Najee Harris (Brandon Huffman)

Scout On the Road: November

Dec. 1 -- Scout takes a look at some of the top prospects we saw in person during the month of November...


SOUTH

http://www.scout.com/player/189096-davis-mills

QB Davis Mills, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian, 2017

Watching Mills live is simply fun. He is a sharp young man who plays the game at a very high level. He is a smooth passer who can make all of the throws, with athleticism that surprises many. He played against a good Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy team and really made some big throws the second half of the game. The Stanford commit could do big things in the Pac 12, and him being mentioned in the Heisman Trophy race one day would not be a surprise. -Simmons

http://www.scout.com/player/187912-cam-akers

RB Cam Akers, Clinton (Miss.), 2017

Akers is now one win away from being a state champion. When he was scouted live, he made plays when plays needed to be made. Against Starkville (Miss.), it may not have been his biggest night on the stat sheet, but when his team needed him most, he answered the call. The five-star running back has everything you look for in an elite talent at that position. Who knows who is going to get him, but whether it is Florida StateGeorgia, LSU, Ohio State, Mississippi or Tennessee, someone is getting a game-changer. -Simmons

http://www.scout.com/player/199362-willie-gay

OLB Willie Gay, Starkville (Miss.), 2017

Gay did all he could for his team this season, stepping in at quarterback the last few games to give his team a chance. Playing quarterback showed exactly what type of athlete Gay is. He has great speed and agility for someone his size, and at linebacker, he has real high upside. He is looking at Florida, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss and Mississippi State with a decision expected to come late in the process. -Simmons

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

Xavier McKinney@, Roswell (Ga.), 2017

McKinney is the alpha dog on the football field. He plays with aggression, he plays with confidence and he likes to get into opposing teams' heads. He talks a lot of trash, but knows how to back it up. He is like an enforcer in the secondary. He can deliver the big hit, or cover and pick a pass off. The former Alabama commit has taken official visits to Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State. He has one to Georgia coming up and he could take one to Florida as well. He is set to announce his decision at the Under Armour All-America game January 1. -Simmons

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

S C.J. Avery,@ Grenada (Miss.), 2017

Avery, like many top prospects, plays quarterback for his high school team. In the game he was scouted, he played Neshoba Central, and he made plays on each side of the ball. Safety is going to be his home on the next level, and he is a very smart, well-rounded defensive back. Avery is an instinctive player, he has very good ball skills, and he may not wow you with one part of his game, but he is solid in so many areas. He is down to Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. A decision is expected December 14. -Simmons

http://www.scout.com/player/198429-andrew-thomas

OT Andrew Thomas, Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy, 2017

Thomas is one of the top offensive tackles in the country. He has the frame and the intelligence coaches covet, and all he needs to do now is improve his strength, work on his punch and he could be one who makes a big impact at Georgia. He was asked to play a lot both ways this season, so his best football is definitely ahead of him when he can focus on offensive tackle only. Thomas has been a solid Bulldog commitment since July. -Simmons

http://www.scout.com/player/194459-stanford-samuels-iii

CB Stanford Samuels III, @Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan, 2017

This five-star cornerback is a fluid playmaker that's always brimming with confidence, and that was on full display when I saw him strap up the pads on Nov. 18. The FSU legacy also plays quarterback for his team, but it was instincts and well-rounded play that soaked up my attention. He also flashed impressive recovery speed and ball skills on a deep ball while covering Alabama commit, Jerry Jeudy, resulting in a stellar pass deflection. Samuels' ability to burst out of his backpedal and play with physicality impressed me as well. He remains all in with the Seminoles, but plans to officially visit Georgia (Dec. 9) before early enrolling in Tallahassee. -Bender

http://www.scout.com/player/190983-jerry-jeudy

WR Jerry Jeudy, Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High, 2017

There are not many wide receivers across the map, if any at all, that do a better job of performing double moves and setting up defensive backs like Jerry Jeudy. The Scout 100 pass catcher had some drops throughout the evening on Nov. 18, but stepped up when his team really needed that boost late in the game. Jeudy also recorded a game-changing pick-six late in the fourth quarter that sucked the air out of Flanagan's stadium, flashing why he's one of the nation's can't-miss prospects. Jeudy is committed to Nick Saban and Alabama. -Bender

