B/R CFB Recruiting 200: Top 200 Overall Recruits for 2016

Bleacher Report College Football StaffFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

B/R CFB Recruiting 200: Top 200 Overall Recruits for 2016

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    Bleacher Report

    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 2016 cycle 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.

    When it comes to impact playmakers on both sides of the ball, the 2016 class is loaded with premier prospects capable of making their presence known as soon as the upcoming season. 

    From 5-star recruits such as defensive tackle Rashan Gary to Georgia quarterback commit Jacob Eason, there are a handful of elite talents expected to see the field early in their careers.

    Additionally, the players who make up the nation’s Top 200 prospects are scattered from coast to coast. However, California, Georgia and Texas each have four prospects who have earned a 5-star rating—which rates among the nation’s best in that category.

    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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    4-star OT Clark Yarbrough
    4-star OT Clark YarbroughCredit: 247Sports

    200. 4-star DE Mark Jackson Jr., Steele High School (Cibolo, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas A&M

    199. 4-star OL Josh Ball, Stafford High School (Fredericksburg, Virginia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Florida State

    198. 4-star DT Cedric Wood, Amos P. Godby High School (Tallahassee, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Florida State

    197. 4-star WR Clyde Chriss, Warren Easton (New Orleans, Louisiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas A&M

    196. 4-star WR Justin Layne, Benedictine High School (Cleveland, Ohio)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan State

    195. 4-star DE Rahssan Thornton, Shoemaker High School (Killeen, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU

    194. 4-star ATH Tristen Wallace, DeSoto High School (DeSoto, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oregon

    193. 4-star S Brandon Burton, Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Florida State, UCLA and USC

    192. 4-star OT Scott Lashley, West Point High School (West Point, Mississippi)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

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

    191. 4-star WR Diondre Overton, Page High School (Greensboro, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Clemson

    190. 4-star TE Luke Farrell, Perry High School (Perry, Ohio)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State

    189. 4-star DE Khalid Kareem, Harrison High School (Farmington, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Notre Dame

    188. 4-star OT Clark Yarbrough, Woodberry Forest High School (Woodberry Forest, Virginia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Stanford

    187. 4-star QB Austin Kendall, Cuthbertson High School (Waxhaw, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oklahoma

    186. 4-star WR Dee Anderson, DeSoto High School (DeSoto, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed LSU

    185. 4-star DT Chris Daniels, Trinity High School (Euless, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oklahoma

    184. 4-star WR Tre Nixon, Viera High School (Melbourne, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Auburn, Central Florida, Georgia, Florida and Penn State

    183. 4-star WR Darian Owens, Clovis West High School (Fresno, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to UCLA

    182. 4-star WR Dionte Mullins, Gulliver Prep (Miami, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 85/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Miami

    181. 4-star CB Marquill Osborne, William Amos Hough High School (Cornelius, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Tennessee

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    4-Star QB Jalen Hurts
    4-Star QB Jalen Hurts247Sports.com

    180. 4-star OG Chris Owens, Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Alabama

    179. 4-star QB Jalen Hurts, Channelview High School (Channelview, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Alabama

    178. 4-star DE Brandon Bowen, Byron Nelson High School (Trophy Club, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Baylor

    177. 4-star TE Octavious Cooley, Laurel High School (Laurel, Mississippi)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ole Miss

    176. 4-star ILB Jaquan Yulee, Indian River High School (Chesapeake, Virginia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, UNC and Virginia Tech

    175. 4-star QB Jack Allison, Palmetto High School (Palmetto, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Miami

    174. 4-star QB Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North High School (Newtown, Pennsylvania)

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at South Carolina

    173. 4-star WR Chase Claypool, Abbotsford High School (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Notre Dame

    172. 4-star QB Shane Buechele, Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Texas

    171. 4-star RB Antonio Williams, North Stanly High School (New London, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Ohio State 

    170. 4-star DT Karamo Dioubate, Prep Charter High School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Auburn, Michigan State and Penn State

    169. 4-star ATH Ahmir Mitchell, Cedar Creek High School (Egg Harbor City, New Jersey)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Michigan

    168. 4-star RB Elijah Holyfield, Woodward Academy (Atlanta, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Georgia

    167. 4-star DT Garrett Rand, Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Wisconsin

    166. 4-star OT Jauan Williams, Archbishop Carroll High School (Washington, D.C.)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Nebraska and Oklahoma

    165. 4-star DT Ellison Jordan, Gilman High School (Baltimore, Mayland)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Penn State

    164. 4-star WR Joshua Hammond, Hallandale High School (Hallandale, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Florida

    163. 4-star OG Tyler Gerald, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Ohio State

    162. 4-star WR Dillon Mitchell, White Station High School (Memphis, Tennessee)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Oregon

    161. 4-star DT Glen Logan, Destrehan High School (Destrehan, Louisiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU

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    4-Star WR Josh Imatorbhebhe
    4-Star WR Josh Imatorbhebhe247Sports.com

    160. 4-star DT Quinnen Williams, Wenonah High School (Birmingham, Alabama)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    159. 4-star CB Jordan Parker, Pittsburg High School (Pittsburg, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oklahoma

    158. 4-star RB Damian Alloway, Summit High School (Fontana, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arizona State, Notre Dame and UCLA

    157. 4-star WR Simi Fehoko, Brighton High School (Salt Lake City, Utah)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Stanford

    156. 4-star TE Naseir Upshur, Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Florida State

    155. 4-star DE Amani Bledsoe, Lawrence High School (Lawrence, Kansas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Baylor, Kansas, NC State, Oklahoma and Oregon

    154. 4-star CB Carlos BeckerOsceola High School (Kissimmee, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Florida State, NC State, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Wisconsin

    153. 4-star ATH George Hill, Hubbard High School (Hubbard, Ohio)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Pittsburgh

    152. 4-star OG John Simpson, Fort Dorchester High School (North Charleston, South Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida, LSU and South Carolina

    151. 4-star OG Deonte Brown, Austin High School (Decatur, Alabama)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    150. 4-star WR Josh Imatorbhebhe, North Gwinnett High School (Suwanee, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at USC

    149. 4-star OL Willie Allen, John Curtis High School (New Orleans, Louisiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU

    148. 4-star CB Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

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

    147. 4-star WR Ahmmon Richards, Wellington High School (West Palm Beach, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Miami and Tennessee

    146. 4-star WR Cornell Powell, J.H. Rose High School (Greenville, North Carolina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Clemson

    145. 4-star ILB Krys Barnes, Liberty High School (Bakersfield, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to UCLA

    144. 4-star OLB Aaron HansfordSt. Johns College (Washington, D.C.)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Duke, Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and UCLA

    143. 4-star OLB Camilo Eifler, Bishop O'Dowd High School (Oakland, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Washington

    142. 4-star OC Drake Jackson, Woodford County High School (Versailles, Kentucky)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Kentucky

    141. 4-star WR Trevon Sidney, Bishop Amat High School (La Puente, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC

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    4-star LB Daelin Hayes
    4-star LB Daelin HayesCredit: 247Sports

    140. 4-star OT Cole Van Lanen, Bay Port High School (Green Bay, Wisconsin)

    Bleacher Report Score: 86/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Wisconsin

    139. 4-star ATH Scott Bracey, Benedictine High School (Richmond, Virginia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Duke

    138. 4-star OG Donavaughn Campbell, Ponchatoula High School (Ponchatoula, Louisiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU

    137. 4-star ILB Brendan Ferns, St. Clairsville High School (St. Clairsville, Ohio)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Notre Dame, Penn State and West Virginia

    136. 4-star CB Lavert Hill, Martin Luther King High School (Detroit, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee 

    135. 4-star RB Devin White, North Webster (Springhill, Louisina)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at LSU

    134. 4-star OLB Daelin Hayes, Skyline High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Notre Dame

    133. 4-star WR Charlier Woerner, Rabun County High School (Tiger, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Georgia

    132. 4-star ILB Lokeni Toailoa, Wilmer Amina Carter High School (Rialto, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to UCLA

    131. 4-star CB Jared Mayden, Sachse High School (Sachse, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and Oregon

    130. 4-star DE Isaiah Chambers, Aldine MacArthur High School (Houston, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to TCU

    129. 4-star WR Quartney Davis, Langham Creek High School (Houston, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Georgia, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and UCLA

    128. 4-star OL Michael Jordan, Plymouth High School (Canton, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 84/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Ohio State

    127. 4-star WR Freddie Swain, North Marion High School (Citra, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Florida

    126. 4-star DE Breland Brandt, Windward School (Los Angeles, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to UCLA

    125. 4-star ATH Sewo OloniluaKingwood (Humble, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to TCU

    124. 4-star WR Drake Davis, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU 

    123. 4-star WR Stephen Sullivan, Donaldsonville High Schoool (Donaldsonville, Louisiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at LSU

    122. 4-star WR Eli StoveNiceville (Niceville, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Auburn

    121. 4-star TE Jake Hausmann, Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State

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    4-Star WR Donnie Corley
    4-Star WR Donnie Corley247Sports.com

    120. 4-star WR Dylan Crawford, Santa Margarita Catholic High School (Rancho Santa Margarita, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan

    119. 4-star DT Michail Carter, Jackson High School (Jackson, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Georgia Tech

    118. 4-star ATH Jordan Fuller, Old Tappan High School (Westwood, New Jersey)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers

    117. 4-star OL John RaridonValley High School (West Des Moines, Iowa)

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Nebraska

    116. 4-star OL Jean DelanceNorth Mesquite High School (Mesquite, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas

    115. 4-Star DT Jordan Elliott, Westside High School (Houston, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan

    114. 4-star DE Chauncey ManacClinch County (Homerville, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Georgia

    113. 4-star ATH Trevon Diggs, The Avalon School (Rockville, Maryland)

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama

    112. 4-star WR DeKaylin Metcalf, Oxford High School (Oxford, Mississippi)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ole Miss

    111. 4-star WR Keith Gavin, Wakulla High School (Crawfordville, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama and Florida State

    110. 4-star WR Javon McKinley, Centennial High School (Corona, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Notre Dame

    109. 4-star ILB Shaquille Quarterman, Oakleaf High School (Orange Park, Florida)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Miami

    108. 4-star OT Tramonda Moore, John Marshall High School (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UCLA

    107. 4-star WR Donnie Corley, Martin Luther King High School (Detroit, Michigan)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Michigan State

    106. 4-star DT Boss Tagaloa, De La Salle High School (Concord, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Michigan, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington

    105. 4-star OT Kellen Diesch, Byron Nelson High School (Trophy Club, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 87/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas A&M

    104. 4-star WR Tren'Davian DicksonNavasota High School (Navasota, Texas)

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Recruitment Status: Enrolled at Baylor

    103. 4-star ATH Marquez Callaway, Warner Robins High School (Warner Robins, Georgia)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Tennessee

    102. 4-star WR Theo HowardWestlake High School (Thousand Oaks, California)

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to UCLA

    101. 4-Star DE Auston RobertsonWayne High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Michigan State

100. 4-Star RB Kareem Walker

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    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 210 lbs

    High School: De Paul Catholic High School (Wayne, New Jersey)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 RB, No. 100 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Committed to Michigan on Dec. 17, 2015

    While Ohio State was busy defeating Oregon in last year’s inaugural College Football Playoff title game, the Buckeyes scored a huge win on the recruiting trail in netting a commitment from 4-star running back Kareem Walker during halftime of the game.

    However, Walker would back away from that pledge in November. He ultimately selected Michigan over schools such as Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn and Florida State.

    Walker totaled more than 4,500 yards rushing and 55 touchdowns on the ground during his prep career.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Walker is a complete back who is equally adept at running between the tackles or getting to the edge. He has great vision, balance and patience in setting up blocks.

    He’s also shown the ability to be a competent receiver and pass-blocker in passing situations. That versatility should serve him well in Jim Harbaugh’s pro-style attack.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

99. 4-Star WR Binjimen Victor

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    Height/Weight: 6'3 ¾", 177 lbs

    High School: Coconut Creek High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 12 wide receiver; No. 99 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Uncommitted: Contenders include Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia

    Binjimen Victor plans to announce his college plans in the aftermath of two more official visits. He will travel to Tennessee and Florida in January while also weighing options beyond the SEC.

    Ohio State and West Virginia both hosted him this fall and remain legitimate landing spots.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Search for a more promising raw physical specimen in this group and you may come up empty. Victor, a long and lean playmaker, will add pounds in college and looks almost elastic when he goes airborne for the football.

    Victor's height is augmented by impressive leaping ability, an element of his skill set that especially shines when he's targeted in the end zone. His senior season included career highs in receiving yards (846) and touchdown catches (15).

