South: 2014 Scout100

Scout recently released their initial Scout300 and we take a look at the prospects that made the Scout100 from the south here.

Out of the top 100 on Scout, 34 are from the south region and it is a very strong group at the top in 2014.

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

  • At running back, you can flip a coin. Leonard Fournette and Sony Michel are right there together and while Fournette leads the way today, do not be surprised if Michel takes that spot down the road. Both are big backs with great power, good balance, and the ability to carry a team. Michel is coming off an ACL tear in 2011 as he gets back to 100-percent, watch out.

  • Malachi Dupre is a 6-foot-3, 175 pound receiver and he is graceful on the football field. He may not make the most plays now or put up the biggest stats because of the offense he plays in, but he is very fluid, he is great in jump-ball situations, he has very good speed, and he has strong hands. He plays for powerhouse John Curtis Christian in River Ridge, La.

  • There is only one tight end out of the south in the Scout100 and that is Jacory Washington. He is a very athletic tight end who has a lot of upside. The 6-foot-5, 215 pound junior plays for Westlake in Westlake, La. and he has great size, speed, and play-making ability. He is only going to get better as he improves his strength, blocking, and route running.

  • The top prospect in this region is the top offensive tackle and that is Cameron Robinson out of West Monroe. You cannot draw them up any better than him. He is very good now and he is only going to get better. You cannot teach the way he moves at his size. He plays very light on his feet.

  • If you could put Robinson at tackle and have Donnell Stanley beside him at guard, it could be part of one of the best offensive lines out there. Stanley is a 6-foot-4, 312 pound interior offensive lineman who is a great drive blocker. He has great strength, he keeps his legs moving, and he loves to finish his blocks. He is out of the small town of Latta, S.C., but he has a lot of big offers.

  • Five-star Gerald Willis leads the way at defensive end and he can do so much on the edge. He is strong against the run and he can really get after the quarterback. His hands are active, he has a good first step, and as long as he plays under control, he is among the best in the country. His speed and aggressive can get him out of position, but he has the ability to take over a game right now.

  • Defensive tackle is a very strong position in this region and the top guy right now is Khairi Clark. This 6-foot-3, 305 pound junior is a nightmare in the middle. He rarely gets pushed back, he is a guy who plays with good leverage, he is strong at the point of attack, and he can move well side-to-side. Clark plays for Chaminade-Madonna in Hollywood, Fla.

  • Tre Williams is the top inside linebacker and the junior out of Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal can do it all. He is a sideline to sideline player, he is explosive, and he has some pop when he tackles. He is a smart player as well and he has shown the ability to move well in space. He has been a star since his freshman season.

  • Marlon Humphrey needs no introduction, he is a top five prospect in this class, and the son of former Alabama star Bobby Humphrey is the top corner in the country. He can still add a little weight, but he has very few weaknesses. He is clearly a national recruit.

  • At safety, Laurence Jones is the guy. He could get a look at cornerback in college, he is that good, but when talking upside and potential, he is a safety. He is a very physical player, he has great ball skills, and he will make a lot of plays on the next level.

    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.

    Positional Breakdown

    The positional breakdown looks like this early in October:

    Quarterback: (None)
    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
    Center: (None)
    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

    Who is sitting just outside the Scout100 you might ask, the next five prospects are Trey Quinn, Dwight Reynolds, Ravian Pierce, Mason Cole, and Denzel Ware.

    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.

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