Top Storylines for 2015 Class

The 2015 Scout 100 and 300 were released earlier this week. Rankings are always a lighting rod for controversy and there are always going to be players who are probably rated too high and others who aren't even rated at all that probably be...

It's important to understand that when you're talking about the 2015 class, these players just completed their sophomore year of high school. A high percentage of top prospects don't emerge until after their junior season so you can expect this list to likely change dramatically a year from now.

We're talking about a pretty small sample size to rank these guys right now. A few received playing time as freshmen but the majority were ranked based on their sophomore year and/or how they looked at various camps and 7 on 7 events this past spring/summer.

Here's a look at some of the players that we're most debated about and other hot button issues to watch over the coming years.

Rosen vs Town, who's better?

Easily the biggest debate centered around these two gifted quarterbacks. Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Ricky Town and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Josh Rosen weren't just competing for the top quarterback spot in the class but the top overall spot in the West.

It definitely wasn't a unanimous decision among the analysts but Town took the top spot in the initial rankings. This one is far from over and there is a good chance the two could flip flop multiple times before both sign two years from now.

Why did Town get the top spot? It's literally a coin toss between the two but the Alabama commit has an advanced feel for the game that is way beyond his years. He's so smooth in the pocket and never looks rattled. He doesn't have the arm Rosen has but his arm is plenty strong and he has the quickest release in the region.

Town is accurate to all three levels- short, intermediate and deep and throws a very tight ball. He's not hyper-athletic but does a great job moving around in the pocket to buy time and can scramble for positive yards when he needs to. He's also a great leader, well respected by his teammates but what put him over the top is his ability to read the field, dissect the defense and make the correct read.

Rosen has better physical tools right now than Town. He has the strongest arm in the class and threw the ball 78 yards at Stanford's camp in a long toss competition. He's also a plus athlete, very mobile and very comfortable throwing outside the pocket.

Rosen put on almost 20 pounds of muscle to his 6-4 frame in the off-season and looks very good physically. He's a strong quarterback with a great skill set. He's polished, very good mechanically and has a nice, tight release. He's also very smart and should have no problem picking up a complicated college playbook and learning an offense.

Both play for very strong programs and should put up big numbers in the next two years and it will be a lot of fun watching the two compete and develop over the coming seasons.

What is Iman Marshall's best college position?

Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Iman Marshall emerged the summer following his freshman season as a special prospect to watch. He already had a big, strong body, could cover, was athletic and played with a high compete level. It was startling to find out he was just about to enter his sophomore season and he has continued to get better.

The question with Marshall is will he be a better corner or safety at the next level. His preference is definitely at corner and when you talk to his 7 on 7 and high school coaches, they all believe he's a college corner as well. Marshall has shown at every event he has been at that he has corner skills. He moves very well for a 6-1 athlete, can break on the ball, anticipates very well and has great ball skills.

What you have to look at when projecting a player, at any position, down the road is his body and how much weight will he put on. This is where the debate starts with Marshall. Big corners are definitely the rage in college and the NFL right now with Richard Sherman being the prototype.

Sherman was at The Opening as a guest coach over the summer and is all of 6-3 but what stood out was his long, lean frame not just his height. He looked very flexible, with long arms but small ankles and lean calves. Marshall is a thick kid, he's very strong but has a wider frame and is already close to 200 pounds.

With two years of natural growth, it won't surprise if Marshall is close to 210-215 pounds by the time he's a senior. He's an incredibly physical player, great in press coverage and there is no doubt he can play corner at the next level. The bigger question is will safety be his best position? With his size, toughness, range, ball skills, hitting ability and cover skills, it's tough to image a better safety prospect in the nation.

Is the top OL in the region a center?

Pocatello (Idaho) Highland offensive lineman Tristen Hoge had a solid regional reputation prior to the NIKE Camp in Oregon. After a dominant performance, his stock blew up and he's now the most heavily recruited offensive lineman in the 2015 west coast class.

At 6-4, 285 pounds, Hoge has a rock solid frame and not and ounce of sloppiness. He moves around very well, is light on his feet, explosive out of his stance and he finishes every play.

What makes Hoge so special is not just his talent but his versatility. He has the ability to play anywhere on the offensive line and has already shown he can play tackle or center. If you can play center or tackle, you can most definitely play guard and it will be interesting to see where Hoge winds up in college.

His preference is center and there's a good chance he'll project as the top center in the nation as well as the top OL in the west. You probably have to go all the way back to former USC lineman Kris O'Dowd in the class of 2007 and Jeff Byers in 2003 when a center was the top rated OL out West but Hoge definitely has that kind of potential.

