National Signing Day 2016: Tracking Top 100 College Football Recruits

Sanjay KirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystFebruary 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Tracking Top 100 College Football Recruits

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    Rashan Gary
    Rashan GaryCredit: 247Sports

    National signing day is a celebration for college football fans, programs and coaches around the country with hopes of winning big in the near future.

    That future begins taking shape with a new batch of recruits who dream of finding success at the next level.

    Some recruits—such as 5-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation's top overall prospect in the 2016 cycle—have already become household names. Others will fly under the radar and develop into stars in the coming years.

    While some recruits have ended the process and enrolled early at their schools of choice, others such as Gary are deciding at the final moment or solidifying the commitments made earlier in the process.

    This tracker will be updated all day long, so stay tuned to Bleacher Report for the latest news on where the Top 100 players in the 2016 class will go on national signing day. 

1. Rashan Gary, DT, 6'5", 293 Lbs

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    Where Rashan Gary is headed: Signed with Michigan

    Over the last two seasons, Gary racked up 110 tackles and 27.5 sacks at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey.

    As Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports noted, Gary joined fellow defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Robert Nkemdiche as the only consensus No. 1 overall recruits since 2000.

    That nugget illustrates the belief in recruiting circles that Gary has the chance to develop into a dominating force on the college level.

2. Dexter Lawrence, DT, 6'4", 327 Lbs

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    Where Dexter Lawrence is headed: Enrolled at Clemson

    Clemson will have to replace three of its four starters along the defensive line in 2016. However, help is on the way in the form of 5-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.

    As Barton Simmons of 247Sports detailed, Lawrence was practically unblockable during practices at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    With Lawrence already on campus as an early enrollee, he has the potential become a force for the Tigers defense this fall.

3. Gregory Little, OL, 6'5 ½", 305 Lbs

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    Where Gregory Little is headed: Signed with Ole Miss

    Three years ago, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze landed a prized offensive line recruit in Laremy Tunsil, who went on to become a three-year starter for the Rebels and is projected to be a high draft choice in the upcoming NFL draft.

    Freeze and his staff will replace him with another decorated prep lineman in 5-star offensive tackle Gregory Little.

    USA Today named Little a first-team All-American after a standout season at Allen (Texas) High School.

4. QB Shea Patterson, QB, 6'1 ½", 192 Lbs

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    Where Shea Patterson is headed: Enrolled at Ole Miss

    With an MVP performance at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month, Shea Patterson validated his status as the nation's top quarterback in the 2016 class.

    Over the past year, Patterson won MVP at the Elite 11 last summer and enjoyed a banner senior season at Florida powerhouse IMG Academy.

    Patterson is already on campus as an early enrollee at Ole Miss, and he looks in line to be the Rebels' quarterback of the future.

5. Jacob Eason, QB, 6'5 ½", 208 Lbs

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    Where Jacob Eason is headed: Enrolled at Georgia

    Over the course of his prep career, Jacob Eason passed for 9,813 yards with 102 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions.

    As Kipp Adams of 247Sports detailed, Eason was selected as the U.S. Army Player of the Year.

    Georgia has a hole at the quarterback position entering the season, so Eason—who is already in Athens as an early enrollee—will have a chance to compete for the starting job in his first year on campus.

6. Ed Oliver, DT, 6'2", 277 Lbs

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    Where Ed Oliver is headed: Signed with Houston

    A banner year on the field has helped the Houston Cougars capitalize on the recruiting trail, with 5-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver headlining the nation's top non-Power Five class in the 2016 cycle.

    Oliver, whose older brother Marcus will be a junior offensive lineman for the Cougars this fall, racked up 84 tackles and seven sacks as a junior at Westfield High School in Houston.

    As Josh Helmholdt of Rivals noted, Oliver shared defensive MVP honors with Rashan Gary at the Under Armour All-America Game.

7. Levonta Taylor, 5'11", 182 Lbs

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    Where Levonta Taylor is headed: Signed with Florida State

    Florida State has had success recruiting the state of Virginia in recent years, and the Seminoles struck gold again in the area with the commitment of 5-star corner Levonta Taylor.

    The nation's top corner may not be the biggest at 5'11", 182 pounds, but he's one of the more athletic skill talents in the 2016 class and a threat to be a dynamic return man in special teams at the next level.

    Taylor is the bell cow of a 'Noles class currently rated as the nation's No. 1 group.

8. Nick Bosa, SDE, 6'4", 265 Lbs

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    Where Nick Bosa is headed: Signed with Ohio State

    While Ohio State will have to replace All-American defensive end Joey Bosa, head coach Urban Meyer will welcome his younger brother Nick to the program this fall.

    Over his final two seasons on the prep level, Bosa accounted for 77 tackles and 10 sacks despite missing a majority of his senior year because of a partially torn ACL, as noted by Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.

    Assuming Bosa gets healthy by the time fall rolls around, he could be in the mix to help Meyer and his staff replace the production lost when his brother left early for the NFL draft.

9. Derrick Brown, DT, 6'3 ¾", 317 Lbs

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    Where Derrick Brown is headed: Signed with Auburn

    Georgia had been considered the longtime favorite to land in-state star defensive tackle Derrick Brown.

    However, Auburn lured him away from the Peach State.

    As a junior, Brown tallied 101 tackles—including 26 for loss and 17.5 sacks. From a size and physicality standpoint, Brown is a candidate to be an impact performer early in his college career.

10. Ben Davis, ILB, 6'3", 240 Lbs

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    Where Ben Davis is headed: Signed with Alabama

    Alabama has been the presumed destination for in-state linebacker Ben Davis, a commitment that was confirmed Wednesday.

    Davis is the No. 1 inside linebacking recruit in the nation and the No. 1 overall recruit from the state of Alabama.

