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2017 Scout 300 Trend Meter

Aug. 25 -- Scout.com's recruiting experts launch the inaugural Scout 300 Trend Meter for the 2017 class, gauging where the remaining uncommitted members of the Scout 300 are leaning at the moment, including some of UCLA's top targets...

As the college and high school football seasons, the class of 2107 is taking shape for so many schools. However, there are still a ton of elite prospects on the board, and Scout takes a look at where each uncommitted member of the Scout 300 stands.

This will be updated periodically throughout the fall and winter as we march toward signing day in February.


http://www.scout.com/player/183469-foster-sarell?s=73

Foster Sarell, the No. 1 tackle in the country and the No. 2 player overall has a top three of StanfordNotre Dame and Washington.  He talked of still considering NebraskaMichiganUCLA and Alabama, and could visit Nebraska this fall.  He was admitted into Stanford last week and we felt all along Stanford was the leader, and his admission only helps.

Trending: Stanford


http://www.scout.com/player/187912-cam-akers?s=73

It continues to look like the odds are in favor of Cam Akers leaving the state of Mississippi to play college football. Plenty of schools are still involved here, with some being Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.  This one could go many different ways, but the Big Ten school is the one trending right now.

Trending: Ohio State


http://www.scout.com/player/184433-devon-hunter?s=73

Devon Hunter, the top safety in the nation, is looking hard at Alabama, AuburnFloridaNorth Carolina and Virginia Tech. . He visited each school. Can Clemson  get more involved? And what about Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee? Hunter plans to decide before Christmas but Florida and Virginia Tech are sitting in the best spot right now.

Trending: Virginia Tech


http://www.scout.com/player/171434-dylan-moses?s=73

Dylan Moses continues to list Alabama, Ohio State, Miami and USC among a few others, but LSU is still considered to be the big favorite.  It is just hard to see Moses not going back home to be a Tiger at this time.

Trending:  LSU


http://www.scout.com/player/183790-darnay-holmes?s=73

Darnay Holmes set official visits for Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State. Michigan had him on campus earlier this month for the BBQ while Nebraska has two of his teammates locked in as commits. And Ohio State is another school that made him a priority. But UCLA has been the one constant for him and he was on campus after the BBQ at Michigan for a visit to UCLA practice, and he visited there numerous times the past few years. The Bruins still appear to be in the drivers seat.

Trending: UCLA


http://www.scout.com/player/192587-marvin-wilson?s=73

Keep an eye on Mississippi here, and especially keep an eye on Marvin Wilson's official visit schedule. It will be interesting to see which five schools get his trips. This one has always been tilted to the Southeast and LSU was an early favorite, but can schools like TexasOklahoma and USC convince him of a better opportunity?

Trending: LSU


http://www.scout.com/player/189493-jeffrey-okudah?s=73

Ohio State has been named and renamed Jeffrey Okudah's leader. Pushing up the list is Oklahoma, and the Sooners may have settled in as a No. 2 option for Okudah since it is closer to his Dallas-area home. Okudah will use his official visit to OU for the match-up between the Buckeyes and Sooners on Sept. 17.

Trending: Ohio State


http://www.scout.com/player/182072-deangelo-gibbs?s=73

DeAngelo Gibbs says all the right things.  Heck, he ought to be a politician one day.  He is very smart in front of the camera and he always says he is open to all schools.  Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are the main ones right now, so he is likely headed to play in the SEC. 

Trending:  Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/193382-joseph-lewis?s=73

Joseph Lewis will visit Nebraska and Oklahoma officially and plans to see Arizona and Oregon for visits this fall, but you cannot count out the hometown USC. Still, Nebraska has been doing well with him.  He was on campus for an unofficial visit earlier this month and has been a huge priority.  Of course, the coach key in his recruitment, Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams, was arrested for a DUI the same weekend Lewis visited.  But the Huskers have made a big impact in his recruitment.

Trending: Nebraska


http://www.scout.com/player/193638-walker-little?s=73

The three major players for Walker Little are likely Stanford, Ole Miss and Texas and that is probably the order to lay them out in picking his top three schools, but he recently released a statement saying he would be taking an official visit to Florida State as well, but most feel like the Seminoles have ground to make up.

Trending: Stanford


http://www.scout.com/player/190852-lamont-wade?s=73

Lamont Wade already set official visits to Tennessee, Alabama and UCLA, and Penn State and Pittsburgh are heavily involved. He made a summer trip to Penn State but made multiple trips to Pittsburgh in the first few weeks of August. His relationship with UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley makes the Bruins an interesting player. He is announcing his choice Dec. 16.

Trending: Pittsburgh


http://www.scout.com/player/179859-anthony-hines?s=73

The rumor mill has Oklahoma trending in a positive direction for Anthony Hines, but mom has stepped on campus at the the three in-state schools: TCU, Texas and Texas A&M. This one will not be decided until the official visits play out, and one to Ohio State could be major for the final decision-making process. 

Trending: Oklahoma


http://www.scout.com/player/192573-trey-smith?s=73

Trey Smith, a five-star offensive tackle is focused on six schools, but that number will be cut to five soon.  Who will be on the outside looking in?  The schools on his list closest to home are Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss and Tennessee, with Notre Dame and Ohio State rounding out the top six.  He plans to decided the middle of December after five official visits.

