The Updated Scout 300 for 2016

Jun. 10 -- Scout updates the 2016 Scout 300 following the spring evaluation period with some movement in the top five but Rashan Gary still the No. 1 player in the class...

With the spring evaluation period wrapped up, Scout updated the 2016 Scout 300 with movement in the rankings in the post-evaluation period update.

What hasn't changed, though, is the top player in the class.

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary continues to be the No. 1 prospect.

But there is some movement right behind Gary, with a new No. 2 and No. 3.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Nick Bosa moved up to No. 2 in the rankings from No. 7 and jumping up to No. 3 from the sixth spot is Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist Academy quarterback Shea Patterson, the nation's No. 1 quarterback.

In fact, Bosa moved to the top of the Southeast rankings.

"There is a new No. 1 in the South and it is versatile defensive lineman, Nick Bosa out of one of the top high school programs in America, St. Thomas Aquinas," said national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. "If the name sounds familiar, Nick is the younger brother of All-American Joey Bosa from Ohio State. He was a five-star on Scout a few years back. The new Bosa is just as good - maybe better. He does not camp, he does not worry about all the prestige with invites to different events, but when you see him play and compete, he is among the best in the country each and every time."

Rounding out the top five are a pair of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy teammates, defensive end Shavar Manuel (No. 4) and cornerback Saivion Smith (No. 5).

The nation's No. 1 offensive tackle, Allen (Texas) five-star Greg Little, came in at No. 6 and was followed by Tampa (Fla.) Catholic receiver Nate Craig, the top-ranked receiver in the land, Fresno (Calif.) Edison outside linebacker Caleb Kelly, the West's top prospect in 2016 and pair of Lawrence's, Monroe (La.) Neville defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence and Wake Forest (N.C.) defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, a newly minted five-star in the post-eval rankings.

"The biggest mover for me in the South in terms of stars is Dexter Lawrence adding that prestigious fifth star," said Simmons. "Dexter is a kid I wanted to see live and I got to see him at The Opening Charlotte last month - he did not disappoint. The 6-foot-5, 330 pound monster is light on his feet, he is very flexible, he is naturally strong, and he is athletic. His best football is ahead of him and it is scary to think how good he can be in a few years."

The West added three new five-stars during the evaluation period, two coming from familiar powerhouse programs and one from a school not necessarily known for producing elite prospects.

"It seems like just about every year, Gardena (Calif.) Serra has a 5-star prospect and this year is no exception," said national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. "Defensive end Oluwole Betiku made a big jump up the board and by the end of the summer, could end up the top overall prospect in the state. Betiku, now the No. 14 overall player nationally, played his first year of football ever this past season and by the end of the year, was a dominant force off the edge. He has a college body right now, a high level motor and improving speed and quickness. He has battled a wrist injury all spring but still made The Opening and will be a lot of fun watch in Beaverton."

Right behind Betiku is North Torrance (Calif.) linebacker Mique Juarez at No. 17 overall. The USC commit steadily rose up our board all spring after his LB MVP performance at The Opening regional camp in SoCal back in March.

"He has great film as well and his size, athleticism and toughness reminds us as a cross between Myles Jack (UCLA) and Sua Cravens (USC), not a bad couple of players to compare to," said Biggins.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly was home to the nation's top cornerback last year, Iman Marshall, and this year boasts the top-ranked athlete in the country, new five-star Jack Jones.

"Jones is another player who has steadily risen up our board all spring," said Biggins. He was just outside the Scout 100 but then made a big move following his DB MVP performance at the same Opening Regional camp in SoCal Juarez attended. He’s the top cover corner out west but we still love him at receiver and he would rank among the top five receivers in the region as well. He’s currently rated the No. 1 ATH in the country and the No. 18 overall player in the country.

Jumping in to the Top 20 and earning a fifth star is new Penn State commit Michael Menet, an offensive tackle from Reading (Pa.) Exeter.

"Menet's combination of size, length and athleticism earned him the move to five stars," said national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. "He can play any position along the offensive line, has the athleticism to get to the second level quickly, plays with a nasty streak and is also cerebral. There is a reason he is the No. 1 offensive lineman in the region. He is a tremendous talent.