11. Mique Juarez, OLB, 6'1 ½", 231 Lbs

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    Where Mique Juarez is headed: Signed with UCLA

    Since he backed off an early pledge to USC in October, linebacker Mique Juarez has generated interest from programs around the country.

    The nation's top outside linebacker narrowed his list to Alabama, Ole Miss and UCLA, with Jim Mora's squad eventually landing him.

    The Bruins will get a linebacker with tremendous versatility. He's a physical presence against the run and has the athleticism to shine in pass coverage or create havoc as a pass-rusher.

12. Isaac Nauta, TE, 6'3 ¼", 244 Lbs

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    Where Isaac Nauta is headed: Enrolled at Georgia

    After backing off an early commitment to Florida State, tight end Isaac Nauta eventually committed to Georgia over Alabama and Michigan.

    Nauta is already on campus as an early enrollee, and he has the type of skill set necessary to make an impact as a freshman.

    He's physical enough to be an effective blocker in the SEC and is an advanced route-runner who can be a mismatch against linebackers or defensive backs in the passing game.

13. Mecole Hardman Jr., ATH, 5'10", 169 Lbs

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    Where Mecole Hardman Jr. is headed: Signed with Georgia 

    During the spring and summer camp circuit, Mecole Hardman Jr. was able to dominate events, whether he was playing receiver or corner.

    The Georgia coaches may have a dilemma on where he fits best. His speed, instincts and competitiveness make him a special prospect.

    Hardman is also a threat to make an impact on special teams as a return man.

14. Demetris Robertson, WR, 5'11 ¾", 175 Lbs

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    Where Demetris Robertson is headed: Considering Alabama, California, Georgia, Notre Dame and Stanford

    While most prospects will end their recruitment on signing day, Kipp Adams of 247Sports reported that Demetris Robertson will take a little more time to make his decision.

    Robertson was once an early pledge to Alabama before reopening his recruitment last April.

    The nation's No. 1 receiver told Adams he could have a decision by Feb. 10 or Feb. 17.

15. Lyndell Wilson, OLB, 6'2", 220 Lbs

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    Where Lyndell Wilson is headed: Signed with Alabama 

    SEC rivals Alabama and Georgia battled down to the wire for linebacker Lyndell "Mack" Wilson, with Nick Saban and the Tide winning out.

    Wilson is the nation's No. 2 outside linebacker and the state of Alabama's No. 2 overall recruit.

16. Oluwole Betiku, WDE, 6'3 ½", 245 Lbs

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    Where Oluwole Betiku is headed: Enrolled at USC

    Just two years ago, Oluwole Betiku made the trek from his native Nigeria to the United States to pursue a career in football.

    Despite the fact that he's only played the game for two full seasons, Betiku has risen up the ranks to become the nation's top weak-side defensive end prospect in the 2016 cycle.

    In his two years at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, Betiku recorded 129 tackles—including 52 for loss with 28.5 sacks.

    After backing off an early pledge to UCLA, Betiku landed at rival USC, where he is already enrolled and will participate in spring drills.

17. Jonah Williams, OT, 6'5", 296 Lbs

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    Where Jonah Williams is headed: Enrolled at Alabama

    Alabama has assembled a dominant offensive line class, with 5-star offensive tackle Jonah Williams being the biggest prize of that unit.

    Williams had more than 25 offers to his credit before selecting Alabama last April.

    The Golden State standout has the size, frame and athleticism necessary to develop into a star tackle in the SEC.

18. McTelvin Agim, SDE, 6'2 ½", 268 Lbs

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    Where McTelvin Agim is headed: Enrolled at Arkansas

    Over his last two prep seasons, McTelvin Agim has terrorized the opponents of Hope High School (Arkansas).

    The Under Armour All-American has recorded 62 tackles for loss, including 38 sacks, during his junior and senior seasons.

    Agim pledged to in-state power Arkansas last September, and his athleticism and motor give him a chance to help boost the Razorbacks pass rush immediately.

19. Jeffery Simmons, SDE, 6'3 ½", 277 Lbs

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    Where Jeffery Simmons is headed: Signed with Mississippi State

    A player who has steadily risen up the rankings is Mississippi defensive end Jeffery Simmons.

    The Magnolia State's top prospect had an impressive junior campaign in which he recorded 107 tackles with 11.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

    Simmons is a physically imposing pass-rusher with the size and strength necessary to hold up well against the run.

20. Miles Sanders, RB, 5'11", 199 Lbs

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    Where Miles Sanders is headed: Signed with Penn State

    The longest-tenured member of Penn State's 2016 class is in-state running back Miles Sanders, who committed to the Nittany Lions in July 2014.

    While schools such as Michigan State and Pittsburgh continued to recruit Sanders, the Keystone State's top prospect shut down his recruitment last month.

    In 2013 and 2014, Sanders rushed for a total of 2,196 yards and 32 touchdowns while averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.

21. Kristian Fulton, CB, 6'0", 177 Lbs

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    Where Kristian Fulton is headed: Signed with LSU

    Arkansas and Florida were trying pull star corner Kristian Fulton out of home-state LSU's grasp, but the Tigers held on.

    Fulton is the top overall prospect from the Pelican State and the No. 2 corner in the 2016 class.

    As a senior, Fulton recorded 58 tackles and six interceptions en route to being selected as an Under Armour All-American. 

22. Jack Jones, CB, 5'11", 164 Lbs

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    Where Jack Jones is headed: signed with USC

    While SEC powers Alabama and Texas A&M have hosted California athlete Jack Jones on official visits, pulling him away from Golden State powerhouse USC could be a monumental task. 

    The Trojans have had success recruiting Poly High School in nearby Long Beach, California, in recent years—with former Jackrabbits star Iman Marshall's selection of the Trojans last year as a primary example.

    Jones is a dynamic athlete who could play receiver or be a spark plug on special teams as a returner at the next level.