Trending:  Tennessee


http://www.scout.com/player/198193-devonta-smith?s=73

If it was not for the catastrophic floods in Louisiana in recent weeks, Devonta Smith would likely already be committed.  He was set to announce his decision Aug. 15, but the heavy rains came days before then and led him to push his decision back.  Alabama, LSU and Miami are the three contenders and he may take his decision to 2017 now.

Trending:  Alabama


http://www.scout.com/player/191624-baron-browning?s=73

It is a very fluid recruiting situation with Baron Browning. Ask next week and another school may be picked. Browning is set to announce his decision on his father’s birthday (Nov. 29) and his dad played his college ball at TCU. Also firmly in the mix here are Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA.  How big is the season for coach Charlie Strong at Texas? Without big early wins, it may prove much tougher to land him as he visits around the country.

Trending: Ohio State


http://www.scout.com/player/183127-austin-jackson?s=73

Austin Jackson wins the award for most under-the-radar recruit in this class. He does not do many interviews and did not do any camps this spring and summer.  He has offers from all over, but Arizona State has constantly been on him.  Meanwhile, USC, where his grandfather played, is still in the mix. But he visited Arizona State a couple of times this fall already.

Trending: Arizona State


http://www.scout.com/player/182677-tedarrell-slaton?s=73

Tedarrell Slaton continues to focus on a bundle of suitors, including Michigan, Clemson, Miami, Florida State, Tennessee and Duke. But the suitor to really monitor at this time is Michigan. Slaton's teammate and fellow offensive lineman, Kai-Leon Herbert, is currently committed to the Wolverines, who also just signed Slaton's former teammate in tight end Nick Eubanks. It will be interesting to see how Slaton's official visits play out, but with an eye-opening trip to Ann Arbor already in the books, everything is looking good for the program residing in the Great Lakes state.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/189074-d-andre-swift?s=73

D'Andre Swift, the top running back in the East, is approaching his Sept. 1 announcement and he has five schools in the mix with Penn State, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama and Florida State. However, for a long time it seemed as though the Bulldogs were the team to beat, and nothing has changed it in the last month. 

Trending: Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/181386-donovan-peoples-jones?s=73

After recently attending their BBQ, Michigan is definitely the trend for Donovan Peoples-Jones. He tends to stay more quiet on recruiting, but he and his mom both like Michigan, especially on the academic side. Florida, Michigan State, Alabama and others are still lurking, but the Wolverines have the edge.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/193616-jay-tufele?s=73

Jay Tufele will visit Ohio State and Michigan, and also wants to visit USC at some point along. He made frequent visits to BYU and Utah, the local schools. Michigan being at Pride Camp, where he camped in June, had a big impact.  But Utah has done very well at Bingham, historically, especially with defensive tackles ( Star Lotulelei and Lowell Lotulelei), and he is an important recruit for the Utes.

Trending: Utah


http://www.scout.com/player/190083-anthony-mcfarland?s=73

It was a very tough training camp for Anthony McFarland. The East’s No. 2 running back suffered a leg injury, underwent surgery and now his senior season is in question. He has MarylandMiami, Tennessee, South Carolina and Alabama on his list, but it seems like a Miami vs. Maryland battle is brewing. The lure of playing close to home and with a lot of friends and teammates could push Maryland over the top.

Trending: Maryland


http://www.scout.com/player/185026-jeff-thomas?s=73

Missouri goes way up here with Jeff Thomas after teammate, quarterback and friend Reyondous Estes recently flipped from Western Michigan to the Tigers. He still has Alabama, Michigan State, Auburn, Texas A&M, Oregon, Florida State and others on his list, but Missouri is out in front.

Trending: Missouri


http://www.scout.com/player/202196-k-lavon-chaisson?s=73

LSU offered K'Lavon Chaisson before the start of his high school career and that early movement may loom huge around decision time. When Chaisson released his top 10 list he put the schools in order and listed Oklahoma as his No. 1 choice, and his reasoning was sound. Houston is a very serious contender to consider as well, and a Chaisson commit would give Cougars coach Tom Herman back-to-back No. 1-rated defensive linemen in the Houston area.

Trending: LSU


http://www.scout.com/player/178498-jamyest-williams?s=73

There have been quite a few schools mentioned the past six months with Jamyest Williams — Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State and South Carolina, to name a few.  He is set to announce his decision Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. EDT and an SEC school is the favorite.

Trending:  South Carolina


http://www.scout.com/player/190463-aubrey-solomon?s=73

Michigan got Aubrey Solomon on campus in June and he committed to the Wolverines before he left, but on Aug. 22, he backed off that pledge.  Georgia has been trending behind the scenes here with Alabama, Oregon, USC and a few others right in there as well.  He now plans to take all five official visits before making his final decision. 

Trending: Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/200039-jaylon-johnson?s=73

Michigan has been doing pretty well with Jaylon Johnson, as has Arizona and USC.  His older brother, now a junior corner at UCLA, went through the process, so he is playing it close to the vest. The Trojans still seem to be in a good spot for him.

