CFB Recruiting 200: Top 200 Overall Recruits in Class of 2016

Bleacher Report College Football StaffFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2015

CFB Recruiting 200: Top 200 Overall Recruits in Class of 2016

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    After thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report recruiting analysts Damon Sayles, Sanjay Kirpalani and Tyler Donohue have graded the top 200 players in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and provided in-depth analysis. As the summer camp circuit comes to a close, Bleacher Report provides a position-by-position breakdown of the best college football recruits. Today, we present the Overall Top 200.

    From big time playmakers to terrorizing defenders, the Class of 2016 is loaded with impressive talent on both sides of the ball. 

    Stud high school recruits from Florida, Texas and California dominate the top overall rankings, but nearly every state is represented in 247Sports Composite Rankings, which compile ratings listed by the major media recruiting services. 

    This list provides a glimpse of college football's future stars and how they've arrived at this point. Continue on for our review of the rankings, complete with individual grades and insight on each prospect.

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

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    Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield
    Georgia RB Elijah HolyfieldCredit: 247Sports

    200. 4-star OT Cole Van Lanen, Bay Port High School (Green Bay, Wisconsin)

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Wisconsin

    199. 4-star TE Octavious Cooley, Laurel High School (Laurel, Mississippi)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ole Miss

    198. 4-star RB Amir Rasul, Coral Gables Senior High School (Miami)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Florida State

    197. 4-star QB Woody Barrett, West Orange High School (Winter Garden, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Auburn

    196. 4-star TE Jamal Pettigrew, St. Augustine High School (New Orleans)

    Bleacher Report Score: 84/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU 

    195. 4-star OG Michael Eletise, Kaiser High School (Honolulu)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arizona, Arizona State, Ole Miss and Washington

    194. 4-star DE Khalid Kareem, Harrison High School (Farmington, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    193. 4-star DT Cedric Wood, Amos P. Godby High School (Tallahassee, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Florida State

    192. 4-star WR Cameron Chambers, Timber Creek High School (Sicklerville, New Jersey)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan State

    191. 4-star CB Joejuan Williams, Hendersonville High School (Hendersonville, Tennessee)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Tennessee

    190. 4-star WR Tavares Chase, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Clemson

    189. 4-star RB Antonio Williams, North Stanly High School (New London, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Wisconsin

    188. 4-star WR Cavin Ridley, Deerfield Beach High School (Deerfield Beach, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee

    187. 4-star ATH Chase Lucas, Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington

    186. 4-star WR Dionte Mullins, Gulliver Prep (Miami)

    Bleacher Report Score: 83/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Miami

    185. 4-star OLB Daniel Bituli, Nashville Christian School (Nashville, Tennessee)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Tennessee

    184. 4-star WR Mykel Jones, Patterson High School (Patterson, Louisiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and USC

    183. 4-star DE Mark Jackson, Jr., Steele High School (Cibolo, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas A&M

    182. 4-star WR Justin Layne, Benedictine High School (Cleveland)

    Bleacher Report Score: 84/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan State

    181. 4-star WR Steven Smothers, Franklin High School (Reisterstown, Maryland)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia

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    Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield
    Georgia RB Elijah HolyfieldCredit: 247Sports

    180. 4-star QB Jawon Pass, Carver High School (Columbus, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Louisville

    179. 4-star RB Elijah Holyfield, Woodward Academy (Atlanta)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee

    178. 4-star OT Erik Swenson, Downers Grove South High School (Downers Grove, Illinois)

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan

    177. 4-star WR Clyde Chriss, Warren Easton High School (New Orleans)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Clemson, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UCLA

    176. 4-star DT Keyshon Camp, Lake Gibson High School (Lakeland, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC

    175. 4-star OLB Camilo Eifler, Bishop O'Dowd High School (Oakland, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Washington

    174. 4-star QB Brandon Peters, Avon High School (Avon, Indiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan

    173. 4-star OG Chris Owens, Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    172. 4-star WR Darian Owens, Clovis West High School (Fresno, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to UCLA

    171. 4-star OT Michael Jordan, Plymouth High School (Canton, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State

    170. 4-star WR Keith Gavin, Wakulla High School (Crawfordville, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Florida State

    169. 4-star OT Clark Yarbrough, Woodberry Forest High School (Woodberry Forest, Virginia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Stanford

    168. 4-star DE Brian Burns, American Heritage High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 

    Recruitment Status: Considering Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Miami

    167. 4-star CB Travon Fuller, Athens High School (Athens, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas A&M

    166. 4-star OLB Bryce Youngquist, Los Osos High School (Rancho Cucamonga, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oklahoma

    165. 4-star APB Melquise Stovall, Paraclete High School (Lancaster, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC

    164. 4-star OLB Keandre Jones, Good Counsel High School (Olney, Maryland)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Maryland

    163. 4-star DE Prince Sammons, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Cincinnati)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Clemson, Duke and Ohio State

    162. 4-star DT Ellison Jordan, Gilman High School (Baltimore)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Penn State

    161. 4-star ILB Jaquan Yulee, Indian River High School (Chesapeake, Virginia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

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    North Carolina QB Austin Kendall
    North Carolina QB Austin KendallCredit: 247Sports

    160. 4-star APB Damian Alloway, Summit High School (Fontana, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Cal, Notre Dame, UCLA and Wisconsin

    159. 4-star QB Shane Buechele, Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas

    158. 4-star OG Deonte Brown, Austin High School (Decatur, Alabama)

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    157. 4-star DE Brandon Bowen, Byron Nelson High School (Trophy Club, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas

    156. 4-star OT Scott Lashley, West Point High School (West Point, Mississippi)

    Bleacher Report Score: 84/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss

    155. 4-star QB Austin Kendall, Cuthbertson High School (Waxhaw, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oklahoma

    154. 4-star DT Raekwon Davis, Meridian High School (Meridian, Mississippi)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    153. 4-star ILB Tre Lamar, Roswell High School (Roswell, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Clemson

    152. 4-star TE Naseir Upshur, Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan and Maryland

    151. 4-star CB Jordan Parker, Pittsburg High School (Pittsburg, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, UCLA and USC

    150. 4-star DT Karamo Dioubate, Prep Charter (Philadelphia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers

    149. 4-star DT Chris Daniels, Trinity High School (Euless, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M

    148. 4-star WR Courtney Lark, Bellaire High School (Bellaire, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to TCU

    147. 4-star TE Luke Farrell, Perry High School (Perry, Ohio)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State

    146. 4-star OG Richard Merritt, Archbishop Carroll High School (Washington, D.C.)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Florida

    145. 4-star CB Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Pittsburgh

    144. 4-star DE Terrell Hall, St. John's College High School (Washington, D.C.)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama. Florida State, Maryland and Penn State

    143. 4-star OT Frank Martin II, Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC

    142. 4-star OG Tyler Gerald, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State

    141. 4-star OT Jauan Williams, Archbishop Carroll High School (Washington, D.C.)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee 

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    Florida LB Shaquille Quarterman
    Florida LB Shaquille QuartermanCredit: 247Sports

    140. 4-star WR Collin Johnson, Valley Christian High School (San Jose, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas

    139. 4-star ILB Krys Barnes, Liberty High School (Bakersfield, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to UCLA

    138. 4-star DT Michail Carter, Jackson High School (Jackson, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia

    137. 4-star CB John Broussard, Central High School (Phenix City, Alabama)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Auburn

    136. 4-star QB Tristen Wallace, DeSoto High School (DeSoto, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State

    135. 4-star CB Jared Mayden, Sachse High School (Sachse, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oregon

    134. 4-star OC Drake Jackson, Woodford County High School (Versailles, Kentucky)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Kentucky

    133. 4-star S Shurod Thompson, Liberty High School (Brentwood, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon State and USC

    132. 4-star ATH Scott Bracey, Benedictine High School (Richmond, Virginia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Duke

    131. 4-star S Brandon Burton, Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Arizona, Florida State and USC

    130. 4-star WR Josh Imatorbhebhe, North Gwinnett High School (Suwanee, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC

    129. 4-star ILB Shaquille Quarterman, Oakleaf High School (Orange Park, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Miami

    128. 4-star ATH Jamel Cook, Miami Central High School (Miami)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Florida State

    127. 4-star RB Devwah Whaley, Central Senior High School (Beaumont, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M

    126. 4-star DT Garrett Rand, Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford and Wisconsin

    125. 4-star OT Landon Young, Lafayette High School (Lexington, Kentucky)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Kentucky

    124. 4-star WR Tren'Davian Dickson, Navasota High School (Navasota, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas

    123. 4-star ATH Jordan Fuller, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan (Westwood, New Jersey)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and UCLA

    122. 4-star WR Diondre Overton, Page High School (Greensboro, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Clemson, Nebraska, North Carolina and Tennessee

    121. 4-star QB Jack Allison, Palmetto High School (Palmetto, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Miami

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    Michigan DB Lavert Hill
    Michigan DB Lavert HillCredit: 247Sports

    120. 4-star WR Darnell Salomon, Miami Central High School (Miami, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon

    119. 4-star DE Jeffery Simmons, Noxubee County High School (Macon, Mississippi)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss

    118. 4-star WR Charlie Woerner, Rabun County High School (Tiger, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Michigan

    117. 4-star WR Javon McKinley, Centennial High School (Corona, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and Tennessee

    116. 4-star WR Donnie Corley, Martin Luther King High School (Detroit)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee

    115. 4-star CB Lavert Hill, Martin Luther King High School (Detroit)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Penn State

    114. 4-star WR Austin Mack, Bishop Luers High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State

    113. 4-star OG Michael Onwenu, Cass Technical (Detroit, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan

    112. 4-star ILB Dontavious Jackson, Alief Elsik High School (Houston)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M

    111. 4-star WR Theo Howard, Westlake High School (Thousand Oaks, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oregon

    110. 4-star DE Antonneous Clayton, Dooly County High School (Vienna, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia

    109. 4-star RB B.J. Emmons, Freedom High School (Morganton, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    108. 4-star OG Donavaughn Campbell, Ponchatoula High School (Ponchatoula, Louisiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU

    107. 4-star ATH Marquez Callaway, Warner Robbins High School (Warner Robbins, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Georgia, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Tennessee

    106. 4-star CB Byron Murphy, Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Arizona)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arizona State, Texas A&M, USC and Washington

    105. 4-star DE Xavier Kelly, East High School (Wichita, Kansas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Michigan

    104. 4-star OLB Daelin Hayes, Skyline High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC

    103. 4-star OT Jean Delance, North Mesquite High School (Mesquite, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Michigan and Texas A&M

    102. 4-star OT Liam Eichenberg, St. Ignatius High School (Cleveland, Ohio)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Notre Dame

    101. 4-star ATH Georgia Hill, Hubbard High School (Hubbard, Ohio)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State

100. 4-Star DE Justin Madubuike

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 255 pounds

    High School: McKinney North High School; McKinney, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 SDE; No. 100 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama and Baylor

    There's a reason why Justin Madubuike has nearly 30 reported offers.

    Madubuike's stock has seen a consistent rise. He has been impressive throughout the spring and summer, and he's expected to be even better in the fall.

    Texas and Texas A&M are fighting for Madubuike, but schools like Baylor, TCU, Alabama, Duke and Ohio State shouldn't be counted out to land him.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Madubuike oftentimes plays as if he doesn't have an off switch, a major positive to the college coaches scouting him. He is quick off the line, aggressive with offensive linemen and an athlete who plays through the whistle.

    Madubuike is a good-looking athlete with a high ceiling. He plays with a purpose to be the best on the field, regardless of the position.

    —Damon Sayles

99. 4-Star WR N'keal Harry

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 210 pounds

    High School: Chandler High School; Chandler, Arizona

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 15 WR; No. 99 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Texas A&M and USC

    Naturally, N'keal Harry is a coveted in-state target for both the Wildcats and Sun Devils. Wisconsin and Oregon extended offers in May, while Texas A&M and USC are strong contenders beyond state borders.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Harry is another long-limbed athletic specimen still learning the nuances at wide receiver. He isn't notably explosive off the snap but manages to gain momentum as he rumbles downfield, and quality agility is at the base of his above-average route-running technique (18/20).

    His physicality sets the stage for sizable gains after the catch and allows him to power through arm tackles. Harry needs to extend for the football, too often allowing passes to approach his chest plate. He caught 30 passes for 657 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014, according to Richard Obert of AZCentral.com.

    —Tyler Donohue 

98. 4-Star ILB Brendan Ferns

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 223 pounds

    High School: St. Clairsville High School; St. Clairsville, Ohio

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 inside linebacker; No. 98 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100 

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Penn State and West Virginia

    After 4-star linebacker Brendan Ferns burst onto the scene as a touted prospect, it seemed as if he were destined to land at Ohio State.