23. Rashard Lawrence, DT, 6'3", 305 Lbs

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    Where Rashard Lawrence is headed: Signed with LSU

    LSU fended off powers such as Alabama and Ohio State to land prized in-state defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence.

    Lawrence is perhaps the biggest gem in a class that features commitments from five in-state defensive linemen.

    The Under Armour All-American has an explosive first step and a relentless motor that helps him create dysfunction in the opponent's backfield.

24. Benito Jones, DT, 6'2", 285 Lbs

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    Where Benito Jones is headed: Enrolled at Ole Miss

    Like Gregory Little and Shea Patterson, defensive tackle Benito Jones landed at Ole Miss after making a commitment to another school earlier in the process.

    In Jones' case, he was previously committed to Alabama.

    According to MaxPreps, Jones recorded 224 tackles and 16 sacks over his four-year career at Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Mississippi. 

25. Caleb Kelly, OLB, 6'3 ¼", 215 Lbs

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    Where Caleb Kelly is headed: signed with Oklahoma

    Oklahoma has long been the favorite to land California linebacker Caleb Kelly.

    However, Notre Dame could be the dark horse in the race to land the Golden State defender, as detailed by Tom Loy of 247Sports.

    Regardless, with Oregon representing his lone Pac-12 finalist, Kelly is certain to head out of state for college.

26. Antonneous Clayton, WDE, 6'3", 218 Lbs

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    Where Antonneous Clayton is headed: Signed with Florida

    One of the biggest risers from the postseason all-star circuit was 4-star defensive end Antonneous Clayton.

    According to Kevin Ryan of 247Sports, Clayton was a terror off the edge during practices for the Under Armour All-America Game.

    As a junior, the Florida commit racked up 72 tackles, including 22 for loss with 16 sacks and six forced fumbles.

27. Tommy Kraemer, OT, 6'5 ½", 309 Lbs

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    Where Tommy Kraemer is headed: Signed with Notre Dame

    Despite being Ohio's reigning Gatorade Player of the Year, 4-star offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer will head out of state to Notre Dame for college.

    The U.S. Army All-American selected the Indiana school over offers from Georgia, Penn State and Tennessee, among others.

    As Evan Sharpley of 247Sports noted, Kraemer has the frame and athleticism to play at multiple spots along the offensive line in college.

28. Michal Menet, OG, 6'5", 273 Lbs

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    Where Michal Menet is headed: Signed with Penn State

    With nearly 30 offers to his credit before the summer of his senior year, 4-star offensive lineman Michal Menet announced his commitment to Penn State.

    Menet selected the Nittany Lions over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State, among others.

    Menet also played along the defensive line at the prep level, and that aggressiveness is evident in his game when he switches sides to play on offense. The Keystone State product is the nation's top interior offensive line recruit in the 2016 cycle.

29. Marlon Davidson, SDE, 6'4", 260 Lbs

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    Where Marlon Davidson is headed: Enrolled at Auburn

    Marlon Davidson is the younger brother of former Auburn defensive lineman Kenneth Carter, so it wasn't a surprise to see the Tigers land the 4-star defensive lineman in September.

    Davidson is already on campus as an early enrollee and will take part in spring drills.

    Given the Tigers' need for quality and quantity along the defensive line, Davidson is a prime candidate to compete for reps in the fall.

30. Tavien Feaster, APB, 5'11", 196 Lbs

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    Where Tavien Feaster is headed: Signed with Clemson

    Last year on national signing day, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney received a bonus gift when 4-star running back Tavien Feaster pledged to the Tigers.

    The nation's top all-purpose rusher, who ran for combined totals of 2,582 yards and 30 touchdowns over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons, is the top overall prospect from South Carolina.

    Feaster's ability to be a dynamic receiver out of the backfield makes him a great fit in the Tigers' uptempo attack.

31. Landon Dickerson, OT, 6'5", 300 Lbs

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    Where Landon Dickerson is headed: Signed with Florida State

    When it comes to versatility in offensive linemen, 4-star Landon Dickerson is a prospect with the range and ability to contribute at either guard or tackle in college.

    He's the No. 2 player from the state of North Carolina and No. 4 offensive tackle recruit in the nation.

32. Jonathon Cooper, WDE, 6'2 ¼", 234 Lbs

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    Where Jonathon Cooper is headed: Enrolled at Ohio State

    Nearly 14 months after committing to Ohio State, 4-star defensive end Jonathon Cooper is already on campus in Columbus as an early enrollee.

    Cooper selected the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, among others.

    The U.S. Army All-American is the No. 2 prospect from the state of Ohio and the No. 3 weak-side defensive end in the 2016 cycle.

33. Tyrie Cleveland, WR, 6'2 ½", 189 Lbs

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    Where Tyrie Cleveland is headed: Signed with Florida

    Even though 4-star receiver Tyrie Cleveland was committed to Houston, he went through the recruiting process with January visits to TCU, Arkansas and Florida. Ultimately, he flipped to the Gators on Wednesday.

    Cleveland is one of the more explosive talents in the 2016 cycle. Over the last two years, he hauled in 94 passes for 2,023 yards and 27 touchdowns.

    Cleveland is the No. 2 wide receiver nationally and the No. 3 prospect from Texas in the 2016 cycle.

34. Tyler Vaughns, WR, 6'1 ½", 177 Lbs

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    Where Tyler Vaughns is headed: Signed with USC

    When it comes to producing receivers in recent years, USC takes a backseat to no program in the country.

    If the Trojans' 2016 receiver class is any indicator, don't expect that trend to slow down anytime soon.

    The headliner of the group is 4-star Tyler Vaughns, who hauled in 83 passes for 1,578 yards as a junior.

    The U.S. Army All-American rates as the nation's No. 3 wideout and the No. 6 player overall from California in the 2016 class.