Trending: USC


http://www.scout.com/player/194525-ambry-thomas?s=73

It seems like a different team trends with the media and buzz every week for Ambry Thomas. Michigan had some momentum following his visit for their BBQ in early August, but after a recent visit to Michigan State, the Spartans are the team trending right now. Mom says she feels most comfortable there, Ambry has a strong relationship with the coaching staff. Florida is also still in contention, but this is very likely to be an in-state battle.

Trending: Michigan State


http://www.scout.com/player/193380-thomas-graham?s=73

Thomas Graham Graham was a long-time commit to USC but he opened it up in the spring and has been focusing on Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA. The Wildcats are in a good spot for the former Grand Canyon state resident.

Trending: Arizona


http://www.scout.com/player/200268-jarez-parks?s=73

Jarez Parks, a man of a few words when it comes to chopping it up about the recruiting process, continues to flirt heavily with the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Clemson, but really keep an eye on the Crimson Tide and Gators here. Parks lived out his childhood as a big supporter of the Gators, but Alabama coach Nick Saban's staff continues to push all of the right buttons as well. Last month's visit to Tuscaloosa stirred the pot and certainly opened his eyes, but no official visits have been scheduled at this time.

Trending: Alabama


http://www.scout.com/player/195461-jedrick-wills?s=73

There were some rumors Jedrick Wills may decide before the season, but that did not happen. Although talk persists he may be nearing a decision, he says he is still concentrating on his senior season, which just began. Alabama is a popular pick, but in-state Kentucky is still in the conversation as are other SEC programs like Auburn, Tennessee and more.

Trending: Alabama


http://www.scout.com/player/194460-bubba-bolden?s=73

Another longtime USC commit, Bubba Bolden, gave the Trojans a verbal in December but opened up his recruitment in July after The Opening.  Three schools are standing out for the most part; Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA.  He and best friend Alex Perry talked about playing together in college and Arizona State and Colorado are the two schools both are considering together.  But UCLA is trying to get him to stick with Los Angeles for college.  Still, we think Arizona State's playing time availability and opportunity to play with Perry will help the Sun Devils.

Trending: Arizona State


http://www.scout.com/player/195949-isaiah-wilson?s=73

Isaiah Wilson, the No. 1 player in New York, is taking his time with recruiting and he has a star-studded top five in Georgia, USC, Alabama, Florida State and Michigan. He made a summer visit to  Michigan and loved it, and it put the Wolverines in a great spot. Wilson has official visits set to Michigan (Nov. 11), Florida State (Nov. 18) and Alabama (Nov. 25), and right now the Wolverines and Crimson Tide seem to waging a nice battle.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/199282-todd-harris?s=73

If you go off the chatter you hear behind the scenes, Todd Harris has known where he wants to go for a very long time.  That was before he visited Alabama, though, late in the summer, and the Crimson Tide shot up his list.  Ole Miss is hanging around as well, but he is leaning towards staying home.

Trending: LSU


http://www.scout.com/player/193628-drew-singleton?s=73

Drew Singleton, the No. 4 outside linebacker in the nation, is enjoying the process and while Michigan seems to be the expected choice, there is an interesting mix of schools still involved. And Singleton is talking about officially visiting a few schools, including California, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and possibly Rutgers. The dark horse in this one is Clemson , which does a fantastic job with kids from the East.

Trending: Clemson


http://www.scout.com/player/193432-omar-manning?s=73

Alabama has done a great job building up a relationship with Omar Manning since it offered, and TCU is a school that has been out in front for a while now, and offered first. But many feel like he will end up on the Texas commitment list by the time the dust settles and the ink dries on his letter of intent.

Trending: Texas


http://www.scout.com/player/188281-greg-rogers?s=73

Greg Rogers has a top five of Arizona State, Colorado, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC, but this one has been a UCLA-USC battle for more than a year. It still feels like he is going to end up in going to college in Los Angeles.  We give the edge to USC since he always seems to be higher on the school he visited most recent, and USC was the last stop after he visited UCLA. And the Trojans be his last official visit.

Trending: USC


http://www.scout.com/player/197007-chris-allen?s=73

This is a good ole SEC West battle between Alabama and LSU for Chris Allen.  LSU was the clear favorite very early in the process, then Alabama took over, and now Allen says it is too close to call.  When a battle is this tight, go with the in-state school.

Trending:  LSU


http://www.scout.com/player/191907-nate-mcbride?s=73

Could Nate McBride, one of the top 10 prospects in Georgia really head across the country to play in the Pac 12?  It does not happen often, but it happens some.  Oregon is very much in play here, but Georgia has made the in-state linebacker a top target.  Auburn is another school to keep an eye on here.

Trending:  Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/199087-walter-grant?s=73

This is really a three school race, and it could be just two for Walter Grant.  Florida State is the school closest to home for this South Georgia star, but they are likely third on the list.  Alabama and Georgia both had Grant on their campus over the summer like Florida State did, but the Tide and Dawgs sit in a better spot.  A decision could come this fall.

