The Final Scout 300 for 2015

Jan. 16 -- Texas, California and Florida lead the way with the most prospects in the 2015 Final Scout 300...

The Final 2015 Scout 300

 

The South may have been shut out of the CFB National Championship Game this year, but the region stands at the top in the Final 2015 Scout 300.

Over a third of the Scout 300 is from the South, 112 players in all from the region, with Florida and Georgia doing the heavy lifting.

The West comes in next with 60 players in the Scout 300, thanks to California's large contingent.

The Midlands, with a lot of help from Texas, is next with 50 prospects in the Scout 300.

The Midwest has 40 prospects while the East is just behind them with 38 players in the final Scout 300.

SOUTH

Florida and Georgia account for more than half of the South's presence in the Scout 300.

But two of the bigger movers in the Scout 300 are from Tennessee.

"The state of Tennessee has been getting better when talking prospect production in recent years and Josh Smith and Keshawn Vaughn have moved into the Scout 300 for Scout's final rankings," said national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. "Smith is an athletic linebacker with length and a frame to add weight while Vaughn is a truck running down hill at running back. Both really grew as players this season and showed they were among the best in the country."

Alabama also has a big mover in Dadeville (Ala.) defensive end Anfernee Jennings.

"He showed flashes a year ago, but there was still a lot of questions about Jennings heading into this season -- he answered them," said Simmons. "He has a monster season with over 170 tackles and 14 sacks playing both sides of the football. His body was refined, he showed great athleticism, and his best football is still definitely ahead of him."


Jennings is Alabama's newest four-star commit

And Louisiana, which had 15 natives in the Scout 300, saw Bo Wallace, the River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian linebacker, move in to the 300.

"After seeing Wallace in person a couple of times and studying his senior film, it was evident to me that he was a four-star talent with so much room to develop physically and as a player. He has that length and speed you cannot teach and he could end up adding 30-40 pounds playing with his hand down or being a nightmare as a stand-up linebacker on the edge at Notre Dame. It will be fun to watch him grow in the coming years on the next level," said Simmons.

Another big jumper in the South is St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood receiver Ryan Davis.

"Davis had a super senior season to cap an excellent three-year starting career at quarterback," said national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg. "He could play that position in college if he were a tad bigger. But he will play the same position his brother (Chris) did in college and that's wide receiver. This kid is cat-quick and has good speed. I have seen him play wide receiver and he has excellent hands and big play ability. Davis is the ideal slot who's terrific in space. He certainly one of the most exciting players from Florida in this class and remains uncommitted at this time."

WEST

The West has 60 prospects in the Scout 300, and while California carries most of the load, Hawaii has a pretty good presence in the final rankings.

The top center in the country, Honolulu (Calif.) St. Louis four-star Fred Ulu-Perry jumped in to the top 200 and Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive lineman Semisi Uluave also moved up.

"Ulu-Perry rose from No. 219 to No. 198," said national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. The UCLA commit is the nation's top center prospect but could easily play guard in college as well. He's very strong physically and can stone opposing nose guards and tackles at the line of scrimmage but has the quickness and feet to get to the next level and take on a linebacker or safety. He was dominant at the recent Under Armour AA Game and was recognized by many there as the top interior lineman during the week. Uluave is a massive lineman who could play guard or tackle in college but will likely serve his LDS mission right out of high school."

Washington also had a couple of players make moves, with Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae now the state's top overall prospect as well as Marysville (Wash.) Pilchuck athlete Austin Joyner picking up some steam.

"Joyner looked good at corner during the Semper Fi AA practices and has the size, speed and skill set to develop in to a lock down DB for Washington," said Biggins. "Potoae just looks the part of what a college defensive lineman should look like. He moved from No. 209 to No. 180 and its largely based on his physical frame, toughness and motor. At the recent Semper Fi AA Game, he showed that he's still raw in terms of pass rushing technique and a his get off but his upside is extremely high and he could play outside or inside at the next level."


Potoae is now the top prospect in Washington

But the biggest mover from the West in the Scout 300 is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Ben Humphreys, who's headed to Duke.

