Top Still in Tact
Robert Nkemdiche and Reuben Foster are still 1-2 in the country and they did nothing to hurt their stock this season. They actually may have played a little better than expected last week during the practices at Under Armour.
The top seven in the South stayed the same. Following Nkemdiche and Foster are Laremy Tunsil, Montravius Adams, Matthew Thomas, and O.J. Howard (Alabama commitment), and Vernon Hargreaves (Florida commitment).
Three Add Fifth Star
Scout's final rankings have 42 prospects with five stars and three out of the South are new to that group.
For three to enter, some had to move out, and two of those that dropped to four stars are from this region. Demarcus Walker (Florida State commitment) and Dee Liner (Auburn commitment) are two of the top defensive linemen in the country and they slid down to No. 46 and No. 48 respectively.
Two more defensive linemen moved up and they are Chris Jones (Mississippi State commitment) and Greg Gilmore (LSU commitment). Jones is a 6-foot-6, 255 pound defensive end and he has one of the highest ceilings in the class. He is so quick off the ball, he has great range on the edge, and he has so much room to improve. He checks in at No. 24 and he is now the top prospect in Mississippi over safety Antonio Conner.
Gilmore played at around 265 pounds as a junior, but he is now pushing 290 pounds, and he has gotten so much better. He has been a Scout100 prospect from day one, but with the added weight and strength, his game has really elevated, and he is going to continue to improve in Baton Rouge under Brick Haley. Gilmore is now the No. 35 prospect in the country.
He is happy that fifth star.
"Being a five-star just shows me that my hard work is being recognized," Gilmore said. "I have worked hard, I have a great work ethic, and it is nice to know that people are seeing that.
"I thought I had a good week at Under Armour and it is exciting to know people think highly of me as a football player. I used to think about the rankings a lot because that helps you get offers early on, but I have not thought about it much in a while.
"I give my teammates a lot of credit for me getting here too, because without them, I would not be near as successful. Getting the [fifth] star though does mean something to me."
The top prospect in Tennessee is Jalen Ramsey and he was just outside the five-star group in December, but after seeing him once last time compete against the best, he moved up to the No. 2 corner and the No. 20 overall prospect in the country. This USC commitment is 6-feet tall, he weighs just under 200 pounds, and he has great length, ball skills, and quickness.
Moving Into the Scout100
Many prospects moved into the Scout100 in the final rankings.
The highest ranked four-star on Scout is Florida commitment Kelvin Taylor and he is the No. 43 prospect in the country. He has always been in that range, so no real move there, but there were some that did make a move.
Tre'Davius White made a big move in these final ranking. After seeing senior tape and watching him for a week at the Army All-American event, he moved from No. 153 to No. 58 in the country. That move makes him the top prospect in the state of Louisiana and he is committed to LSU. He is an elite corner that is explosive.
Another LSU commitment that made a big move is Frank Herron. The No. 2 prospect in the state of Tennessee is committed to the Tigers and the 6-foot-5, 245 pound defensive end moved to No. 66 from No. 122.
There has been a battle all year for the top running back in the state of Georgia and in the end, Scout went with Alvin Kamara over Tyren Jones. Kamara took his team (Norcross) to a 15-0 season, a state title, and he was named Player of the Year in Georgia. He continued to show everyone that he is not just a speed back looking to get to the edge, but he is a big play waiting to happen. He moved up from No. 103 to No. 69. Alabama and Georgia are fighting for this one right now and Tennessee is in the mix as well.
A handful of others made the move into the Scout100 and they are defensive end Carl Lawson (Auburn commitment) at No. 77, wide receiver Ardarius Stewart (Alabama commitment) at No. 94, safety Tray Matthews (Georgia commitment) at No. 99, and outside linebacker Jayron Kearse (Clemson commitment) at No. 100.
One New Four-Star
After registering 175 tackles as a senior and over 600 tackles in his career, Boulware stayed around the ball against the elite at the Under Armour All-America event.
He has moved into the Scout300 and he is now No. 289 in America.
Expect the 6-foot-1, 226 pound linebacker to make and early impact at Clemson.