35. B.J. Emmons, RB, 5'10", 232 Lbs

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    Where B.J. Emmons is headed: Signed with Alabama

    Alabama is no stranger to having freakish talents line up in its backfield, and another such talent is on the way to Tuscaloosa in the form of 4-star running back B.J. Emmons.

    Once committed to fellow SEC power Georgia, Emmons selected the Tide one month after reopening his recruitment.

    As a senior, the Under Armour All-American rushed for 2,417 yards and 36 touchdowns.

36. Devin Duvernay, WR, 5'11", 195 Lbs

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    Where Devin Duvernay is headed: Signed with Baylor

    When it comes to the fastest athletes in the 2016 cycle, 4-star receiver and Baylor signee Devin Duvernay has to be in that conversation.

    Over the last three seasons, Duvernay accounted for 3,983 yards of total offense and 47 touchdowns.

    The Under Armour All-American is the No. 4 wideout nationally and the No. 4 prospect in the state of Texas for the 2016 cycle.

    With the Bears' loss of top playmakers such as Corey Coleman and Jay Lee, Duvernay could contribute in Waco as soon as he arrives on campus.

37. Kaden Smith, TE, 6'5 ½", 235 Lbs

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    Where Kaden Smith is headed: Signed with Stanford

    When it comes to producing quality tight end prospects, Stanford is known for featuring studs at the position in its pro-style attack.

    Cardinal head coach David Shaw and his staff were able to land one of the nation's premier players at the position last April in 4-star Kaden Smith.

    Smith, who racked up 2,260 yards and 17 touchdowns over his prep career, is the nation's No. 2 tight end and one of six Texas natives in the Cardinal's 2016 class.

38. A.J. Brown, WR, 6'1", 220 Lbs

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    Where A.J. Brown is headed: Signed with Ole Miss

    At 220 pounds, 4-star receiver A.J. Brown is the heaviest pass-catcher among the nation's top 20 receivers in the 2016 class.

    With his size, Brown is equipped to handle the physical transition from high school to the college level.

    Over the last two years at Starkville High School in Mississippi, Brown caught 135 passes for 2,390 yards and 29 touchdowns.

39. Ben Bredeson, OT, 6'5", 293 Lbs

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    Where Ben Bredeson is headed: Signed with Michigan

    Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin were among the suitors chasing 4-star offensive lineman Ben Bredeson.

    However, it was Michigan that went into the Badgers' backyard and landed the state of Wisconsin's No. 1 prospect.

    The Under Armour All-American is the nation's No. 5 offensive tackle in the 2016 cycle.

40. Brandon Jones, S, 5'11 ½", 193 Lbs

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    Where Brandon Jones is headed: Signed with Texas

    After compiling nearly 40 offers, 4-star Texas safety Brandon Jones whittled his list down to three in-state powers, ultimately choosing the Longhorns.

    As a sophomore, the nation's top safety prospect recorded 95 tackles, eight pass breakups and five interceptions.

    The Under Armour All-American is a physical safety who is comfortable making plays in the box or being a center fielder with range in coverage.

41. Shane Simmons, WDE, 6'4", 221 Lbs

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    Where Shane Simmons is headed: Signed with Penn State

    One of Penn State head coach James Franklin's biggest wins early in the 2016 cycle was landing a pledge from 4-star defensive end Shane Simmons back in July 2014.

    Simmons chose the Nittany Lions over offers from programs such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

    The Under Armour All-American is the nation's No. 4 weak-side defensive end prospect and the top overall prospect from the state of Maryland.

42. Baveon Johnson, OC, 6'3", 310 Lbs

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    Where Baveon Johnson is headed: Signed with Florida State

    Florida State landed 4-star offensive lineman Baveon Johnson last March and was able to hold off a late push from Alabama in keeping him committed.

    Johnson is the nation's top center prospect and the No. 4 player from the Sunshine State in the 2016 cycle.

    He is the ringleader of a Seminoles offensive line class that has the potential to be among the nation's best.

43. Nate Craig-Myers, WR, 6'2", 205 Lbs

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    Where Nate Craig-Myers is headed: Signed with Auburn

    After piling up nearly 50 offers during the course of his recruitment, 4-star receiver Nate Craig-Myers whittled down his list of suitors to two programs: Auburn and North Carolina.

    The Tigers won out after a decommitment from Craig-Myers last spring.

    According to MaxPreps, the Under Armour All-American caught 63 passes for 1,018 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.

44. Demario McCall, APB, 5'9 ½", 171 Lbs

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    Where Demario McCall is headed: Signed with Ohio State

    Four-star running back Demario McCall burst onto the recruiting scene as a sophomore after he rushed for 1,562 yards and 25 touchdowns.

    After piling up offers from programs such as Georgia, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State, among others, McCall committed to in-state power Ohio State last March.

    McCall is the nation's No. 2 all-purpose back and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Ohio.

45. Chauncey Gardner, CB, 6'0", 194 Lbs

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    Where Chauncey Gardner is headed: Enrolled at Florida

    After making early commitments to Miami and Florida, 4-star corner Chauncey Gardner finally settled on the Gators last spring.

    As a junior, Gardner tallied 49 tackles with three sacks and three interceptions.

    The Under Armour All-American is already in Gainesville as an early enrollee, and his aggressive, ball-hawking mentality is a perfect fit for a Gators secondary known for its physical play in recent years.

46. KJ Costello, QB, 6'4", 213 Lbs

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    Where KJ Costello is headed: Signed with Stanford

    Last March, Stanford's 2016 class received a major boost when 4-star quarterback KJ Costello pledged to the Cardinal.

    At the time, he was just the second commitment in Stanford's 2016 class, which is now the No. 2 class in the Pac-12.

    As a junior, Costello passed for 3,123 yards and 23 touchdowns while adding four scores on the ground.

