Scout released its initial Scout 300 rankings for 2016 and we take a look at the prospects that made the Scout 100 in this feature.
The top overall prospect in the country is outside linebacker Keion Joyner. The five-star out of Havelock, N.C. leads a strong defensive group at the top of the rankings. Only two other linebackers are in the Scout 100 though.
The other two are Lyndell Wilson, the No. 7 overall prospect and Ben Davis, he checks in at No. 30. Both are from Alabama -- Wilson from Montgomery Carver and Davis from Gordo. Wilson could play inside or outside on the next level and Davis may project best at defensive end as his body matures.
None of the three are committed yet. Davis's father played at Alabama, so with the Tide offering last week, odds are high he ends up in Tusclaoosa. Wilson could come down to Alabama and Auburn and Joyner grew up favoring LSU -- he will likely end up in the SEC.
Staying on defense, the defensive line is strong at the top in this region. Three of the top six prospects in the south play with their hands down.
Shavar Manuel (No. 4) is a 6-foot-3.5, 253 pound lineman that could play inside or outside on the next level. He plays at Blake High School in Tampa, Fla. Over 20 schools have offered. Another Floridian is end Nicholas Bosa (No. 9)out of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. He is the younger brother of Joey Bosa, who started as a freshman at Florida State.
Ed Alexander (No. 6)is the top 2016 prospect in Louisiana and the five-star tackle is a former LSU commitment. He could end up back with the Tigers before all is said and done.
Those three are five-stars, then there are four other big bodies inside the Scout 100. Julian Rochester (No. 33) and Michail Carter (No. 99) are both from Georgia and each has been offered by the likes of Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia among others. Dexter Lawrence (Pictured above - No. 36) is the No. 2 prospect in North Carolina and Rashard Lawrence (No. 49) is No. 4 in Louisiana.
The third level of defense has five prospects near the top of the Scout rankings. Three are cornerbacks and two are safeties.
Metairie (La.) Rummel corner Kristian Fulton is the top guy at his position. He checks in at No. 22 overall and No. 2 in Louisiana. He is pushing 6-feet tall with good length and fluid hips. Over 10 schools have offered.
At safety, Marquez Callaway leads the way in the south and he could ranked just as high as a wide receiver. Callaway is the No. 55 prospect in the country and he plays at Warner Robins in Georgia. Jaquelle Green (No. 89) is a ball-hawk out of out Biloxi (Miss.) D'Ibberville. He had seven interceptions in 2013 returning four for touchdowns.
The wide receiver group is very strong at the top of the region and 10 made it into the Scout 100.
Tampa (Fla.) Catholic Nate Craig has been a five-star for close to 10 months and he is the No. 8 overall on Scout. He's a 6-2, 200 pound freak athlete with offers from coast to coast.
Darnell Salomon (No. 24), Cavin Rodley (No. 25), Sam Bruce (No. 44), Stephen Sullivan (No. 57), DeKaylin Metcalf (No. 57), Mykel Jones (No. 75), Demetris Robertson (No. 79), Clyde Leflore (No. 93), and Dionte Mullins (No. 100) are the other nine.
Only two are committed at this time and they are Sullivan to LSU and Metcalf to Ole Miss.
Three other big receivers, ranked as tight ends by Scout are inside the top 100 as well. Isaac Nauta (No. 39) has been picking up offers since his freshman year. He is a 6-4, 240 pounder who can catch and block out of Buford, Ga.
Charlie Woerner (No. 83) is also from Georgia and he could be used in multiple at 6-5, 224 pounds. Octavius Cooley (No. 69) is an elite athlete out of Mississippi and he looks more like a college tight end than high school.
Only two quarterbacks made this list and that is Shea Patterson and Feleipe Franks. Both are dual-threat quarterbacks with the ability to make the throws and escape the rush with their feet. Patterson has been extremely sharp in front of Scout this spring and he earned himself the top ranking in Louisiana and the No. 18 overall spot in the Scout 100. He is currently committed to Arizona, but looking around.
Franks is the No. 2 signal caller in the region and the No. 63 overall. He is already committed to LSU.
The guys that line up being the quarterback are running backs and five of them fall between 19 and 87.
At 19 is Tavien Feaster, a speedster out of Spartanburg, S.C. Clemson is looked at at the leader early on and he is a back that will have his choice of ACC/SEC schools when he is ready.
On the offensive line, three tackles see their names on the Scout 100.
Big Ben Cleveland (No. 46) is on top in the region and No. 5 nationally at his position. He is 6-6, 320, and was clocked at 5.1 seconds in the 40 yard dash this spring. Schools started offering him as a freshman and Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and Georgia are among those on his list.
Willie Allen and Chidi Okeke-Valentine are the the other two tackles. Allen is out of dominant program John Curtis Christian in Louisiana and he checks in at No. 82. Okeke-Valentine landed at No. 94 overall and he plays in Hialeah, Fla. at Champagnat Catholic.
See full 2016 Scout 100 here