The Opening: South Stock Report

Who saw their stock improve while competing at The Opening last week? Scout breaks down the prospects that saw their stock move in both a positive and negative way here...

Many stood out at The Opening in a positive way and there ranking will reflect that, but when someone moves up, others have to move down.

We take a look at who saw their stock improve first.

Stock Up

  • Derek Barnett | DE | Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy
    Barnett is a versatile defensive lineman who could play end in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3. He is athletic for a defensive lineman and he has good quick subtle moves in space. He is filling out his frame (6-3/281) well and you can expect him to add a fourth star in the future. Ohio State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt look to be the favorites.

  • Bijhon Jackson | DT | El Dorado (Ark.)
    Jackson may not wow you with his size when standing next to guys that are 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5, but he is a pretty explosive player on the defensive front. At 6-foot-2, 330 pounds, he gets off the ball quickly and he really works his hands. He plays with good leverage too and was stout in the run blocking drills and above average when turned loose to rush the passer. Jackson is a strong Arkansas commitment.

  • Devonte Noil | WR | New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
    You cannot draw up a better slot receiver than Noil. He is electric with the ball in his hands. While his size may limit him a little longterm, he is one of the top playmakers in the country right now. He is so quick and so explosive. He can be used at receiver, in the Wildcat formation, and on special teams. The athlete moved into the Scout 100 this week and he favors Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, and USC.

  • Anthony Moten | DT | Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
    Moten is growing in a good way and he is getting stronger, filling out his frame, and he is playing with more confidence. He held his own against some top offensive linemen at The Opening and he won more battles than he lost. He has good arm length, he showed good leverage for his size, and he is really developing nicely. He is committed to Florida.

  • Bentley Spain | OT | Charlotte (N.C.) Providence
    Spain missed the 2012 season with a knee injury, but he is on his way back in a big way. He has a great build with long arms, a big chest, and his feet make him a legit left tackle candidate on the next left. He did a nice job of sitting back and letting the defensive linemen come to him at The Opening and not lunging or losing his balance. He should commit to North Carolina, South Carolina or Stanford later this month.

  • Chad Thomas | DE | Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
    This kid has really taken off. Scout has liked him a lot from the beginning, but he is really starting to show why he is ranked as a top 100 prospect nationally. He has always been a speed guy off the edge, but he showed some real power in Oregon. He worked his hands, he worked moves inside and outside, and he really was the top performer at his position. Thomas is a true weakside end in a 4-3 scheme. Florida State, LSU, and Miami are three schools to watch.

  • Ronald Walker | S | Jackson (Miss.) Callaway
    Some thought Walker May be too big to play safety, that is not the case. It is still a possibility for him to grow into an outside linebacker down the road, but for now, he is a safety, and a very good one. He is long and athletic and he showed great range in the secondary and the speed to get to the ball. His closing speed was an impressive as anything against top wideouts and quarterbacks at The Opening. He is committed to Ole Miss.

    Stock Down

  • Khairi Clark | DT | Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna
    Definitely one of the best interior defensive linemen on the high school level and he has the potential to play on Sundays one day. He just has to be more consistent and work on his condition. He is up to 320 pounds and he would be better closer to 300 pounds. He still flashes that elite quickness off the ball and he can be very disruptive, but he bring it on a more consistent basis. The tools are there for this Florida commitment.

  • Josh Frazier | DT | Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber
    At this time, Frazier looks more like a plugger and a man clogging up the middle. That is okay, but he can be more than that if he improves his quickness off the ball. His showed fairly good power, but he pops up quickly out of his stance and allowed offensive linemen to control him often at The Opening. He is a big body, he is solid against the run, but he has slipped out of the Scout 100. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, and USC are his top five.

  • Wesley Green | CB | Lithonia (Ga.) M.L.K.
    Green is a good corner and he plays with a lot of swagger and confidence. He is a very aggressive defensive back and he is known to jump routes and take chances. He struggled at times mirroring those quick receivers off the line of scrimmage. He can play press and soft coverage, but he was better playing off receivers in Oregon. Needs to work on reading receivers better and not eyeing the quarterback as much. Green is committed to South Carolina.

  • Kentavius Street | DE | Greenville (N.C.) Page
    Street was on and off at The Opening and just needs to work on his quickness off the ball. He was better against the run blocking drills than he was when he was able to rush the passer. His frame is a little concerning too when talking long-term. Has he maxed out his frame? Will he stay at end or could he carry enough weight to move inside? He plays hard and we love his motor, but there are a few more questions about his overall ability with his hand down now. North Carolina State leads Florida State and others.

  • Andrew Williams | DE | McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy
    Williams is great when he is turned loose and can use his speed and length to pursue the football, but he still has a lot of developing to do. He needs to get better at the point of attack, he needs to play with more intensity, and he needs to get stronger, specifically in the upper-body. He has a solid first step and he is great in pursuit, but he struggles when the ball is run his way. Working his hands more and creating separation with his length will help him against the run. His pad level was solid at The Opening. Williams plans to cut his list down soon. Auburn, Clemson, and Notre Dame are looked at as contenders for this weakside end.

    Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg contributed to this feature.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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