The first full Scout 300 for the 2014 class is out and here is a regional
Virginia is the dominant state in the east rankings, with 11players in the Scout 300, and eight of the top 16 players in the region. Pennsylvania may not be heavy at the top of the rankings, but there is solid depth as the Keystone State produced eight Scout 300 players.
New Jersey chimed in with seven followed by Maryland (6),New York (2), Washington, D.C., (2) and Delaware (1).
The region is stacked with high-end offensive linemen, led by Bishop McNamara High (Forestville, Md.) standout Damian Prince. There are six offensive linemen rated four stars. However, quarterback isn’t the strongest part of the region. The only four-star in the region is Caleb Henderson of Lake Braddock High in Burke, Va.
Defensive tackle Thomas Holley is perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the region. He’s a former basketball player at Christ the King (Queens, N.Y.) who transferred to Lincoln High (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and stood out in less than a full season. He is 6-foot-4, 290 pounds and is powerful and explosive. He gets off the line of scrimmage in a hurry and can chase a play to the sideline. Once he develops his handwork, he should be an incredible player.
Look for Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) High offensive tackle Alex Bookser’s recruitment to take off during the spring evaluation period. He played both ways as a junior, and when schools make the trip in to see him the offers should flow. He has very good feet, which allows him to slide well in pass protection and move quickly and keep squared on the defender in run blocking. He is always pumping his legs and drive blocks well. He is also quick to the second level.
It is a very good group of wide receivers this cycle. Well over a dozen wideouts are in the Scout300 and you have you have your mix of guys with size, guys with speed, guys who can run routes, and guys who just make plays. Trevion Thompson is the top prospect in North Carolina and he is the top wide receiver in the southeast. He is a smooth receiver who glides across the field and he is someone who has a blend of size, speed, hands, body control, and big play ability.
A quartet of wide receivers out of Louisiana find themselves in this group. Malachi Dupre leads the way and he is a receiver you just throw the ball up there to and let him go chase it down. He is a great high-point receiver with good speed and he is good in the open field. Cameron Sims is a very physical wideout who can catch the ball in traffic, stretch the field vertically, and create mismatches. The best route-runner is Trey Quinn and he has sticky hands, he consistently gets open, and he has deceptive speed. The wildcard here is Devante Noil and he plays a lot of quarterback in high school, but he will play slot receiver in college. He is so shifty, he is tough to touch in space, and he is very quick.
Florida always has athletes and Ermon Lane is one of the best in 2014. He is the top receiver and he is a kid that has a very high ceiling. He is long, he can go up and get the football, he is a real weapon down the field, and he is only going to get better. Artavis Scott and Corey Holmes are the next two in the Sunshine State are they are different players. Scott is very compact, strong, and fast. He can make the tough catches and make plays in space. Holmes is the long and slender wideout that has great hands, great body control, and he gets in and out of routes well too.
Demarre Kitt is the top receiver in Georgia and he has been a part of two state championships in the past three years. He is not going to wow you with one part of his game, but he plays as fast as he needs to and he is about as consistent as they come.
Todd Kelly, Jr. is a talented safety out of Tennessee that won a state title in 2012. He hardly ever left the field and he is a very smart player. He is best at free safety because of his range and his ability to play the ball. He tracks the ball well and he is also a solid tackler.
Myles Autry is a gifted athlete that push for the Scout100 when all is said and done. He injured his knee late in the 2012 season, but played through it to score a touchdown late in the state championship game. This young man is elusive, he is an elite punt return man, and he can be used out of the backfield, in the slot, and in many different ways.
Not many were talking about Trent Harris until here recently, but he is one of the best pass rushers in the part of the country. He has a great first step off the ball and he closes on the ball extremely well. He could be a rush end in college or slid back to outside linebacker. He is athletic enough to either at his size.
Nolan Kelleher could project as a tackle or guard on the offensive line. He really chops his feet well, he keeps his feet moving at all times, and he loves to finish his blocks. He can pull, he uses his hands well, and does a good job of keeping his feet under him when engaged.
I think you have some guys towards the bottom of the 300 list that are lesser known guys, but are guys we really like.
Sam Hubbard is a 6'6 kid who plays safety, but should be a really good outside linebacker at the next level. Already a Notre Dame lacrosse commit, we think he'll add a number of major football offers, which he is already starting to do.
Chris James is a compact, fast running back from Illinois who we will have ranked higher than most, but he's a hard working kid with good speed and had a very big junior season.
When the dust settled 54 Midlands prospects find themselves in the Scout 300, a high percentage second only to the Southeast region. Over the past couple of days we have broke down some of the most elite talents in the country in the Top 50 and the Top 100, but outside of that there are number players who have big-time potential as well.
Arlington (Texas) Martin defensive end Myles Garrett, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder is one of the more athletic ends in the country. He can run like a gazelle and is super quick off of the ball. Add in a nice frame and you can quickly see that he has all of the criteria to be a top-rated national star. He still needs some fine-tuning on his craft on the filed, but with the right progression in the off-season he could turn himself in to a Top 50 national player with a strong senior season.
Another player to keep a close eye on is Hazelwood (Mo.) East offensive tackle Roderick Johnson. The 6-foot-7, 320-pounder is turning heads and justifiably so. He passes the immediate eye ball test and not only has the girth that a college offensive line coach will love, he has also the length and reach of a true tackle. National level BCS programs are starting to trip over themselves to get an offer to him. he could be the type of player that goes from the back end of the Top 150 to the Top 25 nationally with a strong showing at an NFTC or The Opening in July.
After a down year of offensive lineman in 2013, this year there is a stronger
group of offensive linemen, including five-star Casey Tucker, and five different
states have a lineman in the Scout 300.
Receivers are also ever present in the region, with four in the top 100 and
four more in the Scout 300 including Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco lineman
With the nation's top quarterback calling the West home, four other
quarterbacks are in the Scout 300, with Northern California home to three of
them, including fast-rising Manny Wilkins out of Novato (Calif.) San Marin,
Vanderbilt commit K.J. Carta-Samuels from San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep and
Palo Alto (Calif.) quarterback Keller Chryst, who's ranked #1.
The cornerback position is strong, headed by the West's top prospect Adoree Jackson from Gardena (Calif.) Serra and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
teammates Jaleel Wadood and Naijiel Hale.
The 2014 Scout 300
Scout.com national scouting director Scott Kennedy and national recruiting
analysts Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins,
Greg Powers and Jamie Newberg contributed to this story.