Power Ranking the Top 10 2015 In-State Commitments So Far
When full recruiting classes are announced by head coaches in February of 2015, the bulk of each class will be made up of in-state commitments.
Among the first rules of recruiting for a program is to lock down its own state. With the 2015 class, some of the nation's best recruits have already chosen to stay home and play for programs inside their native borders.
A trio of elite quarterback recruits aren't going too far from home, while an SEC school has a pledge from a 5-star defensive tackle from inside its state. Also, a 4-star running back in Florida is staying inside the Sunshine State, but he's actually not going to one of the three powerhouse programs.
10. Shameik Blackshear, DE
State: South Carolina
Committed to: South Carolina
Shameik Blackshear is a 4-star defensive end who can simply get after the quarterback. The Palmetto State native is explosive off the edge, where he terrorizes offensive tackles for four quarters.
Blackshear, who is 6'5" and 240 pounds, has excellent first-step quickness to force blockers to bail right after the snap. He has average point of attack strength, but Blackshear has the speed to chase ball-carriers well in pursuit.
9. Dexter Williams, RB
Committed to: Miami
At 6'0" and 192 pounds, Dexter Williams is a talented running back who is capable of being a bell-cow runner for an offense. Williams runs with solid power, evidenced by his ability to get extra yards after contact.
However, the Sunshine State native possesses great speed and elusiveness. Williams has some wiggle to his running style, which can be seen when he shoots through alleys and eludes linebackers. The 4-star recruit has a bright future at Miami.
8. Terry Godwin, ATH
Committed to: Georgia
Terry Godwin is listed as an athlete because he can play cornerback at a high level. However, he may have a higher ceiling as a receiver.
The 6'0", 168-pounder is an explosive athlete who skates off the line in a hurry to get into his routes. After putting cornerbacks in trail-position, Godwin uses subtle and sharp movements to set them up. He gets in and out of his breaks well, plus he has the speed to make big plays deep down the field.
7. Jarrett Stidham, QB
Committed to: Texas Tech
The significance of Texas Tech landing a recruit such as Jarrett Stidham is huge. Stidham is the best prospect head coach Kliff Kingsbury has landed in his short tenure in Lubbock.
Toss that in with the fact Stidham is an elite quarterback prospect, and you see why he's at this slot on this list. At 6'3.5" and 190 pounds, the 4-star passer has all of the physical tools to be a stud for the Red Raiders.
Stidham can be a gambler with the ball sometimes, but that is because he has excellent arm strength. He also has the mobility and speed to exploit defenses as a runner.
6. Kerryon Johnson, ATH
Committed to: Auburn
Kerryon Johnson is capable of playing safety, outside linebacker and receiver. However, the 4-star prospect's best position is running back.
Johnson, who is 6'0" and 200 pounds, is a quicker-than-fast athlete who uses explosive quickness to squeeze through creases. He's a naturally instinctive player who runs with outstanding vision. Johnson makes great decisions with the ball, plus he has the strength to break tackles.
5. Derwin James, S
Committed to: Florida State
The defending national champions have a commitment from perhaps the best safety in the country in Derwin James.
At 6'2" and 201 pounds, James is one of the smartest safety prospects in recent memory. The 5-star recruit has great vision from the seams, and he plays with a ton of awareness. It also helps that James is a terrific athlete who has good speed.
He projects as a starter at either safety position in Tallahassee.
4. Daylon Mack, DT
Committed to: Texas A&M
Daylon Mack is a physical defensive tackle who has impressive first-step quickness. The Texan has the ability to explode into blockers at the snap, and he plays with exceptional toughness at the point of attack.
Mack, who is 6'2" and 310 pounds, is a 5-star prospect. He displays fantastic strength and power by punching offensive linemen with pop, and he can anchor well versus running plays. Mack's size and strength will likely help him see the field as a true freshman at Texas A&M.
3. Ricky Town, QB
Committed to: USC
Ricky Town is a 5-star quarterback who flipped to USC from Alabama earlier this year. At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Town operates with good mechanics and a quiet confidence on the field.
He does a good job of going through his progressions with poise, and Town has one of the quickest releases in the country. His arm strength is above-average to all levels of the field, and Town can pitch with great touch and accuracy.
Town will eventually become one of the top starting quarterbacks in the Pac-12.
2. Josh Rosen, QB
Committed to: UCLA
At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Josh Rosen is a 5-star quarterback with a lot of physical gifts. He has solid mechanics in the pocket, and he routinely exhibits fantastic arm strength.
Rosen's release can be a tad bit long here and there, but he can attack the deep portion of the field at all times. He consistently delivers accurate strikes to his targets, plus Rosen has the athleticism to steal a few first downs each game.
He could be UCLA's starting quarterback as early as 2015.
1. Jordan Scarlett, RB
Committed to: Florida Atlantic
In a bit of a stunner, Jordan Scarlett is at the top slot on this list. Florida Atlantic simply doesn't get 4-star recruits such as Scarlett, so his pledge to the Owls is epic.
The 5'10", 197-pounder runs hard on every carry. Scarlett loves to attack the line of scrimmage with force, as he is capable of running through arm-tackles inside holes. He has solid quickness and agility, plus he displays above-average straight-line speed in the open field.
He will make an immediate impact at FAU next season.
Scarlett told the following to Kynon Codrington of Rivals.com (subscription required) in December of 2013:
"They said I can come in and be the face of the program...I can be the guy that changes the program. I was just ready to accept that challenge."