CFB Future 100: Meet the Class of 2016

Bleacher Report College Football StaffFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2015

CFB Future 100: Meet the Class of 2016

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    After thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analysts Damon Sayles, Sanjay Kirpalani and Tyler Donohue have graded the top 100 players in the 247Sports' composite rankings and provided in-depth analysis on each young athlete. Bleacher Report will run a position-by-position breakdown series of the best college football recruits in the class of 2016. Here we present the top 100 overall.

    The class of 2016 won't graduate high school for another 15 months, but it is home to several future college football stars. 

    From skilled speedsters to 300-pound linemen, these 16- and 17-year-olds have been dominating the high school football fields. It won’t be long until they’re helping college football programs excel on the gridiron.

    Wide receivers and defensive linemen steal the show in the early rankings for 2016, but every recruit still has his senior season to rise up in the ranks.

    This list provides a glimpse of college football's future stars and how they've fared early in their football careers. Continue on for our review of the rankings, complete with individual scouting reports and insight on each prospect. 

    Be sure to sound off in the comments below with your thoughts on overall rankings, scores and recruit projections.

100. 4-Star CB Jared Mayden

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 190 lbs

    High School: Sachse, Texas

    247 Ranking: No. 8 CB/No. 100 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    With the spring season around the corner, Jared Mayden is inching closer to 30 offers. Ohio State and Oregon have offered, as well as in-state schools Texas, TCU, Texas A&M and Baylor. Mayden via social media recently trimmed his list to three—TCU, Oregon and Ohio State—but he told Miles Joseph of Rivals that it's not too early to add a school if one catches his attention.

    Mayden told Joseph that if he is invited to The Opening, he would make his announcement there. Look for Mayden to base his decision off the relationship with the coaches, overall comfort level and academic advantages.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Mayden is a cornerback with a safety's size, and he is savvy enough to effectively play both positions at the next level. He's an athletic player who covers well (36/40) but also is instinctive enough to make plays in running situations. Mayden likes to be physical with receivers off the snap, and he wins lots of one-on-one battles with his tenacious play.

    -Damon Sayles 

99. 4-Star QB Jarrett Guarantano

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    Height/Weight: 6'4"/200 lbs

    High School: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, New Jersey) 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 pro-style quarterback; No. 99 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan State, Rutgers and Oklahoma.

    Jarrett Guarantano is the son of former star Rutgers wide receiver James Guarantano, who is a member of the university's Hall of Fame. Multiple campus visits, including the most recent one in February, indicated he may be willing to follow in his father's footsteps.

    However, several powerhouse programs are also in pursuit, highlighted by Ohio State. He spent time in Columbus last season and received an in-person visit from Buckeyes staff members in January.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Guarantano, who claimed nearly 30 offers and just three varsity touchdown passes entering 2014, finally took over full-time starting duties last fall. He completed 58 percent of passes for 1,030 yards and nine scores, though a fractured wrist cost him several games. 

    His throws produce serious spin, generating excellent power (19/20) that enable him to fit the football in tight spaces. Guarantano is still developing as a pocket passer, particularly from a footwork fundamentals standpoint, but it's important to remember he possesses the least varsity experience of any passer on this list.

    He could very well end up in dual-threat quarterback rankings, as his mobility (8/10) is arguably the best among top-tier "pro-style" prospects. Guarantano rushed for four scores last season and used his legs to evade pressure throughout a matchup we scouted last October.

    -Tyler Donohue 

98. 4-Star DE Auston Robertson

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 230 lbs

    High School: Wayne High, Fort Wayne, Ind.

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 WDE, No. 98 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Considering Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State 

    Auston Robertson represents the top prospect from Indiana in the 2016 class.

    Although his most recent visit was to Indiana, fellow Big Ten members Michigan State and Ohio State have had him on campus for multiple visits within the last five months.

    According to Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts, Robertson plans to make his decision in June.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robertson has the frame and athleticism to also play outside linebacker. His length and the way he uses his hands makes him tough to block. He will need to add strength to be physical against the run at the next level, but his frame is well-suited for that. Robertson is a prospect with a versatile skill set, and that makes him an intriguing prospect to watch in this crop of pass rushers. 

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

97. 4-Star WR Charlie Woerner

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 220 lbs

    High School: Rabun County (Tiger, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 19 wide receiver; No. 100 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and Oregon

    Charlie Woerner warranted an offer from the Bulldogs before the end of his sophomore season. His uncle, Scott Woerner, was an All-American defensive back on the 1980 Georgia team that claimed a national championship. His latest offer—a January scholarship extension from Oregon—provides evidence of how vast his recruitment has become since that sophomore year.


    Bleacher Report Analysis

    His role for Rabun County expanded in 2014, per MaxPreps, as Woerner registered 201 offensive touches. He steamrolled opponents en route to 1,187 rushing yards (six games with at least 100 yards on the ground) and 690 receiving yards on 45 receptions, scoring 17 touchdowns.

    Woerner brings a welcomed element of toughness to the position, which comes as no surprise considering he racked up 122 tackles as an oversized defensive back, and his ultimate "high ceiling" landing spot may be as a hybrid tight end. He's more shifty than fast, but he brings a dynamic combination of both elements (27/30) to the field and consistently high-points the football (25/25 for hands).

    -Tyler Donohue

96. 4-Star OLB Jeremiah Moon

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 200 lbs

    High School: Hoover (Montgomery, Ala.)

    247 Ranking: No. 6 OLB/No. 96 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 84/100

    Last month, Jeremiah Moon told 247Sports that Mississippi State and Auburn were his co-favorites, but Ole Miss and South Carolina are two teams to keep an eye on as Moon's recruiting process matures. He took in South Carolina's Junior Day on Jan. 31.

    Alabama has yet to offer, but if Nick Saban pulls the trigger, the Crimson Tide wouldn't be a bad guess, as Moon has taken multiple unofficial trips to Tuscaloosa. Moon currently has seven offers, and five of the seven are from SEC programs.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Moon has the build of a tall safety, but he has the first step of a pass-rushing defensive end. Moon's quickness will get him added looks throughout his recruiting process. He is a lengthy, athletic linebacker who likes to play sideline to sideline.

    -Damon Sayles 

95. 4-Star WR Justin Layne

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 180 lbs

    High School: Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 18 wide receiver; No. 95 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 84/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Penn State

    Justin Layne could eventually rejoin former high school teammate Jerome Baker—a 2015 Ohio State signee—in Columbus. The Buckeyes offered in October and later hosted him on campus for a Junior Day. Big Ten Conference rivals Michigan State and Penn State appear to be Urban Meyer's primary competition at this point.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    He translates to a possession receiver at the collegiate level, where his large frame and wide catch radius will provide a security blanket for the quarterback. Layne lacks top-end speed (12/15) but does display above-average agility (13/15) for an athlete his size.

    His willingness to attack defenders and maintain blocks is a big plus in my book, and I know coaches love to see a young player wholeheartedly take on that task. Layne, who averaged 23 yards per catch and caught eight scores last regular season per Ryan Lewis of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, has the reliable hands (23/25) and blocking abilities to become a mainstay in red-zone situations.

    -Tyler Donohue 

94. 4-Star WR Darnell Salomon

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 175 lbs

    High School: Miami Central (Miami, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 17 wide receiver; No. 94 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Miami, Alabama, LSU, Clemson and Florida

    Darnell Salomon attracted attention early, earning scholarships from UCF, Miami and Georgia Tech during his sophomore season. He entered the 2014 campaign carrying more than a dozen offers, featuring Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia and Arkansas.

    The Hurricanes have an edge in proximity, but we've seen top local talent plucked away from the Hurricanes with more frequency during this decade. 

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Salomon is set to spend his senior season at South Florida powerhouse Miami Central after transferring from Champagnat Catholicper Ryan Bartow of 247Sports. It sets the stage for him to take the place of Da'Vante Phillips, a 2015 receiver recruit who enrolled at Florida State.

    He brings a dynamic blend of speed and agility (29/30) that makes him extremely dangerous regardless of where he ends up with the ball. His route running requires further polish, but he already shows the ability to make acrobatic midair adjustments and caught 19 touchdowns during the past two seasons.

    -Tyler Donohue 

93. 4-Star DE Erick Fowler

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    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 210 lbs 

    High School: Manor High (Manor, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 WDE, No. 93 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Considering Baylor, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and UCLA 

    Erick Fowler is a prospect who can play defensive end or outside linebacker on the college level.

    The No. 11 prospect from the state of Texas in 2016 recorded 75 tackles (17 for loss) and 12.5 sacks as a junior. 

    Colt Barber of Horns247 notes that his skill set is reminiscent of current Oklahoma star linebacker Eric Striker.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Fowler needs to add some weight, but what makes him a special prospect is his speed. In particular, his first step is lightning quick and helps him get around offensive tackles with ease on the prep level. His length is also a factor that allows him to disrupt pass plays and corral ball-carriers with equal effectiveness. The biggest question is whether or not colleges will want him to stand up as a linebacker, put his hand in the dirt or maybe even do both.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

92. 4-Star WR Dee Anderson

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 177 lbs

    High School: West Mesquite (Mesquite, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 16 wide receiver; No. 92 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Committed to LSU on Aug. 7, 2014

    The Tigers extended an offer to Dee Anderson during a team camp last July and locked him up to a commitment just two weeks later. His previous offers included Washington, UCLA and Tennessee, while Alabama presented a scholarship early last season.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Anderson is deceptively speedy (14/15) for his stature and routinely takes cornerbacks by surprise with his burst off the snap (18/20 release). He typically gains separation in the secondary, overmatching safety help with long strides along the sidelines and elite length.

    His wingspan and leaping abilities always give him a chance to come down with the football on high-placed tosses, helping him rack up 733 yards and 13 scores last season. Most of his big plays came on straight-line fly routes, so I'm curious how he reacts to college defensive schemes that require a more nuanced approach in efforts to find space.

    -Tyler Donohue 

91. 4-Star ILB Shaquille Quarterman

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 225 lbs

    High School: Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.)

    247 Ranking: No. 3 ILB/No. 91 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Committed to Miami

    Shaquille Quarterman has been a Miami commit since June 2014. He chose the Hurricanes after attending a Miami camp and now is among 13 commits in one of the nation's biggest 2016 classes. Most recently, Quarterman was in attendance for Miami's Junior Day on Jan. 25.

    Quarterman participated in several summer camps last year. In addition to Miami, he competed at Florida, Auburn and Georgia camps.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Quarterman is the type of linebacker who loves taking on athletes in north-south situations. He's a hard-hitting linebacker who is all about playing between the tackles. Quarterman may be more quick than fast, but he makes up for it with his physical nature.

    -Damon Sayles 

90. 4-Star RB Chase Lucas

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 166 lbs

    High School: Chandler (Chandler, Arizona)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 running back; No. 90 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    UncommittedOffers include Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Notre Dame.

    Considering his proximity, it's no surprise Chase Lucas has quickly developed as a highly pursued prospect in Pac-12 country. He collected multiple offers from conference members prior to his junior campaign, and his play has since warranted attention from beyond the region. Nebraska is the most recent team to extend an offer.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Lucas led national powerhouse Chandler last season while sharing the backfield with dual-threat quarterback and Arizona State signee Bryce Perkins. He gained 1,126 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, per MaxPreps, adding another 368 yards and three scores through the air.