Trending:  Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/198469-cesar-ruiz?s=73

Tagged as the second-ranked center in the nation, Cesar Ruiz is a hot commodity that continues to focus his attention on the same bundle of schools, including Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, North Carolina and Florida State. Ruiz has yet to reveal any official visit dates, but Michigan has arguably been the most consistent suitor. Ruiz has journeyed up to Ann Arbor multiple times on his own dime, and continues to construct a tight-knit relationship with coach Jim Harbaugh's staff, including offensive line coach Tim Drevno. Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma have also been consistent for a countless amount of months. Ruiz plans to take his time with a decision coming at the Under Armour All-American Game.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/190398-tarik-black?s=73

Tarik Black, the No. 1 receiver in the East, has a top six of Auburn, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA. He said he will make a silent commitment before the start of his senior season, make official visits (possibly all five) and then make his choice public during his all-American game in January. He loved a recent visit to Michigan (his only scheduled official is there Sept. 2-4) and close friend and teammate C.J. Holmes is committed to Notre Dame.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/196495-jaylen-harris?s=73

There is not necessarily one school here that is trending for Jaylen Harris. He was supposed to visit Michigan State, but did not make it. The Spartans are one of the schools in contention. Penn State is another big contender after a summer visit. Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and more remain as other options for a kid who is expected to take official visits.

Trending: Michigan State


http://www.scout.com/player/198203-elijah-gates?s=73

Elijah Gates has a visit set for TCU and will also visit Oregon this fall.  Meanwhile, UCLA has been a constant in his recruitment, and those three seem to be slightly ahead of the rest of the field.  But the Ducks have prioritized him heavily.

Trending: Oregon


http://www.scout.com/player/195464-nico-collins?s=73

Nico Collins, the top wide receiver in Alabama and Top 20 nationally, has had a lot of different programs at or near the top of his list over the last year and a half, but it's clear Michigan tops it at this time. While Georgia, Alabama and others are still very much in the race with a late pledge expected, family ties, a recent visit and momentum for Harbaugh's programs seems like it has staying power. Expect Collins to take all of his visits with the SEC programs not going down without a fight.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/185036-chaz-ah-you?s=73

Chaz Ah You named a top 12 earlier this month but said that there are three schools a little further out: Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA.  He is working on his application into Stanford.  He will visit all three and he also plans to serve his LDS mission.  His father is on staff at BYU, too, and that looms.  But UCLA has been ahead for much of his recruitment and the Bruins are fine with him serving his mission plus he and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin have a great relationship.

Trending: UCLA


http://www.scout.com/player/201426-kennedy-brooks?s=73

Kennedy Brooks is a quiet one on the recruiting trail, but one thing that we know is he is a true work-horse running back, and there is one school that loves to get its feature back the football. Look for him to set up an official visit to Wisconsin, and that visit could sway this one in favor of the Big Ten Conference.

Trending: Wisconsin


http://www.scout.com/player/195794-taquon-graham?s=73

We have been waiting patiently for Taquon Graham to pull the trigger on his commitment, and when he does we think it will be in favor of Texas. He has made many visits to Austin. 

Trending: Texas


http://www.scout.com/player/190354-alex-perry?s=73

Alex Perry was a one-time commit to Arizona State, where his older brother, Armand Perry, plays.  But he opened things up last year.  Yet, the Sun Devils still remain on his short list and with Colorado.  He and his best friend, Bubba Bolden, talked about being a package deal and Colorado and Arizona State are the two common schools.  But we think he comes full circle.

Trending: Arizona State


http://www.scout.com/player/193186-james-robinson?s=73

Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, UCLA and Ole Miss are the schools soaking up the attention of Army All-American pass catcher James Robinson. With recruiting classes filling up by the day, Robinson is currently more of a wait-and-see approach with the likes of Alabama and Florida, but a decision regarding his college future could come much sooner than National Signing Day. Robinson's teammate and fellow Scout 300 prospect, A.J. Davis, continues to flirt heavily with coach Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners, so that is something to monitor over the next couple of months. He is also just days removed from his first-ever visit trip to Tuscaloosa, but we'll see how Robinson's recruitment ultimately plays out. Official visits could tell the tale for Robinson.

Trending: Oklahoma


http://www.scout.com/player/183927-bruce-jordan-swilling?s=73

One Swilling recently committed to Georgia Tech, and that is likely where Bruce Jordan-Swilling will end up, too.  There have been a few Swillings to shine on the Flats over the years and Jordan-Swilling looks to be a strong lean to the Yellow Jackets.

Trending:  Georgia Tech


http://www.scout.com/player/200117-marcus-minor?s=73

Marcus Minor, the No. 5 guard in the East, has a top seven or Auburn, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Rutgers. He plans to make five official visits and announce close to signing day, so there is plenty of time for things to sort out. Auburn and Maryland are the schools to watch, with the Terps making a strong push after a late July visit.

Trending: Maryland


http://www.scout.com/player/192006-elijah-molden?s=73

Elijah Molden has been in a Stanford-Oregon battle for most of his recruitment.  He will visit Washington and USC, but we think it comes down to the Cardinal and Oregon, where his father, Alex, starred before being an NFL first round pick, and we will give the edge to the Cardinal.

Trending: Stanford


http://www.scout.com/player/207201-devodrick-johnson?s=73

Devodrick Johnson does not yet have an offer from Texas, but he could secure one with a strong start to the 2016 season. He is a very impressive physical specimen who fits into that hybrid OLB/S mold. Texas Tech has done well as of late with prospects from the Dallas Independent School District.