http://www.scout.com/player/203443-whop-philyor

WR Whop Philyor Tampa (Fla.) Plant, 2017

This three-star wide receiver delivered one of the more electric performances of the month during his team's Nov. 11 playoff win over Winter Haven (Fla.) High, flashing versatility, elusiveness and overall playmaking ability. Philyor also served up a top 10 play nominee when he maintained balance and slipped off a number of defenders en route to a 59-yard receiving touchdown. This is an exciting athlete that does damage in a number of different ways. Philyor has no leaders, but has an official visit scheduled with Iowa State for Dec. 9. Indiana, Louisville and Virginia Tech are additional schools heavily in the mix. -Bender

http://www.scout.com/player/187375-juwan-burgess

ATH Juwan Burgess, Tampa (Fla.) Plant, 2017

Burgess, who's projected to suit up in the defensive backfield on the next level, proved his worth on both sides of the ball during Plant's Nov. 11 playoff victory over Winter Haven (Fla.) High. He did a nice job of reading and reacting on defense, and also did a nice job of jumping the route for an interception. Burgess had the opportunity to reel in a second interception as well, but had limited room to work with along the sideline. He didn't necessarily set the world on fire on offense, but showed solid hands and made plays when needed. Burgess is verbally committed to the USC Trojans. -Bender

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DE Ge'mon Eaford, Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High, 2019

This is a bouncy edge rusher that's just a headache to contain. He's raw in regards to go-to moves in the trenches, but wins the majority of his battles by playing with relentlessness and exploding with a quick first step. Eaford could end up shifting back to outside linebacker before it's all said and done, but is a nightmare matchup for heavy-footed offensive tackles. He recorded multiple sacks during his team's Nov. 18 playoff win, and flashed a ton of energy until each play was whistled dead. Eaford possesses an elite offer sheet early on, but Michigan holds the advantage. -Bender

http://www.scout.com/player/187789-clevan-thomas

WR Clevan Thomas, Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan, 2017

Thomas is a pass catcher that flashes a great burst when getting in and out of his breaks. Thomas does a good job of hesitating and utilizing double moves to create initial separation, and is a bouncy athlete that really knows how to navigate through clutter. Thomas has also really put forth the effort in the weight room. Thomas is a crafty runner that does a significant amount of damage underneath, and that was evident during Nov. 18's playoff loss to Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High. Thomas is verbally attached to the Kentucky Wildcats. -Bender

http://www.scout.com/player/209224-tyler-williams

WR Tyler Williams, Raleigh (N.C.) Southeast Raleigh

Tyler Williams of Raleigh (N.C.) Southeast Raleigh is emerging as one of the top 2018 wide receivers in North Carolina. Against Clayton (N.C.) on Nov. 4, he was impressive on both sides of the ball. He finished with three catches for 77 yards and had double-digit tackles from his safety spot on defense. Williams was physical and very strong. He ran good routes and did a nice job finding open spots in defenses. Williams also showed good quickness and the ability to make people miss. East Carolina recently became the first the offer and NC State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are also recruiting him. -Clark

http://www.scout.com/player/213370-savion-jackson

DE Savion Jackson, Clayton (N.C.), 2019

Savion Jackson of Clayton (N.C.) is a new name to watch over the next few years. The 2019 defensive end was unblockable against Southeast Raleigh in early November. He finished with nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. He was explosive off the ball and strong at the point of attack. Jackson also showed quick hands, did a great job of shedding blockers and was great in pursuit. In-state schools such as Duke, East Carolina, NC State and North Carolina have inquired about 6-foot-2, 245-pound Jackson, but his recruitment should really gain momentum over the next couple of months. -Clark

http://www.scout.com/player/213371-devin-carter

WR Devin Carter, Clayton (N.C.), 2018

Although he is not getting nearly enough attention from college coaching staffs, Devin Carter of Clayton (N.C.) was one of the most productive wide receivers in North Carolina this fall, finishing with 80 catches for 1,219 yards and 15 touchdowns. Despite being double-teamed for most of the game against Southeast Raleigh, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Carter still managed to get open and make multiple clutch catches. He ran good routes and did a great job of catching the ball with his hands away from his body. The junior finished with eight receptions for 95 yards. Duke and Wake Forest are showing the most interest, while North Carolina and NC State are also recruiting the talented playmaker. -Clark

