Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge two-way player Chans Cox, was originally a four-star middle linebacker, but he's now a four-star fullback, and the top-ranked fullback nationally by Scout.com.
"What makes Chans Cox such a highly regarded prospect is his versatility," said Jason Jewell, the Southwest Recruiting Analyst. "He is a legit 6-3, 230 pounds and runs like a deer. Cox is a kid that could play middle linebacker, outside linebacker, tight end, fullback, H-back or even defensive at the next level. It should come as no surprise that Cox was given the #1 fullback spot in the most recent rankings by Scout.com. He runs well, will not shy away from contact and catches the ball well."
Of the four newcomers to the Scout 300, two were on the brink in the previous update, while the other two have seen their stock skyrocket, thanks to stellar springs and more chances to be seen, after flying under-the-radar at smaller schools or more obscure areas.
No player has seen their stock rise more than Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak linebacker Kevin Palma. After just missing the linebacker MVP at the SoCal NFTC, Palma left no doubt at the Oakland NFTC, and he's moved up the outside linebacker rankings.
"Not only has Kevin Palma been the most impressive linebacker in-person this spring, you can make an argument that he has been the top defensive player in the region, regardless of position," said Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst. "He's a rocked out 6-2, 240 pounds with great athleticism and toughness. He has flashed the ability to both rush the passer and drop back in to coverage and his football instincts along with his strong work ethic off the field should see Palma making an impact at the next level sooner than expected."
Another player who was just a blip on the radar before the spring was San Diego (Calif.) Horizon receiver Darren Carrington. He too left Oakland the MVP of his positional group at the NFTC.
"Darren Carrington has everything you're looking for in an elite receiver and has dominated at every event he has participated in," said Biggins. "At 6-3, 180 pounds, he has good size and combines it with excellent body control, hands and play making ability. He was the WR MVP at the recent NIKE Camp in Oakland and had his way with what was a very stacked DB field."
Another California native, Encino (Calif.) Crespi's Tyler Foreman, has been a top prospect in the Southland for the past two years, starting since he was a sophomore for the Celts. But his stock is on the rise this spring, thanks to several good showings on the passing league circuit.
"Tyler Foreman has been on the cusp of the Scout 300 but his performance's this spring, where he's shown a tremendous amount of athleticism and range in camps," said Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst. "He had good junior film, where we can see the physical nature of his game, but he's shown far more speed and quickness and ball skills this spring and really has a well-rounded game as a safety."
The fourth addition to the Scout 300 is Spokane (Wash.) Mead athlete Danny Mattingly, who's gotten offers for both sides of the ball.
"Danny Mattingly has the perfect build and athleticism to play a stand up rush end in a 3-4 defense," said Jake Worthen, Northwest Recruiting Analyst. "Mattingly is at his best when he is coming off the edge, he has great quickness and can get on quarterbacks in a hurry. He also has the strength to manhandle any running backs or tight ends tasked with blocking him. A testament to his athleticism, some schools, like Oklahoma, are even targeting the 6'5" 225lbs prospect as a tight end."
Here is an Updated Look at the Scout 300.