Trending: Texas


http://www.scout.com/player/200988-jeremiah-holloman?s=73

Auburn is in the mix, LSU hosted Jeremiah Holloman over the summer, Miami is the latest to make a move here, but Georgia and Tennessee have been the two constants for the last few months.  He is going to give plenty of schools a shot; he already has, but picking an SEC school is likely the way to go.

Trending:  Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/194626-isaiah-pola-mao?s=73

Isaiah Pola-Mao has a short list that includes hometown Arizona State to go with Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC and Washington.  The Sun Devils want to keep him home, but the Huskies have recruited Arizona well the last few years, and got a big-time defensive back from Arizona last year in Byron Murphy.  Can they sneak back into the state and do it again?

Trending: Washington


http://www.scout.com/player/190601-colin-wilson

Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and North Carolina received unofficial visits in the summer, and continue to absorb the full attention of this Scout 300 prospect and big-bodied tailback, Colin Wilson. There are times Wilson seems somewhat disinterested in the recruiting process, but that doesn't mean a decision isn't right around the corner. No official visits have been locked in, but Wilson's been aiming at making a decision sometime around the start of the 2016 season. All four schools have done a great job of engaging with Wilson, but Kolby Smith, the running backs coach for Louisville, has really put on the full court press and made Wilson that top priority in the offensive backfield. 

Trending: Louisville


http://www.scout.com/player/186114-aaron-banks?s=73

Aaron Banks has a top 16 but said he will narrow his list down to a top five soon, maybe a top seven, once he sets his official visits.  He visited Michigan, Notre Dame and Arizona State earlier this month and the Notre Dame visit opened his eyes quite a bit. UCLA and USC have also made him a major priority and he plans to take an official visit to Oregon.  Right now, he is buzzing from his visit to Notre Dame, but there is still a long way to go.

Trending: Notre Dame


http://www.scout.com/player/194945-jordan-anthony

A Scout 300 outside linebacker and Maryland native, it's not difficult to understand why nearly all of the Big Ten is going all in and pushing hard for Jordan Anthony's services. The home-state Terrapins will always be a legitimate threat, but the likes of Michigan, Penn State and Oklahoma have also been consistent threats to receive his signed letter of intent. Coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines have been creating a buzz among some of the top-shelf prospects that suit up for the IMG Academy, and Anthony also made the trek up to Ann Arbor for the BBQ at the Big House, so there's definitely mutual interest here. Anthony is aiming at making a commitment sometime closer to national signing day, so his official visits could eventually be the deciding factor.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/196251-chester-graves?s=73

This recruitment has been shrouded in a bunch of mystery. What we do know is that Chester Graves is a talented defender who racked up 42 tackles for a loss in 2015 and has the type explosion many teams will covet. He plays on the edge in high school, at times even standing up as a linebacker. Impressive for a guy listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds.

Trending: Missouri


http://www.scout.com/player/196965-nathan-proctor?s=73

Nathan Proctor, the No. 9 outside linebacker in the nation, is still wading through a lot of schools as he takes his time with his recruitment.  He made visits to Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, and Ole Miss and West Virginia are interesting options. He is yet to set official visits, and he will take his time and make all five official visits. This one can turn a lot of different ways.

Trending:  Penn State


http://www.scout.com/player/203053-lynn-bowden?s=73

After a recent offer from Michigan State, the Spartans are the school most expect Lynn Bowden to end up at. He also says his season is more important than recruiting right now, but we expect him to visit Michigan State during the fall, and possibly make his decision then.

Trending: Michigan State


http://www.scout.com/player/199359-labryan-ray?s=73

LaBryan Ray, who has ascended as much as any prospect in the South over the last year, has an All-SEC top six of Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Florida. While not a group of finalists, it would be a surprise to see the versatile athlete, who could play inside or out along a defensive line, to leave the top conference's footprint. Leaving the state itself would be a surprise, too.

Trending: Alabama


http://www.scout.com/player/196518-ryan-johnson?s=73

Ryan Johnson has been a well-known defensive commodity for years and programs from coast-to-coast have been in on him for some time. One of the smarter prospects in the South, he is legitimately considering Stanford, Duke and raved about a recent offer from Texas. In-state programs Alabama and Auburn have long been high on his list as well and one may have the edge at this time.

Trending: Auburn


http://www.scout.com/player/201976-xavier-mckinney

Georgia safety Xavier McKinney was committed to Alabama for more than 10 months, but backed off that pledge in July.  Ohio State was his dream school and the Buckeyes just offered with Clemson, Florida and Georgia also in this. Ohio State is a big offer, but the Buckeyes are not the perceived favorite at this time.

Trending:  Clemson


http://www.scout.com/player/186129-salvon-ahmed?s=73

Salvon Ahmed has a top five of Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington.  The Huskies were his first offer and they are the hometown school, and they are always going to be involved.  But the Irish have made some big moves with him.  We think, ultimately, he stays in Washington, but his recruitment is reminding us a little of Keivarae Russell, a Seattle-area kid who spurned the Huskies to play at Notre Dame.  There is some buzz for the Irish right now, but enough to overtake the Huskies?

