Devin Hunter (Michael Clark/Scout)

There are three five-star and 31 four-star recruits leading the way in the 2017 East Top 150

A week after releasing state-by-state rankings, Scout turns its focus to the regions and Tuesday's feature is on the East 150.

2017 East Top 150

As the high school season gets set to begin, there will be a lot of shifting in the rankings. Some players will climb, others will drop, but one thing is guaranteed -- there will be a ton of talent on the field, and recruiting is just beginning for some.

In the East Region, the top two players -- five-star safety Devon Hunter and five-star cornerback Lamont Wade -- are uncommitted, which is the trend in the 2017 class.

While Hunter is yet to set official visits and has Virginia Tech and Florida high on his list, Wade has official visits set to TennesseeAlabama and UCLA, and he is also showing strong interest in Penn State and Pittsburgh.

http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/player/184433-devon-hunter

When it comes to success in the region, Penn State is doing a strong job with commitments from Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. The Nittany Lions have 10 commitments from the East, and nine rank in the Top 100.

New Rutgers coach Chris Ash wanted to build a core recruiting base in New Jersey, and it shows. He is also having success in the region as Rutgers has 17 commits in the East 150. The Scarlet Knights have 20 committed players, which is tied for fifth among Power 5 schools.

Maryland's new coach, D.J. Durkin, is also pushing a stay-at-home movement. The Terps have nine commits, including a quintet of four-star prospects, in the East 150.

Virginia Tech's new staff, led by coach JustinFuente, has a lot of top-end in-state talent on the board, so a lot can happen with the Hokies. They have five commits in the East 150, but that number could double by the end of the season.

West Virginia did land in-state linebacker Stone Wolfley, and have four commits from the East 150. A pair of two-star commits worth keeping an eye on are athletes Ricky Johns and Collin Smith. Both are from Pennsylvania and are in prime position for an upgrade if their growth continues as expected.

Syracuse has a pair of commits in the top 100 in quarterback Tommy DeVito and athlete Eric Coley, and have three commits in the East 150 as coach Dino Babers looks to rebuild the program.

Positional Breakdown:

  • Quarterback: 9
  • Running back: 12
  • Fullback: 0
  • Wide receiver: 21
  • Tight end: 6
  • Offensive tackle: 15
  • Guard: 12
  • Center: 3
  • Defensive tackle: 14
  • Defensive end: 14
  • Outside linebacker: 11
  • Inside linebacker: 7
  • Cornerback: 9
  • Safety: 7
  • Athlete: 9
  • Kicker: 1

State Breakdown

  • Connecticut: 9
  • Delaware: 2
  • Maryland: 23
  • Massachusetts: 4
  • New Hampshire: 1
  • New Jersey: 32
  • New York: 9
  • Pennsylvania: 19
  • Virginia: 35
  • Washington, D.C.: 10
  • West Virginia: 7


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