47. Saivion Smith, CB, 6'1", 175 Lbs

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    Where Saivion Smith is headed: Enrolled at LSU

    Four-star corner Saivion Smith exploded onto the recruiting scene after a banner junior season in which he recorded 67 tackles with five interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

    Shortly after signing day last year, Smith committed to LSU over offers from programs such as Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among others.

    The Under Armour All-American is part of a loaded secondary class for the Tigers, and he's already on campus in Baton Rouge as an early enrollee.

48. Malik Henry, QB, 6'3", 185 Lbs

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    Where Malik Henry is headed: Enrolled at Florida State

    Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has enjoyed a great deal of success grooming and developing quarterbacks in Tallahassee, and he may have his next protege in 4-star passer Malik Henry.

    Henry, who missed a portion of his senior season because of transferring high schools in the offseason, is already enrolled at Florida State and will enter spring practices hoping to compete for a chance to log snaps as a freshman.

49. Antwuan Jackson, DT, 6'2 ¼", 305 Lbs

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    Where Antwuan Jackson is heading: Enrolled at Auburn

    For a majority of his recruitment, 4-star defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson had Auburn and Ohio State tied at the top among his group of favorites.

    In December, Jackson selected the Tigers over the Buckeyes. He also held offers from programs such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Notre Dame, among others.

    Jackson is already on campus as an early enrollee and will compete for playing time on a defensive line that needs to replace a pair of contributors in graduating seniors Cassanova McKinzy and DaVonte Lambert.

50. Patrick Hudson, OG, 6'5 ½", 325 Lbs

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    Where Patrick Hudson is headed: Signed with Baylor

    Baylor has held a pledge from 4-star offensive lineman Patrick Hudson since July 2014.

    Hudson is the nation's No. 2 offensive guard prospect and the No. 7 prospect overall from the Lone Star State.

51. Brian Burns, WDE, 6'4 ½", 209 Lbs

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    Where Brian Burns is headed: Signed with Florida State

    Over the past two seasons at American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, 4-star defensive end Brian Burns has racked up 135 tackles—including 28 sacks.

    That pass-rushing ability is part of the reason why the U.S. Army-All American accumulated 25 offers.

    Burns chose the Seminoles over Florida and Georgia.

52. N'keal Harry, WR, 6'4", 210 Lbs

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    Where N'keal Harry is headed: Signed with Arizona State

    There are few receivers in the 2016 class as physically imposing as 4-star N'keal Harry.

    At 6'4", 210 pounds, he has NFL size and the type of athleticism necessary to do freakish things such as shatter backboards on the basketball court.

    The Under Armour All-American is the nation's No. 7 receiver and the top overall prospect from Arizona.

53. Deontay Anderson, S, 6'1", 192 Lbs

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    Where Deontay Anderson is headed: Signed with Ole Miss

    Over his final three years at Manvel High School in Texas, 4-star safety Deontay Anderson recorded 168 tackles, 19 pass breakups and five interceptions.

    The Under Armour All-American netted more than 40 offers but committed to the Rebels over the likes of LSU and Texas.

54. Feleipe Franks, QB, 6'5 ½", 210 Lbs

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    Where Feleipe Franks is headed: Enrolled at Florida

    LSU was originally thought to be the destination for 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks.

    However, Franks decommitted from an early pledge to the Tigers and landed with Florida in November.

    Franks is an early enrollee who is expected to compete in the spring to solve the Gators' woes at quarterback.

55. Eric Monroe, S, 6'0", 180 Lbs

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    Where Eric Monroe is headed: Signed with LSU

    The state of Texas features the top three safety prospects in the country, with Houston native and 4-star Eric Monroe being a part of that collective.

    Monroe committed to LSU last summer over offers from programs such as Baylor, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M.

    The Under Armour All-American, who is the No. 9 player from the Lone Star State in the 2016 cycle, was a solid pledge to the Tigers since his commitment.

56. Justin Madubuike, SDE, 6'2 ½", 250 Lbs

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    Where Justin Madubuike is headed: Signed with Texas A&M

    Over his sophomore and junior seasons at McKinney North High School in Texas, 4-star defensive end Justin Madubuike recorded 144 tackles, including 51 for loss, with 21.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

    In September, Madubuike committed to in-state power Texas A&M over offers from programs such as Alabama, Florida, Michigan, TCU and Texas.

    Madubuike was firm in his commitment to A&M and should help keep the Aggies' pass rush strong after All-American defensive end Myles Garrett moves on.

57. Tre Lamar, ILB, 6'4", 240 Lbs

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    Where Tre Lamar is headed: Enrolled at Clemson

    After piling up more than 35 offers, 4-star linebacker Tre Lamar announced his commitment to Clemson last July.

    The nation's No. 2 inside linebacker and the No. 6 prospect from Georgia selected the Tigers over offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame. 

    The Under Armour All-American is already on Clemson's campus as an early enrollee.

58. Nigel Warrior, S, 6'0", 186 Lbs

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    Where Nigel Warrior is headed: Signed with Tennessee

    Nigel Warrior is the son of former NFL defensive back Dale Carter, so most recruiting observers pegged Tennessee as the favorite for the 4-star safety. Their predictions proved true Wednesday.

    The U.S Army All-American is the No. 4 safety in the country and the No. 7 prospect from Georgia in the 2016 cycle.

59. Jeffrey McCulloch, OLB, 6'2 ½", 230 Lbs

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    Where Jeffrey McCulloch is headed: Signed with Texas

    With more than 40 offers under his belt, 4-star linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch narrowed his list to five suitors: Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M.

    Ultimately, he chose the Longhorns.

    As a junior, McCulloch logged 50 tackles and 19 sacks.

60. Trayvon Mullen, CB, 6'1", 168 Lbs

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    Where Trayvon Mullen is headed: Signed with Clemson

    One of the nation's most coveted defensive backs is 4-star corner Trayvon Mullen, who accumulated 47 offers but ultimately chose the Tigers.