    However, as Steve Wiltfong reports, the two parties mutually agreed to go in another direction because Ferns wants to major in petroleum engineering—a curriculum Ohio State doesn't offer.

    Penn State and West Virginia appear to be the main beneficiaries of this development in Ferns' recruitment.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Ferns displayed his athleticism by also lining up at running back and receiver for his prep squad. As a linebacker, he displays great lateral quickness and the ability to close gaps in short order. In pass coverage, he's quick and agile enough to break on routes and make a play on the ball. He could stand to add some size to his frame, but overall he has a blend of skills to be a three-down middle linebacker in college.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

97. 4-Star WR A.J. Brown

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 220 pounds

    High School: Starkville High School; Starkville, Mississippi

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 14 WR; No. 97 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee

    A.J. Brown picked up a pair of in-state SEC offers early last September, landing scholarship opportunities at Ole Miss and Mississippi State. By the end of last season, Alabama and Auburn joined the pursuit, and the process picked up again this spring when offers flowed in from USC, Texas and Tennessee.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Brown is a bully off the snap, already exhibiting the type of doggedness against defensive backs that college coaches covet. This physicality allows him to gain separation early, and he cruises downfield with impressive acceleration (14/15) for an athlete of his stature.

    That size enables him to essentially push opponents away from his body at the line of scrimmage, forcing coaches to think twice about pressing him close. When the ball is in his vicinity, Brown goes full-extension to secure possession and becomes an absolute load to bring down in one-on-one tackle situations.

    Tyler Donohue

96. 4-Star TE Jake Hausmann

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'5", 235 pounds

    High School: Archbishop Moeller High School; Cincinnati

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 tight end; No. 96 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Committed to Ohio State on Jan. 25, 2015

    In-state 4-star tight end Jake Hausmann was one of two prospects to commit to Ohio State in January in the aftermath of the Buckeyes winning the national championship.

    Hausmann, the No. 5 prospect in the state of Ohio for the 2016 cycle, selected Ohio State over offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and Penn State among others.

    The 6'5", 235-pounder appears to be a solid Buckeyes commit at this time.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Hausmann is another prospect who has the size and athleticism to contribute early in his college career. His route running is above-average, and he does a great job in releasing off the line of scrimmage. He's sound as a blocker as well, but he's guilty at times of letting the ball come to him instead of attacking it in the air. If he can improve details such as those, Hausmann has a tremendous amount of potential at the next level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

95. 4-Star DT Jordan Elliott

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 305 pounds

    High School: Westside High School; Houston

    247Sports Ranking: No. 12 DT; No. 95 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Houston on May 22, 2015

    When discussing Jordan Elliott, one thing that isn't an issue is confidence. Elliott expects to dominate in every one-on-one battle.

    A one-time Baylor commit, Elliott finished his junior season with 78 tackles and 12 sacks. Of those 78 tackles, 31 were behind the line of scrimmage, which says something about his quickness off the line.

    Elliott made the hometown fans very happy when he committed to Houston on May 22. He has 36 offers overall, according to 247Sports.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    An old adage in sports is "speed kills." Elliott is a 300-pounder who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.86 seconds. He has outstanding speed and acceleration and uses it well to stymie offensive linemen.

    Additionally, Elliott has great hands and feet, and he plays with a chip on his shoulder. He's an athlete who can be special in the American Athletic Conference.

    —Damon Sayles

94. 4-Star S Lamar Jackson

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 205 pounds

    High School: Franklin High School; Elk Grove, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 safety; No. 94 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC

    Lamar Jackson is the guy receivers hate to see out of the corner of their eyes. He hits like a linebacker and covers like a cornerback.

    At The Opening, Jackson showed he belonged in the conversation of the top defensive backs. He was a playmaker in seven-on-seven action, and he played with a high level of intensity. He has nearly 20 offers for a reason.

    Jackson has USC, UCLA and Notre Dame high on his list of schools. Oregon and Michigan are two schools, however, to keep an eye on.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Physically, Jackson is a big, versatile athlete with a high motor. He can play multiple positions on the field effectively, but the way he reads defenses makes him a candidate for safety at the next level.

    Jackson is active and, because of his aggressiveness, can be a hybrid defensive back at the next level. He's long enough to contain receivers in passing situations, and he can also make plays downhill in running situations.

    —Damon Sayles

93. 4-Star QB Jarrett Guarantano

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'4"/194 lbs

    High School: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, New Jersey)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 dual-threat quarterback; No. 93 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Tennessee on April 15, 2015

    Jarrett Guarantano pledged to the Volunteers via a Bleacher Report video, selecting Tennessee over two other finalists. He also weighed offers from Ohio State and Rutgers, where his father is a member of the university's football hall of fame.

    He instantly became the linchpin for head coach Butch Jones' latest impressive prospect haul. Guarantano is also an active recruiter who has targeted several standouts to join him.

    "I had a chance to become more familiar with the campus and Knoxville. What really stood out was the atmosphere," Guarantano told Bleacher Report. "I don't think there's a fanbase that cares more about their football team than at the University of Tennessee. I've never seen anything like it."

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Guarantano has undergone a unique recruiting process, starting with a legacy offer from Rutgers before his freshman year. Interest continued to mount as an underclassman, and he entered his junior year with nearly 30 scholarship offers and three varsity touchdown tosses.

    He stepped into a full-time starting role last fall and delivered. Guarantano had 1,288 yards and 18 scores before a wrist injury sidelined him after seven games.

    Few 2016 passers can put more power (15/15) on throws than Guarantano, who balances his aerial attack with excellent rushing ability (17/20). Guarantano's accuracy (20/20) ultimately sets him apart from this pack when he's given time to operate in the pocket.

    Based on what we've seen scouting live games and camps, Guarantano enters his senior season as the prospect with the most potential on this list.

    —Tyler Donohue

92. 4-Star DE Isaiah Chambers

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    Height/Weight: 6'3 ½", 258 pounds

    High School: MacArthur High School; Houston

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 SDE; No. 92 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor and Houston

     

    There are a lot of good defensive ends nationally, and Isaiah Chambers is one who could make a program very happy with a commitment.

    The Texan has Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, Houston, Texas and Oklahoma, among others, atop his list of schools. No timetable has been set on a decision.

    Chambers has 26 reported offers, per 247Sports.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Chambers is fearless when he steps to the line. He loves the competition of the sport, and he learns with every play. Chambers has a high motor, and he plays with a respectable level of intensity.

    Chambers plays with a desire to be considered among the best. The defensive ends ranked ahead of him serve as motivation—and he's an extremely motivated athlete.

    —Damon Sayles

91. 4-Star OLB Curtis Robinson

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 205 pounds

    High School: Mater Dei High School; Santa Ana, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 outside linebacker; No. 91 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100 

    Committed to Stanford on April 13, 2015

    Stanford has had a nice run of developing linebackers in recent years.

    That factor was one of a handful of things that led 4-star linebacker Curtis Robinson to pledge to the Cardinal back in April, according to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.

    Robinson chose Stanford over offers from Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, USC and UCLA among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robinson has the look and build of a rangy safety prospect. He's one of the better linebackers in this class when it comes to pass coverage. His length is another factor that helps him disrupt things versus the run or pass. He is a little light in size, so adding bulk will be a necessity for him. However, he's got the skill set to be a unique linebacker who can operate at a high level in space.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

90. 4-Star WR Dylan Crawford

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 175 pounds

    High School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School; Rancho Santa Margarita, California

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 13 WR; No. 90 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Arizona State, Michigan, Stanford, UCLA and USC

    Dylan Crawford could follow high school teammate and 4-star quarterback KJ Costello to Stanford but remains open to several possibilities. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh stopped by to see him in January, while a winter offer from Notre Dame creates further intrigue.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    He is one of the top blockers (5/5) among 2016 wide receivers. That may not seem like much to the average fan who values long-distance receptions over everything, but it's an attribute that could significantly shorten his journey to playing time in a collegiate offensive attack.

    As a route-runner, Crawford offers plenty of shimmy (15/15 agility) and caps off plays with above-average hands (23/25). He's a big-play threat, highlighted last fall by 44 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns, according to Aram Tolegian of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

    —Tyler Donohue

89. 4-Star WR Stephen Sullivan

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 230 pounds

    High School: Donaldsonville High School; Donaldsonville, Louisiana

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 12 WR; No. 89 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Committed to LSU on Feb. 15, 2014

    Tigers head coach Les Miles landed yet another in-state standout at receiver, snatching up a commitment from Stephen Sullivan midway through his sophomore year. His scholarship list continued to grow last season, as offers arrived from Auburn, Clemson and Mississippi State.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Sullivan is one of three pass-catchers committed to LSU who stand at least 6'4", creating a nice arsenal of easily accessible targets for Tigers quarterbacks. His physical edge is abundantly apparent before the ball is snapped, as the combination of height and length creates some serious issues for defensive coaches.

    Though it's easy to see he's still gaining coordination, Sullivan is already a solid route-runner (17/20). He won't blow by defensive backs but flashes the hands (24/25) to become a reliable possession receiver, coming off a junior season that featured 57 catches for 987 yards and 11 scores.

    —Tyler Donohue

88. 4-Star WR Trevon Sidney

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 160 pounds

    High School: Bishop Amat High School; La Puente, California

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 11 WR; No. 88 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Committed to USC on July 10, 2015

    Trevon Sidney is the last key Trojans addition at receiver, as he announced those intentions while competing at The Opening. Despite the decision, Sidney plans to take all five of his official visits, according to Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times, with Washington, Michigan and Notre Dame viewed as potential destinations.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Sidney, who makes life miserable for opposing defenses along with Bishop Amat teammate Tyler Vaughns (listed third overall here), is an explosive playmaker with the football. This holds true beyond receiver, as he picked off four passes and averaged nearly 32 yards per kick return last fall, according to MaxPreps.

    He presents passers with reliable hands (25/25), though Sidney does struggle at times to gain consistent release (15/20), in part because of his slender frame. His junior season included 38 catches for 540 yards and three scores.

    —Tyler Donohue

87. 4-Star WR Dee Anderson

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 177 pounds

    High School: DeSoto High School; DeSoto, Texas

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 10 WR; No. 87 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Committed to LSU on August 7, 2014

    Dee Anderson collected a scholarship offer from the Tigers while attending camp last summer, waiting just two weeks to seize an opportunity in Baton Rouge. Alabama has offered since, adding to a list that includes UCLA, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Given his lanky physical frame, Anderson surprises at times with speed (14/15) that can overwhelm opponents who play him too close off the snap. It's straight-line quickness that he doesn't necessarily maintain when tasked with lateral cuts or an improvisational route alteration (12/15 agility).

    Anderson's most crucial improvements will occur as a route-runner (14/20), as a current lack of precision provides defenders with too much leeway in passing lanes. Many of his highlight plays last season came courtesy of high-placed balls, allowing him to utilize an expansive wingspan, as he finished the fall with 733 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

    _-Tyler Donohue

86. OLB Jeffrey McCulloch

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ½", 230 pounds

    High School: Aldine Davis High School; Houston

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 outside linebacker; No. 86 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, LSU, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M

    As profiled by Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles, 4-star linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch earned his nickname "The Shark" in part due to the devastating blows he's delivered on the field on the prep level.

    He's been active in checking out programs since the spring, with Alabama, LSU, Florida and Texas A&M among the schools he's visited, according to Horns247.

    The U.S. Army All-American also has Texas as a school that is pushing hard for his services.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    McCulloch has made a living by coming off the edge on the prep level, and it's a role he thrives in. In fact, he could be an effective defensive end in certain looks at the next level. However, he's athletic enough to operate in space thanks to his propensity to deliver bone-crunching hits. He's a bit of a tweener, so finding the right fit scheme-wise is critical for him in the recruiting process.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

85. 4-Star ATH Trevon Diggs

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 183 pounds

    High School: The Avalon School; Rockville, Maryland

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 athlete; No. 85 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, LSU, Maryland, Penn State and Tennessee

    Trevon Diggs probably learned a thing or two about the recruiting process from watching his older brother Stefon—whom the Minnesota Vikings just selected in the 2015 NFL draft—go through it a few years ago.

    The 4-star athlete, who could play either corner or receiver, may choose to follow in his older brother's footsteps by snatching passes in a Maryland uniform.

    However, he named Alabama his leader back in April.

    The speedy Diggs, who hauled in 78 passes for 1,008 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior, could announce his commitment as soon as July 4, per Ahmed Ghafir of 247Sports.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Diggs' skill set is reminiscent of that of his older brother. He's elusive in open space and has great hands. He attacks the ball when it is in the air, which also makes him an intriguing option in the secondary on defense. However, he appears to be a natural with the ball in his hands.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

84. 4-Star DE Auston Robertson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 260 pounds

    High School: Wayne High School; Fort Wayne, Indiana

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 WDE; No. 84 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Michigan State on June 7, 2015

     

    Michigan State is excited about the future because of its 2016 defensive class. Auston Robertson is expected to be a leader of that class.

