South: Final Scout300 Update

After evaluating a lot of film, watching a lot of games this fall, scouting a lot of 2012 prospects on tape for over two years, and meeting with the Scout Recruiting Team one final time, here are some notes on the changes that were made for the final rankings.


Two Add Fifth Star

If you are familiar with Scout, then you know our Top 50 are the five-star prospects for us each year. In 2012, 19 of the 50 are out of the South. John Theus (Georgia commitment), Landon Collins (Alabama commitment), and Keith Marshall (Georgia commitment) are the top three, and they have had five stars beside their names since the beginning.

Two new names though added that fifth star this time. They are Josh Harvey-Clemons and Chris Casher (Florida State commitment).

Clemons is a 6-foot-4, 205 pound linebacker that is long, lean, and fast to the football. He had a strong week in San Antonio, he played all over the field as a senior, and he will settle in somewhere on the next level as a big safety or outside linebacker. Florida, Florida State, and Georgia are the main three on his list of schools.

Casher sat out the 2011 season after transferring to Davidson from Faith Academy in the offseason. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound defensive end still has some academic concerns too, but the odds of him making to FSU for the 2012 season are greater than they were this time a year ago. Casher stood out daily on the practice fields in Orlando and he made plays in the Under Armour All-America game as well.

The two that fell out of the Top 50 for these two to move in were Kwon Alexander and Nelson Agholor. Alexander went out early in the fall with an ACL injury and Agholor had an outstanding year on the field at Berkeley Prep, but missed all the Under Armour practices and the game with a shoulder injury. Neither prospect has committed yet.

Four Break Into Top 100

Mike Davis was just on the outside looking in when rankings were updated in December, but after seeing him live for a few days in San Antonio, the four-star running back moved into the top 100. The 5-foot-10, 200 pound back out of Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson now sits a number 71. Davis is a former Florida commitment and he is now considering Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The other three prospects are now considered top 100 prospects and they are wide receiver Amari Cooper (Alabama commitment) at no. 86, defensive tackle Tyler Nero (Auburn commitment) at no. 98, and wide receiver Jaquay Williams (Auburn commitment) at no. 100.

Quick Hitters

  • Todd Gurley continued to move up the rankings and finished as the no. 13 ranked running back in the country and no. 107 overall. He will announce his decision on Friday and he will choose from Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, and North Carolina State.

  • Leonard Williams moved up almost 100 spots after a very impressive week in Orlando. He was outstanding in practice each day. He played well in the Under Armour All-America game as well and the defensive tackle out of Daytona Beach, Fla. is no. 103 overall. Florida and Auburn are very much in the mix for Williams.

  • Florida commitment Rhaheim Ledbetter has been a favorite of Scout's since we started to evaluate him two years ago and he moved up to no. 150 overall in the final rankings. He is the no. 12 ranked safety.

  • It is a very strong year for offensive tackles and Scout loved the early season senior film of Ereck Flowers, and he finished as the no. 23 OT in the country. After seeing his senior film early in the fall, he was named a four-star prospect and he finished at no. 169 overall. The Miami commitment has a lot of raw ability and upside.

  • Anthony Alford has a very live arm, he can run with the best of them at quarterback, and the new Southern Miss commitment jumped into the top 200. He is a two-sport athlete who is looking to play baseball and football on the next level out of Petal, Ms.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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