    -Tyler Donohue 

98. 4-Star DE Xavier Kelly

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'4 ½", 240 lbs

    High School: Wichita East High School (Wichita, Kansas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 WDE; No. 98 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Clemson on July 24, 2015

    One of the most athletic players in the 2016 class, Xavier Kelly has emerged into one of the top defensive ends in the country. Kelly also is a standout basketball player, but he will take his athleticism to Clemson and focus on strengthening Dabo Swinney's defense.

    Kelly, a U.S. Army All-American, chose Clemson over offers from Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Florida State, Oregon and a few other programs. Collectively, Kelly had 31 reported offers.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Kelly is one of those players who shocks a college coach with his overall athleticism. He is fast and lightning-quick for a guy his size, and he's versatile enough to cover receivers and tight ends in passing situations.

    Kelly's leaping ability allows him to bat down passes. He has good hands, which allow him to grab interceptions. He also moves well laterally, which is a plus against run-oriented offenses.

    -Damon Sayles

97. 4-Star CB Byron Murphy

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    Height/Weight: 5'10 ¾", 164 lbs

    High School: Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Arizona)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 11 CB; No. 97 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Washington on Jan. 21, 2016

    Since his performance at The Opening, Byron Murphy has been a player to watch. He was very active in Oregon and made enough plays to put him in the category among the nation's best cornerbacks. His play at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl further proved that he can play.

    With nearly 20 reported offers, Murphy had fans wondering if he'd stay home at Arizona State or follow fellow Arizona studs Kyle Allen and Christian Kirk to Texas A&M. Instead, he opted to head north with the Huskies.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    There's much to like about Murphy, but his awareness and play-making ability may be his best assets. He has excellent field vision and loves to alter receivers' routes with solid bump-and-run coverage.

    Murphy plays the game with a high motor, and he uses his instincts and change of direction to break up plays and create turnovers. Murphy also plays passing situations in attack mode, aggressively going after every ball in the air.

    -Damon Sayles

96. 4-Star RB Devwah Whaley

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    Height/Weight: 6’0”, 209 lbs

    High School: Beaumont Central High, Beaumont, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 RB, No. 96 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Committed to Arkansas on Jan. 2, 2016

    Four-star running back Devwah Whaley was one of the recruits who backed off a commitment to Georgia in the aftermath of head coach Mark Richt’s departure.

    In January, he committed to Arkansas and head coach Bret Bielema. Over the last three years, Whaley has rushed for 3,392 yards and 38 touchdowns.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    One thing that jumps out to me about Whaley is there are no false steps when he gets the ball. He finds a crease and then accelerates in an instant.

    I’d like to see more from him as a receiver, and he’s not a speed merchant at the next level. However, he is shifty enough to run around tacklers but physical enough to run through them when tough yards inside are needed.

95. 4-Star DE Josh King

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    Height/Weight: 6'6 ½", 245 lbs

    High School: Hinsdale South High School (Darien, Illinois)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 SDE; No. 95 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Michigan State on June 5, 2015

    The followers of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl saw Josh King make plays. It was enough to satisfy the Michigan State faithful. King, who has been committed to the Spartans since last summer, is expected to be a major contributor for Mark Dantonio early in his career.

    The top-ranked player in Illinois, King chose Michigan State over offers from schools like Michigan, Penn State, USC and Notre Dame. He could be a household name in the Big Ten Conference in a couple of years.

    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

94. 4-Star ATH Jamel Cook

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    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 190 lbs 

    High School: Central High (Miami, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 ATH, No. 94 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100 

    Committed to Florida State on Feb. 21, 2015

    Florida State has had some success recruiting Central High School in Miami in recent years, with former stars such as current Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and current 'Noles star rusher Dalvin Cook among the former Rockets to find success in Tallahassee. 

    The Seminoles landed another stud from the Rockets program in 4-star athlete Jamel Cook in Feb. 2015.

    However, while Cook has been on the Seminoles' commit list for nearly a year, as Ryan Bartow of 247Sports noted, he’s leaving the door open to visit a number of schools leading up to Feb. 3's national signing day.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Cook is a fluid athlete who played wide receiver and defensive back on the prep level. While he can play offense, he’s special in the secondary. I saw Cook at The Opening last July and he was one of the better safeties in attendance. His instincts and range were evident, as he was all over the field in seven-on-seven play. His size and athleticism also make him a candidate to play a hybrid defensive back/linebacker at the next lev

93. 4-Star DT Kendell Jones

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 375 lbs

    High School: Shoemaker High, Killeen, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 12 DT, No. 93 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Alabama on May 22, 2015

    Alabama has been a program that produces quality defensive linemen, and Kendell Jones Jr. could be the next big thing—emphasis on "big." Nicknamed "Hulk," Jones is a massive athlete who wears 375 pounds as well as any athlete at any classification.

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

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    You can't coach size, and Jones has more than enough for Alabama to work with. He is a load to defend going half-speed, let alone full speed, as he is a naturally strong, deceptively quick athlete. Physically, he's gifted, but he's also someone with a high ceiling for next-level competition.

    When Jones is locked in, he's difficult to contain as a defensive tackle. Alabama could be the program that gets the most out of Jones to where he is nearly unblockable in the SEC.

92. 4-Star LB Carter Coughlin

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    Height/Weight: 6'2¾", 221 pounds 

    High School: Eden Prairie High, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 OLB, No. 99 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Committed to Minnesota on March 12, 2015

    The 2016 cycle's top player from the state of Minnesota is 4-star linebacker Carter Coughlin

    Coughlin pledged to the in-state Gophers over offers from Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon and Pittsburgh, among others. 

    Coughlin is one of only two linebacker pledges on the Gophers' current commit list.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Coughlin is a fierce hitter who does a great job of fighting through blocks to make plays in the backfield. He has the speed and instincts necessary to make plays all over the field. His best way to get on the field early may be through special teams, where he's a force on kick- and punt-coverage units. Still, he's versatile enough to become a linebacker who can wreak havoc from sideline-to-sideline as he continues to develop his game.

    - Sanjay Kirpalani

91. 4-Star OL Ben Cleveland

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 319 lbs

    High School: Stephens County High School (Toccoa, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 offensive tackle; No. 91 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Enrolled at Georgia

    Ben Cleveland and 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason both committed while attending an event in Athens in July 2014. He stuck with his commitment throughout dominant junior and senior campaigns, despite offers from Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss and other universities.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    This is a teenager who seems essentially package-ready for the physicality of collegiate trenches. His technique requires some refinement, predominately when it comes to lower-body mechanics along the edge, but he can hold his own against the big dogs he'll face along SEC defensive fronts.

    Cleveland shoots off the ball low and ready to rumble, wearing down defenders during the course of four quarters. Based on how he enters college, Cleveland could eventually emerge as one of the most feared tackles in conference play for a portion of his career.

    -Tyler Donohue

90. 4-Star LB Dontavious Jackson

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    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 239 lbs

    High School: Alief Elsik High, Houston, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 ILB, No. 90 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Texas

    One of the top defensive players in the Lone Star State for the 2016 cycle is 4-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson

    As noted by Josh Newberg of Noles247, Jackson has plans to take official visits to Florida and Alabama in addition to possible unofficial visits to schools such as LSU, Texas and Michigan in the month of January.

    As a junior, Jackson racked up 165 tackles—including 27 for loss with six sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jackson is a ferocious hitter with a penchant for shooting gaps to create negative plays in the backfield. He’s also serviceable in pass coverage. At the college level, Jackson will have to make adjustments in taking on blocks in the run game. However, he’s got the size and athleticism to be an effective three-down linebacker in college.

    - Sanjay Kirpalani

89. 4-Star LB Keandre Jones

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 198 pounds

    High School: Good Counsel High, Olney, Maryland

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 OLB, No. 89 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to Ohio State on Jan. 18, 2016

    The second pledge in Maryland’s 2016 class came from 4-star linebacker Keandre Jones.

    However, Jones began to look around in the aftermath of the coaching change in College Park. 

    Earlier this month, Jones flipped to the Ohio State Buckeyes after making a visit to Columbus shortly after the dead period ended.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jones is a rangy linebacker who covers a ton of ground in a hurry. His length helps him be disruptive as a pass-rusher and as a tackler in open space. Jones has a safety's size and a defensive end's skills, making him a very interesting prospect at the next level. Assuming he adds bulk to his 198-pound frame, Jones could be a dominant player in a couple of years.

    - Sanjay Kirpalani

88. 4-Star OL Michael Onwenu

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 360 lbs 

    High School: Cass Technical High, Detroit

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 OG, No. 88 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Michigan on June 2, 2015

    Michigan landed 12 commitments in June 2015, with the first coming from 4-star offensive lineman Michael Onwenu

    Onwenu chose the Wolverines over Alabama, Miami, Ohio State and Penn State, among others.

    The U.S. Army All-American is the top prospect from Michigan in the 2016 cycle.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    You have to see Onwenu in person to appreciate how large he is and how well he carries his weight. I saw him at a camp in the summer, and he was clearly the most dominant lineman in attendance. But what struck me was how nimble he was at his size.

    He’s still raw as a pass-blocker, but he has the necessary traits to become a solid protector in that area. Overall, Onwenu is a great fit for Michigan’s pro-style attack, which is predicated on a powerful ground game.

    - Sanjay Kirpalani

87. 4-Star QB Dwayne Haskins

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 198 lbs

    High School: The Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 pro-style quarterback, No. 87 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Committed to Ohio State on Jan. 18, 2016

    Dwayne Haskins committed to the in-state Maryland Terrapins last spring over fellow finalists Florida and Rutgers. However, sweeping coaching changes encouraged him to explore alternative options.

    Communication increased with Florida, LSU and Ohio State during late stages of the cycle. Haskins pledged to the Buckeyes a month after spending an official visit in Columbus.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Haskins was Mr. Consistency on the nationwide camp circuit, leading up to a legitimate MVP bid at the Elite 11 finals in the summer. His pocket mechanics (10/10) are among the best in this recruiting cycle, and he brings a large dose of quiet confidence that seems infectious to those around him.

    He has leadership attributes, proving that as a peer recruiter for Maryland and a team leader at Bullis. Sharp footwork, persistent focus on downfield progressions and a smooth release result in elite-level accuracy (25/25).

    Haskins regularly does an excellent job of placing passes where only his desired target can come down with the football. This touch and intelligence are evident in his highly efficient stat line (56 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions since 2013).

    Regardless of which uniform Haskins wears next fall, he's one of this class' top candidates to claim substantial snaps as a true freshman starter.

    -Tyler Donohue 

86. 4-Star CB Tyler Byrd

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    Height/Weight: 5'11 ½", 194 lbs

    High School: Naples (Naples, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 13 CB; No. 148 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Miami on Feb. 3, 2015 

    Those who watched the U.S. Army All-American Bowl saw the playmaking skills of Tyler Byrd. In one half, he had a pass breakup, an interception and a blocked extra-point attempt, which he returned for a defensive 2-point conversion.

    Byrd chose to play for Miami over offers from Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee and several other program. He is one of the longest-standing Miami commits, having pledged to the program for almost a year.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Byrd is a physical defensive back with a high ceiling. He has good vision and uses his quickness to make plays at the right time. Byrd plays with range and can quickly make a play downhill.

    Byrd plays well in man coverage. He is aggressive on the field and while lining up in one-on-one settings. He does a lot of things well on the field, and with the right coaching, he'll turn into an all-conference defensive back.

85. 4-Star DE Janarius Robinson

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    Height/Weight: 6'4 ¾", 236 lbs

    High School: Bay High School (Panama City, Florida)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Enrolled at Florida State

    A player like Florida State early enrollee Janarius Robinson is always fun to watch. He can be dominant, but he is never in a position where he doesn't want to learn. Robinson plans on using the tutelage in the upcoming spring drills to become a contributor in the ACC.

    Robinson stayed committed to the Seminoles for more than a year, but until recently, he always kept his recruiting door ajar. Alabama and Florida were two schools that had good shots of flipping Robinson, but he ultimately decided to end his process and stick with Florida State.

    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, a U.S. Army All-American, is motivated by the recent success of the defensive linemen to come through Florida State. He has the tools to be the next big thing in Jimbo Fisher's defense.

    -Damon Sayles

84. 4-Star OL E.J. Price

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 311 lbs

    High School: Archer High School (Lawrenceville, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 offensive tackle; No. 84 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Contenders include Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma and USC

    A new coaching regime at Georgia would love to bring E.J. Price on board and continue to build up an offensive attack already set to welcome two 5-stars in this class. His possible landing spots extend as far as Los Angeles and East Lansing, Michigan, while LSU, Auburn and Oklahoma are expected to host him in January.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Price served up pancakes at a prolific pace in high school, displaying the determination and downright feistiness he'll need to thrive in college trenches. This on-field mean streak is especially apparent in run-blocking efforts, as Price pummels opponents and often leaves them laying on the turf several yards from scrimmage.

    He's very strong for a young player and fires through with solid hand placement by extending long, powerful arms. Given Price's overall athleticism and natural tenacity, expect him to quickly vie for college reps.

