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Biggest Risers and Fallers in Newly Updated 247Sports Rankings

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 16, 2016

Biggest Risers and Fallers in Newly Updated 247Sports Rankings

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    247Sports changed the landscape of the 2014 recruiting class with the release of its newest rankings.

    The nation's top recruits have been evaluated this summer at various camps and combines, and new 5-star prospects were crowned, with deserving recruits moved up the board.

    With every recruit that moves up though, one has to move down, so not every player received good news. 


    Note: Star rankings, interest lists and info courtesy of 247Sports. Scouting and analysis done by writer, via tape study of film provided on each recruit's respective 247Sports profile page. 

Faller: Elisha Shaw, 4-Star DT, Tucker High School (Ga.)

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    Ranked: No. 100

    Previously: No. 53

    Interests: Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Auburn


    Elisha Shaw dropped 47 spots in the new rankings, but he still has immense potential. He's 6'4.5'', 295 pounds, and should be able to play all over the interior of the defensive line. Shaw projects best as a 1-technique or 3-technique in the 4-3, or as a nose-tackle in the 3-4.

    He's quick for a big man and should be good in pursuit. Shaw uses his hands well to get off blocks and find the ball-carrier, and he has a great swim move.


    Needs to work on: Strength

    Shaw has the size, but he doesn't have the elite strength you'd expect. He'll have to work on building up his strength and exploding through blocks.

    There were times in his highlights when he would get blocked at the line and had to work to rip off his opponent. If that happens in high school, it will certainly happen in college.

Riser: Thomas Holley, 5-Star DT, Lincoln High School (N.Y.)

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    Ranked: No. 28

    Previously: No. 73

    Interests: Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State


    Thomas Holley was a huge mover in the newest release of the 247Sports rankings. He jumped an impressive 45 spots and gained a fifth star.

    Holley is 6'4'', 285 pounds, and runs a 5.19 40, according to 247Sports. That would be a bad time for a running back, but for a defensive tackle, it's great.

    That quickness allows Holley to shoot the gap and get into the backfield quickly. He'll draw double-teams as a 1-technique or 3-technique, but he also has the skills to break them. Holley has explosive hands and an exceptional swim move.



Faller: Jalyn Holmes, 4-Star WDE, Lake Taylor High School (Va.)

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    Ranked: No. 68

    Previously: No. 41

    Committed to Ohio State


    The re-evaluation wasn't kind to Jalyn Holmes, but he still brings a lot to the table for Ohio State. The main thing is length. At 6'5'', he'll be long enough to keep his outside arm free and work to set the edge on the weak side. At 225 pounds, he's big enough to take on blockers and play physical defense.

    Holmes is also quick off the edge and should be a good blitz linebacker. His athleticism will allow him to be comfortable in space and in coverage.


    Needs to work on: Pad level

    At 6'5'', he towers over many high school players, but that won't be the case in college. Holmes needs to work on using his length to his advantage by getting lower, extending his arms into the chest plate of the blocker and using low leverage to push back. 

Riser: Kyle Allen, 5-Star QB, Desert Mountain High School (Ariz.)

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    Ranked: No. 23

    Previously: No. 47

    Committed to Texas A&M


    Kyle Allen has become one of the most notable recruits in the 2014 class. He finished No. 2 at the Elite 11 and earned a 5-star ranking from 247Sports.

    Allen is an athletic quarterback, but he's known most for accuracy and poise. He's a surgeon from the pocket and has elite upside.

    That said, Allen also runs a 4.87 40, according to 247Sports, so he'll be able to move around and make plays with his feet as well.

    He's the nation's top pro-style quarterback, per the 247Sports rankings 

Faller: Bo Scarbrough, 4-Star ATH, Northridge High School (Ala.)

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    Ranked: No. 39

    Previously: No. 24

    Committed to Alabama


    Bo Scarbrough has the potential to be a game-changer at the college level, but his stock dropped, according to 247Sports. Scarbrough fell 15 spots and is ranked as a 4-star prospect, per 247Sports.

    That said, he's still incredibly athletic, big and powerful. He's 6'2'', 225 pounds, but has the speed and agility of a scatback.

    Scarbrough can pound it between the tackles or simply outrun defenders to the end zone. He could also be a great outside linebacker who would dominate the edges and the blitz game.


    Needs to work on: Specializing

    It's hard to truly evaluate Scarbrough's college potential because his position is up in the air. He's big enough to play linebacker, but athletic enough to be a great running back. Once he figures out a position, he'll be able to focus and work on refining technique.


Riser: Elijah Hood, 4-Star RB, Charlotte Catholic High School (N.C.)

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    Ranked: No. 76

    Previously: No. 131

    Committed to Notre Dame:


    Elijah Hood had an epic rise into the Top 100, moving 55 spots, per the new rankings. He still doesn't have a 5-star ranking, but the argument could be made that he deserves one.