http://www.scout.com/player/203871-henry-ruggs

WR Henry Ruggs, Montgomery (Ala.) Robert E. Lee 2017

Montgomery (Ala.) Robert E. Lee wide receiver Henry Ruggs loves basketball, to the point that he didn't play football as a high school freshman or sophomore, but after a breakout junior year it's easy to see that his future is on the gridiron. He is a little league legend in Montgomery and he is still able to make the wow plays that built that notion many years ago. On this night, October 14, he was able to do more of the same against one of the best defenses in all of Alabama - Phenix City (Ala.) Central. On top of that, he did it after his quarterback went down with an injury, forcing him to take the snaps. Even with all 11 sets of defensive eyes on him, Ruggs was able to make tacklers look silly in the open field and run by most others on a touchdown screen, a long catch and even a run from the QB position during the show. -Garcia


EAST

http://www.scout.com/player/190398-tarik-black

WR Tarik Black, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, 2017

Black is not targeted much because teams bracket him in coverage, but the Scout 100 receiver is still impressive to watch. He gets off the line of scrimmage in a flash, is smooth in the open field and high points the ball well. He already officially visited Michigan, Auburn and Alabama, and he will be at UCLA on Dec. 9. He also moved his announcement up and will make his choice known in mid December. -Dohn

http://www.scout.com/player/192278-c-j-holmes

ATH C.J. Holmes, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, 2017

The Notre Dame commit played running back, and he did it well. He was patient in waiting for blocks to develop, but also showed vision to find holes if the play did not get blocked to the design. He showed good burst, change of direction and top-end speed. -Dohn

http://www.scout.com/player/200117-marcus-minor

OG Marcus Minor, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, 2017

The Maryland commit plays left tackle in high school, but likely will move inside for the Terps. He demonstrated a strong initial punch, an ability to get to the second level and good strength. He was solid in pass protection. -Dohn

http://www.scout.com/player/192450-joshua-paschal

DE Joshua Paschal, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel, 2017

Paschal, who is visiting Notre Dame on Dec. 9 and already tripped to Oklahoma, can play defensive end or bulk up and move to defensive tackle in college. He fired off the ball well, had a good change of direction and did a nice job of using his hands to get off blocks. Maryland, Ohio State and Kentucky are also involved. -Dohn

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QB Artur Sitkowski, Old Bridge (N.J.) High, 2018

Despite running a triple option with more of a pro-style skill set, Sitkowski's talent rises high. He was quick with his release, his accuracy was good and he was able to make strong pre-snap reads and audible. He also got through his progressions well. He is open to all schools, but Rutgers is recruiting him hard. He said he wants to visit Iowa, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Miami and South Carolina in the offseason. -Dohn

http://www.scout.com/player/199914-chase-young

DE Chase Young, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, 2017

The five-star Ohio State commit is impressive. His length, speed, change of direction, closing speed and burst were all on display. He was quick with his hands and got off blocks, and did a nice job of playing to his assignment and forcing the ball carrier inside when the opponent tried to run on him. -Dohn

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ILB Rayshard Ashby, Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird

Rayshard Ashby of Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird is committed to Virginia Tech. Against rival Richmond (Va.) Hermitage on Nov. 18, Ashby was a force in the middle of the Skyhawks' defense. He showed great instincts and played sideline to sideline. The the 6-foot, 215-pound Ashby is not the biggest linebacker, but he is a tremendous football player. Look for him to become an anchor for the Hokies' defense down the road. -Clark

http://www.scout.com/player/209842-hakeem-beamon

DE Hakeem Beamon, Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird, 2019

Hakeem Beamon of Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird is well on his way to being a major 2019 prospect. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Beamon started at both defensive end and offensive tackle for the Skyhawks and performed very well against Hermitage. He has good length and is extremely athletic. Beamon also showed good quickness and strength. He has early offer from North Carolina and Virginia Tech, and Clemson, Duke and Maryland are also showing interest. -Clark