While the Midlands didn't add any five-stars, Houston (Texas) Westfield receiver Tyrie Cleveland made a big jump in the Scout 300.

“One of the highest risers is Tyrie Cleveland," said national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. "Cleveland is a true outside receiver with the ability to make plays deep down the field. He is also a huge weapon in the red-zone. Put all that together with his 4.38 40-yard dash speed and you can see why he has climbed up the list to No. 65 in the country overall.”

Joining Cleveland in the Scout 100 is Trophy Club (Texas) Byron Nelson defensive end Brandon Bowen.

“New to the Scout Top 100 is the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Bowen, who was easily one of the most physically impressive prospects we came across while traveling to schools for spring practice sessions," said Powers. "He is athletic as a wide receiver but with the frame of a college ready defensive lineman. He is quick and agile and is a nightmare for offensive tackles who are tasked with the responsibility of blocking him.”

The Midwest also didn't have any one move to five-stars, though one could be getting closer.

"While we did not add any five-stars in the Midwest, there are some players making positive moves," said national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu. "Ohio State commit Johnathan Cooper is banging on the doorstep of five-star status after a dominant run of Winter and early Summer camps. His performance at The Opening Finals in July and during his senior season could bring about continued upward movement."

The Midwest also had a couple of other movers in the Scout 300.

"Penn State commit LaVert Hill and Michigan State commit Demetric Vance, two of the top prospects in the Motor City also made positive uphill climbs after strong camp showings," said Trieu. "Uncommitted offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen and another Spartan commit, defensive tackle Naquan Jones were among the other upward movers in the region."

The South also saw some movement upward.

"There were several movers up and down the Scout 300 in the South with a handful of prospects moving in to that group for the first time," said Simmons. "A quintet of prospects made the move to four stars and into the Scout 300. Naples (Fla.) running back Carlin Fils-Aime, wide receiver Bryan Edwards out of Conway (S.C.) , rush end Antonneous Clayton out of Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County, and two tight ends Miller Forristall out of Cartersville (Ga.) and Garrett Walston out of Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover. I got to see all but one of these live for the first time this spring, and all impressed."

Out West, two new four-stars joined the Scout 300.

"One of the biggest movers outside the Scout 100 was Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin defensive back Lamar Jackson. Jackson moves from outside the Scout 300 to the No. 161 player overall, as well as the No. 1 safety in the west," said Biggins. "Jackson is a big, rangy safety who runs well and has good ball skills. If he continues to fill out, he could make a move to outside linebacker at the next level but for now, we still feel he moves well enough and covers enough ground to stay as a safety."

For the second straight year, Canada is represented in the Scout 300.

"Another huge jump was made by Abbotsford Senior Secondary (B.C.) athlete Chase Claypool. Claypool moved from outside the Scout 300 and is now the No. 280 player in the Scout 300," said Biggins. "We also moved Claypool from receiver to tight end. He currently plays as a big receiver but at 6-5, 215 pounds with a frame to add even more size, we think he grows in to a pass catching hybrid type tight end in the Jimmy Graham mold."

The East also saw a pair of new four-stars.

"Cameron Brown and Grant Holloway were elevated to four stars. Brown is long and lean and needs to add weight and strength, but his ceiling is very high because of his athleticism, particularly his burst and his ability to change directions," said Dohn. "Holloway's speed and ability to get off the line of scrimmage improved greatly since his junior season, and his frame makes him difficult for smaller defensive backs to cover."

The Midlands welcomed a pair of Texans to the Scout 300.

“Also new to the Scout Top 300 is Manvel (Texas) running back D’Vaughn Pennamon and at Spring (Texas) Westfield quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole," said Powers. "The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Pennamon is a running back with versatility. He runs with power and also with finesse. He is battle tested against top-tier competition."

Already holding a spot in the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening Finals is Sterling-Cole. "The 6-foot-2 1/2, 170-pounder was the star of The Opening regional at Dallas and had another strong performance at the Elite 11 semifinals," said Powers. "He transitioned well to his first year of 6A football.”

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