    His receiving skills (15/15) separate him from most prospects on this list, evidenced by 64 catches since 2013. Lucas won't be the fastest guy wearing shorts at combine events, but put a uniform on him and he rumbles through defenses with authority.

    He's the kind of running back who will wear down an opponent by picking up pivotal chunks of yardage at a time, rather than racking them up in one exhilarating sprint. Impressive agility (14/15) is highlighted by a devastating stutter step Lucas loves to implement while weaving his way through traffic. 

    -Tyler Donohue 

89. 4-Star WR Javon McKinley

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 185 lbs

    High School: Centennial (Corona, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 15 wide receiver; No. 89 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include USC, Tennessee, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Washington

    The recruitment process rapidly picked up for Javon McKinley during the past year. He entered his junior campaign with Arizona State and Washington already on his list but added offers from Cal, Washington State and USC before Christmas. Notre Dame, Northwestern and Tennessee are among teams who offer opportunities beyond his home region.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    McKinley caught a career-high 91 passes for 1,906 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, per MaxPreps. He earned those gaudy statistics, attacking opponents with aggressive route-running technique (20/20) and breakaway speed (14/15).

    His physical frame is already formidable, and he uses it to grapple for positioning in traffic. McKinley is a major threat to take it the distance on any play—he also contributes as a kick returnerand racks up yards after receptions by bursting through initial tackle attempts.

    -Tyler Donohue 

88. 4-Star WR Jack Jones

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    Height/Weight: 5'9", 144 lbs

    High School: Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 14 wide receiver; No. 88 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Texas Tech, USC, UCLA, Washington and Oregon State

    Jack Jones hails from the same high school that produced recent key USC signees JuJu Smith and Iman Marshall, so the Trojans should certainly be considered a top contender. He recently attended a USC Junior Day, but a new offer from Oregon State adds to his expanding pile of Pac-12 options.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    His lack of ideal size stands out, but there's a lot to like about the way Jones plays receiver. He's a pest who keeps defensive backs guessing with tremendous footwork, surely in some part a by-product of working alongside and across from Marshall (top-rated 2015 cornerback) each day in practice.

    There's desirable precision to his route running (18/20), and elite speed (15/15) allows him to surge forward for large chunks of yards after the reception if he's hit in stride. Jones, who tallied a team-best 64 receptions last season per MaxPreps, feasts on quick-hit timing routes out of the slot, slicing up defenses via short slants and comeback routes.

    -Tyler Donohue 

87. 4-Star ATH Ahmir Mitchell

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    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 190 lbs

    High School: Cedar Creek High, Egg Harbor City, New Jersey

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 ATH, No. 87 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Considering Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Rutgers

    Ahmir Mitchell’s most recent offers came late last season, as Penn State, Virginia Tech, Michigan State and South Carolina pulled the trigger on the talented athlete from the Garden State.

    Mitchell has the size and athleticism to play receiver or defensive back at the next level.

    According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Mitchell’s preference is to play receiver in college, but he’s open to a move to defense.

    “Most colleges say receiver and they know more than I do,” Mitchell told Bartow. “I was kind of leaning towards receiver. My options aren’t set.”

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Mitchell is an impressive prospect with great agility for a receiver at his size. He’s tough to bring down in the open field, and he’s physical enough to go over the middle and make tough catches. He’s still raw and doesn’t run precise routes, but the tools are there for him to learn those techniques in college.

    Overall, he’s an intriguing talent who has the potential to develop into a stud pass-catcher because of his size and elusiveness in space.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

86. 4-Star CB Khalil Ladler

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    Height/Weight: 5'10", 168 lbs

    High School: Stephenson, Stone Mountain, Georgia

    247 Ranking: No. 7 CB/No. 86 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    With Khalil Ladler hailing from Georgia, the Bulldogs are hoping to keep the 4-star talent in the state. Ladler is nearing 20 offers, and he had a number on the table from SEC teams, including Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Tennessee.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Ladler is one of those players who is quick off the ball (18/20) and faster than expected when he has to show makeup speed against wide receivers. He makes it a priority to be the best cover corner on the field. What college coaches may like the most is that he has a high ceiling.

    -Damon Sayles 

85. 4-Star CB John Broussard

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 164 lbs

    High School: Central, Phenix City, Alabama

    247 Ranking: No. 6 CB/No. 85 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    John Broussard is a hot topic in the SEC, as LSU, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Georgia all have offered. The race for Broussard, however, may come down to the two in-state schools, Alabama and Auburn. Per 247Sports, Auburn has a slight edge over LSU in the Crystal Ball predictions, but there's plenty of time for Broussard to make a decision.

    While Auburn is trending in the Crystal Ball, Alabama would be considered the favorite if you're focusing on unofficial visits. Per 247Sports, Broussard has visited Alabama three times since September.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Broussard is one of those cornerbacks who can mirror the wide receiver lining up against him. That's a great trait to have as a defensive back. Broussard isn't the biggest cornerback, but he's got length, and he uses it to his advantage with pass breakups (36/40). Don't be fooled by his size; he likes to get physical with receivers as well.

    -Damon Sayles 

84. 4-Star ATH Trevon Diggs

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    Height/Weight: 6’0”, 180 lbs

    High School: The Avalon School, Rockville, Maryland

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 ATH, No. 84 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Considering Penn State, Florida and Maryland

    Recruiting fans will remember the name Stefon Diggs, who was a 5-star recruit in the 2012 class.

    Four years later, his little brother, Trevon Diggs, is another talented athlete who could line up at receiver or defensive back. However, as Jakob Engelke of InsideMDSports details, Trevon prefers to have the ball in his hands.

    Maryland is among the schools after Trevon, but schools such as Auburn, Florida and Florida State are among his most recent offers.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Like his brother, Diggs is a very smooth and fluid athlete. As a receiver, he always seems to make the first tackler miss in space. He’s got a great short-area quickness. He’s also got great ball skills. I really like him as a safety too, so it would be interesting to see which colleges prefer him on offense versus those who want him on the other side of the ball.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

83. 4-Star OG Richard Merritt

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 345 lbs

    High School: Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.)

    247 Ranking: No. 2 OG/No. 83 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Many coaches will tell you that you can't teach size—and Richard Merritt has lots of size. As the spring approaches, the 4-star offensive lineman is nearing 30 offers. Pittsburgh is the latest to offer, but Merritt, per 247Sports, has Clemson, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama and North Carolina high on his list. Oregon has yet to offer but is also a school to watch.

    Merritt, according to 247Sports, hasn't made many visits to campuses yet, but he did take an unofficial trip to Maryland in September. He also visited Penn State last April.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Merritt has a massive frame and will be beneficial as an interior lineman, particularly in short-yardage situations. He is an aggressive lineman who uses his lower-body strength to bully defenders in run-blocking (36/40). Merritt's college future most likely is at guard, but he has excelled as a high school tackle.

    -Damon Sayles 

82. 4-Star WR Steffon McKnight

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 160 lbs

    High School: Mira Mesa (San Diego, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 13 wide receiver; No. 82 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Arizona State, Washington, Cal, Boise State and UCLA

    Steffon McKnight has a high probability of finding his fit in the Pac-12, as several conference members expressed early interest and have worked to cultivate rapport. UCLA would seem to be the front-runner if he opts to stay close to home, but Washington is high on his list.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Regardless of coverage, McKnight routinely displays the ability to break into space from an explosive release (18/20). He is smooth downfield, dipping in and out of breaks without noticeable deceleration. 

    Once McKnight hits the open field, it becomes a footrace that he rarely loses. Top-end speed and agility (30/30) make him a major threat on end-around rush attempts, seam routes and kick returning.

    -Tyler Donohue

81. 4-Star OT Liam Eichenberg

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 290 lbs

    High School: St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)

    247 Ranking: No. 10 OT/No. 81 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    With more than a dozen offers, Liam Eichenberg's stock is growing more and more. Pittsburgh is the latest school to offer, per 247Sports, and he has offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State, Penn State and Tennessee, among other programs. He was at Ohio State's junior day in January.

    Ohio State and Notre Dame are Eichenberg's top two schools, according to Miles Joseph of Rivals. He has made unofficial visits to Ohio State, Notre Dame, Marshall and Michigan.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Eichenberg is one of those linemen who uses his size, tenacity and technique to his advantage. He is a big, physical athlete who plays through the whistle and likes to record pancake blocks. Eichenberg's a strong, blue-collar lineman who has good hands (23/25) and is versatile enough to play either tackle or guard.

    -Damon Sayles

80. 4-Star WR Courtney Lark

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 175 lbs

    High School: Bellaire (Bellaire, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 12; No. 80 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Committed to TCU on Jan. 31, 2015

    Courtney Lark further bolstered an impressive TCU class by committing during a Junior Day visit. He's one of the top offensive playmakers in the Lone Star State, and don't expect teams to back off. Lark attended camps at Baylor and Texas last summer.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Lark, who tallied 58 receptions for 1,138 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014, looks great off the snap (18/20 release) and is one of the more precise route-runners in this class (18/20). He doesn't possess a lot of wiggle in the hips, but his violent straight-line rushing style sets the stage for significant yards after catch.

    He ditches defenders with an excellent stutter-step move, but does his best work when utilizing a powerful upper body. Lark is aggressive in traffic and fights for the ball with strong hands (24/25), securing several passes that appeared "up for grabs" during his junior campaign.

    -Tyler Donohue 

79. 4-Star RB Miles Sanders

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    Height/Weight: 5'10", 195 lbs

    High School: Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 running back; No. 79 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Penn State on July 19, 2014

    Miles Sanders is the latest Pittsburgh product to strengthen a pipeline between the Steel City and Happy Valley. He became the first member of this Nittany Lions class last summer, supplying James Franklin with a foundational player for a class that now features three 4-star commitments.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Sanders had only 97 carries as a junior, but he made the most of those attempts on the way to 11.7 yards per carry and 18 touchdowns, per Chris Harlan of the Tribune-Review. His ability to extend plays is enhanced by elite agility (15/15), as he maneuvers laterally without significant deceleration.  

    Sanders, who also lines up at defensive back, shows a lot of grit in his rushing size despite a physical frame that isn't quite yet formidable. He does an excellent job operating off the edge, allowing his blockers to seal off gaps before bursting through with immediate velocity (19/20). 

    His length allows him to churn through feeble tackle attempts and also plays a role when he lines up at receiver. Sanders could be an explosive presence out of the slot and force defenses to sacrifice safety help.

    -Tyler Donohue 

78. 4-Star TE Jake Hausmann

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 235 lbs

    High School: Moeller High (Cincinnati, Ohio)    

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 TE, No. 78 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to Ohio State

    Jake Hausmann became the sixth commitment in Ohio State’s2016 class when he pledged to Urban Meyer and his staff in late January.

    According to Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts, Hausmann’s versatility as a pass-catcher and blocker made him an early priority for Meyer in the current cycle.