http://www.scout.com/player/213349-chris-collins

DE Chris Collins, Richmond (Va.) Benedictine, 2018

Chris Collins of Richmond (Va.) Benedictine has flown underneath the recruiting radar until recently. On Nov. 17, I saw the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Collins and he immediately jumped out. He has a great combination of size and athleticism. Collins changed directions well and was relentless. The 2018 defensive end is still raw, but his ceiling is extremely high. Georgia became the first school to offer this past weekend, while Duke and Virginia Tech are also showing significant interest.  -Clark


MIDWEST

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RB Lew Nichols, Southfield (Mich.), 2019

Nichols had an outstanding game when we saw him against Oak Park. He showed breakaway ability, excellent balance and ran hard. He picked up a Central Michigan offer that night and we believe many more will come. -Trieu

http://www.scout.com/player/195129-lorenzo-mccaskill

LB Lorenzo McCaskill, Southfield (Mich.), 2019

A Cincinnati commit, McCaskill is a player the Bearcats should be excited about. He is an active defender with a nose for the ball and strikes hard when he hits. -Trieu

http://www.scout.com/player/202711-scott-nelson

S Scott Nelson, University of Detroit Jesuit, 2017

Nelson was just coming back from injury when we saw him but he got going and played well as a return man (scored a touchdown), defensive back and quarterback. A heady player with athleticism and toughness, he will make for a great college safety likely at Iowa or Wisconsin. -Trieu

http://www.scout.com/player/212228-elijah-collins

RB Elijah Collins, University of Detroit Jesuit, 2018

Collins is a tough junior who could play running back or linebacker at the next level. He showed aggressiveness as a linebacker but also rushed for two touchdowns in the Jesuit win we saw. Iowa and Iowa State are among his offers. -Trieu

http://www.scout.com/player/208494-carlos-vettorello

OG Carlos Vettorello, University of Detroit Jesuit, 2018

Vettorello impressed us on defense too but his future is definitely on offense. He is a leaner kid with a nice frame. He is a tough kid with good athleticism. Iowa just became his first Big Ten offer and they may not be his last. -Trieu

http://www.scout.com/player/203375-jason-whittaker

QB Jason Whittaker, Rockford (Mich.), 2018

Whittaker is a nice-sized passer who has always impressed us with his command of the offense and intangibles. He has a nice arm too, but where he has shown even more this season is in the athleticism department. He can escape the rush and throw on the run and that, combined with his size, makes us believe more offers are on the way. He has three from the MAC, but Northwestern was in town to evaluate him the night we were there. -Trieu

http://www.scout.com/player/203053-lynn-bowden

ATH Lynn Bowden, Warren (OH) Harding, 2017

Lynn Bowden is one of the greatest open field runners I've seen in covering Ohio high school football the past 15 years. In a playoff game against Chardon, who was undefeated with a great defense, Bowden rushed for 370 yards and scored six touchdowns. And he put up numbers like this often this season. He has a great offer list, and Kentucky gets the first official visit this weekend. -Greene

http://www.scout.com/player/212423-chase-kline

LB Chase Kline, Chardon (Ohio), 2018

Even though his team had a hard time with Lynn Bowden, linebacker Chase Kline stood out in defeat. He has great size and the ability to run sideline-to-sideline. After thinking he would be a defensive end at the college level after seeing his film, I now think can play linebacker at the next level because he can change direction and has good coverage skills. Holds an offer from Iowa State. -Greene

http://www.scout.com/player/208995-jalen-hooks

CB Jalen Hooks, Warren (Ohio) Harding, 2018

It's hard to believe nobody has offered junior DB/WR Jalen Hooks yet, but after seeing him twice this year including two weeks ago, I'm convinced he is a Power Five talent. Hooks has great length, which is why I like him at corner or safety, but also has really good ball skills. Did not attend camps last summer, and needs to do that in 2017. -Greene

