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Legacy 2017 Recruits -- Some Follow in Father's Footsteps, Some Blaze a Trail

Oct. 6 -- Often times, legacy recruits follow in the footsteps of their famous fathers but other times they don't. Here's a regional look from the Scout staff at what legacy players will play at the same school as their father and a few others who won't...



Evan Stewart, a class of 2018 safety at Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph, holds an offer from his dad's former school, Rutgers, but the Scarlet Knights have a lot of competition. Stewart holds offers from Rutgers, the North Carolina Tar HeelsBoston College Eagles and the Temple Owls and plenty more should come his way in the winter and spring. Stewart's dad, George, played in the early 1990s but the program changed a lot. Stewart has his eyes on North Carolina, although Rutgers remains strongly in the mix. However, getting Stewart will be very difficult for the Scarlet Knights.


Will class of 2018 defensive end Dante Stills wind up at West Virginia? The odds are very good, and it goes beyond his brother, Darius, being committed to the Mountaineers in the 2017 class. Stills' father, Dante, played linebacker at West Virginia, and the family remains involved with the Mountaineers and the West Virginia community. After playing in the NFL for a decade, Gary Stills lives with his family in West Virginia. Dante and Darius play at Fairmont (W. Va.) High.


It is early for R.J. Oben, the son of former NFL offensive lineman and Louisville favorite son Roman Oben. The younger Oben, a class of 2019 defensive end prospect, is just scratching the surface of his ability and his first offer came from Louisville. However, it is a long way until the Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep standout can sign, and his talent and ability say a lot more schools will extend an offer. It is early and Oben likes Louisville a lot, but if his recruitment takes off, it will be hard for the Cardinals to get him.

National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn



Wide out Jalen Reagor out of Waxahachie (Texas) is the son of former Texas Tech standout Montae Reagor. Jalen's recruitment blew up over the offseason when he added a national array of offers. He committed to Texas Tech out of the gate but then switched his commitment to Oklahoma. The Sooners will have to battle to keep him on their list as well, because he just used an official visit to TCU.


Southlake (Texas) Carroll safety Robert Barnes is a Scout 100 selection and one of the nation's top defensive backs. His father Reggie played at Oklahoma and that's where the younger Barnes will be playing as well. Barnes is a smart defensive player who is built like a linebacker, but is able to move and cover like a free safety. He is a leader and will be a great addition to a young defensive backfield that has struggled at times defending the pass.

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers



Kivon Bennett is the son of former Alabama defensive end Cornelius Bennett but the younger Bennett has committed to Tennessee. Bennett went with the Vols because of the time and effort they put into him.  He loves the SEC, he wanted to play in the SEC, and the Vols did all the right things during his recruitment. Alabama was involved some, but not the way Tennessee was, and Bennett is excited to be part of the Vol family.


Quarterback Cade Weldon is the son of former Florida State Seminoles QB Casey Weldon but he has committed to the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes. Weldon will play for the same coach his father played for, but at a different school. Mark Richt was the offensive coordinator at Florida State when Casey played quarterback there, and Richt is now the head coach at Miami, where Cade will play.  The Seminoles decided not to pursue the Florida State legacy, but when Miami did, Weldon decided to stay in state, and to play for the Hurricanes. 

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons



Cody White, a wide receiver out of Walled Lake (Mich.) Western is the son of Sheldon White, who played for Miami (Ohio) and in the NFL. Cody, who has been on a tear this year, received an offer close to home in Michigan State and took the chance to be a Spartan. His father, who was the GM of the Detroit Lions, is now a program consultant at Michigan State. Cody was recently rewarded for his big senior year with a bump to four-stars.


Athlete Russ Yeast out of Center Grove (Ind.) is the son of Craig Yeast, who was a star at Kentucky. The younger Yeast was once committed there, but de-committed in the summer and the Wildcats did not make his top list of schools. Right now, it looks like he may end up with rival Louisville or an SEC program like Ole Miss or Auburn.

National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu



Elijah Molden, the four-star corner and the No. 2 overall prospect in Oregon, was offered by Oregon, where his father Alex starred in the 1990’s before being an NFL First Round Pick, at the end of his freshman year.  Molden, though, is a big time talent who has offers from almost all of the Pac-12, including Stanford.  The Cardinal have separated legacies from their father’s alma mater before (see Joshua Garnett and Barry Sanders Jr.), and the Cardinal right now are in a great position to do it again.  The Ducks want to keep Molden in-state and keep the Molden legacy going.  But the Cardinal have been high on his list for a long time and we think he heads to Palo Alto instead of Eugene.


Back in 1995, Luther Elliss was a First Round Pick in the NFL Draft after a stellar career at Utah.  The Utes were one of the first schools to offer his son Noah Elliss after his sophomore year.  But when Luther was hired by the Denver Broncos and the family moved to Colorado, that hurt the Utes’ chances of keeping Elliss in-state. Now Elliss is at Valor Christian and has attention from across the country, including a number of SEC schools and Utah is getting barely a mention from him.  He’s enamored with the SEC and Michigan, where his teammate, Dylan McCaffrey (who is also spurning his father’s alma mater, Stanford) is committed, is high on his list.

National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman


You could say Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian quarterback Dylan McCaffrey comes from a Stanford family. His father Ed was an All-American receiver for the Cardinal and won three Super Bowl rings in the NFL, one with the 49ers, two with the Denver Broncos. Dylan's older brother Christian earned All-American honors at Stanford last year at running back and was the runner up for the Heisman Trophy. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that Dylan would end up in Palo Alto as well except for one small problem, the Cardinal never offered. Stanford had McCaffrey in camp but chose to offer Davis Mills, who would later commit to them. Michigan went all in on McCaffrey and had him as the top guy on their board. Several other programs went hard for McCaffrey as well but no one was going to beat out the Wolverines for the talented signal caller.


Calabasas (Calif.) wide out Keyshawn Johnson is the son of one of the most famous Trojans of all time, Keyshawn Johnson Sr, who was an All-American at USC and the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft by the NY Jets in 1996. The younger Johnson grew up with the Trojans as his dream school as well but USC was a little slow to recruit him early on in the recruiting process. Nebraska had just hired Mike Riley as their head coach, Johnson's old OC at USC and someone who was always more than just a coach but a mentor as well. By the time USC came around to offering, Johnson Jr. was already pretty locked in on a few other programs, namely Nebraska, Ohio State and Clemson. The Huskers did a great job recruiting Johnson and made him a top priority and their effort paid off when the Scout 300 receiver committed to them over the summer. 


Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive back Quentin Lake is the son of former UCLA All-American linebacker and Pittsburgh Steeler standout Carnell Lake. For reasons we can't explain, Lake's recruitment was extremely slow to get rolling and he didn't pick up his first offer until late in the spring. Oregon State was his lone Pac-12 offer until the middle of the summer and it looked like he might play his senior year out before making a decision. Then things changed dramatically in a one week span when USC offered him following their Rising Stars Camp and, a few days later, when UCLA offered at the Bruins Elite Camp. Lake didn't commit right away but there was a feeling UCLA was in the drivers seat and it was only a matter of when, not if, he would follow his fathers footsteps. Sure enough, late in the summer, Lake pulled the trigger and committed to UCLA. 

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins

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