The Scout 300 for 2018 released today and it is no surprise to see the region boasting the most prospects in the 300 come from the South.
Almost a third of the Scout 300 calls the South home, with 112 natives of the region in the 300.
The Midlands comes in next with 64 members of the Scout 300 followed by 61 prospects from the West.
Rounding out the group are 36 players from the East and 27 prospects from the Midlands.
The strongest positional group in the Scout 300 is receiver, with 57 pass-catchers dotting the list.
Next behind receiver is offensive tackle, with 28 prospects at the position followed by 25 running backs.
Defensively, there are 31 cornerbacks in the Scout 300 followed by 26 defensive tackles and 25 outside linebackers.
SOUTH- Chad Simmons
At the top, we have six five stars in the Scout 300, then 109 four stars also put their names on this list from the South.
The strongest position in numbers in the initial rankings out of this region is wide receiver. There are 21 wideouts in the Scout 300 and six landed inside the top 100. Terrace Marshall out of Bossier City (La.) Parkway is No. 1 right now, but this is going to be a position to watch over the next year and a half. There are quite a few prospects with a chance to end up on top, but Marshall is a complete wide receiver with size, hands, body control and speed, so he is not going to be easy to knock off.
The group of defensive ends is very impressive. The numbers and depth may not be great, but with Xavier Thomas No. 1 in the South, and a five star, there are four others in the top 100, then one inside the top 200, and the final end inside the top 300. It may not have the numbers, but the talent level is very high here with the guys who have four and five stars beside their names.
There are a couple schools really killing it early on the recruiting trail. Florida State has commitments from four prospects inside the Scout 100 and they lead for quite a few others on this list. LSU has five commitments in 2018, and the four from the South are all four stars inside the Scout 300.
A position that is a little undervalued these days due to NFL teams drafting them a little later than they did a decade ago is running back, but it is another strong position this cycle in the South. Zamir White is the No. 1 running back in the country, and the star out of Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland has quite a bit of company in the Scout 100. Lorenzo Lingard, Dameon Pierce, Justin Watkins (Florida State commit), James Cook (Florida State commit), and Fabian Franklin all range from 36-100 in the rankings.
WEST- Greg Biggins
The 2018 class out west is strong with 26 players in the Scout 100 and 61 total in the Scout 300. We always preface early season rankings with this statement- with two years of high school ball to play, there is going to be a lot of movement, both up and down, from this list.
Some players peak or develop earlier than others and there will be players who will end up in the Scout 100 as seniors who may not have even started a game as a sophomore yet. Rankings are always fluid and the 2018 class will be no different.
Just missing the cut in the Scout 100 was Fresno (Calif.) Edison safety Steve Stephens. Yet another talented defensive back from the DB Guru squad and trained by legendary Fresno coach Tony Perry, Stephens is a gifted athlete, very smooth and fluid in his movement. He has more of a corner frame but we're starting to see a shift in teams going with more athletic safeties who can cover and that's Stephens.
There is never a shortage of quarterbacks out West and Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany's Brevin White headlines four signal callers in the Scout 300. We've been watching White, No. 111 nationally, since he was in Junior High and feel he has a very nice upside to him. He's solid mechanically, very accurate with all his throws, has good pocket mobility and is a very tough kid. ASU, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State have offered White.
2018 looks like a strong year for talent in the state of Oregon with six players ranked in the Scout 300.
Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic linebacker Eli'jah Winston, Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley athlete Talanoa Hufanga, Tigard (Ore.) cornerback Braden Lenzy, Lake Oswego (Ore.) offensive lineman Dawson Jaramillo, Medford (Ore.) South receiver Chase Cota and Portland (Ore.) Jesuit receiver Trey Lowe give Oregon their most-ever Scout 300 prospects.
Idaho has never had two players in the Scout 300 in the same year before but they have two in the '18 class. Along with Yankoff, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland defensive lineman Tommy Togiai checks in to the 300 at No. 137.
MIDLANDS- Greg Powers
After a strong crop of wide receivers in 2017 the region will be back just as strong in 2018 as an impressive 15 Midlands-based wide receivers make the Scout Top 300.
Al'vonte Woodard is a skilled technician at the position, who just also happens to have plus size already checking in at 6-foot-1, 182 pounds.
He joins cornerback Anthony Cook as the second prospect from Houston (Texas) Lamar in the Scout 300.
His offer list is already over double digits featuring schools like Arizona, Texas Tech, Utah, Duke and West Virginia.
He is not necessarily a wide receiver, but Alabama tight end commit Malcolm Epps is one of the region’s more freakish specimen’s at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds.
The Spring (Texas) DeKaney standout has long arms and huge hands and as a basketball player as well he uses those skills to his advantage in the passing game. He is a true mismatch.
EAST- Brian Dohn
There is a return to a number of elite quarterbacks in theEast in the 2017 class, and it is comparable to the high-level talent of the 2016 class.
Four quarterbacks are four-star prospects, led by Notre Dame commit Phil Jurkovec of Pine-Richland (Pa.) High. He is the No. 1 quarterback in the region, and the No. 46 prospect in the nation and a dual-threat player.
Beyond Jurkovec are a trio of quarterbacks in the Scout 300,led by Old Bridge (N.J.) High’s Artur Sitkowski, who holds double digitsoffers, says he is being pursued the hardest by Ohio State, and is the top quarterback on the board for Michigan and Rutgers. He is No. 107 nationally.
In the 2016 class, there are no quarterbacks from the East in the Scout 300, but in 2015 there were three.
Pennsylvania has the most prospects from the East in theScout 300 at 10, but New York is decided deep with four, led by tight end Jeremy Ruckert (No. 117) of Lindenhurst(N.Y.) High.
MIDWEST- Allen Trieu
There are some guys lower on the list in the Midwest, who I think could rise big time this year.
Tyreke Smith is just scratching the surface of what he could be, but has top notch size and ability.
DaShon Bussell is a kid, based on his sophomore film and camp results, who I'm surprised doesn't have a few more offers.
The same goes for running back Kristian Pechac.