Top Ten 2015 Recruits Who Are Not from Traditional Hotbeds
Traditional hotbeds such as Florida, California, Texas, Georgia and Alabama always see droves of college coaches checking out their top recruits. Even states such as North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Arizona, South Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia can be considered hotbeds today.
However, coaches need to be willing to go to nontraditional places to find the best talent. The 2015 class has a few recruits who aren't from the usual digs.
A 4-star defensive tackle hails from Canada, while Texas went to New Mexico for a 4-star quarterback. Plus, Hawaii and Connecticut each have two prospects are on this list.
10. Neville Gallimore, DT
From: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Not many have likely heard of Neville Gallimore, and it's probably because he's from Canada.
He plays in Ontario, where his 6'3", 300-pound frame dominates the competition. As a junior, he finished with 45 tackles, including 15 for loss, while adding seven sacks, according to 247Sports. Michigan State, Ohio State and Oklahoma are his leaders, per 247Sports.
He may be a bit of an enigma, but Gallimore is wanted by many schools.
9. Chris Clark, TE
At 6'6" and 247 pounds, 4-star tight end Chris Clark has the size, length and strength to dominate the edges as a blocker.
He also has the ability to build into his routes, plus he has great ball skills. After the catch, he operates as a powerful runner who doesn't back down from defenders in the open field. He may not be speedy, but the Connecticut native knows how to be effective.
Clark is looking hardest at Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, per 247Sports.
8. Zach Gentry
From: New Mexico
At 6'7" and 230 pounds, Zach Gentry is a 4-star quarterback who towers over just about everyone around him. He can easily see over the rush behind the line of scrimmage, but his ability to flip passes downfield with power is more impressive.
Gentry, who is committed to Texas, loves to attack the third level of the field. He has deceptive mobility to make throws on the run, and he seems to be a recruit who is not close to reaching his potential yet.
7. Porter Gustin, OLB
Utah has not produced a ton of elite recruits. Colleges monitor it like they do others but not as much as California, Florida and Texas.
That's probably part of the reason why Porter Gustin is just now starting to get the attention he deserves. The 6'5", 240-pounder is a versatile prospect who can play linebacker, defensive end, receiver, running back and tight end.
USC leads Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA, per 247Sports.
6. Tristen Hoge, OC
Notre Dame has a commitment from tough 4-star offensive lineman Tristen Hoge. Credit the Fighting Irish for scouring the nation, as they found him in Idaho.
At 6'5" and 287 pounds, he is a tough-minded blocker who has solid short-area range and quickness. He knows how to work himself into good positioning at the point of attack, which is why he could play center in South Bend.
5. Christian Wilkins, DT
The second player from Connecticut on this list, Christian Wilkins is a defensive tackle that not many offensive linemen can handle.
The 6'4", 290-pounder works with a good amount of strength in the trenches, plus he has solid quickness. Wilkins can punch with power at the point of attack before anchoring to make a mess versus running plays.
The 4-star prospect seems to be taking a slow approach to his recruitment.
4. Osa Masina, ATH
If a program is looking for a versatile 4-star athlete to sign, Osa Masina should be at the top on the list. At 6'4" and 230 pounds, he has great straight-line speed and athleticism.
He can crash off the edge as a defensive end or outside linebacker, plus he also has the skills to play running back, receiver and even tight end on offense.
Utah leads for the Salt Lake City native, according to 247Sports.
3. Breiden Fehoko, DT
Hawaii doesn't get the credit it deserves when it comes to producing talent. This year, the state is home to 4-star pass-rushing defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko.
The 6'3", 290-pounder explodes through creases to attack the passer at the snap. He has enough athleticism to wiggle around blockers when he gets held up, plus his strength is not bad at the point of attack. He is committed to Texas Tech.
2. Jashon Cornell, DE
When it comes to the Midwest, the prime states for talent are Ohio and Pennsylvania. Minnesota is a state that does produce a solid amount of recruits each year, but it is not considered a traditional hotbed.
The best player in the state this year is 4-star defensive end Jashon Cornell, who is 6'4" and 260 pounds. With his quickness, power and ability to rush against guards as a defensive tackle on passing downs, he should be able to help a team early in his college career.
Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State are among his key suitors, according to 247Sports.
Cornell told the following to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports on May 6: “I’m trying to get better as a defensive player, and I feel Michigan State can help me become a better player and one of the best defensive players in the country.”
1. Canton Kaumatule, DL
At 6'6.5" and 275 pounds, 4-star defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule is a player that college coaches should not mind going to Hawaii to see.
He has a big-time motor, as he battles hard snap after snap. He displays sharp quickness, plus he can walk blockers back into the pocket with strength. He also has the range, athleticism and short-area burst to surge to ball-carriers while in pursuit.
He is Stanford's to lose, per 247Sports.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.