The Post-Spring Evaluation Period 2017 Scout 300

June 7 -- Scout updates the 2017 Scout 300 following the spring evaluation period with some movement in the top ten but Najee Harris is still the No. 1 player in the class, and a UCLA commit gets a fifth star...

The 2017 Scout 300

With the spring evaluation period wrapped up, Scout updated the 2017 Scout 300 with movement in the rankings in the post-evaluation period update.

Where it hasn't changed is at the top spot in the rankings - Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris remains the No. 1 prospect in the class and 2-5 remain in place.

Harris cemented his spot at the top with an outstanding spring at numerous events, both playing on the 7v7 circuit and at The Opening Oakland regional, where he earned a second consecutive invite to The Opening Finals next month.

The Alabama commit continues to draw attention from all over the country and Ohio StateUCLAUSC and Washington have all drawn visits from him in the past few months while Michigan tries to get back in to it for the five-star.

Behind Harris is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy athlete Dylan Moses, who has been right at the top of the rankings for the 2017 class since he was a freshman.  Moses shined at The Opening Houston and he too punched a return trip to The Opening Finals.

At No. 3 continues to be DeAngelo Gibbs, the five-star athlete from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson.  Gibbs was the DB MVP at The Opening Seattle and like Moses and Harris, he'll make his second straight visit to Beaverton for The Opening Finals.

Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River athlete Devon Hunter remains at No. 4 in the Scout 300 and behind him continues to be Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin offensive tackle Foster Sarell at No. 5.

Both Hunter and Sarell earned golden tickets to The Opening Finals next month for the first time.

Behind the top five, there was some movement, with three prospects making their first appearance in the top 10.

At No. 6 is Trey Smith, the five-star offensive tackle from Jackson (Tenn.) University School, who was dominant at The Opening Chicago and will push Sarell in Beaverton for the top spot in the tackle rankings.

Moving up to No. 7 is Fontana (Calif.) Summit running back Stephen Carr, who has nearly matched Harris performance for performance all spring and may be the best true running back in the Southland in a decade.  A soft verbal to USC, schools continue to try and sway Carr but he remains committed to his dream school.

At No. 8 and moving to the top cornerback spot is Darnay Holmes from Calabasas (Calif.).  Holmes is the top defensive prospect in the West in what is a big year for offensive players, but he's made his mark at cornerback the past few years and is one of the most electric players in the region.

Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal defensive tackle Marvin Wilson remains at No. 9 in the Scout 300 and stays as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country.

And rounding out the top ten, and staying at No. 10 is Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan cornerback Stanford Samuels III, the 6-2 corner who is one of three prospects from the state of Florida in the top ten.

Each region had some movement up the rankings and newcomers to the Scout 300 and a few regions have new five-stars.


"Over the past couple of months, there have been different settings we have been able to evaluate players all over the South live," said national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons.  "We had spring practice, camps, and 7v7 events, then, of course, there is always the film. There have been a few new names make big moves in recent months and they are safety Montaric Brown and athlete Noah Igbinoghene."

Brown is out of safety out of Ashdown (Ark.) and he was somewhat unknown until 2016.

"He did not go out and camp a year ago, so he wasn't known nationally, but he is now," said Simmons.  "He is a safety with great size and instincts who has the ability to turn the ball over with an interception or support the run by making a tackle."

The new four star is set to commit August 24 and his final seven are Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss.

"Igbinoghene is a versatile athlete who recently made the move from wide receiver to running back, and we were impressed," said Simmons.

The star athlete out of Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville has recently added offers from Minnesota and Notre Dame — expect more to come his way. He is a versatile athlete with great quickness, ball skills and lateral movement. He has emerged as one of the best in Alabama.

In the trenches, a couple of big offensive linemen made moves.

LSU commit Saahdiq Charles and T.J. Moore are new four stars on Scout.

"Charles was impressive at The Opening New Orleans and he is a monster at guard out of Madison (Miss.) Ridgeland Academy. Moore is still uncommitted, but a decision for the tackle out of Mallard Creek (N.C.) could be nearing. He likes North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech," said Simmons.

Jacob Phillips had a big junior season at Nashville (Tenn.) East, and at 6-3, 223 pounds, what has stood out this spring is how he is moving on the football field.

"He is big and strong, and known most for coming downhill to make plays inside the box, but he has shown at multiple events his ability to move in coverage and to run better than expected. He is still mainly an inside the box guy at inside linebacker, but he has made a move to four stars this spring," said Simmons.

Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and some others are schools high on his list.

Davis Mills has been in that five star discussion for some time, and he now can call himself one  The quarterback out of Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian is an elite passer and he was outstanding at the Elite 11 Finals last weekend in Southern California, ranking No. 1 by the Scout staff for the weekend.

"He stands tall in the pocket, he throws with anticipation, he is a very accurate passer and the Stanford commit is now the No. 2 quarterback in the country. Mills is very smart, and many see that, but they may not see his mobility, how he moves, and how athletic he is. What Mills is, is the total package," said Simmons.


There were some movers in the East as several prospects moved into the Scout 300, and Paris Ford moved into the Scout 100.

Ford, a safety from Munhall (Pa.) Steel Valley, is a long-time Pittsburgh commit.

"He breaks on the ball well, and he has the fluidity to excel at man-to-man coverage," said national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. "He moved from No. 149 to No. 85."

Another big jump was made by defensive end Luiji Vilain.