    Hausmann chose Ohio State over offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Hausmann has a big body and the speed and athleticism to get vertical in the passing game. He can also be flexed out as a receiver, which makes him very tough to defend, and he’s a very physical force as a blocker. That combination of traits could help make him an early contributor in his college career.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

77. 4-Star S Nigel Warrior

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 175 lbs

    High School: Westlake, Atlanta

    247 Ranking: No. 6 S/No. 77 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Nigel Warrior is nearing 20 offers, and according to 247Sports, four schools have an early lead. Georgia is the in-state team to keep an eye on, and Tennessee is a school to watch, but Ohio State and Michigan State are in the race as well.

    Warrior last picked up an offer from Florida State on Jan. 20. Per 247Sports, he took an unofficial visit to Ohio State and also camped at Tennessee over the summer.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Warrior is one of those defenders with a lean frame but a muscular build. He is a tackler-first defensive back, but he does a solid job of defending receivers and tight ends in passing situations. He is becoming more of a mentally sound defender, someone who makes plays instinctively without thought.

    -Damon Sayles 

76. 4-Star OLB Daelin Hayes

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 225 lbs

    High School: Skyline (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

    247 Ranking: No. 5 OLB/No. 76 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Committed to USC

    Daelin Hayes kick-started USC's 2016 class on July 26 by becoming the first pledge, two days after taking an unofficial visit. According to 247Sports, Hayes chose USC over offers from Notre Dame, Illinois and in-state programs Michigan and Michigan State.

    Hayes is inching closer to 20 offers, but it will be tough for a team to steer Hayes away from USC.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Hayes' athleticism makes him a good candidate to be either an outside linebacker or a safety. College coaches may even try to add weight to his frame and turn him into a defensive end. Hayes has the power and explosiveness to be successful wherever he lines up. He's a physical player who likes to make the big play.

    -Damon Sayles 

75. 4-Star S Brandon Burton

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 195 lbs

    High School: Junipero Serra (Gardena, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 safety; No. 75 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Stanford, UCLA, Florida State, USC and Notre Dame

    USC has a strong pipeline in place with Junipero Serra, featuring former standout receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, along with prized 2015 prospects Rasheem Green and John Houston. Despite his relationship with the Trojans, Brandon Burton expressed serious interest in Stanford and SEC possibilities during our most recent conversation.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    He did far more damage as a defensive back (39 tackles and two interceptions) than a receiver in a run-heavy attack last season, per MaxPreps. He has excellent burst off the line and has flashed quality hands (23/25) when afforded the opportunity in games and seven-on-seven action.

    Burton is already an outstanding blocker and has the physicality to compete at any receiver position. However, his skill set is better served a safety, where he can utilize that speed (14/15) in coverage and dish out hits.

    -Tyler Donohue 

74. 4-Star OT E.J. Price

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 307 lbs

    High School: Archer (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

    247 Ranking: No. 9 OT/No. 74 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    When it comes to E.J. Price, schools from coast to coast have offered scholarships. Price, according to 247Sports, has more than 30 schools that have offered, but per Paul Strelow of Rivals, Price has a top 10 of Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, Ohio State, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson and Vanderbilt.

    Price has attended Clemson's junior day on Jan. 31., and he will be at Vanderbilt's later in February, per 247Sports. He also has made unofficial visits to North Carolina, Penn State, Georgia and Auburn.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Price is a quick lineman who uses his length and athleticism to his advantage. Price's hands (23/25) make him one to watch, and he has a good first step off the snap. Speed is going to be Price's primary asset, but he is a project that any college coach will enjoy working with.

    -Damon Sayles 

73. 4-Star WR Trevon Sidney

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 160 lbs.

    High School: Bishop Amat (La Puente, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 11 wide receiver; No. 73 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and Miami

    Trevon Sidney is still waiting for an Oregon offer, which could ultimately be a game-changer. He's at the center of another USC-UCLA tussle, while Washington and Arizona aim to pry him away to other Pac-12 cities. 

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Sidney lines up alongside Tyler Vaughns (the No. 4 WR on this list) at Bishop Amat, forming one of the county's most dangerous receiving duos. He caught 38 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns in 2014, per MaxPreps, adding four interceptions at defensive back and averaging 31 yards per kick return.

    He exhibits elite hands (25/25) on both sides of the ball, plucking passes from all angles. His potential will depend on the development of physical attributes, as Sidney doesn't yet possess an elite quality in terms of power or speed, but there is tremendous raw athleticism in place that could lead him to stardom at receiver or defensive back.

    -Tyler Donohue 

72. 4-Star WR Eli Stove

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 178 lbs.

    High School: Niceville (Niceville, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 10 wide receiver; No. 72 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State, Florida and Clemson

    Florida State had an early upper hand among in-state options, but expect the new Gators regime to make Eli Stove a key priority throughout his recruitment process. Other SEC programs—highlighted by Auburn—are also already on the prowl.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Elite speed (15/15) is the starting point while assessing Stove, who secured several huge gains as a junior on plays that required him to receive the ball behind the line of scrimmage. He must be accounted for in the screen game because, when accompanied by a pack of blockers, he can turn that short completion into a momentum-shifting score.

    I'd like to see Stove secure the ball at a higher point more routinely rather than allowing it to approach his chest plate. Despite some unpolished tendencies as a pass-catcher, he still secured 54 catches for 719 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014.

    -Tyler Donohue 

71. 4-Star DT Boss Tagaloa

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 250 lbs

    High School: De La Salle (Concord, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 11 DT, No. 70 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Considering: UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State and California

    Boss Tagaloa is the latest major prospect to emerge from California powerhouse De La Salle. According to MaxPreps, he tallied 31 tackles and 6.5 sacks during his junior season. Tagaloa, who has exceeded double-digit offers, is rated the 10th-best prospect from the Golden State in the 2016 class.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Tagaloa is a bit on the light side at 250 pounds, but he plays with great pad level and athleticism. He could stand to add some weight, but his greatest assets are his strength and power. He has a nice swim move that complements his bull rush, which makes him an asset as a pass-rusher from the interior.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

70. 4-Star WR Collin Johnson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 200 lbs

    High School: Valley Christian (San Jose, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 wide receiver; No. 70 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Committed to Texas on April 17, 2014

    Collin Johnson is set to follow his older brother, 2015 Longhorns signee Kirk, to Austin. He spurned offers from USC, Cal, Arizona State and Michigan with an early commitment.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Johnson is precisely the kind of target Charlie Strong would love to load up his roster with, punishing opponents with elite length and perhaps the largest catch radius on this list. He brings defensive end dimensions to the offensive perimeter, and it paid off in the form of 49 catches for 921 yards and 10 touchdowns last fall, per MaxPreps.

    Quality route running (18/20) and ridiculous athleticism give his quarterback a safety net in any situation, particularly near the end zone. Johnson is also a willing downfield blocker (5/5), sizing up well against defensive backs as he clears lanes at the second level.

    -Tyler Donohue 

69. 4-Star ILB Brendan Ferns

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 223 lbs

    High School: St. Clairsville (St. Clairsville, Ohio)

    247 Ranking: No. 2 ILB/No. 69 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Linebackers are bred in the Ferns household, and Brendan Ferns is the next in line. He is continuing the path that his older brother, 2014 Michigan signee Michael, set. The question is this: Will Brendan follow his brother to Ann Arbor? Michigan has offered, as have Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Oklahoma and a host of other schools.

    Ferns took an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Jan. 25, according to 247Sports. He's also had multiple coaches come in to see him during the offseason.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Ferns is the kind of player who is versatile enough to line up at several positions. He can be an inside linebacker or outside linebacker, and if he chose to bulk up, he'd make for a reliable defensive end at the next level. Ferns is a savvy football player who likes playing sideline to sideline.

    -Damon Sayles 

68. 4-Star TE Kaden Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 235 lbs

    High School: Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 TE, No. 68 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Kaden Smith is coming off a junior season in which he hauled in 33 receptions for 511 yards.

    Alabama and Stanford—both of whom Smith visited multiple times in the last year—are among the programs standing out for the Texas product, according toShane Youngblood of BamaOnline. 

    Smith is rated as the No. 10 player from Texas in the 2016 class.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Smith shows off great hands and proper technique in using his enormous mitts to snatch the ball out of the air. He’s got decent speed, and his routes are fairly crisp. His blocking is solid but could be improved. He could benefit from adding a little bulk to make him a more effective blocker. However, he has the tools to be a nice pass-catching tight end at the next level.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

67. 4-Star DE Prince Sammons

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    Height/Weight: 6’8”, 280 lbs

    High School: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio) 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 SDE, No. 67 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100 

    Considering Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia

    Prince Sammons is the No. 4 prospect from the state of Ohio in the 2016 cycle.

    Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports notes that some colleges are telling the hulking defensive end he has the size and athleticism to play offensive tackle.

    Wiltfong notes that Sammons is originally a native of Nigeria who moved to the U.S. back in 2012.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    When it comes to athletic ceilings in the 2016 cycle, Sammons may be at the top of the list. He’s still raw, but it’s hard to deny his physical skill set. His body type and quick feet make him an intriguing prospect at offensive tackle. As a defensive end, Sammons bullies blockers with his strength and has a quick first step off the ball. He can play high at times, and his technique is nowhere near where it needs to be, but his potential on either side of the ball is simply tantalizing.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

66. 4-Star WR Stephen Sullivan

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 222 lbs.

    High School: Donaldsonville (Donaldsonville, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 wide receiver; No. 66 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Committed to LSU on Feb. 15, 2014

    Louisiana seems to annually produce top-tier receiving talent, and Les Miles continues to secure their commitments. Stephen Sullivan pledged as a sophomore, though he continues to explore other opportunities. He spent time at Auburn last season, when he welcomed offers from Mississippi State and Clemson.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Sullivan burst onto the national recruiting scene early, securing 69 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman, per MaxPreps. His overwhelming physical frame stands out before you press play on the tape, and it should be frightening for opponents to consider the Tigers also hold a 2016 commitment from fellow 6'6" pass target Jamal Pettigrew, who is listed as a 4-star tight end.

    Aide from size, Sullivan displays solid hands (24/25) and quality route running (17/20) for an athlete still developing coordination. He doesn't have an easy time releasing against tight coverage, but it's less of an issue given his consistent height advantage.

     -Tyler Donohue 

65. 4-Star QB Dwayne Haskins

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    Height/Weight: 6'2"/185 lbs

    High School: The Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 pro-style quarterback; No. 65 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers, UCLA, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

    Dwayne Haskins is approaching 40 scholarship offers, presenting a serious competition for regional programs like Maryland, Penn State and Rutgers that have made significant early strides with him. His most recent opportunities have come from the SEC, with new offers from Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    This prospect already has an incredible handle on anticipating where a play is headed. Haskins is a quick-trigger decision maker who identifies options in the open field and delivers strikes (25/25 score for accuracy).

    His consistent precision from inside the pocket or beyond is a direct result of squared shoulders and sustained footwork mechanics (9/10 pocket presence). He moves around well when pressure arrives and manages to direct traffic downfield while scrambling.

    Haskins, who threw for 3,066 yards and 36 touchdowns in his past 20 games, per MaxPreps, warrants 5-star consideration entering the spring camp circuit.

