Most Likely Heisman Trophy Winners in 2017 Recruiting Class

June 30 -- The Heisman Trophy is college football's ultimate individual award. The last few Heisman winners have been split between top recruit (Derrick Henry, Jameis Winston) and guys who were three-star types (Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota). In this feature, the Scout team gives their choices for most likely guys in the 2017 class to contend for the prestigious award...

RB D'Andre Swift, Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's Prep

Swift gets the nod because of his school choice, position and versatility. In order to win the Heisman these days, a huge marketing campaign and the dollars that go with it are important, if not vital. So is team success on the field and visibility of a program. Swift has a top five of Georgia, Alabama, Penn State, Florida State and Clemson. Each are well-known on the national stage. Second, Swift ha the frame to carry the ball a lot, and the versatility to not only run the ball, but also be a factor in the passing game. Getting the ball in space is huge or Swift, and he could easily put up 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season once his junior season arrives. - Brian Dohn

QB Davis Mills, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian

Mills has success written all over him.  He plays the perfect position (quarterback) for the perfect school (Stanford), and he could see himself holding the Heisman Trophy in a few years.  He and Stanford are the perfect fit for one another and he will have his time to shine in Palo Alto.  Mills is the total package at quarterback with size, smarts, arm strength, confidence, and leadership skills. - Chad Simmons

RB Najee HarrisAntioch (Calif.)

With Alabama having a pair of running backs win the Heisman in the last seven seasons, it’s not a stretch to think Harris can join that mix.  He’s a better prospect coming out of high school than both Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry and Alabama’s recruiting is still stronger than anyone’s, so he’ll be playing behind some stout offensive lines with stars at the skill positions.  And he’ll be featured heavily in their offense.  And Bama will be competing for national titles for as long as Nick Saban is there, which means best player on best team gets more notice. And Harris will likely fill that role. Editor's Note: Harris is considered a soft verbal with interest in UCLA. In fact, many close to the situation believe that if Harris flipped it'd be to UCLA. - Brandon Huffman

If history has shown us anything, a good way to win a Heisman is to be a running back at Alabama. Najee Harris fits both criteria and also happens to be the top overall recruit in the 2017 class. Going a step further, you can make an argument that Harris is the top running back to come out of the West Coast in the last decade and is one of those generational talents that you just don't see very often. He has size, power, speed, the ability to run inside or outside, shows great hands out of the backfield, is highly competitive and works very hard off the field. He really doesn't have a weakness to his game and should be able to make an immediate impact for the Tide. - Greg Biggins

QB Sam Ehlinger, Austin (Texas) Westlake

The Heisman Trophy is an award usually won by a quarterback or possibly a workhorse running back. But either way you have to put up numbers and win games. Texas commit Sam Ehlinger was the Scout offensive player of the Year following a 2015 season where he led his team to the state championship game and racked up 5,191 total yards of offense and scored 70 touchdowns. That's impressive numbers. Heisman quality? Well first comes winning the starting job at the type of program that can be successful enough to keep you on the national stage. - Greg Powers

QB Hunter JohnsonBrownsburg (Ind.)

The last 17 Heisman winners have been either quarterbacks or running backs, and Johnson is the Midwest's highest ranked player at either position this cycle. He's headed to a school in Clemson, where Deshaun Watson is currently a Heisman candidate, and the Tigers always seem to have a plethora of offensive weapons at their disposal, so there should be no shortage of targets for the strong-armed Johnson. He comes from a high school program that throws the ball around quite a bit, so he'll be used to the volume needed for him to post the necessary statistics to be in contention for the prestigious award. - Allen Trieu

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