    -Tyler Donohue

83. 4-Star DT Raekwon Davis

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'6 ½", 327 lbs

    High School: Meridian High School (Meridian, Mississippi)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 12 DT, No. 87 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Mississippi State on Jan. 17, 2016

    Alabama initially added Raekwon Davis to its class but the Crimson Tide will instead see him on opposing sidelines. He pledged to the Bulldogs late in the process, roviding head coach Dan Mullen with a major in-state recruiting victory.can be a player who definitely falls in that category. A tower of an athlete, Davis chose the Crimson Tide over offers from in-state schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State, among others.

    With the Crimson Tide fresh off winning a national championship, you can bet Davis has aspirations of being in the same scenario as the defensive linemen who won a national title on Jan. 11. Davis showed his potential at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Davis is a physically imposing athlete who has gotten bigger and more polished since the spring. Although his size will be the first thing many notice, his motor will attract college scouts. He also has good length and uses it well against offensive linemen.

    Davis has a lot of fun when he's playing the game, but he knows how to turn the intensity on at the right times. His intensity is infectious, and he can be a leader on a team who thrives on each play. Davis can be a dominant college defensive lineman with the right tutelage.

    -Damon Sayles 

82. 4-Star WR Sam Bruce

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    Height/Weight: 5'8", 180 lbs

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

    247Sports Ranking: No. 11 wide receiver; No. 82 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Miami on July 8, 2014

    Sam Bruce has served as a catalyst for this Hurricanes class since pledging shortly after his sophomore year. He remained on board with Miami in the wake of sweeping leadership changes that culminated in the hiring of head coach Mark Richt.

    His willingness to explore alternatives raises questions about whether Miami can seal the deal here. Ohio State, Florida and South Carolina would love to flip his commitment.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    The ideal measurements will never be there for Bruce, but he's among the most relentless and explosive offensive playmakers you'll find in this cycle. The nephew of former star Super Bowl Rams receiver Isaac Bruce is incredibly sure-handed and uses elite shiftiness to avoid contact after the catch.

    While it may surprise some who focus on Bruce's size, he's also an above-average blocker who genuinely puts in the effort to seal off a rushing lane for teammates. His senior season featured 46 receptions for 427 yards and four scores.

    -Tyler Donohue 

81. 4-Star S Lamar Jackson

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 205 lbs

    High School: Franklin High School (Elk Grove, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 S; No. 81 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Nebraska, Arizona State, USC, UCLA and Oregon

    Nebraska is hoping to get a huge recruiting win with Lamar Jackson, an Under Armour All-American who can play multiple positions on either side of the ball. Jackson is expected to play safety in college, but he's shown throughout his high school career that he can effectively play cornerback, quarterback and wide receiver.

    USC and UCLA are hoping to keep Jackson in the state of California, and Arizona State and Oregon are hoping to keep him at least in the Pac-12 Conference. Nebraska has been a front-runner in Jackson's process, and the Cornhuskers will be looking to close the deal when it's time for him to announce.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Jackson has good size and plays with a high motor and lots of athleticism. Defensively, he's a physical defender who uses his body and aggressiveness to frustrate receivers in passing situations.

    Jackson reads defenses like a cornerback but can be a solid hybrid defensive back for the college he ultimately chooses because of his physicality. He's a playmaker who likes to be near the ball on every down.

    -Damon Sayles 

80. 4-Star OL Liam Eichenberg

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 290 lbs

    High School: St. Ignatius (Cleveland)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 offensive tackle; No. 80 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Notre Dame on April 19, 2015

    Liam Eichenberg is the first of two Fighting Irish commitments you'll find on this list. He saw enough on the recruiting trail to lock in his Notre Dame commitment as a junior, spurning offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida State and Michigan, among other universities.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    His physical frame already isn't too far off from where a collegiate training staff would want it. Eichenberg brings an excellent blend of agility and power to the position, enabling him to handle an array of blocking assignments without appearing to lose his bearings. 

    He manages to maintain proper pad level and a stable center of gravity while engaged with defenders, and he isn't easily shaken off by opponents. Eichenberg's lateral footwork will be an early point of emphasis in South Bend, but he looks like a candidate to crack the team's two-deep next season.

    - Tyler Donohue

79. 4-Star OL Landon Young

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    Height/Weight: 6'7", 270 lbs

    High School: Lafayette (Lexington, Kentucky)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 offensive tackle; No. 79 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Kentucky on June 14, 2013

    Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops wasted no time establishing his program as a contender here, picking up Landon Young's pledge shortly after his freshman year. Kentucky continues to maintain grips on the prized in-state prospect nearly three years later, overcoming offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and several other schools.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Young is another long-limbed blocker who projects to put on significant bulk as a collegiate underclassman. Unlike several other prospects who fall into that category, he projects as more of an instant-impact contributor than a multiyear project.

    His fundamentals are sharp in various elements of the position, particularly when it comes to hand placement on a defender's hip. Young understands how to use leverage and pad level to turn an opponent and remove him from a play.

78. 4-Star LB Rahshaun Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 239 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Clemson on January 2, 2016

    In the spring, 4-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith committed to Clemson before reopening his recruitment later in the summer.

    However, he chose the Tigers again for a second time at the Under Armour All-America Game—with Auburn and LSU finishing as his other finalists.

    Smith will be an early enrollee for Clemson, where he hopes to see the field early and often in the 2016 season.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    I've seen Smith a few times, both in a camp setting and during a game. What impresses me most about Smith is how natural the art of leadership is for him. He has qualities his teammates and peers respond to. On the field, he's a physical player who punishes ball-carriers and receivers who penetrate his area. He's athletic enough to drop into coverage, and he also brings value as an aggressive blitzer capable of creating havoc.

    Based on what I've seen, I wouldn't be surprised to see Smith become a starter or a heavy contributor by the end of his freshman year.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

77. 4-Star QB Jarrett Guarantano

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 201 lbs

    High School: Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, New Jersey)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 dual-threat, No. 77 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Tennessee on April 15, 2015

    Jarrett Guarantano spurned fellow finalists Ohio State and Rutgers, where his father starred at wide receiver, for an opportunity in Knoxville. He announced his decision with Bleacher Report commitment video in April.

    "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

    Injuries prevented Guarantano from ever starting an entire season at New Jersey powerhouse Bergen Catholic, but he clearly managed to progress each year. By the time his senior campaign rolled around, Guarantano was ready to earn his spot atop these rankings.

    He totaled 1,687 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions in just six games, per MaxPreps. Guarantano showed off elite arm strength (15/15) and speed (19/20 mobility) even at a young age, drawing dozens of offers as an underclassman. He truly began to match that raw ability with outstanding accuracy (69 percent) as a senior.

    Bleacher Report was on the sideline in September for the best performance of his career, coming in a 59-47 loss to IMG Academy (Florida). Despite constant harassment from a defensive line stocked with future FBS players, Guarantano stood tall, displayed superior mobility (19/20) and accounted for five total touchdowns without an interception on 38 pass attempts.

    We still haven't seen the complete package yet due to limited high school snaps, but the glimpses speak volumes about his high ceiling. That should send shivers down the spines of SEC defensive coordinators.

    -Tyler Donohue

76. 4-Star WR Austin Mack

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 205 lbs

    High School: Bishop Luers High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 10 wide receiver; No. 76 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Enrolled at Ohio State

    The Buckeyes bagged Austin Mack in June, months after he attended Ohio State's national title celebration in Columbus. A crowded list of finalists also featured Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Mack is a fearless competitor who can be counted on to secure several acrobatic receptions during the course of a season. He attacks the football with ferocity and puts himself in prime position downfield with excellent acceleration at the top of routes.

    His ability to make midair adjustments allows a quarterback to feel more confident about being able to the put the ball in his vicinity rather than precisely on the money. Mack takes on the role of a power rusher after the catch, illustrated by the 718 rushing yards and 13 scores he accrued this season in addition to 805 receiving yards and six touchdown grabs, according to MaxPreps.

    -Tyler Donohue 

75. 4-Star LB Erick Fowler

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 226 lbs

    High School: Manor High School (Manor, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 OLB, No. 75 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Committed to LSU on June 13, 2015

    LSU has had a great deal of success recruiting in the state of Texas under head coach Les Miles.

    The 2016 class has four Lone Star State natives on board—including 4-star linebacker Erick Fowler.

    Fowler chose LSU over offers from schools such as Alabama, Baylor, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    When I got the chance to see Fowler in person at The Opening, my first question was to see if he was athletic enough to stand up and play linebacker. He answered those questions with a strong week in Oregon. With that said, his best college position may still end up being at defensive end. Fowler is an animal off the edge, and his skills as a pass-rusher are elite. His quickness and power are the traits that make him a top prospect. Overall, Fowler is a versatile player who can be effective lining up at multiple positions at the next level.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

74. 4-Star ATH Devin Asiasi

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    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 270 lbs 

    High School: De La Salle High (Concord, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 TE, No. 74 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington

    Similar to Devin White, 4-star California athlete Devin Asiasi is another jumbo prospect who could play either tight end or defensive end at the next level. 

    As a junior, Asiasi racked up five sacks and 264 yards receiving with two scores. 

    Alabama, Oregon and Washington are among the programs trying to lure away Asiasi from Golden State powers UCLA and USC.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    At 270 pounds, Asiasi is an intriguing option at either defensive end or tight end. However, his highest ceiling may be on offense simply because there aren’t many players his size who can do the things he does. He’s athletic enough to flex out as a receiver and is already an above-average route-runner. He’s got great hands, knows how to attack the ball in the air and has the size to mature into a good in-line blocker.

    He still has to learn the finer points of playing tight end, but the potential is there for him to develop into a star.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

73. 4-Star OL Terrance Davis

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    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 305 lbs

    High School: DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Maryland)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 OG, No. 73 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to Maryland on Jan. 2, 2016

    Michigan was the perceived favorite for 4-star offensive lineman Terrance Davis

    The Wolverines hosted him for an official visit on Nov. 28, but schools such as Alabama, Florida and Maryland pushed hard for visits from Davis, with the latter landing an unofficial visit from him on Dec. 12. 

    As Chad Carson of 247Sports detailed, USA Today named Davis a second-team All-American in late December. He committed to Maryland just over a week later. 

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Davis does a great job of getting his hands extended on his run blocks and driving through his man until the whistle blows. His game is based purely on power at this stage. There’s still room for him to develop into a complete blocker in the passing game. However, his frame and mean streak make him an ideal candidate to be a punishing guard in college.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

72. 4-Star WR Kyle Davis

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    Height/Weight: 6'1 ½", 218 lbs

    High School: Archer High School (Lawrenceville, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 wide receiver; No. 72 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Enrolled at Auburn

    Kyle Davis initially committed to South Carolina, but he'll play college ball elsewhere in the SEC. He backed off that Gamecocks verbal pledge in May, immediately entertaining interest from across the conference's landscape.

    Auburn beat out fellow finalists Tennessee and Georgia in the race for Davis.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Defenses must account for him in so many aspects of the offensive attack, as he's strong and speedy enough to line up anywhere. Davis is among the true physical freaks in this entire recruiting class and delivers special plays at a position where true freshmen are often given early chances.

    A well-developed frame enables Davis to shoulder the load and break tackles, while his length comes up big on deep downfield pass attempts. He secured 47 receptions for 773 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, according to MaxPreps.

    -Tyler Donohue 

71. 4-Star CB Shyheim Carter

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 190 lbs

    High School: Kentwood High School (Kentwood, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 CB; No. 71 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss

    Entering the second week of January, Shyheim Carter hadn't set an official visit. After decommitting from Alabama in August, Carter has been taking his time with recruiting and finalizing his college plans.

    Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss are three schools that could ultimately land Carter on national signing day. Whichever school gets him will get an athlete who can line up at multiple positions on both sides of the ball.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Carter's strongest assets are his versatility and athleticism, as he can play cornerback or safety on defense and any of the skill positions on offense. He has quick feet and good hands, making one-on-one matchups difficult for opposing wide receivers.

    Carter's competitive nature is something to be admired, and he plays with a high level of confidence. It will be interesting to see where college coaches choose to use him in the secondary.

    -Damon Sayles 

70. 4-Star LB Curtis Robinson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ¾", 210 lbs

    High School: Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 OLB, No. 70 overall 

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Stanford on April 13, 2015

    Stanford's highest-rated defensive commitment came in April from 4-star in-state linebacker Curtis Robinson.

    Robinson chose the Cardinal over offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA, among others. 

