved Into the Top 100?

  • C.J. Johnson: This linebacker out of Mississippi was sitting just outside the top 100 and he is now just outside the top 50. Johnson stayed around the ball when he was in the game in San Antonio and he impressed the Scout team.

  • Devonta Freeman: Freeman split time last season at running back, but he was the feature back at Miami Central this season and he ran for around 3,000 yards while helping the Rockets to a state title. He is a mixture of power and speed and he jumped into the top 100 in the country.

  • Ryan Shazier: There were some questions whether Shazier could make the transition to linebacker from defensive end or not and he adjusted nicely in Orlando. He is a very athletic kid that can do more than just rush off the edge. He played well in space and learned about coverage responsibilities quickly.

  • Rashad Greene: He has quietly moved into the top 100 without playing in an All-American game. Greene is a receiver who will be a deep threat and someone that will make plays on play-action passes in the FSU offense.

  • Marcus Roberson: Roberson was moved into the Scout300 earlier this season and he is now in the top 100. He is a versatile defensive back who could play some man coverage on a slot receiver, but is best when used at safety. He has great range and ball skills.

  • Nick Waisome: He may not be the biggest or the fastest corner, but Waisome knows how to cover one on one. He has a very good back pedal and transitions his hips nicely when turning to run with receivers. The bigger wideouts could give him problems on the next level, but he is one of the better cover guys in the country.

  • James Vaughters: What a week Vaughters had in Orlando. When you heards pads popping, Vaughters was in the middle of that collision many times. He really showed great downhill speed, he tackled well, and he made a number of solo tackles. He has the size, skill, and knowledge to play early on the next level.

    Breaking Into Top 300

  • Jacoby Brissett is a quarterback who has steadily improved throughout his high school career and he put it all together as a senior. He has the size schools covet, he has a big league arm, and he has mobility. He can still improve his accuracy and footwork, but he has improved as much as anyone over the past 12 months.

  • A.J. Johnson has been in and out of the Scout300 and like always, it is not about where you start, but about where you finish, and Johnson finished among the nation's best. He was impressive in Orlando in some of the areas I questioned him in, like pass drops, lateral movement, and getting off blocks. He is still a strong downhill player that loves to hit, but he showed he is more of an all around backer than he was a year ago.

  • The best way to describe Jabari Gorman is football player. He is a little small for a safety and he does not quite have the hips to play corner, but he always seems to be around the ball. He likes to play downhill and will be a safety on the next level. He is a hitter and he has good ball skills.
    Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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