Trending: Washington


http://www.scout.com/player/199322-charles-reeves?s=73

Penn State, Pittsburgh and more are all in the running for athletic, pass-catching tight end Charles Reeves, but the school that seems to be trending here is Syracuse. He built a good relationship with quarterback commit Tommy DeVito and the Syracuse staff.

Trending: Syracuse


http://www.scout.com/player/193219-chuck-filiaga?s=73

Chuck Filiaga is a prospect we do not know a whole lot about right now as he will be playing his first game in Texas this weekend, but before moving to the Lone Star State from southern California, USC was thought to be in a great position, and it needs to restock at the defensive tackle position.

Trending: USC


http://www.scout.com/player/204342-levi-jones?s=73

After originally playing at Texas, Levi Jones’ older brother, Cayleb Jones, transferred to Arizona, and Jones admits that move opened up his eyes to the West Coast. Still, this one is too close to call and Jones plays it close to the vest. Schools like LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and UCLA are also firmly in the mix. 

Trending: USC


http://www.scout.com/player/204113-markaviest-bryant

Markaviest Bryant is called "Big Cat," so is he made to play at Auburn?  His cousin is former five star Montravius Adams, who plays at Auburn, so the Tigers are a competitor here.  Clemson is, too.  How about Florida and Georgia?  They have to be mentioned as well.  LSU is hoping to be a school he considers as is Florida State.  He has thought about committing, so he is one to watch.

Trending:  Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/190459-kd-nixon?s=73

KD Nixon committed to Tennessee in the spring, but decommitted and put himself back on the recruiting market. An offer could change things, but Colorado has already put an offer on the table and have commit from his friend and teammate Laviska Shenault Jr..

Trending: Colorado


http://www.scout.com/player/196072-c-j-avery

Florida State put their name in the hat for C.J. Avery with a summer offer and schools like Louisville and Clemson continue to hang around, but this is likely to come down to two in-state schools, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.  He is going to trip to Oxford and Starkville numerous times between now and signing day, but in this tight race, one seems to have an edge late in the summer.

Trending:  Mississippi State


http://www.scout.com/player/198055-martin-andrus?s=73

Martin Andrus will visit Nebraska in September and wants to visit Michigan and Oregon in October.  Plus, he is planning to attend games at USC and UCLA all fall.

Trending: Nebraska


http://www.scout.com/player/196201-justin-foster?s=73

North Carolina linebacker Justin Foster released a top seven, but it has been a two school battle for some time.  Which color orange will Foster play in after he ends his high school career — Clemson or Tennessee?

Trending: Clemson


http://www.scout.com/player/196455-ortre-smith

OrTre Smith, the South's No. 12 wide receiver, still has a top five of Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. For a while, many considered this to be an in-state battle between Clemson and South Carolina, and that still appears to be the case. Can anyone else make a move? He will make his commitment on Sept. 11.

Trending: South Carolina


http://www.scout.com/player/201416-markquese-bell?s=73

Versatility is one of the things schools love about Markquese Bell, the No. 16 outside linebacker in the nation. He can also play safety, but he should grow into a linebacker. Michigan, Clemson and Rutgers are the schools mentioned the most with Bell, who made visited to each school in the summer. He plans on making official visits before a Dec. 1 announcement.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/200926-brad-stewart?s=73

LSU has come in with an offer to Brad Stewart late in July, but is it too late?  He is a four-star from the Boot State, so LSU is in play, but it seems at this time that he will likely leave the state to play college football.  He was set to commit in August, but he needed more time.  Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are schools to watch.

Trending:  Florida


http://www.scout.com/player/193331-malik-herring?s=73

Aug. 25 was the decision date at one time, but that was pushed back. Malik Herring talks about USC, and maybe the Trojans get an official visit, but Alabama, Clemson and Georgia look like the most realistic teams in the race right now.

Trending:  Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/201562-adarius-lemons?s=73

Many were caught off-guard Monday when Adarius Lemons went to Twitter and abruptly de-committed from the Florida Gators, who gladly welcomed into the fold just less than a month ago. And from what we heard, this had nothing to do with either Florida or coach Jim McElwain's football program; this was more of taking a step back to focus on things much more important than the game of football. Lemons, who was committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels at one time as well, has no official visits scheduled.

Trending: Florida


http://www.scout.com/player/194539-leonard-warner?s=73

Leonard Warner is another prospect who hoped to make a summer decision, but has held off. The main hold-up is Stanford — Warner wants to visit the Cardinal before he makes a decision.  Duke, Georgia and Georgia Tech are very much involved here.  An in-state school likely holds the advantage right now.

Trending:  Georgia


http://www.scout.com/player/179191-thayer-munford?s=73

Right now, there may not be one school that is trending for Thayer Munford. Alabama offered in the summer and the Tide are obviously a top option. He also may wait to see if more offers materialize after a good offseason, which included a strong performance at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp.

Trending: Alabama


http://www.scout.com/player/192281-josh-falo?s=73

Josh Falo named a top ten this month and plans to take all five official visits. Oregon has been high on his list for a while and Colorado has family ties- his older brother, N.J. Falo, plays for the Buffs and his oldest brother signed with Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre at San Jose State.  But we think Oregon ends up the pick for the Under Armour All-American.