    Robertson, the top-ranked player in the state of Indiana, is a playmaker who the Spartans feel can be an all-conference player early. He's a big get and someone who keeps pressure on quarterbacks.

    Robertson chose the Spartans over Ohio State and Notre Dame, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robertson looks like the prototypical defensive end. He is a tall, strong athlete with a good skill set. He poses a problem for offensive linemen because he's either taller than, or as tall as, those he lines up against, and he's able to use his technique to outplay opponents.

    Robertson's quickness off the line is one of his primary advantages. He is a solid speed-rusher and someone who could see legit minutes early in his college career.

    —Damon Sayles

83. 4-Star DE Josh King

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 250 pounds

    High School: Hinsdale South High School; Darien, Illinois

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 SDE; No. 83 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Michigan State on June 5, 2015

     

    The top-ranked player in Illinois, Josh King is an athlete for whom many have high expectations.

    King gave his pledge to Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio on June 5. He chose the Spartans over offers from schools like Michigan, Penn State, USC and Notre Dame.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    King is a good-looking defender who will only get bigger and better as he prepares for college. He is a tall, streamlined athlete who could bulk up and not have it affect him negatively in regards to speed or agility.

    As a speed-rusher, King is a valuable asset. He's a long defender who can disrupt passes off the edge by batting down attempts. King is expected to force a lot of fourth-down opportunities for offenses.

    —Damon Sayles

82. 4-Star ATH Ahmir Mitchell

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 206 pounds 

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

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 athlete; No. 82 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100 

    Uncommitted: Considering Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Rutgers

    Even though he has the ability to play in the secondary, most schools are recruiting 4-star athlete Ahmir Mitchell as a receiver.

    Of his current group of favorites, both Notre Dame and Ohio State hosted Mitchell on visits late in June.

    However, it's Michigan that seems to be trending with the No. 3 prospect from the Garden State.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    One thing that stands out about Mitchell on film is how fluidly he moves in open space. That's impressive for a pass-catcher with his type of size. There are still some details he can improve upon such as route running and controlling his body to make contested catches. But he has an impressive skill set that should translate well to the college level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

81. 4-Star WR Binjimen Victor

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 170 pounds

    High School: Coconut Creek High School; Pompano Beach, Florida

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 9 WR; No. 81 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Florida, Michigan, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee

    Binjimen Victor enjoyed a trip through Big Ten territory earlier this summer, making stops at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. A busy spring evaluation period produced scholarship offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia and Nebraska.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Victor may be the most divisive wide receiver recruit in this class when you discuss him with a variety of analysts. Some worry he struggles to get off the line in press coverage, while other see shades of largely unrivaled freakish athleticism.

    There's no doubt he must grow stouter from a physical standpoint, but it's impossible to ignore Victor's ability to outrace (23/25 speed) and out-leap defenders before securing dazzling highlight-reel catches (24/25 hands). To steal a basketball term, he's an "above the rim" guy who isn't as multifaceted as some peers because of less-than-stellar route-running tendencies and a lack of physicality.

    Despite these needed developments, Victor belongs in the top 10 on this list because he is absolutely oozing with potential. His 2014 season featured 44 receptions for 811 yards and 12 scores.

    —Tyler Donohue 

80. 4-Star CB Chauncey Gardner

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 194 pounds

    High School: Cocoa High School; Cocoa, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 cornerback; No. 80 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Committed to Florida on March 14, 2015

    Florida fans are excited about the potential of Chauncey Gardner. The hard part now is keeping him committed.

    Gardner showed his skills as a do-it-all defensive back at The Opening. His junior year on the field was highlighted by 49 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions. He committed to Florida in March.

    Per Hank South of 247Sports, Gardner is planning official visits to Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State and Florida. He will also take in Ohio State. Keeping an athlete like Gardner committed is a high priority for the Gators.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Gardner is a disciplined defensive back who can be a big cornerback with linebacker strength in college. His physical nature on the field meshes well with the finesse he uses in making plays when the ball is in the air.

    Some have asked whether Gardner grades out better as a cornerback or as a safety. He's versatile enough to play both positions but may be best suited at cornerback because of his ability to run with receivers.

    Damon Sayles

79. 4-Star DE Chauncey Manac

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 220 pounds

    High School: Clinch County High School; Homerville, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 WDE; No. 79 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Georgia on Sept. 27, 2014

    As a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, Chauncey Manac is an athlete who can make plays in a three-point stance or standing in a linebacker-ready position.

    Manac is a versatile player who could play at multiple positions when he arrives at Georgia. The fact that he plays with a high level of energy cancels out the fact that he may be considered small to play defensive end at the next level.

    Manac committed to Georgia in September of last year. He has additional offers from SEC, ACC and Big Ten schools, but he is solid with the Bulldogs.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Manac doesn't fit the mold of the average defensive end, which is far from an insult. His streamlined frame meshes well with his power, and it all becomes a major issue for larger, slower offensive linemen.

    Manac's ability to make plays from sideline to sideline gives him an opportunity to see early playing time, regardless of his size. He may see time at outside linebacker before defensive end, but expect him to be around the ball wherever he plays.

    —Damon Sayles

78. 4-Star OG John Raridon

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 260 pounds

    High School: Valley High School; West Des Moines, Iowa

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 offensive guard; No. 78 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to Nebraska on Sept. 28, 2014

    Among the first batch of commitments for Nebraska's 2016 class was 4-star offensive guard John Raridon.

    The top prospect from the state of Iowa committed to the old staff under Bo Pelini and has maintained his pledge since new head coach Mike Riley took over the program.

    Raridon chose Nebraska over offers from Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Raridon is tenacious as a run-blocker. He has the power and athleticism to lock on to his defender and drive him backward consistently. He's adept at pulling as a lead guard, and he's agile and quick enough to get to linebackers and defensive backs on quick passing plays. He will need to add weight and strength at the next level. However, his overall skill set translates well to the college level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

77. 4-Star ATH Devin White

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    Height/Weight: 6' ½", 235 pounds

    High School: North Webster High School; Springhill, Louisiana

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 athlete; No. 77 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss

    At 235 pounds, 4-star Louisiana athlete Devin White has the athleticism to be a standout running back or linebacker at the college level.

    Over the last two seasons, he's registered 3,381 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on offense while racking up 192 tackles on defense.

    LSU is the early favorite for White, but schools such as Alabama and Ole Miss are heavily pursuing the No. 9 prospect from the Pelican State.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    White simply does things that normal 235-pound running backs don't do. He's got the speed to get to the edge and run away from defenders, but he's also a load to bring down when running between the tackles. He brings a combo of athleticism and physicality to the position that makes him an intriguing talent at the college level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

76. 4-Star DT Boss Tagaloa

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 295 pounds

    High School: De La Salle High School; Concord, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 10 DT; No. 76 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Arizona, Cal and UCLA

    It's fitting that "Boss" is the first name—the real first name—of Boss Tagaloa. When he's on the field, he's just that.

    Tagaloa always finds a way to be in the middle of a play. He's an emotional player whose passion can be infectious.

    UCLA is a school to watch for the uncommitted lineman. Cal, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State are some other programs to keep an eye on.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    When discussing Tagaloa, his high level of play often comes up. He has an outstanding motor, as he plays to the whistle on every play. He also has good feet and hands.

    Although not the tallest athlete, Tagaloa makes up for the height with his football IQ. He also brings a lot of athleticism to the table, which helps him win one-on-one matchups against larger athletes.

    —Damon Sayles

75. 4-Star WR Tyrie Cleveland

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ½", 189 pounds

    High School: Westfield High School; Houston

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 8 WR; No. 75 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and TCU

    Tyrie Cleveland backed off a verbal commitment to Texas A&M in mid-April, creating opportunities for other programs to creep back into the picture. Baylor, Georgia, UCLA and Tennessee are teams that have offered since his decommitment, while the Aggies, TCU and Houston are in-state options still in play. There's sentiment that he is a "package deal" with 4-star quarterback and Westfield teammate Dillon Sterling-Cole.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Cleveland was arguably the breakout star this summer at The Opening, teaming up with Elite 11 MVP Shea Patterson to win a star-studded seven-on-seven tournament. He made every catch asked of him, pulling in contested passes, running crisp routes and simply burning top-level defensive backs with elite speed (15/15; timed at 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash).

    There's also a confidence Cleveland brings to the field that tells you he believes no defender can keep him in check one-on-one, an attitude he often validates. Cleveland, who caught 53 passes for 1,105 yards and 13 touchdowns, will likely end up much higher on this list before national signing day.

    —Tyler Donohue

74. 4-Star OG Terrance Davis

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 305 pounds

    High School: DeMatha Catholic High School; Hyattsville, Maryland

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 offensive guard; No. 74 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Florida State, Maryland and Michigan

    DeMatha Catholic in Maryland has been a powerhouse program in recent years.

    Among the studs lining for the Stags this fall is 4-star offensive guard Terrance Davis.

    Michigan and Maryland are among the early leaders for Davis, but as Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports notes, SEC powers such as Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are fighting to get the 6'4", 305-pounder on campus later this summer.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Davis is a versatile athlete who played tackle and guard on the offensive line as well as defensive tackle for his prep squad. That defensive influence is evident in how aggressive he is as a blocker. He possesses a solid frame, and he's got the tools to develop into a force at the guard position in college.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

73. 4-Star OLB Erick Fowler

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 232 pounds

    High School: Manor High School; Manor, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 outside linebacker; No. 73 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to LSU on June 13, 2015

    After failing to sign a linebacker in the 2015 class, one of the biggest needs for LSU in 2016 was retooling the middle level of its defense.

    The Tigers struck a huge blow last month when they landed Texas 4-star linebacker Erick Fowler.

    Although Fowler could play defensive end, the Tigers have made it clear they want him at linebacker, as noted by Shea Dixon of Geaux247.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Fowler is a natural as a pass-rusher coming off the edge. However, his ability to be a sure-handed tackler in space is what makes him a candidate to be a three-down linebacker at the next level. His biggest adjustment in college will be proving that he can be effective in pass coverage.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

72. 4-Star DT Benito Jones

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 260 pounds

    High School: Wayne County High School; Waynesboro, Mississippi

    247Sports Ranking: No. 11 DT; No. 72 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Ole Miss on Aug. 17, 2014

    Benito Jones is an enigma of sorts as a defensive lineman. Some coaches are wondering if he makes for a better defensive tackle or defensive end in college.

    But that's what makes Jones such an attractive get for Ole Miss. He has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and others but chose to stay close to home.

    The "Landsharks" will get a defender who could be a major player to watch in a couple of years.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jones plays with a fire that will fit well with what head coach Hugh Freeze is doing at Ole Miss. He's a versatile defender who is fueled by his hands, footwork and overall quickness off the snap.

    Jones is a strong lineman who can use his lower center of gravity to his advantage. He always seems to be around the ball as well.

    —Damon Sayles

71. 4-Star ILB Lokeni Toailoa

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 212 pounds

    High School: Wilmer Amina Carter High School; Rialto, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 inside linebacker; No. 71 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to UCLA on March 23, 2015

    UCLA could have a formidable punch in the middle of its defense with pledges from Krys Barnes and fellow 4-star linebacker Lokeni Toailoa.

    However, according to Lars Hanson of 247Sports, Toailoa could be on the verge of flipping to fellow Pac-12 member Washington after the Huskies recently offered his brother, Leni Toailoa—a 3-star safety and current San Jose State commit.

    The No. 12 prospect from the Golden State initially committed to UCLA over Notre Dame, USC and Washington, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    What Toailoa lacks in size, he makes up with speed and sheer aggression. He also plays tight end for his prep squad, which highlights the athleticism he brings to the linebacker position. He's a sure tackler who flies all over the field in pursuit, and his speed helps him cover a lot of ground in pass coverage. He will need to add some size to prepare for the physical rigors of the position in college.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

70. 4-Star CB David Long

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 175 pounds

    High School: Loyola High School; Los Angeles

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 cornerback; No. 70 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Michigan, Stanford, USC and Washington

    The recruiting battle for David Long Jr. is one to watch. Watching Long perform, it's easy to see why the battle is so deep.

    Stanford and Washington are two schools competing for Long's services. USC and Michigan are also contenders for Long, who has 23 offers, according to 247Sports.

    Long defines versatility, as he can play cornerback, wide receiver and, in the right system, outside linebacker. He also has the skill set to be a return specialist.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    An agile and athletic player, Long has great footwork and good makeup speed, which will help him in one-on-one situations. He moves well and can hold his side of the field. Long's quickness is an asset, and his ball skills as a wide receiver will be beneficial on the other side of the ball.