    According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, despite still hearing from the Irish and the Bruins, Robinson remains locked in with the Cardinal.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robinson is an active linebacker who wreaks havoc whether he's coming off the edge or blowing up run plays by attacking the interior of the offensive line. He's also comfortable in space—whether he's trying to catch up to a speedy back or receiver or if he's in coverage. Size is an issue, as he will need to add weight to handle the college game's physicality, but he has the frame necessary to hold it. Overall, Robinson fits the mold of ultra-athletic defenders who can create problems for offenses in a number of situations.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

69. 4-Star WR Michael Pittman

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 209 lbs

    High School: Oaks Christian High School (Thousand Oaks, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 wide receiver; No. 69 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Enrolled at USC

    Michael Pittman, son of the former NFL running back who shares his name, focused on Pac-12 opportunities throughout his recruitment. He initially pledged to UCLA midway through the 2014 season but eventually backed off that verbal pact in June.

    USC rubbed salt in the Bruins' wound less than a month later, landing Pittman over Oregon.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    When you examine Pittman's measurements, it's tempting to assume he is primarily a possession receiver in intermediate range. However, as his average of 25 yards per reception suggests, this playmaker presents plenty of possibilities in the passing attack.

    Pittman uses a massive wingspan and strong hands to pluck contested passes, commanding constant attention in the red zone as opponents struggle to identify effective matchups. He attacks the middle of the field with authority, routinely turning short slant routes into long-distance pickups and scores. His senior season included 81 catches for 1,990 yards and 24 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.

    -Tyler Donohue 

68. 4-Star DT Julian Rochester

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 321 lbs

    High School: McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 10 DT; No. 68 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Georgia on May 28, 2015

    Georgia was excited to land a player like Julian Rochester so early in the recruiting process. Rochester committed to the Bulldogs in May over offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Clemson and others. Rochester has 20 reported offers.

    Rochester took a reported visit to Louisville in December, but his recruiting process is considered shut, as he is a solid Georgia commit. He served as a player-recruiter of sorts at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, telling uncommitted targets about the possibilities at Georgia and with new head coach Kirby Smart.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Rochester passes the eyeball test with his massive frame. He's a big, tall defender who uses his size and length well in one-on-one matchups. He's an athletic big man who plays each snap with a high level of intensity.

    Rochester brings range to the line as well. He can be disruptive in running plays and passing plays because of his length. Rochester moves well laterally for a big guy and is able to make plays to help shut down his side of the field.

    -Damon Sayles 

67. 4-Star DT Shavar Manuel

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 290 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 DT; No. 67 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Florida on Jan. 5 

    Florida had one of the best defenses in the country this past season, and adding Shavar Manuel only means positive vibes for head coach Jim McElwain and his staff. Manuel chose Florida at the beginning of the year over offers from LSU, Florida State and others.

    Manuel, who has 20 reported offers, is looking to rack up multiple wins at Florida after a successful stint at IMG Academy. If he reaches his full potential at Florida, look for him to be an all-conference defensive player before he leaves the program.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Manuel brings physical strength and plays with a mean streak. He's an athlete who is driven to be the best and someone who is all about accepting the challenges ahead of him. Look for him to compete for a starting spot early in his career.

    In addition, Manuel is athletic enough to line up at defensive end, if necessary, because of his ability to rush the pass. He will bring a quick first step and solid footwork to the Gators, and because he has a winner's attitude, look for him to enter the program with a lot of confidence.

    -Damon Sayles 

66. 4-Star DT Edwin Alexander

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 310 lbs

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

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 DT; No. 66 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to LSU on April 18, 2015

    LSU thrives on its defensive play, and Edwin Alexander fits the bill of a player who can benefit Les Miles' scheme. Alexander committed to LSU back in April over offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Florida State and a handful of other schools.

    Alexander is healthy and ready for college competition after having his junior season cut short with a knee injury. He was an Under Armour All-American who had a few good plays against some of the nation's top offensive linemen.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Alexander is a defensive lineman who possesses decent size and good speed off the snap. He plays the game with a nice burst and finds his way into the backfield for either a tackle for loss or a sack. Alexander is an athletic big man with nice footwork as well.

    Alexander has good hands and plays the game with a high motor. The ceiling is high for Alexander, and he could be an immediate playmaker for the Tigers with proper coaching.

    -Damon Sayles 

65. 4-Star CB David Long Jr.

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 175 lbs

    High School: Loyola High School (Los Angeles, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 CB; No. 65 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Michigan, Washington and USC 

    A one-time Stanford commit, David Long Jr. has 23 reported offers and is primarily down to choosing either Michigan or Washington. He visited Michigan in October and recently visited Washington.

    Long was impressive during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices, and he gave sneak previews of the defensive athlete he can become in college. He defines versatility, as he can play multiple positions and be a reliable return specialist.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Long thrives on his athleticism, but his ticket to seeing early playing time in college is his competitiveness and confidence. He's a defender who's always looking to make the big play.

    Long's great footwork and recovery speed aid his versatility. His quickness is an asset, and his ball skills as a wide receiver have made him a solid ball hawk as a cornerback.

    -Damon Sayles

64. 4-Star DE Terrell Hall

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 250 lbs

    High School: St. John's College High School (Washington, D.C.)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 WDE; No. 64 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Maryland, UCLA, Ole Miss and Penn State 

    Since the spring, Terrell Hall has watched his recruiting stock rise significantly. He went from a top-150 player to a top-80 player in the 2016 class, and he's now up to 32 reported offers. The former Ohio State commitment is now looking for a college home.

    Hall visited Florida State in December, and he has January official visits set up to UCLA, Alabama and Ole Miss. Maryland is another that Hall is considering.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Hall's length is an asset, but it's his overall versatility that makes him an intriguing player at the next level. He has good instincts and plays with solid pad level.

    Hall uses his height and lateral movement to disrupt offenses. He is quick off the ball and seems to be around the ball every play.

    -Damon Sayles 

63. 4-Star LB Michael Divinity

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 218 lbs

    High School: John Ehret High School (Marrero, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 OLB, No. 62 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to LSU on Jan. 2, 2016

    LSU has a desperate need for linebackers in the 2016 class, and they held a pledge at one point from 4-star in-state standout Michael Divinity.

    However, the No. 5 prospect from the Pelican State backed off that pledge last month and made the choice to recommit to the Tigers over Texas A&M earlier this month.

    Divinity also held offers from programs such as Florida State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon and UCLA.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Divinity is a versatile player and the prototypical outside linebacker you want to combat spread offenses. He's comfortable in coverage and has great instincts in attacking ball-carriers in space. He's also adept at getting into the backfield and disrupting run plays and generating pressure on the quarterback. He's a little light at just under 220 pounds, but assuming he can add some muscle, Divinity has a chance to be an early contributor for the Tigers.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

62. 4-Star CB Nigel Knott

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 175 lbs

    High School: Germantown High School (Madison, Mississippi)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 CB; No. 62 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

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

    After a couple of commitment-announcement postponements, Nigel Knott is inching closer to making a decision. He has close to 30 reported offers, and one of the schools from the state of Mississippi is hoping to keep him close to home.

    Knott is one of those players who defines athleticism. He's shown his worth with speed, leaping ability and agility on and off the football field. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds and recorded a 46.5-inch vertical jump at The Opening.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Knott is an outstanding athlete who uses his quickness, change of direction and recovery speed to be a reliable shutdown defender. He is one of the nation's fastest players, and because of his speed, he rarely gets beaten deep in one-on-one situations.

    Along with his coverage skills, Knott is a sound tackler. Because of his athleticism, he has the potential to score starter's minutes early in his college career.

    -Damon Sayles 

61. 4-Star QB Brandon Peters

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 209 lbs

    High School: Avon High School (Avon, Indiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 pro-style quarterback, No. 61 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Enrolled at Michigan

    Brandon Peters pledged to the Wolverines in April while on campus for head coach Jim Harbaugh's first spring game in Ann Arbor. He chose Michigan over LSU, Nebraska, Wisconsin and the in-state Hoosiers.

    The Wolverines will turn things over to a new starting quarterback next season, and Peters intends to be part of the equation.

    "They have a bunch of other quarterbacks up there right now, but it's up in the air. It's anybody's spot to take," he told Bleacher Report in December. "Going in early will help me get the playbook down and put on some muscle before spring practice."

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Peters will carry plenty of momentum into his college career following the finest season he ever posted at Avon. He set career highs across the board, throwing for 3,103 yards and 37 scores on the way to the state semifinals and earning recognition as a U.S. Army All-American Player of the Year finalist.

    This leap occurred after a strong offseason for Peters, who earned Elite 11 status in July. Peters matched improved pocket mechanics (8/10) with excellent athleticism (8/10 mobility) to become a dominant force in 2015.

    He may throw the best deep ball in this class and can deliver tight spirals while moving laterally to avoid defensive pressure (20/20 arm strength). As a ball-carrier, he can deliver blows with his big frame and powerful rushing style.

    Peters played some of his finest football in pressure-filled circumstances at Avon. That's an attribute Harbaugh, a former Wolverines quarterback, is sure to appreciate.

    -Tyler Donohue 

60. 4-Star CB Trayvon Mullen

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 168 lbs

    High School: Coconut Creek High School (Pompano Beach, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 CB; No. 60 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Florida State, LSU, Clemson, TCU and Louisville

    An athlete with 47 reported offers, Trayvon Mullen had a good spring, an even better summer and a very productive fall. Mullen showed his shutdown skills in Oregon at The Opening, helping the Lunarbeast squad win the seven-on-seven national championship.

    Florida State is the in-state school to watch, but LSU has been the trending school to those following Mullen's recruiting process. LSU and Clemson will receive January official visits from him.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Mullen is an athlete with quickness, recovery speed and a strong competitive nature. He relies on his instincts to make sound plays, and he makes it tough for wide receivers because of his length and tenacity.

    Mullen's speed, one of his best assets, allows him to take risks as a cover cornerback. His ability to change direction makes him an intriguing prospect.

    -Damon Sayles 

59. 4-Star LB Jeffery McCulloch

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ½", 230 lbs

    High School: Aldine Davis High (Houston, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 OLB, No. 59 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas

    One of the top remaining uncommitted defensive players from the state of Texas is 4-star linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch.

    Nicknamed The Shark, McCulloch has already taken official visits to see both Notre Dame and Stanford. 

    In January, he will visit Alabama and Texas before making a final decision.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    McCulloch is a physical force who plays with great power and leverage. He has natural pass-rushing skills coming off the edge, and he works well as a tackler or cover man in space. He's more advanced in playing against the run at this stage. But with his size, speed and instincts, he could develop into a starter at the next level early in his career.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

58. 4-Star S Nigel Warrior

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 186 lbs

    High School: Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 S; No. 58 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Tennessee, LSU, Alabama and Georgia

    The month of January will be huge for Nigel Warrior, as he will take visits to LSU, Alabama and Tennessee. The son of former NFL defensive back Dale Carter, Warrior is an athlete who can play either safety or cornerback but is more comfortable at the former.

    Warrior has nearly 30 reported offers from coast to coast, and the school that lands him will get a playmaker in the secondary. Tennessee is hoping Warrior follows in his father's footsteps.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Warrior has been groomed to be a standout defensive back, someone who can play every position in the secondary. He is a safety who relies on his instincts to make plays. He rarely makes the same mistake twice.

    Warrior tackles well, but he also has shown himself as a sound cover defender. He holds his own in running plays, and he's a reliable defender in passing situations.

    -Damon Sayles 

57. 4-Star LB Tre Lamar

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 240 pounds

    High School: Roswell High, Roswell, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 ILB, No. 57 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100 

    Committed to Clemson on July 17, 2015 

    After piling up more than 35 offers, 4-star linebacker Tre Lamar committed to Clemson last summer.

    Lamar chose the Tigers over Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Georgia, among others. 

    While schools such as Auburn have continued to pursue Lamar, he's remained firm in his pledge to the Tigers.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    After seeing Lamar in person at a camp last spring, the first thing that struck me was how fluid he was at 240 pounds. He's an instinctive player who is physical enough to fight through blocks and speedy enough to corral running backs in open space. He also shows great awareness in pass coverage, but that's a challenge that will undoubtedly be tougher for him on the college level. 

    - Sanjay Kirpalani

56. 4-Star DE Justin Madubuike

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ¼", 250 lbs

    High School: McKinney North High School (McKinney, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 SDE; No. 56 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Texas A&M on Sept. 18, 2015

    A U.S. Army All-American, Justin Madubuike has seen his stock consistently rise since the spring. He was an impressive athlete during his senior year, and he's expected to be a player to watch when he enrolls at Texas A&M.

    Madubuike, who has 26 reported offers, chose the Aggies over Texas, Baylor, TCU, Ohio State, Alabama and other programs. He is versatile enough to not only play defensive end but to see time inside at defensive tackle.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Madubuike plays the game with a high motor, almost at times as if he doesn't have an off switch. His energy on the field will be a positive in head coach Kevin Sumlin's defense. Madubuike is quick off the line, aggressive with offensive linemen and an athlete who plays through the whistle.