Trending: Oregon


http://www.scout.com/player/196424-a-j-davis?s=73

Like teammate and fellow Scout 300 prospect, James Robinson, A.J. Davis is taking somewhat of a patient approach with no official visits scheduled. Louisville, Oklahoma, UCLA, North Carolina and West Virginia are the schools positioned to receive official visits leading up to national signing day, but the Cardinals and Sooners have been the most consistent when it comes to filling up his mailbox and going all in for his services. UCLA just offered both Davis and Robinson, so could they eventually transform into a package deal? Time will tell.

Trending: Oklahoma


http://www.scout.com/player/194194-jacob-phillips?s=73

Jacob Phillips, a four star out of Tennessee, cut his list down to five schools and scheduled five official visits with Oregon getting the first shot in September.  At one time there was chatter about Oklahoma being the front-runner, but now it is a school closer to home with the momentum behind the scenes.

Trending:  Alabama


http://www.scout.com/player/193093-tony-gray?s=73

Over the past 18 months, Tony Gray had a number of schools attached to his name, but who is really in this?  Does anyone really know?  Kentucky has been talked about.  Georgia is an in-state school, but is it another SEC school leading the way?  It is really wide open, but the Gators have some chatter.

Trending: Florida 


http://www.scout.com/player/191677-henry-bainivalu?s=73

Henry Bainivalu is another Seattle area kid who seems like a no-brainer for Washington.  But he went underground this spring and summer and there is talk he may leave the area.  Michigan has been doing well with  him and USC just named another Skyline player, Max Browne, their starting quarterback. But we just do not see him leaving the Northwest.

Trending: Washington


http://www.scout.com/player/200642-tyjuan-garbutt?s=73

TyJuan Garbutt, a one-time Virginia Tech commit, has a top five or Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia, and North Carolina and Miami are also involved. He will take all five visits, but the question is whether the Hokies can still land him? He said Virginia Tech is No. 1 followed by Pittsburgh.

Trending: Virginia Tech


http://www.scout.com/player/191945-k-j-hamler?s=73

Times are currently difficult for K.J. Hamler, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear just a few days back, but this is a determined young man who continues to stay positive with a promising football career still ahead of him. A Michigan native, this electric wide receiver is a focused on a handful of suitors consisting of Oregon, Tennessee, Michigan State, Iowa State, Penn State and Arizona. Hamler already visited the home-state Spartans multiple times, so an official visit weekend in East Lansing is unlikely at this point, but lists Arizona, Oregon and Tennessee as schools that will definitely receive visits leading up to National Signing Day.

Trending: Oregon


http://www.scout.com/player/196361-will-ignont?s=73

Will Ignont, who was once a private commitment to Alabama after having Auburn as his long-time leader, now has a top four of Auburn, LSU, UCLA and Michigan. Is he now as likely as ever to leave the state?

Trending: LSU


http://www.scout.com/player/204503-deron-irving-bey?s=73

This athletic edge rusher has Michigan, Michigan State and Maryland among the schools he hopes to visit this Fall. If there is a school trending up though, it is Michigan, who he visited for the BBQ and reported he had a really strong visit at. Prior to that, MSU was the school he had been to the most so this one should come down to the in-state schools.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/204330-tyler-taylor?s=73

Tyler Taylor has trimmed his list down, and it could change again, but Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee are four to keep an eye on.  He wants to take official visits, then make his decision.  Right now, even though he is in SEC Country, he may be leaning towards leaving.

Trending: Oklahoma


http://www.scout.com/player/202941-phidarian-mathis?s=73

Phidarian Mathis is a top defensive prospect in Louisiana with many offers, but like it does many times with top prospects in the Boot State, it is likely to come down to Alabama and LSU.  The Tigers have plenty of big names on their commitment list and target list, and ‘Bama impressed him over the summer, so he may be leaning towards T-Town.

Trending:  Alabama


http://www.scout.com/player/188688-jaylon-redd?s=73

Jaylon Redd has a top eight and is starting to lock in visits, but Oregon has been a constant for him, and we think the Ducks are the heavy favorite still to land the four-star.

Trending: Oregon


http://www.scout.com/player/191431-adrian-ealy?s=73

Very early it looked like Adrian Ealy would stay home and be an LSU Tiger, but over the past 12 months, those two have pulled a part.  You cannot rule out the Tigers if they make a run at Ealy, but right now Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma and Tennessee are the main schools involved.

Trending: Oklahoma


http://www.scout.com/player/189848-davondre-robinson?s=73

Davondre Robinson, who is the nation's 23rd-ranked safety, released a top ten in the spring and while he has not officially narrowed his list of schools down again, it seems like Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee are the main contenders. However, there has been recent talk that Mississippi State and NC State remain heavily involved. Robinson is taking the process slow and by all accounts is  not ready to name any favorites.  At the end of the day, it looks like South Carolina could be the team to beat, but this is a very fluid situation. Robinson has not set a date for his decision.

Trending: South Carolina


http://www.scout.com/player/196185-noah-elliss?s=73

Noah Elliss mentioned Auburn, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, USC, UCLA and Nebraska the most. And his father, Luther, is a Utah legend and was a first-round NFL pick  He has been attracted to the SEC and said that Ole Miss coaches are recruiting him harder than anyone.