    Long has the talent to play both sides of the ball, but his ticket to playing time at the next level may be at cornerback, primarily because of his competitiveness and confidence. He's always looking to make the big play.

    —Damon Sayles

69. 4-Star DT Kendell Jones

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    Height/Weight: 6'4 ½", 361 pounds

    High School: Shoemaker High School; Killeen, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 DT; No. 69 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Alabama on May 22, 2015

    You don't get the nickname "Hulk" for being pint-sized. Kendell Jones Jr. is the extreme opposite of "pint-sized."

    Arguably one of the trimmest 361-pound athletes walking, Jones is the perfect example of someone who can turn on the charm off the field and be a dominant force on it. When he's locked in, he's more than a handful to contain as a defensive lineman.

    Jones verbally committed to Alabama on May 22, choosing the Crimson Tide over Texas, LSU and several other schools.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    In short, Jones is a load to defend. He is naturally strong and deceptively quick. When he plays with a chip on his shoulder, he's one of the most feared individuals in the 2016 class.

    Jones is a physically gifted athlete but knows he can be even better with the right tutelage. Alabama could be the program that turns a great defensive lineman into an extraordinary one.

    —Damon Sayles

68. 4-Star OT Landon Dickerson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 293 pounds

    High School: South Caldwell High School; Hudson, North Carolina 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 68 offensive tackle; No. 68 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Tennessee

    The top offensive line prospect from North Carolina in the 2016 cycle is 4-star offensive tackle Landon Dickerson.

    Florida State was the last team to host Dickerson for a visit, as noted by Josh Newberg of Noles247.

    As detailed by Keith Niebuhr of AuburnUndercover, Auburn is another school that has made a strong push to land Dickerson.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Dickerson is another player I got to watch at The Opening. Aside from a few reps he held his own against the nation's best defensive linemen. He's got a strong base and has good power and agility. Dickerson is athletic enough to play guard or tackle, but based on the film he could be a great guard. He has the type of mean streak and aggressive mentality to thrive at that position. Regardless, his versatility is a plus that should help him be a contributor early in his career.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

67. 4-Star DE Breland Brandt

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 220 pounds

    High School: Windward School; Los Angeles

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 WDE; No. 67 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to UCLA on Oct. 5, 2014

     

    Breland Brandt is another defensive end who doesn't look like a defensive end. Looks, however, can be deceiving.

    Brandt is a solid pass-rusher, and his ability to get to the quarterback won him over with the UCLA coaching staff. He committed to the Bruins last October.

    Along with his UCLA offer, Brandt only has nine reported offers, per 247Sports, but among those offers are Alabama, USC and Miami.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    The speed and versatility of Brandt make him a player to keep an eye on. He's listed as a defensive end but could be the perfect outside linebacker in UCLA's system.

    Brandt's lateral movement and overall ability to make the tackle are among the reasons why he's a respected college football recruit. He has a nose for the football.

    —Damon Sayles

66. 4-Star WR Eli Stove

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 178 pounds

    High School: Niceville High School; Niceville, Florida

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 7 WR; No. 66 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Committed to Auburn on May 30, 2015

    Florida State and Florida each attempted to secure an in-state commitment from Eli Stove, as several other interested SEC programs entered the picture. He ultimately opted to leave home turf and continue his playing career with the Tigers.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Stove is a burner (15/15 speed) who can reel off momentum-swinging plays when the quarterback finds him in stride. This element of his approach is also a major factor when he gains possession behind a pack of blockers in screen settings.

    There are still times when Stove allows the ball to come to him rather than reaching for it as receivers are fundamentally taught (21/25 hands), and his route-running largely remains hit-or-miss (17/20). Stove can further polish those parts of his game moving ahead as he looks to build on a junior campaign that featured 54 catches for 719 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    —Tyler Donohue

65. 4-Star ATH Devin Asiasi

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 260 pounds

    High School: De La Salle High School; Concord, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 athlete; No. 65 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Miami, Michigan, Oregon, USC and Washington

    According to Justin Hopkins of 247Sports, 4-star jumbo athlete Devin Asiasi recently trimmed his list of suitors to eight lucky programs.

    The 6'5", 260-pounder, who could play defensive end or tight end in college, is the No. 9 prospect from the state of California in the 2016 cycle.

    Last season, Asiasi played both ways, recording five sacks and catching 16 passes for 264 yards and a pair of scores.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Asiasi is an intriguing prospect with a high ceiling at both defensive end and tight end. Personally, I like him at tight end because of his athleticism and his ability to create mismatches against smaller defensive backs and slower linebackers. He's still raw, but he's versatile enough to be a player who can handle in-line blocking or being flexed out wide as a receiver with equal effectiveness.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

64. 4-Star CB Nigel Knott

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 175 pounds

    High School: Germantown High School; Madison, Mississippi

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 cornerback; No. 64 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss and Oregon

    Nigel Knott defines athleticism. Whether it's in a footrace or a jumping competition, Knott is one of the best athletes in the 2016 class.

    At The Opening, Knott ran the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, vertical-jumped 46.5 inches, completed the 20-yard shuttle in less than four seconds and nearly threw the power ball 40 feet. On the football field last year, Knott had 112 tackles, 16 pass breakups and four interceptions.

    Knott has 25 reported offers, per 247Sports. Among the schools showing interest are Oregon, Alabama, Florida State, USC and the two in-state schools, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. His father, David Knott, played defensive back at Ole Miss, and his sister, Deja Givens, is a high-jumper at Mississippi State.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    In short, Knott's a playmaker, and his athleticism makes him a very wanted man. His blazing speed, leaping ability and overall instincts make him a reliable shutdown defender. His recovery speed keeps him in quite a few plays.

    Knott, additionally, is a great tackler. He's a reliable finisher on run plays, and he plays larger than his frame. He has the potential to be an impact player early in his college career.

    —Damon Sayles

63. 4-Star Pro-Style QB Dwayne Haskins

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 198 pounds

    High School: The Bullis School; Potomac, Maryland

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 pro-style quarterback; No. 63 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Maryland on May 15, 2015

    Dwayne Haskins surprised plenty of pundits when he opted to remain in Maryland as a member of the Terrapins football program. A list of collegiate opportunities that includes more than 40 universities dwindled to three favorites by the time he confirmed a decision—Maryland, Florida and Rutgers, located minutes away from his childhood hometown.

    "I'll always be Jersey-born, but I'm DMV-made," Haskins told Bleacher Report, referring to the acronym for a region composed of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

    Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State also warranted serious consideration.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Haskins stood out on the camp circuit earlier this year, verifying a lot of the qualities we observed in film study. His consistency is a key factor, as the dropback, foot placement and follow-through mechanics are repeatedly sharp.

    His pocket presence (10/10) is exactly what you look for in the guy orchestrating an offense. Haskins stays compact up top, even when flushed outside of his comfort zone by opponents, and goes through progressions across the field instead of locking in early.

    He doesn't have many 2016 rivals in terms of accuracy (25/25), but his deep-range arm strength (17/20) still lags behind some top-tier contemporaries. Expect gradual improvements in that area when he enters a college training regimen at Maryland, where Haskins could compete for immediate reps.

    Haskins, who threw for 3,066 yards, 36 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during the past two seasons, is also the kind of worker, listener and leader coaches covet.

    —Tyler Donohue

62. 4-Star WR DeKaylin Metcalf

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 195 pounds

    High School: Oxford High School; Oxford, Mississippi

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 6 WR; No. 62 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Ole Miss on June 8, 2013

    The Rebels hit the ground running in this recruiting cycle, securing a commitment from program legacy DeKaylin Metcalf immediately after his freshman year. The son of former Ole Miss All-American offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf has since collected offers from Oregon, Alabama, UCLA and Miami, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    There's an endearing savvy to Metcalf's game, as he's adept at exploiting mismatches at every level of the field. He accelerates off the line of scrimmage swiftly (14/15) for an athlete of his stature and works his way downfield with excellent anticipation of how a defender is going to play him.

    Metcalf's greatest assets are his mitts (25/25 hands), as he smothers the football at its highest point to ensure possession on contested tosses. His junior campaign included 79 receptions for 1,229 yards and 19 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.

    —Tyler Donohue

61. 4-Star OLB Michael Divinity

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 218 pounds

    High School: John Ehret High School; Marrero, Louisiana

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 outside linebacker; No. 61 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas A&M

    Given LSU's need at linebacker, it would love to pair Erick Fowler with in-state 4-star linebacker Michael Divinity.

    As noted by Shea Dixon, the Tigers have made Divinity a priority.

    However, schools such as Baylor, Ole Miss—which had Divinity on campus in late May—and Texas A&M are trying to lure him away from his home state for college.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Divinity is an active presence as an outside linebacker. He's even split out to cover receivers on the prep level and has had success doing so. He covers ground in short order when moving from sideline to sideline. Getting bigger and stronger will be a priority for him moving forward.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

60. 4-Star DE Shane Simmons

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 221 pounds

    High School: DeMatha Catholic High School; Hyattsville, Maryland

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 WDE; No. 60 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Penn State on July 30, 2014

    Shane Simmons is easy to like, particularly because of his high motor with every play.

    At The Opening, Simmons lined up with the intention to win every one-on-one battle—regardless of the fact that he was outweighed by 100 pounds at times. His fearlessness is one of the traits that lured Penn State coaches to him.

    Simmons is solid with his Penn State commitment. Maryland and Florida State are two other schools hoping to flip him before national signing day.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Simmons doesn't have the girth of a prototypical defensive lineman, but his height and passion for the game make him one to watch as he prepares for life at Penn State. He has long arms, which allow him to be disruptive in passing situations.

    Simmons is a classic speed-rusher, someone who can consistently beat an offensive tackle off the ball. What he doesn't have in size, he makes up for with speed.

    —Damon Sayles

59. 4-Star S Nigel Warrior

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 188 pounds

    High School: Peachtree Ridge High School; Suwanee, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 safety; No. 59 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee

    As the son of a former NFL defensive back, Nigel Warrior has all the tools a program would want in a versatile safety.

    Warrior is a dynamic athlete who can play either safety or cornerback, but he is more comfortable at safety. His versatility reminds many of his father, Dale Carter.

    Warrior has nearly 30 offers and has Georgia and Tennessee high on his list. Carter was a standout at Tennessee during his college days.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Warrior is a safety who relies on his instincts to make plays. He has a high football IQ, and he rarely makes the same mistake twice.

    Warrior is a solid tackler, but he also does a solid job of covering receivers and tight ends in passing situations. He draws comparisons to his father, who was a versatile member of the Volunteers secondary when he played.

    —Damon Sayles

58. 4-Star WR Sam Bruce

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 5'8", 180 pounds

    High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High School; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 5 WR; No. 58 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Miami on July 8, 2014

    Sam Bruce remains the top-rated commitment prospect in a Hurricanes class that continues to exceed expectations. However, momentum may gradually shift toward the Gators following the 2015 signing of former high school teammate Jordan Scarlett and a recent pledge from St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Jake Allen.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    His diminutive stature may scare off scouts who put major stock in measurables, but we challenge the doubters to watch this beast go to work. Bruce, the nephew of former Pro Bowl St. Louis Rams receiver Isaac Bruce, is a relentless competitor who plucks passes in traffic (25/25 hands) and manages to gain separation from defenders who typically hold a height advantage (18/20 release).

    He also excels at an often overlooked quality scouts should always keep a close eye on with receivers—a willingness to aggressively block defenders downfield. Bruce secured 65 catches during the past two campaigns, leading to 1,099 yards and 16 scores.

    —Tyler Donohue

57. 4-Star OT Ben Cleveland

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    Height/Weight: 6'7", 322 pounds

    High School: Stephens County High School; Toccoa, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 offensive tackle; No. 57 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Georgia on July 19, 2014

    Georgia's 2016 recruiting class got off to a fast start last July when 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason and 4-star offensive tackle Ben Cleveland gave head coach Mark Richt a pair of elite prospects to build around.

    The U.S. Army All-American is the top offensive line prospect from the Peach State in the 2016 cycle.

    Cleveland chose the Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Ole Miss, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Cleveland has the prototypical size and athleticism you would want in an offensive tackle prospect. He even played both defensive tackle and defensive end for his prep team, which illustrates his athletic ability. He's got a decent kick step when getting into his pass-pro set, but his strength at this point is firing off the ball as a run-blocker. Still, Cleveland has all the tools and potential to become a standout left tackle at the next level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

56. 4-Star DE Janarius Robinson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5 ½", 260 pounds

    High School: Bay High School; Panama City, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 WDE; No. 56 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Florida State on Sept. 21, 2014

     

    A player like Janarius Robinson is always fun to watch. He can be dominant, but he never is in a position where he doesn't want to learn.

