Power Ranking the Top 10 2015 Out-of-State Commitments So Far
Every program wants to lock down its backyard, but plucking a recruit from another school's territory is certainly neat. In the 2015 class, there have been several significant out-of-state commitments so far.
Landing an out-of-state commitment is always a huge deal for a program. It shows how long of a recruiting reach the school has and expands its pool of prospects even more on the recruiting trail.
LSU has out-of-state prospects from two 5-star recruits, while USC earned a pledge from a 5-star offensive tackle from Georgia. Plus, Alabama went all the way to New Jersey to land a 5-star cornerback.
10. Preston Williams, WR
Committed to: Tennessee
Preston Williams is a 4-star receiver who just makes big plays. At 6'4" and 190 pounds, Williams has great size and length to pluck passes with his hands.
However, he also has the speed to run away from defenders. Williams doesn't waste too much time fighting cornerbacks at the line, and he eats up cushion in a hurry. After the catch, he runs with impressive vision and speed.
9. Aliz'e Jones, TE
Committed to: UCLA
From Las Vegas, Aliz'e Jones is a 4-star tight end who is more of a receiver at this stage of his career. Jones can be flexed out to the slot or perimeter.
The 6'4", 222-pounder has above-average speed for his position, and his hands are fantastic. Jones does a great job of adjusting to throws, and he tries to catch everything with his hands. The Nevada native has a solid upfield transfer after the catch, and he can dodge a defender or two with the ball.
8. Breiden Fehoko, DT
Committed to: Texas Tech
It's not often we see a player from Hawaii committed to Texas Tech. However, Breiden Fehoko is setting a new trend.
The Red Raiders are getting a terrific 4-star defensive tackle who can rush the passer from the interior. Fehoko, who is 6'3" and 290 pounds, can explode at the snap to slide through gaps. He penetrates with quickness, plus he has a great short-area surge to finish plays.
7. Calvin Ridley, WR
Committed to: Alabama
Florida is one of the best states for football talent, which is why Alabama frequently recruits prospects from the Sunshine State.
The Crimson Tide will love Calvin Ridley, who is a 4-star receiver with smooth athleticism. Ridley is sneaky with his burst, as he uses it well to separate from cornerbacks. He is at his best after the catch, as he has the running ability of a running back in the open field.
Ridley will make a lot of plays in Tuscaloosa.
6. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB
From: New Jersey
Committed to: Alabama
Alabama is looking to add more depth and talent to its depth chart at cornerback, which is why it went all the way up to New Jersey to get Minkah Fitzpatrick.
A 5-star cornerback, Fitzpatrick is 6'0" and 185 pounds. He has good intelligence on the field, where he anticipates routes well for a young cornerback. Fitzpatrick has the strength to reroute receivers at the line, and his loose hips also help him in off-man coverage.
Fitzpatrick told the following to D.C. Reeves of TideSports.com (subscription required) on April 19: "I told (Saban) I had a great experience working with him in the summer, had great experience down there this weekend, I really enjoyed the visit so I want to commit to the University of Alabama."
5. Maea Teuhema, OT
Committed to: LSU
LSU is getting a good one in Maea Teuhema. The 5-star offensive lineman plays in Texas, but he will be blocking in Baton Rouge soon enough.
Teuhema is already 6'4.5" and 346 pounds. He has impressive strength and power at the point of attack, as he drives his legs hard to dig defenders out of alleys. The big man also is a solid athlete who can dance with rushers in short areas as a pass-protector.
Teuhema can play tackle, but look for him to eventually become an All-SEC guard.
4. Taj Griffin, RB
Committed to: Oregon
Taj Griffin is a 4-star running back who is a perfect fit for Oregon. The Georgia native has terrific speed and quickness, plus he can be used as a receiver.
Griffin, who is 5'10" and 175 pounds, has quick feet to pick-and-slide to holes with ease. He darts through holes with excellent acceleration before eluding linebackers on the second level. Griffin is also lethal in space.
He will be dynamic as a runner and receiver for Oregon.
3. Chuma Edoga, OT
Committed to: USC
USC scored a huge coup when it landed Chuma Edoga earlier this spring. The talented offensive lineman is a 5-star prospect with rare athleticism for his position.
Edoga, who is 6'4" and 276 pounds, can jump of out his stance and attack linebackers on the second level. He has no issues breaking down in space to hit moving targets, and Edoga has great movement skills when pulling and trapping.
The Peach State native rarely gets beat to his post when deep-setting to protect the quarterback. He could play left tackle in Troy.
2. Mitch Hyatt, OT
Committed to: Clemson
The fourth recruit from Georgia on this list, Mitch Hyatt is a talented offensive tackle who is headed to Clemson.
The 6'5.5", 271-pounder has terrific technique and vision for an offensive tackle. He recognizes stunts and twists well, plus he does a good job of adjusting to blitzes. Hyatt is a good athlete who takes excellent angles to execute his blocks.
After he gets stronger, look for him to eventually become an All-ACC tackle for the Tigers.
1. Kevin Toliver II, CB
Committed to: LSU
Kevin Toliver II is a 5-star cornerback who will be ready to play as a true freshman for LSU. The Florida native, who is 6'2" and 185 pounds, has the length and cover skills to excel in press coverage.
Toliver is light on his feet on the perimeter, where plays with a lot of confidence. He can flip his hips easily in space, plus he has a solid feel for routes. If he can develop his ball skills, Toliver will have a chance to be special.
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