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 Rivals.com 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