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

    -Damon Sayles 

55. 4-Star S Eric Monroe

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 180 lbs

    High School: North Shore High School (Houston, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 S; No. 55 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to LSU on June 17, 2015

    LSU is getting a phenomenal player for its secondary in Eric Monroe. He's been committed to the Tigers for more than half a year, and he's not looking to make any last-minute changes in his recruiting process. Monroe chose LSU over offers from Texas A&M, Texas, Houston and Baylor, among others.

    Versatility is one of Monroe's strong points. He is expected to line up at safety for LSU, but he's available to play cornerback or even outside linebacker.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

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

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

    -Damon Sayles 

54. 4-Star QB Feleipe Franks

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 210 lbs

    High School: Wakulla High School (Crawfordville, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 pro-style quarterback, No. 54 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Enrolled at Florida

    Feleipe Franks spent 17 months pledged to LSU before backing off that verbal commitment near Thanksgiving. Less than a week later, he became a central figure in rival Florida's recruiting class.

    His emergence as a nationally targeted recruit occurred early. Franks collected offers from Clemson, LSU, Florida and Florida State before July 2013.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    The Elite 11 finalist flashes greatness at times, but he's still putting things together. And there's no guarantee Franks will be equipped to immediately handle starter's responsibilities in the SEC. From a fundamental standpoint, particularly footwork in the pocket (7/10), he's a stride behind several standout quarterbacks in this class.

    Where he stands above most is in terms of potential. Given his stature, athleticism and live arm, we're talking about a possible Heisman candidate if everything comes together perfectly for Franks under the tutelage of Gators head coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

    However, there are still hitches in his delivery, and growing pains could define the start of his stay in Gainesville. Equipped with a cannon arm and above-average mobility (8/10), he may be the one in this bunch who develops the most dramatically during his collegiate career. 

    Franks completed 59 percent of his pass attempts as a senior, leading Wakulla to a state title game appearance with 2,766 passing yards, 39 total touchdowns and two interceptions. He has an opportunity to fast-track his progression by enrolling early for spring camp.

    -Tyler Donohue 

53. 4-Star S Deontay Anderson

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 192 lbs

    High School: ManvelHigh School (Manvel, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 S, No. 53 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Uncommitted: Considering LSU, Ole Miss and Texas

    With national signing day around the corner, Deontay Anderson will make Ole Miss, Texas or LSU very happy really soon. He's taking official visits to all three schools this month, but Ole Miss has to like the fact that it will be his final visit.

    Anderson has 43 reported offers, and it's no secret that he's a playmaker in the secondary. What coaches will like is that he makes the game look easy.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    In addition to being a good player with instincts, Anderson is a solid tackler and a hard hitter on the run. He has shown that he can be a quality defender in one-on-one coverage, as well as a strong safety who can deliver a jarring hit that can change a game.

    Anderson is versatile enough to see immediate playing time as a freshman. Look for him to adjust and adapt early in his college career.

    -Damon Sayles 

52. 4-Star WR N'Keal Harry

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    Height/Weight: 6'4"/210 pounds

    High School: Chandler (Chandler, Arizona)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 wide receiver; No. 52 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Arizona State on Nov. 2, 2015

    The Sun Devils secured a significant in-state pickup by bringing N'keal Harry on board. He chose Arizona State from a collection of contenders that included Washington and Texas A&M, and Chandler teammate Chase Lucas joined the class just a week later.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Harry has the length and strength to give defenders fits in any coverage scheme. While his get-off and catch extension could benefit from better technique, he picks up excellent speed for a 6'4" athlete and shows off some serious agility while working through routes.

    A powerful frame enables him to plow through halfhearted tackling attempts, sending him into the second level with momentum. Harry hauled in 48 passes as a senior, according to ArizonaSports.com, resulting in 802 yards and seven touchdowns.

51. 4-Star DE Brian Burns

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    Height/Weight: 6'4 ½", 209 lbs

    High School: American Heritage High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Florida, Florida State and Georgia

    More and more people are becoming believers in what Brian Burns can do on the football field. He doesn't have the prototypical size to be a college defensive end, but he plays the position as well as anyone in the 2016 class.

    Burns showed his skills over the summer at The Opening and shined against some of the nation's top offensive linemen. He then put on a show as a U.S. Army All-American. With 25 reported offers, Burns is looking at Florida, Florida State and Georgia as final destinations for college.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Burns possesses a high motor, and he's athletic in run and pass plays. He's not the biggest defensive lineman, but he plays with a chip on his shoulder. It's his level of intensity that makes him an attractive recruit to college coaches.

    Burns has the size of a skill-position player, but his quickness and power allows him to effectively line up against larger offensive linemen. He's lightning quick off the snap and a menace off the edge to defend.

    -Damon Sayles 

50. 4-Star OL Patrick Hudson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5 ½", 325 lbs

    High School: Silsbee High School (Silsbee, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 offensive tackle; No. 50 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Baylor on July 18, 2014

    Like the only lineman who tops him in composite rankings, Patrick Hudson once pledged to Texas A&M. He declared intentions to play for the Aggies as an underclassman but reversed course and joined Baylor's class in July 2014, choosing the Bears over Oklahoma, Texas, LSU and other programs.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Hudson is among the most polished products in this recruiting class, suggesting he has the capacity to compete for immediate consideration at Baylor. His sturdy physical build doesn't require a significant overhaul and the fundamentals are in place for key facets, including footwork.

    Hudson's range as a blocker extends deep into the second level and he's able to seal off the edge for running backs looking to turn a corner. We're perhaps most impressed by his consistency in pass protection, as he rarely deviates from the mechanics that have bested so many opposing defenders.

    -Tyler Donohue 

     

49. 4-Star DT Antwuan Jackson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ¼", 305 lbs

    High School: Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 DT; No. 49 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Enrolled at Auburn

    At first glance, Antwuan Jackson doesn't look like a 300-pound athlete, but he is fun to watch on the football field. Regardless, he's a wanted individual, as he had 42 reported offers.

    Jackson committed to Auburn in December, choosing the Tigers over offers from Florida, Ohio State, Alabama and South Carolina, among others. Jackson is expected to be a solid addition to Gus Malzahn's defense upon arrival at Auburn.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Jackson is a lean, muscular big man who happens to tip the scales at 305 pounds. Credit that to having a lot of muscle mass, as he is a strong athlete. As strong as he is, however, Jackson's best assets may be his feet, as he is cat quick off the ball.

    Jackson is a well-balanced lineman with good speed, athleticism and explosiveness off the line. He has a nose for the football and likes to be in the middle of every play. Jackson's first step may be what gets him early playing time in college.

    -Damon Sayles 

48. 4-Star QB Malik Henry

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 185 lbs

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

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 pro-style quarterback, No. 48 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Enrolled at Florida State

    Florida State has produced multiple high-end NFL draft picks during its current regime, including No. 1 overall pick and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. This track record helped convince Malik Henry to select the Seminoles as a junior after considering offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame 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 said on ESPNU's College Football Daily after announcing his commitment (via Erik McKinney of ESPN.com).

    Henry's high school experience was a subject of discussion, as he spent time with four different programs before capping off his career at Long Beach Poly. Henry was supposed to lead Florida powerhouse IMG Academy in 2015 but left the program in the offseason before playing a down.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Say what you will about Henry's unorthodox high school journey, but he managed to finish things off in strong fashion. Limited to seven games as a senior, Henry tallied 1,410 passing yards, 17 total touchdowns and just one interception, according to MaxPreps.

    While some will wonder about his ability to serve as a locker-room leader, his talent level has never been in question. Henry can air it out with the best of them, consistently hitting targets in every corner of the field and showing range on long-distance tosses (combined 43/45 for accuracy and arm strength).

    He's one of the most mobile members of this positional group and can provide some dual-threat dimensions for an offensive coordinator. Henry looks extremely comfortable in the pocket and isn't easily rattled when things break down around him.

    His past three seasons as a starter resulted in 5,823 passing yards, 52 touchdown tosses and 16 interceptions.

    -Tyler Donohue 

47. 4-Star CB Saivion Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 175 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 CB; No. 47 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Enrolled at LSU

    LSU beamed with pride last February when Saivion Smith verbally committed to the Tigers over Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Clemson and others. Smith was a player to watch at The Opening and the Under Armour All-America Game.

    From instincts to reactive quickness to overall ball skills, Smith offers much for college coaches to appreciate. He could be an all-conference athlete soon.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Confidence fuels Smith, a cornerback with good size who combines physical play with great coverage skills. He is a playmaker who relies heavily on his instinctive play. 

    Smith's length serves as an assist in pass-breakup opportunities. He has solid recovery ability and, with his physical play, makes it difficult for receivers to get off the line.

    -Damon Sayles 

46. 4-Star QB KJ Costello

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 213 lbs

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

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 pro-style quarterback, No. 46 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Stanford on March 26, 2015

    KJ Costello became a coveted commodity as an underclassman, commanding scholarship offers from faraway Florida State and Tennessee before the end of his sophomore year. His recruitment ended in the spring, when he chose Stanford over fellow finalists Michigan and USC.

    The Trojans were strong contenders for Costello, who follows a long line of promising Orange County quarterbacks.

    "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

    Despite the arrival of 4-star transfer wide receiver Dylan Crawford, we didn't see a spike in Costello's development this year. He hovered around the same completion percentage as 2014 (60 percent) while throwing for fewer yards and touchdowns (Costello did miss some action after suffering an ankle injury).

    His ability to place passes on receivers' fingertips 40 yards downfield and beyond is probably his greatest attribute on game film. Costello's accuracy is above average, but his 33 interceptions in three seasons as Santa Margarita Catholic's starter are slightly concerning.

    Some of those errant pass attempts can be directly correlated to a lack of follow-through from the lower portion of his body upon release. Costello is a prototypical pocket passer who could be in store for substantial snaps during his career in Palo Alto after Stanford opted to stay out of the quarterback market in the last recruiting cycle.

    -Tyler Donohue 

45. 4-Star CB Chauncey Gardner

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 194 lbs

    High School: Cocoa High School (Cocoa, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 CB; No. 45 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Enrolled at Florida

    Before he arrived as an early enrollee at Florida, Chauncey Gardner made plays at the Under Armour All-America Game. Gators fans are hoping to see Gardner's all-star-game play parlay into all-conference potential throughout his college career.

    Gardner chose Florida over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida State and others. He finished his high school career with 25 reported offers.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Gardner's versatility can become an X-factor for Florida's secondary. He has the coverage skills to play cornerback and the size to see playing time at safety if necessary. His recovery speed is an asset that could earn him starter's minutes early in his career.

    Gardner has a build that makes him look like a big cornerback or an undersized yet speedy outside linebacker. He plays physically against all receivers regardless of their size, and he's someone who won't back away from the challenge of lining up against SEC talent.

    -Damon Sayles

44. 4-Star RB Demario McCall

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    Height/Weight: 5’9 ½”, 171 lbs

    High School: North Ridgeville High School (North Ridgeville, Ohio)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 APB, No. 44 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Ohio State on March 28, 2015

    Demario McCall burst onto the recruiting scene after rushing for 1,562 yards and 25 scores as a sophomore. According to MaxPreps, he followed that up with 1,366 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground as a junior.

    Despite offers from programs such as Georgia, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee, McCall elected to stay in-state and commit to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    The U.S. Army All-American is one of the elite skill-position talents in the 2016 cycle.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    McCall is a well-rounded athlete who is a threat to take it to the house any time he touches the ball. He has great vision in the open field, and he can maintain his acceleration after he’s making a cut.

    He’s a perfect weapon for Urban Meyer’s offense because of his ability to make plays out of the backfield whether as a runner or receiver.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

43. 4-Star WR Nate Craig-Myers

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 205 lbs

    High School: Tampa Catholic High School (Tampa, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 wide receiver; No. 43 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Contenders include Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and UNC

    Nate Craig-Myers committed to Auburn before his junior season, but that verbal pact only lasted until May. The Tigers remain in the picture here, while rivals Florida and Florida State are battling yet again for another Sunshine State standout.

    Ole Miss, aiming to surround Elite MVP quarterback Shea Patterson with a strong supporting cast in this cycle, is set to host Craig-Myers for an official visit in late January. His brother, 4-star cornerback Jayvaughn Myers, also remains undecided after a December decommitment from Florida.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    This past year featured a major rebound for Craig-Myers, who missed nearly his entire junior season with a leg injury. He gave us a glimpse of the elite speed and shiftiness at The Opening and then delivered the goods throughout his senior campaign.

    Craig-Myers continually beat multiple defenders in pass coverage and was just as difficult to corral after the catch, turning several short patterns and lateral tosses into major gains. He recorded 63 receptions for 1,018 yards and 16 scores as a senior, according to MaxPreps.