http://www.scout.com/player/183465-todd-sibley

RB Todd Sibley, Akron (Ohio) Hoban, 2018

Has been gaining yards and scoring touchdowns for four years on the varsity level now. Is so consistent and so reliable that people are starting to take Todd Sibley for granted. As he is looking for his second consecutive state title in Ohio, I saw Sibley a few weeks ago in a close playoff win. As usual, the four-star back did everything needed for his team to win. Sibley has great vision, plays hard and wins games for his team, and I expect that to continue at Pittsburgh next year. -Greene

http://www.scout.com/player/179191-thayer-munford

OT Thayer Munford, Massillon (Ohio) Washington, 2017

After sitting out the first half of his senior season following a school transfer, one might think Thayer Munford would be rusty upon his return, but that was not the case. The minute the four-star offensive lineman hit the field, he showed he was much better than he was as a junior. He has a big, powerful body that allows him to move people in the run game, but he also has great feet for his size and is good at pass pro. Munford holds several Power Five offers, and is being looked at very closely by Ohio State. -Greene

http://www.scout.com/player/202435-dominique-robinson

QB/ATH Dominique Robinson, Canton (Ohio) McKinley, 2017

Although only a two-star recruit that is committed to play quarterback at Miami of Ohio, Dominique Robinson just might end up being a player that is drafted as a defensive end, tight end or linebacker by the NFL in four years. After seeing him in action a few weeks ago, Robinson looks like a player that is going to be 6-foot-6, 250-pounds in a few years. Robinson has the body type you see being recruited by Alabama, Michigan or USC, and he has enough athletic ability to be able to play a number of positions at the next level. His best football lies ahead of him. -Greene


MIDLANDS

http://www.scout.com/player/189390-shawn-robinson

QB Shawn Robinson, DeSoto (Texas), 2017

Robinson has put up remarkable numbers in 2017, helping to lead DeSoto to a No. 4 ranking overall and the game against Southlake (Texas) Carroll in the second round of the playoffs was one of his best. Robinson passed for 245 yards and 1 touchdown, and ran for 209 yards and 3 more scores to lead Desoto to a 48-30 win. Robinson is committed to TCU. -Powers

http://www.scout.com/player/200257-sam-crawford

WR Sam Crawford, Rockwall (Texas), 2017

Still one of the top sleepers, offerswise in the Dallas-metro, Crawford does a little bit of everything for Rockwall and even flipped over and played some defense when needed in a key win over Mesquite (Texas) late in the season that propelled Rockwall into the playoffs. He runs extremely well and is put together like a college guy right now. Versus Mesquite he had 103 yards and a touchdown receiving and rushed for 79 yards and a score. -Powers

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OT Chuck Filiaga, Aledo (Texas), 2017

The big man who transferred in from California plays with a chip on his shoulder and has the size and dominant nature to enforce his will and that is why you quickly see why there are so many top-tier college trying to convince him to come to their campus. What I really like about his game is that even though he is massive right now he still has a very high upside from a frame potential. He is going to be an absolute beast in a year or two from now. Schools like Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma are all hot on his trail in addition to some others. -Powers

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WR Gavin Holmes, Justin (Texas) Northwest, 2017

Holmes and his Northwest teammates did not fare as well as they wanted to in a 61-27 loss to Aledo (Texas) High, but Holmes showed that his a prospect who many top colleges should be tracking closely. He has a knack for making tremendous plays. He projects out most likely as a slot wide receiver, but he is very versatile. Great route runner and tremendous hands. He is considering programs such as Arizona State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Washington State. -Powers

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RB Abram Smith, Abilene (Texas), 2017

Tulsa got an absolute steal in the three-star from West Texas, but will have to fight to keep him on the committed list as he recently added an offer from Texas Tech. He I back who has tremendous patience and balance. He reads the play and when he cuts it up field he has a way of finding the endzone. He rushed for 221 yards and a touchdown in a 56-31 win over Keller (Texas) Timber Creek. -Powers

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ILB Anthony Hines, Plano (Texas) East, 2017

Hines was on his way to having one of the best games of his career in first round playoff loss to Hebron (Texas) before missing some of the second half with cramps, but he still racked up double digit tackles before halftime, forced a fumble, and ended a quarterbacks season with a booming hit. Hines had a remarkable prep run that will culminate in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game. He is announcing on Friday between Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA, TCU, and Texas A&M. -Powers

