The Updated Scout 300 for 2018

Scout updates the Scout 300 for the class of 2018, with a number of newcomers to the 300 and expanded positional rankings but the same No. 1 prospect in the class, Cartersville (Ga.) quarterback Trevor Lawrence...

The 2018 Scout 300

When the initial Scout 300 for 2018 was released last spring, Cartersville (Ga.) quarterback Trevor Lawrence was the inaugural No. 1 prospect in the 2018 rankings. 

Nearly a year later, in the Updated Scout 300 for 2018, Lawrence, a pledge to Clemson, remains at the top.

Just behind Lawrence is the top defensive prospect in the 2018 class, Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin defensive end Micah Parsons, a commit to Penn State.

At No. 3 is Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Patrick Surtain and at No. 4 is Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, a commit to USC.

http://www.scout.com/player/204063-palaie-gaoteote

The top running back in this class is the No. 5 overall prospect, Zamir White from Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland.

At No. 6 is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defensive end Xavier Thomas followed by the No. 1 offensive linemen in 2018, Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy guard Jamaree Salyer, at No. 7.

Coming in at No. 8 is Houston (Texas) Lamar cornerback Anthony Cook followed by another cornerback, Tyreke Johnson from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy at No. 9.

http://www.scout.com/player/204917-anthony-cook

Rounding out the top ten is Long Beach (Calif.) Poly quarterback Matt Corral, a commit to USC.

In addition, Scout expanded its class of 2018 rankings to include a position-by-position breakdown. To view by positions, click here and then select a position to view by clicking on "Filters" and then the corresponding position tab.

Across the country, the receiver crop is as good as it has ever been and there are 57 receivers in the Scout 300, by far the most for one position group.

But it is a strong year in the secondary too, with 58 defensive backs on the list, 31 safeties and 27 at cornerback.

The South has the most prospects in the Scout 300 with 117 players represented.

The Midlands and the West each have 61 prospects in the 300 for 2018, followed by 35 from the East and rounded out with 26 from the Midwest.


EAST

When it comes to rushing the passer, the East has some very good defensive end prospects with high ceilings, and lots of room for development.

The No. 2 player in the nation, Penn State commit Micah Parsons of Harrisburg (Pa.) High, hits up the 7-on-7 scene and plays cornerback, running back, receiver and linebacker. His athleticism and ability on the field have some schools telling Parsons he can play running back and defensive end, but make no mistakes about it, he can be a lethal defensive end who can change games.

http://www.scout.com/player/198471-micah-parsons

There is also a lot of depth behind Parsons at the defensive end slot in the region.

Four-star prospects Tyler Friday of Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco, Eyabi Anoma of Baltimore St. Frances, Thomas Booker of Baltimore Gilman and Dorian Hardy of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic are each defensive end prospects.  Also, Notre Dame commit Justin Ademilola of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, Dante Stills of Fairmont (W. Va.) High, T.J. Banks of North Versailles (Pa.) East Allegheny and Tyler Baylor of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel are also on pushing to get a fourth star.

-National recruiting analyst Brian Dohn


MIDLANDS

It is a tremendous year for the defensive back in the state of Texas and Anthony Cook is currently the best of the best. He has all of the skills that you look for in a true cover corner. He is a technician at the position and has the size and attitude to play in tight coverage against the biggest and baddest wide receivers. The newly minted five-star prospect climbs the ladder to the No. 1 spot in the Midlands. He is a hard working prospect with an attitude and zest for the craft that we feel will help translate to his collegiate success. Cook is an UnderArmour-All-American and has been invited to The Opening Finals.

http://www.scout.com/player/204917-anthony-cook

The depth at the safety position is amazing in the Midlands region, as there are five safeties rated in the Scout Top 100 in 2018.

Topping the list is Angleton (Texas) High athlete B.J. Foster, who is now the No. 1 rated safety in the region after being reclassified to the position from athlete. Following Foster is TCU commit Atanza Vongor from Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie and LSU commit Caden Sterns from Cibolo (Texas) Steele. Arp (Texas) defender DeMarvion Overshown has one of the nation’s most elite offer lists and will remain rated at safety, but he could also get a look at linebacker as he grows and matures. Rounding out that impressive list of specimens is fierce defender Leon O'Neal from Cypress (Texas) Springs, who takes up his rightful place in the Scout Top 100.

-National recruiting analyst Greg Powers


MIDWEST

The top prospect in the Midwest continues to be offensive tackle Jack Carman. He is a prototype tackle body with length, athleticism and he plays with a mean streak. He definitely has a chance to challenge for five stars this spring and summer.

http://www.scout.com/player/202694-jack-carman

The whole Midwest is strong for offensive linemen this year. Some are right on the verge of four-star status.

It is also a good year for linebackers in the state of Ohio. Chris Oats and Dallas Gant were joined in the Scout 300 by Xavier Peters and Brian Asamoah is just outside that range and could move his way in soon.

-National recruiting analyst Allen Trieu


SOUTHEAST

The early storyline in the South in the class of 2018 was the quarterback position and it is not fading any time soon. Trevor Lawrence, the top prospect in the country and Clemson commitment out of Cartersville (Ga.), remains the table setter but others in the region are making the gap close as time progresses.

The passer making the most noise here is Penn State commitment Justin Fields. A true dual-threat, the Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison prospect may have been the top quarterback Scout has seen in the South early into the new year. While Lawrence recovers from a foot injury, Fields continues to wow and close the gap in the Peach State itself, also home to Scout 100 Ohio State QB commitment Emory Jones.

http://www.scout.com/player/209645-justin-fields

The state of Florida is on Georgia's heels regarding elites at the game's most important position, boasting top 10 arms Artur Sitkowski (Miami) and Joey Gatewood (Auburn). There is a mix of pro-style and dynamic athletes at the position that will define the South in the cycle with five of the nation's top 10 quarterbacks from the region and a trio of additional four stars holding their own as well.

Wide receiver is a position to keep an eye on in the South as it may soon challenge the West atop the rankings in the class. Bossier City (La.) Parkway standout Terrace Marshall adds a fifth star in this update after another great fall followed by a dominant camp showing earlier this month. Right on his heels, Phenix City (Ala.) Central specimen Justyn Ross just accomplished the same in Atlanta. The state of Alabama's top prospect may be in the running for the nation's top receiver prospect before the final release in January.

-Southeast recruiting analyst John Garcia


WEST

The top player out West is Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. The USC commit, ranked as the No. 4 overall player in the country, would have been the top linebacker in the region as a junior last year as well and has tremendous upside. There really isn’t anything on football field that Gaoteote doesn’t excel at. He has the size, toughness and instincts to play in the middle with the quickness, athleticism and playmaking skill to play on the outside. He can rush the passer, is tough against the run, can chase down plays run away from him and shows the cover skills to track a back or tight end 30 yards down the field and make a play on the ball.

The strongest position group out West this year is easily the wide receivers. The class of 2016 was very strong but in terms of strength at the top of the board and the overall depth, the class of ’18 is even stronger.

Among the top 60 prospects in the region that are all in the Scout 300, an amazing 14 are wide receivers and that’s not including Chase Williams and Devon Williams, who are rated with the athletes and Michael Ezeike, who was just moved to tight end and just missed making the cut.

http://www.scout.com/player/198157-amon-ra-st-brown

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s Amon-Ra St. Brown is the top guy on our board and is also rated as the top receiver in the country. He’s a dynamic pass catcher, tremendous after the catch with great hands and is a big play threat in the return game as well.

-National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins


The 2018 Scout 300


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