    -Tyler Donohue

42. 4-Star OL Baveon Johnson

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    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 310 lbs

    High School: Lake Gibson High (Lakeland, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 OC, No. 42 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Florida State on March 11, 2015

    Less than a month after receiving an offer from childhood-favorite Florida State, 4-star offensive lineman Baveon Johnson jumped on it and pledged to the Seminoles, as detailed by Chris Nee of Noles247.

    Johnson chose Florida State over Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Wisconsin, among others. 

    Johnson rose to the top ranking among interior offensive linemen after a strong showing at The Opening over the summer.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    I got the chance to see Johnson twice at camps—once at the Nike Orlando Opening Regional and again at The Opening. He was dominant at both stops, with his showing at Oregon erasing any doubts about his standing as the nation’s top center prospect.

    As a center, Johnson does a good job of firing off the ball while staying low and maintaining his pad level. He’s a punishing run-blocker who is capable of pulling on power plays and getting to the second level in a hurry. As a pass-blocker, he does a good job of getting set in his base and keeping his balance. Overall, Johnson has the size and skill set to be an early contributor for Florida State.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

41. 4-Star DE Shane Simmons

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 221 lbs

    High School: DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Maryland)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Penn State on July 30, 2014

    As a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, Shane Simmons is easy to root for, primarily because of his high motor and his fearlessness in lining up against offensive linemen often times outweighing him by 100 pounds.

    Look for Simmons, an Under Armour All-American, to be a contributor for James Franklin and the Penn State coaching staff. Simmons, who has 26 reported offers, chose Penn State over Maryland, Florida State, Ohio State and a host of other programs.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Simmons doesn't have the girth of a prototypical defensive lineman, but his length and overall passion for the game are what Penn State coaches are hoping to use to their advantage. 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 

40. 4-Star S Brandon Jones

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    Height/Weight: 5'11 ½", 193 lbs

    High School: Nacogdoches High School (Nacogdoches, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 S; No. 40 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

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

    College coaches have surely loved watching a healthy Brandon Jones this season after a knee injury slowed him down his junior year. Jones proved he's not only healthy but also better than ever as an all-around defender.

    With nearly 40 reported offers, Jones has focused his attention on four schools—Oregon and in-state schools Texas, Baylor and Texas A&M. Many believe the race will come down to the two rival schools, Texas and Texas A&M.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Jones possesses great closing speed and an ability to make plays in zone and man coverage. He also plays with great instincts, which makes him fun to watch when he makes a big hit on a bee line in both running and passing situations.

    Jones plays the game with a high IQ. He is a versatile defensive back who has coverage skills like a cornerback and tackling skills like a linebacker. In short, he is a playmaker in the secondary.

    -Damon Sayles 

39. 4-Star OL Ben Bredeson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 293 lbs

    High School: Arrowhead High School (Hartland, Wisconsin)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 offensive tackle; No. 39 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Michigan on June 17, 2015

    The Wolverines bagged Ben Bredeson during an exciting time in Ann Arbor, when head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff started to catch fire on the 2016 recruiting trail. He is the younger brother of a Michigan baseball player and chose the squad over several notable programs, including Ohio State, Alabama, Wisconsin and LSU.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Bredeson uses brute force to his advantage, exploding upward through opposing defenders to deliver an opening jolt. Once he has a player on their heels, his ability to finish is apparent and pads the pancake total.

    When tasked with targeting and taking out a linebacker, Bredeson executes with precise footwork and quality reach. He's an enforcer in the trenches and should help Michigan continue its attitude shift under Harbaugh.

    -Tyler Donohue

38. 4-Star WR A.J. Brown

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 220 lbs

    High School: Starkville High School (Starkville, Mississippi)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 wide receiver; No. 38 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Uncommitted: Contenders include Alabama, Cal, Mississippi State and Ole Miss

    This looks like a three-way SEC showdown for A.J. Brown's signature. The in-state Rebels and Bulldogs both extended offers early in his junior season, when Alabama also entered the equation.

    Cal is a potential outlier contender to watch here. The Golden Bears are expected to host him for a visit in January, according to Chad Simmons of Scout.com.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    There's a meanness to his game that's both refreshing and effective. Brown batters defensive backs off the snap, creating breathing room for himself by quickly dispatching opponents who attempt to press him.

    Brown matches a formidable frame with above-average acceleration, becoming a ferocious runner in the open field following receptions. He caught 135 passes for 2,390 yards and 29 scores as an upperclassman.

    -Tyler Donohue

37. 4-Star TE Kaden Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6’5 ½”, 235 lbs

    High School: Marcus High School (Flower Mound, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 TE, No. 37 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Committed to Stanford on April 11, 2015

    At the time he pledged to Stanford, 4-star tight end Kaden Smith became just the second member of the Cardinal’s 2016 class.

    Smith chose the Cardinal over offers from Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Texas and Texas A&M, among others.

    Over his four-year prep career, Smith hauled in 144 receptions for 2,260 yards and 17 touchdowns.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Smith has the characteristics of a wide receiver, but in the body of a prototypical tight end. He’s physical enough to be an effective blocker in the run game. As a receiver, he’s a mismatch on linebackers and defensive backs. He’s also got great leaping ability to win jump-ball or one-on-one situations. Smith’s skill set also appears to be a perfect marriage with Stanford’s offense—which is known to feature the tight end. Smith has the size and athleticism necessary to be an impact performer next season in Palo Alto, California.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

36. 4-Star WR Devin Duvernay

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 195 lbs

    High School: Sachse High School (Sachse, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 wide receiver; No. 36 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Baylor on Nov. 20, 2015

    Devin Duvernay will team up with twin brother Donovan Duvernay at Baylor. Donovan joined the Bears class two months before Devin announced his decision.

    Other in-state squads such as Texas and Texas A&M attempted to land Duvernay, while Alabama and Ohio State each welcomed him to campus for an official visit during the season.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Duvernay projects as a player who can contribute immediately during his first collegiate campaign, particularly in the slot. World-class quickness has been on display during an illustrious high school track career and last summer at The Opening, where he clocked a 4.32 40-yard dash.

    His ability to exploit seams within a defense is another knot to Duvernay's speed, but it's also a testament of how strong he is while bursting off pivots and fighting to create space. He averaged 17 yards per catch during the past three seasons, tallying 2,906 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns.

    -Tyler Donohue 

35. 4-Star RB BJ Emmons

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    Height/Weight: 5’10”, 232 lbs

    High School: Freedom High School (Morganton, North Carolina)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 RB, No. 35 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Committed to Alabama on July 20, 2015

    After decommitting from an early pledge to Georgia in June, 4-star rusher B.J. Emmons cast his lot with fellow SEC power Alabama a month later.

    The Under Armour All-American enjoyed a monster 2015 season, rushing for 2,417 yards and 36 touchdowns. Emmons fits the mold of power backs Tide head coach Nick Saban has managed to sign since his arrival in Tuscaloosa.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    From a physical standpoint, there aren’t many backs as impressive as Emmons. At 232 pounds, he has the speed to run away from defensive backs.

    He’s a load to bring down in the open field when he gets a head of steam, and he’s adept at getting bunches of yards after contact.

    There may be an adjustment for Emmons in developing as a receiver at the next level, but he has a package of skills that are an intriguing fit with the Tide’s power ground attack.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

34. 4-Star WR Tyler Vaughns

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    Height/Weight: 6'1 ½", 177 lbs

    High School: Bishop Amat High School (La Puente, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 wide receiver; No. 34 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Committed to USC on Aug. 19, 2015

    Tyler Vaughns pledged to the Trojans following several unofficial visits to campus. His commitment came slightly more than a month after fellow Bishop Amat wide receiver Trevon Sidney announced intentions to play at USC.

    Alabama, Georgia and Washington were among a long list of programs that also pursued him. Vaughns is the most highly regarded receiver among four USC commits on this list.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Vaughns extends for the football at all points, exhibiting great body control in tight coverage. Extremely reliable hands pulled down a vast majority of "50-50" balls during his high school career, making him a go-to target in crunch time.

    He doesn't necessarily need to gain significant separation from a defender in order to find the football, utilizing an expansive wingspan that creates coveted catch radius. Vaughns is adept at gaining yards after a reception with smooth strides downfield, helping him rack up 2,502 yards and 25 touchdowns on 167 receptions as an upperclassman, per MaxPreps.

    -Tyler Donohue

33. 4-Star DE Jonathon Cooper

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ¼", 234 lbs

    High School: Gahanna Lincoln High School (Columbus, Ohio)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 WDE; No. 33 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Enrolled at Ohio State

    The more Jonathon Cooper showed at The Opening, the more positive things people said. He didn't disappoint at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, either. Cooper was impressive in his final game as a high school athlete. 

    The early enrollee at Ohio State now prepares for an opportunity to get playing time for Urban Meyer and his staff. Cooper committed to Ohio State more than a year ago and remained solid with his pledge.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Cooper is one of those athletes who, as good as he is, 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 to 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 

32. 4-Star WR Tyrie Cleveland

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ½", 189 lbs

    High School: Westfield High School (Houston, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 wide receiver; No. 32 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Committed to Houston on Dec. 10, 2015

    Tyrie Cleveland committed to Texas A&M midway through his junior campaign but ultimately opted to reopen the recruiting process last spring. The Aggies, Oklahoma and Ole Miss were among programs in contention before he opted to remain in his hometown.

    His commitment to Houston helped to further enhance an immensely successful cycle for Cougars head coach Tom Herman.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Cleveland confirmed he belongs among the country's premier pass-catchers with an impressive yearlong performance in 2015. His effort at The Opening turned plenty of heads, as he helped spearhead his seven-on-seven squad to the tournament title in a highly competitive environment.

    He's one of the fastest receivers you'll find at his size, clocking a 4.32 in the 40-yard dash at nearly 6'3". Cleveland can take the top off a defense or wreak havoc in the intermediate range, evidenced by 94 receptions for 2,023 yards and 27 touchdowns as an upperclassman.

    -Tyler Donohue 

31. 4-Star OL Landon Dickerson

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 293 lbs

    High School: South Caldwell High School (Hudson, North Carolina)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 offensive tackle; No. 31 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Contenders include Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee

    It's going down to the wire for Landon Dickerson and he's bringing several programs along with him. Florida and Alabama have locked in upcoming official visits, while Tennessee and Georgia could be in the mix to schedule his final travel plans before national signing day.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    There is some outright nastiness to Dickerson's game and we love it. He is hellbent on getting the better of his opponent on every play, and the results are almost always ugly for the guy lined up across from him.

    Dickerson moves very well and actually saw some high school reps at fullback. More polished as a run-blocker right now, advancements in pass-protection hand placement would further enhance his case as a prospect who can hold down either tackle position with authority.

    -Tyler Donohue 

30. 4-Star DE Marlon Davidson

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 260 lbs

    High School: Greenville High School (Montgomery, Alabama)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 SDE; No. 30 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Enrolled at Auburn

    Auburn scored a major get when Marlon Davidson committed to Gus Malzahn and the program. The Tigers won an in-state recruiting battle with Alabama in landing Davidson, an Under Armour All-American with 19 reported offers.

    Davidson is a big, strong defensive end who can beat an offensive lineman either using power or finesse. He could see plenty of opportunity for starter's minutes at Auburn.

    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 

29. 4-Star RB Tavien Feaster

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    Height/Weight: 5'11”, 196 lbs

    High School: Spartanburg High School (Spartanburg, South Carolina) 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 all-purpose back, No. 29 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Clemson on Feb. 4, 2015

    Clemson’s 2016 class received a major boost on signing day when 5-star all-purpose back Tavien Feaster pledged to the Tigers.

    While Feaster made a summer visit to Tennessee, he’s seemingly shut down his process and seems locked in with the Tigers.

    Feaster rushed for 2,582 yards and 30 touchdowns over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    What makes Feaster special is how fluid and natural he looks as a receiver in the passing game. He’s elusive in the open field and is the perfect back to employ in a spread offense.

    However, he’s tough and physical enough to get yards inside and rarely goes down on first contact. Overall, Feaster is a complete back who has the potential to do damage early in his career at Clemson.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

28. 4-Star OL Michal Menet

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 273 lbs

    High School: Exeter Township Senior High School (Reading, Pennsylvania)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 offensive guard; No. 28 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Penn State on May 29, 2015

    The Nittany Lions landed Pennsylvania's top-rated recruit before the end of his junior year, providing a pivotal building block for head coach James Frankin's class. Plenty of programs attempted to lure Michal Menet beyond state borders, including Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State and Alabama.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Menet makes it look easy as he leads the charge for a rushing attack, driving defenders downfield in droves during the course of four quarters. He's plowing yards past the line of scrimmage within moments, a testament to his get-off and ability to control momentum against opponents.

    His hands slam toward their intended target, and whether he's shoving a hip or chest plate, Menet makes sure to finish plays emphatically. Penn State needs immediate improvements on offense, and he should quickly contend for reps with a strong opening camp.

