Brandon Pili (Brandon Huffman)

Who are the Hottest Recruits on the Recruiting Trail This Fall?

Nov. 4 -- Who are the hottest college football recruits on the trail this fall? Scout's team of national recruiting experts has the answer...

OLB Brian Asamoah, Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales, 2018

Asamoah entered the Fall with no offers but his play has now earned him six, including Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Iowa State. He is a fast, attacking style backer with scheme versatility because he has the athletic tools to drop into coverage or blitz. With schools like Michigan State and Ohio State on his trail, do not expect the offer streak to end any time soon.

QB Justin Fields, Marietta (Ga.) Harrison, 2018

Fields has erupted with offers this fall. He is adding two or three a week since early September, and he has picked up over a dozen new offers since September 1. Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, South Carolina, TCU and Virginia are some that have offered. He is an athlete at quarterback that can run. He still has to progress as a passer, but he has a live arm, he is a great athlete and he is drawing comparisons to Cam Newton.

RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis, 2017

Habibi-Likio committed to Washington State back in May, the first Pac-12 offer he had. But a big start to his senior year pushed things open with other schools and a week after visiting Utah officially, Habibi-Likio decommitted from the Cougs. He visited Boise State officially in October, but now he’s got even more offers to choose from, with California, Oregon and USC all having offered in the last few weeks. He’ll visit USC unofficially this weekend and has locked in an official to Oregon for January and he’ll visit USC officially after the season. He’s also planning to schedule an official visit with Cal. With two of the top running backs in the country in California in Najee Harris and Stephen Carr, Habibi-Likio is near the top of that next tier of Golden State backs.

WR Joshua Moore, Yoakum (Texas) High, 2018

Moore has quickly become one of the hottest wide receiver prospects in he nation this fall. Just in the month of October alone he has added offers from programs like North Carolina, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Duke, South Carolina and Arizona. Those eight programs join schools such as Ohio State, Florida State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M on his ever growing list. Moore is a field-stretching vertical threat when lined up wide. He also flashes the ability to win balls over smaller defenders.

TE Mustapha Muhammad, Fort Bend (Texas) Ridge Point, 2018

Muhammad recently added his 30th offer from Mississippi State in the SEC and not long after No. 31 came in from Colorado in the Pac-12. Those two P5 offers join schools such as Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Florida State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M on his current offer sheet. Muhammad is already rated as one of the Top 50 recruits in the nation and will be in the running for the No. 1 TE spot nationally in the Class of 2018.  At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Muhammad is a natural pass catching receiver with the frame of an elite in-line tight end. 

Sign up for Bruin Report Online!
Why join?

DE Jaelan Phillips, Redlands East Valley (Calif.), 2017

Just how good has Phillips been this year? You can make a strong argument he has been the best player in the region and has moved in to the top 10 in the Scout 100. At 6-5, 250 pounds, Phillips is nearly unblockable coming off the edge, but it's the way he moves around in space, the plays he makes from sideline to sideline and the intensity and motor he plays with that have impressed the most. He had a five-sack/punt return for a touchdown game earlier in the year showing a freakish combination of size and athleticism and if there is anyone we think can step in and impact right away next fall, it's the UCLA commit.

DT Brandon Pili, Portland (Ore.) Westview, 2017

Pili made a big move when he left Alaska to move to Portland with family and enrolled at Westview. He arrived in Oregon without any offers. Now, the rising three-star has a handful of Pac-12 offers and more schools close to offering. It didn’t take long for Oregon State to be impressed by him- the Beavers offered him after seeing him in person in September. Then came an offer from Colorado. October saw USC and UCLA, who don’t typically recruit Oregon, offer him and UCF, which has former Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost at the helm, also offered. And Pili is also talking with a handful of other Pac-12 schools like Arizona State, Oregon and Washington. In fact, it was at the Huskies Rising Stars and Dirt Dawg Camps that Pili first got on the radar and knew a move would be his best chance at offers. While Washington didn’t offer him that weekend, because of limited numbers, they were impressed with his performance and that confidence has carried over for Pili. And the Huskies could end up offering Pili, which would put them in a great spot.

CB Jaylin Simpson, St. Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy, 2019

The more coaches that see Simpson, the more offers he has. Once coaches see Simpson's length, his athleticism and his ability to make plays, he typically gets an offer shortly there after. Since his season started in mid August, Florida, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee have offered. Many more will.

DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, 2019

We had Thibodeaux rated as an early four-star prospect heading in to his sophomore season but he has out-performed our expectations of him. He's already one of the most dominant pass rushers in the region but shows the athleticism to play some outside linebacker at the next level as well. Scholarship offers have flooded in from schools like Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee as well as Pac-12 programs like Cal, UCLA, USC and Utah.

DE Kofi Wardlow, Washington (D.C.) St. John's, 2017

Kofi Wardlow is in only his second year playing football, so it took time for schools to believe what they were seeing when it came to his length and athleticism. Also, schools wanted to see what the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Wardlow looked like 25 pounds heavier than when he played as a junior and now they are moving on him. In the last 10 days, Wardlow picked up offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. He set an official visit to Maryland for Dec. 9, and the Terps are worth keeping an eye on since he already has two teammates (Kasim Hill and Cam Spence) committed there.


Bruin Report Online Top Stories