The Five-star Club
It is another top group in this region and leading the way in 2014 is offensive tackle Cameron Robinson. The 6-foot-6, 335 pound junior out of Monroe (La.) West Monroe favors Alabama, LSU, and Texas at this time. Those three among many others have offered Robinson. He has the size, feet, length, and agility schools covet at this position.
Robinson the No. two overall prospect and Marlon Humphrey sits at No. four. Humphrey is a cornerback out of Hoover, Ala. that is close to 6-feet tall and he great quickness in short space, he is a strong tackler, and he can really open up his hips and run with top receivers. He would be the top corner in the south this year, he is that good.
The next two five-star prospects are running backs Leonard Fournette and Sony Michel. Fournette is out of St. Augustine in New Orleans, La. and Michel is out of American Heritage in Plantation, Fla. Both can name their school and both have been talked about since they were in little league and both can run with power and speed.
Rounding out the five-star group at this time are two more out of the state of Louisiana. Gerald Willis is a strong end out of Edna Karr in New Orleans and Laurence Jones is a safety out of Neville in Monroe. Willis likes Alabama, Florida, and LSU early on and he is the younger brother of 2012 Alabama signee Landon Collins.
Jones plays cornerback at Neville and he is over 6-feet tall, very physical, and Scout likes him at safety on the next level. He is the last five-star out of the south at this time and he the No. 12 overall prospect in the country.
The Best by Position
Deepest Position in Scout100
Without question, it is running back. Fournette and Michel are one-two in the country, but eight out of the top 11 at this position are out of the south.
After the top two are Joseph Yearby, Racean Thomas, and Bo Scarborough. All could end up with five stars beside their names down the road on Scout. Yearby plays for Miami Central in Miami, Fla. and he is one of the most productive and durable running backs in the country and he is already committed to Florida State. Thomas and Scarborough are both out of Alabama and both are elite backs. Thomas stars at Oxford and the 5-foot-11, 197 pound back is fast, but he can catch and run with power as well. Scarborough is a 6-foot-2, 225 pound athlete who reminds some of Alabama commitment Derrick Henry right now. Scarborough is a big athlete out of Northridge and he could play a number of positions on the next level if running back does not work out and he is committed to Alabama.
At six, seven, and eight are Jalen Hurd out of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., Dalvin Cook out of Miami Central in Miami, Fla. and Derrell Scott out of Havelock in Havelock, N.C. All are elite backs who can really change a game.
Hurd is another bigger back at 6-feet, 3-inches tall and 210 pounds, but he can bend, he runs with good pad level, and he is a fluid runner. Cook is all about speed and that is his biggest asset right now. He can get to the edge, turn it up the field, and score six points very quickly. He is an early Clemson commitment. When talking speed, you have to mention Scott in that conversation. He really plays fast, he cuts well, and he is a back that is only going to get better as he gets bigger and stronger.
The positional breakdown looks like this early in October:
Running Back: (Eight) Leonard Fournette, Sony Michel, Joseph Yearby, Racean Thomas, Bo Scarborough, Jalen Hurd, Dalvin Cook, and Derrell Scott
Wide Receiver: (Five) Malachi Durpe, Trevion Thompson, Ermon Lane, Shaquille Davidson, and Artavis Scott
Tight End: (One) Jacory Washington
Offensive Tackle: (Three) Cameron Robinson, K.C. McDermott, and Bentley Spain
Offensive Guard: (Three) Donnell Stanley, Roderick Taylor, and Garrett Brumfield
Defensive End: (Two) Gerald Willis and Keyon Brown
Defensive Tackle: (Five) Khairi Clark, Josh Frazier, Travonte Valentine, Elisha Shaw, and Dexter Wideman
Outside Linebacker: (None)
Middle Linebacker: (Two) Tre Williams and Raekwon McMillan
Cornerback: (Three) Marlon Humphrey, D.J. Smith, and Treon Harris
Safety: (Two) Laurence Jones and Ronnie Clark
The Next Five
Quinn is a wide receiver out of Lake Charles, La. with strong hands and the ability to get open consistently. Reynolds is another receiver with big-play ability and a lot of raw talent. He is out of Punta Gorda, Fla. Pierce is a very athletic tight end out of Plantation, Fla. with the frame to add weight and unlimited potential. Cole is a natural offensive tackle out of Tarpon Springs, Fla. with great feet and long arms. Ware is in that hybrid mold and he can play with his hand down or out of the two-point stance on the next level. He's out of Crestview, Fla.