2016 Scout 100 2.0

Feb. 5 -- With Signing Day over for 2015, Scout moves into 2016 with the 2.0 release of the Scout 100...

Scout 100 for 2016

The ink is barely dry on the NLI's that were signed yesterday for the 2015 class.

But there is no reason to sit around and wait for the 2016 class.

Offers were going out to several 2016 players in the last few weeks.

In fact, there are 34 commits in the Scout 100.

With the Scout 2016 Top Ten released last night, today, Scout releases the Top 100 for 2016 and tomorrow, the full release of the Scout 300

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary remains the No. 1 prospect in the 2016 class.

And he represents a strong contingent out of the East.

"The East has some really high-end talent and it is spread out well across the region, but the deepest area of the elite talent is at receiver," said national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. "There are three receivers in the Top 100, one from Maryland, one from Virginia and another from New Jersey."

With 34 commits nationally, the East has the smallest number of them.

"Just to show how much recruiting is sped up, of the 12 kids from the East in on the list, three are already committed," said Dohn.

Six of the Top 10 come from the Southeast, which has the biggest representation in the Scout 100 with 39 prospects.

"It is a very strong year in the South again, especially on the defensive line," said national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. "Out of the 38 players in the Scout 100, 10 of them are either defensive ends or defensive tackles. Five of those are considered five-star prospects and among the best in the country regardless of position."

The nation's top quarterback prospect, Shea Patterson, is from the South.

"Quarterbacks are also well represented in the Scout 100 early on. Four made the list with one, Shea Patterson being a five-star, and the top junior signal caller in the country according to Scout. It is a strong year at this position, especially the dual-threat quarterbacks. All four in the Scout 100 are guys who can hurt defenses with their arm and their legs," said Simmons.

It's another big year in Florida in 2016, especially at the top.

"Initially, there are a pair of five-star defensive ends that will battle for state supremacy and the coveted top ranking in the Sunshine State in Nicolas Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) and Shavar Manuel (Bradenton IMG Academy). They are two ridiculous talents. Who's better at this point? That's such a tough call. Bosa may be the better player now but Manuel may have more upside," said national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg.

Then you have a pair of outstanding skilled guys in wide receiver Nate Craig (Tampa Catholic) and cornerback Savion Smith (Bradenton IMG Academy).

"Craig has size and runs like a deer and it's been fun watching him develop over the past two years. Then you have a big, big play corner in Smith. The kid is just a ball hawk. These are five-star recruits in any year," said Newberg.

The Midlands has 20 players in the initial Scout 100, including the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country, Greg Little.

“The region is led by standout offensive tackle Greg Little from Allen (Texas) High, but he is not the only standout in the class," said national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. "Kendell Jones from Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker is one of the most impressive specimens you will ever lay eyes on, earning himself the nickname “Hulk” to go along with an abundance of scholarship offers from some of the nation’s best. Rounding out the top three is Spring (Texas) Westfield defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Oliver is an impressive physical specimen in his own right, but he is one of those guys who gets it done play-to-play in tape as well, an interior defensive lineman with a high motor.”

Skill positions are also strong in the Midlands.

"The region will also boast a high number of talented receivers and defensive backs," said Powers. "Navasota (Texas) High’s Tren’Davion Dickson was a record breaker in reception touchdowns and Devin Duvernay from Sachse (Texas) High is a pure speed demon. On the other side also playing for Sachse you have Jared Mayden, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound corner with a top three of Ohio State, Oregon and TCU. Brandon Jones from Nacogdoches (Texas) High and Eric Monroe from Galena Park (Texas) North Shore are contending for five-star status.”

The West has 16 players in the Top 100, including two of the three best quarterbacks in the country, Lake Stevens (Wash.) quarterback Jacob Eason, a Georgia commit and Santa Margarita (Calif.) passer K.J. Costello.

"The 2015 class was strong and deep at the quarterback position, but this year, while it may not have the depth it did in last year's class, it has equal top end talent in Eason and Costello," said national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman. "And as usual, the West will have plenty of quarterbacks emerge in the spring."

But defense is where the top two players stand, in Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West outside linebacker Caleb Kelly and Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward defensive end Breland Brandt.

"Kelly is one of those rare outside linebackers that can rush the passer, be strong against the run and drop back in to coverage. He has a great frame and as he continues to fill out and gains strength, he'll become an even more physical player. He's a high level athlete who roams around like a safety but projects as an ideal weakside 'backer at the next level," said national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins.

Scout 100 Positional Breakdown:
Centers: 1
Cornerbacks: 7
Defensive Ends: 12
Defensive Tackles: 12
Middle Linebackers: 3
Offensive Guards: 2
Outside Linebackers: 7
Offensive Tackles: 10
Quarterbacks: 7
Running Backs: 7
Safeties: 5
Tight Ends: 5
Wide Receivers: 22

In the Midwest, 13 players made the Scout 100 for 2016 and an offensive lineman leads them.

"Not much has changed in the Midwest, it is still a lineman dominated year," said national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu. "Ben Bredeson, the region's top prospect, has now moved up and is at the top of the four-stars. He has a good chance to add a fifth as we move along."

The lineman stand as the alpha dogs in this year's class.

"Four of the top five guys in the Midwest are on the O-line," said Trieu.

Of the 34 commits in the Scout 100, Georgia leads the list with four verbals while Ohio State and LSU have three each.

The Scout 300 will be released on Friday, February 6

Scout 100 for 2016


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