    -Tyler Donohue 

64. 4-Star S Shurod Thompson

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 185 lbs

    High School: Pittsburg Senior/Pittsburg, California

    247 Ranking: No. 4 S/No. 64 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Being a high-profile West Coast recruit means you're a potential target for the Pac-12, and Shurod Thompson has his share of Pac-12 offers. USC, UCLA, Arizona State and California have all offered, and Oregon is showing interest. He also has Arizona, Oregon State and Washington State offers.

    Thompson took in the USC junior day on Jan. 31. He has made unofficial trips to Cal and Arizona State as well.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Thompson has the look and the mentality of the prototypical strong safety. He's big, strong and physical, and he plays with a mean streak. Thompson loves to make the big hit, but he also has good vision and reads quarterbacks well. His aggression coupled with his athleticism makes him a problem for opposing teams.

    -Damon Sayles 

63. 4-Star RB George Hill

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 182 lbs

    High School: Hubbard (Hubbard, Ohio)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 running back; No. 63 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to Ohio State on June 14, 2014

    The Buckeyes landed a commitment from George Hill following several spring visits to campus. He returned to Columbus for summer camp as an Ohio State pledge and spent time soaking in the game-day atmosphere last season. His offer sheet also features Kentucky, Michigan State and West Virginia.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Hill spent the past two seasons serving as the primary sidekick to backfield "bell cow" Larry Scott, who rushed for 4,686 yards and 62 scores as an upperclassman before signing with Michigan State. He still managed to establish a name for himself during that stretch, gaining 2,281 yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground, per MaxPreps

    Hill maintains excellent lean as he accelerates downfield with elite speed (20/20). He's a burner who will challenge even the most fundamental defenders as they aim to line up angles in the open field.

    His role in Hubbard's run-heavy attack often required him to begin plays in motion, challenging opponents to shift and react pre-snap. Hill has proved he can create scintillating plays running off-tackle, and the next step in his progression will be improving power (15/20) in order to handle a larger number of interior rushing duties.

    Based on Ohio State's projected 2016 backfield situation, Hill's quickest path to playing time may come at wide receiver. His skill set suggests it's a spot where he could flourish with some polish.

    -Tyler Donohue 

62. 4-Star WR Mykel Jones

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 180 lbs.

    High School: Patterson (Patterson, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 wide receiver; No. 62 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include LSU, Alabama, USC, Florida State and Texas

    Mykel Jones is another candidate to land at LSU, though Alabama will attempt to bring him across state borders as it did with 2015 wide receiver signee Daylon Charlot. Jones also carries West Coast interest from USC and UCLA.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jones flashed plenty of versatility during his past two seasons, racking up 108 receptions for 1,764 yards and 20 touchdowns and 557 rushing yards. He isn't extremely explosive off the snap, but his agility (15/15) allows him to deceive defenders and gain consistent release (19/20). 

    His physical measurements don't pop, but there's a high level of athleticism and strength in that frame. Jones managed to make some awfully acrobatic receptions seem effortless during his junior season and can fight through contact.

     -Tyler Donohue 

61. 4-Star DE Rahshaun Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 225 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 WDE, No. 61 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Oklahoma and Penn State 

    Rahshaun Smith is one of a handful of top players nationally who have transferred schools in the offseason.

    Smith has relocated to IMG Academy in Florida after spending his first three prep seasons in his native Maryland. His first two years were at Calvert Hall High School while he spent his junior season at St. Frances Academy.

    Smith checks in as the nation’s No. 5 weak-side defensive end in the 2016 class.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Smith is a lanky edge-rusher who can also play outside linebacker. He could still add some weight, but he uses his reach and quickness to disrupt run plays. He does a good job of shedding blocks and getting his hands up to take away passing lanes. Overall, he’s a solid prospect with room to grow into a stout edge-rusher.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

60. 4-Star DE Shane Simmons

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    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 221 lbs 

    High School: DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Maryland)   

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 SDE, No. 60 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100 

    Committed to Penn State on July 30, 2014

    Shane Simmons rates as Maryland’s top prospect in the 2016 cycle.

    He committed to Penn State over offers from Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State and Maryland, among others. 

    At the Elite 50 Underclassmen Camp in Orlando in January, Simmons separated himself as one of the top talents in the 2016 cycle with a dominant performance, per 247Sports.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Simmons is extremely quick off the ball. He does a great job of shooting gaps with his quickness. His length is also a plus in helping him make tackles in the run game and helping him shed blocks and clog passing lanes on passing plays. He’s athletic enough to play some outside linebacker, but he’s physical enough to stay at end in the long term if he can add some weight.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

59. 4-Star ILB Lokeni Toailoa

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 212 lbs

    High School: Wilmer Amina Carter (Rialto, Calif.)

    247 Ranking: No. 1 ILB/No. 59 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Lokeni Toailoa is getting close to 20 offers, and he'll surpass 20 if he can score offers from two schools he's interested in. Toailoa told Adam Gorney of that he'd like to get offers from Oregon and Utah. Toailoa currently has offers from coast to coast, including USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Miami and Stanford.

    Toailoa is looking to turn up his recruiting process this spring. He has made unofficial visits to USC and UCLA last year, and he also had coaches from Oregon come to see him in January.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Toailoa is a high-energy athlete who has a good nose for the football. He nearly recorded triple digits in tackles because of his ability to make plays in running and short-yard passing situations. Toailoa is a player who is technically sound and uses his instincts well to make a play.

    -Damon Sayles 

58. 4-Star DT Antwuan Jackson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2.5", 285 lbs

    High School: Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 10 DT, No. 56 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Considering: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina

    Antwuan Jackson is part of a stacked group of defensive tackles in the 2016 class who hail from the state of Georgia. According to MaxPreps, Jackson tallied 41 tackles as a junior, including 15 for loss, and five sacks.

    Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon and Wisconsin are a few of the teams outside of the SEC and the ACC programs that have already made offers to Jackson.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jackson flashes great power at the point of attack. He uses his hands well to get off of blocks and penetrate into the backfield. He also has a quick first step he can use to shoot gaps at times.

    Jackson can play some snaps at defensive end, which is a bonus; however, he needs to work on being more consistent with his pad level and taking the next step in becoming a more dominant force up-front.

     -Sanjay Kirpalani 

57. 4-Star DT Benito Jones

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 260 lbs

    High School: Wayne County (Waynesboro, Mississippi)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 DT, No. 57 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Committed to Ole Miss on Aug. 17, 2014

    Benito Jones rates as the second-best prospect from the state of Mississippi in the 2016 cycle. He became the first pledge in Alabama's 2016 class when committed to the Tide in July; however, he flipped to Ole Miss one month later. 

    Jones selected the Rebels over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and Mississippi State, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Speed is the name of the game with Jones. He excels at getting off the snap and into the backfield before his opponent knows what hit him. He needs to gain weight and add strength to his frame.

    Overall, Jones has a nice skill set, and he has a chance to evolve into a force at defensive tackle.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

56. 4-Star OT Jauan Williams

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    Height/Weight: 6'7", 283 lbs

    High School: Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.)

    247 Ranking: No. 8 OT/No. 56 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    The recruiting process is wide open for Jauan Williams, who is nearing 30 offers as we inch closer to the spring. Williams has Maryland, Florida, Ohio State and Penn State high on his list, according to 247Sports, and he has made unofficial visits to Ohio State, Maryland and Penn State.

    If Williams is looking to attend school far from home, he has his options. Clemson, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida State, UCLA and Arkansas all have offered.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Williams has tons of length, which serves as an advantage against defensive linemen. Williams has bulked up in recent months, and he can add more weight to his frame without it slowing him down. He's an athlete with lateral quickness (22/25), and he's someone who plays every down with a chip on his shoulder.

    -Damon Sayles 

55. 4-Star ATH Marquez Callaway

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    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 170 lbs

    High School: Warner Robins High, Warner Robins, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 ATH, No. 55 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Considering Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Michigan State

    Last May, Marquez Callaway picked up his first two offers from SEC heavyweights Georgia and Alabama, according to Kipp Adams of 247Sports

    As Adams notes, he’s an all-around athlete who stars on the hardwood in addition to playing both ways on the gridiron. 

    Michigan State, Notre Dame and South Carolina make up his most recent offers.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Callaway’s receiving background is evident in how he attacks the ball in the air when he’s playing defense. He will also come up and deliver a blow as a hitter. He’s got great range, and his length makes it tough for receivers to separate from him. He has intriguing potential as a receiver, but corner seems to be where his ceiling is highest in the long term.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

54. 4-Star OG John Raridon

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 260 lbs

    High School: Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa)

    247 Ranking: No. 1 OG/No. 54 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Nebraska

    John Raridon, per 247Sports, not only is the No. 1 player from the state of Iowa but also the No. 1 offensive guard in the country. Iowa and Iowa State were hoping to keep Raridon in the state, but Nebraska was able to score his commitment in September. Raridon is the cornerstone to what should be a solid Nebraska offensive line class.

    Raridon is a strong Nebraska pledge, but he also has offers from Oklahoma and Illinois, along with Iowa and Iowa State. It'll be tough for anyone to sway Raridon from Nebraska, as he has made several unofficial visits to Lincoln since his sophomore year.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    There's a level of toughness that makes Raridon one to watch. He isn't the biggest lineman, but he's fearless against defensive linemen bigger and smaller. He is technically savvy enough to line up either as an interior lineman or play tackle. Raridon plays bigger than his size, and he likes to be a run-blocking bully in the trenches (38/40).

    -Damon Sayles 

53. 4-Star DE Chauncey Manac

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    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 220 lbs 

    High School: Clinch County High (Homerville, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 WDE, No. 53 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100 

    Committed to Georgia on Sept. 27, 2014

    Chauncey Manac’s commitment to Georgia may not have resonated nationally in the same manner as the pledges of fellow 2016 UGA commitments Jacob Eason and Ben Cleveland—a pair of 5-star prospects—did two months earlier.

    However, the nation’s fourth-best weak-side defensive end prospect has the potential to add a pass-rushing dimension to the Dawgs defense that has been missing since Jarvis Jones departed Athens for the NFL.

    Manac chose the Bulldogs over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Florida State, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Manac plays bigger than his listed size of 220 pounds. He aggressively attacks the line of scrimmage, and his length and speed make it hard for offensive linemen to keep him from entering the backfield and creating havoc. He’s also a good tackler in open space, and he has great quickness when he’s pursuing plays laterally. He’s another player who could play outside linebacker if he can show that he can be effective in pass coverage.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

52. 4-Star DE Josh King

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    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 250 lbs

    High School: Hinsdale South High (Darien, Illinois) 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 SDE, No. 52 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Considering Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan 

    Josh King is the top 2016 prospect to emerge from the metro Chicago area.

    He’s one of the few juniors who have already been invited to the U.S. Army All-American-Bowl, per Wiltfong.