    He is one of three U.S. Army All-Americans from Coconut Creek High School Florida—joining 4-star receiver and Ohio State commit Binjimen Victor and 3-star corner and Miami commit Malek Young.

    Mullen is the nation's No. 6 corner and the No. 10 player overall from the Sunshine State.

61. Brandon Peters, QB, 6'4 ½", 209 Lbs

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    Where Brandon Peters is headed: Enrolled at Michigan

    Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh landed his potential quarterback of the future in 4-star passer Brandon Peters.

    As a senior, Peters threw for 3,103 yards with 37 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

    The U.S. Army All-American, who has already enrolled at Michigan, is the top prospect from Indiana in the 2016 cycle.

62. Nigel Knott, CB, 5'11", 175 Lbs

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    Where Nigel Knott is headed: Signed with Alabama

    As a junior, 4-star corner Nigel Knott had a monster year, as he recorded 112 tackles, 16 pass breakups and four interceptions.

    Knott is one of 2016's most freakish athletes, as evidenced by a summer video that surfaced of his catching a football while completing a backflip.

    The Under Armour All-American is the nation's No. 7 corner and the No. 4 player from Mississippi.

63. Michael Divinity, OLB, 6'2", 218 Lbs

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    Where Michael Divinity is headed: Enrolled at LSU

    After briefly decommitting from LSU, 4-star in-state linebacker Michael Divinity committed to the Tigers for a second time after the Under Armour All-America Game.

    Divinity selected the Tigers over offers from Baylor, Florida State, Oregon and Texas A&M, among others.

    He is the nation's No. 5 outside linebacker and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Louisiana.

64. Terrell Hall, WDE, 6'5", 250 Lbs

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    Where Terrell Hall is headed: Signed with Alabama

    After backing off an early pledge to Ohio State, 4-star defensive end Terrell Hall became a top target for a handful of programs around the nation, with the Crimson Tide winning the recruiting battle.

    The Under Armour All-American is the nation's No. 6 weak-side defensive end and the top overall prospect from the talent-rich Washington, D.C., area.

65. David Long, CB, 6'0", 175 Lbs

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    Where David Long is headed: Signed with Michigan

    After backing off an early pledge to Stanford, 4-star corner David Long narrowed his choices to Michigan and Washington.

    He selected the Wolverines in January. As Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 noted, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff were relentless in their recruitment of Long even after his original pledge to the Cardinal.

    The U.S. Army All-American is the nation's No. 8 corner and the No. 9 prospect from the state of California.

66. Edwin Alexander, DT, 6'2", 310 Lbs

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    Where Edwin Alexander is headed: Signed with LSU

    One of LSU's biggest needs in the 2016 cycle was along the defensive line.

    The first of six prospects at the position in LSU's class to commit was 4-star defensive tackle Edwin Alexander.

    Over his sophomore and junior seasons, Alexander recorded 98.5 tackles and 16.5 sacks.

67. Shavar Manuel, DT, 6'4", 290 Lbs

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    Where Shavar Manuel is headed: Signed with Florida State

    Florida and Florida State spent more than a year battling over 4-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel.

    The Gators landed his commitment in early January, but the 'Noles flipped him after he took an official visit to Tallahassee just before signing day.

    The Under Armour All-American is the nation's No. 9 defensive tackle in the 2016 cycle.

68. Julian Rochester, DT, 6'5", 321 Lbs

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    Where Julian Rochester is headed: Enrolled at Georgia

    Over his sophomore and junior seasons, 4-star defensive tackle Julian Rochester tallied 252 tackles, including 43 for loss and 23 sacks.

    After landing offers from powers such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State, Rochester committed to Georgia last May.

    Rochester is already enrolled at Georgia and is a candidate to see the field early in his career in Athens.

69. Michael Pittman, WR, 6'4", 209 Lbs

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    Where Michael Pittman is headed: Enrolled at USC

    After making an early commitment to UCLA, 4-star receiver Michael Pittman backed off that pledge and announced his intention to attend crosstown rival USC.

    Pittman also held offers from California, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oregon, among others.

    He is already on campus at USC as an early enrollee, and his size and athleticism make him an intriguing option to plug into an already loaded receiver unit.

70. Curtis Robinson, OLB, 6'2 ¾", 210 Lbs

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    Where Curtis Robinson is headed: Signed with Stanford

    Last April was a fruitful month for Stanford's 2016 class, as the Cardinal picked up three commitments, including one from 4-star linebacker Curtis Robinson.

    Robinson selected the Cardinal over offers from Arizona State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon, among others.

71. Shyheim Carter, CB, 6'0", 190 Lbs

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    Where Shyheim Carter is headed: Signed with Alabama

    At one point early in the process, 4-star corner Shyheim Carter was committed to Alabama, though he eventually re-opening his recruitment.

    But the Tide ultimately landed the No. 5 prospect from Louisiana.

    The Under Armour All-American is the nation's No. 9 corner in the 2016 class.

72. Kyle Davis, WR, 6'1 ½", 218 Lbs

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    Where Kyle Davis is headed: Enrolled at Auburn

    After an early pledge to South Carolina, 4-star wide receiver Kyle Davis decommitted and then narrowed his list to Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee.

    The in-state Bulldogs were the heavy favorites to land Davis. However, it was Auburn that won out in the end for the Under Armour All-American.

    Davis is already enrolled at Auburn and should compete for reps at a spot where the Tigers must replace two starters from last season.

73. Terrance Davis, OG, 6'4", 305 Lbs

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    Where Terrance Davis is headed: Signed with Maryland

    The recruitment of 4-star offensive lineman Terrance Davis concluded with Florida, Maryland and Michigan emerging as his three finalists.

    Davis committed to the Terrapins during the Under Armour All-America Game.

    He is the No. 3 offensive guard nationally and the No. 2 player from the state of Maryland.

