On Monday, Scout released the five-star list and out of 20 prospects, eight are from the South.
They were released in alphabetical order, so you didn't know just where they would rank in the Scout 100. You do now.
Leading the way is Mitch Hyatt, an elite offensive tackle out of Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett. Hyatt is a little lean (6-foot-6, 271 pounds) and he needs some development physically, but that will come. He has everything you want in an offensive tackle – he has great feet, his work ethic is second to none, he has long arms, and he is a true left tackle. Clemson and Ohio State are looked as the schools to beat early because of his connections to that school/area. He is now the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 4 overall prospect.
Ivey is not the last five-star out of the Sunshine State, George Campbell is another Floridian. The 6-3 ½, 180 pound athlete has committed to Michigan and he could be a big-play receiver in Ann Arbor. He is now the No. 13 overall prospect.
Other Hyatt, two other Peach State prospects are now ranked as a five-star. Godwin is No. 11 and Thompson is No. 15. Godwin has all of the big offers and he wants to play both ways on the next level. He has the most upside at cornerback. Thompson is very raw, but he is exactly what you want in a defensive tackle. He is big (6-3/287), very strong, and athletic.
The eighth five-star out of the South is defensive tackle Daron Payne out of Alabama. The Shades Valley star favors Alabama early and the powerful interior defensive tackle checks in at No. 12.
Moving now to the four-star prospects that made it into the Scout 100.
When looking at the prospects state by state, here is the breakdown:
As expected, Florida has the most prospects inside the Scout 100 and four of the 13 are in the five star group. The highest ranked four-star prospect in the South is Shawn Burgess-Becker. Becker is a top safety for Scout, but he could play corner and receiver as well. He checks in at No. 21, the top four-star on Scout.
Out of Georgia's eight, three are five stars, so that leaves five that are four stars inside the Scout 100.
Alabama commitment Mekhi Brown and Natrez Patrick are two of the top defensive ends in the country and they sit at No. 27 and No. 41 nationally. Brown is the longer and leaner pass rusher and Patrick is a strong athlete with speed.
Running back Taj Griffin (50), outside linebacker D'Andre Walker (63), and wide receiver Preston Williams (97) are the final three prospects from Georgia. All have double-digit offers and are national recruits.
The 2015 class in Louisiana is not as strong as the 2014 class at the top, but it is still strong. You do not have a Leonard Fournette or a Cameron Robinson, but you have guys like Nicholas Brossette and Derrius Guice, two of the top running backs in the South. You also have top receivers Tyron Johnson and Jazz Ferguson along with offensive tackle Jerry Tillery who is committed to Notre Dame.
LSU has offered Brossette (57) and Guice (72) and Brossette has plenty of other offers while Guice is kind of sliding a little under the radar. Johnson (66) was offered by LSU more recently and he will pick up many more in the coming months. Tillery (89) knew he wanted to be part of the Irish family and that led an early decision. Ferguson (91) is drawing interest from a lot of top programs, but the offers are not there yet – they will be.
The top spot belongs to Brossette right now, but this will be a fun battle to watch over the next year and a half.
Alabama and Mississippi both have three prospects in the Scout 100 and five-star Payne is the top prospect in Alabama with Kerryon Johnson (35) and DeSherrius Flowers (46) coming in as four-star prospects. Johnson is a versatile athlete who Scout likes as a running back and Flowers a true running back who runs with power that is already committed to Alabama.
Patterson (56) is looked at as a tackle now, but he could slide inside to guard as well. Peters (75) is a very versatile athlete who has great size, ball skills, and athleticism. Dear (81) plays a lot of quarterback in his offense to keep the ball in his hand, but he will likely play running back and slot receiver on the next level.
Kyle Phillips is the top prospect in Tennessee and the defensive end has a good combination of size, strength, and speed. He checks in at No. 51. Offensive tackle Drew Richmond is the 95th ranked prospect and he is an offensive tackle who grew up following Ohio State. He has an offer from the Buckeyes.
The state of South Carolina has two of the top defensive linemen in the country. Shameik Blackshear and Albert Huggins started drawing interest from top programs two years ago. Blackshear is a very athletic rush end who can play out of the two or three-point stance. He is committed to South Carolina and he is the No. 25 ranked prospect.
Huggins is a versatile lineman who could play the five or three-technique. He has quickness and power. Clemson and South Carolina are thought to be the leaders here early on. Huggins sits at No. 39.
Like all rankings, the 2015 rankings will be very fluid over the next 17-plus months.
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