    King has a host of Big Ten schools and Notre Dame among the programs vigorously pursuing him.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    King’s athleticism is highlighted by the fact that he has taken snaps at tight end in his prep career. As a defensive end, his long arms are troublesome for offensive linemen and help him close off passing lanes for quarterbacks. He’s still raw, and he needs to get stronger at the point of attack. However, he has a frame that could stand to add weight, and his long-term potential at the position is high.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

51. 4-Star RB Demario McCall

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 180 lbs

    High School: North Ridgeville (North Ridgeville, Ohio)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 running back; No. 51 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    UncommittedOffers include Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan State, Pitt and Notre Dame.

    Ohio State offered Demario McCall a scholarship, but the Buckeyes already hold commitments from two other members of this list. Players come and go in classes during the course of a recruiting cycle, but at the moment, a crowded situation in Columbus could deter him. Tennessee and Notre Dame have both offered since the start of his junior season.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    McCall is one of the most impressive all-around athletes on offense in this recruiting class, displaying acrobatic athleticism, top-end speed (19/20) and shiftiness (15/15). He maintains superb ball security (15/15) while fighting through trenches and takes advantage of gaps by bursting toward space. 

    His abilities on special teams should prove immediately helpful for whichever college program ultimately lands him. Aside from backfield duties, he starred as a kick returner and defensive back—intercepting four passesin 2014.

    McCall erupted for 2,842 all-purpose yards and 38 scores as a junior, according to Bill Kurelic of 247Sports. He flashed above-average hands with 14 receptions, setting the stage for him to exploit defenses on short pass targets that allow for improvisation in the intermediate defensive level.

    -Tyler Donohue 

50. 4-Star DE Damion Dickens

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    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 225 lbs

    High School: Holmes County High (Lexington, Mississippi) 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 WDE, No. 50 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Considering Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Southern Miss

    Damion Dickens is a player who has the chance to emerge on the national scene in the spring, according to Barton Simmons of 247Sports.

    Simmons notes that Dickens is still a raw talent, but his explosiveness should help his offer list swell sooner than later.

    Mississippi State is the early favorite for the Magnolia State's No. 2 prospect in the 2016 cycle.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Of the pass rushers in this class, Dickens may possess the quickest first step off the ball. He's also got great length and uses his hands well to get off blocks. He's at his best when he's pinning his ears back and getting after the quarterback, but he could stand to add some bulk to his frame in order to be a physical presence against the run in college. With that said, he's a dynamic edge rusher who can a be a disruptive force at the next level.

49. 4-Star QB Jawon Pass

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    Height/Weight: 6'5, 213 lbs

    High School: Carver (Columbus, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 dual-threat quarterback; No. 49 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Louisville, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Auburn, Ole Miss and Alabama

    Jawon Pass announced a top three of UNC, Alabama and Louisville last season, per Ryan Bartow of 247Sports. His older brother, Khane, signed with the Cardinals as a 2015 defensive back, but SEC squads are already clamoring for this Peach State product.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    While studying Pass' place among recent Georgia quarterback standouts, former Westlake High School standout Cam Newton may be the only prospect who commanded more respect as an all-around athlete. Nicknamed "Puma," he attacks opponents with true dual-threat talent that is enhanced by elite length and a hard-nosed rushing style (17/20 mobility).

    He warrants long looks from every program in the nation, due in large part to his potential at multiple positions. Pass, who broke out with 2,500 total yards and 34 scores as a sophomore, must still develop his unpolished passing technique that limits his range behind center (7/10 pocket presence).

    Pass made strides as a junior but must continue further down that path of progression to be considered a consensus top-five quarterback. 

    -Tyler Donohue 

48. 4-Star WR Dylan Crawford

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 175 lbs.

    High School: Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 wide receiver; No. 48 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Arizona State, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA

    Dylan Crawford secured scholarships from several programs based on sophomore film, adding Oklahoma, Arizona and Notre Dame during the course of his junior season. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh visited him in person in January.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Crawford accounted for 44 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior at St. Francis, per Aram Tolegian of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. However, he is set to wrap up his high school career at Santa Margarita Catholic with coveted 2016 quarterback recruit K.J. Costello.

    They could form the top passing duo on the West Coast with some cohesion. Crawford, who does the dirty work as a blocker (5/5), shines downfield with double-moves that show off his agility (15/15) and reliable hands (23/25).

     -Tyler Donohue 

47. 4-Star DT Kendell Jones

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    Height/Weight: 6'4.5", 315 lbs

    High School: Shoemaker (Killeen, Texas)       

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 DT, No. 47 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100 

    Considering: Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M

    Kendell Jones attended camps last summer at Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas. Over the last two seasons, he has racked up combined totals of 53 tackles and 18 tackles for loss. Jones rates as the eighth-best prospect from the state of Texas in the 2016 cycle.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Jones is a raw talent at this stage of his career. He needs to work on keeping his pad level low off the snap. He also shows the tendency to sidestep blocks instead of pushing his man into the backfield with his power.

    That said, Jones has great size and strength. He just needs to continue to work on honing his craft and becoming more consistent in using his hands to get off blocks.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

46. 4-Star CB Trayvon Mullen

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 175 lbs

    High School: Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Florida

    247 Ranking: No. 5 CB/No. 46 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Trayvon Mullen has more than 30 offers, and his recruiting process is wide open. In-state schools Miami, Florida and Florida State may be the teams in the hunt early, but Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and a host of other programs are very much alive.

    Ole Miss is the latest school to offer Mullen, according to 247Sports. Since October, he has visited Miami twice (once on a junior day), Florida State once and LSU once.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Mullen is one of those players who can go from great to elite at any given time. He has sprinter's speed (20/20), which allows him to shine as a cover cornerback. If a coach is looking to play a more athletic secondary, Mullen could line up at safety effectively. His quickness and overall length make him an intriguing prospect.

    -Damon Sayles 

45. 4-Star OT Michal Menet

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 250 lbs

    High School: Exeter (Reading, Pa.)

    247 Ranking: No. 7 OT/No. 45 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    The race for Michael Menet seems to be an early battle of the in-state favorite versus the defending national champion. Penn State and Ohio State are recruiting the 4-star offensive lineman well, but Menet also is interested in offers from Michigan State and Duke. Menet currently has more than 20 offers combined.

    Menet, according to 247Sports, has made reported unofficial visits to Penn State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Michigan State since his sophomore year. Both Penn State and Ohio State have received multiple visits.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    For a lineman with a relatively lean frame, Menet is a strong athlete (14/15) who wins a lot of battles against larger defenders because of his technique. Menet's athleticism makes him a strong candidate to play effectively anywhere on the offensive line. He has solid lateral footwork (23/25) and keeps his defenders in front of him.

    -Damon Sayles

44. 4-Star WR Devin Duvernay

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 185 lbs

    High School: Sachse (Sachse, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 wide receiver; No. 44 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Baylor and Auburn

    Devin Duvernay quickly developed into a top in-state recruiting target, landing offers from Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor and TCU before the end of his sophomore year. His offer sheet now spans several conferences, from the SEC (Alabama and Auburn) to the Pac-12 (UCLA and Oregon).

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    He operates almost exclusively out of the slot, though you'll occasionally find him lined up alongside the quarterback or taking snaps himself in a Wildcat setting. Duvernay is a dangerous weapon who brings breakaway quickness (15/15) and a strong dose of physicality to the position.

    His ability to exploit gaps within the defense shows a strong feel for the game, as does precise route-running technique (19/20). Whether he's slipping away off a screen pass or shooting up the seem, Duvernay is a powerful runner with great potential for physical development.

     -Tyler Donohue 

43. 4-Star DE Janarius Robinson

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 232 lbs 

    High School: Bay High (Panama City, Florida)  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 WDE, No. 43 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Committed to Florida State on Sept. 21, 2014

    Janarius Robinson became one of the earliest pledges in Florida State’s class when he committed last September.

    The in-state pass-rusher committed to the Noles over offers from Clemson and Miami, among others. 

    However, he has since unofficially taken visits to Alabama and Miami, which are two of the schools still in contention to flip the talented defensive end.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robinson has a quick first step that helps him get around the edge when he’s rushing the passer. He has good strength at the point of attack, and he’s adept at making plays in pursuit. He needs to add more power to his game and be a little more physical in setting the edge in the run game. If he can add some size, the traits in his game translate well to the college level.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

42. 4-Star ATH Scott Bracey

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    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 195 lbs

    High School: Benedictine High, Richmond, Virginia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 ATH, No. 42 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Duke on July 25, 2014

    Scott Bracey had offers from powers such as Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State before he committed to Duke last summer. 

    He was the prep teammate of current Clemson signee and 4-star defensive end Clelin Ferrell.

    As noted by Adam Rowe of BlueDevilLair, Bracey wasn’t settled on the position he will play at the next level at the time of his pledge to the Blue Devils.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Bracey’s most likely fit at the next level is at receiver. He’s a big-bodied target who can make tough catches in traffic. He’s tough to defend because of the physicality he brings to the position, often overpowering smaller and lighter corners. He also catches the ball with his hands and shows the leaping ability to make him a dangerous threat in the red zone.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

41. 4-Star QB KJ Costello

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    Height/Weight: 6'4"/213 lbs

    High School: Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 pro-style quarterback; No. 41 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Stanford, USC, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona and Michigan.

    Things heated up for K.J. Costello following his sophomore season at the perennial Southern California title contender. Offers arrived at rapid pace last spring and continue to pile up. Texas A&M extended a scholarship in late January, though Pac-12 rivals USC and Stanford are considered early favorites.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Costello's role within the Eagles offense greatly expanded in 2014, when his pass attempts nearly doubled. He handled the challenge well, completing 60 percent of throws for 3,123 yards and 23 touchdowns in 11 games, per MaxPreps.

    He already possesses prototypical size for a quarterback and may throw the best deep ball you'll find on the West Coast during this recruiting cycle (20/20 arm strength). Costello consistently leads receivers toward the end zone on downfield routes and shows enough touch to burn defensive backs over their helmets.

    Costello can't make many defenders miss as a runner, but he shows a good feel for how to handle himself in the backfield and steps up in the pocket as pressure swells. I'd like to see him step into throws with more aggressiveness, ultimately enhancing his velocity. 

    -Tyler Donohue 

40. 4-Star QB Feleipe Franks

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    Height/Weight: 6'5"/220 lbs

    High School: Wakulla (Crawfordville, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 dual-threat quarterback; No. 40 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Committed to LSU on June 1, 2014.

    Tigers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron claimed his top target on the 2016 quarterback market less than two months after Feleipe Franks spent an unofficial visit at LSU. In the process, he spurned offers from a long list of SEC rivals that features Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Franks predominantly operates out of a three-step drop, finding targets on quick-hitters that don't require significant survey of the field. However, he does display the ability to air things out when extending his range downfield, developing rapport with receivers on well-timed patterns (19/20 accuracy).

    He isn't the most dynamic rusher in this class—though only a foolish defensive coordinator would discount the threat of his legs—but possesses a high-end blend of mobility and passing technique (9/10 pocket presence).

    Many of this class' dual-threat quarterbacks can dash down the field but still don't understand how to consistently deliver darts. Franks, who tallied 2,674 total yards and 31 touchdowns in 2014, per MaxPreps, keeps opponents honest as a runner and maintains impressive fundamentals in the pocket.