Is Alize Jones really a top 5 player in the region?

Just like with center, you don't often see a tight end rated so highly. It's not so much about ability or talent but the position they play. Just like with the NFL Draft, recruiting rankings are often based on the best players at the premium positions.

Saying that, Jones is definitely a special talent and you can make a strong argument that he's the top tight end prospect in the nation right now as a junior. At 6-4, 215 pounds, Jones has the prototype pass catching tight end frame and isn't even close to filling out.

His athleticism is on another level and he wowed onlookers at both the NIKE Camp and the UCLA camp over the summer. He looks like a small forward on the football field and has great body control, down field speed and the lateral mobility to turn a defender around.

He's still not a polished pass catcher just yet but that will come. He has big hands and with his work ethic and desire to be great, there's no reason why Jones shouldn't grow in to a natural pass catcher. When you look at his physical tools combined with his size and athleticism, Jones has a chance to be a very special player down the road.

How good is Devin Dillman?

There wasn't a harder player to rank than La Mirada (Calif.) athlete Kevin Dillman. He has 17 scholarship offers right now at quarterback despite only throwing five balls last year. At 6-4, 225 pounds, Dillman has an NFL body right now and but is still very raw as a pocket passer and has a ways to go before he's ready to play at the next level.

Of course that can be said about most of the players in the 2015 class and especially at a position like quarterback. On the plus side, Dillman has that great frame, he's very athletic, works incredibly hard and his leadership skills are off the charts. Watch two minutes of a practice at La Mirada and it's easy to see who is the undisputed leader on that team.

Where he needs work is obviously game experience and just learning the position. Mechanically, he short arms the ball a bit (think former Florida QB Danny Wuerffel) and loses some velocity on his ball as a result. His accuracy is also on and off right now and he'll need a lot of work in reading defenses and making the right reads.

Could Dillman play another position in college? That's definitely a possibility as he could project as a tight end, safety, linebacker or even defensive end at the next level. We're definitely not giving up on Dillman as a quarterback as he has plenty of time to develop. He'll be fun to watch this season, especially on broken plays and expect him to scramble for big yards and run over plenty of would be tacklers.

He's currently rated the No. 22 player in the West and No. 91 in the nation and that could either be way too high or way too low depending on how he progresses over the next two seasons.

Kirk vs. Holmes vs Broadus

Another position debate centered around who was the top receiver in the region with Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Christian Kirk narrowly beating out Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany's Desean Holmes and Diamond Bar's (Calif.) Cordell Broadus.

At 5-10, 190 pounds, Kirk is not as small as some have speculated and is actually a very solid, well built receiver. He's dynamic with the ball in his hands and is already one of the most polished receivers in the region, regardless of class.

He has great hands, the speed to get deep and projects as an ideal slot receiver in college. Kirk gets the nod here largely because of his body of work. He has done more on the field than anyone and had very good showings at the NIKE Camp and The Opening over the summer.

Holmes is very close and just a hair separating the two. At 5-9, 155 pounds, he's not as stocky as Kirk and may not run as good a 40 but is probably the most electric receiver in this group. He's incredibly quick in and out his breaks, is the best after the catch and is probably the closest thing to DeSean Jackson to come out of the state since, well Jackson himself.

Broadus is the big, physical 6-3 receiver that all colleges are coveting these days. He unfortunately missed most of the spring and all of the summer with a knee injury but when healthy, he's a special talent.

Broadus isn't just tall, he's strong and knows how to use his size to his advantage. He has very good leaping ability and will be a major threat in red zone, jump ball situations. He also runs well enough to make plays down the field, is a physical athlete who runs excellent routes and has great hands.

Who is most likely to crack the top 10?

We've said it before but it's a strong year out West and several players outside the top 10 in the 2015 class would be in the 2014 top 10. Looking at who is just outside the top 10 and taking in to account everything we've said before about upside and potential, Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive lineman Rasheem Green is the player who jumps out who should make a big jump this season.

Green just oozes upside and is still learning the game. He showed up at the SoCal NIKE Camp as an unknown prospect and emerged as a bona fide national recruit following his performance.

Green measured out at 6-5, 270 pounds, clocked a 4.93-40 (SPARQ time), threw the power ball 39" and jumped almost 32 inches in the vertical. He looked very good in the drills as well and shows up well on film with the ability to move all over the defensive line.

The player Green most reminds us of at the same stage is current UCLA sophomore defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy. You don't see too many 6-5 defensive tackles but Green has a tackle frame and will be an absolute load to handle in the middle of the line. He's so quick and athletic with great upper body strength and once he learns how to use his hands more, he could end up as good as any defensive tackle in the nation.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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