74. Devin Asiasi, TE, 6'3", 270 Lbs

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    Where Devin Asiasi is headed: Signed with Michigan

    While 4-star tight end Devin Asiasi also spent time playing defensive end at the prep level, his future is on offense.

    During his sophomore and junior seasons, he recorded 24 receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns.

    As he narrows his focus to one position, Asiasi has a high ceiling for development.

75. Erick Fowler, OLB, 6'1", 226 Lbs

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    Where Erick Fowler is headed: Signed with Texas

    LSU has recruited the state of Texas well in recent years, and the Tigers had another stud committed from the Lone Star State in 4-star linebacker Erick Fowler.

    However, Fowler pulled a shocker on signing day and flipped to in-state power Texas.

    Fowler recorded 148 tackles, including 33.5 sacks, over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons.

    He selected the Longhorns over offers from Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, among others.

76. Austin Mack, WR, 6'2", 205 Lbs

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    Where Austin Mack is headed: Enrolled at Ohio State

    After racking up more than 20 offers, 4-star receiver Austin Mack pledged to the Ohio State Buckeyes last June.

    The No. 2 prospect from the state of Indiana accounted for 1,523 yards of total offense and 19 touchdowns as a senior.

    Mack is already in Columbus as an early enrollee.

77. Jarrett Guarantano, QB, 6'4", 201 Lbs

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    Where Jarrett Guarantano is headed: Signed with Tennessee

    Despite the fact that his father, James, attended Rutgers, 4-star quarterback Jarrett Guarantano elected to commit to Tennessee last April.

    As a senior, Guarantano accounted for 1,687 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns.

    He is the nation's top-rated dual-threat quarterback and the No. 2 prospect from the state of New Jersey.

78. Rahshaun Smith, ILB, 6'3", 239 Lbs

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    Where Rahshaun Smith is headed: Enrolled at Clemson

    Clemson landed an early commitment from 4-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith, but he decommitted and reopened his process last summer.

    He narrowed his choices to Auburn, Clemson and LSU before choosing Clemson for the second and final time at the Under Armour All-America Game.

    Smith, who is already enrolled at Clemson, is the nation's No. 3 inside linebacker and the No. 12 overall prospect from Florida.

79. Landon Young, OT, 6'7", 270 Lbs

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    Where Landon Young is headed: Signed with Kentucky

    Back in June 2013, Kentucky accepted a pledge from 4-star offensive lineman Landon Young.

    Despite overtures from programs such as Auburn, Young remained solid in that pledge.

    Young is the top overall prospect from the Bluegrass State and the nation's No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2016 class.

80. Liam Eichenberg, OT, 6'6", 290 Lbs

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    Where Liam Eichenberg is headed: Signed with Notre Dame

    Similar to Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame and Ohio State were among the finalists for 4-star offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg.

    Eichenberg pledged to the Irish last April. He's the nation's No. 7 offensive tackle and the No. 4 player in the state of Ohio.

81. Lamar Jackson, S, 6'3", 205 Lbs

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    Where Lamar Jackson is headed: Signed with Nebraska

    Twenty schools jumped in the mix to offer 4-star safety Lamar Jackson.

    While every Pac-12 school with the exception of Stanford tendered Jackson, Nebraska landed the California native.

    The Under Armour All-American is the No. 5 safety and the No. 13 player from the Golden State.

82. Sam Bruce, WR, 5'8", 180 Lbs

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    Where Sam Bruce is headed: Signed with Miami

    Four-star receiver Sam Bruce had more than 25 offers but signed with in-state power Miami.

    Over his final two seasons on the prep level, Bruce recorded 66 receptions for 847 yards and 11 scores.

    He is an electric playmaker who can do damage as a slot receiver or as a return man on special teams.

83. Raekwon Davis, DT, 6'6 ½", 327 Lbs

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    Where Raekwon Davis is headed: Signed with Alabama

    Alabama landed an early pledge from 4-star defensive tackle Raekwon Davis, but the Tide had to hold off schools such as Florida State and Mississippi State that made late pushes for him.

    Over the last two years, Davis accounted for 86 tackles and 14.5 sacks.

    He is the nation's No. 11 defensive tackle and the No. 5 player from the state of Mississippi.

84. E.J. Price, OT, 6'6", 311 Lbs

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    Where E.J. Price is headed: signed with USC

    As Eric Rutter of Today's U Sports noted, Price was recognized as one of the top five offensive linemen at The Opening last summer.

    He is the nation's No. 8 offensive tackle and the No. 10 prospect from the state of Georgia.

85. Janarius Robinson, WDE, 6'4 ¾", 236 Lbs

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    Where Janarius Robinson is headed: Enrolled at Florida State

    Florida State landed an early commitment from 4-star defensive end Janarius Robinson, and it held off pushes from programs such as Alabama and Florida to keep his pledge.

    Robinson is one of seven players in FSU's 2016 class who are already on campus and will take part in spring drills.

    He is the nation's No. 7 weak-side defensive end and the No. 14 player overall from the state of Florida.

86. Tyler Byrd, CB, 5'11 ½", 194 Lbs

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    Where Tyler Byrd is headed: Signed with Tennessee

    Nearly one year after committing to Miami, 4-star corner Tyler Byrd was expected to ink with the Hurricanes on signing day.

    Instead, on the eve of signing day, Byrd flipped to SEC East power Tennessee. 

    Over his last three seasons, Byrd has tallied 132 tackles, 14 pass breakups and five interceptions.

87. Dwayne Haskins, QB, 6'3", 198 Lbs

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    Where Dwayne Haskins is headed: Signed with Ohio State

    After making an early commitment to Maryland, 4-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins flipped to Ohio State in January.

    As a junior, Haskins threw for 1,936 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions.

    Haskins is rated as the nation's No. 7 pro-style passer and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Maryland.