    -Tyler Donohue 

27. 4-Star OL Tommy Kraemer

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    Height/Weight: 6'5 ½", 309 lbs

    High School: Elder High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 offensive tackle; No. 27 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Committed to Notre Dame on Oct. 4, 2014

    Notre Dame further solidified its offensive front with an early pledge from Tommy Kraemer, who committed midway through his junior season. Ohio State continued to give chase for the homegrown talent even after that decision, but South Bend is his destination.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    There are few fundamental flaws to find in Kraemer's overall body of work, a rarity for linemen at this phase of their development. He's effective in pass-protection settings, shutting down many of America's elite edge-rushers during national high school showcase camps.

    He gives off the aura of a team leader and that's precisely how Kraemer competes. Sharp focus and workmanlike effort ensure he isn't often outfoxed by opponents and bode well for his potential to play early.

    -Tyler Donohue

26. 4-Star DE Antonneous Clayton

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 218 lbs

    High School: Dooly County High School (Vienna, Georgia)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Committed to Florida on Oct. 28, 2015

    The Florida Gators won a huge recruiting battle in October when Antonneous Clayton gave his verbal commitment. An Under Armour All-American, Clayton chose Florida over Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State and a handful of other programs.

    Clayton, who has 39 reported offers, was one of the players at the Under Armour All-America Game who consistently made plays on the defensive side of the ball. He's a player with tons of upside and someone who can be an all-conference standout early in his college career.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Clayton is a blossoming presence in college recruiting, and he's someone who has the potential to be dynamic at the next level. Part of the intrigue stems from his notable athleticism and versatility.

    Clayton doesn't have the prototypical defensive end size, but he is a long athlete who will put on weight and be even more of a specimen. Clayton also can line up as an outside linebacker, if necessary.

    - Damon Sayles

25. 5-Star OLB Caleb Kelly

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    Height/Weight: 6'3¼", 215 lbs

    High School: Clovis West High School (Fresno, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 OLB, No. 25 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

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

    With four official visits in the books, the race to land 5-star linebacker Caleb Kelly is nearing a close.

    As Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports detailed, Oklahoma is the heavy favorite to land the Golden State stud, with Notre Dame and Oregon serving as the main challengers trying to keep him away from Norman. 

    Alabama, which could get an official visit from Kelly in January, could also become a factor if he makes a trip to Tuscaloosa.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Length, speed, power and versatility are traits that make Kelly such a coveted prospect. As illustrated by the 21 sacks he racked up as a senior, he's a menace for offensive linemen to deal with because of the variety of pass-rush skills he brings to the table. That length helps him get off blocks, but he will likely need to add more muscle to his 215-pound frame. Overall, Kelly’s ability to be disruptive in so many ways is what makes him a candidate to be a star at the next level.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

24. 5-Star DT Benito Jones

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 285 lbs

    High School: Wayne County High School (Waynesboro, Mississippi)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 DT; No. 24 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Committed to Ole Miss on Aug. 17, 2014

    Since the summer, Benito Jones has bulked up roughly 20 pounds. There was a time when Jones was looked at more as a defensive end than a defensive tackle. As he inches closer to 300 pounds, Jones is looking at playing on the inside of the line rather than on the edge.

    Jones has been an Ole Miss commit for more than a year and is expected to be a solid contributor for the Rebels defense. He has offers from schools such as Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and others, but playing close to home proved to be something Jones couldn't pass up.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Jones is a strong lineman who uses his pad level to his advantage. He has great hands, and with his motor, he always seems to be around the football.

    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 can still play defensive end if necessary. Jones is fueled by his footwork, quickness off the snap and an overall will to get better.

    -Damon Sayles 

23. 5-Star DT Rashard Lawrence

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 305 lbs

    High School: Neville High School (Monroe, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 DT; No. 23 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering LSU, Ohio State, Alabama and Oklahoma 

    Consider Rashard Lawrence one of the best of the 2016 prospects at keeping his future college plans close to the vest. The winning school, however, will get a player who plays with a lot of physicality and a high motor.

    Lawrence has 23 reported offers, and many are expecting the Louisiana prospect to stay in state and sign with LSU on national signing day. Schools like Ohio State and Alabama, however, are hoping to get him out of Louisiana and add him to an already-loaded arsenal.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Lawrence is fun to watch because he plays with a mean streak on the field and is a gentle giant off the field. He plays the game with a no-nonsense attitude that every college coach can appreciate. Lawrence is explosive off the snap and holds his own well against larger offensive linemen.

    Physically, Lawrence is a strong athlete who plays each snap at a high level. His quickness off the ball is an asset, and his pad level and the way he uses his hands are discussion points as scouts consider to monitor his every move.

    -Damon Sayles

22. 5-Star CB Jack Jones

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    Height/Weight: 5’11”, 164 lbs

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

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 CB, No. 22 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

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

    Over the years, Long Beach Poly has been a pipeline to USC. 

    The Trojans will try to lure another standout from the Jackrabbits program in 4-star athlete Jack Jones.

    The electric athlete, who could play either receiver or corner at the college level, has already taken official visits to Arizona State and Texas A&M.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Jones is a terrific athlete, but what makes him a special talent is the intensity and competitiveness he plays the game with. At first, it appeared his best position in college would be as a corner. I changed my mind after seeing him dominate at The Opening as a receiver. He’s special with the ball in his hands, and I’ve spoken with coaches who are recruiting him who feel the same way.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

21. 5-Star CB Kristian Fulton

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 177 lbs

    High School: Archbishop Rummel High School (Metairie, Louisiana)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 CB; No. 21 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Uncommitted: Considering LSU, Arkansas, LSU and Florida

    With 26 reported offers, Kristian Fulton is a player many are keeping their eyes on as national signing day approaches. Fulton has upcoming official visits to Arkansas, Florida and LSU.

    An Under Armour All-American, Fulton can be an impact player in college. He plays every down with the intentions of showing he's the best in the country at his position.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    There's a lot to like about Fulton. He plays with good speed and elusiveness, and he has good ball skills and solid change-of-direction ability. Coaches like that he's one of the young ones of the 2016 class. He turned 17 years old four months ago.

    Fulton does a solid job in one-on-one coverage, as he depends on his reactive quickness. Additionally, he is a solid tackler in the open field. As he gets older, Fulton is expected to mature into an outstanding coverage defender.

    -Damon Sayles 

20. 5-Star RB Miles Sanders

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    Height/Weight: 5’11”, 199 lbs

    High School: Woodland Hills High School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 RB, No. 20 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Committed to Penn State on July 19, 2014

    The very first pledge in Penn State’s 2016 class came from 4-star running back Miles Sanders back in July 2014.

    The No. 2 prospect from the Keystone State selected the Nittany Lions over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others.

    Schools such as Pittsburgh and Michigan State have continued to recruit Sanders, but as Spartan Tailgate noted, Sanders appears to be firm in his pledge.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Sanders is a multipurpose threat who can hurt defenses as a receiver or runner. He possesses great vision and the speed to break long runs any time he touches the ball.

    What makes him special is the burst he displays when he finds a crease in the defense. Sanders figures to be a great complement to current Lions star rusher Saquon Barkley in Happy Valley.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

19. 5-Star DE Jeffery Simmons

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    Height/Weight: 6'3 ½", 277 lbs

    High School: Noxubee County High School (Macon, Mississippi)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 SDE; No. 19 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

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

    The race for Jeffery Simmons will come down to the wire, as he has January visits scheduled to Mississippi State, Alabama and Ole Miss. Simmons, who already has visited Tennessee, is expected to make a decision on national signing day.

    The winning school will get a player who has been on a steady rise in the 2016 player rankings. A U.S. Army All-American, Simmons has gone from a top-125 player to a top-40 player since the summer.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Simmons is a big-bodied athlete who uses his hands well to outplay offensive linemen in one-on-one situations. He's a strong athlete who moves well from side to side, and when he's not rushing the quarterback, he serves as a solid run-stopper.

    At 277 pounds, Simmons already has the size of a college-ready defensive end. What coaches like is that he plays the game with a lot of emotion.

    -Damon Sayles 

18. 5-Star DE McTelvin Agim

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    Height/Weight: 6'2 ½", 268 lbs

    High School: Hope High School (Hope, Arkansas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 SDE; No. 18 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 95/100

    Committed to Arkansas on Sept. 5, 2015 

    The top-ranked player in Arkansas, McTelvin Agim didn't disappoint over the summer competing at The Opening. He also showed his worth at the Under Armour All-American Game. In fact, Agim may have improved his stock with his play in Orlando.

    Agim is a playmaker, and Arkansas picked up an athlete who can be very good very quickly for Bret Bielema and his staff. He ultimately chose Arkansas over Baylor, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

    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 

17. 5-Star OL Jonah Williams

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 296 lbs

    High School: Folsom High School (Folsom, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 offensive tackle; No. 17 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Enrolled at Alabama

    The top-rated offensive lineman in California headed to Tuscaloosa in January, nine months after his Crimson Tide commitment. Jonah Williams, the No. 1 prospect in another impressive Alabama class, chose a future in the SEC over nearby Pac-12 options such as Oregon and USC.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Williams may emerge as the heir apparent to top-rated 2014 offensive tackle Cam Robinson, who is likely to receive a high draft grade after his junior season. It would be the kind of transition college coaching staffs dream of, considering he firmly belongs in the mix as a possible No. 1 player at the position in this cycle.

    His combination of quick footwork and overpowering physicality produced plenty of highlights throughout a dominant high school career. Williams may take out two defenders—at different levels of the field—faster than any prospect on this list.

    -Tyler Donohue 

16. 5-Star DE Oluwole Betiku

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    Height/Weight: 6'3 ½", 240 lbs

    High School: Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 WDE; No. 16 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Enrolled at USC

    The needle for Oluwole Betiku continues to go only one way, as he trends upward each day. Betiku, an Under Armour All-American made a statement with his play at The Opening over the summer and hasn't slowed down since.

    Betiku gave USC a Christmas present of sorts when he announced his verbal commitment. He chose the Trojans over Notre Dame, Florida State, Texas A&M and several other schools.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    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 has said multiple times that he plays the game with the mission to do better for his family, and it's easy to see his determination with every snap.

    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.

    -Damon Sayles 

15. 5-Star OLB Lyndell Wilson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 220 lbs

    High School: Carver High School (Montgomery, Alabama)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 OLB, No. 15 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Georgia and Florida

    Since the beginning of his recruitment, most in the recruiting world figured 5-star linebacker Lyndell Wilson would stay in-state to play his college football.

    Alabama is one of three finalists, along with Georgia and Florida.

    However, with less than a month remaining until signing day, the Tide will have to make a strong push toward the finish line in order to keep Wilson from escaping the state to a conference rival.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    I've seen Wilson multiple times on the camp circuit and in a live game. His lateral quickness jumps out immediately. He can try too hard at times to deliver the big blow, but he packs a punch when he unloads on ball-carriers. He has great instincts in finding the football, and he's athletic enough to be able to play man coverage against tight ends and backs out of the backfield.

    Overall, Wilson has the skill set to develop into a big-time player if he continues to develop and work on his game's finer details.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

14. 5-Star WR Demetris Robertson

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    Height/Weight: 5’11 ¾”, 175 lbs 

    High School: Savannah Christian Prep High School (Savannah, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 wide receiver, No. 14 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Stanford

    Alabama held an early pledge from 5-star athlete Demetris Robertson, who reopened his recruitment last spring.

    However, the Tide are still in the mix to get him back in the fold. Robertson has already taken official visits to California and Notre Dame.

    According to 247Sports’ Hank South, Robertson has plans of taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa in January. With Kirby Smart taking over in Athens, the Bulldogs are looking to keep Robertson in-state when he makes his final decision.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robertson is a smooth athlete who has played both corner and receiver effectively at the prep level. He seems to be a little more natural at receiver, where his abilities as a route-runner separate him from a lot of other pass-catching prospects.

    When I saw him at the Nike Orlando Opening Regional, he impressed me with his ability to consistently get off the line of scrimmage when corners tried to jam him. He’s versatile enough to work on the outside or in the slot and is elusive in the open field.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

13. 5-Star ATH Mecole Hardman Jr.

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    Height/Weight: 5’10”, 169 lbs

    High School: Elbert County High School (Elberton, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 ATH, No. 13 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee

    Although he mainly played quarterback for his high school squad, 5-star athlete Mecole Hardman Jr. will likely play receiver or corner at the college level.

    Hardman has already taken official visits to Miami and Michigan, and he’s taken several unofficials to Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

    His decision is likely to come on national signing day.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    I’ve spoken with Hardman many times, and he hasn’t ruled out playing both ways in college. He’s one of the rare athletes who has the skills and toughness to do so. I’ve seen him at multiple camps, and his competitiveness is evident whenever he touches the field.