    Hood is a powerful runner who has great size and speed. He's 5'11.5'' 222 pounds and runs a 4.48 40, according to 247Sports. He can lower his shoulder and pick up tough yards, or use speed and agility to maneuver through the defense.

    Hood will also be a major yards-after-the-catch threat as a receiver out of the backfield.

Faller: Jalen Hurd, 5-Star ATH, Beech Senior High School (Tenn.)

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    Ranked: No. 22

    Previously: No. 12

    Committed to Tennessee


    While Jalen Hurd only fell 10 spots, he is a notable name on the "fallers list," considering he was once two players away from the Top 10.

    Hurd has elite potential as a running back, though 247sports ranks him as an athlete. 

    At 6'3'', 220 pounds, Hurd has the size to be dominant between the tackles, but he's also a tremendous athlete. He has a great blend of agility, power and vision. 

    Hurd can juke defenders or run them over, depending on the play.


    Needs to work on: Speed

    The one thing separating Hurd from being a top-10 player is that he doesn't have high-end speed. He runs with long strides, but that's not enough to stand out in college.

Riser: Dante Booker, 5-Star OLB, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Ohio)

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    Ranked: No. 16

    Previously: No. 89

    Committed to Ohio State


    Dante Booker is one of the major winners from 247Sports' re-evaluation. He rose an whopping 73 spots and gained a fifth star, so he obviously impressed.

    Booker has the potential to be a complete outside linebacker. He's 6'2'', 212 pounds and has 4.52 40 speed, per 247Sports. He's a good tackler and isn't afraid to be physical on the edges. Booker is also a tremendous pursuit player, either as a blitz linebacker or backside help defender.

    You look for athleticism combined with strength and power in outside linebackers, and Booker has it all.


Faller: David Cornwell, 4-Star PRO-QB, Norman North High School (Okla.)

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    Ranked: No. 53

    Previously: No. 20

    Committed to Alabama


    David Cornwell still has the intangibles and potential to be the best quarterback from this class.

    He's 6'5'', 241 pounds as a rising senior and throws a tremendous ball. Cornwell can toss it on a line with little effort, and his ability to throw on the run is unmatched.


    Needs to work on: Consistency

    Cornwell didn't make the Elite 11, which was surprising. Trent Dilfer referred to Cornwell's consistency as an area of struggle for him, per a report from Josh Newberg of 247Sports. Dilfer cited his size as a reason he can be fundamentally off at times. 

Riser: Joe Mixon, 5-Star APB, Freedom High School (Calif.)

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    Ranked: No. 12

    Previous: No. 37

    Interests: USC, Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin 


    Joe Mixon went from a Top 50 player to a borderline Top 10 recruit. He received a 5-star ranking and is also the No. 1 all-purpose back and top player from California, according to the 247Sports rankings. 

    Mixon definitely fits the all-purpose back description. He's 6'2'', 195 pounds and runs a 4.53 40, per 247Sports. 

    Shifty, quick and elusive are all words that could be used to describe Mixon. That said, he's also a downhill player who gets upfield and hits the hole hard.

    247Sports National Recruiting Director JC Shurburtt says  Mixon "has the best hands of any back in the country", according to a report from Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports. 

Faller: Da'Shawn Hand, 5-Star SDE, Woodbridge High School (Va.)

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    Ranked: No. 6

    Previously: No. 1

    Interests: Michigan, Alabama, Florida


    Da'Shawn Hand was once the best player in the nation, according to 247Sports, but now he's the No. 6 player. That's a "fall from grace" that's worth mentioning.

    That's not to say Hand isn't void of talent though. He has great length at 6'4'' and runs a 4.60 40, per 247Sports. He's exceptionally fast off the edge and has great fundamentals as a pass-rusher.

    Hand will cause offensive tackles tons of trouble, especially when he dips his shoulder and turns the corner. 


    Needs to work on: Bulking up

    Hand is only 254 pounds. If he wants to be a dominant strong-side defensive end, he'll have to hit the weights.



Riser: Cameron Robinson, 5-Star OT, West Monroe High School (La.)

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    Ranked: No. 1

    Previously: No. 5

    Interests: Alabama, LSU 


    Cameron Robinson is the new top recruit in the nation, and that's a fully deserved honor. At 6'5'', 330 pounds he could pass for an NFL lineman. In reality though, he's only a rising senior in high school, so that's impressive.

    Robinson is big enough to be a steamroller up front in the run game and a brick wall for defenders to go through as a pass-blocker. He also has great agility and footwork, so he'll be able to move quickly to blocks. 

    Quarterbacks and running backs will love playing with Robinson. He's the real deal. 


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