    Robinson learned a lot competing at The Opening, and he plans on using the tutelage in preparation for his time at Florida State.

    Robinson is committed to the Seminoles, but he's said he's keeping his recruiting door ajar. Alabama arguably is the team best fitted to flip Robinson if he chooses to decommit.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robinson came to The Opening noticeably bigger, but he didn't appear to be slower. That's something Florida State coaches will love.

    Robinson is motivated by the recent success of defensive linemen to come through Florida State. He has the tools to be the next big thing in Jimbo Fisher's defense.

    —Damon Sayles

55. 4-Star ILB Rahshaun Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 225 pounds

    High School: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 inside linebacker; No. 55 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Committed to Clemson on March 26, 2015

    Originally a native of Baltimore, 4-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith is one of a handful of standouts who transferred to IMG Academy in the offseason.

    Smith committed to Clemson in March over offers from Alabama, Florida State, LSU and Oklahoma, among others.

    Smith is a versatile defender who could also play defensive end at the next level.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Smith is another prospect I got to watch up close at the Orlando Nike Opening Regional camp. His length and his ability to be a disruptive force as a pass-rusher separate him as an elite prospect. In pass coverage, he displayed a good feel for dropping into zones and breaking on routes. Plus, he's versatile enough to play on the outside or even at defensive end in certain situations.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani 

54. 4-Star DE McTelvin Agim

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ½", 268 pounds

    High School: Hope High School; Hope, Arkansas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 SDE; No. 54 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Arkansas, Baylor, Ole Miss and Texas A&M

     

    The top-ranked player in Arkansas, McTelvin Agim didn't disappoint while he was in Oregon for The Opening.

    In fact, Agim may have improved his stock with his play. He consistently won battles against offensive linemen—and in the rare occasion of losing a one-on-one matchup, he would be the first to get advice from his coaches.

    Agim will be a solid player for one lucky school. He has Arkansas, Baylor, Ole Miss and Texas A&M high on his list.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Agim plays the game with a high level of intensity and a sense of pride. He uses solid technique to outplay offensive linemen. Agim is the kind of player who can shut down an entire side of the field because of his deceptive speed and level of energy.

    To add, Agim is coachable. He understands that he's going to win some and lose some, but when he loses, he makes it a priority not to make the same mistake twice.

    —Damon Sayles

53. 4-Star ATH Jack Jones

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    Height/Weight: 5'10", 170 pounds

    High School: Long Beach Poly; Long Beach, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 athlete; No. 53 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Michigan, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC

    Last year, Golden State powerhouse Long Beach Poly was buzzing thanks to elite corner and eventual USC signee Iman Marshall.

    This year, the main attraction in the Jackrabbits program is 4-star athlete Jack Jones.

    Jones, who could play receiver or corner at the next level, has the Trojans in hot pursuit of him in addition to schools such as Michigan, Oklahoma and UCLA.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Of all the prospects on this list, I'm perhaps most torn on where I like Jones more. Ultimately, I chose receiver based on his explosiveness on film. He's got great short-area quickness and the ability to make defenders miss in space. He could also be a candidate to return kicks on special teams. Ultimately, the team that lands Jones will get a player with the potential to make an early impact in a multitude of ways.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

52. 4-Star OT E.J. Price

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 311 pounds

    High School: Archer High School; Lawrenceville, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 offensive tackle; No. 52 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia and Michigan

    Offensive tackle E.J. Price, a 4-star, decommitted from Georgia in June, but he told Bleacher Report at The Opening that the Bulldogs are still the favorite to land him on signing day.

    "Georgia, they are my No. 1 right now because I have such a good relationship with them," Price said. "I want to be clear that it was nothing against Georgia. I just felt like I needed to enjoy the process because you only get to do it once. Georgia is definitely still up there."

    Price mentioned Florida State, Georgia, Texas A&M and Michigan as schools he could potentially visit in the fall.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    I saw Price at The Opening, and he opened some eyes with his performance. Even when he lost reps he was rarely caught in a bad position. He's got great footwork, and he's fluid in his movements. He needs to use his hands better to fend off defensive ends and work on maintaining his balance in pass protection. But overall Price has a strong frame and the upside necessary to develop into an elite prospect in college.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

51. 4-Star CB Shyheim Carter

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 190 pounds

    High School: Kentwood High School; Kentwood, Louisiana

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 cornerback; No. 51 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Alabama on July 15, 2014

    For more than a year, Shyheim Carter has been committed to Alabama. The big question is this: Can the Crimson Tide keep him committed?

    The stud cornerback made it out to camps at Ole Miss and LSU last month, according to 247Sports, but he also went to an Alabama camp at the end of May.

    Whichever school lands Carter will get an outstanding athlete, someone who can play multiple positions at the next level but will probably settle in at cornerback—most likely in the SEC.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    As Carter focuses on the defensive side of the ball, his ball-hawking skills are among his most notable. He has quick feet and quick hands, making one-on-one matchups difficult for opposing wide receivers.

    Carter's strongest assets on the football field are his versatility and athleticism, making him effective on both sides of the ball. Additionally, he's a competitive athlete who plays each snap with a high level of intensity.

    —Damon Sayles

50. 4-Star OLB Keion Joyner

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 200 pounds

    High School: Havelock High School; Havelock, North Carolina

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 outside linebacker; No. 50 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Auburn, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina and Texas A&M

    One of the more interesting recruitments in the 2016 cycle moving forward will be that of 4-star North Carolina linebacker Keion Joyner.

    The in-state Tar Heels have some momentum, having been able to get him on campus last month.

    However, Auburn, LSU and Florida State are among the schools hoping to make a splash with the No. 2 prospect from North Carolina in the 2016 cycle.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Joyner is a rangy linebacker who could excel in a hybrid role that mixes his responsibilities from linebacker to defensive end. His length and wingspan are tools that help him frustrate blockers and corral ball-carriers in pursuit. His frame is suitable for adding mass, which gives him one of the higher ceilings of any linebacker in the 2016 class.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

49. 4-Star DE Jonathon Cooper

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    Height/Weight: 6'3 ½", 238 pounds

    High School: Gahanna Lincoln High School; Columbus, Ohio

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 WDE; No. 49 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Ohio State on Nov. 14, 2014

     

    The more Jonathon Cooper showed at The Opening, the more positive things people said. He was better than advertised.

    Cooper had an outstanding week and was recognized as one of the top five defensive linemen of the event.

    Cooper committed to Ohio State last November and is still solid with his pledge.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Cooper is one of those athletes who hasn't reached his peak but sells people on potential alone. He's built more like a linebacker than a defensive end, but his ability to rush the quarterback makes him a primary asset on the defensive line.

    Cooper has a frame that will allow him to gain 15-20 pounds and not have it hurt him. The sky is the limit for Cooper, and Ohio State is excited about the future.

    —Damon Sayles

48. 4-Star Dual-Threat QB Feleipe Franks

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 220 pounds

    High School: Wakulla High School; Crawfordville, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 dual-threat quarterback; No. 48 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to LSU on June 1, 2014

    Tigers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron snatched up Feleipe Franks shortly after his sophomore year. The commitment remains intact, and it appears LSU is even needier for quarterback depth than this time last summer.

    "They want to win a national championship in four years," Franks told Ross Dellenger of the Advocate. "That's their expectations, try to lead your team to a national championship. That's my mindset."

    Franks remains a target for the Florida Gators, while his offer sheet also includes Alabama, Clemson and Mississippi State.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Franks is a formidable athletic specimen who intends to play football and baseball in Baton Rouge. He aims to compete at pitcher on the diamond, so it's no surprise he exhibits a rocket in the pocket (15/15 arm strength).

    He isn't asked to fire the ball 30-plus yards downfield on a regular basis in high school, where the offense appears to operate most effectively with three-step drops and quick-hit tosses. Franks will face far more challenging attempts in college but can build off quality accuracy (18/20) moving forward.

    This is a quarterback who is content to remain in the pocket, and he could be more appropriately labeled a pro-style passer (15/20 mobility). His size and strength do make him a dangerous short-yardage rusher in the SEC, as he gained 425 yards and three scores on the ground last season.

    Footwork is a point of emphasis here, but there are already promising signs of eventual collegiate success based on the way Franks finds targets and stands tall behind his offensive line. He completed 56 percent of his passes for 4,091 yards and 46 touchdowns during the past two seasons.

    —Tyler Donohue 

47. 4-Star DT Antwuan Jackson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ½", 285 pounds

    High School: Cedar Grove High School; Ellenwood, Georgia

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Ohio State

    Antwuan Jackson is fun to watch on the football field. For starters, he doesn't look like a 285-pounder.

    When he makes a play, however, he's like a giant among men; it's easy to see why he has 42 reported offers, according to 247Sports.

    Georgia would love to keep him in-state but will have to battle schools like Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina and Ohio State as Jackson continues his recruiting process.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jackson is a well-balanced defensive lineman who can do a lot of things well. He has good speed, strength, athleticism and explosiveness off the line. His first step may be what gets him early playing time in college.

    Jackson isn't the tallest defensive lineman but makes up for lack of height with a high level of energy and an even higher level of confidence. There isn't an offensive lineman he believes he can't conquer.

    —Damon Sayles

46. 4-Star S Deontay Anderson

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 192 pounds

    High School: Manvel High School; Manvel, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 safety; No. 46 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Texas

    Players like Deontay Anderson make the game look easy. He doesn't appear to be working hard on the field, but his end-of-game stats say otherwise.

    In three varsity seasons, Anderson has accounted for 184 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions as a safety. As he prepares for his senior year, he has 43 reported offers, per 247Sports, and he doesn't plan on committing until national signing day.

    Alabama and Ole Miss are schools to watch for Anderson, as are LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and a host of other programs.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Anderson is a chameleon on the football field. He is athletic in passing situations and physical during run plays. He can be a quality coverage defender, or he can deliver the big hit going downhill.

    Because of his athleticism, Anderson can hold his own with his one-on-one coverage skills. He also has great closing speed, which will aid him against speedy receivers at the next level.

    —Damon Sayles

45. 4-Star WR Kyle Davis

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    Height/Weight: 6'1 ½", 218 pounds

    High School: Archer High School; Lawrenceville, Georgia

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 4 WR; No. 45 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee

    Kyle Davis backed off his verbal pledge to South Carolina in May, though he hasn't closed the door on a potential return to the Gamecocks' class. The in-state Bulldogs appear to be the team to beat moving forward, as he spent significant time on campus in June.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Davis grades out higher than any receiver we've scouted in person after his dynamite effort at The Opening. Sure, this is based on seven-on-seven action that doesn't require competitors to block or take clobbering hits, but his skill set and athleticism are off the charts.

    It was difficult to hold a conversation with analysts in attendance without Davis' name coming up, often accompanied by the words "wow" or "freak." He's more than just a workout warrior, displaying tremendously tight route running (20/20) and reliable hands (19/20) that helped him snag 67 passes for 1,183 yards and nine scores last season.

    —Tyler Donohue

44. 4-Star OT Tommy Kraemer

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 305 pounds

    High School: Elder High School; Cincinnati  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 offensive tackle; No. 44 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Notre Dame on Oct. 4, 2014

    Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was able to land another stud line prospect out of Ohio State's backyard when 4-star tackle Tommy Kraemer committed to the Irish last October.

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

    Kraemer is the top prospect from the state of Ohio in the 2016 cycle.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Kraemer is a well-rounded prospect who still has some room to grow into his frame. Technique-wise, he's already shown the ability to slide his feet and maintain his balance in pass protection. He's got the ability to get to the second level in run-blocking situations. Overall, he's one of the more complete prospects in this class.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

43. 4-Star RB Miles Sanders

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 199 pounds

    High School: Woodland Hills High School; Pittsburgh

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 RB; No. 43 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Penn State on July 19, 2014

    Penn State fans were ecstatic when Miles Sanders announced his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions. He chose Penn State over offers from Pitt, Michigan, Michigan State and Alabama, among others.

    Sanders is a back who likes to get yards after contact. He rushed for 1,132 yards and 18 touchdowns but didn't rush 100 times as a junior.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Sanders possesses a great combination of speed, acceleration, balance and power running. He's tough to bring down with one athlete, and because of a nice spin, he's difficult to tackle overall.

    Because of his speed, Sanders could be used in a kickoff-return-specialist role early if Penn State chooses that route. He's a durable back who could have a very productive college career.