    -Tyler Donohue 

39. 4-Star CB Kristian Fulton

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 165 lbs

    High School: Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, Louisiana

    247 Ranking: No. 4 CB/No. 39 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Kristian Fulton has more than a dozen offers, but LSU appears to be the early front-runner as the team to beat. With Fulton being a Louisiana athlete, unofficial visits to LSU have been easy. However, he also has made unofficial visits to Texas A&M, Florida State, Central Florida and—most recently—Mississippi State since the end of May.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Fulton has good instincts, which allows him to jump routes and make game-changing plays. He's not the biggest cornerback, but he plays larger than his size. He has good feet and does a solid job in one-on-one coverage. Fulton may be more quick than fast (18/20), but it works for him, particularly in zone coverage (36/40).

    -Damon Sayles 

38. 4-Star WR Sam Bruce

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    Height/Weight: 5'8", 160 lbs.

    High School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 wide receiver; No. 38 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Miami on July 8, 2014

    Sam Bruce pledged to the Hurricanes last summer, but this recruitment feels as through it's meant to stretch deep into the cycle. High school teammate Jordan Scarlett flipped from Miami to Florida days before national signing day 2015, and Bruce has both the Gators and Florida State in hot pursuit.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    The nephew of former St. Louis Rams receiving great Isaac Bruce has 65 catches for 1,099 yards and 16 touchdowns since 2013. Defenders be warned: He's a much better blocker (5/5) than his size would indicate.

    That facet of his game is just a piece of the fabric that makes him such a compelling prospect, one who plays the game full throttle and adds juice to the offensive attack. He runs through tackles, finishing head-first with excellent velocity (14/15), and occasionally flashes a vicious stiff-arm. Bruce is the kind of player who motivates teammates to work harder, and he's one heck of a threat in the special teams return game.

     -Tyler Donohue 

37. 4-Star WR Tyler Vaughns

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 175 lbs

    High School: Bishop Amat (La Puente, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 wide receiver; No. 37 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include Notre Dame, USC, Washington, UCLA and Texas Tech

    Tyler Vaughns added offers from Oklahoma and Notre Dame during his junior season, piling on a collection predominantly filled with Pac-12 opportunities. USC offered last spring and welcomed him to campus for a summer camp.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Vaughns and fellow 4-star receiver Trevon Sidney both wreak havoc on opponents, but he collects the bulk of production. His junior campaign included 83 catches for 1,183 yards and 12 touchdowns, per MaxPreps, adding four interceptions as a defensive back.

    A massive catch radius makes tough receptions possible even when he appears to be perfectly covered, and Vaughns' hands (25/25) might just be the best in this class. He isn't a burner (13/15 speed) and must refine his route-running technique, but Vaughns surges downfield with strong strides and contends for every reception opportunity with full exertion.

     -Tyler Donohue 

36. 4-Star ATH Demetris Robertson

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    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 165 lbs

    High School: Savannah Christian Prep, Savannah, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 ATH, No. 36 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Alabama on July 15, 2014

    Demetris Robertson is an explosive talent who committed to Alabama in July.

    However, Florida State and Georgia lead the pack of schools who are still pursuing the speedy Peach State product heavily. 

    Robertson rates as the fourth-best prospect from the state of Georgia in the 2016 cycle.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robertson is a dynamic playmaker in the open field. He’s shifty in space and handles contact better than most skill players his size normally do. As a receiver, most of his work comes on short passes that he turns into big plays. That means he will have to adjust his game and improve as a route-runner. However, given his potential as a deep threat and his impact as a returner on special teams, Robertson is one of the more talented receiving options in the 2016 class.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

35. 4-Star TE Isaac Nauta

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 240 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 TE, No. 35 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Florida State

    Isaac Nauta is another high-profile transfer who will line up to play for Florida prep powerhouse IMG Academy.

    Fans of Florida State, to which he committed in December, will likely get a glimpse of the future when Nauta catches passes from 2016 5-star quarterback pledgeMalik Henry this fall. 

    Nauta chose the Seminoles over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Nauta is the total package at tight end. He’s a physical force as a blocker, and his hands and route-running are on par with some of the elite receivers in the 2016 class. As good as he is at tight end, he’s a college-caliber talent at defensive end as well. Given the success FSU had with Nick O’Leary, Nauta figures to be his eventual replacement in Tallahassee.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

34. 4-Star DT Rashard Lawrence

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 300 lbs

    High School: Neville (Monroe, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 DT, No. 34 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Considering: Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Washington

    Rashard Lawrence's most recent two offers came from Auburn and Florida State. His last visit was to Alabama in November for the Tide's win over Mississippi State. Lawrence rates as the fifth-best prospect from the state of Louisiana in the 2016 class.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Lawrence has great agility for a 300-pounder. He shows good instincts in diagnosing plays, and he can beat linemen with power or quickness. Plus, he's a sound tackler when he gets his hands on the ball-carrier. He's the type of player who can command double-teams at the next level if he keeps improving.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

33. 5-Star DT Ed Oliver

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 285 lbs

    High School: Westfield (Houston, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 DT, No. 33 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Considering: Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and TCU

    Ed Oliver is the younger brother of current University of Houston offensive lineman Marcus Oliver. The younger Oliver has become one of the Lone Star State's top 2016 prospects after recording 84 tackles and seven sacks last year as a junior.

    His teammate at Westfield, 4-star receiver and current Texas A&M commitment Tyrie Cleveland, is one of the top pass-catchers in the 2016 class. 

    According to Sonny Shipp of Geaux247, LSU is the team to beat for the nation's sixth-best defensive tackle prospect.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Oliver's quickness jumps out on film. He's a polished athlete who moves very well for his size. His lethal first step helps him shoot gaps, but he also has the strength to bull rush and use his power to create havoc in the backfield.

    He does a good job of stripping ball-carriers as well. Because of how athletic he is, he's still only scratching the surface of the player he's capable of becoming.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

32. 5-Star CB Shyheim Carter

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 185 lbs

    High School: Kentwood HS, Kentwood, Louisiana

    247 Ranking: No. 3 CB/No. 32 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Committed to Alabama

    Alabama has been a magnet for 5-star talent, and the Crimson Tide added to the resume in landing Shyheim Carter. Although Carter is an Alabama commit, he is keeping his recruiting ajar, and a school such as LSU should be one to watch. Per 247Sports, he has been on four Alabama unofficial visits since July, but he's also made two trips to LSU and a third for a summer camp.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Carter's strongest assets on the football field are his versatility and athleticism, which makes him effective on both sides of the ball. He can score touchdowns as a receiver or running back, but it's his ball-hawking skills (19/20) that make him a prime candidate to be an SEC cornerback.

    -Damon Sayles 

31. 5-Star S Deontay Anderson

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 192 lbs

    High School: Manvel HS, Manvel, Texas

    247 Ranking: No. 3 S/No. 31 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Deontay Anderson has more than 30 offers, the latest coming from Texas Tech. Anderson is wanted from coast to coast, but according to 247Sports, LSU and Texas A&M are the two schools catching his eye early. Alabama, Texas and USC are three other schools in the hunt for Anderson.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Anderson is a player who appears to go all-out every play. He is athletic in passing situations and physical during run plays. He's a big-bodied safety who frustrates receivers with his ability to cover a receiver no matter how big or small he is (37/40). Anderson loves to deliver the big hit, but look for him to improve as a more well-rounded defensive back, particularly with one-on-one coverage skills.

    -Damon Sayles 

30. 5-Star OT Ben Bredeson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 270 lbs

    High School: Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.)

    247 Ranking: No. 6 OT/No. 30 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Ben Bredeson is in the heart of Big Ten country, and he has a few Big Ten schools high on his early list. He also has more than a dozen offers to consider already. Bredeson has Wisconsin high, according to 247Sports, but Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa also are in the mix.

    Notre Dame is another school of interest for Bredeson, as he took an unofficial visit there in September. Bredeson has made reported unofficial visits to Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Bredeson is a versatile lineman who is strong (14/15), agile and athletic enough to play tackle or guard. He has good quickness for a guy his size, and he plays with a mean streak. Bredeson likes being physical off the snap, and he will only improve overall, as he has a high ceiling.

    -Damon Sayles 

29. 5-Star Tommy Kraemer

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 305 lbs

    High School: Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio)

    247 Ranking: No. 5 OT/No. 29 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Notre Dame

    The top-ranked player in Ohio, Tommy Kraemer ended his recruiting process in October with a commitment to coach Brian Kelly and Notre Dame. Kraemer is the first pledge for the Irish, and he is a huge get in a recruiting battle that also included Northwestern, Boston College, Duke and in-state school Ohio State.

    Kraemer was at Notre Dame for the school's junior day at the end of January. He committed to the Irish during an unofficial visit back on Oct. 4.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    College coaches are high on Kraemer because of his upside. He has good length and uses his hands well in pass protection (23/25). Kraemer is one of those linemen who plays after the whistle, which college coaches love to see. He will get better, technically, as he continues to progress.

    -Damon Sayles

28. 5-Star OT Willie Allen

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    Height/Weight: 6'8", 300 lbs

    High School: John Curtis (New Orleans, La.)

    247 Ranking: No. 4 OT/No. 28 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Willie Allen has several intriguing offers early in his recruiting process. As he inches closer to 20 offers, Allen has so far received them from LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida and, most recently Florida State. Kentucky could be a sleeper choice, as he recently was on campus for an unofficial visit, per 247Sports.

    Allen has visited LSU several times, and with New Orleans a little more than an hour away, will proximity play a key role in Allen's recruiting? Look for Allen to have an interesting spring.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    A long, tall lineman, Allen impresses with his first step off the ball and his lateral movement (24/25) in passing situations. He has good strength (24/25), and he is athletic and coachable. In fact, the idea of him being coachable may be what springboards him to all-conference status early.

    -Damon Sayles 

27. 5-Star OT Ben Cleveland

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    Height/Weight: 6'7", 322 lbs

    High School: Stephens County (Toccoa, Ga.)

    247 Ranking: No. 3 OT/No. 27 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Georgia

    Ben Cleveland committed to Georgia in July, which meant the Bulldogs won an SEC battle against Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and South Carolina. He recently took an unofficial visit to Georgia and had in-depth meetings with offensive line coach Rob Sale and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, according to Anthony Dasher of Rivals.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Cleveland has all of the raw tools a college coach wants in an offensive lineman. He's got great size and tons of strength (15/15), and he can be a problem for defensive linemen in run-blocking situations. Cleveland has good feet and even better hands (24/25), but he will continue to develop all around and has the potential to eventually be an all-SEC lineman.

    -Damon Sayles 

26. 4-Star DE Marlon Davidson

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    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 260 lbs

    High School: Carver High (Montgomery, Alabama)  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 SDE, No. 26 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Considering Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia

    Marlon Davidson is the younger brother of former Auburn defensive end Kenneth Carter.

    Despite his brother’s connection to the Tigers, it’s in-state rival Alabama that has turned the heat up on Davidson, per BamaOnline.