88. Michael Onwenu, OG, 6'3", 360 Lbs

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    Where Michael Onwenu is headed: Signed with Michigan

    June 2015 was a productive month on the recruiting trail for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff.

    The Wolverines landed seven commitments that month, with the first coming from 4-star in-state offensive lineman Michael Onwenu, the top recruit from the state of Michigan.

89. Dontavious Jackson, ILB, 6'2", 239 Lbs

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    Where Dontavious Jackson is headed: Signed with Florida State

    As a junior, 4-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson enjoyed a monster season, as he recorded 165 tackles, including 27 for loss, with six sacks and an interception.

    Jackson is the nation's No. 4 inside linebacker and the No. 13 prospect overall in the state of Texas.

90. Keandre Jones, OLB, 6'3", 198 Lbs

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    Where Keandre Jones is headed: Signed with Ohio State

    Like Haskins, 4-star linebacker Keandre Jones was a longtime Maryland pledge before flipping to Ohio State in late January.

    As Chad Carson of 247Sports noted, Jones was selected to USA Today's All-Defense second team after a strong senior season.

    Jones is rated as the nation's No. 8 outside linebacker and the No. 4 player from the state of Maryland.

91. Ben Cleveland, OT, 6'6", 319 Lbs

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    Where Ben Cleveland is headed: Enrolled at Georgia

    From a size and athleticism standpoint, 4-star offensive lineman Ben Cleveland has a college-ready frame.

    Cleveland made an early commitment to Georgia and remained solid in that pledge before enrolling at Athens last month.

    Cleveland is one of four Georgia prospects among the state's top 15 prospects to commit to the in-state Bulldogs.

92. Carter Coughlin, OLB, 6'3", 221 Lbs

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    Where Carter Coughlin is headed: Signed with Minnesota

    After landing offers from powers such as Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Oregon, 4-star linebacker Carter Coughlin committed to Minnesota, making it official Wednesday.

    Coughlin is the top overall prospect from the state of Minnesota and the nation's No. 9 outside linebacker prospect.

    He headlines a class that features six of the state's top 10 prospects who are currently slated to land in Minneapolis.

93. Kendell Jones, DT, 6'5", 375 Lbs

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    Where Kendell Jones is headed: Signed with Alabama

    Alabama has had great success recruiting the state of Texas in recent years, and the Tide have four Lone Star State prospects pledged in their 2016 class.

    Included in that group is 4-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones, who is nicknamed "The Hulk" in part because of his enormous stature.

    Jones is the nation's No. 12 defensive tackle and the No. 14 overall prospect from the state of Texas.

94. Jamel Cook, ATH, 6'4", 190 Lbs

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    Where Jamel Cook is headed: Signed with USC

    Despite being committed to Florida State since last February, 4-star athlete Jamel Cook took official visits to Auburn, Louisville and USC. Additionally, he made unofficial visits to nearby Miami.

    He ultimately flipped to Southern California.

    Cook, who could play corner or safety at the next level, is the nation's No. 2 athlete and the No. 16 player overall from the state of Florida.

95. Devwah Whaley, RB, 6'0", 209 Lbs

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    Where Devwah Whaley is headed: Signed with Arkansas

    Over his last two seasons on the prep level, 4-star running back Devwah Whaley rushed for 2,835 yards and 33 touchdowns at Beaumont Central High School in Texas.

    Whaley made an initial commitment to Georgia before reopening his recruitment after the Bulldogs parted ways with then-head coach Mark Richt.

    Whaley subsequently pledged to fellow SEC member Arkansas during the Under Armour All-America Game.

96. Josh King, SDE, 6'6 ½", 245 Lbs

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    Where Josh King is headed: Signed with Michigan State

    A huge strength in Michigan State's 2016 class is the defensive line unit, which features a pair of studs at defensive tackle and another stout duo at defensive end.

    Included in that group is 4-star defensive end Josh King, who is the top prospect from Illinois in the 2016 class.

    As a junior, King recorded 70 tackles—including 18 tackles for loss and five sacks.

97. Byron Murphy, CB, 5'10 ¾", 164 Lbs

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    Where Byron Murphy is headed: Signed with Washington

    Washington beat out schools such as Arizona State, Texas A&M and USC for 4-star corner Byron Murphy, who committed to the Huskies in January.

    He is the top-rated prospect in the Huskies' 2016 class and the No. 2 prospect overall from the state of Arizona.

    According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Murphy recorded 52 tackles, eight pass breakups, seven interceptions and three forced fumbles as a senior.

98. Xavier Kelly, WDE, 6'4 ½", 240 Lbs

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    Where Xavier Kelly is headed: Signed with Clemson

    Clemson beat out programs such as Alabama, Florida State and Georgia for 4-star defensive end Xavier Kelly.

    Kelly, one of three defensive linemen in the Tigers' 2016 class, is the top overall prospect from the state of Kansas.

    He is an athletic specimen who also starred in basketball at East High School in Wichita.

99. Binjimen Victor, 6'3 ¾", 177 Lbs

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    Where Binjimen Victor is headed: Signed with Ohio State

    Over the last two seasons at Coconut Creek High School in Florida, 4-star wideout Binjimen Victor caught 86 passes for 1,657 yards and 27 touchdowns.

    Victor compiled more than 40 offers before committing to Ohio State in January over programs such as Florida, Tennessee and West Virginia.

    Victor is the No. 12 receiver nationally and the No. 17 prospect overall from the Sunshine State.

100. Kareem Walker, RB, 6'1", 210 Lbs

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    Where Kareem Walker is headed: Enrolled at Michigan

    After he backed off an early commitment to Ohio State, 4-star running back Kareem Walker had programs such as Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State and Michigan among his final group.

    He committed to the Wolverines in December and has already made his way to Ann Arbor as an early enrollee.

    Over his final two seasons at DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey, Walker rushed for 3,124 yards and 39 touchdowns.

     

    Top 100 rankings courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings.