Jaelan Phillips has been moving up our rankings ever since we first saw his early-season junior highlight tape back in September. After seeing him in person at the Opening Regional Camp in L.A back in February, we began to ask the question, is Phillips a five-star prospect?
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. Phillips jumps from No. 68 in the Scout 100 to the No. 28 player in the country.
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. 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.
Stephen Carr was moved up to five-star status back in March but he was due for another big move up the charts. Carr moved from the No. 25 prospect in the country to No. 7 in the country, No. 3 overall in the West.
We know the running back position has been devaluated a bit at the NFL level, but Carr is a special talent. He's a rock solid 6-0, 205 pounds with legitimate 4.5 speed and the ability to run between the tackles, bounce it outside and make you miss in the open field.
It is actually Carr's lateral quickness and shakes in space that has elevated his stock. The USC commit was always a physical back who could run through defenders but he has made a huge jump this off-season in his short area quickness and can absolutely embarrass a defender in the open field.
There are five new four-star prospects including three who moved in to the Scout 300, headlined by standout defensive back Jaylon Johnson. Johnson jumped all the way up to the No. 65 prospect nationally and there isn't a defensive back out West with more physical tools.
We've been hearing about Johnson for over a year now and got a small glimpse of his talent at the Pylon 7v7 tourney back in March. Seeing him once again at the recent Opening Regional Camp in Oakland was eye opening and he put on an absolute show.
At 6-2, 185 pounds, Johnson has great size for a corner, is extremely physical and is much more athletic than given credit for. He won the fastest man competition in Oakland running a 4.49-40, jumped nearly 40" in the vertical and was just as impressive in the one on one drills. A strong showing for him at The Opening Finals in July and he'll jump up even more.
Jack Sears is another player we've been itching to move in to the Scout 300 for some time and actually made that decision prior to his stellar showing at the recent Elite 11 Finals. Sears jumps in to the Scout 150 at No. 136 and he's climbing fast.
The signal caller has a great combination of size, poise, leadership, mobility, toughness and the ability to make a play when the pocket collapses. He's a playmaker who can make quick reads, throws with timing and accuracy and is only scratching the surface of how good he'll be in a few years.
Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer raved about Sears all weekend and said if NFL GMs could have attended the workouts over the weekend, Jack would have been the guy they talked about as a future 1st Round Draft pick.
Connor Wedington picked up his 4th star and is now the No. 269 ranked player in the country. We also changed positions on Wedington, moving him from running back to athlete.
There is no doubt he's a tremendous running back prospect with very nice size, speed and power but he could be an even better defensive back. Wedington has the athleticism to play corner but the range and skill set to play safety as well. He locked in his spot for The Opening Finals after a big time showing at the Regional Camp in Seattle and the Washington commit has a chance to be a special player at the next level.
Hodgins is a long, athletic receiver with excellent hands and body control. He was our choice as the top receiver we saw at the Opening Regional in Oakland and should catch a ton of balls at Washington State in the coming years.
Jarrell is a physical safety who loves to hit and covers a ton of ground. He has a great frame, shows the ability to cover and has good ball skills as well. Arizona State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington are all on the short list for Jarrell.
In addition to the new players who jumped in to the Scout 300, two players made big jumps to move in to the Scout 100.
Parkinson is a pure catcher with a prototype frame, the ability to make plays down the field but the hands to be that sure handed go to guy on key 3rd down situations. His upside is off the charts.
Tuipulotu had a DL MVP performance at the Oakland Opening Regional and is among the most athletic interior linemen in the country. He's strong, physical and has the frame to add an additional 20+ with ease, without losing his quickness.
Staying with the Husky theme, tight end Hunter Bryant has been one of our favorite players for some time and he moves up from No. 230 to the No. 107 prospect nationally.
Bryant is a versatile pass catcher who will be able to be used in a variety of ways in college. He has the athleticism of a big receiver who can run and jump over defenders but the size and strength to play on the line and be physical in the run game.