Scout looks at six under-the-radar recruits in the 2017 class, including a UCLA target

July 28 -- Scout takes a look at six prospects around the nation who you may not know now, but will in December...

Coaches push and push to fill up their recruiting classes prior to the start of training camp, so their is limited opportunity for prospects to develop during their senior seasons and see their recruitment take off.

However, there will be a few handfuls of prospects who break out this fall and jump onto the radar of schools, and Scout takes a look at six prospects you may not know now, but will by the time December arrives.


Kenny Bennett plays at Philadelphia Simon Gratz, a place college coaches do not flock to so it was easy for Bennett to go under-the-radar. However, as he made the camp rounds, each time he was impressive. Scout saw him on several occassions, and his ability to jam at the line, turn his hips to run and his ability to change direction stood out.

He camped at Maryland and earned an offer, and Virginia Tech offered two weeks ago. He also has offers from PittsburghTemple and Massachusetts. He is slated to visit Maryland this weekend.


Cibolo (Texas) Steele quarterback Xavier Martin is due for a breakout year as far as national and TXHSFB media are concerned.  The Texas Tech commit is a known name, he is one of the top players in the state and his numbers in 2015 were very good, but  expect them to be even better this season. Steele is a strong contender for the state title. Martin has 4.43 speed, but is a pass-first quarterback, so that combination is very dangerous. Last fall, current Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey was elevated to four-star status after a strong offseason that powered a big senior year at Mansfield (Texas) Lake Ridge. Is Martin next?


Receiver Tyrice Richie of Homewood (Ill.) Homewood-Flossmoor had a good offseason. He was good at The Opening Regional in Chicago, he was good at the Michigan State camp when I saw him, and he has the size and ball skills to rise this fall. He was a little overshadowed last year by Kendric Pryor, who signed with Wisconsin, but with Pryor gone, I could see a huge year for Richie and additional offers coming as a result. Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) already offered.


Devante Wyatt from Decatur (Ga.) Towers is is a 6-foot-4, 285 pound defensive tackle with size, strength and athleticism.  He quietly committed to South Carolina, and he did it with little fanfare and not many really know who he is — yet.  He has hit a couple of camps recently, and he started to create a buzz by the way he moves at his size.  Expect new offers to come in, for his name to become much more recognizable, and for him to end up one of the top interior defensive linemen in the South when this year comes to an end.


Jaylan Shaw has been one of the biggest revelations this spring after being a backup last fall. Of course, he was not a backup for talent reasons, but more because the Corona (Calif.) Centennial secondary was loaded (three Pac-12 signees and a fourth going to Boise State). But he still played quite a bit. Now, he will be the starter at one corner spot for the Huskies this season.

In the meantime, he has double digit offers, including from hometown schools USC and UCLA, which offered him on back-to-back weekends after stellar showings at each of their camps. UCLA, as of right now, is the favorite.

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Ronnie Rivers is a solid three-star prospect so he is hardly a sleeper, but his recruitment is not quite what it should be. He was the running back MVP at The Opening Regional in Oakland, and he has next level quickness, change of direction and is tremendous in the open field. He is a bit undersized at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, but he is a tough kid who can run between the tackles and he finishes his runs very well. He shows good hands out of the backfield and is among the more versatile backs out West. He should have a big senior season and improve his stock when his early film gets out.

His offer list includes ArmyIdaho and San Jose State.

Brandon Huffman, Greg Biggins, Greg Powers, Chad Simmons and Allen Trieu contributed

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