With recruiting sped up, Scout is pleased to release the Class of 2019 Watch List with nearly 80 recruits from across the nation entering their sophomore season on the list.
There are no five-stars yet in the 2019 class, but there are several players on this list who will be in contention when the first full Scout 300 for the Class of 2019 is released next spring.
It is early, but plenty of talent has already been identified in the South Region, and much more will be in the coming months. The state that looks very good early on is Georgia. Of course, Florida is Florida, but Georgia has over a dozen four stars with three years still to play.
Owen Pappoe is a freak out of the Peach State that is already known nationally and he may be the early leader for the top spot in this region. The star out of Loganville (Ga.) Grayson has offers from all over, but schools like Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee seem to be in a good spot right now.
Out of the 37 four stars, the positions are pretty balanced, other than wide receiver. That is the deepest position — there are eight wide receivers that received four stars, and the early leader there may be Jadon Haselwood out of Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove. He is a special talent with size (6-foot-3, 190 pounds), speed, hands and body control. He was once close to committing to LSU earlier this year, but he has backed off that.
Five of the top prospects out of the South have made early decisions. Athlete Trey Sanders is committed to Alabama, cornerback Derek Stingley and offensive tackle Kardell Thomas are committed to LSU, offensive tackle Luke Griffin is committed to Georgia, and safety Jaleel McRae is committed to Florida.
Seven players from the East make the early 2019 Watch List.
Everywhere Antonio Alfano camps, he gets an offer, including one from Ohio State after his Friday Night Lights performance. He plays defensive end, and that is his best position right now, but his size at such a young age likely means he will grow into the a defensive tackle. His burst and athleticism suggest his best spot will be as a three-technique in college. His offer list already includes Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State, Duke and Virginia Tech.
There are not a ton of true inside linebackers in high school, but Shane Lee is one of them. He already has great size, and he plays downhill and is physical. He has the size to play in the box and be a force already. Lee has good body control and he plays with balance. Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Syracuse, Rutgers, North Carolina and Toledo already extended offers.
Devyn Ford has the ability to run between the tackles, get to the outside and he has the speed to finish runs in the end zone. And he has a ton of room to grow as a player. His vision is a plus and he already has the strength to break tackles. Ford's impressive offer list already includes Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Clemson, Michigan State, NC State, Penn State, North Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
In the Midwest, we have a lot of guys who are close, and obviously I think the number will continue to grow to the season, but as a starting point, there is no more sure thing in this class than Belleville (Mich.) offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs.
Dobbs is a great combination of size, athleticism and his technique has improved by leaps and bounds this offseason. His offer list continues to grow and recently he added Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State and Missouri. The kid also has great work ethic.
His teammate, wide receiver Julian Barnett also makes the early cut.
Barnett is a big, athletic kid who could play safety as well and already has quite a handful of offers including Kentucky, Iowa State and Missouri.
Louisville (Ky.) Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron also makes the early list.
Herron is a great athlete who made a varsity impact at New Albany in Indiana a year ago and should be a big timer at Trinity this year. Louisville, Indiana and Tennessee have already offered.
A strong group of 12 prospects debut as early four-stars to watch for the Class of 2019 Scout Top 100.
It's been a while since we've debuted a quarterback in the rankings with the size and upside of Houston (Texas) St. Pius X Grant Gunnell who already checks in at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds. Gunnell is off and running as well in the recruiting process already picking up huge national offers from schools like Florida State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
Brian Williams, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety from Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne is the younger brother of Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams. While his older brother scored his touchdowns against Texas private school competition Brian prevents them. He was one of the best freshman starters in the state regardless of classification or position and his play has been rewarded with early offers from schools like Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri and Texas A&M.
Out West, there are 16 players on the 2019 Watch List, with California boasting eight and Utah with three early on.
And three traditional powers who have had a number of players on this list over the years each have a prospect on it again.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback JT Daniels will be a four-year starter for the Monarchs and is a tremendous talent. Daniels is a pure pocket passer with advanced mechanics, a live, accurate arm and a high level football IQ. He's smart, talented and has a chance to be the top QB in the national '19 class when he's a senior. Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Washington are just a few who have offered.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra always has one or two national recruits every year and Max Williams is the next Cavalier in line. He's already being recruited by programs all over the country and boasts early offers from programs like Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee and USC. Williams is a very talented cover corner with great natural instincts and he plays with a nice edge to him.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey athlete Kayvon Thibodeaux is a two-way standout who could end up at tight end or defensive end in college. He has a college frame right now and his upside is off the charts. He's big, tough, athletic and plays with a motor and will be in the running for top overall defensive prospect in the 2019 West Coast class as a senior. USC, Utah and Washington State have all offered scholarships.