    Davidson checks in as the third-best prospect from the state of Alabama in the 2016 class.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Davidson has the size and frame that can help him play early in his career regardless of where he lands. He does a great job of setting the edge versus the run, and his power is tough to handle for linemen who are trying to keep him away from the quarterback. He needs to work on developing more pass-rushing moves among other things, but the tools are there for him to be dominant player in the future.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

25. 5-Star DE Breland Brandt

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    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 220 lbs

    High School: Windward School (Los Angeles, California)   

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 WDE, No. 25 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to UCLA on Oct. 5, 2014

    Breland Brandt is the third-best prospect from the state of California in the 2016 class. 

    He committed to UCLA over offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Miami and USC among others. 

    The talented pass-rusher should pair well in Westwood with 2015 5-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Brandt is a rangy athlete with potential to stand up and play outside linebacker. As a defensive end, he’s got great length and quickness that help him attack the line of scrimmage aggressively. However, he needs to add more weight and strength since he can get stonewalled at times. Overall, Brandt is a versatile prospect with room to grow into a dominant pass-rusher.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

24. 5-Star WR DeKaylin Metcalf

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    Height/Weight: 6'3"/195 lbs.

    High School: Oxford (Oxford, Mississippi)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 wide receiver; No. 24 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Committed to Ole Miss on June 8, 2013

    The Rebels struck gold with an extremely early commitment from DeKaylin Metcalf, an Ole Miss legacy who pledged to the program after his freshman year. His father, Terrence, was an All-American offensive lineman in Oxford and eventual NFL veteran.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    If you tell Metcalf where to go and put the ball near that location, you probably just picked up a big play. He's an incredibly reliable target who is coming off a career-best season that featured 79 receptions for 1,229 yards and 19 scores, per MaxPreps

    His hands are money (25/25) and routinely come through in traffic, as Metcalf maintains competitiveness that even opponents must respect. Once the ball is in his mitts, immediate acceleration (14/15) and a powerful rushing approach make him a tough man to take down in the open field. He's the best kind of a bully and one who could immediately emerge as a No. 1 target at Ole Miss.

    -Tyler Donohue 

23. 5-Star S Eric Monroe

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 180 lbs

    High School: North Shore, Houston

    247 Ranking: No. 1 S/No. 23 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Texas A&M and LSU are trending early for Eric Monroe, who has more than a dozen offers heading into the spring season. Monroe made unofficial visits to Texas A&M in August and September, and he attended the Aggies' junior day the weekend of Jan. 25.

    Monroe additionally has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, South Carolina and UCLA. Missouri was his latest offer, per 247Sports.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Monroe fits most systems as either a safety or a nickelback, as he has good size and speed (18/20), and he loves to make a big hit on an offensive player. Monroe's athleticism is arguably his strongest asset, but his ability to make the play in running situations makes him an attractive get. He has a nose for the football and plays like an outside linebacker.

    -Damon Sayles 

22. 5-Star OLB Ben Davis

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 230 lbs

    High School: Gordo (Gordo, Ala.)

    247 Ranking: No. 4 OLB/No. 22 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    The offer list continues to grow for Ben Davis, who is now entertaining interest from more than 20 schools. Davis is the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama, and he's a prime target for both Alabama and Auburn. He's made several unofficial visits to both schools.

    Per 247Sports, Davis also is considering Florida, Georgia and LSU in what appears to an early race for his commitment. Whichever school lands the 5-star prospect will get an outstanding player.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Looking at Davis' size alone, he's everything a college linebackers coach wants in a prospect. He is a tall, quick linebacker who possesses good length and a lot of athleticism. An instinctive player, Davis has shown that he can be a decent pass-rusher in addition to playing in his zone.

    -Damon Sayles 

21. 5-Star DT Julian Rochester

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    Height/Weight: 6'5.5", 300 lbs

    High School: McEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 DT, No. 21 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Considering: Auburn, Florida State and Georgia

    Julian Rochester is perhaps the alpha male on a McEachern High School team loaded with top college talent. He was flat-out dominant as a junior, registering 116 tackles, including 25 for loss, and 12 sacks. Michigan State is his newest high-profile offer, but his offer list should swell in the coming months.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    I saw Rochester live twice last season and was blown away by his athleticism and power. I viewed Rochester one week after I saw Trent Thompson and came away with similar impressions of both players.

    Rochester may not be as big or powerful as Thompson, but his athleticism and ability to play multiple spots on the line makes him one of the elite prospects in this cycle. At one of the games I attended, coaches from Auburn and Florida State were paying close attention to Rochester all night.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

20. 5-Star S Brandon Jones

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 183 lbs

    High School: Nacogdoches HS, Nacogdoches, Texas

    247 Ranking: No. 2 S/No. 20 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Brandon Jones has more than 30 offers and could be one of those athletes who reaches the 50-offer mark by the time he is deep into his senior year. Jones is expected to be the centerpiece of another exciting in-state recruiting battle between Texas and Texas A&M, but there are plenty of other schools that will be fighting for him as well.

    Per 247Sports, Jones on Dec. 1 named a top 10 of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M and USC. It should be noted that he has taken several unofficial trips to Texas A&M.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jones is the hybrid defensive back college coaches are looking for. He tackles well as a safety, but he also covers as well as a cornerback. Jones shows his awareness and instincts well, particularly in zone coverages. He doesn't make many mistakes, but when he does guess wrong, he has solid makeup speed that bails him out of trouble (18/20).

    -Damon Sayles 

19. 5-Star RB Tavien Feaster

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 193 lbs

    High School: Spartanburg (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 running back; No. 19 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Clemson on Feb. 4, 2015

    Dabo Swinney was the first coach to extend a formal scholarship to Tavien Feaster, presenting him with one in September 2013. He added offers from Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama before the end of his sophomore year. Clemson's persistence paid off on national signing day when Feaster committed to the Tigers.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Feaster is a ferocious competitor who also picks teams apart as a pass-catcher, racking up 27 receptions for 623 yards and seven touchdowns last season, per Joseph Pereira of Fox Carolina. His hands (15/15) complement what he brings to the field as a powerful ball-carrier. 

    He hails from the same town as former college stars Stephen Davis and Marcus Lattimore, living up to their legacies as a well-rounded weapon. He typically makes the first defender miss and can take on competition with a powerful upper body (18/20).

    Feaster follows rushing lanes with desirable vision (20/20) and is an adept route-runner when his number is called at receiver. His versatility should ensure immediate opportunities for touches in college.

    -Tyler Donohue

18. 5-Star DT Derrick Brown

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 309 lbs 

    High School: Lanier (Buford, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 DT, No. 18 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Considering: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Mississippi State

    Derrick Brown's most recent visit came late last month when he attended a junior day at Alabama, as detailed by Shane Youngblood of BamaOnLine. As noted by Jake Rowe of Dawgs247, Brown turned in a dominant junior season by registering 101 tackles, including 26 for loss, with 17.5 sacks.

    He's also accumulated more than 20 offers, per Rowe.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    The first thing that stands out with Brown is how well he moves for being 300-plus pounds. He can make plays sideline to sideline and has great power at the point of attack.

    Brown is also quick off the ball, which makes him almost unfair to block at the prep level. He packs a punch when he tackles as well. Overall, Brown appears to be one of the most dominant players in the 2016 class, regardless of position.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

17. 5-Star QB Shea Patterson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2"/195 lbs

    High School: Calvary Baptist Academy (Shreveport, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 pro-style quarterback; No. 17 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Uncommitted: Offers include LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, USC and Texas.

    Shea Patterson initially committed to Arizona as a freshman but eventually wavered on that verbal pact as several other offers arrived. He decommitted from the Wildcats last summer. His recent campus visits include Texas A&M and USC.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Patterson is more of a true "dual-threat quarterback" than several of the players listed in that category (8/10 mobility). He evades defenders to buy time behind the line of scrimmage and offers exciting improvisational abilities on every play, so receivers are always working to find space even when things break down.

    He's been steady throughout the past two seasons, completing 63 percent of passes for 5,083 yards and 72 touchdowns. Patterson's seven interceptions in 422 pass attempts illustrate his intelligence at the position.

    His ability to throw ropes while operating on the run is special (20/20 arm strength), and he exudes confidence that must be contagious with his teammates. Keep Patterson in the discussion as America's top quarterback prospect. 

    -Tyler Donohue 

16. 5-Star CB Levonta Taylor

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    Height/Weight: 5'10", 170 lbs

    High School: Ocean Leakes, Virginia Beach, Virginia

    247 Ranking: No. 2 CB/No. 16 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Levonta Taylor has more than 30 offers, the latest coming from South Carolina and Auburn, according to 247Sports. Early predictions for the 5-star cornerback say he will stay in-state and play at Virginia, but his process is still very early.

    Taylor has made unofficial visits to Tennessee and Florida State, in addition to Virginia. He has offers from all three schools, as well as Georgia, LSU, Michigan, UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and a host of other programs.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Taylor is a cornerback with quality speed (19/20) and solid change of direction. His makeup speed is a major asset, as he can bait a quarterback, assuming he has a receiver open. He has good hips, which are needed to cover complicated receiver routes. Taylor is a true cover corner who's only going to get better in one-on-one and zone coverages.

    -Damon Sayles 

15. 5-Star DT Dexter Lawrence

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 310 lbs

    High School: Wake Forest-Rolesville (Wake Forest, North Carolina)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 DT, No. 15 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Considering: Florida, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State and NC State 

    Dexter Lawrence is rated as the second-best prospect from North Carolina in the 2016 class. As a junior, he tallied 55 tackles, with 25 coming for loss, and 10 sacks, per MaxPreps. Lawrence took visits to North Carolina and Clemson in late January.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Lawrence is an imposing figure whose strength makes him tough to block without using double-teams. His game is mostly about power now, but he has the athleticism to develop into a well-rounded interior prospect who can play three downs.

    His potential at the next level remains very high if he continues to develop his game.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

14. 5-Star OLB Caleb Kelly

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 215 lbs

    High School: Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)

    247 Ranking: No. 3 OLB/No. 14 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Caleb Kelly is nearing 20 offers and has Pac-12 looks from Oregon, UCLA, USC, Stanford and others. Per 247Sports, Oklahoma is a school that's considered an early front-runner. The Sooners will have to fight off recruiting powers such as Alabama, Notre Dame, Penn State, Miami and the Pac-12 schools.

    One advantage the Sooners have is Kelly has taken an unofficial visit to the campus. Kelly also has taken an unofficial visit to USC.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Kelly's Twitter bio may be a perfect firsthand description: "Look like a linebacker, move like a DB." Kelly has good size, but it's his quickness that makes him an intriguing prospect. His ability to blitz makes him a prime candidate as a nickel in the right defense.

    -Damon Sayles 

13. 5-Star OT Patrick Hudson

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 325 lbs

    High School: Silsbee (Silsbee, Texas)

    247 Ranking: No. 2 OT/No. 13 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Baylor

    Baylor currently has a national top-12 recruiting class for 2016, and offensive tackle Patrick Hudson is a big reason why. The 5-star offensive lineman committed to the Bears in July, roughly a month after taking an unofficial visit to Waco and seeing the campus.

