The final Scout 300 is out and a handful of players out West made big jumps based on All-American game performances and more year end tape study.
After his dominant showing all week during the Army All-American Game practices, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham defensive lineman Jay Tufele is the latest five-star prospect out West and No. 36 overall prospect nationally.
We've liked Tufele all year and had discussed making him a five-star prospect previously. He has always dominated with the pads on and was tremendous at the Opening Finals last summer. He took his game up a notch during Army week with many calling him the best defensive tackle in attendance.
Tufele doesn't have as big a frame as some other inside guys and that was our only hesitation in moving him up earlier. Saying that, he's so talented, extremely quick off the ball, strong with his hands and can beat a lineman in multiple ways. He works hard, has a great motor and projects as both a run stuffer and inside pass rusher and those guys are very tough to find.
Ty Jones is a player we've liked for a few years now but really wanted to see how he performed on a big stage against similar level athletes.
At the recent Army All-American Game practices, Jones showed he's easily among the most talented pass catchers in the country and jumps in to the Scout 300 as No. 205 ranked prospect nationally. Jones has a great frame, shows a huge catch radius and can run.
The player who made a big move inside the Scout 100 was Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian athlete Deommodore Lenoir. Lenoir from the No. 87 ranked prospect nationally to No. 59 and the No. 2 overall corner in the West.
What makes Lenoir so special is his versatility to play multiple positions. While we have him ranked as a corner, he could play safety, wide receiver and even some running back in college. He had a tremendous senior year and a very impressive showing during the Army AA practices and game.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) athlete Jaylon Redd make the biggest jump inside the Scout 300 moving from the No. 237 prospect nationally to No. 157. Redd had a spectacular season and showed he's among the most dynamic playmakers in the country.
Known more as a cover corner coming in to the season, Redd played primarily running back and showed he could play on the offensive side of the ball in college as well. He's a tough kid who always plays with a bulldog mentality and a chip on his shoulder.
He has a great burst and the speed to run away from a defense and is a lot more physical than his size would indicate. He's one of the toughest players to evaluate because of his frame, at 5-8, you just don't see many players that size have huge college careers but Redd is so talented and so driven that he deserved the bump in ranking. Arizona State, Baylor, Oregon and UCLA are the finalists.
Another player who made a big jump was Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank defensive end D.J. Johnson. The Miami commit moved from the No. 167 prospect nationally to No. 126 after a great week during the Under Armour All-American Game.
Johnson had two sacks in the game but it was what he did during the practices that stood out. Johnson can really get after the quarterback and is easily among the top rush ends in the nation.
He has ideal size for a defensive end, is athletic coming off the corner, plays the run effectively and can chase down plays run away from him. He plays with a nice edge to him and is one of the more physical players out West. We think he'll have a great career at Miami and could see the field sooner than later.
San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Jack Sears made a minor bump moving from No. 134 to No. 117. Sears led the Tritons to a CIF and State Championship this past season and is one of those guys that just seems to have a knack for making the big play at the right time.
The USC commit can beat you with his arm or his legs and made dagger plays all playoff long when it looks like the Tritons opponent was about to make a comeback. He'll be compared to current Trojan quarterback Sam Darnold and that's not fair to do right now as there isn't a hotter quarterback in college than Darnold.
Sears does have a similar approach to the game as Darnold in that he's all business and doesn't let outside distractions get to him. He's a gym rat who just loves football and doesn't care about things like social media or attention. He's poised beyond his years, has a great frame and a very high upside.
What started out as kind of joke turned in to an actual discussion regarding making Redlands East Valley (Calif.) defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips the top overall recruit in the nation.
In a group discussion among national analysts, we started throwing out names for potential No. 1 overall players and as is normally the case, the names started getting sillier and sillier. When someone threw out Phillips' name, we couldn't find any real reason why he wasn't worthy of being a No. 1 overall player.
He killed it all week during the Army practices, had a huge senior season and has the kind of frame, athleticism and toughness that should allow him to compete for a starting job from day one at UCLA next year. You really can't find a weakness in his game at all and on top of his physical talent, he's a tremendous leader, works tirelessly off the field and is the high character type kid that should see him voted a captain in college.
At the end of the end of the day, Phillips moved up to the No. 5 spot nationally but he's a player that barring injury should not only have a great college career but a successful NFL one as well.