South: 2015 Scout 100

Like every year, the talent in the South is strong. Scout released its top 100 prospects Tuesday and 37 of those are from the South. Get a look at who made it here…

2015 Scout 100

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.

The next seven in order are Kevin Toliver, CeCe Jefferson, Martez Ivey, Terry Godwin, Daron Payne, George Campbell, and Trenton Thompson.

Burgess-Becker is one of the better athletes in this class.
Toliver, Jefferson, and Ivey are all from Florida and Toliver is the top cornerback in the country at No. 5 overall, Jefferson is a premier pass-rusher and he is No. 6 overall, and Ivey, another top offensive tackle comes in at No. 9 in the country.

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:

  • Florida: 13
  • Georgia: 8
  • Louisiana: 5
  • Alabama: 3
  • Mississippi: 3
  • South Carolina: 2
  • Tennessee: 2
  • North Carolina: 1
  • Arkansas: 0

    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.

    Tuttle is the top prospect in N.C. and he will challenge for a fifth star.
    The next eight out of Florida are linebacker Jeffrey Holland (33), safety Derwin James (44 – Florida State commitment), defensive end Byron Cowart (61), tight end Devonaire Clarington (68), running back Jordan Scarlett (78), quarterback Torrance Gibson (82), running back Jacques Patrick (86), and safety Kendrell McFadden (100).

    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.

    No five stars in Mississippi at this time, but offensive lineman Javon Patterson, safety Jamal Peters, and running back Malik Dear all make the top 100.

    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.

    Gibson could play quarterback or wide receiver on the next level.
    The final five prospects come out of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Shy Tuttle is the lone prospect in the Scout 100 out of North Carolina and the big defensive tackle is one of the best in the country. He is No. 30 in the country and Alabama, Clemson, and North Carolina lead here.

    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.

    Star NR RR Pos. PR First Last HS State
    5 4 1 OT 1 Mitch Hyatt North Gwinnett GA
    5 5 2 CB 1 Kevin Toliver Trinity Christian FL
    5 6 3 DE 1 CeCe Jefferson Baker County FL
    5 9 4 OT 2 Martez Ivey Apopka FL
    5 11 5 CB 2 Terry Godwin Callaway GA
    5 12 6 DT 3 Daron Payne Shades Valley AL
    5 13 7 WR 1 George Campbell East Lake FL
    5 15 8 DT 4 Trenton Thompson Westover GA
    4 21 9 S 1 Shawn Burgess-Becker Monarch FL
    4 25 10 DE 4 Shameik Blackshear Bluffton SC
    4 27 11 DE 5 Mekhi Brown Carver GA
    4 30 12 DT 6 Shy Tuttle North Davidson NC
    4 33 13 OLB 4 Jeffery Holland Trinity Christian FL
    4 35 14 RB 4 Kerryon Johnson Madison Academy AL
    4 39 15 DT 7 Albert Huggins Orngb-Wilkinson SC
    4 41 16 DE 9 Natrez Patrick Mays GA
    4 44 17 S 4 Derwin James Auburndale Senior FL
    4 46 18 RB 5 DeSherrius Flowers C F Vigor AL
    4 50 19 RB 6 Taj Griffin McEachern GA
    4 51 20 DE 11 Kyle Phillips Hillsboro Comp TN
    4 56 21 OT 4 Javon Patterson Petal MS
    4 57 22 RB 8 Nicholas Brossette LSU Laboratory LA
    4 61 23 DE 14 Byron Cowart Armwood FL
    4 63 24 OLB 7 D'Andre Walker Langston Hughes GA
    4 66 25 WR 6 Tyron Johnson Warren Easton LA
    4 68 26 TE 2 Devonaire Clarington Miami Southridge FL
    4 72 27 RB 9 Derrius Guice Catholic LA
    4 75 28 S 7 Jamal Peters Bassfield MS
    4 78 29 RB 11 Jordan Scarlett University School FL
    4 81 30 RB 13 Malik Dear William B Murrah MS
    4 82 31 QB 3 Torrance Gibson American Heritage FL
    4 86 32 RB 14 Jacques Patrick Timber Creek FL
    4 89 33 OT 8 Jerry Tillery Evangel Christian LA
    4 91 34 WR 8 Jazz Ferguson West Feliciana LA
    4 95 35 OT 11 Drew Richmond University School TN
    4 97 36 WR 10 Preston Williams Lovejoy GA
    4 100 37 S 8 Kendrell McFadden McArthur FL

    NR: National Ranking | RR: Regional Ranking | Pos: Position | PR: Positional Ranking

    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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