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RB Eno Benjamin, Wylie (Texas) East, 2017

Simply put, Eno Benjamin has been one of Texas high school football's most productive players for the past three years. I saw him rush for 284 yards and three touchdowns in what would be his next-to-last high school game before capping a career that included 7,500-plus rushing yards. Benjamin, the No. 2 senior running back in Texas, recently decommitted from Iowa, which is 1 of 4 schools he's visited this fall along with Missouri, Arizona State and Utah. Michigan and Nebraska may also be in the mix for the elite running back. -Brooks

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OT Chuck Filiaga, Aledo (Texas), 2017

Aledo's Texas Class 5A Division II second-round playoff rout of Grapevine was my first time seeing Filiaga in person following his offseason move from California to Texas. He did not disappoint. The massive tackle -- No. 2 in Texas at his position -- is a punishing blocker who plays through the whistle with a noticeable mean streak. Filiaga, who has already officially visited Oregon, Michigan, and Oklahoma, and he plans to take an OV in January to Nebraska. His fifth and final OV could come down between Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Tennessee, he said. -Brooks

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ATH Lakendrick VanZandt, Henderson (Texas), 2017

Henderson's 33-31 loss to arch rival Carthage in a Texas Class 4A Division I third-round playoff was my second time to see VanZandt this fall and my second time to come away thoroughly impressed. He ran the ball 18 times for 255 yards, including touchdowns of 12, 89, 43, and 36 yards. A high three-star prospect who could play on either side of the ball in college, VanZandt is expected to play safety once he's at TCU, which has held his commitment since early June, along with teammate and fellow multi-talented high three-star athlete Trestan Ebner. -Brooks

http://www.scout.com/player/203469-keaontay-ingram

RB Keaontay Ingram, Carthage (Texas), 2018

Like VanZandt, the 33-31 Carthage playoff victory against Henderson was my second time seeing Ingram, who without a doubt is emerging as one of the more talented running backs in the state of Texas' junior class. The 6-foot, 187-pound Ingram gained 291 yards from scrimmage, including 259 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries, plus three catches for 32 yards. He's outstanding at making defenders miss at the second level, a unique trait for a taller, longer back. Programs such as SMU and TCU are keeping an eye on Ingram, who's approaching 2,000 yards this season and should get offers sooner rather than later. -Brooks

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QB Alan Bowman, Grapevine (Texas), 2018

A varsity starting quarterback at the Texas Class 5A level since his freshman season, Alan Bowman put up huge numbers when I saw him lead Grapevine High to a 70-0 first-round playoff victory on the second weekend of November. Bowman led Grapevine to a 10-2 record this season as he threw for 3,240 yards, 42 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. Like Ingram, he's garnered a lot of early interest, but still awaits his first offer. That shouldn't take much longer. Bowman has the size and skills to be a P5 quarterback, not to mention the pedigree -- his father played tight end on Penn State's 1982 national title team. -Brooks

http://www.scout.com/player/194785-abram-smith

RB Abram Smith, Abilene (Texas), 2017

Tulsa has gotten one of the best steals in the state of Texas in the 2017 recruiting cycle in Abram Smith, who we saw run for 221 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries -- and add a 19-yard touchdown catch -- in a 56-31 early November district win at Keller Timber Creek. The 6-foot, 196-pound Smith has been laser-timed at 4.59 in the 40 and has come back from a knee injury earlier i his high school career to prove he's fully recovered. Smith led Abilene to an 11-2 record this season with 2,006 yards from scrimmage, including 1,927 rushing yards. Hanging on to Smith, who ran for more than 4,600 yards in high high school career, may be tough for Tulsa; Texas Tech offered in mid-November and other P5's may join the fray. -Brooks


WEST

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RB Najee Harris, Antioch (Calif.), 2017