"The biggest mover in the Scout 300 was Humphreys, who just missed cracking the Scout 100," said Biggins. "He jumped from No. 177 to No. 126 and is arguably the most instinctual player in the West region. He's simply a football player and will make plays no matter where you line him up. He can run, hit and cover and plays with a relentless motor as well. Duke got an absolute steal here."

MIDLANDS

The Midlands has 50 players that made the Scout 300.

TCU had a big year on the field and it's paying off in recruiting too.

The Horned Frog got a big boost from the ascent of Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff receiver J.F. Thomas.

"Thomas was the highest riser in the Scout 300, coming in from outside of the list completely to a Top 150 ranking," said national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. "Thomas is committed to TCU, who is already rated as the No. 1 team in several way-to-early 2015 college football polls."


Thomas is the Midlands highest riser

Tennessee now has a pair of quarterbacks in the Scout 300 with Boerne (Texas) quarterback Quinten Dormady joining Sheriron Jones in the 300.

"Picking up a fourth star and moving in to the Scout 300 for the first time is Dormady, who came back to finish off his high school career on a high mark after missing 2013 with an injury," said Powers.

MIDWEST

The Midwest didn't have many players in the Scout 100, with only eight, but filled it out in the latter 200, with 32 prospects giving them 40 altogether in the Scout 300.

Ohio is the home to the new national champions, with Ohio State winning the title on Monday.

The Buckeyes are also the future home of two of the biggest movers from the Midwest.

"Ohio is where we saw the most movement," said national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu. "Two Ohio State commits, quarterback Joey Burrow and cornerback Denzel Ward moved up quite a bit on the strength of outstanding years. Burrow threw an incredible 63 touchdowns to just two interceptions."


Burrow joines Ohio State's sudden quarterback surplus

Ohio is also where new 300 member Noah Listermann, an offensive tackle from Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods, is from, but is leaving to head to East Lansing.

"Also moving into the 300 was a Michigan State commit in Listermann, who stands 6-foot-8, 293 pounds and continues to improve after just picking football a short awhile ago. With his continued progression and size, we see him as a potential next level player as he continues to learn and get stronger," said Trieu.

Wisconsin commit Titus Booker also is a new addition to the 300.

He's a fast, athletic cover corner with good length as well," said Trieu.

EAST

The East rounded out the bunch with 38 prospects in the West.

Virginia had the most players from the region in the Scout 300 but Pennsylvania produced the East's biggest risers.

The two biggest movers in the East are Notre Dame commit Josh Adams of Warminster (Pa.) Central Bucks South and Penn State commit Ryan Buchholz of Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley.

"Adams, a running back, missed most of his junior senior with a torn ACL, but he responded with a big senior season in which he showed speed, explosion and an ability to pick up tough yards," said national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn.


The Irish got a new four-star in Adams

A defensive end, Bucholz showed major strides as a senior.

"Buchholz was always quick off the line of scrimmage and played fast, but his ability to use his hands increased markedly. He got off blocks quickly and into the backfield in a heartbeat," said Dohn.

NOTES and NUMBERS

  • The positional breakdown for the top 100: 39 receivers, 36 running backs, 32 cornerbacks, 27 defensive ends, 27 offensive tackles, 26 defensive tackles, 25 outside linebackers, 23 safeties, 20 quarterbacks, 19 offensive guards, 12 tight ends, 9 middle linebackers, 4 centers and 1 fullback.
  • Alabama leads the way with 17 commitments in the Scout 300, followed by 12 each from Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and USC, 11 apiece from Ohio State, Penn State and Texas A&M, 10 from Tennessee (including the No. 1 prospect in the country), and 9 each from Oklahoma, Texas and UCLA.
  • Oregon, which played in the National Championship Game this week, had five commitments in the Scout 300.
  • The big three of Texas, California and Florida had over a third of the prospects in the Scout 300 with 42 from Texas, 39 from California and 38 from Florida. Georgia had 23 prospects, Ohio had 20 and Louisiana had 15. Virginia was the only state in the East to reach double-digits with 12.

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    Scout national recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins, Greg Powers and Jamie Newberg contributed to this story.


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