Looking across the country for the top player in the initial release of the Scout 100 for the class of 2015, conversations centered on a pair of defenders from the Lone Star State, two quarterbacks in the Golden State and a trio of prospects from the South.
When it was all said and done, though, Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle stood atop the rankings, the second straight year the junior rankings were topped by a native of the Old Dominion State.
Settle was one of two Virginia prospects in the top 10 in the initial Scout 100, joined by Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's linebacker Ricky DeBerry, who checked in at tenth.
Texas was home to the second and third-ranked players and third player from Texas also made the top ten.
Mesquite (Texas) Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson just missed being the top-ranked player in the 2015 class and he was followed by Gladewater (Texas) defensive tackle Daylon Mack. Plano (Texas) West running back Sotonye Jamabo, the top-ranked running back by Scout, was listed at seventh overall in the country.
The South is home to the top three prospects in the 2014 class and in 2015, the fourth, fifth and sixth-ranked prospects call the Southeast home.
Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt is the top-ranked tackle in the class and he's fourth in the initial Scout 100, followed by Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian cornerback Kevin Toliver, the top-ranked cornerback in the class and Glen Saint Mary (Fla.) Baker County defensive end CeCe Jefferson is sixth overall and stands at the top of the defensive end rankings. Apopka (Fla.) offensive tackle Martez Ivey is the fourth Southern prospect in the Top Ten, ranking ninth.
Checking in at eight in the Scout 100 is Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town, the nation's top-ranked quarterback in the class and the top prospect in the West.
Damien Harris the Midwest's best in 2015.
The top prospect in the Midwest in the 2015 class is Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris, who comes in at No. 24 in the Scout 100.
It is another strong year in the South and that region has the most members of the Scout 100 with 37 prospects.
"It is another strong group in the South and eight of the nine states have prospects in the Scout 100," said national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons, who covers the Southeast. "Florida and Georgia are the top two with 18 and eight respectively, but Louisiana has five, Alabama and Mississippi have three a piece, and it is just another strong class. "
Simmons said the running backs have caught his attention early on.
"The running back position really jumps out to me when looking at the Scout 100," said Simmons. "Eight backs are in here and they come in all different shapes and sizes. You have a back like Jacques Patrick that is 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and more of a power guy. Then you have a Taj Griffin who is 5-foot-10, 175 pounds and one of the most explosive athletes in the country. He averaged close to 10 yards per carry as a sophomore. The mix of bigger backs, the backs that are elusive, and the ones that are a blend of both show up well on this list.
Mitch Hyatt is the South's top prospect in 2015.
In the West, where 23 prospects made the Scout 100, the biggest discussion was who was the top quarterback. Since it's the best group of passers in years, and the West may have its deepest and most talented class in over a decade, the debate went on between Town and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco five-star quarterback Josh Rosen, for not just the top signal-caller, but the top prospect in the region.
"We went back and forth, back and forth between Town and Rosen, and both of them are clearly the best two prospects in the region and two of the elite players in the country, regardless of position," said national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, who covers the West. "This is a debate that will probably continue on for the next two years."
While California gets much of the attention out West each year, and deservedly so, Idaho is actually home to not just the top offensive lineman in the region but the top offensive guard in the country in Pocatello (Idaho) Highland's Tristen Hoge.
Though he just missed five-stars in the initial ranking, Hoge may end up the most heavily recruited player the state of Idaho has ever seen, and already has offers from schools like Florida, LSU, Stanford and Penn State as well as in-state powerhouse Boise State.
Tristen Hoge is the highest-rated prospect ever from Idaho.
And Arizona continues to produce elite talent year in and year out, with Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro receiver Christian Kirk, who's been excelling since his freshman year, checking in as the top prospect in the Grand Canyon State and being ranked as the No. 2 receiver in the country by Scout.
The Midlands is third on the list with 17 prospect in the Scout 100, and national recruiting analyst Greg Powers, who based in Texas, said the secondary is a big reason why, again.
"In the Midlands, five of the 17 of the top rated players are defensive backs, again making it the deepest position of talent for the second consecutive year," said Powers.
And the list is stacked with elite prospects in the defensive backfield.
But the beef on the offensive line, particularly inside, are also standing out to Powers.
"Take note of the region's top offensive guards; Maea Teuhema and Jalin Barnett," said Powers. "Both have elite size and strength, but Teuhema is quite simply a monster, checking in at 6-foot-4.5, 348 pounds, at the Dallas NFTC."
Kendall Sheffield leads a deep secondary from the Midlands.
The Midwest has a dozen players in the initial Scout 100, but it's spread out throughout the region according to national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu, who covers the Midwest.
"There is a good mix of talent in the Midwest this year," said Trieu. "In the initial top 100, you have guys from Kentucky, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan."
Ohio has the most from the region, not a surprise given their typical stranglehold on talent in that part of the country.
"Ohio has five of that group lead by linebacker Justin Hilliard and Eric Glover Williams, currently projected as a running back, but who could play any number of positions at the next level," said Trieu.
The East rounds out the Scout 100 with 11 prospects making the list, with Settle and DeBerry leading the way.
"Much like the 2014 class, the elite talent in the East's 2015 class is in Virginia, and on the line of scrimmage. Tim Settle, the No. 1 player in the rankings, is an absolute monster who can beat his opponent with speed, power and technique. And the top three players from the region each hail from Virginia," said Dohn.
The trenches are where the East has made it's mark.
"The top end of the class is also heavy on the line of scrimmage with four of the top six players being either offensive or defensive linemen," said Dohn. "It is also heavy on projection on the offensive side. Offensive tackles Isaiah Prince of Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt and Sterling Jenkins of Baldwin (Pa..) High are both raw but have tremendous athleticism and length."
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