The No. 1 prospect in the country, Harris was held to his lowest rushing total of the year in Antioch's loss to Pittsburg (Calif.) in the Little Big Game, with the Pirates stacking the box the entire game.  Harris still scored two touchdowns and had a two-point conversion and played most of the game on defense, with a number of tackles at linebacker.  Antioch curiously decided to throw more in the second half despite the game not getting out of hand yet and went away from the best back in the country.  Still, Harris flashed the skill set that makes him the most heavily recruited running back from the Bay Area in recent memory.  Harris remains committed to Alabama (he visited officially last weekend) and also visited UCLA in November, with plans to visit Michigan in December. -Huffman

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DT Tuli Letuligasenoa, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, 2018

Letuligasenoa was dominant for the Spartans in their regular season finale against Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista. A four-star already, Letuligasenoa is the top defensive tackle in the West in the 2018 class and showed it.  He sacked Washington-bound Jake Haener twice and had two more hurries plus two tackles for loss in the win and was constantly getting a push into the backfield, drawing double-teams and beating those routinely. USC, UCLA and Nebraska were three of the offers that Letuligasenoa said were sticking out to him. -Huffman

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OT Jaxson Kirkland, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit, 2017

Kirkland matched up against fellow Pac-12 recruit Brandon Pili and got the upperhand all night on him.  Pili said after the game that Kirkland was the best lineman he faced all season.  Kirkland played a lot of defense too for Jesuit, playing tackle, but it was on offense where he looked the most comfortable and natural.  Kirkland has reshaped his body and looks far more agile and athletic than he ever has, but also playing with the physicality a Pac-12 lineman will need and playing through the whistle.  Kirkland is committed to UCLA. -Huffman

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TE Erik Krommenhoek, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, 2017

Krommenhoek wasn't involved in the offense as a receiver as much as he should have been and that could have been a reason that Monte Vista struggled against Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.  Still, Krommenhoek showed parts during a quick flurry of passes on one particular drive, that he has the soft hands, wide catch radius and speed to be an effective receiver in the Pac-12.  Krommenhoek also showed polish as a blocking tight end.  He remains solid in his commitment to USC. -Huffman

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LB Nate Landman, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, 2017

Landman on the other hand, was more involved in the passing game for Monte Vista, but as a linebacker headed to Colorado, it was on defense where he made his biggest impact.  Landman can get into the backfield but is also very good and moves really well in space when needing to cover.  He's also a pretty physical player who ended some plays quickly with his tackles. He's a sure tackler, wrapping up and not letting his man get away. -Huffman

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

Pili didn't have his best game when going against Kirkland, but he said he was the best lineman he had faced.  The Jesuit OL was the best in the state of Oregon and did a good job of neutralizing Pili and double-teaming him when they needed to and keeping him from making an impact on the game.  Yet there were still a few times where Pili showed the strength and quickness off the ball that has made him a target of a number of schools.  USC, Oregon State and Washington are his top schools and he's waiting for the Huskies to offer, while he's still considering Ole Miss, Colorado and UCLA. -Huffman

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QB Hank Bachmeier, Murrieta Valley (Calif.), 2019

Bachmeier is already one of the top quarterbacks out West and still has two more years to develop before he heads to college. In a CIF 2nd round game November 18 against Norco, Bachmeier was unreal throwing for 446 yards and three touchdowns. He's poised, runs when he needs to and is one of the most accurate quarterbacks you'll see. Colorado has offered and we expect that list to rise in a big way this spring. -Biggins

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WR Marquis Spiker, Murrieta Valley (Calif.), 2018

We saw Spiker in the same game we saw his quarterback Hank Bachmeier go off and he was equally as impressive. The talented wide out hauled in 15 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. At 6-3, 180 pounds, Spiker has great size and body control, catches everything thrown near him and has a big upside. He already has double digit offers including schools like Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Michigan, UCLA and Washington. -Biggins

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QB Tanner McKee, Corona (Calif.) Centennial, 2018

McKee will be in the discussion for top quarterback in the West Coast '18 class and showed why in the Huskies playoff win over West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. McKee was 23-28 for 373 yards and five touchdowns and showed elite level arm strength, accuracy and touch. He's a good athlete for a 6-5 quarterback, moves well in the pocket and is a very talented kid. BYU, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska and Utah have all offered. -Biggins

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RB T.J. Pledger, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, 2018

