The final Post Season Scout 300 is out, here's a look at what West Coast players made the biggest moves in our final rankings of the year.
Gentry was already a 4-star prospect by Scout but moved in to the 300 at No. 280. For a big quarterback, Gentry moves around pretty well and shows the ability to buy time in the pocket as well as run for positive yards. His arm is strong and he can throw with touch and accuracy. Playing for a big time program like Texas will be a major adjustment in terms of the competition level but he has a chance to compete early for the Horns.
Also jumping in to the 300 and adding a 4th star was Petite. Petite, who checks in at No. 287, is a big, athletic tight end who has excellent hands, very good body control and can make plays down the field. The USC commit stepped up big time in the CA State Championship Game using his big body to make plays all over the field and will be a very tough matchup in short yardage and red zone situations.
The biggest mover in the Scout 300 was Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Ben Humphreys, who just missed cracking the Scout 100. 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.
Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive lineman Dru Samia jumped up from No. 162 to No. 136. His senior tape is very impressive and he's noticeably quicker and more athletic. Samia was already among the most physical tackles in the country, plays through the whistle and is very strong so when you combine it with his improved athleticism, it's a very impressive package. There is no doubt Oklahoma got a good one here.
After a strong showing at the recent Semper Fi AA Game and practices, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Tevita Halalilo moved up from No. 166 to No. 145. Halalilo played tackle the last two years but played guard, his college position, during Semper Fi and looked like a natural. The UCLA commit is a strong, physical road grader and moves very well for a 340 pound kid.
Linebacker Josh Woods also made a massive jump, rising from No. 255 to No. 162. The Upland (Calif.) athlete and UCLA commit has a prototype frame to be a pass rushing outside 'backer but the toughness and instincts to play inside as well. He shows a great burst coming off the edge, can run down plays from behind and is very strong at the point of attack. When you factor in he's still only 16 and isn't close to maxing out his potential, it's easy to see how much upside he has.
We've always liked Buena Park (Calif.) athlete Jaylinn Hawkins and feel he has the talent to play on either side of the ball. He moved from No. 198 to No. 177 and despite not having overwhelming physical tools, his ability to separate and get open is under-appreciated. He has great hands and body control and always competes as a high level. We like him at receiver but he could also end up at corner or safety in college.
Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning 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.
Honolulu (Calif.) St. Louis offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry rose from No. 219 to No. 198. 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.
There is no substitute for speed and Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany athlete Dominic Davis is one of the fastest players in the region. He jumped up from No. 270 to No. 255 and is the kind of home run threat that can score from anywhere on the field that all colleges covet. He played predominately running back in high school but will be used more in the slot at USC and has shown very good hands throughout his H.S career.
Two other players who made minor rises were Marysville Pilchuck (Wash.) defensive back Austin Joyner jumped from No. 268 to No. 257 and Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive lineman Semisi Uluave moved from No. 295 to No. 279.
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. Uluave is a massive lineman who could play guard or tackle in college but will likely take his Mormon mission right out of high school.