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Two new five stars and three new four stars out of the South in the final 2017 Scout 300 rankings

The final Scout 300 rankings are out and here are 10 moves you need to know about out of the South...

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1.  Joshua Kaindoh moved up to a five star and he is now the No. 1 defensive end in the South.  Kaindoh put on a show in Orlando (Fla.) at the Under Armour All-America practices and in the game.  The Florida State commit has all the tools you look for in an elite defensive end.  The part of his game that has most improved over the past year is his ability to get to the quarterback.  The 6-foot-6, 252 pounder out of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy has already moved to Tallahassee (Fla.) and the five star could make an early impact for the Seminoles.

2.  Jacoby Stevens made a couple of moves in the final rankings.  Not only did the star out of Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland move to safety from athlete, but he also went from four stars to five stars.  He looks like an NFL player right now physically, and he is such a mature and intelligent young man.  The LSU commit will make an early impact in Baton Rouge (La.) and he is one who could spend just three years in college before heading for the NFL.  He is the complete package at safety with the ability move around in the secondary and never leave the field.

3.  Miami commit Jonathan Garvin out of Lake Worth (Fla.) broke records at his high school this year, including the one for sacks in a season.  He had 25 sacks in 2016.  Garvin is a 6-4, 223 pound defensive end who added a fourth star in the final rankings.  He is an early enrollee and he will give the Hurricanes some length and speed off the edge.  Garvin is now the No. 9 defensive end in the South.

4.  Ameer Speed passes the eye test, and his senior film looked just as good.  Scout saw speed live and on tape, and he was already a borderline Scout 300 prospect, but after re-evaluating him after his senior season, he has made the move up the rankings and into the Scout 300.  Speed is a 6-3, close to 200 pound corner that is tough at the line of scrimmage and he is very good on the perimeter as a tackler.  GeorgiaNorth Carolina and Oregon get official visits in January and he will decide between those three, Michigan State and Virginia Tech on signing day.

5.  Malik Willis has already left Roswell (Ga.) and moved to Auburn to play for the the Tigers.  He is a dynamic athlete who really improved as a quarterback and helped his team reach the state championship game in December.  Willis is a dual-threat quarterback who finished with over 3,500 yards of total offense and 37 touchdowns in 2016.  He could be a star in Gus Malzahn's offense at Auburn.

6.  Montgomery (Ala.) Lee wide receiver Henry Ruggs was extremely impressive as senior and he capped off his senior year with one of the best performances in San Antonio (Texas) as an Army All-American.  Ruggs is an explosive athlete who is down to AlabamaAuburnFloridaFlorida State and Penn State.  He is still raw in some areas, but he has speed, he creates separation and he can make big plays.  He moved into the Scout 100 and he is now the South's No. 6 wide receiver.

7.  Oklahoma commit Jacob Phillips made his move into the Scout 300 late in the spring, then after evaluating him as a senior, the linebacker out of Nashville (Tenn.) East has moved into the Scout 100.  Phillips is a 6-3, 223 pound inside linebacker who can really come down hill and make plays.  He is very strong at the point of attack and he is now Scout's No. 2 inside linebacker in the South.  The Sooners are watching this one closely because LSU has come on here and the Tigers will host Phillips on an official visit this weekend.

8.  Mississippi State may have landed their next star quarterback in this class.  New Orleans (La.) Landry Walker's Keytaon Thompson led his team to state championship as a senior and he is a true dual-threat quarterback with real upside as he develops his game more as a passer.  At 6-4, 206, he is athletic with a good arm and a great feel for the game.  Thompson has played hurt, he has stepped up in big games and he is a winner.  Thompson moved into the Scout 300 and he is now the South's No. 5 quarterback.

9.  It seems like we have been talking about Dylan Moses for the past decade, but the five star ends his high school career as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country.  He started off being ranked as an athlete, then outside linebacker and he overtook the No. 1 spot for Scout in the final rankings.  Moses is likely to be a star at Alabama, where he is already enrolled and he will play the same role that former five stars Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster have played the last four years.  Moses was named a five star three years ago and he finishes the No. 14 prospect in the country.

10.  Cam Akers went out on top leading Clinton (Miss.) to a state title his senior year.  He had over 5,200 yards of total offense and 65 touchdowns.  He ended his career as the No. 1 prospect in the South.  Akers was No. 2 behind Stanford commit, quarterback Davis Mills, but the Florida State Seminole ended up the No. 1 prospect in the South and No. 3 overall.  He will replace former five-star running back Dalvin Cook in Tallahassee (Fla.) and you can expect to see big plays this fall from Akers.


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