Back in early November, Pledger put on an absolute show against Encino (Calif.) Crespi. The early Scout 100 selection gained 247 yards on just five carries and scored three touchdowns. Pledger scored on runs of 70, 73 and 90 yards and has a slashing running style mixed in with power that is very fun to watch. The athlete already has offers from schools all over the country and is looking hard at schools like Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Washington. -Biggins

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WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, 2018

The youngest St. Brown brother could be the best receiver in the family and that's lofty praise when one brother is at Notre Dame and another is committed to Stanford. Against Vista Murrieta in a CIF 2nd round game, St. Brown caught seven balls for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He's a big play threat who can run by a defense, is very good after the catch and has great hands. Everyone has offered St. Brown and schools like Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford and USC are just a few he has mentioned in the past. -Biggins

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DB Thomas Graham, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), 2017

In a game featuring undefeated teams, the Cougars took down nationally rated Mission Viejo (Calif.) 34-25 and Graham was a big reason why. The talented corner had several athletic pass breakups and then sealed the game with a 45 yard pick six late in the 4th quarter. Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA are Graham's top choices. -Biggins

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QB Dylan McCaffrey, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, 2017

Four-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey of Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian won't necessarily wow anyone with elite arm strength or dizzying escapability, but he's as steady as any prospect in high school football and that should be worth quite a bit. The Scout 300 member showed off his accuracy, timing and game management skills in a big victory against Fountain (Colo.) Fort-Carson, hitting receivers in stride and putting together a number of efficient drives. The brother of Stanford star Christian McCaffrey and son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey committed to Michigan early this year and has not wavered one bit. -Angulo

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DT Noah Elliss, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, 2017

It might be difficult to find a defensive tackle prospect in the West region with the size of Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian four-star Noah Elliss. He has the strength to overpower blockers and, given his girth, makes it nearly impossible for linemen to move him around along the interior -- at least that seemed to be the case against a helpless Fountain (Colo.) Fort-Carson team in early November. Elliss has a top five of Alabama, Colorado, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Ole Miss. -Angulo

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RB Joshia Davis, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, 2019

Despite all the talent at powerhouse Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, at times it appeared that sophomore running back Joshia Davis was the best of the bunch in the regular season victory against Fountain (Colo.) Fort-Carson. The shifty back rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries and tacked on 95 more yards receiving, showing great footwork and an ability to make defenders miss in open space. He holds an early offer from Colorado but should blow up this spring once he hits the camp circuit. -Angulo

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QB Blake Stenstrom, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, 2018

With Michigan commit Dylan McCaffrey ahead of him on the depth chart at Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, junior quarterback Blake Stenstrom has not been the featured signal caller but still made quite the impact this season, rotating in to bring a change of pace to the offense. The three-star prospect showed fluid mechanics and a knack for extending plays with his legs in a blowout victory against Fountain (Colo.) Fort-Carson. He has an early offer from Colorado and intends to camp with several schools this coming spring. -Angulo

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WR Austin Osborne, Mission Viejo (Calif.), 2018

Though his Mission Viejo (Calif.) team fell for the first time all season in a playoff battle against Rancho Cucamonga, four-star wide receiver Austin Osborne made sure to leave his mark against a very talented secondary. The Scout 300 prospect totaled 113 yards on five receptions, gliding past defenders down field and showing the route running ability that has made him one of the more coveted wideouts in the 2018 class. He holds early offers from the likes of Arizona State, Cal, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington. -Angulo

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QB Chase Garbers, Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona del Mar, 2017

Facing a three-possession deficit in a semifinal playoff game didn't faze Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona del Mar quarterback Chase Garbers, who led his team on a fourth-quarter comeback last week against Lompoc (Calif.). Garbers proved to be a gamer and looked comfortable rolling out of the pocket, using the entire field, hitting receivers deep but also moving the chains when he had to and, in the end, had four second-half touchdown passes to show for it. He is committed to Cal. -Angulo


National recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins and Greg Powers and regional analysts Bill Greene, Blair Angulo, Corey Bender, Gabe Brooks, John Garcia and Michael Clark contributed to this report.



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