    Hudson is a solid Baylor commit, but he has other offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas and LSU. Additionally, he is getting interest from Alabama.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Hudson is a lineman who already has college-level size and strength (15/15). He plays with tenacity and aggressiveness, and he lines up every play with the mission of dominating the defenders in front of him. He's a big athlete who overpowers his competition using an explosive first step. Hudson will be a major contributor in college.

    -Damon Sayles 

12. 5-Star DT Edwin Alexander

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 310 lbs

    High School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 DT, No. 11 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Considering: LSU, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Mississippi State

    Edwin Alexander has been a fixture on LSU's campus dating back to last summer, and his most recent trip was Feb. 7 for junior day.

    He originally committed to head coach Les Miles and his staff in November 2013 before dropping that pledge last spring; however, the Tigers still appear to be the front-runner for the top 2016 prospect from the Pelican State.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Alexander is strong enough to push double-teams into the backfield at the prep level, which is an indicator of the type of power he has. He also has the quickness to blow past blockers off the snap and the agility to beat cut blocks.

    Alexander is a man among boys, and he has the skill set to be a dominant force at the collegiate level.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

11. 5-Star WR Nate Craig-Myers

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 205 lbs.

    High School: Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 wide receiver; No. 12 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Auburn on July 21, 2014

    Nate Craig-Myers committed to the Tigers just days after spending time on campus last summer. He visited UCF and Florida State during the 2014 season but returned to Auburn in late January and remains a staple of Gus Malzahn's class.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    He suffered a season-ending leg injury in September after catching 12 touchdowns as an underclassman. Unfortunately, the setback occurred just as Nitro Nate appeared to be on the cusp of a monster campaign that would serve as confirmation of a spot atop this list.

    His size and aggression already translate well to the collegiate game, as does his speed (15/15). Craig-Myers is capable of making circus catches or inflicting damage as a rusher via jet sweeps or reverses. He catches a lot of lateral pass attempts, setting the stage for him to improvise and weave his way through defenses with incredible agility (15/15).

    Craig-Myers' physical recovery will be one to monitor during the camp circuit this summer, as he looks to re-establish himself as one of the top overall 2016 prospects.

    -Tyler Donohue 

10. 5-Star DE Nick Bosa

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    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 250 lbs

    High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 WDE, No. 10 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Considering Ohio State, Florida State and Alabama

    Nick Bosa is the younger brother of Ohio State All-American defensive end Joey Bosa.

    The younger Bosa is rated as the nation’s top weak-side defensive end prospect in the 2016 class.

    The Buckeyes are the heavy favorite to land Bosa, but FSU and Alabama are among the schools still pursuing him.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    There are similarities between Nick and his brother. Nick may even be a bit faster off the snap. He already has a good swim-and-rip move. He’s physical in setting the edge versus the run, and he has the speed to get around most tackles. His motor is high as well. Overall, there’s a lot to like about Nick and his ability to be a dominant player in college.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

9. 5-Star QB Malik Henry

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    Height/Weight: 6'3"/180 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 pro-style quarterback; No. 9 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Florida State on Nov. 13, 2014.

    Malik Henry is headed to IMG Academy after spending his junior season in Florida. He'll replace 2015 Seminoles signee Deondre Francois behind center and work under head coach Chris Weinke, who won a Heisman Trophy at quarterback in Tallahassee. Jimbo Fisher bested strong recruiting efforts from fellow finalists Notre Dame, UCLA and Ohio State.


    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Henry, who threw for 4,416 yards and 36 touchdowns during the past two seasons, zips passes in tight spaces with the best of any quarterback in this class (23/25 accuracy). He maintains excellent vision while operating in the pocket and doesn't allow his eyes to drift when the pressure arrives.

    His sturdy physical frame has room for significant growth, which will help in shedding tacklers in the open field. Henry is a serious rushing threat in the red zone (9/10 mobility) and could force opponents to assign a "spy" in certain situations, freeing up seams for him to exploit with a quick delivery.

    A strong sign of his college readiness is how he stands tall in the pocket and slings it as defenders encroach his sight line.

    -Tyler Donohue 

8. 5-Star OLB Lyndell Wilson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 220 lbs

    High School: Carver (Montgomery, Alabama)

    247 Ranking: No. 2 OLB/No. 8 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Lyndell Wilson is determined to keep all of his options open, but on Jan. 22, he announced his top seven schools via Twitter. Oregon, Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Tennessee, Georgia and USC all made the list, although there is still time for other schools to make their way up Wilson's ladder.

    Alabama is a strong contender in Wilson's recruiting race. He's made multiple unofficial visits to Tuscaloosa, but he's also visited Auburn and Tennessee, according to 247Sports.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Although Wilson is an outstanding tackler and a physical athlete, Wilson's instincts are among his best qualities. He is quick to read a play and make the right decision. Wilson brings a level of toughness to a defensive front seven, and his tenacity will be welcomed at the next level.

    -Damon Sayles 

7. 5-Star RB Kareem Walker

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 210 lbs

    High School: DePaul Catholic (Wayne, New Jersey)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 running back; No. 7 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Committed to Ohio State on Jan. 12, 2015

    Kareem Walker warranted a considerable amount of collegiate interest as an underclassman, securing offers from Michigan, Alabama, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Penn State prior to the end of his sophomore year. He put a cherry on top of Ohio State's national championship celebration, committing at halftime of the Buckeyes' victory over Oregon.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Walker, who rushed for 2,771 yards and 38 touchdowns over the past two seasons, runs with violence and control. It's a combination college coaches covet. He hits the trenches with fury, lowering his center of gravity and surging toward space.

    His college-ready physique gives defenders fits, and Walker flourishes in one-on-one situations in the open field, exhibiting an explosive slide step (15/15 agility). He doesn't glide downfield, instead churning through defenses with a full head of steam (18/20 speed).

    Walker can inflict damage upon contact (19/20 power), but he also understands how to effectively avoid it. His ability to become narrow through rushing lanes while maintaining squared shoulders allows him to hit the second level with ferocity.

    -Tyler Donohue

6. 5-Star CB Saivion Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 175 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy, St. Petersburg, Florida

    247 Ranking: No. 1 CB/No. 6 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100 

    Per 247Sports, Pitt is the latest school to offer Saivion Smith, but the elite defensive back has offers from all over the country. Smith has SEC offers from LSU, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. He also has offers from Florida State, UCLA, Notre Dame and defending national champion Ohio State.

    He most recently went to Clemson's junior day, per 247Sports.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Smith is one of those do-it-all athletes who happens to do everything well. He shines as a cornerback because of his athleticism and ability to react in coverage (37/40), but he also is as talented on the offensive side of the ball, using his size and speed to win battles against his competitors. As an athlete in general, Smith is a playmaker when the ball is in his hands (20/20). 

    -Damon Sayles 

5. 5-Star OLB Keion Joyner

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 200 lbs

    High School: Havelock (Havelock, N.C.)

    247 Ranking: No. 1 OLB/No. 5 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    As the nation's top-ranked outside linebacker and the top-ranked player from North Carolina, Keion Joyner is a wanted man. Joyner has more than a dozen offers but, per Adam Friedman of, he has been in touch with two schools in particular: LSU and North Carolina. Auburn and Florida are two other schools that are high on his list.

    Joyner has kept his process relatively low-profile, but he told Friedman he would like to visit Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame during the offseason.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Joyner, for an outside linebacker, has great size and excellent lateral movement. He is a tackling machine who also is getting better at coverage in passing situations. Joyner uses his athleticism to be a disruptive defender, and he plays with a high motor.

    -Damon Sayles 

4. 5-Star QB Jacob Eason

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    Height/Weight: 6'5"/205 lbs

    High School: Lake Stevens (Lake Stevens, Washington)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 pro-style quarterback; No. 4 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Georgia on July 19, 2014.

    The Bulldogs lured America's top-ranked passer across the country, providing a pivotal foundation for Mark Richt's latest class. Despite his status as a potential Notre Dame legacy (father, Tony, played in South Bend), Jacob Eason joined Georgia's 2016 haul on the same day as 5-star offensive tackle Ben Cleveland.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Eason, who has thrown for 6,228 yards and 59 touchdowns through 25 high school games, per MaxPreps, has the size collegiate coaches covet at quarterback. His cannon of a right arm has also attracted plenty of attention, earning a perfect combined score for power and precision (45/45).

    Nobody in this group launches the ball downfield as effortlessly, and he should quickly remind Bulldogs fans of former Georgia gunslinger Matt Stafford. Eason displays excellent lower-body technique behind center, actively engaged from the feet-up. 

    You can make a strong case that Eason would've challenged as the top quarterback prospect if he were bumped up into the 2015 class. Expect coaches across the country to charge after the West Coast playmaker through next signing day.

    -Tyler Donohue 

3. 5-Star DE Shavar Manuel

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 262 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)    

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 SDE, No. 3 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100 

    Considering Alabama, Florida State and Miami

    Shavar Manuel is the nation’s top overall defensive end, and he’s the No. 3 player overall in the 2016 class.

    He transferred from Blake High School in Tampa to IMG Academy in the offseason.

    Manuel will team with Rahshaun Smith to give IMG a set of bookends who rate among the nation’s top pass-rushing duos.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Blake is a powerful force who overwhelms most offensive linemen on the prep level. He’s got a nice burst off the line of scrimmage, and he’s deceptively fast coming around the edge. He’s a physical specimen with a lot of raw ability. He can improve on techniques such as using his hands to shed blocks and setting the edge against the run. His ceiling is high if he continues to develop.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

2. 5-Star DT Rashan Gary

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 285 lbs

    High School: Paramus Catholic (Scotch Plains, New Jersey)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 DT, No. 2 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Considering: Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State

    Rashan Gary has offers from a number of top programs, and he visited Rutgers, Maryland and Penn State for games last season. According to Evan G. Watkins of VTScoop, Gary's most recent trip was to Virginia Tech for a junior day earlier this month.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Gary is a freakish athlete who has the ability to play defensive end. He does an excellent job of keeping a low pad level off the snap and then using his hands and power to knock his opponent off balance.

    Gary has the speed and the quickness to chase plays laterally, and his ability as a pass-rusher from the interior is what separates him in a loaded class at defensive tackle. He is a powerful force whose game translates favorably to the next level.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

1. 5-Star OT Greg Little

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 282 lbs

    High School: Allen (Allen, Texas)

    247 Ranking: No. 1 OT/No. 1 Overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Texas A&M

    As the nation's top-ranked 2016 offensive line recruit, Greg Little ended his recruiting process relatively quickly when he gave his verbal to Texas A&M on June 20. Little is a strong Texas A&M commit, but the offers continue to roll in. Since the start of the new year, Little has picked up offers from Alabama, Ohio State and, most recently, UCLA.

    Little is nearing 30 offers and is expected to garner even more attention during the spring. However, he is excited about playing for the Aggies and reuniting with and blocking for 2015 5-star quarterback signee Kyler Murray.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    There are very few flaws with Little's game. He's a big, strong offensive tackle who moves well laterally (24/25) and loves to record pancake blocks. It's rare to see Little overpowered by a defensive lineman. Part of that is because of his technique and poise on the line. On the field, Little is mature beyond his age—and he's only going to get better.

    -Damon Sayles