Top Newcomer: Channing Tindall
Tindall is an athletic specimen who is new to the Scout 300. He was the top overall tester at The Opening Atlanta on Sunday with a 125.25 Nike+ Football Rating. He spends time at defensive end and linebacker on tape, but when standing up he closes on the football in a flash and has the power to finish off plays. He has also been a hot recruit recently picking up offers from schools like LSU, Notre Dame, Florida and Georgia. He has an extremely high upside.
Highest Riser: Terrace Marshall
Marshall was already slated to move up and add a fifth star before he even had a dominating showing at The Opening New Orleans, but that showing only solidified what puts him in the race to be the No. 1 overall wide receiver prospect in the nation, an honor that he will be able to showcase for at The Opening Finals. Marshall has a well-rounded skill set and will draw some comparison to former UnderArmour All-America Game legend A.J. Green. Like Green, Marshall is slated to play in the UA Game in January. He has everything you are looking for to be a top playmaker at the position.
Significant Mover: Justin Rogers
Picking up a fourth-star and moving into the Top 150 is the athletic specimen from Bossier City (La.) Parkway, who has been terrorizing the camp scene over the past couple of weekends with top performances at The Opening New Orleans and the UnderArmour Dallas, where he has showcased above average arm strength and the ability to place the football into a window. On tape, he is a dangerous runner. He has a tremendous frame at 6-foot-4, 198 pounds and looks like he could bulk up easily in college.
Top Newcomer: Shaquon Anderson-Butts
Anderson-Butts was already a four-star prospect, but now he moved into the Scout 300 and is the No. 260 prospect in the nation. He has big-play ability and he uses his body well to shield defenders. He is strong-handed and quick getting out of his breaks. He is a regular visitor to Penn State, but is exploring a lot of schools. He is set to visit Oregon on April 26, and he is also planning trips to West Virginia, Louisville and Kentucky.
Highest Riser: Eyabi Anoma
Anoma, a defensive end from Baltimore St. Frances, only played a year of high school football but he has the makings of a tremendous player. His upside is huge, and it begins with his explosion off the line of scrimmage. He can bend, dip his shoulder and get around the edge, and plenty of schools noticed. His who's-who offer list includes Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and UCLA.
Significant Mover: Leddie Brown
Brown, a running back from Smyrna (Del.) High, uses his size, speed and instincts to overwhelm a defense. He accelerates through the hole well, and he is tough to arm tackle. He sets up his blocks well and he is patient. He made a recent visit to Florida, which last month, and also visited Tennessee, which offered, and Temple. Maryland, West Virginia, Louisville, Boston College and Cincinnati also extended offers to Brown.
Top Newcomer: Aeneas Hawkins
Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins is the highest debut in the 300. He was a kid who picked up a lot of offers on the strength of camps last offseason, but that was before he had played a ton of meaningful snaps at Moeller. Well, he went out as a junior and definitely silenced any doubt that he was worthy of those scholarship opportunities and added to his list in the process. He is an athletic, disruptive interior guy who could continue to rise in the rankings/ .
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The Midwest is a little behind everyone else in terms of camps, because of the weather, so major NIKE Opening Regionals and Under Armour camps will not be until April. Hence, the top 50-150 guys in the region largely stayed the same.
Top Newcomer: Miles Battle
Battle, a 6-foot-4, 187-pound wide receiver from Cypress (Texas) Creek has a big-bodied frame, but has uncanny athleticism and playmaking skills inside of it. He has good vertical skills and a great catch radius and that makes it an impossible task for smaller defensive backs to limit his effectiveness. He has put up great numbers under the lights and has shown on the camp circuit that he can test as well as anyone. He is now rated in the Scout Top 300 and is a new four-star prospect.
Highest Riser: Jalen Green
Green, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback from Houston (Texas) Heights is an amazing lock-down cornerback who will come and hit like a safety. He has great stop and start speed and he can close the distance in an instant. He can blanket the best wide receivers, but he can also tackle and plays with an aggressive style. Green has even spent a lot of time in high school playing quarterback, so he has a knowledge of the game. He is up to 36 offers with schools like Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, TCU, Texas and more trying to woo him to their campuses. He is in the five-star mix.
Significant Mover: Jaylen Waddle
Waddle, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound wide receiver from Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal has always been a member of the Scout 300, but now he finds himself rated in the Top 100. He is one of the nation’s premiere return men and he should be in the talk to be considered as one of the top slot-style wide receiver prospects nationally. He is one of the most elusive prospects in the open field and he has 4.37 40-yard dash speed. Think of some combination of the skill sets of former Big 12 standouts Jakeem Grant and Sterling Shepard when thinking of Waddle’s game.
Top Newcomer: Devon Williams
Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley athlete Devon Williams made the biggest jump in to the Scout 300 going from an unranked prospect prior to his junior season to the No. 20 player in the West and No. 81 overall in the country. We love the versatility Williams brings to the table and feel he could play 3-4 positions in college. He has made the biggest impact this off-season at receiver and has looked tremendous at every event we’ve seen him at. He also projects as a high level safety or could grow in to a pass rushing outside linebacker. At 6-5, 195 pounds, he has a long, lean athletic frame, runs well and plays with plenty of toughness. His recruitment really exploded in the winter as well with offers coming in from all over the country including programs like Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska and Notre Dame plus local schools UCLA and USC.
Highest Riser: Tanner McKee
Corona (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Tanner McKee made the biggest jump inside the Scout 50, moving from the No. 178 player in the country to No. 29. McKee is now the No. 2 QB in the region as well and flashes tremendous next level upside. He put up huge numbers throwing it and running it as a junior and surprised onlookers with his athleticism and ability to scramble for plus yards for a 6-6 signal caller. From a pure throwing standpoint, McKee has a quick, tight release, very live arm and can really spin the football. He’s accurate, can change speeds and throws with great touch on the deeper balls down the field. Alabama, Auburn, BYU, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and UCLA will all get visits this Spring.
Medford (Ore.) South Medford wide out Chase Cota made the biggest jump inside the Scout 100 moving from the No. 198 player in the country to the No. 46 overall prospect. He also moves from the No. 8 WR in the West to the No. 3 WR in what is a loaded group. Cota has a great combination of size, speed and hands and lit up the Nike Opening Regional Camp in L.A and the Under Armour AA Camp at Mission Viejo. He’s a big, 6-4, 195 pound athlete who can really run and is still developing physically as well. His best days are definitely ahead of him. Cota’s father Chad was an All-American DB at Oregon but schools like California, Oregon State, UCLA and USC are heavily involved here as well.
National recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Greg Biggins and Greg Powers and Southeast recruiting analyst John Garcia contributed to this notebook.