    —Damon Sayles

42. 4-Star RB Demario McCall

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 180 pounds

    High School: North Ridgeville High School; North Ridgeville, Ohio

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 APB; No. 42 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Ohio State on March 28, 2015

    Need a home run hitter in a running back form? Demario McCall rushed for 2,302 yards and 47 touchdowns as a junior. He rushed for 1,562 yards on 156 attempts—averaging right at 10 yards per carry—and had 25 touchdowns as a sophomore.

    McCall verbally committed to Ohio State at the end of March. He has 14 reported offers, according to 247Sports.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Any time a multifaceted back chooses Urban Meyer's Ohio State program, fans love to make Percy Harvin comparisons. Truthfully, McCall can be used in the same capacity.

    McCall can be a threat as a running back, a slot receiver and a special teams returner. He also could run Wildcat quarterback if necessary. McCall's talents can frustrate a defense all over the field.

    —Damon Sayles

41. 4-Star CB Kristian Fulton

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 177 pounds

    High School: Archbishop Rummel High School; Metairie, Louisiana

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 cornerback; No. 41 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M

    With 24 offers on the table, Kristian Fulton plays every down with the intentions of showing he's the best in the country at his position.

    LSU is hoping to keep Fulton in the state of Louisiana, but there are a few schools in the race for his services. Fulton visited Texas A&M last month, and he's looking to make a return trip to Arkansas very soon.

    LSU is believed to be the team to beat. All of the predictions on Fulton's 247Sports Crystal Ball point to the Tigers.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Fulton may be more quick than he is fast, and he uses his instincts to jump routes and make game-changing plays. He has great recovery speed and relies on his ability to change direction to stay with wide receivers, step for step.

    Here's what's interesting about Fulton: He's still only 16 years old. As one of the younger players of the class, he's shown that he has great feet and does a solid job in one-on-one coverage.

    —Damon Sayles

40. 4-Star OT Willie Allen

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    Height/Weight: 6'7 ½", 300 pounds 

    High School: John Curtis High School; New Orleans  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 offensive tackle; No. 40 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss

    Offensive tackle Willie Allen, a 5-star, represents the top offensive prospect in the state of Louisiana since the recent transfer of 5-star quarterback Shea Patterson to IMG Academy in Florida.

    While Alabama and LSU are the presumed favorites for Allen, in June he visited Auburn twice, as well as Ole Miss.

    Baylor, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State are among the other powers who have offered Allen.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Allen is a mauler in the run game. He does a great job of getting off the ball and driving his defender downfield. He can get to the second level in a hurry. He's less advanced as a pass-blocker, but his athleticism, footwork and long arms are a few traits that can help him develop in that area.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

39. 4-Star OC Baveon Johnson

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 310 pounds

    High School: Lake Gibson High School; Lakeland, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 center; No. 39 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Florida State on March 11, 2015

    It wasn't a surprise that 4-star center Baveon Johnson committed to Florida State.

    According to Josh Newberg of Noles247, the 6'3", 310-pounder grew up rooting for the Seminoles as a youngster and even has the Seminole logo tattooed on his shoulder.

    Johnson committed to FSU over offers from Kentucky, Miami, Nebraska and Wisconsin among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Johnson's game is based on power and strength. I saw him at the Orlando Nike Opening Regional Camp in March, and he was the most dominant performer in the trenches, earning an invite to The Opening in the process.

    Johnson plays with a mean streak. He's got a strong base in his lower body, and he uses his feet well in pass protection. At this stage, he's an elite prospect with a high ceiling moving to the next level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani 

38. 4-Star OT Jonah Williams

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 296 pounds

    High School: Folsom High School; Folsom, California  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 offensive tackle; No. 38 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Committed to Alabama on April 4, 2015

    The top offensive line prospect in the state of California in this cycle is 4-star offensive tackle Jonah Williams.

    In April, Williams committed to Alabama over offers from Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon and USC, among others.

    Williams is currently the highest-rated member of the Tide's 2016 class.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    In the 2016 tackle class, Williams has one of the better pieces of film with respect to his pass-blocking ability. He appears to be advanced in elements such as footwork and hand placement. He's also strong at the point of attack in the ground game. Adding mass and continuing to develop his technique will be key for Williams and his transition to the college level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

37. 4-Star CB Trayvon Mullen

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    Height/Weight: 6'1 ½", 172 pounds

    High School: Coconut Creek High School; Pompano Beach, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 cornerback; No. 37 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Oregon

    Trayvon Mullen used The Opening as an avenue to show just how good he can be at the next level.

    Mullen was a true shutdown cornerback and helped the Lunarbeast seven-on-seven team win the national championship. He made plays in the secondary that showed why he has 46 reported offers.

    He has a few schools on his list, but on July 2, he announced via Twitter that he's looking at Florida State, Oregon, TCU, Ohio State and LSU for official visits.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Mullen is a streamlined defender who uses his length to break up passes. His quickness and ability to change direction make him an intriguing prospect.

    He has great speed, which allows him to take risks as a cover cornerback. If a coach is looking to play a more athletic secondary, Mullen could line up at safety effectively.

    —Damon Sayles

36. 4-Star ATH Demetris Robertson

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 165 pounds

    High School: Savannah Christian Prep; Savannah, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 athlete, No. 36 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Stanford

    After making an early commitment to Alabama, 4-star athlete Demetris Robertson backed off that pledge in April.

    However, the Tide are still in the running for Robertson, as he took a visit to Tuscaloosa after his decommitment.

    Nick Saban's main competition appears to be Georgia, which holds the slight edge on Robertson's Crystal Ball page.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robertson is one of the more dynamic athletes in the 2016 class. I saw him at the Orlando Nike Opening Regional camp in March. After a slow start, he was simply unstoppable in one-on-ones. He impressed me with his ability to get off the line of scrimmage and separate from speedy corners on deep routes.

    He still has areas to improve upon, namely his precision as a route-runner. However, he's an electric playmaker with the ball in his hands, and he should continue to burst through defenses at the college level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

35. 4-Star OT Michal Menet

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 271 pounds

    High School: Exeter Township High School; Reading, Pennsylvania  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 offensive tackle; No. 35 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100 

    Committed to Penn State on May 29, 2015

    Since he's taken over at Penn State, head coach James Franklin has done a great job of locking up the top talent in the Keystone State.

    This year he was able to land the state's top prospect—4-star offensive tackle Michal Menet—in May.

    Menet chose Penn State over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State, among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Menet is another versatile prospect who has played both defensive end and defensive tackle in his career. He's naturally athletic for a player with his size. As an offensive tackle he's still very raw. He's a prospect who would benefit from a redshirt year, not just to add weight but to learn the finer details of playing offensive tackle. With that said, given his agility and aggressive mentality, he's a prospect with tremendous upside at the next level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

34. 4-Star WR Devin Duvernay

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 195 pounds

    High School: Sachse High School; Sachse, Texas

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 3 WR; No. 34 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Auburn, Baylor, Oregon, TCU and Texas

    Devin Duvernay landed in-state offers from Baylor, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech as an underclassman, firmly entrenched as a top Lone Star State talent by the conclusion of his sophomore year. His most recent campus trips include stops at Texas A&M and Auburn.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Duvernay is a dangerous commodity in the slot, where he projects to take plenty of snaps in college. His quickness (15/15) is a game-changer, and he clocked a 4.32 40-yard dash at The Opening, presenting matchup nightmares whether lined up wide or calling plays as a "Wildcat" quarterback.

    He clearly has a feel for downfield seams in the defense, bursting through space with explosive pivots and impressive lower-body strength. Duvernay, who caught 108 passes for 1,764 yards and 20 touchdowns during the past two seasons, doesn't allow himself sloppy tendencies as a route-runner (19/20) and displays fancy footwork while eluding defenders in traffic.

    —Tyler Donohue 

33. 4-Star WR Tyler Vaughns

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 175 pounds

    High School: Bishop Amat High School; La Puente, California

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 2 WR; No. 33 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Arizona State, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Washington

    Most expect Tyler Vaughns to eventually follow high school teammate Trevon Sidney to USC, but this is far from a done deal, despite the perceived lean. Primary contention comes from within the Pac-12, as Arizona State, Washington and UCLA can sell him on a less crowded situation at receiver.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Vauhgns is extremely natural at high-pointing the football, displaying strong instincts and elite hands (25/25). His expansive catch radius allows quarterbacks to simply place the ball near his body, allowing him to adjust as needed.

    He's a long-striding runner with solid speed (13/15) and smoothly transitions from receiver to runner while picking up major chunks of yards after the catch. Vaughns caught 83 passes for 1,183 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, according to MaxPreps.

    —Tyler Donohue

32. 4-Star OT Ben Bredeson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 293 pounds

    High School: Arrowhead High School; Hartland, Wisconsin  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 offensive tackle; No. 32 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to Michigan on June 17, 2015

    At the heart of Michigan's top-10 recruiting class is a trio of standouts along the offensive line.

    Leading that list is 4-star offensive tackle and Wisconsin native Ben Bredeson.

    Bredeson selected the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    In pass protection Bredeson does a great job of setting his lower base and keeping defenders at a distance using his long arms. He's got some room on his frame to add strength, and he's agile enough to play tackle. Overall, Bredeson brings a versatile skill set to college, which should help him make the transition quicker than most linemen.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

31. 4-Star RB Kareem Walker

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 210 pounds

    High School: DePaul Catholic High School; Wayne, New Jersey

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 RB; No. 31 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Ohio State on Jan. 12, 2015

    If anything is certain, it's that Kareem Walker knows how to get into the end zone. As a junior, Walker rushed for 1,607 yards and 26 touchdowns.

    Walker committed to Ohio State on Jan. 12, choosing the Buckeyes over Alabama, Rutgers and Penn State among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Walker's running style fits the Ohio State offense. He's an athlete who can run north-south but can also flip things by showing off his ability to evade tacklers.

    Size-wise, Walker is a solid, college-ready back. It'll be interesting to see how he handles Big Ten athletes. Perhaps the bigger question is how he'll handle the competition on his own team, an Ohio State squad loaded with talent at the skill positions.

    —Damon Sayles

30. 4-Star TE Kaden Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6'5 ½", 235 pounds

    High School: Marcus High School; Flower Mound, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 tight end; No. 30 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Stanford on April 11, 2015

    Stanford's 2016 class started off slowly as the Cardinal only had two commitments heading into April.

    However, landing a pledge from 5-star tight end Kaden Smith in early April was the first of four pledges from touted prospects who have fueled Stanford to a top-20 class.

    Smith selected Stanford over offers from Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Texas and Texas A&M among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    I love the fit Smith brings to the Stanford offense. He's a productive pass-catcher who poses a nightmare for defenders. He does a great job of using his hands to snatch the ball and shielding defenders with his frame. He can play H-back or flex out as a receiver, and he's solid as a blocker. He has the tools necessary to be a standout tight end early in his college career.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

29. 4-Star Pro-Style QB KJ Costello

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 213 pounds

    High School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School; Rancho Santa Margarita, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 pro-style quarterback; No. 29 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Stanford on March 26, 2015

    KJ Costello collected scholarship offers from Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee, USC, Cal and Stanford during his sophomore year. His decision ultimately came down to the Cardinal, Trojans and Wolverines.

    The choice centered on two top in-state options.

    "It was definitely a hard decision I made passing [USC] up," Costello told Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times, adding, "I kind of see what the future holds as far as after football and everything that comes along with a Stanford degree."

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Costello cemented his status as a top-tier recruit during his underclassman career, but he took serious strides toward stardom last season. Santa Margarita placed a lot more responsibility on his right arm, nearly doubling his pass attempts from the year before.

    He responded well, completing 60 percent of his tosses for 3,123 yards and 21 touchdowns. Costello averaged 284 yards per game through the air, consistently delivering arguably the best long-distance touch we've seen this cycle.

    His accuracy (24/25) sets the stage for teammates to snag the ball in stride and tack on yards after the catch. Costello's aerial efforts should continue to improve this fall, as he welcomes 4-star transfer wide receiver and Stanford target Dylan Crawford into the huddle.

    An issue that warrants attention is footwork on his follow-through. He doesn't always step into throws properly, leaving room for additional velocity on passes.

    —Tyler Donohue

28. 5-Star Pro-Style QB Malik Henry

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 180 pounds

    High School: Currently in the process of transferring

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 pro-style quarterback; No. 28 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Florida State on November 13, 2014

    Malik Henry announced plans to join the Seminoles during his junior season, spurning a group of favorites that featured Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA.

    "I felt comfortable around coach Jimbo Fisher. I think he's a great quarterback coach, he knows his stuff and their offense is explosive," he told ESPN during his commitment ceremony. "I think I can see myself in their offense."

    He enrolled at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) last school year and expected to play for head coach Chris Weinke, a Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State. It turns out neither will be at IMG, as Weinke is now with the St. Louis Rams, and Henry is looking for an alternative.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    The Seminoles land a strong-armed passer (20/20) who moves extremely well for a pro-style quarterback (9/10 mobility). Henry stands upright in the pocket while surveying his options, quickly delivering the ball when he identifies a desirable target.