    I’ve long believed receiver is his best position, but he opened many people’s eyes with how dominant he looked at corner at The Opening. Assuming he does focus his attention on one position in college, he has the attitude and tools necessary to become a special player.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

12. 5-Star TE Isaac Nauta

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    Height/Weight: 6’3 ¼”, 244 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 TE, No. 12 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100 

    Committed to Georgia on Jan. 9, 2016

    5-star tight end Isaac Nauta made an early pledge to Florida State before reopening his process last summer.

    After narrowing his choices to Alabama, Georgia and Michigan, Nauta opted to commit to the Bulldogs at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    As a senior, Nauta caught 13 passes for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Don’t let Nauta’s senior stats fool you with regard to his abilities. I’ve gone on record saying he’s the best tight end prospect I’ve seen in recent memory. Beyond his college-ready frame and elite skill set, his drive and motor are what separates him as one of the nation’s premier playmakers in the 2016 cycle. His dominance at The Opening is evidence of his potential at the next level.

    He was the best route-runner, including the receiver segment, at the event. He’s a mismatch nightmare as a receiver, and he’s a tenacious blocker in the run game. He has the talent to be a college-level defensive end—which is a testament to his athleticism. As an early enrollee, Nauta appears primed to make a difference for the Bulldogs in 2016.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani

11. 5-Star LB Mique Juarez

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    Height/Weight: 6'1 ½", 231 lbs

    High School: North High School (Torrance, California)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 OLB, No. 11 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Washington

    Early in the process, 5-star linebacker Mique Juarez was committed to in-state power USC.

    However, he reopened his process in the fall with UCLA being the prime school linked to him after his decommitment, as detailed by Wiltfong.

    According to Chad Carson of 247Sports, Juarez was named a 2015 USA Today first-team All-American linebacker.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Juarez is a freakish athlete who starred on both sides of the ball in high school. But his ball skills in pass coverage on defense are what make him one of the elite talents in the 2016 cycle. He covers like a bigger corner or even a safety, and he has a penchant for creating turnovers—whether it be interceptions or forcing fumbles.

    He's physical enough to hold up against the run, and he has characteristics that make him ideal to play a hybrid role that meshes the responsibilities of linebackers and defensive backs. Overall, Juarez has the skill set to become a dominant defender in college.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

10. 5-Star ILB Ben Davis

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 240 lbs

    High School: Gordo High School (Gordo, Alabama)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Uncommitted: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Notre Dame

    The state of Alabama has three players in the 2016 class who have garnered a 5-star ranking—with linebacker Ben Davis being the Yellowhammer State's top player.

    Despite the fact his father was a former star player at Alabama, the younger Davis has done his best to keep an open mind with his recruiting process.

    However, it would be a major upset if he landed anywhere other than Tuscaloosa on signing day.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    From an athletic standpoint, Davis is everything you would want in a middle linebacker. He also played receiver in high school, which shows just how much of a freak he is at 6'3", 240 pounds. At linebacker, Davis is a disruptive force who can withstand the position's physical rigors and deliver blows in the run game.

    He's one of the rare athletes who can also play on the outside in certain situations. He's an intriguing option as a blitzer, and he's also a pass-coverage asset because of his athleticism. Overall, Davis has an enormous amount of potential at the next level.

    -Sanjay Kirpalani 

9. 5-Star DT Derrick Brown

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    Height/Weight: 6'3 ¾", 317 lbs

    High School: Lanier High School (Buford, Georgia)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 DT; No. 9 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 96/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi State

    Dominant defensive tackles are major gets, and Derrick Brown will be a huge addition for the program of his choice. He showed his ability at both The Opening and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, winning his share of battles against some of the nation's top offensive linemen.

    Brown, who has 26 reported offers, has January visits to Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee scheduled. Georgia is hoping to keep Brown in the state, but he has insisted that every school he's interested in has a legitimate shot.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Brown has a great nose for the football and seems to be around every play. He uses his strength and deceptive quickness to create chaos in the backfield for offenses, and he possesses a great first step in passing situations.

    Brown is a thick-bodied athlete who, despite being nearly 6'4", plays with a low center of gravity. His balance makes him tough to game-plan for, and it makes him an attractive prospect to college coaches.

    -Damon Sayles 

8. 5-Star DE Nick Bosa

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 265 lbs

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

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 SDE; No. 8 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Ohio State on July 23, 2015

    Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa declared for the NFL Draft before the start of the new year. Ohio State is now preparing for little brother Nick Bosa to arrive on campus—and fans are expected Nick to pick up right where Joey left off.

    Nick Bosa is a special talent worthy of every offer he has received. He chose Ohio State over offers such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Notre Dame and many other programs.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Bosa brings toughness and tenacity to the football field. He's a big, strong athlete who plays with a high level of intensity. He also has a mean streak that makes him an intriguing player.

    Bosa already has the mindset of a college athlete; now it's simply a matter of getting him on the field. He's a solid speed rusher and someone who will make it frustrating for offenses trying to set up run plays and pass plays.

    -Damon Sayles 

7. 5-Star CB Levonta Taylor

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 182 lbs

    High School: Ocean Lakes High School (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Florida State on April 3, 2015

    Florida State landed a big fish in the recruiting game in Levonta Taylor, as he chose the Seminoles over offers from Florida, Auburn, Ohio State, Georgia, USC and others, including in-state favorite Virginia. Taylor is the Seminoles' highest-ranked commit.

    Any time an athlete can get a ringing endorsement from one of the greatest to play the position in Deion Sanders, that makes for a great compliment. Taylor has the goods to be special in college. 

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Watching Taylor on the field, at times, is like watching an instructional video, because he plays the cornerback position the way it should be played. He's fast and athletic and makes passing situations difficult for receivers with his recovery speed.

    In addition to his coverage skills, Taylor is a solid tackler. He plays with the mindset of a college athlete. Taylor will see early playing time at Florida State and could be a starter quickly in his career.

    -Damon Sayles 

6. 5-Star DT Ed Oliver

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 277 lbs

    High School: Westfield High School (Houston, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 DT; No. 6 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Houston on May 21, 2015 

    There may not be a defensive player with a better motor in the 2016 class than Ed Oliver. He is a buzzsaw on the defensive line, someone who plays with a mean streak and is disruptive in both running and passing downs.

    Oliver shocked the recruiting world in May when he committed to Houston over schools such as LSU, Texas, Baylor and Texas A&M. Oliver's older brother, Marcus, plays for the Cougars. Together, the two hope to lead Houston to another successful season after the Cougars beat Florida State in the Peach Bowl.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Oliver may be one of the smallest defensive tackles of the elite linemen, but his size is quickly forgotten when the ball is snapped. Oliver is an explosive athlete who uses his speed, athleticism and football IQ to beat offensive linemen off the snap.

    Oliver is a guy who is all about action and less about being vocal on the field. He plays each snap as if it were his last, and he's a high-impact player at the point of attack.

    -Damon Sayles 

5. 5-Star QB Jacob Eason

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 208 lbs

    High School: Lake Stevens High School (Lake Stevens, Washington)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Enrolled at Georgia

    His path to Athens, Georgia, took some unexpected late turns, but Jacob Eason ultimately stayed true to a Bulldogs commitment that began in July 2014, when he and 4-star offensive tackle Ben Cleveland pledged to Georgia during an on-campus event.

    The departure of veteran head coach Mark Richt and ensuing alterations to the coaching staff after new head coach Kirby Smart's arrival encouraged Eason to explore alternative landing spots. An official visit to Florida put fans on the edges of their seats, but he reaffirmed his decision in December shortly after receiving Gatorade Player of the Year honors.

    "Just meeting with Coach Smart and [new UGA offensive coordinator] Jim Chaney just reassured everything. Those are great guys and great coaches and really fit for the jobs," Eason told Jeff Sentell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Eason's game film is among the finest you'll find from any quarterback in recent recruiting cycles. He uses an effortless throwing motion to launch the football far without sacrificing velocity (20/20 arm strength).

    His accuracy remains steady even at an extended range, and Eason isn't afraid to challenge even the slightest seams in an opposing defense. Georgia fans should be delighted to know that comparisons to former Bulldogs star and top overall NFL draft pick Matthew Stafford are legitimate.

    Many expect Eason to be thrust into the starting role as a true freshman, possibly from the season's first snap. His ability to handle pressure in the pocket will be key, and Eason presents enough maneuverability to buy time when necessary.

    He completed 70 percent of his pass attempts for 3,585 yards as a senior, tallying 102 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in high school.

    -Tyler Donohue 

4. 5-Star QB Shea Patterson

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 192 lbs

    High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 98/100

    Enrolled at Ole Miss

    Shea Patterson's recruitment process started all the way back in 2012, when he committed to Arizona as a freshman. He reopened things before his junior campaign, fielding offers from Alabama, Tennessee, TCU, Notre Dame and Michigan.

    Patterson opted to spend the next few years at Ole Miss, announcing a commitment to the Rebels over USC and LSU in February. He's since helped the Rebels put together one of America's deepest recruiting classes.

    "I think they're the fastest-rising team in the SEC," Patterson told Bleacher Report in December, adding, "With the recruiting class we'll have, I think they have the most potential right now."

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Patterson is the premier improvisational playmaker in this quarterback class. Tremendous football IQ, hustle and gamesmanship create an athlete who refuses to waste downs.

    He can extend plays with excellent lateral mobility (9/10), evading defenders and displaying a unique sense of how things are unfolding for teammates downfield. Patterson, the Elite 11 MVP and a U.S. Army All-American Player of the Year finalist, is as precise as any other 2016 passer and can sling it deep with desirable touch (44/45 combined arm strength and accuracy).

    He proved his leadership qualities multiple times as a high school standout. Patterson led Calvary Baptist Academy (Shreveport, Louisiana) to two state championships prior to becoming the catalyst of an IMG Academy squad that boasted more FBS recruits than any other team in America.

    Patterson completed 63 percent of his pass attempts during high school, totaling 140 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

    -Tyler Donohue 

3. 5-Star OL Gregory Little

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    Height/Weight: 6'5 ½", 305 lbs

    High School: Allen High School (Allen, Texas)

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 offensive tackle; No. 3 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 98/100

    Committed to Ole Miss on Dec. 16, 2015

    Texas A&M seemed to solidify things early with the Lone Star State's top-rated recruit, picking up Greg Little's pledge in June 2014. He remained a member of the Aggies class until last summer, when he reopened the process. Little landed with the Rebels following official visits to Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Auburn.

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Folks were already compelled by Little's potential when he spent his freshman season at tight end. A transition to tackle thrust him into the starting lineup as a sophomore and Allen High School went on to win state titles in 2013 and 2014. 

    He's a rare athletic specimen who still looks like a tight end at times as he surges downfield. Nifty footwork puts him in position to eliminate pass-rush threats from his side of the line, and he was the only offensive lineman to repeatedly split reps with No. 1 overall prospect Rashan Gary at The Opening.

    -Tyler Donohue 

2. 5-Star DT Dexter Lawrence

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 327 lbs

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

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 97/100

    Committed to Clemson on Dec. 14, 2015

    The game of football comes naturally for Dexter Lawrence, considering he makes playing defensive tackle look so effortless. The end results are the same: Lawrence shows himself as a dominant defensive lineman. He made that statement as a U.S. Army All-American.

    Last month, he became Clemson's highest-ranked recruit since cornerback Brian Staley, who was the No. 6 overall player in the 2003 class. Lawrence chose Clemson over Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and North Carolina State, among other schools.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    For a big lineman, Lawrence is cat quick off the ball. But his quickness takes a back seat to his brute strength and ability to fight through double-teams. Lawrence is big, strong and elusive.

    Additionally, Lawrence is deceptively fast off the snap. He has a great first step, and he quickly gives offensive linemen fits in running and passing situations. Lawrence is a player who can be a game-changing lineman at the next level.

    -Damon Sayles 

1. 5-Star DT Rashan Gary

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 293 lbs

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

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

    Bleacher Report Score: 99/100

    Uncommitted: Considering Michigan, Alabama, Ole Miss, Clemson and USC 

    What else can be said about Rashan Gary? The nation's No. 1 overall player has shown on multiple occasions that he sets the bar in the 2016 class with his play. He was the most dominant player at The Opening, and he was the most dominant player at the Under Armour All-America Game.

    National signing day will be the day one lucky school lands a player expected to be all-conference material the moment he steps on campus. With 30 reported offers, Gary has schools like Michigan, Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss and USC awaiting his every word between now and Feb. 3.

    Bleacher Report Analysis 

    Gary is a football phenomenon, someone with a defensive tackle's power, a defensive end's quickness off the rush and a linebacker's speed. Few athletes his size can run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.8 seconds. His quickness and explosiveness off the ball make him a problem for offensive linemen.

    Put all of Gary's characteristics to the table, and it's easy to see why he's the nation's top-ranked overall player. The expectations are very high for Gary, and his future looks bright.

    -Damon Sayles