A combination of new eyes on players from around the country at the major All-Star games along with senior season film arriving created one of the biggest shakeups in Scout300 history as thirteen new student-athletes take up part of the top fifty spots in the country which makes up the nation's five star prospects.
"Anthony Chickillo made one of the biggest jumps that I have seen since being with the Scout Recruiting team and he deserved it," said Chad Simmons, Southeast regional manager for Scout.com. "He has shown that high motor he plays with each time I have seen him in camps, practice, games, and on tape. He went down to Orlando and played right there day to day with Jadeveon Clowney, the number one prospect in America. He really showed he is one of the best in America."
Simmons saw the largest number of players moving into the five-star status with six from his region.
"All of those guys, except Chickillo, were already members of the top 100 in the country, so none made huge jumps, but Williams made the move into the national top 10 pushing fellow Florida safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix for the top safety in America. All had impressive performances in All-American contests against the top players in the country."
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"He was ranked as a high four-star and the nation's number 19 player at his position, prior to being elevated to the No. 3 defensive tackle," said Bob Lichtenfels, East regional manager for Scout.com, who added Simmons is winding down his recruitment and is looking at Texas Tech, USC, Florida, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, North Carolina and Iowa.
Also finding his way back into the Scout.com Top 50 after being one of the intial five stars during his junior year is Oil City (Pa.) tight end Ben Koyack.
"Koyack plays wide receiver in high school, so there was a question about his ability to block," said Lichtenfels. "Koyack showed in Orlando, Fla. that he can not only block, but he is pretty good at it. Koyack is headed to Notre Dame where he will be expected to be the next great tight end to roam the field for the Fighting Irish."
Another of the impressive All-Stars comes from the West where the region's top quarterback moves up to the number three spot at the position nationally.
"When I look at Hundley, I see a college ready quarterback," said Brandon Huffman, West regional manager for Scout.com. "He's a guy who doesn't need to fit in a system, but can (and will) with the pistol at UCLA. He's got good arm strength, can make all of the throws, and, most importantly for UCLA's offense, the ability to make plays with his feet. He's already been running a variation of the pistol at Chandler so the learning curve won't be as steep for him.
"The other thing that stands out about him is his mental makeup. He's not rattled easily, has good poise, and his feel for the pocket is top-notch. He's one of the most well-rounded and versatile quarterbacks to come out of the West in a long time."
The Midlands region saw three players move up into the five star range and two of those players had major impacts at the national All-Star games.
"Nathan Hughes made a huge rise through the rankings after showing the country his talent level at the Under Armour All-American game where he battled through practices with a broken hand," said Midlands regional manager Greg Powers. "Hughes is a guy who always had a nice frame and the potential to grow in to an elite level talent, but he came in to his own before he actually arrived in college. He has the size and strength to make an early impact in Norman. Jaxon Shipley is one of the slickest route runners in the country and put up staggering numbers as a senior despite the fact that he rarely got snaps after halftime during the regular season. He will be an excellent college receiver and will have a strong chance to see the field from day one at Texas.
"Jordan Phillips is the first kid from his high school to play major division one football and he is one of the biggest physical freaks in the country. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds he moves like a linebacker and is able to completely dominate the competition on the level he plays at in high school. He is also a standout on the basketball court which speaks to his athleticism. Because of the transition from a small school to the college limelight it will be interesting to see if Phillips needs a red-shirt year to adjust, but there is no doubt about his potential."