247Sports has released the final Top247 for the class of 2014. Included in the list is a new No. 1, six new five-stars, plenty of movement near the top and several prospects that made monster leaps due to strong senior seasons and post-season performances.
Myles Garrett had 20.5 sacks as a senior.
We take a look at some of the biggest movers.
A new number one
Arlington (Texas) Martin defensive end Myles Garrett has taken over the top spot in the 247Sports final rankings and will end the 2014 cycle as the No. 1 player in America according to 247Sports. For Garrett, it was well-earned.
Everyone saw the way Garrett dominated on national television during the Under Armour All-American Game. Before that breakout performance, it was the practices that Garrett was taking as his own. But this new ranking is due to a full body of work and Garrett had a season to back up the hype.
As a senior, the Texas A&M commit had 88 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 39 tackles for loss. His sacks and tackles for loss numbers more than doubled his junior year totals so the 6-4, 240-pounder is still on his way up.
Jalen Tabor, CB, Washington (D.C.) Friendship - Florida commit
To a man, everyone who watched Tabor compete during the post-season All-American circuit mentioned the long, rangy cornerback as one of the top defenders in attendance. An early enrollee at Florida, Tabor has the size and length that NFL GM’s covet.
Tre' Williams, LB, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul’s – Auburn commit
Williams didn’t have far to go but the 6-2, 230-pounder moved up 18 spots to find himself as a five-star after eye-opening performances at both the Under Armour All-American Game and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Williams jumped Raekwon McMillan as the nation’s top inside linebacker.
Travis Rudolph, WR, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardial Newman – FSU commit
Rudolph followed up a terrific performance at The Opening over the summer with a 1200-yard season as a pass-catcher and a dominating All-American Bowl week. He is one of the most polished receivers in the nation.
Roderick Taylor, OG, Jackson (Miss.) Callaway – Ole Miss commit
The NFL is showing that a good guard is in high demand and Taylor has the look of the best guard in the class of 2014. He flashed during his All-American showing unlike many interior linemen that we’ve seen.
Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington – Miami commit
There may not be a defender that has improved as dramatically over the course of his recruitment than Thomas. The Miami commit completed a dominating season on arguably the nation’s top high school team and capped it off with a post-season effort that solidified his spot among the best. He rose 51 spots to finish in the top 32.
Malachi Dupre, WR, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis – Uncommitted
Dupre’s size, big play ability and elite athleticism has him among the most talented receivers in the country. He only had to move up seven spots to earn the title but he finishes as a five-star due to his immense upside.
Biggest movers in the Top100
Josh Frazier, DT, Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber – Alabama commit
Move: Up 67 spots to No. 36
From the weigh-ins on check-in day and throughout the week in practice, Frazier was consistently among the most impressive attendees at the Army All-American Bowl.
Jaden Gault, OT, Madison (Wisc.) Monona Grove – Wisconsin commit
Move: Up 47 sports to No. 47
We knew Gault was big but we didn’t know how he would translate against elite competition. After his Army Bowl week, we know and we have no doubt about his talent.
Garrett Brumfield, OG, Baton Route (La.) University Lab – LSU commit
Move: Up 53 spots to No. 52
Brumfield has quietly been one of LSU’s top recruits throughout the 2014 cycle and he proved it against elite competition at the Under Armour week of practice.
Jeff Jones, RB, Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn – Minnesota commit
Move: Up 133 spots to No. 55[/b]
A soft verbal to Minnesota, Jones strengthened an already strong running back class when he had a monster All-American week. His athleticism in space and big play ability were obvious all week.
Erick Smith, S, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville – Ohio State commit
Move: Up 226 spots to No. 61
Smith was among the biggest risers at the Army Bowl due to his ability to play cornerback and his aggressiveness in run support. We won’t be surprised if he turns into one of Ohio State’s top commitments for 2014.
Nick Ruffin, DB, Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X – Auburn commit
Move: Up 78 spots to No. 72
One of the top defensive backs at the Army Bowl, Ruffin had among the best ball skills and coverage skills of any DB in attendance but also displays some of the best size for the position.
Clayton Thorson, QB, Wheaton (Ill.) North – Northwestern commit
Move: Up 137 spots to No. 73
With an outstanding body for the quarterback position, Thorson was a standout at the Semper Fidelis Bowl after putting up close to 3,000 yards passing as a senior.
Big Movers in the Top247
Jeffery Mead, WR, Tulsa (Okla.) Union – Oklahoma commit – From outside the Top247 to barely outside the Top100, Mead may be the nation’s best big wide receiver.
Sam Hubbard, ATH, Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller – Ohio State commit – Regardless of what position he plays at the next level, Hubbard is too athletic at 6-foot-6 not to make a big move. He is up 100 spots to No. 123.
Jonathan Lockett, CB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei – USC commit – Always an instinctive cornerback, Lockett moved up from three-star status to No. 136 after locking down every receiver he faced at the Semper Fidelis Bowl.
Jalen Brown, WR, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe – Oregon commit – Maybe the best pure hands guy in the nation for the class of 2014, Brown was strong all week at the Army Bowl and moved up 90 spots to No. 142.
Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage – Uncommitted – Living up to the fitting nickname of “Joystick” McKenzie moved up 98 spots after putting on a show at the Under Armour All-American Bowl.
Bobby Okereke, LB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Foothill – Stanford commit – An elite athlete that is settling into the linebacker position, Okereke flashed all week at Semper Fi earning a bump up to No. 157 all the way from a mid-three-star ranking.
Isaiah Ford, WR, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian – Uncommitted – A huge senior year for a wide receiver that is still developing both in his game and in his body, Ford moved up from the three-star range due to his senior body of work.
Naijiel Hale, CB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco – Arizona commit – All Hale does is perform. Every time we’ve seen him, he’s been a standout and the Army Bowl week was no different.
Nick Gates, OT, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman – Uncommitted – Gates may soon become a hot commodity as one of the best remaining uncommitted offensive linemen. He had a great week at the Semper Fi Bowl and showed long arms and athleticism.