    Henry, who threw for 4,413 yards and 36 touchdowns during the past two seasons, can improve in the accuracy department. He's thrown 15 interceptions in the past 20 games, completing just 50 percent of his pass attempts in 2014.

    —Tyler Donohue 

27. 4-Star ATH Mecole Hardman Jr.

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    Height/Weight: 5'10", 175 pounds 

    High School: Elbert County High School; Elberton, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 athlete; No. 27 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Auburn, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee

    Whether it be at corner or receiver, one word describes the game of 4-star Georgia athlete Mecole Hardman Jr.—explosive.

    Hardman has been a warrior in the offseason camp circuit, as he's done several camps and performed well at each stop, including the recent IMG National 7-on-7 tournament, as Luke Stampini of GatorBait noted.

    The two teams that currently seem to have a leg up on the field for Hardman are Georgia and Tennessee, with the Bulldogs apparently in the driver's seat at this stage.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    I got the chance to see Hardman at a camp in Atlanta in mid-February. On a day when most campers struggled with temperatures that hovered around 25 degrees, Hardman thrived at both receiver and corner. His speed jumps out immediately, but what makes him special is his competitiveness. He fought for reps and made them count when he got them. As good as he is on defense, he's simply too electric to not have the ball in his hands at the next level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

26. 4-Star S Eric Monroe

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 180 pounds

    High School: North Shore High School; Houston

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 safety; No. 26 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to LSU on June 17, 2015

    Need a multifaceted player on defense? Eric Monroe can be that guy.

    Monroe, who committed to LSU on June 17, is expected to line up at safety for the Tigers. However, if needed, he can line up at outside linebacker or nickelback and also play cornerback. It's that versatility that made head coach Les Miles and his staff pursue Monroe.

    Monroe is a strong LSU commit. Texas and Texas A&M are still schools to watch before national signing day, but it'll take a lot for Monroe to flip.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Monroe can make plays strictly on instinct. He doesn't make many wrong decisions, and when he chooses correctly, it often results in a very big play for his team.

    Monroe's athleticism is arguably his strongest asset, but his versatility makes him an attractive get. He has a nose for the football and good closing speed as a defensive back.

    —Damon Sayles

25. 5-Star APB Tavien Feaster

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 204 pounds

    High School: Spartanburg High School; Spartanburg, South Carolina

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 APB; No. 25 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Clemson on Feb. 4, 2015

    Speed. Agility. Size. Elusiveness. Tavien Feaster has everything you want in a running back.

    Feaster rushed for 1,153 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He had an even better sophomore year, finishing with 1,429 yards and 15 touchdowns. Feaster committed to Clemson on Feb. 4.

    In addition to being a solid running back, he's pretty good on the track. Feaster ran the 100-meter dash in 10.42 seconds. He ran the 40-yard dash at The Opening in 4.38.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Feaster is an athlete who can do it all at the next level. He runs well, catches out of the backfield and in the slot and can block in 3rd-and-long situations.

    Feaster is the type of player who could put on 10 pounds of muscle and not be affected. He'll still have great speed and overall vision.

    —Damon Sayles

24. 5-Star DT Julian Rochester

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    Height/Weight: 6'5 ½", 315 pounds

    High School: McEachern High School; Powder Springs, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 DT; No. 24 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Georgia on May 28, 2015

    A guy like Julian Rochester can be easy to like immediately. He passes the eyeball test of the prototypical college defensive tackle.

    Add in the fact that he has the skill set of one, and it's easy to see why he has 20 offers. Rochester, however, ended his recruiting process with a commitment to Georgia on May 28.

    Auburn, Alabama, Clemson and Florida are among the schools showing interest, but it doesn't look like Rochester will waver from Georgia.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Size-wise, Rochester is everything you want in a defensive tackle. He's a big, tall defender who uses his length well in one-on-one matchups. Strength is also a major asset.

    Rochester brings athleticism to the line too. He moves well laterally for a big guy and is able to make plays to help shut down his side of the field.

    —Damon Sayles

23. 5-Star DE Marlon Davidson

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 260 pounds

    High School: Greenville High School; Montgomery, Alabama

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 SDE; No. 23 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Michigan

     

    Marlon Davidson is a guy who enjoys what he does on the football field. It's evident with every big play.

    Davidson will talk the talk but walk the walk on the field. He's a strong defensive end who can beat an offensive lineman with either power or technique. That's what makes him a wanted individual.

    Auburn is believed to be the leader in the Davidson sweepstakes, but schools like Alabama, Georgia and Michigan should not be overlooked.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Davidson has the quickness of a speed rush and the size of someone who could dominate as a run-stopper. He's got a level of confidence that coaches love, and he uses that confidence to his advantage on the field.

    Look for Davidson to be a big-time playmaker in college. In the right system, he has the tools to be a star player early in his career.

    —Damon Sayles

22. Star S Brandon Jones

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    Height/Weight: 5'11 ½", 193 pounds

    High School: Nacogdoches High School; Nacogdoches, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 safety; No. 22 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Baylor, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M

    What's better than Brandon Jones? A healthy Brandon Jones. After suffering a knee injury early last season, Jones is not only back but also stronger and faster than ever.

    Before Jones was hurt, he tallied 30 tackles in five games as a junior. As a sophomore, he had 95 tackles, eight pass breakups and five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

    Jones has 38 offers and hasn't officially announced a top five yet. However, he said at The Opening that in-state schools Texas and Texas A&M ultimately will make the cut, as will Oregon.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jones is the quintessential hybrid defensive back wanted by multiple college coaches. He is being recruited as a safety and tackles well, but he also covers as well as many star cornerbacks.

    Jones possesses excellent speed, good hands and an ability to make plays in zone coverage and one-on-one passing situations. He has great instincts and closing speed. Additionally, Jones plays the game with a high IQ.

    —Damon Sayles

21. 5-Star OLB Mique Juarez

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 222 pounds

    High School: North High School; Torrance, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 outside linebacker; No. 21 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to USC on Jan. 18, 2015

    USC cleaned up at linebacker in the 2015 class, and it is well on its way to doing so again with pledges from Daelin Hayes and 5-star linebacker Mique Juarez.

    As Steve Wiltfong details, Juarez has a skill set similar to current Trojans star defender Su'a Cravens.

    Juarez chose the Trojans over offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA among others.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    The comparison for Juarez to Su'a Cravens is a fitting one. He's very similar in that he has the skill set of a safety playing in the box as a linebacker. His versatility to line up in different spots and create havoc as a pass-rusher or as a run-stuffer is impressive. He's one of the more complete prospects in the 2016 class.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani 

20. 5-Star OLB Ben Davis

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 240 pounds

    High School: Gordo High School; Gordo, Alabama

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 outside linebacker; No. 20 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and LSU

    It's a banner year in the state of Alabama, as 5-star linebacker Ben Davis is one of three defenders from the Yellowhammer State to earn the 5-star designation in the 2016 class.

    Davis, whose father Wayne is the all-time leading tackler at the University of Alabama, has maintained that his father's legacy in Tuscaloosa will not have an impact on his college choice.

    As noted by Chris Nee of Noles247, Davis intends remain open to all schools and take his recruitment the distance.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    From a physical standpoint, Davis is a freakish athlete who even plays receiver for his prep squad. As a linebacker, he is a disruptive force who is comfortable in the scrum at the line of scrimmage or on the edges versus speedy backs and receivers. When you combine his frame and the versatility he brings to the position, Davis has intriguing long-term potential.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

19. 5-Star WR Nate Craig-Myers

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 205 pounds

    High School: Tampa Catholic High School; Tampa, Florida

    247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 1 WR; No. 19 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, LSU and Ohio State

    Nate Craig-Myers pledged to Auburn last summer but underwent a change of heart during his junior year. He reopened his recruitment in May, and Florida State has surged into the spot of favorite among analysts, holding 65 percent of expert signing day predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    It's great to see Craig-Myers on the mend from the season-ending leg injury he suffered at the start of last season, following 12 touchdown receptions as an underclassman. His recovery was apparent at The Opening, where he flashed the trademark speed (15/15) and agility (15/15) that made him such a coveted prospect early in the process.

    Craig-Myers snares the ball up high, and when it hits him on the move, he's a threat to split defenders and take it the distance. He also excels in the lateral passing game, exploiting off-balance defenders on screen attempts.

    —Tyler Donohue 

18. 5-Star OLB Caleb Kelly

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 215 pounds

    High School: Clovis West High School; Fresno, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 outside linebacker; No. 18 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and Oklahoma

    The top prospect from the state of California in the 2016 cycle is 5-star linebacker Caleb Kelly.

    At the moment, even though in-state powers UCLA and USC are aggressively recruiting him, Wiltfong notes Kelly could leave the state for his college ball.

    Oklahoma is the current favorite, but there is a long way to go in the U.S. Army All-American's recruitment.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Similar to fellow California native Juarez, Kelly is a player who can line up at defensive back, linebacker or even at defensive end in certain looks. He's athletic enough to be effective in pass coverage. His best fit may be on the edge as a pass-rusher. His wingspan and quickness are tools that help him cause havoc in the backfield.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

17. 5-Star DT Edwin Alexander

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 310 pounds

    High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High School; Hammond, Louisiana

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 DT; No. 17 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to LSU on April 18, 2015

    Part of Edwin Alexander's junior season was cut short because of a knee injury, but LSU saw enough out of him to offer, and he committed to the Tigers in April.

    As a sophomore, Alexander had 64.5 tackles and 11.5 sacks. His numbers were cut roughly in half as a junior, but when healthy, he is a solid college prospect with a high ceiling.

    Even though he's considered a strong LSU commit, Alexander has additional offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida State, Ole Miss, Florida and a few other programs.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Alexander is the kind of defensive lineman LSU always looks for. He's got decent size and possesses good speed and strength. When the ball is snapped he has a good burst, and he finds a way to produce multiple tackles for loss.

    Alexander has good hands and plays the game with a high motor. He will only get better under Les Miles' defensive staff.

    —Damon Sayles

16. 5-Star OT Patrick Hudson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5 ½", 325 pounds

    High School: Silsbee High School; Silsbee, Texas  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 offensive tackle; No. 16 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Baylor on July 18, 2014

    One of the top prospects in the Lone Star State in the 2016 cycle is 5-star offensive tackle Patrick Hudson.

    After an initial commitment to Texas A&M, Hudson decommitted in favor of Baylor last July.

    Hudson also has offers from Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Hudson moves well for a kid his size. He's athletic enough to slide his feet in pass-pro sets. He can also get off the line quickly as a run-blocker. He has a strong punch that often stagnates the initial push from his defender. He could stand to reshape his body by losing fat and adding some mass. However, he has a college-ready frame and a skill set rounded enough to be an early contributor at the college level.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

15. 5-Star DT Rashard Lawrence

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 305 pounds

    High School: Neville High School; Monroe, Louisiana

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 DT; No. 15 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Ole Miss

    Rashard Lawrence is a wanted individual for a lot of reasons.

    A primary reason is Lawrence's approach to the game. He's an athlete who never expects to lose a one-on-one battle. That attitude has made him one of Louisiana's best athletes and a major target for Power Five schools.

    Lawrence has 23 reported offers, according to 247Sports. LSU and Alabama are two schools to which he is paying heavy attention.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Lawrence is a strong athlete who plays with a high motor. His quickness off the ball is a strong point, but the way he uses his hands may be what's best about him when he lines up for a play.

    Lawrence is fun to watch because he plays with a mean streak. He has the no-nonsense attitude that every coach wants in his defensive lineman.

    —Damon Sayles

14. 5-Star TE Isaac Nauta

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 237 pounds

    High School: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 tight end; No. 14 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100 

    Uncommitted: Considering Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and Ole Miss and Texas

    Florida State's 2016 class, which ranks as the nation's No. 2 group, received a huge boost last December when 5-star tight end Isaac Nauta committed to head coach Jimbo Fisher.

    Nauta selected the 'Noles over offers from Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina among others.

    Nauta plans to take all of his official visits, so the door may be slightly open for schools such as Auburn or Georgia to convince him to change his mind.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    I saw Nauta at the Nike Opening Regional Camp in Orlando and was blown away at his skill set. He was simply a man among boys despite a heavy downpour that affected the field conditions. He's got excellent hands and runs precise routes. What separates him as an elite prospect is his competitiveness and his aggressive mentality. His junior film is among the best I've scouted, and I'm convinced he could also be a top defensive end if he wanted to.