The Alexandria (Va.) Espiscopal star jumped from No. 203 to No. 138 and he is announcing his choice June 10, and Michigan, Virginia Tech and USC are his finalists.

"A school is about to get a big-time pass rusher off the edge," said Dohn.  "Vilain is quick off the edge, and he also has the athleticism to drop into coverage."

A pair of four-star prospects moved into the Scout 300 in Maryland linebacker commit Ayinde Eley of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel and uncommitted athlete C.J. Holmes of Cheshire (Conn.) Academy.

Holmes is No. 203, and after adding recent offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama and UCLA, his one-time top three of Penn State, Tennessee and Syracuse no longer exists.

"Most schools are recruiting Holmes to play receiver, but several like him at running back as well," said Dohn. "And Eley impressed during a pair of The Opening regional camps with his change of direction, burst and length."

Finally, defensive end TyJuan Garbutt, a Virginia Tech commit from Fredericksburg (Va.) Riverbend added his fourth star.

"Garbutt is quick at the snap, plays with balance as he dips his shoulder to get up the field, and he plays at a high rate of speed. He bends well and has good lateral movement," said Dohn.


There wasn't a whole lot of movement in the Midwest following the spring.

"In the Midwest, not too much changed at the top, but the region welcomes two new Scout 300 members," said national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu.

And both of those players come from Michigan, defensive end Deron Irving-Bey and guard Jordan Reid.

"Both have been excellent at offseason events after good junior seasons," said Trieu.

The two linemen impressed Trieu during the spring.

"Reid was dominant at the Columbus Opening Regional and punched his ticket to the finals there along with winning MVP over other higher rated offensive linemen," said Trieu.

And Trieu likes what he saw from Irving-Bey.

"Irving-Bey's length and athleticism are rare and he could play either side of the ball in college," said Trieu. "He has a great set of tools."


In the Midlands, it was a pair of Lone Star State natives who made moves in the Scout 300.

"After winning MVPs at The Opening Dallas and The Opening Houston and also punching his ticket to The Opening finals Chris Robison is back in the Scout Top 100," said national recruiting analyst Greg Powers.

The four-star had a great showing at the Elite 11 Finals last weekend.

"Robison is a great prospect who has above average ability in many areas," said Powers. "He has a live arm and the ball just seems to explode out of his hand."

Another big riser is Stephan Zabié a big offensive tackle from Austin (Texas) Westlake.

"He only has one year of football playing experience and has a very high upside as a college prospect and possibly beyond," said Powers. "He could play virtually any spot on the offensive line with his size, strength and athletic ability."


The top-end talent out West is as good as it has been in a number of years in the West and there is a new five-star from the region in Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Jaelan Phillips.

"The original plan was to wait until The Opening Finals to move any more West Coast players up to five-star status but the more we thought about it, we knew it was going to happen eventually so why put it off any longer? So Phillips jumps from No. 68 in the Scout 100 to the No. 28 player in the country," said national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins.

Phillips was the DL MVP at The Opening Los Angeles and punched a ticket to The Opening Finals next month and then worked out at a number of 7v7 tournaments at tight end and middle linebacker just to get out and stay active during the spring.

"The UCLA commit is a tremendous prospect and just oozes upside. He played linebacker most of his junior season but projects as a pass rushing defensive end," said Biggins. "He has a great frame, is a plus athlete, and always competes at a high level. On the 7v7 circuit, Phillips showed he could even be an elite tight end at the next level, which has only enhanced his stock in our eyes."

Another mover in to the Top 100 is Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Jaylon Johnson.  After an MVP performance at DB and the SPARQ MVP award at The Opening Oakland, Johnson earned a spot in Beaverton next month.  

"He missed some early events in the spring because of Central's basketball team kept winning, but once basketball season ended, Johnson went to work and showed he's one of the premier cover corners in the West," said national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman.  "Fresno has been known for their terrific defensive backs and Johnson is the latest Tony Perry pupil."

Moving into the Scout 300 and earning a fourth star is San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Jack Sears.  Sears was the QB MVP in Oakland at The Opening Regional and then sealed his spot in the finals with a solid and consistent performance all weekend at the Elite 11 Finals.

"Like Sam Darnold before him, Sears used the spring to validate what the junior film showed, that given more experience and more snaps, Sears has all the makings of a big-time quarterback prospect," said Huffman.  "The more we saw Sears, the more we saw what may be the best quarterback in California and he made a huge jump in to the Top 150."

The third newcomer to the Scout 300 is Sumner (Wash.) athlete Connor Wedington, a commit to homestate Washington.  Wedington was the SPARQ MVP at The Opening Seattle and earlier this week earned a spot in The Opening Finals.

"I've been watching Connor since he was a freshman and he's blossomed in to one of the best two-way prospects in the entire region," said Huffman. "Washington likes him as a running back and wants him to play offense, which he can easily do, but then you watch him play safety or corner and you see a high-level prospect at either spot.  He's gotten bigger and faster and his football IQ has always been high.  Seeing him at The Opening, you see the athleticism that he's always had but now you're seeing him develop physically yet keeping the explosiveness."

Other big movers in the West include Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end Colby Parkinson,a Stanford commit moving to No. 2 in the nation and almost 150 spots into the Scout 100 as well as Independence (Ore.) Central defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu, a commit to Washington, moving up almost 130 spots into the Scout 100.

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