Prospects Who Got a Bump from the Midlands Region in the Latest Rankings Update

Scout's National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers takes a look at some of the Midlands rankings risers per the latest release of the Scout Top 300 and beyond...

WR Devonta Jason - Top 100

New to the Top 100 is the big-bodied Kansas Jayhawks wide receiver commitment. Jason is a matchup problem for opposing defensive backs because of his frame and his ball skills in traffic, especially in red-zone situations. Jason has proven to be a red-zone ball-winner who consistently high-points the ball for difference-making plays. At 6-foot-3, he shows impressive body control as he adjusts to the ball mid-flight.

OLB DaShaun White - Top 300

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New to the Scout 300 is the hybrid style backer from North Richland Hills (Texas) Richland. White is one of the more physically imposing players in the Dallas area. He is that new age style of coverage linebacker who can combat today's fast-paced offenses. He is above average in coverage and will absolutely lay the wood. He closes on the ball quickly and we like that he is able to save his defense yardage by attacking the zero angle. In addition to good downhill speed, he shows adequate sideline-to-sideline speed. White is considering schools like Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, and UCLA.

ATH Cameron Brown - Top 300

New to the Scout 300 is the Nebraska Cornhuskers athlete commit. Brown is a fast, sudden athlete who could play defensive back or wide receiver in college. As a receiver, he has excellent ability after the catch with the speed to run by defenders downfield. He shows good body control and is able to create separation with sudden stop-starts and fluidity. He shows good ball skills and will go up and attack the football. On defense, that same speed and ball skills are assets, but he also shows a willingness to put his face on a ball carrier as a tackler. 

WR Ja'Marr Chase - Top 300

New to the Scout 300, Chase is a talented receiver among the top pass-catchers in the state of Louisiana's 2018 class. He possesses an above average frame and projects as an outside receiver at the Power Five conference level. Chase is not necessarily a make-you-miss player with the ball in his hands, but he does flash very good run-after-catch ability, and he can also get behind defenses to stretch the field vertically. He is down to three schools in LSUTCU, and Tennessee

ATH Byron Hanspard II - Top 300

Hanspard moves back into the Top 300 after a very brief hiatus, as he is right there ebbing and flowing with some top-tier prospects, but look for him to have locked down his spot now. The Arkansas Razorbacks commitment is set to play cornerback once he arrives on the college scene in Fayetteville, Ark. He has been a tremendous athlete so far at DeSoto (Texas) where he played multiple positions while helping the Eagles capture their first ever state title in 2016. He has always been a weapon on offense, so it would not be a surprise to see him utilized in the return game. A savvy player with a high upside as a defensive back.  

WR Kalon Barnes - Four-Star

Picking up a fourth star is the Baylor Bears commit from Silsbee (Texas). Barnes is a big-play receiver who lines up around the formation for his high school team, but may project best as an outside receiver in college. Barnes possesses a good frame at 6-foot+ that has ample space for bulk addition. Barnes is a proven vertical threat who can hit the home run. He's also a consistent high-pointer whose frame and body control allow him to win balls in traffic. Barnes is also a threat in the jet/fly game when lined up in the slot.

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