Scout first started putting stars on the 2017 class last summer with an early watch list.
Since then, Scout has added a few more players to the watch list as four-star prospects, and granted a handful five-star status.
That will lead up to the first release of the Scout 300 for 2017 after the evaluation period ends in May.
Here are the four players that are now 5-stars, and the thirteen new prospects from the West on the Scout 2017 Watch List that have moved up to four-stars.
We first saw Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris last May at the Oakland NFTC. He was still just a freshman but you could already tell, physically, there was something special there. One of his coaches, when he introduced him to us, said, 'meet the next Joe Mixon.'
At the time we laughed at the comparison but it's starting to look like a very good one. Harris is the total package of size, speed and power and shows patience as well as decisiveness hitting the hole. He's already close to 6-2, 200 pounds and will likely play at 220 in college. When you combine his physical tools with his toughness and work ethic off the field, it's easy to see why he's an early 5-star.
Graham (Wash.) Graham Kapowsin offensive lineman Foster Sarell gets our early not as the top lineman, on either side of the ball, in the West Coast '17 class. He was just a freshman when he landed his first scholarship offer from Washington and national analyst Brandon Huffman called him the top OL in the state heading in to his sophomore year.
Sarell is a natural tackle prospect, equally strong as a run blocker or pass protector. He's explosive off the ball, is light on his feet and knows how to finish. He plays with an edge and just the right amount of nastiness. You can tell he has a basketball background as he's very coordinated athlete, moves well in space and always look on balance. He has a great frame and as he continues to get stronger, he'll become an even more dominant player.
Newbury Park (Calif.) Darnay Holmes (Pictured Above) first caught our eye as a freshman playing at Oaks Christian. He transferred to Newbury Park last season and was immediately one of the region's best players on both sides of the ball. He's a true shutdown corner but a gifted slot receiver as well and could play on both sides of the ball in college.
Holmes has a compact frame at about 5-10, 190 pounds. He's very strong but has quick feet, high level top end speed and a great natural feel for the game. While most corners going high in the NFL draft seem to be over 6-0, Holmes plays much bigger than his height because of his physical style and elite level athleticism.
UCLA is already aggressively on Holmes, who recently visited campus and UCLA is probably his early leader.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins wide out Joseph Lewis is a great looking prospect and has dominated every event we've seen him at this spring. He has excellent size at 6-2, 200 pounds, is a natural pass catcher, a smooth route runner and has the speed to get behind a defense.
Lewis isn't done growing and it won't shock us if he's 6-4 by the time he's a senior. He has great body control and the game just looks easy for him. When you add in the fact that he's a year young for his grade and will only be 17 as a college freshman, his upside is obvious.
UCLA is also already aggressively on Lewis, who also recently visited campus.