The Scout 300 for 2017

Jul. 2 -- Scout releases the Top 300 rated football prospects in the country for the class of 2017...

In the Southeast...

The state of Florida leads the way for the south with 42 prospects in the Scout 300. It could push 45-50 before all is said and done with it being a very good, deep class in 2017. The deepest position at the start is wide receiver - there are nine ranked in the Scout 300. Trevon Grimes out of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas is at the top (No. 7 overall) and Tampa Plant is ninth in the state. There is a mix of bigger wideouts who make plays down the field to slot guy who are smaller, but quick and elusive.

In the Midlands...

One theme that seemed prevalent when scouring the Scout Top 300 in the Midlands is that many top offensive talents have found a way to get on the field and get noticed earlier. Only 17-of-54 rated in the 300 are defenders. Look for that number to steadily rise as there are many players getting starts on varsity teams this fall and there are those already playing offensive positions, who could ultimately flip over and project out on the defensive side.There is also a good amount of quality tight end talent available. As a matter of fact, as it sits currently the Midlands has No. 1-3 at the position nationally. Notre Dame commit Brock Wright tops a list that has size and projected upside.

In the West...

Calabasas (Calif.) has a loaded '17 class with three players in the Scout 300 and all three have the potential to make big moves this coming year. Wide out Keyshawn Johnson (No. 112), quarterback Tristan Gebbia (No. 167) and cornerback Jermani Brown (No. 221) all have national offers. Johnson, son of former USC and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Keyshawn Johnson Sr., is as polished as they come with very good hands. Gebbia is a smooth pocket passer with a live arm and advanced feel for the game and Brown is a talented two-way athlete who could play corner or receiver. If there's one player we think we probably have under-rated a bit, it's Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis' Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa is a strong armed lefty who can run and get the ball down the field.

In the Midwest...

There are some guys at the back end of the 300 from the Midwest that some people might not be as familiar with but we really liked Charles Reeves for instance. He only has one offer, but he impressed us both on film and at the recent Ohio State camp. K.J. Hamler is one some may be surprised are on the list because of his size, but he's explosive and a rare type of playmaker who has made us feel comfortable about his future despite not being as big as other receivers on the list.

In the East...

The line of scrimmage is strong in the region with talent and depth on both sides of the ball. There are four defensive tackles and five defensive ends in the Scout 300 from the East, a pair of offensive guards and eight offensive tackles. One of the top defensive tackles is Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School’s Fred Hansard, who already has double digit offers. Western Pennsylvania has several high-end offensive tackle prospects in Wexford North Allegheny’s Josh Lugg, Monroeville Gateway’s Robert Hainsey and Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s C.J. Thorpe.

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Scout 300 for 2017



Scout national analysts Greg Biggins, Brian Dohn, Brandon Huffman, Greg Powers, Chad Simmons and Allen Trieu contributed to this report.

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