    Overall, Nauta is a prospect with a high ceiling at the next level, and he should be a player who has a chance to contribute early in his career.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani 

13. 5-Star CB Saivion Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 175 pounds

    High School: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 cornerback; No. 12 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Committed to LSU on Feb. 24, 2015

    Saivion Smith has all the physical tools a college coach would want in a defensive back. He has the size, the speed and the confidence.

    Few quarterbacks dared to test Smith in the air last season, and when they did, they were disappointed. Smith had five interceptions and four fumble recoveries to go along with 67 tackles as a junior.

    Smith made LSU very happy in February when he committed to the Tigers over Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Clemson and a few other schools.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Smith is a good-sized cornerback who combines physical play with solid coverage skills. His length assists him in pass-breakup opportunities.

    Smith is a playmaker who relies heavily on his instincts. If he gets beat, he has solid recovery ability. It's rare to see him get beaten in one-on-one occasions.

    —Damon Sayles

12. 5-Star DE Oluwole Betiku

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    Height/Weight: 6'3 ½", 240 pounds

    High School: Junipero Serra High School; Gardena, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 WDE; No. 12 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Penn State, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC

     

    Consider The Opening a coming-out party of sorts for Oluwole Betiku.

    The majority of the recruiting world knew how good Betiku was, but The Opening allowed him to show just how dominant of a player he can be. He took his game to another level and was beyond impressive.

    Betiku has a variety of schools after him, including USC, UCLA, Penn State and Notre Dame.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Physically, Betiku looks like the prototypical football player. He is chiseled from head to toe, and he has the athleticism to go along with the build.

    Betiku is a problem for offensive linemen because of his quickness and brute strength. He's very fast off the end, and he has a high motor, which results in hard hits every play. Add in the fact that he plays the game on a mission to do better for his family, and it's easy to see his determination in every snap.

    —Damon Sayles

11. 5-Star DT Ed Oliver

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 277 pounds

    High School: Westfield High School; Houston

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 DT; No. 11 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Houston on May 21, 2015

    He may be one of the smallest defensive tackles of the elite linemen, but Ed Oliver is proof that size doesn't matter when you have talent. And Oliver has tons of talent.

    Oliver stunned much of the recruiting world when he committed to Houston over LSU, Texas, Baylor and others on May 21. He will join his older brother, Marcus, at Houston.

    Oliver finished with 84 tackles and seven sacks as a junior.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Oliver is a dynamic, explosive tackle who impresses scouts with his first step. He is slightly undersized as a defensive lineman, but his speed, athleticism and football IQ trump his size and silence his critics.

    Oliver isn't the most vocal athlete, but his game speaks volumes. He has the goods to be an all-conference defensive lineman at Houston as a freshman.

    —Damon Sayles

10. 5-Star OLB Lyndell Wilson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 220 pounds

    High School: Carver High School; Montgomery, Alabama

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 outside linebacker; No. 10 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia

    Atop the list of prospects from the state of Alabama in the 2016 class is 5-star linebacker Lyndell Wilson.

    While he has offers from programs all over the country, most pundits expect in-state rivals Alabama and Auburn to battle it out for Wilson.

    In addition to those programs, Florida State and LSU are two schools trying to lure Wilson away from his home state.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    When I spoke to Wilson at the Atlanta Nike Opening Regional camp, he told me he patterns his game after former Alabama All-American C.J. Mosley. Wilson's game has some similarities to the current Ravens star. He's physical enough to be stout against the run and he has the agility to cover running backs in the flats or receivers in the middle of the field. With his size and speed, Wilson is a player who has the potential to be dominant at multiple spots in college.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

9. 5-Star DT Derrick Brown

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 322 pounds

    High School: Lanier High School; Buford, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 DT; No. 9 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee

    Derrick Brown showed his worth at The Opening, winning multiple battles against some of the best offensive linemen in the country.

    Brown is entertaining nearly 30 offers from schools from coast to coast. Georgia is considered a front-runner in his process, as he has established a relationship with the coaching staff.

    Even so, Brown isn't ruling out other schools. Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn are three schools that could ultimately sign him in February.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Brown, in short, is a load to defend. He's a big-bodied athlete who plays with a low center of gravity, making himself tougher to defend against offensive linemen.

    Brown has a great nose for the football. He finished his junior year with 101 tackles and 17.5 sacks. Combine that with his quickness, and Brown has the tools to be an outstanding college lineman.

    —Damon Sayles

8. 5-Star DE Shavar Manuel

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 290 pounds

    High School: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 SDE; No. 8 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Florida State, Alabama, Florida and LSU

    Shavar Manuel is one of those players who doesn't have to show much when it's time to prove if his ranking is legit.

    A couple of glances at his on-field action is enough to see that he's deserving of his lofty ranking. He is an intimidating specimen coming off the rush.

    Florida State is the front-runner for Manuel, but Florida, Alabama and LSU are three other schools to keep an eye on.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Manuel has all the tools a coach wants in a reliable defensive end. He's a big-bodied defender who possesses athleticism and explosiveness off the ball. He has a great first step, and when the play is active, he plays with a high motor.

    At 290 pounds, Manuel is extremely quick and is expected to pose problems for offensive linemen at the next level. He is versatile enough to play inside at tackle or possibly outside the line to take snaps at outside linebacker in the right scheme.

    —Damon Sayles

7. 5-Star DE Nick Bosa

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 265 pounds

    High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High School; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 SDE; No. 7 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Ohio State on July 23, 2014 

    The stock of Nick Bosa appears to rise every day, but the hype is real.

    Bosa is a special talent worthy of every offer he has received. He's the younger brother of Ohio State's Joey Bosa, and he will follow in his big brother's footsteps and be coached by Urban Meyer. 

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Bosa brings toughness and tenacity to the football field. He's a big, strong athlete who plays with a chip on his shoulder. It's that mean streak that makes Bosa such an intriguing player. He already has the mindset of a college athlete; now it's simply a matter of getting him on the field.

    —Damon Sayles

6. 5-Star CB Levonta Taylor

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 182 pounds

    High School: Ocean Lakes High School; Virginia Beach, Virginia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 cornerback; No. 6 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Florida State on April 3, 2015

    When it comes to cover cornerbacks, Levonta Taylor showed at The Opening that he is a blueprint for the class.

    Taylor was impressive throughout the weeklong event in Oregon, and with his athleticism alone, he showed why he's such a targeted commit. Taylor has more than 30 offers, but he is solid with his commitment to Florida State.

    Taylor chose the Seminoles over offers from Florida, Auburn, Ohio State, Georgia, USC and others, including in-state favorite Virginia.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    There's a lot to like about Taylor. For starters, he's an extremely fast athlete, and he can jump out of the building. His athleticism allows him to show off excellent recovery speed in passing situations as well.

    What makes Taylor such a great defensive back prospect is that he's also a solid tackler. He plays the game with the mindset of a college athlete. He is ready for next-level competition.

    —Damon Sayles

5. 5-Star Pro-Style QB Jacob Eason

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 205 pounds

    High School: Lake Stevens High School; Lake Stevens, Washington

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 pro-style quarterback; No. 5 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Committed to Georgia on July 19, 2014

    The Bulldogs enjoyed a July day to remember last summer, securing commitments from Jacob Eason and dominant in-state offensive tackle Ben Cleveland. Eason also considered offers from Florida State, Alabama, Texas, Washington and Notre Dame, where his father lined up at wide receiver in college.

    Despite his status as a nationally coveted recruit, he seems content to stick with Georgia through national signing day.

    "Jacob has never wavered on UGA," his father, Tony, told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this spring. "There's no drama with him. He's solid to UGA. ... He loves Coach [Mark] Richt, and he trusts him."

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Eason amazes on game tape, grading out among the most physically gifted high school quarterbacks we've scouted this decade. The statistics—6,228 passing yards and 59 touchdowns through 25 varsity games—paint part of the picture, but there's so much about his approach that translates extremely well to collegiate competition.

    He looks off defenders and stands tall in the pocket, refusing to sacrifice technique as defenders bear down on him while proving to be a dangerous rollout passer by evading pressure. Eason exudes confidence in the pocket (10/10 for presence) and delivers strikes anywhere on the field, earning an elite grade for his combination of power and precision (43/45).

    Elements of his game, especially an effortless quick-trigger release, continue to remind of former Georgia quarterback and eventual No. 1 NFL draft selection Matthew Stafford. His foot placement and follow-through will continue to develop, while added physical mass should aid Eason's progression as a feared distributor behind center.

    —Tyler Donohue

4. 5-Star Pro-Style QB Shea Patterson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 195 pounds

    High School: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Ole Miss on February 17, 2015

    Shea Patterson rose to prominence early in his high school career, securing scholarship offers from several squads as an underclassman. He initially pledged to Arizona after his freshman season but reopened his recruitment last summer, when opportunities emerged at Alabama, TCU, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Michigan, among other universities.

    He ultimately opted to shut things down again this past winter with a commitment to Ole Miss, where his older brother now serves on the staff. Patterson picked the Rebels over fellow finalists USC and LSU.

    "I've been to all three schools and to a game at each place," he told Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles. "Whenever I go to a game, I try to visualize myself in their uniform and with their fans. I try to get that sense of can I see myself playing there. I only saw it with one school."

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Patterson's improvisational skills are spectacular, as seemingly lost plays routinely turn into significant gains with him at the helm. His pocket presence (10/10) may be the best in this class, specifically when he reacts to pressure by stepping forward or laterally with shoulders square and eyes downfield.

    Some folks have pointed to less-than-stellar arm strength as a point of emphasis when evaluating Patterson, but he flashes enough power (18/20) to lead receivers toward the end zone on deep routes at The Opening and can drill the ball into tight spaces. This should become even more of a nonissue as he develops a stronger lower-body base.

    His touch is on point, particularly when finding receivers in the seam. Patterson can absolutely pick apart defensive gaps, and elite accuracy (25/25) is evidenced by a 63 percent completion rating during the past two seasons, when he tossed 72 touchdowns and just seven interceptions on 422 pass attempts.

    Patterson's mobility (9/10) is a meaningful element of what he can create on designed reads or while rolling out to avoid opponents. He claimed 2015 Elite 11 MVP honors.

    —Tyler Donohue

3. 5-Star DT Dexter Lawrence

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 310 pounds

    High School: Wake Forest High School; Wake Forest, North Carolina

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 DT; No. 4 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Arkansas, Clemson, Florida and North Carolina State

    Football seems to come naturally for Dexter Lawrence. When he's on the field, he appears to go through the motions, but at the same time he's dominant as a defensive lineman.

    Florida, Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State are some of the schools in which Lawrence is interested. His process, however, is wide-open.

    Lawrence has more than 20 offers and said he doesn't have a timetable set for a decision.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Lawrence makes playing defensive tackle look easy. He's a big, strong, elusive athlete who can either bully the offensive lineman or make moves around him.

    Lawrence is quick off the snap and deceptively fast. He's a player who can be a game-changing lineman at the next level. Look for him to make one school very happy when it's time for him to make a commitment.

    —Damon Sayles

2. 5-Star OT Greg Little

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    Height/Weight: 6'5 ½", 305 pounds

    High School: Allen High School; Allen, Texas  

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 offensive tackle; No. 2 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100 

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M

    As Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles detailed, 5-star offensive tackle Greg Little backed off his pledge to Texas A&M earlier this month.

    Among the schools Little has visited in the offseason are Alabama, Ole Miss and Oklahoma, in addition to the Aggies.

    The Crimson Tide appear to be the new favorite in the race to land the nation's top offensive line prospect.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    What makes Little a special prospect and one who occupies the top spot among offensive tackles is his athleticism and how fluidly he moves for a kid his size. In terms of pass protection, he's already versed in techniques such as hand placement and kick steps. He's physical enough in the run game, but that's one area where he can grow in his transition to the next level. Overall, Little is the most complete prospect in the 2016 class among offensive linemen.

    —Sanjay Kirpalani

1. 5-Star DT Rashan Gary

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 311 pounds

    High School: Paramus Catholic High School; Paramus, New Jersey

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 DT; No. 1 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 99/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Michigan

    Finding flaws in Rashan Gary's game is like finding needles in a haystack.

    Even against the nation's best players at The Opening, Gary showed his dominance. As a junior, he had 14 sacks to go along with 55 tackles. Opposing offenses did their best to run away from him.

    With 30 reported offers according to 247Sports, Gary is a wanted man. Michigan, Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State are among the teams in the hunt for his commitment.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Gary is a football phenomenon. Few 300-pounders can run the 40-yard dash in five seconds; he's run the 40 in 4.74 seconds. Gary's explosiveness off the ball and overall speed make him extremely difficult to defend.

    When you bring all of his characteristics to the table, it's easy to see why he's the top-ranked overall player. Gary has a bright college future ahead of him wherever he ends up.

    —Damon Sayles