Trending: Ole Miss


http://www.scout.com/player/197872-kendarian-handy-holly?s=73

Kendarian Handy-Holly, who came out of nowhere to four-star status about a year ago, now has two-dozen scholarship offers. A ball-hawking safety who can change the game with one play, his list has changed some but the one constant is Florida. Minnesota, Mississippi State and NC State are worth watching, too, since he's not close to ending the process.

Trending: Florida


http://www.scout.com/player/204148-noah-igbinoghene?s=73

Noah Igbinoghene, a nationally recognized track star who can play wide receiver or running back at the next level, has a top five of Duke, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Missouri. Staying close to home was once a priority so a late offer can affect this list before all is said and done.

Trending: Duke


http://www.scout.com/player/203871-henry-ruggs?s=73

Henry Ruggs, a hoops standout coming off of his first year of high school football, exploded on the football field in 2015 as a dynamic wide receiver and return specialist and the offers have consistently come in. He has a current top five of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Penn State. Ruggs was originally set to commit Aug. 1 but now wants to take additional visits first.

Trending: Alabama


http://www.scout.com/player/194556-oliver-martin?s=73

Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa could all claim some momentum for fast-rising prospect Oliver Martin, but rumor has it Notre Dame, his most recent offer, is a school he grew up a big fan of.

Trending: Notre Dame


http://www.scout.com/player/195262-jaylen-kelly-powell?s=73

Plans are for Jaylen Kelly-Powell to wait through the season and take official visits along he way. He has an official planned to Nebraska, but Michigan is the school everyone is gunning for.

Trending: Michigan


http://www.scout.com/player/202056-yusuf-corker?s=73

This one looked like it might end in the spring or summer for Yusuf Corker, but it did not. He added more offers during the evaluation process and he is now looking to trim his list down.  He could end up at a number of schools, but keep an eye on one in the SEC.

Trending:  South Carolina


http://www.scout.com/player/192861-deandre-wilder?s=73

Deandre Wilder lived out his childhood as a big-time supporter of the hometown Miami Hurricanes, and it's truly difficult to envision him in another college uniform at this point. Auburn made a strong impression after bringing him up to campus over the summertime, so they check in at the No. 2 spot. Miami's lead expanded even more since coach Mark Richt returned home to his alma mater. This is a coveted prospect that's equipped with a boatload of nationally-recognized offers, but barring some sort of surprise, look for Wilder to extend his stay in Miami-Dade.

Trending: Miami


http://www.scout.com/player/197695-rahyme-johnson?s=73

Rahyme Johnson was actually UCLA’s first commit in the 2017 class, doing so the summer before his junior year, but he ended up opening up his recruitment. Then, it looked like they had gone their separate ways but he was back at a UCLA practice this month and said he plans to take an official visit.  And his relationship with linebackers coach Scott White continues to be strong despite the decommitment. He has a teammate committed to Oregon, and Nebraska has made him a big priority. But can the Bruins bring him all the way back?

Trending: UCLA


http://www.scout.com/player/200539-carter-warren?s=73

Carter Warren, the No. 6 offensive tackle in the East, is yet to trim his list, but he made a recent visit to Maryland, and the Terps are pushing hard because they do not have many offensive tackles with his length. He visited Rutgers in late July and also made a trip to Pittsburgh, which is a big player. Penn State and Virginia Tech are also involved as Warren takes his time with the process. He is planning official visits.

Trending: Maryland


http://www.scout.com/player/195093-fred-hansard?s=73

Fred Hansard is close to making his college choice, and his final three schools are Tennessee, Florida and Rutgers. Florida is been considered the quiet leader, especially after he made a summer visit and loved it there. Rutgers is hanging around, and the longer it goes without Hansard announcing, the better it is for the Scarlet Knights.

Trending: Florida


http://www.scout.com/player/202795-stephan-zabi?s=73

Two schools that have been strong contenders since stepping up with offers for Stephan Zabié are Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Texas A&M has hit on a tackle or two, while Oklahoma still has it has a very high priority in the 2017 class. That being said, a player of Zabie skills is a high priority for either school. He will miss his 2016 season due to a UIL ruling. 

Trending: Oklahoma


http://www.scout.com/player/193630-jalen-mckenzie?s=73

Jalen McKenzie has commitable offers to Arizona State and UCLA among others, and the Bruins are his favorite from his offers. But after missing most of his junior season, many schools want to see him this fall before offering, and if he looks good, that could open more offers.  One he is hoping for is Tennessee, where his father and uncle played, and where his brother is a starting defensive tackle. He originally said he was looking to carve out his own path, but he is more and more vocal about the Vols. An offer from Tennessee could make their pursuit a short one.

Trending: Tennessee 


http://www.scout.com/player/198426-major-tennison?s=73

Major Tennison decommitted from Texas and most thought he would make a quick flip to Alabama, but the Tide took a commitment from Kedrick James and now it looks like schools like Georgia, Michigan and Arkansas are strong players in this race. Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will utilize a tight end in his offense and that may end up being the perfect fit for Tennison.

Trending: Georgia


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


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